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. . .
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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. . .
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Juniper’s First Birthday Party

Birthday CakeThis weekend guys. This weekend was, without a doubt, one of the best weekends of my life. On Saturday, we celebrated my 32nd birthday. I got to do exactly what I wanted to—lounged around, hung out with my family, ate delicious food (fried chicken and cheese grits, kids!), and drank delicious beer. It was everything I wanted for my birthday. And then on Sunday, we pulled together (most) of our friends and family to celebrate this spectacularly adorable now-toddler. We had. . .
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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!. . .
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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. . .
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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,. . .
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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. . .
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Chocolate Chip Strawberry Shortcake

Chocolate Chip Strawberry ShortcakeDid I tell you guys that we went strawberry picking last week? We have a small raised bed of strawberries growing in our garden for fresh eating, but we don't have nearly the volume of plants to pick all we need for preserving this year. So we headed up to our local low-spray u-pick orchard—it's about 10 minutes from our house, and they let you pick everything (strawberries! blueberries! raspberries! grapes! peaches! apples! oh my!). We love it there, because,. . .
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