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Crispy Baked Fish Sticks

  Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime. Teach him how to make fish sticks and he can impress the heck out of his kids. My dad is an outdoorsy guy. His favorite way to relax

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6 Great Peach Recipes

Peaches, Peaches, Peaches! I am dubbing this the summer of the peach! We have had a steady supply of peaches in our kitchen since the end of July. If I had to guess I think we have eaten, baked, frozen, or canned over 70 pounds of peaches so far this year. The

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Cheesy Grain Stuffed Peppers & A Going with the Grain Giveaway!

The FTC would like you to know: Bob’s Red Mill has generously provided all the grain featured in the Going with the Grain series. Thank you Bob’s Red Mill! You can find all the grains from the series in the Second Helpings Shop. Scroll past the recipe to find out how to snag a

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Toasted Peanut Butter Tortillas

Back-to-school time puts me in the mood to collect some new family friendly food ideas. If you are also looking to jazz up your recipe box I’ve got a good one for you. We eat this for lunch be it would also make a terrific after school snack, you could even toast a few

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Blackberry Balsamic Reduction

Noxious, thorny, and destructive Himalayan Blackberry vines are everywhere. For most of the year they are the bane of gardeners, property owners, and even pedestrians whose ankles have been attacked strolling past a vacant lot or hillside. People have gone to dramatic, and even deadly lengths to eradicate this persistent weed but to no

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Rustic Peach-Raspberry Galette

Last week Mr. introduced me to a new word: procrastibaking. I feel the word alone says it all but just in case you are wondering, the Urban Dictionary has provided a definition, “the practice of baking something in order to put off doing something else you need to do.” This Peach-Raspberry Galette is pure

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Teaching kids to eat takes more showing than telling

Pop Quiz!  Your child has made up their own recipe. Now it is time for a taste test. What do you do?   “Look! I put jelly on my peas! Want to try it?” Answer: YES! Enthusiastically and emphatically! Open wide and get ready for the choo-choo it is time for an Adventure

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Fresh Peach and Rhubarb Sorbet

Last week my friends at Farmstr slipped me a box of peaches. (They have more stone fruit – get yours before they are gone!) Each velvety peach was perfectly ripe. Nested in their shallow box they looked like an August sunset. I knew right away what to do with the first few,

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Cardamom-Almond Meringues

If you have ever looked for a “diet” cookie you know the options, though varied, are often disappointing. I have found that if you are yearning for an ooey-gooey chocolate chip cookie you should just go ahead and have one. ONE. Make a date to visit a bakery, select a drool worthy

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Three Great Day Hikes for Kids (and their Parents) in Western Washington

Hopefully that last post inspired you to pack a snack and hit the trail! In case you are wondering where to go for your first hikes, here are my reviews of the trails we have explored this month. I’d love to know where your family likes to hike. Please leave a note

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The Joy of Hiking with Kids

This month our family has gone on several day hikes. I’ve got to say it feels really good to get out and breathe fresh mountain air. The scent of fir needles baking on a sun drenched forest floor is invigorating. These little excursions have been therapeutic for my body and my mind.

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Top Tips for U-Pick Berry Success

We are so blessed in the Pacific Northwest to have a climate well suited to growing all sorts of berries. We are also blessed that it is not particularly difficult to get out of the developed areas and visit berry farms or woods where the uncultivated native varieties grow. At the peak
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