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A simple recipe for Whole30 Pesto made with garden fresh basil. This homemade dairy-free pesto recipe is wonderful in so many different dishes like pasta, chicken, or vegetables. Made with or without pine nuts, you can customize this vegan basil sauce to fit your tastes and budget!

You guys, I’m looking out for you hardcore with this homemade basil sauce. This Whole30 pesto calls for walnuts, cashews or almonds because it makes it more affordable than pine nuts.

Pine nuts apparently is Latin for “soul of your firstborn”.

You can, of course, use pine nuts, but the flavor will still be lovely without them! You have options. That’s what I’m saying. (more…)

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Learn all the tips and tricks for Freezing Peaches to stock your freezer with the star of summer fruit. Freezing fresh peaches is so easy and can be done without sugar, which makes them great to use for cobblers, smoothies, or snacks.

Dear Summer, thank you for all the amazing produce! You’re wonderful. 

But the best of the best summer produce is the peach. Juicy, delicious, and tasting of sunshine, the peach deserves all the glory and accolades.

From Canning Peaches to Peach Freezer Jam, to Homemade Peach Ice Cream and Peach Moscow Mules, peaches are best when they’re allowed to be the star of the show. Unfussy, and appreciated.

And the easiest way to preserve this summer fruit is through freezing. Freezing fresh peaches couldn’t be more straightforward. (more…)

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Phew, we survived a road trip with both kids! Which is a miracle considering how bonkers three-year-olds are and how irrationally upset Jack gets about Bennett’s bizarre preschooler behavior. 

Jack’s moral compass is quite rigid. Unless it involves his own actions…

We got to Canada on Monday, and then promptly got lost when Google maps decided to take us to the ferry via a walking route. Yeesh.

It was totally worth it though when we finally got to the coast and met up with Katie. Niko, her three-year-old and Bennett were initially like dogs sniffing each other out, trying to determine domination.

By the end of the trip, however, they bonded and I believe they have both made friends for life.

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Like a bowl full of summer, the Ultimate Homemade Peach Ice Cream will blow your mind with flavor. This easy homemade ice cream recipe can also use frozen or canned peaches, giving you that summer flavor year round.

If there is something you need in your life, it’s a homemade peach ice cream recipe. Right? Right! 

I do my best to eat locally and seasonally for a multitude of reasons. It is better for my grocery budget, the food tastes so much fresher, and it creates a sense of urgency in me when a favorite food starts to ripen.

Soft, ripe peaches in the summer are a gift straight from heaven. They’re like a little ball that has been injected with sunshine.

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An incredibly fresh tasting jam, this Peach Freezer Jam is beyond simple to make. Just four ingredients and 20 minutes, and you’ll have a low-sugar peach jam made by your very own hands. This no-cook and no-can peach jam recipe is perfect for beginners or for anyone without canning equipment.

Careful observers might think I have an addiction to making freezer jam. To those people, I say – YOU DON’T KNOW MY LIFE!

Yeah, yeah, I have a lot of freezer jam recipes. This Strawberry Freezer Jam Recipe is our family’s favorite, but we also love the No Cook Raspberry Freezer Jam. And July and August bring wild blackberries to Seattle, and that means batches of Blackberry Freezer Jam.

And now? Peach freezer jam!

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Smooth and creamy, you’ll flip for this Avocado Ranch Dressing! Great as a dip, dressing, or sauce, this dairy-free ranch dressing is seriously addicting. With adaptable ingredients, this can be a Whole30, paleo, and/or vegan dressing. 

Green dressings are so delicious and can make you feel like you’re getting even more veggies into your diet! Much like my Homemade Green Goddess Dressing recipe, this Avocado Ranch is packed with flavor and healthy ingredients.

If you prefer a more conventional ranch dressing and also hate mayo (hollah), check out my Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing. (more…)

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OMG OMG OMG OMG, I can’t believe I haven’t told you this story yet!

So, I have this little clay pot on my kitchen windowsill that I drop my wedding ring into the second I get home. And when I leave the house, I just stick my ring finger in there, scoop it out and go about my day.

The other day, I aggressively grabbed my ring and the clay pot spilled over. I thought nothing of it until I caught movement out of the corner of my eye.

Dude. You guys.

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Learn all the tips and tricks for Freezing Blackberries to stock your freezer with this amazing seasonal fruit. Learning how to freeze blackberries is a great way to preserve this delicious summertime crop without needing any special equipment. 

Blackberries are the unofficial weed of Western Washington. Buying blackberries here is like buying dandelions; they’re EVERYWHERE in the wild!

We pick wild blackberries in our neighborhood for three to four weeks each summer. Once we’ve eaten our fill, we make Blackberry Freezer Jam, Blackberry Syrup, Homemade Blackberry Crisp, and of course, Peach Moscow Mules garnished with blackberries.

And even after we’ve enjoyed all of those things, there are still more blackberries! Oh, what a “problem” to behold. The solution? Freezing blackberries for future delicious recipes and snacks!

I’m here to show you how.

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Buffalo Hummus is an easy and healthy zesty snack or appetizer that will be the hit of any party. You will love the buffalo flavor in this vegan hummus recipe that comes together with just a few ingredients. Customize the spice level to your preference and soon you’ll be the mayor of snack town!

There was a time when I declared my Addicting Garlic Hummus recipe to be the best hummus anyone could ever make at home.

And then I made this buffalo hummus and as I watched the angels weeping after they sampled it, I knew there was a new favorite in town.

You can serve this amazing vegan hummus with veggies, pita chips/bread, or even as the spread in a delicious sandwich. Much like the tears those angels shed in my kitchen, the possibilities for this buffalo hummus are endless. (more…)

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An easy step by step tutorial on Canning Peaches. This recipe for how to can peaches is perfect for beginners and experienced canners alike. Instructions include low-sugar and no-sugar options. This is the only tutorial you’ll ever need to use for canning peaches at home.

I remember my mom canning peaches every summer. I was always banished from the kitchen, and could only watch from the perimeter.

I can recall her smile when she was done and started to hear the “pings” from the lids sealing. That meant nothing to me, but coming out to breakfast and seeing those golden half-circles in a bowl in January was always such a treat.

Peaches were some of the first foods I canned myself when I took up this new skill. And now, I’m going to teach you how to do it. (more…)

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