coconut berry smoothies

Last week Dyl and I went to a farm where you pick your own produce. We ended up coming home with 9 pounds of berries so I have been trying out new recipes with all the fruits of our labor. Once I realized we weren’t going to get through all our berries before they went bad I started washing and freezing them, that way we can enjoy their deliciousness all year. This morning we whipped up some smoothies using our berries and only 2 other ingredients! The best thing is it’s dairy free and vegan, but still tastes just as rich as ice cream!!!

Prep time: 10 minutes
Servings: 3

Ingredients:

3 cups frozen berries (we used a mix of berries we picked at the farm last week)
3 tablespoons agave nectar or honey
1 can coconut milk

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Make it your own: You can freeze the smoothie mixture for 3-4 hours in a container to create a harder texture more similar to ice cream!

Directions:

1. Combine all ingredients in blender or food processor.
2. Blend until smooth and is desired consistency.
3. Pour into glasses and enjoy!!!!!

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Tip: Experiment with all different combinations of fruit. Never throw our fruit that is about to go bad! Freeze different fruits in containers and throw them into your next smoothie.

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berry picking

Last weekend, Dyl and I were looking for something fun and different to do! Dyl kept saying he wanted to go to a farm and pick our own produce, so I went on the hunt for a location for our date. We came across a family owned farm where you can go on the fields and pick whatever produce is in season.

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There were red raspberries, black raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, sweet onions, potatoes, kale, turnips, and beets! We spent 4 hours enjoying the beautiful weather and snacking along the way as we filled baskets with the juiciest, sweetest berries I’ve ever had! The entire day was so peaceful, we got to enjoy nature, each other, and all the berries we could carry!

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At the end of the day, we came home with potatoes, onions, and over 9 pounds of berries!! So, stay tuned for lots of recipes using these berries. There is no doubt we will be going back to the farm soon, especially since peaches and tomato season is just around the corner and the farm has the coziest setup for fall.
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If you want to find a pick your own produce farm just like this, all you have to do is search online typing in the area you want to go and “pick your own.” Happy picking! Let me know about your favorite date ideas in the comments!IMG_2943

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homemade peanut butter

For my birthday this year I got a food processor from Dyl and I can’t stop experimenting! We’ve been trying new things left and right. We continue to be amazed by what it can do. My favorite so far: peanut butter. Even if I never make anything else in my food processor, this makes it worth it. It takes a matter of minutes and makes you feel like a magician!IMG_2806

 

Prep time: 10 minutes
Servings: makes 1 cup

Ingredients:

2 cups peanuts
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon sugar

 

Make it your own: Create a flavored peanut butter to go with whatever you’re eating! Add some cinnamon, honey or even chocolate! Use your imagination!

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Directions:

  1. Set up the food processor with the chopping blade and put the peanuts in the food processor.
  2. Pulse the food processor 5-10 times to chop the peanuts finely.
  3. Process on low for about 5 minutes until peanuts become creamy and smooth, stopping to scrape sides as necessary.
  4. Add sugar and salt a little bit at a time, pulsing to incorporate. Remember you can always add more, but you can’t take it out. During this step taste every time you add a little until it is how you like it. You may end up adding more or less then what I recommended!
  5.   Enjoy on sandwiches, dessert, fruit, or by the spoonful!

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Tip: Make a few batches at once and save it in mason jars for the rest of the week. Also, you can use this process with almost any kind of nut – try making almond butter, cashew butter, or even sunflower butter!FullSizeRender

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caprese salad

Caprese salad is so easy to put together and is so refreshing in the summer. When you have an abundance of juicy ripe tomatoes in the summer this is a great way to use them and serve as an appetizer, as a side, or just for snack. I’ve been loving the heirloom tomatoes this summer, they taste amazing and fresh from the garden which is how I remember eating tomatoes as a kid. They’re a bit pricey, but give them a try, you’ll be happy you did.

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Serves: More tomatoes more servings! I use one tomato and ¼ log of mozzarella to serve 2

Ingredients:

Tomato
Fresh Mozzarella
Balsamic Glaze (you can make your own balsamic reduction or just buy the glaze at the store)IMG_1494
Olive Oil
Fresh Basil
Prosciutto (optional)

Make it your own: Add a slice of prosciutto for some extra meat and salt! Or put your caprese right on top of some grilled chicken for a fresh summertime meal!

Directions:

  1. Slice tomato in thick slices and place on plate.
  2. Add a piece of prosciutto on top of the tomato, if desired.
  3. Slice mozzarella in thick slices similar in size to the tomato slices.
  4. Lay mozzarella slices on top of the tomato slices
  5. Place a basil leaf on top of each slice of cheese.
  6. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic glaze.
  7. Bon appétit!IMG_1504

 

Tip: Grow your own basil! I’ll be the first to admit, I can’t even keep a cactus alive…but I bought a pot of basil at Whole Foods and it has been doing great. I keep the little guy on my porch and make sure it is in the sun when I’m home. It’s a great to have on hand for caprese salads, pizza, sauce, and even lemonade.

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