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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Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas for Father’s Day

Eco-Friendly Father's Day Gift IdeasIs it a little weird that I am super pumped for Father's Day? I love any excuse to shower my husband in gifts, and I'm so excited that I can now add Father's Day to my gift-giving regime (although, admittedly, our puppy and kitty definitely gave him gifts for Father's Day for years before we ever had a kid). My husband is so fun to buy for—he's crazy appreciative of anything you get him and is just the best gift receiver ever.. . .
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Canning 101

Canning 101Even for those of us that are well-versed in canning, putting up your own food can be super intimidating. But, I promise, once you know the basics, canning is a safe and easy way to preserve the bounty of summer (either from your own garden or from local farmers). And, as an added bonus, it's super fun! You can can! There is a ton of really wonderful information out there that outlines exactly how to can. My friends at Ball have an. . .
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Introducing: The 1000 Jar Project

Cantaloupe JamTo a lot of people, canning dill pickles or strawberry jam is just a fun way to preserve some of the freshness of summer. And it's that to me, too, but it's also so much more. Canning is a connection back to my roots (see what I did there?). I remember my hair being hot to the touch after spending a whole day out in the garden picking Roma tomatoes to put up. I remember pretending to hate the smell. . .
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Caramelized Onion Dip

Caramelized Onion DipI know everyone loves fall, and I appreciate a good slice of pumpkin bread while the leaves tumble as much as the next girl, but summer is my jam. I've always been and will always be a summer girl. I love the sunshine. I love the smell of fresh cut grass. I love lounging by the pool. I love flowy skirts, tank tops, and sunglasses. I love cold beer after working in the garden. I love picking tomatoes and wild. . .
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