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Easy Summer Pickling

Pickling is one of those things that I’ve always shied away from in the summer. Mostly I feared that I would go through all kinds of effort, and then the jars would sit unopened, languishing until mid-winter, until someone would finally decide that they wanted the jars for another project and dump everything out. I […]

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raspberry lattice pie

Making Lattice Top Pie Crust With Kids

There’s nothing like a summer fruit pie with a pretty lattice crust. But how much of a hassle is it to make? Here’s the good news: It’s not too hard at all, and it’s actually easier if you have a partner helping you (ideally a kid who has too much summer vacation time on his […]

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olaf watermelon

Summer Watermelon Carving

It’s that time of year when the knives come out and the creative juices start flowing…If it’s July, it’s gotta be watermelon carving season! Each year we try to come up with something new to enter into the National Watermelon Promotion Board’s watermelon carving contest. In past years, we’ve done everything from a Shrek watermelon […]

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3 ice cream bowls

Easy & Kid-Friendly Fresh Raspberry Ice Cream Recipe

Summer isn’t truly summer in our family until we’ve had a chance to go raspberry picking. Each year we head up to Seattle to visit family members, and make our annual visit to one of several raspberry farms in the area. This year we headed to Remlinger Farms in Carnation, WA, where the pickings were […]

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summer mince pie

Summer Garden Mince Pie

We try to mix it up around here and write about different foods every week… but something strange happened on the way to this week’s post. We got so caught up in making celery desserts that we couldn’t resist experimenting with one last pie… and it was so good we just have to tell you […]

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cherry ice cream

Cherry-Rosemary Ice Cream with OXO

Summer and ice cream go hand in hand, which is why once school gets out, we break out our trusty ice cream maker. This year we got an extra burst of inspiration from our friends at OXO, the kitchen and household tool designers, who offered us a chance to test-drive their newest ice-cream-related gadgets. Since […]

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joes nuts sign

Macadamia Nut Farm

There’s probably no other food on the mainland that says “Hawaii” more than the macadamia nut… and there’s probably no other nut that’s more kid-friendly and versatile. We recently had a chance to visit a macadamia nut farm in Hawaii, and now our kids are “nuts” for these buttery, slightly-sweet, bite-sized treats. On the way […]

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