Roasted Strawberry Goat Cheese Ice Cream

roasted strawberry goat cheese ice cream

I’m a bit of a goat cheese fanatic and I try to add it to anything I can, so when my favorite gelato shop had Apricot Goat Cheese gelato, I knew I had to try adding some goat cheese to some of my homemade ice cream. I decided to pair it with strawberries, since that’s what I had, and my husband declared this “the best ice cream I’ve had in my life.” Not sure if you’ll agree, but I definitely recommend giving this a try, especially if you’re a fan of goat cheese.

 

Notes:

I use this ice cream maker.

If goat cheese in your ice cream isn’t really your thing, try my simple vanilla ice cream recipe and feel free to add in your own flavor combinations.

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Homemade Tea Recipes ~ Family Favorites

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Welcome back to the Raising Healthy Families series! Join us each week as we take a look at different ways to keep your family healthy and vibrant in a not-so-healthy world.

Today’s post is brought to you by Andrea Green of The Greenbacks Gal:

Homemade Tea Recipes

Over the last 50 years, we’ve had a major shift in the American diet. We’re now consuming more of our calories by drinking them. In fact, the average American is now drinking approximately 400 calories per day!

Soda, fruit juice, energy drinks and sports drinks. My kids ask for them, do yours?

Reach for a healthier alternative: tea. Full of potent antioxidants, studies have proven tea is good for your health. Can any soda say that? Plus, with so many flavorful recipes, you’ll have no problem convincing your family to drink more healthy tea.

Andrea Green from The Greenbacks Gal shares her Homemade Tea Recipes that are sure to become family favorites.

Note: This series is designed as a fun and informative compilation to help you and your family thrive. Each post is the opinion of that particular blogger, not necessarily mine or Positively Real Media’s.

Lavender Vanilla Ice Cream

lavender vanilla ice cream

I have been wanting to try making lavender ice cream for awhile now after trying it at several different ice cream shops. I love using lavender in the kitchen and recently made my own Honey Lavender Syrup, which I have been loving in lattes and sparkling water. After having success with my syrup, I decided it was time to attempt the ice cream, and I’m sorry I waited until now!

Read more and get the recipe for Lavender Vanilla Ice Cream on Simple Homemade.

Honey Lavender Syrup


honey lavender syrup

I love using lavender as a flavoring and any time my favorite gelato shop has a lavender flavored gelato, that’s the one I go for. On a girl’s night out recently, we (of course) ended our evening with a stop by the gelato shop and I was intrigued by the honey lavender latte advertised. It was too late at night for me to drink a latte, so I decided to try making one at home the next day.

I came up with this honey lavender syrup and have not only enjoyed it as a latte, but also in sparkling water as a fun drink in the afternoon. It couldn’t be easier to make and if you’re a lavender lover like me, you have to try it!

I buy my lavender from Mountain Rose Herbs,  but you can also find it at your local health food store.

How to use your syrup:

honey lavender latte

  • Honey Lavender Latte: Combine 8 oz. espresso, 6 oz, steamed milk, and  honey lavender syrup to taste.
  • Honey Lavender Lemonade: Combine 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice, 1 cup honey lavender syrup and 2 cups water, and stir.
  • Honey Lavender Spritzer: Add a splash to sparkling water for a refreshing treat. Top off with some half and half or cream to make a honey lavender Italian soda.
  • Drizzle over orange slices or fresh berries for dessert.
  • Add to hot or iced tea to sweeten.

The possibilities are endless! Be sure to let me know if you try it. I’d love to hear what you think.

Shared at Your Green Resource.

Sparkling Apple Cider Vinegar Water


acv water

After hearing Mandi at Green Your Way and Tsh from Simple Mom share about their apple cider vinegar drinks, I had to try it out for myself. I have heard of the many health benefits of apple cider vinegar, but just couldn’t stomach it on it’s own.

Apple cider vinegar boasts the following health benefits:

  • detoxes the body
  • aids in weight loss
  • helps clear sinus infections
  • eases sore throats
  • fights allergies
  • strengthens immune system
  • helps reduce heartburn

If you’re looking for a way to add apple cider vinegar to your day, drink more water, or kick your soda habit, you have to try this drink! It’s my new favorite treat and it’s super easy to make. Here’s how I make mine:

acv drink ingredients

 

 

I’ve found this drink helps me drink more water throughout the day and is a fun switch from regular water. Also, I love fizzy drinks, and this is so much better for you than drinking soda!

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3 Quick and Simple Homemade Gifts

I’m not the most crafty or creative person I know, but I do love making homemade gifts. Here’s some of the reasons I enjoy making homemade gifts:

  • There’s something about putting the thought, time, and effort into making something for someone that I think makes it that much more meaningful.
  • It can be a more frugal option.
  • It gives you the ability to customize your gifts.
  • It’s fun!

Since I don’t know how to sew or knit or make artistic masterpieces of any kind, I have found other ways to make homemade gifts. If you’re looking for a quick and easy homemade gift, try one of these options:

  • Homemade Vanilla Extract. This is another one that takes less than 5 minutes. It’s as simple as splitting vanilla beans lengthwise, throwing them in a jar and adding vodka. It takes 2 months to turn into vanilla, but don’t let that stop you! I made these last year and simply added a “ready by” date on the bottom. Here’s a free printable label for you too!

If you’re looking for more homemade gift options, check out my Gifting Pinterest board for more inspiration.

What’s your favorite gift to make and give?

Inspiration for Eating Seasonally This Fall

Starting last Winter I began posting over at Simple Homemade about eating seasonally. And now that we’ve gone through  Winter, Spring, and Summer, I’m ready for Fall!

I had originally intended to get this post out at the beginning of October, and the picture above is of an early Fall CSA box I received, but I decided to do Nester’s 31 days and this post had to wait. Nevertheless, I figured we could all use still use some Fall inspiration.

Why eat seasonally?

Eating seasonally is beneficial financially, nutritionally, and environmentally. Produce that is in season is generally more affordable, because it’s more readily available. Nature also has a way of providing the nutritional benefits we need at each specific time of year in the produce that’s in season during that particular time of year.

What’s in season during Fall?

Apples

Apples are year round but they always seem more prolific in the Fall. Choose apples that are firm and unbruised. Apples will keep fresh in the refrigerator for 2 weeks or more.

Sliced apples are a perfect snack anytime of day, and I always make lots of applesauce to have on hand for the kids during the Fall. Spoon some warm applesauce over vanilla ice cream for a delicious treat.

I’m also hoping to try some of these delicious looking apple recipes this year:

Pears

Just as with apples, choose pears that are firm and without bruises. Pears will ripen at room temperature and once ripe can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

I love to add pears to a green salad with walnuts and gorgonzola. Or pair slices of pear with a favorite cheese (try Trader Joe’s Creamy Toscano dusted with Cinnamon). And these Roasted Pear and Chocolate Chunk Scones look absolutely delicious!

Persimmons

The first time persimmons showed up in my CSA box, I had no idea what to do with them. I quickly discovered that persimmons that are still on the firm side are great in salads, and that persimmons that are fully ripened are great to use in baked goods. Simply scoop out the flesh from the persimmon using a spoon and mash it with a fork to use in baked goods.

Try one of these persimmon recipes this Fall:

Cranberries

When choosing cranberries, look for firm richly colored ones, and avoid those that are pale or mushy. Cranberries can be stored in the refrigerator for 2 months. Cranberries are full of antioxidants and great for the kidneys and urinary tract. I made this Cranberry, Apple, and Walnut Cake from Keeper of the Home several times last Fall and it was always a hit.

Butternut Squash

Butternut Squash is full of wonderful nutrients and will stay fresh for several months in a cool, dry place. Look for a butternut squash that is heavy for its size and has dull or matte skin. Here are some delicious looking recipes featuring butternut squash:

Pumpkin

Pumpkin recipes abound at this time of year. I love using pumpkin in baked treats, but am also trying to incorporate it in other ways this Fall. Here are some pumpkin recipes I’m looking forward to trying this year:

Broccoli

Broccoli is one of my favorites, and one of the few vegetables I can actually get my daughter to eat. We call them “little trees,” maybe that helps! One of the great things about broccoli is that it has tons of Vitamin C. In fact, it  has more Vitamin C than an orange, making it a great food for the Fall and Winter when increasing your Vitamin C can help keep colds and the flu at bay as well as help speed recovery time. Try one of these broccoli recipes:

If you’re on Pinterest, be sure to check out my Seasonal Eating for Fall board for more inspiration.

 

What are your favorite recipes using Fall produce? Share some in the comments!

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How I’m Using My CSA Box {Week of 8.1-8.8}

This week’s box was filled with many of the same things I’ve been finding in my box all summer: corn, tomatoes, lettuce, basil, green beans, summer squash, peaches, plums, and melon. Along with some things I haven’t seen for awhile like: beets, potatoes, and avocados!

I also added on a 20 pound box of peaches! So one of my main goals is figuring out how to use all of them when they ripen all at once! In the past, I’ve ended up freezing a bunch of them for use later in the year and I imagine I’ll do that again, but I also plan to have lots of peach filled goodness for the next couple weeks.

My recent plan has been to do my meal planning for the week after I pick up my CSA box on Wednesday mornings so I can plan my meals around what comes in the box. I like how it’s working for me. So here’s the plan for this week:

Tonight (Wednesday 8/1): Baked Pesto Chicken and Grilled Corn (Using: Corn)
Friday 8/3: Chicken with Rice and Green Beans (Using: Green Beans)
Saturday 8/4: Summertime Peach and Chicken Salad (Using: Lettuce, Peaches)–Recipe can be found here: Fresh: Nourishing Salads for all Seasons.
Sunday 8/5: Zucchini, Black Bean and Rice Skillet (Using: Summer Squash)
Monday 8/6: Gingery Chicken with Peaches with Roasted Potatoes (Using: Peaches, Potatoes)

And for the rest of the Bounty:

Avocados: A favorite lunch for my kids is avocado toast so I imagine that’s how the avocados will be used. But I also know I will have some leftover corn, so I might be tempted to make this Grilled Corn Avocado Salad, which will use up some of the basil as well.

Or, we could end up using the leftover corn with the potatoes on Saturday morning to make this Sweet Corn Hash.

Peaches, Plums, Melon: We’ll end up eating most of this fruit throughout the week–my daughter eats fruit like crazy!

20 pound box of Peaches: As I mentioned, I’m sure I will be freezing some of these peaches for using later in the year in smoothies and other dishes, but I also have dreams of making at least a couple of these delicious looking peach recipes:

As always, if you’re looking for more inspiration for using your summer produce, check out my Summer Food board on Pinterest.

Shared at Your Green Resource, Modern Alternative Kitchen, Frugally Sustainable, This Chick Cooks and This Flourishing Life.

How I’m Using My CSA Box {Week of 7.18-7.25}

I’m loving the summer produce that I’m getting in my Abundant Harvest Organics CSA box each week. This is my favorite time of year to be a part of a CSA. This week my box was filled with corn, lettuce, radishes, green beans, tomatoes, basil, zucchini, bell pepper, cantelope, nectarines, and pluots.

Basil and Corn: The first thing I did was make some pesto with the basil. I’m marinating  chicken in some of the pesto and tonight we’ll grill that along with the corn. So dinner tonight is pasta with pesto and grilled chicken and grilled corn on the cob on the side.

Green Beans-I’ll use the green beans to make Chicken and Rice with Green Beans (similar to this recipe). I just can’t get enough of this dish!

Lettuce and Tomatoes-We’ll enjoy these in a salad sometime this week.

Zucchini-I’m thinking about making this Spicy Zucchini Frittata, and maybe adding in some of the green bell pepper.

Bell Pepper-We  have been making herbed eggs with cream cheese (similar to this recipe,) and hash browns for a special breakfast treat on the weekends and we love adding diced bell pepper to our hash browns.

Radishes-This is where I’m at a loss…I’ve never been a fan of radishes, but I want to give them a try. Any ideas for me? Maybe I’ll try roasting them?

Cantelope, Nectarines and Pluots-We will most likely just enjoy all these delicious fruits as snacks throughout the day. I never got to make the Plum Upside-Down Cake with the pluots last week because they disappeared too fast!

But I did make these delicious Peach Raspberry Crisps in Mason Jars with the peaches. So if you have some fresh summer peaches on hand, I definitely recommend these.

How are you enjoying all this amazing summer produce?

Be sure to visit Your Green Resource for more green ideas and resources.

It’s National Ice Cream Day!…and my simple, creamy Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe


Today is National Ice Cream Day and what better way to celebrate than making some delicious homemade ice cream! Making ice cream is one of my favorite summertime treats to make and this is my go to Vanilla Ice Cream recipe.

Not only does it only take a couple minutes to mix up before pouring it in the ice cream maker, but it uses maple syrup as the sweetener instead of sugar, which I love.

Steps to making Simple, Creamy Vanilla Ice Cream
(see below for printable recipe)

I use a 4 cup pyrex liquid measuring cup to mix up my ingredients, which makes it easy to pour into the ice cream machine as well.

Start by adding 1 cup of whole milk.

Next, add two cups of heavy cream.

Then add 1/2-3/4 cup maple syrup. I use a 1/2 cup plus a little bit more.

Next add 1-2 tsp. vanilla. You could also scrape some vanilla bean in for some extra vanilla flavoring.

Finally, add a pinch of salt.

It will be separated out, so give it a good stir.
Then chill it in the refrigerator for an hour or more.
Add it to your ice cream maker and mix according to manufacturer’s instructions. Mine usually takes 25-30 minutes.

Serve your ice cream as soon as it’s done mixing. You can also freeze any that you don’t finish. So easy and delicious!

Notes: You can add 3 egg yolks (beaten) to increase the creaminess, or use all cream, but I find this recipe is plenty creamy without them. I have tried using less cream and more milk and it’s resulted in icy ice cream, so I don’t recommend decreasing the cream at all.

For more ice cream recipes, check out my Ice Cream board on Pinterest.

Do you make homemade ice cream? What’s your favorite favor to make?

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