10 Different Ways To Preserve Fruits and Vegetables For The Winter

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I don't know about you, but one of the things I hate about winter (and there are many) is the lack of fresh vegetables from the garden or local farm stand. There's nothing like a fresh tomato picked that very day. But today we have some tips for preserving that delicious bounty of produce that we will soon lack. These ideas will help you to eat healthier throughout the long run, and they'll also help you to waste less food in the short term. Continue Reading

DIY 4th of July Popsicles, Two Ways: One for Kids and One for Adults!

Recipe: 4th of July popsicles!

Here’s a summertime tip: Always make popsicles. Summer is here, which means the Fourth of July is on the way and you probably have a barbeque to host. Whether you’re holding a kid-friendly summer party or an adults-only celebration, popsicles will make everyone happy, including you! That’s because they’re ridiculously easy to make, you can prep them far in advance, and nothing tastes better on a hot day than a refreshing popsicle. We have two tasty recipes for you to prep this summer. Continue Reading

How To: Make the Ultimate, Reusable Fruit Fly Trap

DIY Fruit Fly Trap
Learn how to get rid of fruit flies for good.

Ah … summertime. The pinnacle of the produce season means amazing things for your palate: sun-ripened fruit, homegrown vegetables, and fresh herbs for days.

Unfortunately, ripe produce also invites other guests to the flavor party: fruit flies. These little monsters (drosophilidae), with their big red eyes and kneejerk-wave inspiring flight patterns, aren't terribly harmful (they have a lifecycle of around ten days)…they're just really, really annoying. Continue Reading

5 Kabob Recipes for a Killer Summer Weekend

5 kabob recipesIt’s mid-summer and that means your grill (if you have one) is out and seasoned! Have yourself a grilling party this weekend with these five tasty kabob recipes!      

 

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Grilled Chicken Fajita Kabobs via Two Peas and Their Pod 

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Asian Steak Kabobs via Steamy Kitchen 

5 kabob recipes Green Curry Veggie Kabobs via Oh My Veggies 

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Funfetti Rice Krispie Kabobs via Mom On Timeout 

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Fruit Kabob Place Cards via Creative Live  

Happy grilling!

Make It: Plastic Spoon Pineapple Lamp DIY

I’m seeing a lot of fruit-shaped projects lately for summer and am kind of loving them. None more than this pineapple lamp DIY though. I am definitely fond of home decor items that don’t take themselves too seriously. What about you?    

Ally from Now That’s Pretty made this festive table lamp out of plastic spoons that were painted yellow and a large plastic bottle. How’s that for a recycling project?

For the full tutorial and more photos, visit Now That’s Pretty

How To: Make Fresh Pineapple Sorbet

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Thiiiiiiis looks amazing. I’m a big fan of pineapple, frozen goodies, and have I mentioned pineapple? Three simple ingredients make this cool, homemade treat even more appetizing!    

Christy from The Girl Who Ate Everything (sounds like my kind of girl — Christy, let’s be friends!) shares this simple recipe. All you need is a pineapple, a little bit of sugar, and water! Check out how to turn those three things into frozen sorbet magic right here. Continue Reading

How To: Make Fruity and Delicious Striped Ice Cream Cake

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If this doesn’t look and taste like summer, I don’t know what does! Layers of fruity sorbet and ice cream stack up to create a delicious, seasonal treat.    

The angel food cake base kicks things off and then things just get tastier and tastier from there. Blueberry, raspberry, and peach — oh my! Grab the recipe, and get some great tips on how to easily spread ice cream and sorbet, over on Martha Stewart!

Happy summer!

Free Printable Download: Fruit Sticker Valentines

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There’s no cheesiness in this food-inspired Valentine- it is all fruit.     

These fruit stickers from Twig and Thistle would be a fun surprise in a lunch sack or fruit basket on Valentine’s day.

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Kathleen went all out and included nearly every fruit so none of these naturally sweet valentines would feel left out.  You can get her food-safe stickers, or make your own regular fruit stickers using her great idea.

Eating healthy suddenly became that much more fun!

Roundup: Five Fruit “Dishes” You Can Eat Out Of!

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What do kegs, cups, bowls, and shot glasses all have in common?  You can make them out of fruit of course!   

 

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And by “of course”, I really mean “Who knew?”, because I would have never thought to turn a giant watermelon into a keg.  But you can!  The folks at Food Network Magazine show you how right here.

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I can’t think of anything better than drinking apple cider out of an apple cup.  Except maybe…

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Eating caramel-covered ice cream out of an apple cup! Continue Reading

Apple Decor: 6 DIY Projects Using Fall’s Favorite Fruit

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This time of year means one thing and one thing only, as far as produce goes that is. It’s the beginning of apple season. Lucky for us, however, it’s pretty much apple season all year round. Whether it’s New Zealand Braeburns or Minnesota Honeycrisps*, there’s always something delicious to choose from. So, in celebration of that dependable–and yummy–fruit, I decided to surf the waves for how-to’s using them in decor projects. Here are some of the best:

The mini apple vases, pictured above, are from Toildrop, and I love, love, LOVE them, especially paired up with the spider mums.  Continue Reading