I've come across quite a few recipes for bread, but this is the only one that actually had me feeling confident enough to try out... Honey Whole Wheat Bread via Local Milk. Beth makes the whole process seems somewhat magical – and doable! I highly recommend trying this out if it's your first attempt.
Have you baked your own bread? What are some of your favourite recipes? I'd love to try a large, round crusty loaf next.
For now though, Fall has yet to arrive, and all of Summer's produce has at least another month or so! Rick and I discovered two new places, one selling this delicious Guernsey cow milk made from a local farm (most milk is made from a mix of different supplied Holstein milk), and another selling all kinds of local year-round meat and available produce. I feel so much better about consuming food grown around our home, rather than flown in from Chile or New Zealand. I'll take mixed greens from California every once and a while, but does Ontario really need apples from New Zealand? It's insane when there's three apple farms within 10–30 minutes of our home. They taste better and the nutritional value is higher having not spent days being transported and jostled around. It'll require more planning to visit each different place for different items, but it's worth it to me. Our fridge and pantry is full of local, healthy goodies and I couldn't be happier about it. Plus I love visiting different farms. It's fun to go, even if we're not buying much.
Do you shop locally? Can you taste the difference? What would you say your area's best produce is? I'd say we have a lot of corn and apples!
Oh August... on one hand, your presence marks the dog days of Summer, where we treasure the last few weeks of the season (secretly looking forward to cozy Fall weather), but on the other hand – peaches. Peaches, peaches, and more peaches. Today I picked up a giant basket of these lovely gems from a co-worker who has a peach farm in the family. They lack the "cosmetic" spray which deals with those little freckles on the skin, which is definitely a bonus. There's simply no other fruit that captures Summer quite as sweet... sooo good.
Right now, there's peach crisp in the oven, as I scour the internet for other peach-related recipes... any favourites out there?
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For now though, I have my weekends.
So let's kick off a new month with new things to look forward to. It's finally peach season and i'm obsessed. I can eat 3 peaches in one sitting. They make the perfect breakfast, snack, or dessert! And along with it corn on the cob is in season. How great is it that we can now add it to our Summer BBQ's and dinner outdoors? There's so many corn stands along my drive home, it's nice to get a few cobs straight from the farmer to cook that very night.
I've also starting to dabble in a little running every other night using a couch-to-5K training program. So far, so good, but running is not my best quality. It's always been tough for me as an adult for some reason, even though I played so much soccer as a child (I even reffed!). My endurance is low (it's not like i've been getting much cardio these past few years), and my pace is averaging 8 mins/km... but i'll get there eventually. I ran 3.6 km last night, and I hope to run a 5K (and possibly a 2K before that) this October. It's just a fun walk/run so there's no real pressure except finishing, which is nice. Mostly though, I just decided enough was enough. Being a graphic designer i'm sitting A LOT, and it's starting to hurt! I feel like i'll be in some major trouble down the line if I don't start getting more active now. It's been nice getting outside. I don't know what i'll do come Winter (many, many layers I suppose), but i'll figure it out!
What are you most looking forward to this August? How has your Summer been? Time just flies by, doesn't it?