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Toasted Coconut-Hazelnut Butter

A simple and delicious homemade gift idea.

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I've been on a huge nut butter kick lately. Whenever there's a package of nuts in my house, it doesn't take long for me to roast and blend them up into a delicious creamy paste so I can eat it with apples for lunch. It's simple, delicious, and has just the right amount of protein and fat to make me feel full until dinnertime. That's why I had to try Izy's recipe for Toasted Coconut-Hazelnut Butter on her blog Top with Cinnamon. Not only does it have the rich flavor of regular hazelnut … [Read more...]

Homemade Marionberry Jam

Switch out any berry you like for this delicious jam recipe.

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Meet Chelsia, our newest blog contributor! Chels is a native Oregonian who dreams of living with all four seasons in Central Oregon. She's a wife and stay at home mom to her three vivacious kiddos whom she home schools. When she's not schooling or chasing after her munchkins, she enjoys reading, bubble baths, and finding clothing/kitchen treasure at thrift stores. But more than all of that, she finds refuge in her kitchen where she and her husband can be found cooking and baking up a storm for … [Read more...]

Easter Gift Baskets

With DIY naturally dyed Easter eggs.

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Every Easter, images of gorgeous Easter eggs colored with vibrant natural dyes pop up all over the internet, and the results always look so fantastic that I decided to try it myself for my family’s Easter gathering. So, with the help of a few ingredients from the kitchen, I came up with three natural dye colors for my eggs, and I'm really happy with how they turned out. To make the natural dyes: RED This dark red coppery color is made using the outer skins of several red and yellow … [Read more...]

Sesame Seed Candies

A delicious homemade dessert recipe.

Sesame Seed Candy

In celebration of the freshness of spring, I’ve been on the lookout for a new kind of sweet treat recipe to share with everyone. The recipe I found on RadMegan.com provides the tools to make the sesame seed candies that you see everywhere in stores. This recipe is not only great for sesame seeds, but you can add all kinds of nuts and dried berries as well. A truly fresh breakaway from my (tried and true) base cookie recipe; this recipe is so easy, you can start 15 minutes before a dinner … [Read more...]

How-To: Creamed Honey

A simple trick for dealing with crystallized honey.

How-To: Creamed Honey

I love honey. It’s one of my go-to treats for a sweet tooth, and the first thing I’ll pour in my tea when I have a sore throat (or just because). I like it whether it’s raw and rich with enzymes, or pasteurized and packaged in a bear container. I even like the way it tastes and spreads over toast after it has crystallized as honey inevitably does after a few months on the shelf. Although I don’t mind the texture of crystallized honey, it can be a bit tricky to work with, so I often … [Read more...]

Lemon Pudding Cakes in a Jar

The perfect dessert for your next spring party!

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I made these lemon pudding cakes a few months ago and was surprised at how utterly scrumptious they were. These lemony delights are similar to a molten lava cake, but they're made with lemon instead of chocolate. It's such a perfect combination of creamy pudding mixed with cake and a crunchy sugar topping. The only challenge now was how to bring this hot dish to a dinner party without needing to bake it there. I swapped out ramekins for wide-mouth canning jars and the solution was simple! … [Read more...]

Deli-style Nutmeats

Vegan and gluten-free!

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Welcome our new contributing writer, Lorraine! Lorraine is a medical student, writer and food lover living in her hometown of Portland, Oregon. Sometimes, Lorraine realizes that, for the most part, her family, friends and adored acquaintances are just a bike ride away. This gives her a sense of cozy giddiness! Mostly though, she gets psyched about creating and sharing food, particularly the kind of food that is accidentally healthy and delicious. See more of her work at … [Read more...]

St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

Featuring Guinness beer!

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If you’re celebrating this St. Patrick’s Day with a nice cold glass of Guinness, you may want to save some for use in your favorite foods, too! Want some inspiration? We’ve got a roundup of recipes for you to try: Spicy Guinness Mustard Make this easy recipe for homemade Guinness mustard. It’s delicious, hearty, and makes a great sauce for corned beef sandwiches!   Triple Cheese Beer Spread Try this recipe for Triple Cheese Beer spread. It’ll be a party favorite for … [Read more...]

Guinness Beer Floats

Indulge in this delicious treat for St. Patrick's Day!

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St. Patrick's Day is one of my favorite holidays, so to celebrate the day properly, my husband and I will be hosting a dinner party at our house with all the traditional St. Patrick's Day foods we can muster: corned beef and cabbage, Irish soda bread, and, of course, a simple St. Patrick's day-themed dessert: Guinness Beer Floats. The combination of beer and ice cream may seem strange at first, but I assure you it's delicious enough that even your non-beer-loving friends may find … [Read more...]

DIY Bath and Massage Oil

A simple, homemade gift idea.

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Here in the Pacific Northwest, the weather is still wintery enough to abuse the skin, so I decided to make myself a batch of bath and massage oil to help protect myself from the elements. I originally came across this idea from one of my favorite beauty blogs, Be Beautiful, and I liked it so much that I decided to make up another batch for a friend of mine who has an upcoming birthday this weekend. To make my bath and massage oil, I just filled my small bottles with sweet almond oil and … [Read more...]