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Saving Money on Real Food at BJ’s

This is a guest post from Melanie at My BJ's Wholesale. She shares everything we need to know about saving money on real food at BJ's. If you're a BJ's shopper, I highly recommend you follow her blog. Are you looking to reduce your grocery bill while feeding your family minimally processed, real food? Then don't overlook BJ's Wholesale Club for your needs. With every … [Read More...]

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Free Kindle Cookbooks and Guides

There are several free Kindle cookbooks available on Amazon today. I love downloading free books onto my Kindle so I can peruse them for new ideas. I’m especially interested in the books about campfire cooking and overnight oats in a jar. They just might motivate me to book a campsite for a weekend next month. The prices of books can go back up at any time, so be sure … [Read More...]

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Real Food Meal Plan Week 28

It’s back to school week for my family. The kids would love to have a couple more weeks off, but reality is setting in and alarm clocks will be ringing this week. Fortunately, we have a few fun days planned before they go back to school, including one last day at the beach. I’ll pull dinner out of the freezer on Monday when we come back from the beach. It’s so nice to … [Read More...]

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How to Make Protein Bars

The season of packing school lunches is here again. The old classic PB&J is an easy fallback, but it’s important to embrace variety and mix up what goes into your children’s lunch boxes. This month’s Recipe Redux is full of ideas for “brown bag bars and bites.” Learning how to make protein bars is one of the best things you can do to keep the lunchtime meal varied and … [Read More...]

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Healthy School Lunches

Packing healthy school lunches is the best way to oversee what your children eat while they’re at school. In my experience, homemade lunches fare better than school-issued lunches when it comes to whole grains, healthy protein, and produce that children will actually eat. It’s also more affordable to pack your own lunch, as I detailed in this post about saving money by … [Read More...]

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Real Food Meal Plan Week 27

Something crazy happened last week at my farm share pickup. It was unimaginable. There’s a trade bin in the back of the farm stand where we get our CSA. If there’s a veggie listed on the chalkboard that you don’t want, you can put it in the trade bin and take something else out of the trade bin. I think about that bin when I coordinate my arrival time for my … [Read More...]

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Homemade ice cream is one of my favorite summer treats. I do like going out for ice cream with my family on occasion, but there’s just something special about making it yourself. Unlike at an ice cream shop, the flavor possibilities are endless. You can make whatever kind you want and invent flavors that haven't been dreamed up before. It takes great patience as you … [Read More...]

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Real Food Travel Annapolis Valley Nova Scotia

Annapolis Valley is the agricultural heartland of Nova Scotia. Hundreds of farms here produce the bulk of fresh produce enjoyed throughout the province, and the area is especially known for its vineyards and orchards. Just over the valley is the dramatic Bay of Fundy. This beautiful area boasts the highest tides in the world, with the water level changing up to 50 feet … [Read More...]

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Real Food Meal Plan Week 26

We’ve been traveling so much this summer. July started out with a visit to my in-laws in Vermont, and shortly after that we headed out to Nova Scotia. After a brief time at home, we turned around and drove south to visit my parents on the Jersey shore. Then we came home for 24 hours before heading to Great Wolf Lodge for my son’s birthday. And now, we’re home. I can … [Read More...]

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Benefits of Cooking Classes for Kids

If you ever have the chance to send your children to a cooking class or cooking camp, do it. We recently came off a week of cooking camp for my 9-year-old daughter at Create a Cook. Each day, she brought home a full dinner for the family. Not having to plan meals or cook for a week was fantastic for me, but the camp was even better for my daughter. Benefits of Cooking … [Read More...]