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Online Resources I Love

One of the lovely benefits of the blogosphere is the relationships I’ve been able to make with other bloggers. I love when I can share a link to a poignant or resourceful post they’ve written, and I’m also pleased to share with you some products that my blogga-friends have produced for sale. This is a complete list of eBooks, eCourses, and some real life products from bloggers I love and respect. At the bottom I’ve offered links to other businesses for whom I am an affiliate. (Translation: I appreciate their products enough to recommend them, and they appreciate the work of bloggers enough to offer a small commission on sales made from traffic coming from Kitchen Stewardship. It’s win-win!) See my tell-all post on How Bloggers Make Money, if that kind of thing interests you.


GNOWF ECOURSE 150px-squareGNOWFGLINS launched the premier real food basics eCourse in February 2010 with their “Fundamentals” course, which taught everything from soaking grains to cultured beverages to making a basic skillet dish with nourishing ingredients and no recipe. Fundamentals is still open and has ongoing enrollment, so you can hop in from the beginning anytime.

The most unique feature of GNOWFGLINS eCourses is the “Pay What You Can” philosophy, which allows you to enter membership at different levels of monetary and time commitment. You can enjoy full access to the Fundamentals of traditional foods course, 24 weeks of Sourdough baking (including a few guest lectures from yours truly), and a new course on cultured dairy and cheesemaking (with my yogurt method included). Membership benefits include weekly menu plans, a monthly thank you video with a fun new recipe or technique, and conference calls during which you can talk to the teachers.

Real Food on a Real Budget by Stephanie Langford

realfoodrealbudgetlarge sq adThe brilliant editor at Keeper of the Home has outdone herself with this 300+ page resource for those of us who sorely miss our coupons after switching to a “real food” lifestyle. Packed with more than just tips, Real Food on a Real Budget is worth every penny, because it will help you save thousands of pennies in your food budget. You can buy it as an eBook or a real paperback here. Read my review if you’d like to know more.

Kelly the Kitchen Kop’s “Real Food for Rookies” eCourse (Always Open)

I am so lucky that I get to support both a local business, a work-at-home-mom AND real food AND a fellow blogger, all at the same time. Kelly has become a friend in real life after she and I began our online relationship as the newbie (me) begging for advice from the rockstar (Kelly) who was a friend of a friend around West Michigan. We’ve had a blast working together and supporting each other since then, and every time we get together, believe me, we never run out of things to talk about. Her “Real Food for Rookies” course runs on open enrollment. Click HERE for the scoop! The class includes:

  • Exclusive expert interviews with Sally Fallon Morell (President of the Weston Price Foundation), Dr. Kaayla Daniel (author of The Whole Soy Story), Jane Feingold (Director of the Feingold Association), Tom Naughton (Fathead filmmaker), and more!
  • BONUS: Thanks to my amazing sponsors, the price of this class will include so many generous members-only coupons and discounts that you’ll be able to recoup over half of the enrollment fee! Discounts on Green Pastures cod liver oil, U.S. Wellness Meats, Biokult probiotics, natural skin care products & cleaning supplies, stainless steel pans, fermented food starters & supplies, and organic ghee.
  • BONUS: Free copy of the Kitchen Kop Real Food Ingredient Guide.
  • Members-only discussion forum (chat about Real Food all you want and no one will think you’re a weirdo!)

You’ll learn how to:

  • Save time and money while serving Real Food
  • Read labels and avoid dangerous ingredients
  • Make nourishing “fast food” meals to avoid last-minute trips to the drive-thru
  • Find healthier alternatives for soda pop, refined sugars, heart-killer oils, sugar-bomb breakfast cereals, factory farmed meat and more
  • Serve nutrient-dense foods that are necessary for good health
  • Take control of your health and change your family’s future!

And it’s not just for rookies! Click HERE to learn more!

Simple Food {for winter} by Shannon of Nourishing Days

If you’ve always wondered how to eat seasonally when there’s snow on the ground, Shannon of Nourishing Days has the answer with 30 lovely recipes, all grain-free! I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into this book the moment I saw it come across my desk. The subtitle, “30 Grain-free recipes to get you through the dark days” totally grabbed me. Many of the lacto-fermented or grain-free bread recipes call for ingredients I don’t usually stock in my kitchen, but I’m willing to be challenged and sometimes just enjoy a good read about what others, far ahead of me in nourishing food preparation, are doing. I think I’m most excited about the approachable factoid information Shannon presents about winter nourishment, things I know very little about, like enzyme pairing, probiotics and fat-soluble vitamins. Someday perhaps I’ll be able to make and consume lacto-fermented foods regularly – perhaps with the help of this book – and Simple Food {for winter} is a great place to start to dream.

Herbal Nurturing: A Family Healing and Learning Guide

My interest has recently been building in essential oils, and Michelle of Frugal Granola just came out with a new eBook, Herbal Nurturing: A Family Healing and Learning Guide eBook. I’m so excited to test out some home remedies, for everything from coughs and cold to cuts and scrapes, women’s health to tummy aches. Then again…maybe I shouldn’t wish for opportunities to try the remedies. :) These things will come, however, and our family has been prescribed unneccessary antibiotics twice in the past year, so I need to be prepared. Michelle’s book is incredibly comprehensive and even includes idea for including little ones and incorporating home remedies into your homeschool curriculum. Click HERE to learn more or buy the book!

Tell Your Time by Amy Lynn Andrews

I have an ebook on time management in my files from Amy Lynn Andrews, a lovely daughter of God who has some pretty awesome ideas on how to prioritize.

It’s the first ebook I’ve even been tempted to print out in its entirety, but then I just read the whole thing so I don’t have to. Amy made it succinct purposefully so that you don’t have to spend so much time reading about how to organize your time! I did print out the three worksheets at the back, and I’ll see what I can do to determine my “roles and goals” and fill in “the grid” of priorities, then the schedule. You might want to check it out HERE.

In the Kitchen: Real Food Basics by Kate Tietje

A great many bloggers have undertaken eCourses in the past year to teach the basics of traditional foods, but if your life is anything like mine, you worry that you won’t have time to watch videos online (and still have time to cook the food). I’m so pleased to introduce Kate Tietje of Modern Alternative Mama, who has just published an eBook that tackles the real food introductory problem with a baby steps approach.

If Nourishing Traditions overwhelms you, you’re not alone. With In the Kitchen: Real Food Basics, Kate has created the Cliff’s Notes version of the dense research at the beginning of NT with her short chapters on  healthy fats, real dairy, the backward food pyramid’s take on grains, sweeteners, and more. Kate takes Sally Fallon’s lead by offering a combination of information and recipes under one cover. Her family’s story alone is so inspiring, you’ll want to start transforming your kitchen immediately.

And the best part? All the recipes would be recognizable in a college cafeteria, but they’re made with whole foods and traditional preparation methods. Score! See my review HERE and order the book HERE.

Real Food Nutrition and Health – TEXTBOOK AND ECOURSE  – by Kristin Michaelis

image Real Food Nutrition and Health is a junior high/high school level homeschool textbook written in the Charlotte Mason style of living books. If you’ve been frustrated by food pyramid based nutrition curriculums and wish you had an easy way to make Nourishing Traditions into a classroom-friendly text, this is your answer. Kristin is coming out with an elementary-aged illustrated version sometime soon that will be listed here when it is published. Click here for a sample chapter.

Watch for the next course: An online eCourse for Real Food Nutrition and Health! You and your 12-and-over crowd can take an online, interactive, homeschooling eCourse, complete with zany teacher and even grades! This is not to be missed. Read more HERE.

Heavenly Homemakers’ many eBooks by Laura Coppinger

Laura’s eBooks at Heavenly Homemakers are actually the model I used for my own – simple, highly practical, short eBooks on a variety of different subjects. She’s got at least 15 eBooks for sale in her shop, plus recipe cards, kids’ character charts, and a free eBook of preschool activities. Most are between $3-8 and are all real food recipes with unrefined sweeteners, healthy fats, and freshly ground flour (the woman buys 10 50-pound bags of flour for a year! Or was it 6 months?).


Some of my favorites include What to do with the Chicken in your Kitchen and her other “What to do with” books, the Guide to Gardening and Preserving that I got to giveaway during our Spring Cleaning Carnival here, and of course, the desserts treasure troves, Have your cookie…and eat it, too! and the sequel, Have your Cookie…and Eat it TWO!


Laura’s latest project is a doozy of a resource, a massive preschool curriculum that teaches not only letters but beginning reading and writing, basic religion, science, social studies, and more. Learn your Letters, Learn to Serve is a comprehensive curriculum guide with everything you need to get your homeschooled, unschooled, or just really smart preschooler on the road to reading while learning the power of serving others and giving of ourselves. Each letter comes with more activities than anyone could accomplish (which is the point; you get to choose what works for your child) plus ideas for serving someone in your community whose name starts with that letter. Making muffins for the Morrises and delivering apples to Mr. Abernathy will cement both the letters and the value of giving for your 3-and-4-year-olds. Buy it here or browse all Laura’s eBooks at her shop.

The Gluten-Free Diner by Diane Eblin

imageIf you’re gluten-free, you know the hassle of finding recipes that don’t taste like cardboard or fake food. Tried and true recipes from bloggers are your best bet, and Diane Eblin of The W.H.O.L.E. Gang has put together a bang-up collection of winners. The table of contents is so cute, set up just like a diner menu with breakfasts, appetizers, sides, burgers, main courses and desserts. Check out The Gluten-Free Diner Cookbook!



Natural Fertility Workshop

imageNatural Fertility Workshop

Whether you’re struggling with infertility or just know you want to give your baby the best start possible, Donielle will show you how to get your diet, exercise and lifestyle in order for a healthy conception and pregnancy. The 12-week course includes video lectures, a yoga instruction video, PDF text files and worksheets, and an interactive forum for questions. Learn more HERE. If you’re a blogger and would like to be an affiliate of the course yourself, you can sign up here. My review is another resource to learn more.

Real Businesses, not Bloggers

image NaturOli Soap Nuts and more: Soapnuts are my favorite laundry option and so very green they actually grow on trees! NaturOli not only sells the laundry products, but personal products like shampoo, soaps, and moisturizers, most of which are made with soapnuts, too. They are one of my favorite businesses to promote, as I fell quickly in love with their products and customer service. My soap nuts review will tell you everything you want to know about how to use them!



You Need a Budget

Downloadable software that helps you keep track of everything financial. See my review here and check out the product here.

sungrubbies 125 save 40Sungrubbies introduced me to Melansol, a natural sunblock that made my top two list after I reviewed 28 in my huge Natural Sunscreen Review. They also specialize in sun protective clothing and hats. I love the small business atmosphere and openness to chatting about sun safety that the ladies there promote. They really make it a point to stock only the best products.

Kabana square Kabana Skin Care makes the other natural sunscreen that made my top two, a zinc oxide-only block with only 8 ingredients. Erik Kreider, the founder, is a Stanford grad who takes skin safety seriously. Kabana’s other products include creams and lotions, deodorant, and other body products made with the safest, best ingredients possible.


Mom Invented Baby products
Not only are the products offered at Mom 4 Life unique and useful but many of them are just downright ingenious.  You will find a wonderful mix of “staple items” such as Hooter Hider nursing covers, and  BabyLegs leg warmers, but also creative twists on typical products such as LilyPadz nursing pads and the WubbaNub plush toy pacifier.  Click here to view the wide variety of mom invented products and enjoy the free shipping within the USA!

Search & Win
Use Swagbucks to search the web and earn “bucks” that you can trade in for prizes or cash. I tend to get $5 Amazon gift cards that add up to free stuff I want anyway for me!

Disclosure: I am an affiliate of all these bloggers, companies, or products…that’s the point of this page. I will earn a small percentage of any sales made after someone clicks a link on this page. However, I wouldn’t recommend a product or service that wasn’t high quality. You readers are more important to me than a li’l ol’ affiliate link! I do turn down some offers for affiliates, even from blogger friends (I can think of two off the top of my head that I won’t sell.)

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Welcome!  Meet Katie.

I embrace butter. I make homemade yogurt. I eat traditional real food – plants and animals that God created, not products of plants where food scientists work. Here at Kitchen Stewardship, I share how I strive to be a good steward of my family's nutrition, the environment, and our budget, all without spending every second in the kitchen. Learn more about the mission of KS here.