10 Tips for Making the Most of Your Farmers’ Market

Summer is here! And that means there’s probably a Farmers’ Market near you that is in full swing. Farmers’ Markets are great places to find local and organic produce, handicrafts, pastured meats and dairy, and homemade goodies. Just make sure that you follow these 10 tips to make your visit to the Farmer’s Market as good as it can be.

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Homemade Honey-Vanilla Ice Cream

Happy National Ice Cream Day!

That’s right, today is the day that Americans celebrate one of the most popular desserts in the country. Every third Sunday in July since 1984 (thanks President Ronald Reagan!) the USA gathers together to eat a scoop of happiness, for no other reason, we think, than just because ice cream is plain ‘ol good!

So be sure that sometime today, you join your fellow Americans in dusting the ice cream maker off and whipping up a pint of our summer delicious, melt-in-your-mouth homemade Honey-Vanilla Ice Cream.

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Summer Sides: One Basic Salad, 4 Variations!

Israeli Salad, a basic summer salad, and a favorite of international falafel-stands makes a perfect summer side or breezy dinner salad. With lemon juice to brighten, a rainbow of peppers to delight the eye, and chopped mint to cool the palette, this salad is a sure crowd pleaser. It makes a great side for grilled meats or falafel, and an easy all-in-one picnic salad with the addition of garbanzo beans for protein. This simple salad base also serves as a perfect variable side – just add a different dressing! Read on for how to make the salad that will save your summer meals.

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All About Your Cup of Joe

Ah, coffee: that bold, flavorful, aromatic, caffeinated cup of deliciousness crucial to every parent’s morning (and, let’s be real: afternoon). But, with so many types of roasts, coffeemakers, grinders and drinks, preparing that morning cup of Joe isn’t as simple as just pressing “on.” Here’s your guide to all things coffee, so you can customize your perfect cup!

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PB & J No Bake Energy Bites

PB  J No Bake Energy BItes

If you are on a mission get fit then you know that a good fitness routine and healthy eating go hand-in-hand. Eating balanced meals are one thing, but making sure you are snacking smart is just as important. Snacks are a great opportunity to get in some extra fiber, vitamins, minerals and eating more frequently helps to boost your metabolism, but not any old snack will do! If you are as busy as we are, then you need a snack to eat on the go that doesn’t require a lot of prep but also one that tastes great- and these no bake PB & J energy bites hit all of those marks. They are incredibly easy to make, full of natural and healthy ingredients and delicious- and really that’s the most important part

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DIY: Nut Butters

If you’re like us, you’re crazy for nut butters! Creamy, crunchy, flavored, unflavored, in smoothies, on fruit, or by the spoonful — nut butters make the perfect addition to any snack.

But what we don’t like about nut butters are the additives, preservatives, and price tag — a jar of organic almond butter can easily set you back $10! And when you’re adding the delicious spread to everything, this habit can get quite expensive.

The solution? Make it yourself! With a few kitchen supplies, ingredients, and time, you can easily whip up your very own nut butters, customized exactly to your tastes and preferences!

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Mother’s Day Spritzers

Treat Mom this Mother’s Day to a delicious spritzer (or two or three or four!) made with our favorite drink mixers from Powell and Mahoney.  This company takes drinks to the next level, with all natural ingredients – made of only the purest, finest juices, essential oils and pure cane sugar, and we really cannot speak highly enough of these products.  We’ve taken classic drink recipes and given them a spritzy twist to add some refreshment to your Mother’s Day.  They’re each perfect for a brunch (think: amped up mimosa), lunch, or barbecue, and no matter what the venue for your Mother’s Day celebration, it will be pure perfection with the addition of these spritzers!

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Spring Break Cocktails with a Twist

Spring Break Cocktails with a Twist

Ahhh Spring break: drinks in hand, beach sand between our toes, a teeny swim suit on. Oh wait, that was Spring Break, pre-kids. Now-a-days it’s sprinkler time, noodle crafts, and play dates, but just because we have babies now doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a warm spring evening cocktail! For this Spring Break, we have taken three classic drinks: the cosmopolitan, a bloody mary and the margarita and changed them up a bit. We have taken some of our favorite mixers and liquors and combined them with a twist to each drink and made them unique, and more suited for spring break! So after the kids are in bed, try one of these unique drinks and just imagine you are on the beach instead of in your backyard.

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Easy Snow Ice Cream: Two Ways!

snow ice cream

When life gives you snow, make ice cream! This cool treat will turn a snow day into a very sweet memory.  It tastes delicious and only takes about 5 minutes to make. There’s no need for an ice cream maker, blender or food processor, heavy cream, or refined sugar.  This ice cream has a soft-serve consistency that will make you and your kids want to peek out your window and wish for more snow.  

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Homemade Personal Pizzas

homemade personal pizzas

Are you searching for something to make for dinner that is fun and unique? Maybe you have a pizza night each week and just can’t agree on toppings that everyone is happy with?  Personal pizzas are fun to make and easier than you might imagine–not to mention, delicious! These pizzas have a delicious thin crust that will have you reminiscing of the famous personal pizzas from your favorite pizzeria in Florence.   

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Introducing Tea To Toddlers

For centuries, people have been drinking tea. Aside from the titillating flavors of the masterfully crafted blends on the market today, there’s no denying the immense amount of health benefits attached to tea. There are specially blended herbs, flowers, spices and leaves that aid in just about every ailment or situation you might find yourself in- from a stuffy nose to achy joints to sleepless nights. 

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Baby-Friendly Homemade Split Pea Soup

Baby-Friendly Homemade Split Pea Soup

Babies are people too. And their tastebuds grow and crave more intricate textures, consistencies and flavors as quickly as they do. Just because they’re new to this world, doesn’t mean they won’t quickly develop a taste for the finer things in life – finer than sweet potato puree, that is. If your baby is getting bored with her one-ingredient purees and is ready for a more textured food that will tickle her taste buds, we have the perfect recipe for a smooth and successful introduction to the world of soups. This good old-fashioned split pea soup recipe will become a favorite of not only baby’s but your entire family.

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Mouth-Watering Homemade Pierogis

Mouth-Watering Homemade Pierogis

Who has time to make pierogis from scratch these days? You do! We have a simple recipe that you’ll actually enjoy making. With basic, everyday ingredients and easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions, your entire family can get involved in rolling and cutting the dough, stuffing it with their favorite ingredients and forming their own perfect little pierogis. 

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Mommy & Me Teddy Bear Tea

There is something about going to tea that inspires elegant manners, good conversation, and an experience as delicious and sweet as the treats served. Springtime is the perfect excuse to have a beautiful tea party themed for the season. Invite over some of your mommy friends with their children and have them bring their child’s favorite doll or stuffed animal for a sweet “teddy tea” that all of your guests will enjoy. 

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