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Dark Chocolate Dipped Fudgesicles

These creamy-dreamy, dark chocolate dipped fudgesicles will become your sinfully delicious treat for hot summer days. Don’t let summer pass you by without indulging in this real-food fudgesicle dipped in smooth dark chocolate. The recipe is rich in real fats and sweetened with just a touch of maple syrup. Chocolate lovers rejoice! This real-food fudgesicle …

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Growing, Harvesting, and Drying Calendula Flowers – With Recipes and Suggestions for Use

Using calendula is very simple and straightforward. This beautiful flowering plant has been widely used throughout history for health, beauty, and as a seasoning or edible decoration in culinary applications. Medicinally, it has been used to aid digestion, calm aching teeth and joints, speed healing of bruises, burns, and wounds, soothe cramps, and reduce fever. …

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Organic Salve Base Recipe – Three Ingredients and Extra Gentle

This skin-protecting salve base recipe can do it all. Need an extra gentle salve for baby? A bug balm for hiking and camping? An “ouchie salve” for scrapes, bumps, rashes, and cuts? A lip balm for chapped winter lips? A fragrant solid perfume?  This one salve base recipe can be fully customizable to make any …

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Potassium-Rich Chia and Buckwheat Banana Bread – Gluten Free, Egg Free, Dairy Free

You can bake amazing, gluten-free, allergen-friendly, potassium-rich banana bread with buckwheat flour! Buckwheat is not actually wheat at all, it is the potassium-rich inner kernel of a plant in the rhubarb and sorrel family, therefore it is naturally gluten free and a perfect grain substitute for wheat-sensitive populations.      Buckwheat flour has a nice …

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Dark Rye Sourdough Bread With Molasses and Caraway

This recipe is a brilliant and easy mashup of some of my favorite rye bread styles. It is shaped like a classic Danish rye (Rugbrød), but has the sweetness of traditional pumpernickle and the warm spiciness of caraway seed often found in Norwegian, German, and American rye bread variants. Caraway seeds have a sweet and …

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Braided Sourdough Wreath Bread With Pumpkin, Cranberries, and Pecans

  This gorgeous, vibrant, cozy Braided Sourdough Wreath Bread is here to welcome back the sun as the days grow longer yet again. Here in Oregon it’s the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, and that which marks the true beginning of winter.  I’m always moved by how our natural world works. Even …

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Perfect Peppermint Pinwheel Cookies

  This Peppermint Pinwheel recipe is an old family favorite introduced to us by my maternal grandmother, who we lovingly called Ponana. About 20 years ago my mom compiled a binder of the treat recipes we loved when we were growing up, some of our favorite “sweeties and fatties.” Written above the recipe for peppermint …

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Raw-Honey-Sweetened Cranberry Sauce With Fresh Orange and Thyme

  The color of this cranberry sauce is simply stunning. But it’s the flavors that will have your guests asking for the recipe! I take a few of the best ingredients of the season and combine them in an organic and thoughtful way to create a sauce that has a bright, zippy, herbaceous flavor that …

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Sourdough Toaster Tarts With Blackberry, Sage, and Honey Filling

  This Fall you will find me in my kitchen making these magical sourdough toaster tarts by the dozen! While they take a little extra effort to prepare, the real fermented dough, perfectly sweetened filling, and touch of garden magic make these worth the time.   Toaster Tarts Anytime! You can serve these little beauties …

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Sesame Seed Sourdough Starter Batter Crackers

  This isn’t my first rodeo with sourdough starter batter crackers. I started making them back in the winter of 2018. I had been experimenting with drying Sourdough Crepes in the oven to get a slightly sweet cracker when the idea for a batter style cracker hit me. I have to admit, it’s been one …

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Buttermilk Sourdough Bread With Honey and Oats

  This is the kind of bread that makes a sandwich exceptional.  When I set out to develop this recipe I spent a lot of time testing different shaping techniques. I finally settled on a beautiful and functional sandwich loaf. Baking this rich bread in a loaf pan really supports the hearty oat-filled dough.  The …

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Blueberry Cornbread Muffins – Gluten Free and Egg Free

  Sometimes inspiration comes from unlikely sources.  I’ve been feeling pretty down about my need to take a break from wheat while I heal my adrenals. Unfortunately, it means no more sourdough for me for a while. I am still baking sourdough bread for my family and friends and developing new recipes, but it’s really …

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Cultured Raw Lemon Ice Cream With Only Three Real Food Ingredients

  The summertime heat can’t touch you when you have a bowlful of this uplifting and invigorating Lemon Ice Cream.     This recipe deserves a shoutout to Megan Stevens of Eat Beautiful. She used to run a cute little ice cream cafe in Eugene, Oregon called Vanilla Jill’s. They served some awesome treats made …

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Gluten-Free Browned Butter Pecan Cookies – Grain Free and Refined Sugar Free

  This is what happens when crispy pecans, browned butter and unrefined coconut sugar come together into a soft and chewy cookie that tastes like pecan pie! This recipe was inspired by my obsession with the incredible flavor combination of browned butter and pecans. The browned butter accentuates the yummy toasty nuttiness of the pecans …

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