I can’t believe we’re more than halfway into June! Which means that here in Seattle, we’re almost enjoying summer. It really doesn’t start for us until after the Fourth of July holiday.
To celebrate our upcoming warm season (yes, despite the popular belief that it rains here all year, it is actually more like 80 – 90 degrees everyday during the summer), I’m sharing some great articles for desserts and other kitchen adventures I can’t wait to try this summer.
Let’s start with the fun stuff. We don’t eat dessert very often, but there’s something about enjoying a treat during the summer that is just plain fun. I’m always trying to find the balance between feeding our toddler a diet full of nutrient dense food and relaxing a bit and letting her taste buds explore. Summer seems good for exploring. 😉
We have a fire pit in our yard and I’m thinking it will be fun to share the joy of s’mores with her this year, using these homemade marshmallows from A Modern Homestead. I also found this allergy-free graham cracker baking mix, as we haven’t introduced gluten yet, and these mini TAZA (my favorite!) chocolate bars that are the perfect size for a s’more.
I didn’t use our ice cream maker at all last summer (something about having a small infant and feeling overwhelmed with life, maybe?), but I plan to make up for it this year. I am unfortunately (mostly) dairy-free. It has to be really worth it for me to eat dairy, and I reserve that for cheese. My all-time favorite dairy-free ice cream is this vegan Mexican chocolate ice cream, which has a nice kick from the cayenne. And this cinnamon coconut milk ice cream from Whole Natural Life is on my list to try this summer as well – I like that the cinnamon creates a more savory taste than traditional ice cream.
Summer Kitchen Adventures
Living in Seattle, we have long sunny days all summer (it was light out when the kiddo woke up at 4:25 this morning, and it will be light until close to 10pm tonight). What to do with all the extra hours it feels like we have each day? Mostly outside adventures, but I’m also looking forward to a few kitchen adventures that don’t require the oven (because no air conditioning).
I’ve gotten really interested in making my own nut butters and milk lately. I am debating buying a Vitamix to do so; they are pricey, but so is buying a jar of nut butter here and there. I found this recipe for homemade almond milk from A Modern Homestead that looks really simple. I love that when making your own, you can use raw almonds and soak the nuts first for a traditional preparation (and easier digestion).
I just received a basic dehydrator from my local Buy Nothing group that I can’t wait to learn to use. It came with no instructions, but it just has a plug and an on/off button, so I’m thinking I can pull this one off. I’m planning to try rhubarb leather from Healthy Green Savvy. We’re on the go all the time with the long days, and having snack food that keeps while out and about is key. Fruit leather is perfect!
I came across this roundup of 23 ways to make your home less toxic from Pure Living Space, and I love that several of them are for the kitchen. I’m working on two kitchen “green” projects right now – reducing plastic and looking for new bakeware. I say it often, but I truly believe you can work on improving your family’s health one step at a time. You don’t have to bite it all off at once! Small bites… *cough cough*
And lastly, summer is the perfect time to start getting ready for fall… and all it’s cold and flu germs. I don’t want to think about fall yet, but I am. This past year, my daughter started part time day care and we suffered many ailments in the first few months. I purchased elderberry syrup to help, and it worked – even my skeptical husband agreed! This year I’m all about being prepared before we get sick. Healthy Green Savvy shares about immunue-boosting elderberries, and I will definitely be purchasing some this summer to get a jump start on flu season.
Do you have any kitchen adventures planned for this summer?