Seattle can mostly be divided into two seasons—sunny and rainy. We get some traditional spring and fall days, but most of the year it is either bright, abundant sunshine, or a never ending stream of grey drizzle. This year our sunny season seems to be stretching further into the fall than normal. The temps are reaching the 70s during the daytime and it is just beautiful. So while I am anxiously awaiting being able to pull out my sweaters and boots, I am also relishing the warmth, and cooking up some summery dinners.
Tonight’s dinner is a spin on my mom’s classic pesto. Pesto was a summertime staple when I was growing up—it seems like my mom made it once a week! I’ve made lots of pestos of my own, but I always doctored them up with spinach and peas, artichokes, and macadamia nuts and garlic scapes. I love them all, but I missed my mom’s. This summer I went back to basics and replicated her recipe. Continue reading →
Summer is winding down—heck, school has already started—but we are still having warm days and there is a watermelon sitting on my counter, so it can’t be completely done, right? Isn’t the first day of fall September 23rd? Ok, so then I have time to share some smoothie recipes!
Earlier this summer the folks at GoodBelly contacted me and asked me if I would like to try some of their probiotic drinks. I’d had them before, but who could turn down free*? So a few weeks later I got my very own huge box of Good Belly drinks! Continue reading →
Last week I spent a long time at Whole Foods with one of their very nice employees going through every single snack bar they had looking for bars made in a nut free facility. There were exactly ZERO. The only bars that were nut free were all-fruit bars. Fruit bars are fine, but I was looking for something with a bit more heft to them. Something with…protein! So I made my own.
These bars are a cross between a lara bar and a granola bar. They are made with oats and seeds, and bound together with a mix of dates and the seed/nut/soy butter of your choice. We have really been digging the Wow Butter around here—the flavor is better to me than the flavor of Sun Butter. It’s made from toasted soy “nuts” and tastes like an extra toasted peanut butter. If you don’t do soy, try sun butter. And if you’re not nut free you could make these with a nut butter, like almond or peanut, but try a seed butter and keep it safe for a school snack!
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I’m not a coffee person. I’m a sweet and sugary latte in a social setting kind of a person. I don’t need caffeine to wake me up in the morning—in fact, I don’t really like much caffeine ever. But there’s something about sipping on a big sweet mug of iced coffee in the afternoon that just feels so grown up and decadent to me.
A few weeks ago a woman on my local neighborhood Facebook page shared a recipe for The Pioneer Woman’s cold brew coffee. I really liked the concept, but it made 8 quarts of coffee—she said it would last her for 3 weeks! I don’t know about you, but I don’t have that kind of fridge space! I needed to figure out a smaller batch. Continue reading →
A few weeks ago I had the chance to take the boys to Jubilee Biodynamic Farm in Carnation, WA. A friend of mine gets a weekly CSA share there and was going to be traveling, so she asked if we would like to take hers for the week. I jumped at the chance. I’d heard of the program and I had wanted to check it out before committing!
We had a great time at the farm, picking flowers and raspberries, making friends, and going on a hayride. Continue reading →