Maple Syrup Giveaway!

I didn't know that last week when I wrote about my favorite Maple Syrup Recipes that a local Maple Syrup producer, Schoff's Sugar Shack, would offer to give away a pint of Maple Syrup and Maple Coffee to my readers! It's EASY to enter, just use the easy form below: Good Luck!   a Rafflecopter giveaway   Photo courtesy of Schoff's.  … [Read more...]

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How is Maple Syrup Made? Learning about Pure New York Maple Syrup

Update: Starting March 26, you can enter to win a bottle of Schoff's Maple Syrup! Enter here! Did you know that this weekend and next is the annual Maple Syrup Weekend? We celebrated by going to a pancake breakfast -- made with Maple Syrup, of course! Then we headed over to Schoff's Sugar Shack in Victor, NY, to learn how Maple Syrup is made. Turns out, this year is a BAD year for syrup -- too cold. The sap has been freezing and hasn't had … [Read more...]

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Easy Maple Glazed Carrots Recipe

I've been getting carrots in my Wickham Farms CSA share for weeks now, and this week is the first time it occurred to me to make glazed carrots.  Now, I could weep for all that lost time that we could have been eating sweet, gingery, lovely, brown-butter caramelized glazed carrots. The only problem with this recipe is that there is never enough. Usually when preparing a carrot dish for my family, I allot 1 carrot per person. In this recipe, I … [Read more...]

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Kohlrabi Recipe | Sweet & Sour Kohlrabi #Paleo #Glutenfree

Last week, I asked my Facebook fans to challenge me to come up with a recipe for one of 4 unusual ingredients from my Wickham Farms CSA share. The options were: Kohlrabi Beets Watermelon Radishes Mizuna Kohlrabi was the winner! So then I had to come up with a Kohlrabi recipe that would please everyone! I have made Kohlrabi Slaw before, but I really wanted a cooked preparation this time around. I wasn't even looking for … [Read more...]

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Blueberry Smoothie Recipe – You’ll never guess the Secret Superfood Ingredient!

Have you noticed I have been making a lot of purple and red recipes lately? I attribute this rosy compulsion to the proliferation of beets and blueberries that have made their way into my refrigerator in the past two weeks. Of course, my first inclination is to try out new superfood smoothie recipes!     I've made plenty of smoothies in the past, and one of them even included golden beets.  I took home some dazzling red … [Read more...]

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Rustic Vegetable Pasta Salad Recipe | Wickham Farms CSA

Wickham Farms CSA simply overloaded us with fresh produce at our pick-up on Monday. It was glorious. This week's recipe is a little different -- my husband volunteered to cook and I was not about to stand in his way. When I tasted his creation, I warned him: "This is totally going on the blog."  So this Rustic Vegetable Pasta Salad Recipe is all Chad's creation. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did! Rustic Vegetable Pasta Salad Recipe … [Read more...]

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Corn Recipes : Seasoned Butter + My CSA Recipe Fail

Look at this week's CSA share from Wickham Farms. It is just so, so gorgeous. We got purple bell peppers this week, and to my surprise, when I cut into them, they have green flesh. I had never seen that before. The very first thing I did when I was going through my share this week was to cut the greens off my beets and saute them up in a little garlic and olive oil. Delicious, edible, and a nutrient powerhouse, beet greens are rich in vitamin A, … [Read more...]

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Stuffed Zucchini Boats Recipe Wickham Farms CSA Share Week 7

Note: I'm taking a little blog-cation this week! The recipe below is taken from a previously written post on Zucchini. Enjoy! This is for all you wonderful locavores who are getting zucchini in your CSA baskets Every.Single.Week! I thought we were in the clear when I looked through yesterday’s basket, but nope! Nestled between a cucumber and some collard greens was that distinctive dark green vegetable that is slowly becoming the bane of my … [Read more...]

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Greens and Beans Pasta featuring Kale and Fresh Herbs | Wickham Farms #CSA Share Week 6

Ok, so this is, like, my fourth recipe featuring Kale. But listen -- I love Kale, it's healthy, and  it just keeps coming every week! This week I decided to make a Greens and Beans Pasta. Normally I do greens and beans as a side dish, but this time I decided to mix everything up together. It took about 2 seconds and tasted great!  Cooking with beans is my strategy for when I forget to take some meat out of the freezer. What I like about … [Read more...]

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Beet Smoothie Recipe with Superfoods | Wickham Farms CSA Share Week 5

I knew it was going to happen sooner or later. At some point during the summer, I was going to open my CSA share bag and find some beets. Listen, it's not that I don't like beets. It's just that the only beet preparation I really love is roasted, and it is just too freaking hot this week to turn on the oven. Oh, and also nobody else in my house will eat beets. I know, I know, I am always bragging about my omnivorous children and hubby, but no … [Read more...]

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Frugal Family Summer Fun in Rochester #ROC

If you missed it this morning, or just love me so much that you want to watch it again, here's my segment with Jennifer Johnson this morning chock full of tips on how to have fun with kids this summer for FREE:   You can find all the resources we talk about here. … [Read more...]

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Thrift Shopping at A Second Thought Resale Shop

Are you in the 16%? 16% of Americans shop at thrift stores. Are you among them? I have been for years. I remember rummaging through a secondhand shop on the Ithaca Commons during college to find trendy clothes that fit my miniscule budget (and tiny size, back in the day!). Back then, I wasn't thrifting for any other reason than I had the time to search through racks and didn't have the money to pay retail. Now, there are many more … [Read more...]

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Free Summer Kids Activities for Every Day of the Week #ROC | Free Printable Scavenger Hunt

I'm always looking for free summer kids activities to keep my kids occupied during the long summer days. But they have to be free because kids' activities and summer camps can really add up. Here is a list of free activities for every day of the week. Some are specific to Rochester, NY, and others will work wherever you are. UPDATED for 2016! Monday FREE bowling  - AMF Lanes offer free bowling for kids every day all summer. Shoe rental is … [Read more...]

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Broccoli Salad Recipe | Wickham Farms CSA Share Week 4

I just picked up my fourth Wickham Farms CSA share and I am finally feeling like we're in the swing of things. For some reason, once I start seeing broccoli and zucchini, it really starts to feel like we're getting a substantial amount of produce every week. Last week all four of us trekked out to the U-Pick fields (a perk of CSA membership) in the rain to pick sugar snap peas, kale, and snapdragons.  The peas were gone in 24 hours. I just … [Read more...]

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