Dark Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie

We are swimming in black raspberries. Literally, I think I could drain the pool of water, fill it back up with raspberries, and go for a very fruity (and squishy) swim. We’re so fortunate to have acres and acres of wild black raspberry canes on our property, and this year, our raspberry “patch” is producing overtime.

You all know I love growing food, but I think I love foraging for food even more. Something feels very right about eating food that grows wild and right outside my front door. And my cheapskate side loves that it is completely freeeeee! No seeds. No fertilizers. No plant tags. No nothing. Just free, delicious, perfect black raspberries.

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Grilled Caramelized Onion, Blue Cheese, and Apple Butter Flatbread

Grilled Caramelized Onion, Blue Cheese, and Apple Butter FlatbreadThis post is brought to by a Back to Her Roots sponsor. Time flies when you're having fun and eating apple butter! It's hard to believe, but we're closing in on the end of my time showing off some of the fun and creative ways you can use Musselman's Apple Butter in your kitchen. Everyone knows that apple butter is tops on a perfect buttermilk biscuit, but my goal has been to show you that apple butter is so much. . .

One Pot Summertime Primavera

One Pot Summertime PrimaveraConfession time: sometimes I struggle to figure out how to use up all the produce coming off in my garden. I've gotten a lot better at it, but I think my decades of everything-always-in-season supermarket shopping has got me conditioned to really struggle to plan meals seasonally. It's easy when the first asparagus of the season is cut, and it takes all my willpower to wait long enough to get it up the house before eating it. Or when the first. . .

Sriracha Almond, Bacon, and Sharp Cheddar Scones

Sriracha Almond, Bacon, and Sharp Cheddar SconesThis post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds. I think my love for Sriracha is well documented on this here blog (um, here and here and here). The fact that I, purveyor of mild foods, hater of heat, chile-pepper-aphobe, loves a hot sauce enough to have not one, but two bottles of it (one mixed with mayo and one just "straight up") in her fridge must make it something really special. Sriracha is my spirit animal. I love Sriracha so much because it's. . .

100 Things I’ve Learned in My First Year of Motherhood

Me and JuniperIf you can believe it (I certainly can't) today is my sweet Juniper's first birthday. This year has been the most wonderful year of my life, and I don't just say that because of my funny, smart, clever, and kind baby girl. Having her in my life has been a wonderful catalyst to make all kinds of changes in my career, attitude, and personal life that have made me such a more content person. A happy mommy is a good mommy!. . .

Strawberry-Rhubarb Jam

Strawberry-Rhubarb JamThis post is brought to you by a Back to Her Roots sponsor. When I was trying to figure out what should be the inaugural canning recipe posted here for the 1000 Jar Project, I knew it was going to be something strawberry-related. Strawberries are the first cannable produce to come off in our area, and it's normally the first time I pull out my canner for the year. I canned a number of wonderful strawberry recipes this year, but none. . .

Coffee Date

1If you and I were to go on a coffee date, I'd definitely have to order an iced something, because holy cow, it is HOT here. Like, middle-of-August kind of hot. Can we please sit inside in the sweet, glorious air conditioning? I mean, I love the outdoors as much as the next gal, but it's so hot the chickens are laying hard-boiled eggs (well, not really—that'd be kinda awesome though and really convenient). Because I already brought it up,. . .

Summer Berry Salad with Lemon-Poppyseed Vinaigrette

Summer Berry SaladBeing healthy comes so much easier to me when the weather is warm. Does it come easy to you? The food is always so fresh—I mean, really, does anyone crave potato soup and mac and cheese in June? And the sunshine and warmth are just the perfect recipe for being outside and doing stuff. No need to hit up the gym for me! I'm too busy talking walks, going on hikes, slinging compost, and carrying bales of straw. Just as. . .