Cut Flower Garden

Disclaimer! I am NO expert at flowers and I had some high hopes for lots and lots of blooms this year and I was just not able to! For a good reason of course as baby Ava was born right during planting time! I did however grow some and they are so beautiful! Here are a few of my thoughts and my secret seeds I’ve grown a few years in a row!

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I hope this was helpful to you!! I have absolutely loved growing flowers and hope next year we can do it on an even larger scale!!

Below is an image of the seed tape I absolutely LOVE! It’s only around $4-6 dollars for a packet that gives you a whole bed of gorgeous flowers! CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE

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Garbanzo " Chicken" Salad

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Garbanzo “ Chicken Salad” 

Ingredients:


3 cans of garbanzo beans ( 4 cups if cooking garbanzos. ) Drained and mashed

1-2 cups of red seedless grapes ( I think the more the better!) 

1 cup thinly sliced almonds

4 celery ribs chopped

4-5 scallions thinly sliced ( White and green parts) 

3 Tbs fresh dill, finely chopped

1 Tbs fresh parsley chopped 

1 Tbs mustard

Juice of 1 large lemon 

1 tsp salt

1 tsp dill seeds 

1 cup plant-based  mayonnaise ( such as hellmands, follows your heart, or just mayo) 


Directions: 

Drain and mash garbanzos with hand held masher until the beans are crushed. Do not blend. 

In a bowl mix garbanzo, grapes, almonds, celery, and scallions. 

In a separate bowl mix mayo, dill seeds, lemon juice, salt, mustard and greens. 

Gently fold wet mixture onto garbanzo mixture until evenly mixed

Refrigerate before serving. 



Enjoy! A perfect food for summer gatherings. 

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Elderberry Preserves

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Hey Friends!!

it’s that time of year where our elderberry bushes are ripe and it’s time to make something delicious and yet nutritious and very good for you! Elderberries are known for their medicinal properties. They are great to ward off a common cold and keep your immune system strong. I however never like to see how so much sugar is added to all elderberry recipes! Sugar can lower your immune system so no fun!

So I thought I’d make a recipe that contains just natural sugars and still makes the recipe sweet but without processed sugar. Yay! So I present to you a elderberry preserve. It’s like a jam and you can put this on toast or just eat its by the spoonfuls. Delicious!! I went ahead and canned it so it will be preserved and ready for us all winter long!

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Elderberry Preserves

1/2 cup raw elderberries ( you may also use dried elderberries. If so, soak overnight prior to using) If you are gathering elderberries directly from a bush 1/2 equaled about 6 large heads of elderberry.

3/4 cup water

1 1/2 cups apple juice

3 tsp sugar-free pectin

1/2 cup date paste ( soak 1 cup of dates in 1 cup of water overnight. Then blend well in food processor)

1 Tbs fresh lemon juice

Instructions:

Bring berries, water, and juice to a boil.

Remove one cup of jam mixture from heat, add pectin, date paste, and lemon, blend until smooth.

Return blended ingredients to pot and bring to a boil once again. Reduce heat slightly and keep stirring for5 minutes.

Remove pot from heat and pour jam into canning jars. The sugar-free pectin will harden the jam as it cools.

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Canning

To can the preserves simply boil your canning lids and jars. Once sterilized pour mixture into jars through funnel as pictures. leave space at the top. ensure there are not air bubbles. Wipe jar opening clean. Then place lids on, tighten lid, and place in canning pot for 10 minutes. Once time is up place on counter to cool. You will begin to hear a pop as the lids are sealing onto the jars.

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Gift Idea!!

Get a piece of linen and cut into a small square. Remove ring from top of jar. place fabric on top of sealed lid and then tighten ring around it. Trim the square smaller but still maintain the square shape.

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You can even add a stamp or letter to the top of the jar directly onto the fabric. What a fun gift this would be!!

You can even add a stamp or letter to the top of the jar directly onto the fabric. What a fun gift this would be!!

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My favorite baby items!

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Hey Friends!!


Ok, 3 months into having a baby and I thought it was time to put together a list of my must have and most used items! When it came to making a registry it was hard to know what I needed. I hope this gives you an idea of items that might be best!!

I’ll write the name of the item, a link to it, and why I love it! Items listed in no specific order! None of these items are sponsorships, just items I truly do like! I am by NO means an expert, so take my advice with a grain of salt, but I do use these items so maybe you’ll like them too!!


BABY MUST HAVES

1.) Nose Frida-CLICK HERE Let me be the first to say I swore I would never use one of these! Well guess what? I was using it within the first week. It’s a super easy way to clean their noses safely and effectively. Trust me on this one.

2.Fan- CLICK HERE

Ava was born right before summer started so the heat has been an issue. I absolutely LOVE this fan! It’s $20. You can recharge it which is the best feature! i also love how the legs are flexible and you can attach it to anything! I use it on AVa’s car seat and stroller a lot. It’s an easy way to ensure she doesn’t get too hot.


3.Favorite Burp Cloths - CLICK HERE

These 100% cotton cloths are SO soft and absorbent. They are the perfect burp cloths to have around. I also love their size and shape.


4.Car Seat and Nursing Cover -CLICK HERE

I love this so much! It’s great to cover your car seat and make it a safe and cozy cocoon for your baby. Especially the first few weeks where everyone want to peek and touch baby, this allows baby to be cozy and it’s less likely for people to stick their hands in and touch baby. If yo choose to nurse you can also use it as a nursing cover. As a nursing cover it can definitely get warm when you put it on, but it gets the job done if you need to cover up.


5. Ollie Swaddle- CLICK HERE

This is hands down one of the best items to purchase! It makes swaddling SO much easier. I did not have patience to do it with a blanket. I would never get it tight enough and she would undo it all the time. The ollie is made of a soft but sturdy material. The velcro on it is SO strong and it keeps the baby perfectly swaddled and happy. I would say you need 2 so when one gets dirty you still have a backup for that evening. They come in different colors and I just can’t say enough good things. LOVE it!

6. Kavu Rope Bag- CLICK HERE

I love this backpack. It’s simple and I use it all the time instead of a large bulky diaper bag or backpack. This might not be your bag to use always but sometimes when you want to go somewhere and not have to carry a ton of stuff this works perfect. It’s got 2 large pockets with enough space for a few diapers, burp cloth, wipes, extra outfit, and even a bottle. I would reccomend a backpack style no matter what you choose as a diaper bag. You will want both hands free! Trust me!


7. White onesie - CLICK HERE

Trust me on this one. You will not have time or energy to dress up your baby the first month. Ava lived in a white onesie or white shirt and diapers the first month or so. Get long sleeved onesies for each size they’ll be. They are easy to wash and clean. Also, don’t get something that has more than 3 snaps. When you change diapers in the middle of the night you DO not want more than 3 snaps to snap


8. Ergo 360 carrier-CLICK HERE
There are so many carriers out there! And I will admit I have not tried them all. I do however love my Ergo 360. It’s pretty light weight, and it feels secure. I used a sling type kind and they just did not feel secure. The ergo has a great waist band where it give you good back support which is so important. It also has some mesh parts which make it more breathable. It’s simple and easy enough to use.

9. Papablic Baby bottle sterilizer - CLICK HERE

This was recommended to me by a friend and I have definitely loved it so far. It’s an easy to use sterilizer. Some people just put stuff in the dishwasher, but we use our dishwasher constantly and I didn’t want to have to clean it out to be able to use it for bottles etc. So this is like my own separate sterilizer for baby stuff. You can put breast pump parts in it, bottles, pacifiers, you name it. It DOES Not wash the items however. Meaning I run everything under water and give things a scrub before I put in the sterilizer, but I still do like it. Works quick and even dries your items. I have nothing to compare to since I’ve only used this one, but I do like it!

10. Wubba Nub pacifier -CLICK HERE

I have tried aLL sorts of pacifiers and she does not like ANY! However, she will take this and only this one. All others she does not appreciate. I love how this one has a cute little animal lovey attached to is. She does end up liking to kind of hold it and I think its comforting. Of course I got the one that’s an alpaca looking one, but theres so many. Even a chicken one!! Highly reccomend.

11.) Boon Soak 3 stage tub - CLICK HERE

A simple tub is all you need! I like how this one has a seat that adjusts depending on their age. The gray color also changes to indicate when the water is the right temperature. It fits great in my sink and I have no complaints so easy peasy.

12. Diaper Changing Clutch- CLiCK HERE

I love this because if you really want to be minimal and just carry one thing in this lets you carry about 2 diapers a few wipes and opens up to a changing station. They have cute patters and it can fit your phone too. It’s pretty stylish too!

13.) Spearmint baby swaddles- CLICK HERE

I use these as blankets and to wrap Ava when she’s just being carried, or tucked into her car seat etc. There are a million different kinds of swaddles out there but these are hands down my favorite! Their bamboo ones feel SO amazing! As do their cotton muslin ones. Their patterns are also just the cutest! You don’t need many blankets but if you get any, these are a must.

14.) Organic cotton mittens- CLICK HERE

These were the only mittens that stayed on Ava’s hands. The rest did not have a good enough elastic and would come right off. `

15. Dr. Browns Bottle Warmer- CLICK HERE

I have only used this a little bit, but it does however warm the bottles up nicely. Im just heating the bottles to room temp so I found what temperature works best and voila. I personally warm in glass bottles then feed with either glass or bpa free plastic, but you can warm plastic bottles in it no problem.

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NURSERY MUST HAVES

1. Ubbi portable diaper station- CLICK HERE

I love this! I have 3 of them!! I actually keep one in each of our cars and then one in the house. It’s super sturdy and easy to carry. You can keep diapers and wipes in an organized manner. Easy to clean if it gets dirty too. Just an all around great thing to have! They come in a few colors. I have the gray and pink versions. I personally believe you don’t need the separate baby wipe attachment that you can resister for as well. I just put the wipe packet in the wipe spot and good to go.

2. Ubbi Steel diaper pan-CLICK HERE

This is a MUST get! It really does keep odors at bay! They are discreet and kind of pretty and not too bulky. You can use any bag with it ( meaning not a specific brand or style like some other brands of diaper pan’s require) I does in so many colors! I have white. I actually have one in the nursery and one in our room. Love it love it, you need one of them!



3. Changing table pad- CLICK HERE

I have never liked the idea of a changing pad that has cloth on it! Trust me, if they pee all over it, then you have to was a lot! I love this changing pad because you can just wipe it down! The shape is good, its soft enough and has a great shape!


4. Hatch night light - CLICK HERE

This is another MUST HAVE! Its the best night light and sound machine. Its a 2 in 1 special! you can also control it from your phone. Just has so many features. One thing I love is you just have to touch it to turn it on or off. That way when you’re holding a baby or juggling a lot you don’t have to search or a button etc. It has a soft light so you can turn it on in the middle of the night and it’s soft enough it won’t be strong on your eyes or startle baby. I could go on and on, but it really is a good product.



5. Camera and monitor- CLICK HERE

If you choose to have a camera type monitor this I feel is the best one. There are so many however and you have to find what works best for you. This one was the one wit the furthest range which I wanted in case Ava was napping and I went outside with the animals. It doesn’t go far far far, but it gets the job done. I also like that you can zoom in close as well. It will show a green light if there’s no sound from baby, if baby cries it shows a red light. That helps if I just have it nearby and have the sound off I can still know if she is crying. It’s the better one out there in my opinion.


6.Owlet Smart Sock- CLICK HERE

This is another form of monitor. I am a nurse so I’m probably a little overly cautious when it comes to monitoring. This is a little device you put on their foot overnight and it monitors oxygen and heart rate levels. It just keeps my mind at east knowing she is breathing safely. Ava has slept in her nursery since early on so this is just another way for me to monitor her.


7.Comfy chair- CLICK HERE

I looked all around for a chair. I felt this one was the best one. A good design. You can both recline all the way back and rock. Most don’t do both. A neutral color and design. Would look good with most style rooms. It also has a USB port built in. I just recommend it a LOT:)

8.Play Mat- CLICK HERE

In the baby world there are all sorts of play mats and activity mats, etc. They are all colorful and some even jarring to the eyes. So this is the one I like. It’s a farm veggie garden theme. I mean who doesn’t like that! Plus it has multiple activity options. Its a favorite for Ava over here.

9.) Moses Basket- CLICK HERE

One of the first things I ordered when I knew I was pregnant was a Moses basket from Plum and Sparrow. I just love how well made and sturdy they are. I used it when Ava slept next to my bed the first month. It’s also nice to take to someones home if baby has to nap and you don’t want to take a big pack and play type structure. I still use it for naps and Ava loves it.

10.) Moses Basket Stand - CLICK HERE

I found this stand on Amazon and it does the job nicely. Easy to assemble and sturdy, rocks well, etc.

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I hope all this information helps! I will continue to update links and products as I change my mind or add new items!! Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions.

Hello@azurefarmlife.com

Much Love,

Annette

p.s. All Images by the incredibly talented Corey Johnson Photography



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Fresh Peach Salsa

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Georgia peaches are definitely one of the best and most delicious things to eat when ripe! I live in Georgia so it seemed fitting to make some peach salsa! So fresh and tasty and a little bit sweet. It’s definitely a favorite and easy to make with most of your garden fresh items!

FRESH PEACH SALSA

INGREDIETNS:

2 ripe peaches 

one medium to large red tomato 

1/4 sweet onion 

1/2 Tbs fresh cilantro chopped 

2 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped 

1 banana pepper 

1 tsp white vinegar

juice of 1/2 a lime 

2 tsp brown sugar 

1 Tbs honey

1 tsp red pepper flakes

1/4 tsp salt 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Cut peaches into large wedges ( you may peel if desired but not necessary)

  2. Cut tomato, onion into wedges (remove a bit of the juicer part of the tomato so salsa is not runny) Dice the banana pepper.

  3. Place all ingredients including vinegar, lime juice, brown sugar, red pepper flakes, and salt into food processor.

  4. Coarsely chop in food processor until salsa is desired consistency. Its best to leave it a bit chunky and not so much a liquid.

  5. Transfer to an airtight container and chill until ready to use.

  6. Yields 4 cups and fits well in a pint sized mason jar


Enjoy with chips, tacos, or basically anything salsa would go on! 

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Fancy Pasta

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I am no evert at pasta, but this has quickly become a favorite. I like to call it fancy pasta. I think it has quite a ring to it don’t you agree! This is a super easy dinner to make and is delicious with a fancy feeling!


Hope you love it as much as I do!


INGREDIENTS:

1 lb of spaghetti 

1 Head of garlic ( crushed)

1 cup of olive oil 

1/2 cup chopped pimento green olives

1/2 cup chopped Italian Parsley+ some to garnish

1 tsp red pepper flakes 

salt/pepper to taste

1 lemon 

Sprinkled"Parmesan" ( 1 cup cashews, 2 Tbs nutritional yeast 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp salt, blend well and stored in air tight container) 

DIRECTIONS:

1.Cook pasta as directed until al dente 

2.) Heat olive oil over medium heat. 

3.) Sauté garlic and red pepper until golden. 

4.) Add pasta and twirl around. Add parsley and olives, mix well. 

5.) Finish with salt and pepper to taste

6.) Garnish with parsley, "parmesan" and lemon juice. 

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Fresh Summer Salsa + how to can it

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Summer is the perfect time to can and make some salsa! Most of us usually plant the items that go into salsa such as tomato, cilantro, bell peppers, jalapeños,etc. Why not store up all that goodness and enjoy it year round?




Here is a recipe you can use to make fresh salsa and to can it! If you make it fresh and not can I cut this recipe in half! You would then store the salsa in the fridge for a couple of weeks or so. If you can it, you can then have it preserved for the next year!


Farm Fresh Salsa ( cut recipe in half when not canning it)

14 cups tomatos ( once processed through food processor )

1.5 cups green bell peppers ( roughly chopped)

1/2 cup banana peppers ( roughly chopped)

1.5 large red onion ( roughly chopped)

2 Jalapeños ( seeds removed)

6 cloves of garlic minced 

3/4 cup white vinegar 

Juice of 2 limes 

2 6 Oz can tomato paste 

1 tbs roasted cumin 

1 Tbs sea salt 

1 Tbs oregano 

1 tsp cayenne 

1 bunch of cilantro 


Supplies needed if canning

Jars- I used pint size jars for this recipe- purchase HERE

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Canning Supplies purchase HERE 

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Canning pot purchase HERE

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7 easy steps to can! See Below!

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STEP 1

Prepare everything!

Prepare the tomatoes by washing, coring and quartering. Chop in food processor or by hand until they reach your desired level of chunkiness. Most canning recipes have you remove the skins. I feel if you chop them up in the food processor the skins do just fine and it’s not a problem later. Prepare the peppers, onions, garlic and cilantro by rinsing, removing the peels, stems and/or pith. Roughly chop by hand and then finely chop in the food processor.


I use a food processor like this one! CLICK HERE

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STEP 2

Stir together all chopped ingredients in a stockpot on the stove, adding the amount of lime juice + vinegar. Also stir in salt and spices, adjust to taste if needed. Bring your salsa to a gentle boil and simmer for 20 minutes.

If you are making this to use quickly and NOT can then you are done!! Pour mixture into jars ( will make approximately 3 jars if you make 1/2 the recipe) and refrigerate once cooled!

If canning proceed to next steps!

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STEP 3

While salsa is simmering, place lids in another pot and pour boiling water over them to sterilize. It’s good if you sterilize or wash the jars prior to as well. You can also use your sterilize cycle on your dishwasher for the jars and then place the lids in a sauce pan on the stove with simmering water. I also threw the rings in there for good measure but you don’t have to. Just boil lids for about 5 minutes and you should be good!

Fill your large canning pot with water and bring to a boil .

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STEP 4

Once you’ve cooked your salsa fill the jars with salsa (can use jar funnel, ladle or liquid measuring cup), leaving at least 1/2 inch empty space at the top of the jar.

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STEP 5

Wipe the rim of the jar with a clean, damp cloth and check lid to make sure both are completely free of any salsa debris to ensure a strong seal. Place lid on jar with your magnet handle and hand-tighten the ring.

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STEP 6

Once your big pot is hot and boiling add your jars. If you are making this recipe it should exactly fill 7 jars which is what fits perfectly into the canning pot.

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STEP 7

Cover with lid and cook for 20 minutes. Once the time is over turn of heat and let sit for 5 minutes. Then with your handle carefully remove the jars and place them on your countertop. You will soon start to hear a popping sound which is the lids sealing. Let the jars sit for 24 hours to completely cool.

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Now you are ready to EAT, EAT, EAT!!!!!!!!!!

I hope you love this tasty recipe as much as I do! You can gift this to friends and family as a great housewarming gift!!

xoxo

Annette


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Cuban style Garbanzos

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Growing up eating homemade garbanzos by my mom and grandma was always a favorite! Now I think they are Jared’s absolute favorite!! My mom nor grandma ever measure so it was hard to nail down an actual recipe for these! But I think we did it! Hopefully you love these as much as I do!


Cuban Style Garbanzo Beans 



INGREDIENTS: 

2 15oz Cans of Garbanzo beans( drained)  or 1/2 pound of dry beans already cooked.

1 red Onion ( chopped) 

1 Green Bell Pepper (chopped) 

6-8 cloves of garlic (almost a whole head of garlic) smashed 

1/2 Tbs oregano 

1/2 Tbs cumin 

1/2 tsp ground annatto

1/2 tsp ground coriander 

1/2 tsp Spanish paprika ( f you want a smokey flavor use smoked paprika) 

2 bay leaves 

1 15oz can of salted tomato sauce

1/2 15oz can of salted crushed tomatoes (water drained) 

1 5oz jar of pimento sliced green olives (water drained) 

Salt to taste 


Note: My mom also uses the following below. I don’t normally cook with these because of their preservatives but they definitely add some flavor! I’m sharing the full recipe with you so up to you whether you use them or not. If you use these items omit the annatto and coriander from the recipe and add these instead. 


1 Tbs of Badia seasoning

1 packet of Sazon Goya with culantro and achiote

Both found in the Spanish section of the grocery store


DIRECTIONS: 

1.) Heat a medium pot with some olive oil on medium heat until hot. 

2.) Add onion and cook till translucent 

3.) Add bell pepper and cook for 2-3 minutes 

I4.) n the same skillet move peppers and onions to the side. Add garlic and sauté by itself for 2-3 minutes then combine with the rest. 

5.) Add all of the seasonings and tomato sauce, crushed tomatos, and olives, mix well. Bring to a boil, then add garbanzos. 

6.) With a wire masher ( used for mashed potatoes) mash garbanzos a bit to thicken the mixture so that it’s not runny. 

7.) Bring to a boil again for 5 minutes, then reduce heat to low and cover. Let simmer for 20 minutes mixing frequently. 

Enjoy!! 


NOTE: My mom says if these don’t taste good don’t blame her:) Adjust seasonings and spices to taste she says. 



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Pesto Crumble Topping

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Hey Friends! This is an easy and quick pesto recipe. It’s a bit more of a crumble the a sauce. I skip the oil and most of the times don’t even add garlic. I have found that pecans and walnuts make just as tasty of a pesto as pine nuts and they are way less expensive. Give this a try and I hope you love it as much as I do!

Ingredients:

2 Cups of fresh basil leaves 

1/2 Cup of Pecans

1 Tbs Nutritional Yeast 

1 tsp salt 

( optional: 2 cloves of fresh garlic) I add garlic when i make it for pasta, otherwise I skip it and just love the strong basil flavor. )

Directions 

Wash basil and remove stems 

Place in food processor with pecans 

Pulse until blended then add nutritional yeast and salt. 


Use as topping in salads, pasta’s, soups, etc. 


Happy Cooking!

xo, Annette

Breakfast Crisp

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A delicious and healthy start to your morning! This easy crisp is not only tasty but good for you!

INGREDIENTS 


CRISP topping 

1 1/2 whole what pastry flour ( may also use gluten-free flour) 

1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats

1/2 cup of ground flax seeds

2/3 cup unsweetened coconut 

1/2 tsp of salt 

1/2 cup of coconut oil 


Delicious Filling 

1 can frozen juice ( apple or white grape) 

1/2 cup of water 

8 cups of peaches ( fresh or frozen) 

2 Cups of blueberries ( fresh or frozen) 



DIRECTIONS: 

Preheat oven to 350 

Pour juice into large saucepan and cook until boiling 

Mix a bit of cornstarch with the water in a small bowl, add to boiling juice and cook until thickened. Stir constantly. 

Add peaches and mix together. If frozen, put them in first with the juice and thaw that way. 

Pour into a 9x13 baking pan and place the blueberries on top 



Mix all of the crisp ingredients in a bowl except the oil. 

Then slowly add oil and mix well 

Spread mixture evenly over the fruit 

Bake 45 minutes until it is bubbling and top is golden



NOTE: This may be made the night before and then cooked the next morning! It’s not limited to peaches and blueberries! Works well with many combinations of fruit! Enjoy! 

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Pickled Banana Peppers

Oh friends! Let me tell you! We have SO many banana peppers it’s hard to keep up! Last week I decided to make an easy refrigerator banana pickle so we can savor these peppers a while longer!

Easy to make and tasty for sure!

Ingredients:

About 15 fresh banana peppers

3 cloves of minced garlic

1.5 cups of vinegar. You can use any kind. I prefer white or apple cider ( which I used in the pictures)

1.5 cups of water

1 tsp of salt

A 32 or 38 ounce mason jar

Directions:

Boil water and vinegar

Fill a clean mason jar with raw banana pepper

Once water and vinegar are boiling add salt and garlic.

Remove from heat and let sit about 5 minutes then pour over peppers.

Let cool to room temperature then cover with lid and place in the refrigerator. Wait 24 hours and then eat!

You can vary this recipe by adding jalapeños, red pepper, sugar, etc. Mix it up for some fun unique flavors!

These were so fun to make and I will definitely be making more before the season if over!! let me know if you make!

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Zinnia Floral headband DIY

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Our garden is booming with flowers and I thought this would be a fun and easy summer tutorial to share with you all! It’s a perfect activity to do with the kids, family, and friends!! Just follow the easy steps below!

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STEP 1- Gather flowers. You will need approximately 15 to make a 1/2 crown or headband. If making a whole crown double the amount of flowers.

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STEP 2- Cut flowers to an even length. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but a leave a fairly long length two work with. Remove all leaves form the stems.

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STEP 3- begin with 2 flowers and cross them as shown in the picture above.

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Step 4- Wrap the stem on top under the other stem.

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Step 5- Bring the stem back around and in front of the other. Basically bending it to the right. It will then hold the flower in place. Slide it close to the first flower. Then start again

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Repeat steps 2-5 until you have reached the desired length.

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Once you’ve reached the desired length tie ribbon to both ends. Tie at the base of head if doing a headband ( as pictured) or tie into a circle and place crown on head!

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Now proceed to do house chores , cook dinner, feed the animals with it on. That what I did. Trust me, you’ll feel way more glamorous :)

Hope you have enjoyed this DIY! Let me know if you make a floral crown! Tag me @azurefarm

xoxo: Annette

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Curry Lentil Soup

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I don’t know about you but I love soup and this one is particularly tasty! It has lentils which are a great source of protein. I love curry but many times it’s too spicy. This is mild curry with some sweetness and a lot of flavor! I hope you love it as much as I do!

Lentil Curry Soup 

INGREDIENTS 

1 Cup of Lentils

3 Cups of Water 

1 Can coconut milk 

1 14 ounce can crushed tomatoes

1 medium red onion ( chopped) 

1 Tbs cumin seeds

1 Tbs Garam Masala 

1 Tbs Onion

2 Tbs Agave

4 Tbs minced garlic

1 tsp salt 

1/2 tsp ginger powder 

1/2 tsp turmeric 

red pepper to taste

cilantro to garnish 


DIRECTIONS: 

Toast cumin seeds in oil for about 2-3 minutes

Add onion, bell pepper, garlic,  and saute until onion is translucent( about 5 min)

Add all the spices

Add water and lentils, bring to a boil, then simmer until lentils are tender ( about 45 min) 

Add coconut milk and tomatoes, cook for another 10 minutes 

Garnish with cilantro and red pepper

Serve & Enjoy!

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Barn Transformation

Barn Transformation

Hey Friends!!

When we moved to our property the red barn was already there! We were so grateful to have a barn we could use and keep animals in. We build out home and the only location for it was basically right in from of the barn. This kind of makes both building be very close to each other. Don’t get me wrong, i love a red barn, but this one in particular did not have a ton of character so we decided to paint it!!

It’s now white and matches out house and i LOVE it!! It’s so pretty!! Below are a few pointers of the process and what we did! Hope it helps!!

Step 1- Color

Decide on color! We wanted to match our home color which is Sherwin Williams Pure White. It’s quite white but does have a hint of cream so it’s a more warm white than cool white if that makes sense.

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Step 2- Paint

We actually used a primer called Bulls Eye 123. It was recommended by our friend who helped us paint the barn. It sticks SO well. Does not scratch or mold etc. It goes on super smooth and has great coverage. Our barn was bright red and I was concerned about it being white and not pink, ha! but this worked like a charm. I do feel it’s best to use it on metal and not wood, but we did paint our chicken coop with it and it worked well there too. See the manufacturer description below.

This premium, whole-house primer-sealer provides outstanding results, with low odor, as well as great flow and leveling. Water-based, acrylic primer delivers flexible use to stick to all surfaces without sanding whether you're working indoors or outdoors. The durable formula resists mold and mildew and inhibits rust for results that last. Quick-drying design dries in just one hour to apply additional layers with a minimal wait time.

Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer, 1 Each (Quantity) 

  • Multi-surface design sticks to all surfaces without sanding

  • Acrylic formula offers great flow and leveling for consistent application

  • Durable formula resists mold/mildew and inhibits rust for lasting results

  • Quick-drying to let you quickly apply additional layers

  • Perfect for glossy surfaces, chalky siding, metal and more

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Here’s the tricky part. It IS tintable which means you can match it to the color you like. HOWEVER!!! They don’t have this labeled as “paint” so when you have them add color to it they get all confused. This is what you must do.

  1. Have them in their system pretend this primer is just a standard gallon of paint. Could be any brand.

  2. Then ( this part is VERY IMPORTANT) have them match the color you want by only 50% to start. This is because the primer grabs onto paint quite well. If you match the color 100% it might be too strong. I would reccoment you take a swatch of the color you want, have them match this primer by 50% and have them actually glob the color onto something and let it dry so you can compare. If the color is still to light have them do 75% of the formula and so on until you decide it’s the color you want.

  3. Coats- we did 3 coats on the front and 2 coats everywhere else. It definitely requires more than 1 coat for full coverage. Only do a thin but even layer at a time. It does tend to drip it you lay it on too thick so just do it evenly.

  4. Amount of paint. Our barn is approximately 40x50 and we used about 9 gallons total to paint it. 3 Coats on the front and 2 everywhere else!

  5. It dries quick, within 1 hour. So I suggest starting where the sun is not hitting it directly so it doesn’t dry super fast as you paint.

Step 3- Application

Before painting you must pressure wash. We pressure washed about a day before we knew we were painting so the barn was as clean as possible!

Our friend used a paint sprayer. He used an older one which is now discontinued. The one linked below is similar to the one he used. CLICK HERE I think this ensures the best and most even application.




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Step 4 Cost- Estimated cost if buying all the supplies.

Paint- Around $200

Paint Sprayer $450

Labor 8 hours.

CONCLUSION: We LOVE IT!! We still have to add lights and some accents but overall we are very happy! We’ll add some greenery and such to also break up all the white, but it looks like a brand new building now! Let me know if you have questions!!

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a few winters ago before we had the retaining wall, greenhouse, and before it was white!!

a few winters ago before we had the retaining wall, greenhouse, and before it was white!!

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"Queso" Party Dip

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This is a fun and tasty “ Questo” dip you’ll be sure to enjoy!!

“Queso” Party Dip 

Ingredients 

1 Medium yellow onion finely chopped 

1 jalapeño ( ribbed and seeded) and finely chopped 

2 cloves of garlic ( minced) 

3 Cups of Delicious “Cheese” dip ( see last week’s recipe HERE)

1 15 oz can of pinto beans (rinsed and drained) 

1 15 oz can of black beans (rinsed and drained)

2 cups fresh diced tomatoes 

1/2 minced fresh cilantro 

Green onion minced to sprinkle 

1/4 tsp salt 

pepper to taste 

Directions

1.) In large pot heat a bit of butter and sauté the onions,  jalapeño and garlic until tender. 

2.) Add the “cheese” and heat together. Stir in beans & tomatoes ( make sure to drain and rinse the beans VERY well)

3.) Once warm stir in cilantro and green onion. 

May be stored in refrigerator for up to a week and re-warmed on stovetop or microwave. 

A fun dip to make for 4th of July! 

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I hope you enjoy eating these delicious , simple to make recipes!!

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Garden Wind Chime Tutorial

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Hey Friends! I got inspired this week to make a fun little wind chime for the garden! I wanted it to be quick and easy and off course whimsical and unique. So voila! I think it turned out so cute and I only wish Ava had been big enough to do one with me! I think this would be the perfect summer project for kids to work on! IT IS SO EASY TO MAKE!!

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MATERIALS NEEDED :

1.) Spray paint - I used a chalk paint because I wanted a mat finish. You could do any color, or even have them be hand painted with stamped patterns etc. The possibilities are endless! I painted mine white.

2.) Terra Cotta Pots- I used the smallest ones Wal-Mart had. You can also do it with larger pots. Purchase the ones I got HERE

3.) Wood Beads- I bought mine at Wal-Mart in the craft section. They came in varied sizes and perfect to choose a variety from ! CLICK HERE

4.) Hemp Cord- You can also use rope if your pots are bigger! I used the help rope that was of the right diameter to go through the hole on the bottom of the pot. CLICK HERE

5.) Fancy Beads. Then you need a mixed media bead strand such as this. CLICK HERE. Choose the color you prefer or love the most. hese are the ones you find in the make your own jewelry section. They come in one strand. I got one with pink hues.

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HOW TO:

Friends this is the easy part I think! And you can’t mess it up!

1.) Make a loop with your rope ( for hanging) and tie an extra knot at the bottom. This will be the top of your wind chime.

2.) Next begin sliding beads on! You can do WHATEVER you want! I’d say 2 big ones and then a few smaller. Then tie knot.

3.) Slide your first pot on! Then tie a knot close to the top of the pot so it doesn’t fall down. Then slide some beads in! Make sure they are actually inside the pot a bit as this is what will chime when it moves around. Have about 2-3 beads stick out of the bottom.

4.) Tie a knot then add a few more beads a little ways down. Then add another pot and repeat.

YOU CAN ADD as many pots as you’d like! I only added 3, but you can do more!!

5.) To finish add a few more beads to dangle off the end. Tie a double knot, cut the cord, and VOILA!! You’ve done it!

Tips:

Vary the sizes of wood pieces and intermix in some sparkly pieces. This will add dimension and whimsy to your piece! This was so easy to make and the perfect summer DIY

Enjoy Friends! Let me know if you make one!!

xoxo: Annette

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4th of July Star Cookies

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4th of July Star Cookies 

The holiday is fast approaching! This is a fun easy cookie to make that is delicious and can almost be labeled as healthy too!! Try it out and let me know what you think!


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Ingredients for Cookie

WET

1 cup coconut oil (room temperature)

1/2 cup of juice from 1 can of garbanzo beans ( called aquafaba) 

1.5 tsp vanilla ( clear) 

Pinch of salt


DRY

1 Cup of sugar 

2 tsp baking powder 

3.5 cups of  flour 

Ingredients for Frosting & toppings

1 container of Tofutti cream cheese

1 Cup powdered sugar ( more if you’d like it sweeter) 

2 tsp vanilla extract 

Blueberries 

Sliced strawberries 


Directions: 

 Cookie

  1. Cream sugar and oil together with hand mixer until smooth, then add garbanzo liquid and vanilla. Mix together. 

  2. In a separate bowl mix dry ingredients together. 

  3. Slowly pour dry ingredients into wet and mix until dough is blended and can be rolled into a ball. 

  4. Dust surface with flower and roll out  ( If too wet add a bit more flour, and if needed chill in fridge for 5 minutes. Coconut oil can get slippery if too warm) 

  5. Roll out and dust with flower before cutting cookie. 

  6. Use desired cookie cutter shape. 

  7. Preheat oven to 350. 

  8. Place cookies on cookie sheet  and bake exactly 10 minutes. Do not cook longer. Cookies will not brown and will be slightly soft still when removed from oven. They will harden when cooled. Place on rack to dry.

Frosting

1.  Mix “cream cheese” , sugar, and vanilla in mixer. Use knife to spread frosting onto cooled cookies.  Add sliced strawberries and blueberries! SERVE!! 

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I hope you enjoy these as much as I do! Let me know if you make them. It’s a great recipe to vary as well! You can add lemon zest and juice to make a delicious lemon shortbread cookie! Almond extract and things like cinnamon and such make it all sorts of yummy too so try it out and let me know!

xoxo, Annette

Delicious "Cheese" Dip

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Friends! This is hands down one of the easiest most healthy and delicious cheese recipes you will ever make! Not only is it easy and tasty but it is very inexpensive and contains no common food allergens so win win! The consistency of the potato and carrot once blended really does mimic a cheese sauce. This works well for so many recipes! Stay tuned for one coming up next week you can make for fourth of july!

Delicious “Cheese Dip” 

Ingredients: 

2 Cups of potatoes ( russet or yukon) diced large and peeled. 

2 Cups of carrots, diced large 

1/2 Cup water ( use water from cooked potatoes and carrots) 

1/3 Cup olive oil 

1/2 cup nutritional yeast flakes

1 Tbs fresh lemon juice

2 tsp salt

1tsp garlic powder

1 tsp onion powder

pinch of cayenne powder  (optional) 

Directions: 

Boil potatoes and carrots until soft, drain ( use 1/2 cup of this liquid as the water) 

Blend in a high powered blender such as a vita mix until very smooth. 

Serve!

Will store for 1 week in refrigerator . May be re-heated on stovetop or microwave. This makes a great nacho cheese dip but can also be used for enchiladas, scalloped potatoes & more 

Makes approximately 4 cups 

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ENJOY!

4th of July table inspiration

Hey Friends! Summer is about to be in full swing and that means 4th of July is right around the corner. I like to create pretty things and thought a tables cape for the holiday would be fun!

I liked the concept of an indoor picnic so this is what I went with! Natural elements, and just a few pops of red, white and blue!! Easy and fun! I love the woven caddy from Hearth and Hand ( CICK HERE) You can put your silverware, napkins, and even some drinks in it! Beautiful and easy to carry. Pops of color can come from the napkins or even food itself such as blueberries and strawberries. Add some sparkly stars and voila you’re done!

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Create your own similar tables cape! All is reasonably priced and most pieces you will use over and over!

See Links below

Dishes- They are from Target and are super versatile CLICK HERE

Placemats- I have used these placemats from Wax-Mart for almost everything! They are great! CLICK HERE

Silverware- Gold plated silverware from Target. A must have you can use over and over again. CLICK HERE

Mason Jar’s with straws- I got these at Wax-Mart and they are SO cute and useful! CLICK HERE

Woven Utensil caddy is available now at Target from the Hearth and Hand collection CLICK HERE

Patriotic Napkins- add a pop of color without being too loud with a set of napkins from Target. CLICK HERE