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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Toasted Almond and Honey Overnight Oats

Toasted Almond and Honey Overnight OatsThis post is sponsored by Almond Breeze Almondmilk. I've had so much fun showcasing some of the great products from Blue Diamond for you guys this week! In case you missed it, I used their crunchy, flavorful Nut Thins to dip some Salmon Spinach Artichoke Dip. And tossed in some of their oven roasted almonds into Salted Almond and Dark Chocolate Ice Cream. And now, we're going to end this Blue Diamond takeover with one of their newest products on the. . .
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Salted Almond and Dark Chocolate Ice Cream

Salted Almond and Dark Chocolate Ice CreamThis post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds. Now that Memorial Day is over and done with (I hope you had an excellent holiday weekend!), we can officially whip out the ice cream recipes, right? I love, love, love making homemade ice cream! There are very few unitaskers that I keep in my kitchen, but my single purpose ice cream maker will always have a spot in my cabinet. Making ice cream at home is tons of fun, super tasty,. . .
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In the Chicken Coop

ChickensI caught you guys up on the happenings out in our garden last week, and this week, it's time to update you on our other big Springtime project—the chickens! If you missed it, back in early April, we got a dozen chicks (supposedly all hens, but that ain't the case, as you'll learn in a moment) on a whim. We didn't have a brooder, we didn't have a coop, but we did have a passion for taking care of our. . .
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