Posts By: melissa

Breakfast in a Box

I always appreciate homemade gifts. This time of year many recent high school grads are venturing off to college away from home. This is a simple yet thoughtful way to let them know they’re missed. This cute little box would also be a great gift idea for so many occasions, just use your imagination!

For full instructions and other ideas visit Style Baggage

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Grilled Peaches & Pecans

Have I mentioned yet how much I truly love this time of year? So many amazing things are in season, it’s fabulous! Our market has been chalk full of delicious, local peaches. I try to watch refined sugar, which is why a recipe like this is so great. Using natures own bounty a delicious dessert is born. And of course if you’d like to add some extra yumminess you can certainly eat these with some ice cream or Greek yogurt, however I’m convinced they’ll stand up just fine on their own!

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Full recipe & instructions found on The Pioneer Woman

Grilled Peaches & Pecans

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Fresh Peaches, Halved And Pitted
  • Maple Syrup, For Brushing
  • Butter (for Grilling)
  • Pecans, Chopped

 

Honey Ricotta Ice Cream

Summer is far too quickly coming to a close. Although I’m always ready for fall when it arrives, I must say I’ll miss some of my favorite parts of summer…..like frozen treats! As you likely know, I’m not a big dairy fan, but this recipe demands an exception. I love the simplicity (only 3 ingredients) and of course it doesn’t use refined sugar!

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For full recipe please visit Wonky Wonderful.

Ingredients:

  • Full Fat Ricotta
  • Whole Milk
  • Honey

Basil Peach Sorbet

Continuing on with my late summer peach obsession I just had to share this recipe. Although some may not readily pair peach and basil, it sounds like an awfully refreshing treat to get you through the August heat. Per my usual, I’ll probably try substituting some of the refined sugar with honey. It’s a bit healthier and come on, peaches and honey….hard to beat that combo!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 8 basil leaves
  • 4 ripe peaches, peeled and pitted

- See more at: http://www.brannyboilsover.com/2013/08/08/basil-peach-sorbet/#sthash.Rewvu2ZD.dpuf

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For full recipe and instructions please visit Branny Boils Over.

Basil Peach Sorbet

You’ll Need:

  • Peaches
  • Basil
  • Sugar (honey if you’re like me)
  • Water

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 8 basil leaves
  • 4 ripe peaches, peeled and pitted

- See more at: http://www.brannyboilsover.com/2013/08/08/basil-peach-sorbet/#sthash.Rewvu2ZD.dpuf

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 8 basil leaves
  • 4 ripe peaches, peeled and pitted

- See more at: http://www.brannyboilsover.com/2013/08/08/basil-peach-sorbet/#sthash.Rewvu2ZD.dpuf

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 8 basil leaves
  • 4 ripe peaches, peeled and pitted

- See more at: http://www.brannyboilsover.com/2013/08/08/basil-peach-sorbet/#sthash.Rewvu2ZD.dpuf

 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 8 basil leaves
  • 4 ripe peaches, peeled and pitted

- See more at: http://www.brannyboilsover.com/2013/08/08/basil-peach-sorbet/#sthash.Rewvu2ZD.dpuf

 

Peach Pecan Coconut Oatmeal

Oh how I absolutely love the flavors of summer. Although berries probably top my list, peaches certainly come in a close second. Peak season is here (or darn close anyway). I’m always looking for ways to savor my husband’s most favorite fruit. I love a good peach cobbler or peach banana smoothie however this recipe sounds like it would make a divine breakfast treat! I have a few alterations I’ll be making, please see them in parenthesis below.

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For full recipe and instructions please visit Cookie Monster Cooking!

Peach Pecan Coconut Oatmeal

For the oatmeal:
    • 3 cups water
    • 1 cup milk (I’ll be using coconut or almond milk in place of cows milk)
    • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter (I’m going to try a little coconut oil instead)
    • 1 cup steel-cut oats
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • 3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar (my sweetener of choice will be honey or pure maple syrup instead of brown sugar)
    • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
For serving:
  • 1 to 2 peaches, diced
  • ½ cup pecans, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut

 

DIY Chalkboard Notebook

It’s that time of year already….Back To School. Although I’m not immersed in that world anymore (or YET, as we have little one so our time is coming) I’m well aware from friends and family that it’s time to get back in that groove. I have so many fun memories of shopping for back to school clothes and supplies. Every kid likes to have fun and unique stuff to show off to their friends once they hit the classroom again so I thought this cute little DIY project would be perfect!

For full instructions on how to create a DIY Chalkboard Notebook please visit Warm Hot Chocolate.

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Strawberry Mango Chia Pudding Cups

I’m always on the lookout for new and healthy breakfast and snack ideas and just so happen to be a huge fan of chia pudding. This recipe takes a twist on the version I normally make as it has a double layer….oh lala! These look simple enough to make ahead of time in little cups and keep refrigerated so all I have to do is take one out in the morning and it’s a go. I’m also liking that it’s a healthy, protein packed snack for our little guy, although I’d probably omit the protein powder in this case.

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Full recipe and instructions can be found on Fueling Endurance Performance.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 0.5 tsp cinnamon (optional)
  • 0.5 cup mango puree
  • 0.5 cup strawberry puree
  • 1 scoop protein powder (I’ll likely omit this)
  • 1 tsp shredded coconut
  • 1 strawberry, hulled and chopped

Fresh Heirloom Tomato Juice

Ahhhh the amazing tastes of summer! One of my husband’s favorites are heirloom tomatoes. Not only are they beautiful to look at but they have a delicious flavor about them. They’ve been showing up in droves at our local market so I thought this recipe is quite timely.  It would make a tasty breakfast beverage or jazz up a homemade Bloody Mary.

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For full recipe and instructions please visit  Whole Foods Market

Fresh Heirloom Tomato Juice
Ingredients:
  • 4 large heirloom tomatoes (about 3 pounds), cored and quartered
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish, plus more to taste (optional)
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 dashes Tabasco sauce

Printable Roads

My little guy loves his trucks! I had no idea how young some kiddos become so into certain things. He drives his trucks and tractors around a good part of every day. It’s fun watching his problem solving skills and creativity as he navigates tables, chairs, window seals and such with his little machines. When I saw this DIY that included FREE printables for roads where I could create a little city for him I knew this was a must. It’s simple and I don’t need to buy anything to set this project up for him. This is a great project for a hot summer afternoon when he’s playing indoors!

This fun idea and free printables can be found on Picklebums.com

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The Little Blue Truck

On a recent long road trip my 14 month old became very disenchanted with his favorite books after looking at them over and over and over. We made a pit stop at a Barnes and Noble to let him burn some energy while playing with the Thomas the Train Table that most all B&N’s have. It was here that I discovered one of my new favorite children’s books, The Little Blue Truck. It’s a lovely little story with a great moral about taking the time to cultivate real friendship and as a bonus the illustrations are absolutely adorable. This will be one of my new “go-to” gift items for my friends having children!

Can be purchased on Amazon for around $6

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