About Vickilynn Haycraft

A student of health and nutrition for 30 years, Vickilynn Haycraft has over 25 years of actual hands-on experience reviewing and personally using different tools of the homemaking vocation, focusing on the areas of health and nutrition. Vickilynn is a magazine columnist, product reviewer, cookbook author and now radio talk show host, as well as being full-time wife and mom to 5 children. Read Vickilynn's Product Reviews and Family Preparedness Articles at Examiner.com. She blogs at the Real Food Living Blog.

WonderMix Heavy Duty Mixer Review

I compared the WonderMix function to function against the Kitchen Aid stand mixer, Bosch Universal, Ankarsrum Kitchen Assistent, and in all the tests, the WonderMix performed much better than the KitchenAid and Ankersrum and matched the Bosch in some functions and outperformed the Bosch in others.

Book Review: Aquafaba

Aquafaba: Sweet and Savory Vegan Recipes Made Egg-Free with the Magic of Bean Water by Zsu Dever released Oct 4, 2016  reflects the ground-breaking discovery that has set the culinary world afire with egg-free and oil-free possibilities from meringues to marshmallows to mayonnaise to butter to baking and more. New recipes for using aquafaba (the juice from cooking beans) appear […]

My Eggless Whole Wheat Challah Using Aquafaba

  Challah was a staple in my home growing up and was on the Shabbat table every Friday night alongside the candles. The Challah was white bread, light, fluffy and ever-so-slightly sweet. Challah was and still is my favorite bread. It was the one I learned to make and the one I still make regularly […]

Non-Dairy Milk Maker Updated

When we first went dairy-free more than 20 years ago, we used soy milk as that was the most widely available and most recommended. I began making soy milk at home and tried many methods, which were time-consuming, messy and not much fun, especially with young children to care for. I finally found the quickest, easiest and […]

What’s On The Menu?

What’s on the menu today at your house? We are having: Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs Teriyaki Mashed potatoes Roasted broccoli Slow Cooker Whole Grain Bread *The numbers in the recipes below correspond to products purchased from Azure Standard natural foods. Place the item number in the Search box. Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken You won’t believe this […]

Diligent Shopping December Day One

It’s December! Halleluyah! A new month filled with hope possibilities, holidays, faith, family, food and fun! We just finished No-Shopping November, where we did not shop at ALL (except for a turkey) and ate completely from food storage. You can read all the posts here, last posts are listed at the top. I have the […]

No-Shopping November Day Thirty

Here we are, Day Thirty. At the beginning, this No-Shopping November seemed a daunting task and a long one. Happily, it turned out to be neither. Yes, there were some ups and downs, but for the most part the family handled it well, were supportive and appreciative and stuck by the rules (NO shopping!). They didn’t […]

No-Shopping November Day Twenty-Nine

Day Twenty-Nine! Can you believe it? I can’t. It’s gone by so fast! We’re still in the throes of Thanksgiving food and it looks like we’re going to eat it all, rather than canning it, which is fine with me 🙂 Getting ready for son’s surgery, I have a lot to do, so enjoying the […]

No-Shopping November Day Twenty-Eight

The day after Thanksgiving is our Day Twenty-Eight. We have LOTS of leftovers and everyone wants to eat the leftovers. So, not much going on today, since yesterday was so busy. Today is chill-down day for all of us. I have turkey stock in the roaster, still gently cooking. I made our customary matzah balls […]

No-Shopping November Day Twenty-Seven

Day Twenty-Seven, Thanksgiving Day! A festive, homey, family-filled feast all from storage (except the turkey). We all enjoyed the meal and the fellowship and for the the first time in many, many years, I did not go overboard making food and we did not go overboard eating too much. It wasn’t about what we had this […]