This One Crazy Trick Keeps Berries Fresh for WEEKS! (A Pictorial)

How to Keep Berries Fresh Longer

There is nothing worse than spending tons of money on fresh berries only to have them go bad in a matter of hours. In this post, I’m going to show you one easy trick to keep berries fresh (and you probably already have this “secret” in your pantry right now!).

How to Keep Berries Fresh LongerI can’t be the only one who pushes their cart (wobbly wheel and all) past the berries to drool over how tempting they all are.  So many different varieties, just begging to be bought, glistening in the fluorescent lights from above.  Recipes for pies, cobblers, ice cream and even BBQ sauce dance through my head.  Then it hits me like a ton of bricks.  

$5 for HALF of a PINT – Whaaaat?
 

Oh wait, what’s this….they are on sale! Woo Hoo….I’ll buy extra so they can sit in my fridge and waste away since I’ll probably forget to use them by tomorrow.

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8 Amazing Vendors from the Got to be NC Festival

Got to be NC Homegrown Fare

The Got to Be NC Homegrown Fare is presented by Lowes Foods and is the part of the festival that takes place indoors.  This is where you can connect with over 100 local companies and experience the agricultural roots of our beautiful state. Part 2 of 2 (The first post – Got to be NC Homegrown Festival & Pig Jig – can be found here

Got to be NC Festival Homegrown Fare

I’ve always thought living in North Carolina was pretty awesome (we do have the venus fly trap after all).  The hospitality, the food, and the fact that you can be on the Blue Ridge Parkway in the morning and then the beach by dinner, are just some of the reasons why I truly love this state.  I also enjoy meeting local artisans – a few of which I’ll introduce you to today.  Read more

Got to Be NC Homegrown Festival & Pig Jig

Got to be NC Festival

Got to be NC is a FREE, family friendly festival that takes place on the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Part 1 of 2) You can read part 2, 8 Amazing Vendors from the Got to be NC Festival here.

Got to be NC Festival Farmall Tractors

I have been meaning to post this one for a while now, but as you probably know, I’ve been a tad on the busy side.  The Got to be NC Homegrown Festival takes place every May and features some of the best grown, raised, caught, and handmade products from across the state.  There are also antique tractors, rides, animals, music, and my favorite, the Carolina Pig Jig.  I’m sure you’re wondering what on earth is a “Pig Jig”, so read on and I’ll explain more!  Read more

Chicken Salad with Homemade Cilantro Lime Dressing

Chicken Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing

If you’re looking for a quick and easy recipe to use up all those summer veggies, this Chicken Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing is exactly what you’ve been looking for! 

Chicken Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing

This summer is the first in a long time that we haven’t had a garden.   Our move kinda messed all that up so while everyone else is sharing pics on Facebook of their beautiful veggies, I’m sitting here unpacking boxes. (How FUN!)  My granny even asked me today if I had a chance to get a garden started.  Of course I had to say no, but thankfully we have an amazing farmer’s market right down the road.  

After a recent trip, I picked up everything I needed to make a fresh summer salad.  It was also time for me to create another recipe for Cacique so it didn’t take long to figure out what I was going to make!

This is a sponsored post by Cacique, however all opinions are my own.  Summertime is here and since vegetables are in abundance, I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to share my recipe for homemade Cilantro Lime Dressing!  Read more

Shark Rocket Powerhead – Because 14 years of dust won’t clean itself!

Shark Rocket Powerhead Vacuum Review

It’s been almost a month since we moved into our log cabin and it’s such a blessing to finally be somewhere that truly makes us happy.  The previous owner moved out 14 years ago, but thankfully they did an amazing job keeping it up (she’s in her 90s!).  Be that as it may, the cabin still needed a good deep clean to make it feel like “home”.  

There was so much to do – inside and out.  You couldn’t even see through some of the windows and there were cobwebs e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e.  This didn’t deter us one bit as we were easily able to see through all the webs to the stunning craftsmanship and fine details that make up our charming log home.

This is a sponsored post by Shark, however all opinions are my own.  As a new homeowner, I think this is a great opportunity to share with you the Shark Rocket Powerhead Vacuum and how it helped me to get things clean for a fresh start.  This post contains affiliate links.
 
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Learn What It’s Like to Turn Five in South Sudan and How You Can Help

South Sudan Fifth Birthday

Little Zeieya and South Sudan both celebrate their fifth birthdays this year.  However, there won’t be cake, or presents – there won’t even be food or clean water.  Since 2013, the country has been at war and many of the South Sudan people have been displaced from their homes due to internal conflict within the government.  Those who have been affected the most are the children.  There is now serious risk that famine would kill up to 50,000 children of South Sudan in the coming months if something is not done…soon.  

Hear Zeieya’s story and learn how you can win $50.  

South Sudan Fifth Birthday

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Red, White, and Blue Mini Berry Tarts – Perfect for the 4th of July!

Red, White, and Blue Mini Tarts - Perfect for the 4th of July!

This recipe for Mini Berry Tarts features light, flaky shells that are filled with a rich almond pastry cream and are topped with plump, juicy berries.Mini Berry Tarts with Almond Pastry Cream

I am so excited to be back blogging.  It feels like forever since the last time I sat down to write a recipe.  I finally got most of my stuff unpacked – woohoo!  There are still a few boxes that I need to go through, but for the most part we are settled.  I’m literally walking in circles while I’m in the kitchen, mostly because I’m not used to where all my stuff is.  I was able to find my way around long enough to bring you these scrumptious mini berry tarts.  The only things you will need are puff pastry, fresh fruit, and homemade pastry cream.  

If you don’t feel like making the pastry cream from scratch (and I don’t know why you wouldn’t) I suppose you could use pudding mix.  It won’t be as tasty but it will definitely work in a pinch.  I promise if you make homemade pastry cream, you won’t ever eat the stuff in the box again….EVER!  Read more

Zesty Jalapeno Relish Recipe Using Mezzetta Peppers + Giveaway!

Mezzetta Peppers Zesty Jalapeno Relish Recipe

Get grilling with this Zesty JalapeƱo Relish recipe using my favorite Mezzetta peppers and enter to win a Summer Grilling Kit!  

Our new house has everything I could have ever asked for plus some.  The only thing that’s missing is a stove.  Of course I didn’t mind buying a new one, but having to wait weeks for it to arrive has been especially difficult.  Thankfully I have a Weber grill that has done an excellent job as a stand in.  (Be sure to read on how you can win one for yourself!)  Not only does grilling make food taste better, it’s also a great way to get outdoors as a family and create some fun new dishes!  One of my most recent favorites is this Zesty JalapeƱo Relish using flavorful Mezzetta peppers!  I like to serve it atop organic hot dogs nestled in soft bakery buns.  Not a hot dog fan?  It also pairs well with burgers and even grilled fish!   Read more

Milk Bar Birthday Cake and A KitchenAid Giveaway! [ENDED]

Milk Bar Birthday Cake KitchenAid Giveaway

We sold our house so I’m hosting a KitchenAid giveaway and sharing my take on the Milk Bar Birthday Cake!

Milk Bar Birthday Cake KitchenAid Giveaway

We did it! We sold our house!!  We closed the day after my birthday and bought our farm the day after that (which explains the lack of blog posts in the last week or so).  This will definitely be a week I will never forget and to celebrate, I thought I’d do a little giveaway for my readers.  One fan will walk away with a brand new KitchenAid stand mixer!  Since I’m not 100% sure of when I’ll be able to post again, I’m going to run this giveaway for a few weeks.

Oh, I forgot to mention, I am also celebrating the (late) anniversary of my blog!  Thank you all for the support you have shown, I never would have imagined a year ago I would be where I am today.  For my birthday/sold our house/blog anniversary treat, I decided to make Milk Bar’s Confetti Birthday Cake.  The first time I saw it was in NYC when we were there when we stumbled into Milk Bar by accident.  I was immediately hooked.
 

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HUGE KitchenAid Giveaway Announcement + An Update on Where I’ve Been!

Moving Update Plus a KitchenAid Giveaway

Moving Update Plus a KitchenAid Giveaway

So the past few weeks have been pretty eventful (to say the least) which is why I have been a little MIA.  A couple of days before my birthday I had the amazing chance to meet my long-time blogger bestie Ashley (The Mixed Bag) along with my newest blogging bestie, Mary from Real Girl’s Realm.  We met up in beautiful Asheville, NC for lunch and shopping.  They asked me about when I was moving and at that time, I didn’t know that in just a few days I would have sold my home and moved into a new one!  We have been waiting for this moment for a while now and I am so thankful and blessed to be in my new home!!  We went through two buyers and tons of hurdles to get to closing.  I could write a book on the insanity that went on.  Thankfully, we had two VERY awesome realtors to help us along the way. 

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