Farmer’s Market Finds: Fresh Garlic

fresh-garlic-02“Fresh garlic? Are you sure those aren’t onions?” That’s what I asked the nice lady who stopped us at the farmer’s market to tell us how darling Rocco is. We exchanged some niceties and then she mentioned that we had to try this farmer’s fresh garlic. So we ventured over to the farmer’s stand and were allured by the sweet smell of the fresh garlic. We love trying new things, so we grabbed a few stalks, looking for ones with big bulbs.

fresh-garlic-03.1Unlike the garlic you see in your supermarket, fresh garlic is milder and subtler than dried. According to this article, fresh garlic is fleeting, so you have to grab it while you can. Plus, you won’t find it in your supermarket.

fresh-garlic-07So how do you use it? Well, it can be thinly sliced or minced and added to salads or dressings, or sautéed and used with veggies or meat, just as you would dried garlic.

We crushed ours and threw it in the slow cooker with a pork shoulder. It added just subtle garlic notes to the pork. We also created this garlic spread, which will be great to cook with or to spread on bread or make bruschetta. Have you seen or used fresh garlic? I’d love to hear about your experiences!

Fresh Garlic Spread

Ingredients:

Membranes from two heads of fresh garlic

3 cups of water

High quality extra virgin olive oil

Kosher salt, to taste

Directions:

fresh-garlic-08Peel the garlic and remove the membranes from the garlic cloves. Fill a medium sauce pan half full of water.  Bring the water to a simmer. Once simmering, add the garlic membranes and let cook until the water returns to a simmer, about 5 minutes. Drain and let cool for 1 hour.

fresh-garlic-010In a food processor or blender, add the membranes and slowly add olive oil as the membranes are processing. The membranes and olive oil should create a mayonnaise-like texture and a light golden yellow color. Add kosher salt to taste. Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

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10 Creative Uses for Peeps

creative-uses-for-peepsPeeps are freaking adorable. There is no denying their cuteness, but who actually eats them? The giant chocolate bunny was always the star, while the Peeps ended up stale at the bottom of my Easter basket. So what other creative uses for Peeps could I try?

My co-worker told me about this center-piece she made using Peeps, so that got me thinking. Since I don’t really like eating them, what else can you do with Peeps? I was surprised by just how many fun ideas are out there. Here are my favorites:

10 Creative Uses for Peeps

  1.  Pink Peep Inspired Cocktail
  2.  Peeps Sunflower Cake
  3.  Peeps Place Cards
  4.  Peek A Book Peeps Cookies
  5.  Peep Pops
  6.  Peeps Garland
  7.  Peeps Straws
  8.  Peeps S’mores
  9.  Peeps Center Piece
  10.  Peeps Rice Crispy Treats

Are you a Peeps fan? Do you have other creative uses for Peeps? I’d love to hear about them!

 

 

Etsy Gifts for New Moms

etsy-gifts-for-new-momsI recently met a new baby bib designer on Instagram. We got to talking about her new business and Etsy shop. After learning about her fledgling business, I started poking around on Etsy. I quickly learned there are tons of really talented designers, creators and crafters on Etsy.

I bought a few things on Etsy awhile back, but I never spent much time on the site. As a new mom, I received a lot of really cute gifts from my friends and family. I’m at the age where a lot of my friends are having their own kids too. When I buy gifts, I like them to be personal and unique. Etsy is the perfect place to find special gifts. Here are eight Etsy gifts for new moms that I absolutely love.

  1. Nursing Scarf
  2. Diaper Bag
  3. Blanket and Swaddle Wrap
  4. Montessori Gift Set
  5. Baby Headband
  6. Knot Hats
  7. Custom Baby Blanket
  8. Baby Mobile

As a new mom, I would have loved to receive any of these adorable items. Do you shop or sell on Etsy? What items have you found that you’ve loved?