Posts by Emily

Curried Chicken Salad

I looove chicken salad. Its a newer love but since embracing the ease of chicken salads, I can’t get enough. I always like to have leftover chicken in the fridge. Which makes whipping up a chicken salad a breeze! It can be a quick lunch or dinner and it’s great for lunch boxes! This chicken…

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Health Benefits of Eating Eggplant

Eggplant, aka aubergine, is part of the nightshade family. It comes in many varieties, sizes, shapes, and colors. It is thought to originate from India, grown first as an ornamental plant, and was brought to American by Thomas Jefferson in the 18th century. Eggplant is most famous in ratatouille, eggplant parmesean, eggplant pizzas (a favorite at our house),…

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The Bitter Cucumber Trick + Vinegar Cucumbers

local cucumbers

Have you ever bitten into a gorgeous fresh cucumber only to find it’s bitter? I hate that. BUT I have the trick for that. A few years ago Marisol from Alvarez Farms told us about this trick. I don’t know how it works but it does! It looks silly and it doesn’t make sense but…

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Peaches vs. Nectarines + Tips for Storing

I eagerly await peach and nectarine season every year. Not only do I eat as many as possible during the season, I freeze peaches for enjoyment through the winter. Peaches/ Nectarines are in my top 5 favorite fruits for sure – maybe even my top 2. What is the difference between a peach and a nectarine?…

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“That Ambrosia Salad”

strawberry kale salad

This ain’t your Grandma’s ambrosia salad. Although, back when I used to eat that kind of salad, I sure did love my grandma’s ambrosia salad. This is a green, early summer salad. And this is the story of “That Ambrosia Salad”: A few years ago, back when we lived in Idaho, my best friend-cousin got engaged.…

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Balsamic Vinaigrette

Everyone needs a good balsamic vinaigrette recipe in their repertoire. I’ve tried a few recipes, even adopted them as my own for awhile, before deciding this was the one. This is my tried and true favorite. It’s originally a Martha Stewart recipe that I added to. It seems Martha is struggling to find her throne…

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Throwing Together Dinner + Steamed Artichoke

artichoke

This time of year, our Saturdays are spent on yard clean up and projects. So I try to plan meals that are quick and don’t require me to go inside any sooner than absolutely necessary. This Saturday I was particularly worn out from the week and didn’t want to be spending a ton of time…

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Homemade Hummus

Homemade Hummus

You guys… I did it. I soaked and cooked beans! A couple posts ago, I shared with you that I was going to try to use less canned beans after learning the importance of soaking beans. Turns out, beans (and legumes, grains, nuts, and seeds) have anti-nutrients which make it hard for our bodies to…

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Roasted Carrots – 2 Ways

Garlic Roasted Carrots with Orange and Thyme

Easter, sometimes synonymous with spring, is renewing. In our house, there’s spiritual renewal as we make time to focus on and celebrate the finished work of Christ on the cross. The finished part of His work is my favorite. He paid my debt and now I just love Him and enjoy relationship with Him. I…

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Roasted Sausage, Sweet Potato, and Swiss Chard

Roasted Sausage, Sweet Potato, and Swiss Chard

Man, it was windy today! My boys have been feeling a little cooped up and I have been distracted with the urge to spring clean. I thought it would be a good idea to get out of the house to break my cleaning focus and spend some intentional time playing with them. Of course they…

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