Keep the crock: A ridiculously simple discovery about cooking with a pot

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Guest post by Bonnie of A Knotted Life: I married a man who owned a crockpot. Because he already owned one we did not include a crockpot on our wedding registry. Two people noticed that glaring oversight and gifted us slow-cookers. On the first day of our marriage we were the proud owners of three crockpots. That’s a lotta crockpots. For the first six years of our marriage we used our … [Read more...]

Sex, Tomatoes, and High Fructose Corn Syrup

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(Guest post by Daniel) I can no longer eat that little tomato wedge that comes with side salads at restaurants. You know, the little half moon that sits to the right of the iceberg mix with the texture of styrofoam and a taste vaguely reminiscent of watery ketchup. I used to be able to eat them but then I had a real, fresh tomato with soft, meaty flesh and vibrant tomato flavor. Now, I could … [Read more...]

Our Book! It’s Here! It’s Finally Here!

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At long last and just in time for Advent, our ebook, Feast! Real Food, Reflections, and Simple Living for the Christian Year, is here! Thank you so much, Carrots readers, for all of your encouragement and excitement about this project. I can't believe that we FINALLY get to share it with you! I'm thrilled and a little nervous to finally send this book out into the world. We're having a special … [Read more...]

Need Some Back-to-School Sanity? Steph Has a New Freezer Meals eCookbook!

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I've told you about how I started using a crock pot after my friend Stephanie of Mama and Baby Love taught me about slow cooker freezer meals and how it saves me from the 4-5pm meltdown making me a much nicer mama in the afternoons and I mentioned how much we're enjoying her Grain-Free/Gluten-Free Baking eCookbook a couple of weeks ago. I'm excited to tell you that Steph has a new back-to-school … [Read more...]

The Feast of St. Anne and St. Joachim (Menu and Recipes)

  It's been awhile since I've shared about it here at Carrots, but celebrating the liturgical year is one of the ways that why try to live out our faith. This is the menu and recipes we have used in the past to celebrate The Feast of St. Anne and St. Joachim coming up on July 26th. Enjoy! About the Saints: St. Anne and St. Joachim are the mother and father of the Blessed Virgin Mary … [Read more...]

Grain-Free/Gluten-Free Baking (eCookbook Review and Recipe)

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Have I told you that my kids are allergic to gluten? Well, they are and it's a big bummer. Just give them a little bit and they'll have eczema from head to toe. And since my son sometimes has asthma attacks awful enough to merit a night in the hospital, staying away from allergy triggers is really important. We've been cooking gluten-free for them for over a year and my poor husband has had to … [Read more...]

Seasonal Eating Thoughts

Find me over at Mama and Baby Love today talking about our journey toward seasonal eating... Ever wonder how to take your enjoyment of food to a new level? The answer might be a major shift in your food lifestyle to embrace seasonal eating.   Until college, a tomato was a tomato to me. It certainly wasn’t a food I would ever want to bite into all by itself. You pick them up any ol’ time of … [Read more...]

Little Holydays: Trinity Sunday Blueberry Pie

On Trinity Sunday (May 26th this year) we celebrate the mystery of the Holy Trinity–the doctrine that distinguishes Christianity from all other faiths. A concept like the Holy Trinity is difficult to denote through food, but in our family we try to start food traditions for the Christian Year that also tie into what’s seasonal where we live. During early summer in Florida, blueberries are fully … [Read more...]

6 Must-Have Books and Cookbooks for Seasonal Eating Inspiration

Since our conversion, I've gained more appreciation for the rhythms of the Christian Year and that by observing those seasons, the story of the Gospel unfolds. One way to participate in the Christian Year is to feast and fast according to the traditions of the Church which, obviously, involves food! Sharing food with family and friends should ideally be a daily reminder of sacred things: The Last … [Read more...]

Why We Let Our Preschooler Watch Us Harvest Chickens…

Hop on over to Mama and Baby Love to read my latest urban homesteading post about food ethics and why it's important to us that our kids know where their meat comes from: Our family is big on having kids in the kitchen because of the wonderful benefits of mastering valuable skills as well as spending quality time together. But it’s also important to us that our kids know where their food comes … [Read more...]