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Soybean Edamame Pesto Recipe
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Designing a Reading Nook – Need Help!
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M&M’s Deluxe Cookie Pie – Who’s Ready For a Superhero Party?
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#TastefullyCrafted With Green Mountain Gringo Salsa
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Scrambled Eggs With Bacon
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Tomato Tea Recipe
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Soybean Harvest 2014
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Where Slow Food & Whole Food Meet Cookbook Release + Slow Cooker Giveaway!
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Baked Sugar Snap Peas
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Recent Harvests From The Garden + Coconut and Milk bars
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Reach Your Health Goals in Brooklyn + Fitbit Giveaway!
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Easy Salted Edamame Recipe & How To Make a Rain Barrel From a Trash Can!
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Pumpkin Pudding Cream Pie – Yummy Recipe Alert
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Honesty With Me and FiFi Bofinkles
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Oven Roasted Beef Tomato Sauce
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Grazing for Snacks
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Delicious Buttermilk Jalapeno Biscuits
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How to Dry Oregano in 1 Hour
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Aloe Vera Mint and Lime Juice + Juice Giveaway!
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Summer Fresh Pasta Salad + Spice Giveaway

Soybean Edamame Pesto Recipe

With all the soybeans we just picked I had one idea in mind – Soybean Edamame Pesto!

This pesto is delicious and tastes ultra fresh.  If you have a bunch of soybeans and don’t know what to do with them then it’s even better as this pesto freezes amazing for months so that means you can have some of your Summer harvest in Winter – one of my favorite ways to enjoy dinner!
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The main ingredients in this pesto are soybeans, almonds and garlic.  Many pesto recipes call for pine nuts but have you seen the price of them? Yikes! No thanks!  I stick with almonds that are just a few dollars and last me multiple batches of pesto.  The recipe only calls for 1/4 cup almonds so a $4 container of them can make quite a bunch of pesto!

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Designing a Reading Nook – Need Help!

 Hey friends! I need your help today!  Please!

I know how stylish you guys are and I trust your decorative touches, so won’t you give me your input?

Please watch this video below I made where I’m asking for your help in my future reading nook!  I want someplace cozy in our loft that I can curl up with some cats, a cup of tea and a book. 

Below are some of my favorite items I saw when browsing online – which ones do you love?
Do you have any suggestions on comments about a reading nook? What does it have to have?  What shouldn’t it have?

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M&M’s Deluxe Cookie Pie – Who’s Ready For a Superhero Party?

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Are you a Superhero? Who likes M&M’s

Well today you are! So bring your Superhero powers and grab a piece of my M&M’s Deluxe Cookie Pie!

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I love how fun parties are so I thought to throw a  Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier party.  Not only is there a crumbly pie waiting for you but you’ll also be equipped with a shied and helmet! The helmet doesn’t cover the mouth though which is great for eating a big piece of this M&M pie.  Superheroes have priorities, you know?

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#TastefullyCrafted With Green Mountain Gringo Salsa

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Green Mountain Gringo all-natural chips and salsa. All opinions are 100% mine.

Have you guys tried Green Mountain Gringo Salsa?  It’s delicious and is all-natural made in Winston-Salem North Carolina.  It’s gluten-free vegetarian salsa is made of only all natural ingredients, meaning no additives or non-natural preservatives.  

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Their slogan “Just what it needs and nothing it doesn’t” is a pretty great way to approach recipes, especially when it comes to fresh bowls of salsa.  Their ingredients include hand-picked vegetables, hebs and spices  - everything it needs.  How do you think it should be served? Over Green Mountain Gringo’s all-natural non-GMO tortilla strips of course!  Wouldn’t this make a great snack or a appetizer for taco night?

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Scrambled Eggs With Bacon

This post brought to you by Butterball Every Day. All opinions are 100% mine.

This is not scramble eggs with bacon on the side.

Oh no.

This is scramble eggs with bacon.  Together.

I hope I just scrambled your idea of breakfast.   So now let’s enjoy these together.

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Breakfast is one of my favorite meals of the day.  On fast days I grab a bowl of cereal. In the Winter time it’s usually toast, figs and tea.  But on extra special days and weekends, it’s a full on breakfast.  Sometimes it’s pancakes.  Sometimes it’s waffles.  Sometimes it’s a egg burrito.  But my favorite breakfast? Scrambled eggs.  As a kid my Mother would make me scrambled eggs while she enjoyed hers “dippy” style.  I would usually lather my scrambled eggs in ketchup.  Ok I’m lying, I still do this.

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Tomato Tea Recipe

Tomato this.  
Tomato that.    
Tomato everything.  
Tomato tea.  
Did I get your attention?   Yes, tomato tea.
Are you intrigued?  
This tomato tea is out of this world delicious.
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First of all, this tomato tea is super easy and basic.  It has 2 ingredients.  It’s hot.  It’s perfect for Fall.  It’s perfect for a cold.  It’s perfect for a afternoon pick me up.  It’s perfect for curling up with a book.  It’s perfect!

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Soybean Harvest 2014

Soybean season was here… and now it’s gone.   But don’t worry there’s plenty of memories to stick around… like the pounds of soybeans in my freezer right now!

Soybeans are one of my favorite vegetables to grow but it’s also one of the most intense plants once it’s ready to harvest.   Growing, they are pretty easy to deal with.  Give them a little water and a hug every few days ago and the soybeans will grow so bushy and tall you won’t be able to see over them.  But once it’s time to pick these soybeans, then put a day (or more) aside!  Even though they are hard work to pick, they are totally worth it.  Soybeans are a favorite for pasta dishes, stews, stir-fries and currently we are obsessed with soybean pesto!  I’ll be posting that recipe later this week so keep a soybean loving eye out for it!

The soybeans were planted directly in their containers on June 14 and were harvested September 3.  We grow 12-16 plants per 27 gallon container.  You can plant quite a few  soybean plants in containers making them great for small spaces.  Each plant yields quite a number of soybeans too.   Once they’re big enough they tend to support each other and just grow into one another.  We put a few tall garden stakes into the container to try to help support them so they aren’t lying on the rooftop but for the most part they have a mind of their own and just want to grow big.  

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Where Slow Food & Whole Food Meet Cookbook Release + Slow Cooker Giveaway!

I’m so happy to announce the launch of Where Slow Food & Whole Food Meet Cookbook today! It’s a great book for a great cause!

Whether you’re looking for a simple dinner to make on a busy weeknight or a comforting meal for Sunday supper, Where Slow Food and Whole Food Meet has your meal planning covered. Over a month’s worth of slow cooker dinner recipes including Lasagna and Sweet and Spicy Carnitas. All of these original recipes have been created by talented food bloggers especially for this slow cooker cookbook. The food bloggers’ passion for slow cooking is demonstrated in the beautiful photography and delicious recipes they have contributed to this cookbook, a cookbook that we hope will hold a special place in your kitchen for years to come. 
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I was invited along with some other bloggers to contribute a Slow Cooker recipe for this cookbook which is focused on healthy slow cooker dinners for families to enjoy.  What did I made for this? Macaroni and Cheese With Sugar Snap Peas! You’ll have to get the cookbook to get the recipe though! 

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Baked Sugar Snap Peas

It’s a bit funny that I’m posting this recipe just as about we’re to tear up our green beans and plant our Fall sugar snap peas.    Soon our boxes will be cleaned out with long beans and the sugar snap pea seeds will be put into the ground.  Then we’ll start the watch of seeing the peas grow from sprouting from the ground to seeing who can make it to the top of the fence first.

Every year we grow sugar snap peas twice because we just can’t get enough.   They are a favorite crunchy snack but they also go hand in hand with some of our favorite meals.  Give me some sugar snap peas, pasta and a little olive oil and you got a big bowl of happiness.

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With a big harvest of peas I wanted to come up with a recipe that took them to that extra step of yum?  Result: Baked Sugar Snap Peas.

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Recent Harvests From The Garden + Coconut and Milk bars


Yummy snacks and gardening – those go together great, right?

I mean ok maybe not gardening and eating yummy snacks at the same time, but then again, why not?  A little melted Coconut & Milk Fruit Bar running down my hand is a blessing in disguise isn’t it? It’s nothing a little delicious lick can’t clean up.  Real talk.
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Reach Your Health Goals in Brooklyn + Fitbit Giveaway!

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You guys know I love Brooklyn, right? I mean I really really really love Brooklyn.  I couldn’t imagine myself anywhere besides Brooklyn (well perhaps I could imagine myself upstate on my own Cat Sanctuary/Farm but that’s another story for another time).   You might think Brooklyn is a concrete jungle but it’s actually a beautiful place with some lush green parks and greenways perfect for a stress relieving wellness workout if you know where to look.

Take my hand and let’s checkout some of my favorite Brooklyn places for a great workout!

And make sure to read the entire post as I’m giving away a Fitbit (!!!) to one lucky winner below!

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Easy Salted Edamame Recipe & How To Make a Rain Barrel From a Trash Can!

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Who’s ready to pop a few soybeans right in their mouth?
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Ok, me too! Grab a few soybeans and let’s get snacking!

I love edamame. I went through this phase where everytime I ordered sushi I also ordered a big bowl of edamame to go with it.   Then I got to thinking, why don’t we grow our own soybeans?  So we bought some seeds, planted them in our containers and BOOM! SOYBEANS!  Ok maybe it wasn’t that instant, but it was pretty much that easy. Since the beginning we’ve had alot of luck with growing soybeans.  This year they have grown to new heights and soon they will be all picked to be frozen and enjoyed for many happy edamame snacking sessions.

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Pumpkin Pudding Cream Pie – Yummy Recipe Alert

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“It’s too early for pumpkin” is one statement you’ll never hear me say.  Never ever. Especially when it comes to yummy recipes

It’s always time for pumpkin  Always.

Because I have so much pumpkin love we grow pumpkins twice a year, so we have a few to harvest in the Summer and a few to pick in the Fall.  Fall’s pumpkins are already planted and have started to produce a few flowers.  We were planned to have 2 pumpkin plants but somehow we have 10.  I say “somehow” because the truth is this is my doing.  I always want more pumpkins so I saved all the seedlings and secretly planted them.  Surprise, a rooftop pumpkin patch!  A dream come true (I hope!)….

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Honesty With Me and FiFi Bofinkles

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Triad Retail Media. All opinions are 100% mine.

My FiFi Bofinkles trusts me.  And only me.

Try to touch her belly and you’ll get snapped at.

Try to rub her head and you’ll get snapped at.

Try to rub her toes.. oh goodness, don’t you dare.

But me? I get full access to my FiFi Bofinkles 24/7.  Sometimes she literally serves her belly on a platter for me (ok maybe not literally). But she gives me it.  

My Bofinkles Baby and I trust each other.

The story of FiFi Bofinkles is a funny one.  Got a minute to listen?

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Oven Roasted Beef Tomato Sauce

Have you guys tried my Oven Roasted Creamy Cherry Tomato Sauce (or with a kick)? It’s delicious. I promise you.  

But sometimes you might not have a over abundance of cherry tomatoes.  Sometimes your garden might be full of beef tomatoes. Can you make a simple and quick oven roasted tomato sauce with them? You bet your tomatoes you can!  

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Grazing for Snacks

This post brought to you by Graze.com. All opinions are 100% mine.

When do you snack the worst?

For me it’s late afternoon or right before bed.  I’ve been known to bring a (big) handful of sour worms to bed with me.  But surprisingly, a handful of neon sour worms coated in sugar isn’t always the best choice (shocking, I know!).

I’ve been introduced to Graze and I’m hooked so I had to share them with you! Graze.com is a subscription snack box service founded 5 years ago by 7 friends in the UK who got sick of the same old snacks and wanted a better way to snack. Launched in the USA in January and already has over 200K American subscribers, called “grazers.”  I’ m a grazer!

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Delicious Buttermilk Jalapeno Biscuits

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Want to know a true story?  I made these biscuits twice.  In one week.  I nearly ate them all.  I’m thinking about making them again.   Right now.

These biscuits are what magical bread dreams (we all have them, right?) are about.  They’re flaky, they’re moist, they’re full of flavor and you just can’t get enough of them.   More specifically these are buttermilk biscuits which makes them ultra deluxe and ultra moist.   Like my gif shows, buttermilk makes everything better, don’t you agree?

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These biscuits also have jalapeno peppers in it for a slight bite of heat.  The jalapenos are a great balance for that buttermilk giving it a little something special.  I chop the jalapenos up pretty fine so they’re evenly distributed and not overwhelming.   Between these biscuits and candied jalapenos I’m eating quite a bunch of jalapenos this Summer!

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How to Dry Oregano in 1 Hour

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It’s the last full week of August.  It doesn’t mean that Summer is over yet, or the gardening season is close to being over (does it really ever end?) but with a few months of growth your herb container might be getting out of hand.  Your basil is green and lush, your mint spreads the best smells around the garden and your oregano has a mind of it’s own.  Oregano grows.. and grows.. and grows.. and takes over.  Nothing can stop our oregano, including a harsh Winter.  Somehow it didn’t care about the amount of snow or freezing temperatures we had because once Spring hit it started growing again.  

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Aloe Vera Mint and Lime Juice + Juice Giveaway!

This post brought to you by ALO Drink. All opinions are 100% mine.

When you think Aloe Vera what do you think of?  Probably sunburn.   As a kid my parents would slather Aloe Vera on me after every day at the beach on family vacation.  As a adult Matthew slathers Aloe Vera on me after every long garden day.  What can I say? I’m pale and burn.

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I’m here to change your ideas of Aloe Vera though (but I’m not here to change your ideas of always covering up in the Sun!).  Do you know you can drink Aloe Vera? Oh you bet you can and it’s totally delicious.   I’ve recently come to love ALO drink juice that has the natural benefits of real aloe vera and is handpicked from their organic aloe vera farm.   All of this goodness comes straight from the leaf leaving it very natural.  Aloe Vera is crisp and refreshing in flavor, perfect for a Summer afternoon.   Using the ALO Comfort variety which combines Aloe Vera with Watermelon and Peaches, I wanted to keep it simple by making it my own. I love the taste of lime and mint is a crazy producing plant right now so I knew they’d be be the perfect addition in the blender.  With a handful of ice I had a cold and healthy drink to enjoy!   

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Summer Fresh Pasta Salad + Spice Giveaway

Guys, it’s August 21st.  We’re in the 20′s already! Soon it will be September! September…already? Don’t get me wrong you know I love Fall, Halloween and everything that comes along with it but there will be a few memories I miss from Summer.   It’s not over yet, but that doesn’t mean I can’t be dramatic and romantic about the sweltering garden days of picking tomatoes, weeding out the boxes and nurturing seedlings to grow big and strong.

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A basket full of harvest is one of the proudest things I could carry.   Seeing the fresh colors of red, green, yellow and more topple over the basket makes me a happy girl.  Although we’re picking tomatoes, lettuce, radishes and melons as the Summer continues, we’re also getting ready for the Fall garden.  Some plants have already been transplanted while others wait their turn downstairs for containers to be cleared away on the roof.   There seems to never be a empty day in the garden, there’s always something that needs to be transitioned and moved in or out.

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