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New York Adventures: Greenpoint, Williamsburg, + Manhattan

Last June, Wyatt and I stayed in Greenpoint, New York for two weeks. I can't belive it's taken me this long to get a wrap-up together but 14 days worth of photos (hundreds! of! photos!) plus trying to find the words to both cover everything we saw and so much we missed has been hard to find. I've decided the easiest way is to showcase a few of my favorite pictures fr[...]

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Celebrating Turning 30 + A Look Back At My 20’s

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf Hudsonville Ice Cream. The opinions and text are all mine. Thank you for supporting the brands that make VV possible. Last week I turned 30! And to celebrate, I whipped up a delicious yogurt cake (using coconut yogurt to make it vegan) and served it with Hudsonville Ice Cream’s Dairy Free Peanut Butter[...]

Pickled Peaches
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Pickled Peaches

These Honey-Pickled Peaches are from Smoke, Roots, Mountain, Harvest by Lauren Angelucci McDuffi. These pickled peaches are perfect on salads, in cocktails, and enjoyed by themselves!  Simple Sunday is a feature where we deep dive into simple recipes, spotlight ingredients, and/or feature recipes for specific occasions. Are you sick of peaches yet?[...]

Cherry Fudge Ice Cream Pie

This Cherry Fudge Ice Cream Pie is the perfect summer dessert to serve at your next gathering! A chocolate graham cracker crust is topped with delicious Hudsonville Dairy-Free ice cream, fudge, homemade whipped cream, and more chocolate. What's not to love?! This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf Hudsonville Ice Cream. The opinions and text are[...]

Peach Burrata Tomato Pizza
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Peach Burrata & Tomato Pizza

This Peach Burrata & Tomato Pizza is the ideal summer pizza pie. The sweet peaches compliment acidic tomatoes and creamy burrata perfectly for an addictive flavor combo. This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Bob’s Red Mill. The opinions and text are all mine. Thank you for supporting the brands that make VV possible. It feels li[...]

Peach Tea Lemonade
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Peach Tea Lemonade Recipe

Meet your new summer drink: homemade Peach Tea Lemonade! Simple to make, packed with in-season peaches, and bound to keep you cool during these humid summer days! Summer is flying right by! I was excited to snag a 25 pound box of peaches from the Georgia Peach Truck last week; it gave me the perfect excuse to spend the weekend baking up a storm to work my way[...]

Summer Salads For A Crowd
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Summer Salads For A Crowd

This round-up of summer salads for a crowd features salads of all kind: fruit, grain, and leaf! It's HOT out and I need a dish for a potluck / grill out / party. what should I make that won't put me in a hot kitchen for hours. The answer? A salad! But not just a boring old iceburg salad with ranch dressing - I'm talking a showstopper grain salad or addicting fruit[...]

Cookie Lover’s Sundae
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Cookie Lover’s Sundae: Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie with Caramel Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Happy National Ice Cream Month! We are kicking things off with this Cookie Lover's Sundae! It's a huge chocolate chip skillet cookie that is then topped with Hudsonville Ice Cream's Caramel Cookie Dough Ice Cream, sprinkles, and cherries! This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf Hudsonville Ice Cream. The opinions and text are all mine. Thank you f[...]

Thai Quinoa Salad
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Thai Quinoa Salad with Ginger Peanut Butter Dressing

This Thai Quinoa Salad is a perfect side for a cook-out or picnic - it's refreshing, packed full of flavor, and can easily be made ahead of time! This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The National Peanut Butter Board. The opinions and text are all mine. Thank you for supporting the brands that make VV possible. Salad season is offic[...]

Cottage Cheese Toast
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Cottage Cheese Toast Ideas

On today’s Simple Sunday feature we are covering cottage cheese toast ideas! It's time to bring this cheese out of the low-fat 90's diet world and into the modern fresh food movement! Simple Sunday is a feature where we deep dive into simple recipes, spotlight ingredients, and/or feature recipes for specific occasions. I know right out the gate that t[...]

5 Quick Vegetarian Dinner Recipes
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5 Quick Vegetarian Dinner Recipes

These 5 Quick Vegetarian Dinner Recipes are delicious and will help keep you from reaching for that frozen pizza when you are looking for a quick meal. Sometimes you just don't feel like spending all evening in the kitchen - maybe it's nice out and you are eager to get outside or maybe you've had a long day at work and just can't muster up the energy. Either way,[...]

Savory Zucchini Bread
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Savory Zucchini Bread With Whipped Goat Cheese & Dill

This Savory Zucchini Bread With Whipped Goat Cheese & Dill is the perfect quick bread for summer when zucchinis are in abundance. This savory bread is delicious on it's own but made even better with a simple whipped goat cheese spread on it. This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Bob’s Red Mill. The opinions and text are all mine. Thank[...]

Mac Salad From Aloha Kitchen
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Mac Salad From Aloha Kitchen

This delicious Mac Salad is from the gorgeous Aloha Kitchen, a cookbook by Alana Kysar with recipes from Hawai'i. It's perfect for summer cookouts or picnics. I can't remember the last time I got such bad FOMO from reading a cookbook! Alana's photos of Hawaii in Aloha Kitchen seriously make me want to drop everything I'm doing and jump on a flight across the[...]

Sweet Peanut Butter Mascarpone Fruit Dip
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Sweet Peanut Butter Mascarpone Fruit Dip

This Sweet Peanut Butter Mascarpone Fruit Dip is just waiting to be whipped up at your next gathering! It can be made in under a minute (!!) and is delicious with berries and apples. This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The National Peanut Butter Board. The opinions and text are all mine. Thank you for supporting the brands that make VV possibl[...]

Cucumber Salad Recipe
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Cucumber Salad Recipe With Strawberry Yogurt & Pistachio Za’atar

This Cucumber Salad Recipe With Strawberry Yogurt & Pistachio Za'atar is an easy and delicious summer salad! Made it to enjoy at your next picnic or grill out! With Memorial Day weekend on the horizon, it's time to officially start talking about summer! Do you have any plans for the long weekend? Maybe a little pool time and a grill out or picnic? This eas[...]

Santa Fe In One Day
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Santa Fe In One Day (Choose Your Own Adventure)

Are you excited to talk about exploring Santa Fe in one day today?! It's been a minute since I did an adventure post which is pretty ridiculous because I've been traveling a bunch lately (already been to Chicago, LA, Marco Island, Denver, and Santa Fe this year)! I'm a pretty obsessive traveler in that I get serious FOMO if I don't have an extensive list ahead of[...]

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Blueberry Lemon Pie

This Blueberry Lemon Pie recipe has a flaky crust and juicy filling perfect for a summer treat when blueberries are in abundance. As I'm sure you can tell by the recipes I've shared over the last few months, I usually shy away from anything too labor intensive. And to me, pie has always been at the top of the list when it comes to time consuming and finicky r[...]

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Seedy Blueberry Banana Bread + Scenes from Blueberry Picking

This Seedy Blueberry Banana Bread recipe is a great way to use up overly ripe bananas and to get a boost of fruit in your diet! It's less sweet than most banana bread recipes making it an ideal choice for breakfast or an afternoon snack. Not sure exactly what it is but it doesn't take much for me to get the summer bummers - maybe it's the expectation that sum[...]

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Fresh Greek Nachos with Herbed Tahini Sauce

Is your garden or farmer's market overflowing with herbs and tomatoes? It's time to make this quick and easy Fresh Greek Nachos with Herbed Tahini Sauce recipe! I eat it for lunch all the time but it would also be great to serve to a crowd. My eating shifts with the seasons so it's not surprise that I go through phases with recipes. This particular recipe was[...]

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15 Recipes To Make While Summer Fruit is in Season!

15 Recipes To Make While Summer Fruit is in Season! From drinks to sweets to savory items, these recipes will have you making fruit recipes all summer long!   If you are anything like me, you can't resist all the colorful and juicy fresh fruit currently stationed at your local farmer's market. Summer fruit can be fleeting so here are some recipes to mak[...]

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Burrata with Plums Tomatoes and Mint-Basil Oil

This Burrata with Plums Tomatoes and Mint-Basil Oil recipe can be whipped up in under 15 minutes and requires zero cooking time. Perfect summer entertaining appetizer? I think so. It's recipes like this one that make me wish summer produce was always in season. I love this time of year because I can walk outside and pick half the ingredients from my garden an[...]

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Roasted Plums and Blueberries with Cardamom and Vanilla

This versatile Roasted Plums and Blueberries with Cardamom and Vanilla recipe comes together in under 15 minutes and is the perfect summer breakfast or dessert when fruit is thriving at your farmer's market. I picked up these beautiful plums and blueberries at the farmer's market over the weekend and couldn't resist whipping up something simple for the blogs[...]

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Backyard Makeover with Harvest Organics!

Today I am talking all about the backyard makeover we've spent the last few weekends working on! Please note that this post was sponsored by Harvest Organics, but all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make VV possible. #TheHarvestEffect Moving into a house in the dead of winter can be a bit of a gamble when it comes to the yard. We[...]

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Grilled Veggies with Cilantro Yogurt Sauce & Grilled Pita

This Grilled Veggies with Cilantro Yogurt Sauce & Grilled Pita vegetarian grill recipe is simple enough for a weeknight meal while bursting with flavor. I feel like grilling season has become a dreaded time for many vegetarians as they head to BBQs focused around brats, hot dogs, and steak. Although you could always rely on those (sad, IMO) processed vegg[...]