Last Saturday at the Farmer’s Market, Renee had the most delicious figs and I could not resist buying a pound to munch on.

(Photo by Avery)

We ate a bunch of them right that moment, but that night I decided to spruce them up a bit!

Baked Figs

• Figs

• Goat cheese


• Honey

Cut figs in half, apply goat cheese,  sprinkle a little EVOO on top, bake at 350 for about 10 minutes. Remove from oven and drizzle with honey.  (We added a sprinkle of cayenne pepper at the end, which was really good!)

I could have made them more photogenic, but we were ready to dive in and I could not be bothered to apply the goat cheese in a more photogenic manner!

On the other hand, don’t you think Shane makes an excellent hand model?!

Sometimes as we move through the busy seasons of life, it is hard to remember to be grateful for the business instead of complaining and wishing for a slower pace.

I know that the busy-ness of the summer season is a HUGE blessing for our family and even though I am counting the days until it ends, I am oh so thankful that we are so blessed to BE busy. It’s an endless cycle!!

In the meantime, I bought myself a new Farmer’s wife hat. I thought it would be perfect for our Saturday morning visits to the farmer’s market. What I learned this week was that the hat actually makes it HOTTER. Go figure!

(Photo by Van! He is quite the budding photographer.)

Here is one of he took of Avery! Not too shabby!!

Since my cooking time is very limited right now, I was excited to find a quick,easy, paleo way to manage our basil supply.

And it  is oh so delicious!


• Approx 5 1/2 cups fresh basil (I realize trying to measure leaves is kinda ridiculous, but just shove them in a measuring cup as best you can. No need to be precise!)

• 1 Cup Walnuts

• Approximately 1 cup EVOO or just a little less

• Approximately 10 Garlic Cloves (yes, I buy them already peeled)

• 1/4-1/2 tsp salt

Put it all together in the food processor and blend.

I think it is even better after it sits in the fridge a few hours, or even overnight, so make it in advance of serving if possible.

We have a lot of basil, so I made many many batches of pesto. Some for now and some got frozen for later!

Ideas for ways to Enjoy Pesto:

• On top of Meat! We LOVE it on grilled chicken

• Rolled up inside lunch meat. Truly Yummy.

• On Eggs

• With sliced Tomatoes

• Perhaps on a Spoon?!

How do you Pesto?

Bowl of Yum!

July 22, 2011 in Sweets and Treats     10 comments

I want to share a favorite treat of mine that helps when you are trying to beat the sweets! Avery LOVES it, too and will eat it for breakfast or dessert any day!

We call it the BOWL OF YUM!

I don’t usually make it in a glass, I did that just so you could see the layers of goodness!

I usually just use a mini bowl like this, because a little goes a long way!

I guess you want to know what we put in the yum to make it so yummy?!

1 scoop almond butter

A sprinkle of shredded coconut

A sprinkle a chia seeds

A handful of blueberries (or strawberries for Avery-too sweet for me)

A sprinkle of crushed pecans or walnuts

And topped with coconut milk

DUDE, that’s goooooood!!

P.S. Be sure when you buy Almond Butter that the ingredients are just ALMONDS. Do not buy it if it has any other ingredients, except maybe flax like this ONE.

Also, coconut milk should only have coconuts and maybe some water.