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Keeping Big Families Full, Homemade Cocoa Puffs, How to Make it Easy to Throw a Shindig, and More in Today’s Monday Morning Mix-Up 5/6/2013

RFIG coverWe’ve got a special weekend ahead with our youngest’s First Communion and a big shindig here afterward, so miracle of miracles, I’m actually getting this Monday post done ahead of time! (Update: I added a couple pictures below.)

I told you last week about my all new, revised Real Food Ingredient Guide, but what I used to plan his party was my Real Food Party Planning Guide. I feel about that the way I felt about my old Ingredient Guide, however, even though the pictures need major work and I want to expand on the info (it’s next on my to-do list), it’s still a pretty handy little guide if you’re having a get-together, and you may want to snag it before it gets revised and I have to raise the price.

carrot saladOne thing I’ll tell you, though, is that picking foods that can be made ahead makes everything so simple. My mom and sister are also helping by bringing food, so the only stuff I’m making could easily all be done a couple of days prior: everyone loves sloppy joes (grass-fed ground beef with heart, organic sauce ingredients, fermented buns), organic baked beans, and this carrot salad with lemon that the kids say is so good that it tastes like a lemon-lime soda!

***I know that a lot of us are throwing parties this spring and summer, please share what are your favorite meals that can be made ahead and that can be made in big quantities to feed large groups???

On to the randomness I have for you today…cocoa puffs

1st Communion

1st Communion fam shot

  • RealFoodWednesdaysI’ll see you here later this week for Real Food Wednesday! (Did you know that participating is a great way to get more traffic to your blog OR to learn more about Real Food and get some great new recipes, too?!)


  1. Wow, that Canola oil video is so disgusting! They actually brag about bleaching the oil. What amazes me is that the makers of the video actually think this will help sell their product. Seeing it has made me more determined than ever never to touch that stuff.

  2. Great family pic. Congrats to your son on his special day. My youngest will be making hers on June 2-Corpus Christi!

    • That’s funny. :) She wore it with a new jean skirt we found her that day that was only $10 at a consignment shop and like brand new (and size ZERO, lol!). It’s so rare for me to actually find a deal!


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