Back to Her Roots

Cassie Johnston is a graphic designer, food writer, and recipe developer living on a nine-acre hobby farm in Southern Indiana. Cassie is passionate about living a natural, holistic lifestyle (without being too crazy about it) and loves spending time in the kitchen crafting delicious, healthy dishes. Her recipes and articles have appeared on websites for major brands and in the pages of glossy food magazines. Cassie has written two health-focused cookbooks—Cooking with Greek Yogurt (Countryman Press, 2014) and Chia, Quinoa, Kale, Oh My! (Countryman Press, 2015), and she blogs about her daily food adventures (and misadventures) at Back to Her Roots. In her freetime, you'll find Cassie digging in the dirt in her garden or hiking the hills and valleys of Southern Indiana with her husband and daughter.

Shrimp and Pineapple Packets with Coconut-Cilantro Rice

I’m not sure I could get through summer without my grill. I mean, I’m sure I’d figure out a way, but it’s definitely not something I want to do. We grill out nearly every single dinner in the summertime, and because of this frequency, we long ago stepped away from the grilling comfort zone of burgers and brats ....more

How to Do a Gallery Wall (for less than $20)

I’m kinda a little bit obsessed with gallery walls. I love eclectic collections of mementos, and I think gallery walls are such a fun way to show things off that might normally be relegated to a box in the basement. When we were planning JuneBug’s nursery,...more

June 2014 Income Report — $503.38

It’s time for my first income and traffic report! If you’re curious what this is all about,...more

Cauliflower “Potato” Salad

Cauliflower is one of my absolute favorite veggies. And this is a super fun way to use it! I love a good potato salad for summer (and it’s hard to beat freshly-dug new potatoes in a potato salad), but this cauliflower version is a great way to get all that potato salad flavor without a ton of starchy carbs ....more

How to Make Sun Tea

Growing up, I didn’t realize a lot of the food traditions we had in my family were regionalisms. It wasn’t until I married a cute boy from the Great White North...more

DIY Stain Remover Spray

Last week, I shared with you guys our secret to awesome homemade laundry detergent. And today, it’s time to share the other half of our laundry powerhouse—stain remover! Even though we had much success for detergent, for some reason, for the longest time, we still used chemical-packed, store-bought stain remover on our laundry ....more

Salted Cantaloupe Jam + Ball Canning Giveaway

This post is sponsored by Ball Canning. All content and opinions are my own.Read more about my sponsored post disclosure policy in the...more

Fresh Herb and Tomato Farro

For, uh, obvious reasons, I’m kinda obsessed with one-pot/one-bowl/please-don’t-make-me-do-lots-of-dishes meals lately. If pretty much all I have to do after dinner is rinse out one pot and pop it in the dishwasher, I’m a very, very happy girl. As much as I wanted to stock pile my freezer with lots of meals while I was pregnant, it just didn’t end up happening to the extent I wanted (it’s amazing how quickly that 40 weeks of pregnancy flies by), so, for now, we’re living on one-pot miracles ....more

How to Make Mayo at Home

Mayonnaise gets a lot of hate in the healthy eating world, but I actually love mayo. Sure, it’s high in calories, but I think it’s delicious, packed full of nutrients, and it’s 100% “real” food. What’s to hate? ...more

Revisiting Our Emergency Kit

Back after our apartment was hit by a tornado in 2011, I wrote a post about what we had in our emergency kit (in fact, the photos in that post were taken in an apartment we were squatting in as temporary housing). More importantly than just the list of items, that posts contains what we learned by going through an actual emergency with the kit—what we added, what we changed, and what we used. Even though our emergency kit wasn’t perfect, I was so thankful to have that resource during the stressful time post-tornado ....more