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Simple and delicious vegan pesto!

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Recipe | July 28, 2020

Pesto makes everything taste better!

Pesto is one of my all-time favorite foods! It seriously makes EVERYTHING taste better! Now, I know what you’re thinking… how can you make pesto without animal products? Well, It can be done, and done well! My kids love it! They said – Mom, this sauce is delicious.. but maybe not put it over couscous next time lol. Couscous isn’t their favorite… My husband and I fully enjoyed it though.

small jar of pesto and white red stripped towel

The possibilities are endless

A good pesto sauce can be used in hundreds of meals. I made a grain salad last night with sauteed veggies with a creamy pesto on top…. and it was delish! some of my favorite ways to eat pesto are on pasta salad, zoodles, as a pizza sauce, a yummy dip for bread, baked into bread, as a salad dressing, on a veggie sandwich, etc. The possibilities are endless.

pasta with a pesto sauce

It’s so good for you!

Plus, there are some amazing health benefits to eating pesto! Basil is good for digestion, it’s anti-inflammatory, it fights free-radical activity, it supports liver function and helps detoxify the body, fights depression, and supports a healthy gut! Those are some big claims! So not only does pesto make everything taste better – it’s so good for you!

basil plant

Cheesy flavor without the cheese

Now you might be wondering how to make pesto without parmesan cheese, because usually, it is an essential ingredient… well, the answer is nutritional yeast, my friend! I love nutritional yeast! It has the most wonderful savory cheesy flavor and added to your pesto recipe works to replace the parmesan cheese.

Another odd substitute… Pinenuts can be hard to find at the moment, so instead, I used walnuts! Did you know you can substitute walnuts in place of pinenuts? And it’s sooo delicious! Plus walnuts are very heart-healthy!

pesto in bowl and tool

Measure and Dump

  1. I’m a measure and dump kind of girl – or even eyeball it.. which I definitely do from time to time if I’m really confident in a recipe. This recipe, for instance, is a dump everything in and turn on the food processor kind of recipe. After everything is measured and blended, you can check on the consistency of the pesto. Add a little more water if it’s too thick or more walnuts if it’s too watery.
  2. Be sure to use a rubber spatula while blending. Stop periodically and scrape down the sides of the blender or food processor to push the pesto back down to the blade to get an even consistency.
  3. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week to be sure your pesto lasts and stays fresh!

4 photos of the pesto process

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As always pals, thank you for reading along!

Much Love,

Kori ~ From the Farmhouse Life

bowl of hummus and a loaf of bread

Easy homemade Hummus!

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Recipe | July 14, 2020

One of my favorite foods to make is homemade hummus. It’s super easy and literally takes less than 5 minutes in total. You barely need any ingredients on hand besides chickpeas and tahini and you can spice to your heart’s content.

That’s the benefit of making it yourself – you can choose how spicy, salty, etc you like it! We try to keep salt and oil content pretty low around here so I prefer to make homemade hummus. That way I can control how much salt and oil are in it. Plus, I can make a big batch on a weekly basis to have on hand all week.

My kids love it as a dip for their veggies, topping for their quesadillas, and a chip dip. I love it because it adds extra fiber and protein to their meals and snacks. Plus there are dozens of other nutritional benefits to eating legumes daily. Check them out here at one of my favorite sites for nutritional information – One of my good friends Sandi has a yummy hummus recipe that is super yummy too! Definitely worth checking out.

The ingredients

All you’ll need on hand are a couple of jars of chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, water, a splash of lemon or lime, and your favorite spices (mine are garlic, onion, nutritional yeast, and a pinch of salt, pepper, and cayenne). That’s literally it! Oh, and of course you’ll need a high powered blender or food processor too.

garbanzo beans, seasonings, and a red measuring cup.

Step 1

To start – add water and tahini to the blender or food processor to make a paste. Blend for a few minutes. Next, add in both cans of chickpeas, spices, oil, and lemon or lime juice. Blend high for a few minutes.

Step 2

Using a rubber spatula, scrape the chickpea clumps down off of the side of the blender and push down into the hummus mixture.

Step 3

Lastly, check the consistency of your hummus. If it’s too thick add in a tablespoon of water at a time blending in between until you have your preferred texture. I like mine stiff and not too watery.

four pictures of a blender in the process of making hummus

Two cans of chickpeas will make about a plastic sandwich container full. I generally make a batch with 4 cans of chickpeas that way I have enough to last the week.

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Alright, pals! Thanks so much for reading along!

Much Love,

Kori ~ From the farmhouse life

woman holding rhubarb stems

Dairy-free and delicious strawberry rhubarb crisp!

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Recipe | May 19, 2020

This is the best dairy free strawberry rhubarb crisp that the whole family will love and ask for more!

One thing we inherited when we purchased our home was a very healthy rhubarb bush. Rhubarb is a perennial and faithfully comes back every year. When it starts popping up out of the ground my kids start talking about all the yummy ways we can eat it and bake with the rhubarb. With the weather warming up we’ve started to see strawberries for sale in the market too. My husband actually picked some up last week, and although they aren’t quite ripe enough to snack on, we’ve decided to add it into our favorite rhubarb crisp recipe!

Woman holding rhubarb stems.

Just like all of my recipes around here, they’re dairy-free.

My youngest has a dairy allergy, I have a sensitivity to dairy, and my husband is intolerant. So needless to say we avoid dairy in our home. I actually “try” and make all of our food animal product free. After reading the book How Not to Die by Dr. Michael Greggor we try and add as many plants as possible into our diet. And rhubarb is certainly a plant – so we should enjoy it and all it’s health benefits!

A large rhubarb plant in the garden.

Did you know that rhubarb is also a great source of vitamin K!

Vitamin K is important for blood clotting and bone health. Along with vitamin K, it also contains two grams of fiber, calcium, and vitamin C! But beware – rhubarb leaves contain high amounts of oxalic acid, which can cause health problems when eaten in higher amounts. Symptoms can include mild gastrointestinal symptoms, as well as more serious problems, such as kidney stones and kidney failure. Yeek!

The picked rhubarb on the counter beside a bowl of bananas.

Ok – so the take away… eat cooked rhubarb stems in yummy desserts like strawberry rhubarb crisp recipe!

Here’s a 30-second video clip of the process


For the fruit:

    • 3 cups rhubarb – cut into 3/4″ pieces
    • 2 cups strawberries – hulled and cut into 3/4″ pieces
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
    • pinch of salt

For the topping:

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter – or dairy-free butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease an  8″x8″  baking dish.
  2. In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer, stir together the sugar, cornstarch, vanilla, and salt.  Add the chopped fruit and Let sit for at least 5-10 minutes while preparing the topping.
  3. In another large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, oats, brown sugar, melted butter, and salt.
  4. Add the fruit mixture to the pan. Next, add the topping over top of the fruit mixture.
  5. Bake for 40-45 minutes. The topping should be firm and the fruit should bubble over when done. The filling may also appear runny it’s warm but will thicken as it cools.
  6. Make sure it cools for 30 minutes before serving.

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As always pals,

Thanks for reading along!

Much Love,

Kori~ from The Farmhouse Life

butternut squash on a cutting board with vegige stock and carrots

Creamy Vegan Butternut Squash Soup!

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Recipe | April 30, 2020

Make your own creamy butternut squash soup with my vegan recipe, that is oh so good!

I have a confession to make… I’m kind of obsessed with making soups. Really any kind of soup especially in the fall/winter! What I really love as well is creamy veggie soups. One of my kid’s favorites is butternut squash soup because it’s super creamy and savory with lots of goodness. We always make our creamy soups vegan because my youngest is lactose intolerant. It is such an easy recipe and only requires a few ingredients, so it’s been a staple around here while we’re stuck at home.

Between my store order last week having a couple of butternut squashes in it and this week my Misfits Market order having one too – we’ll be stocked up on our soup supplies for a while.

If you’re interested in trying out Misfits Market – use code COOKWME-NT4CNC to get 25% off your first order. Check it out here! There are two sizes to the boxes –  large and small. You pick your size and how often you get shipments. It’s as easy as that. Organic fresh produce delivered right to your door!

Alright – back to that vegan soup recipe!

A wooden cutting board with carrots, squash, salt, and a scale all laid out for the soup.


1. Preheat the oven to 400* F.

2. Place the whole butternut squash on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven until it’s soft and golden brown (about an hour). Put aside until it cools.

3. Peel, dice, and then boil the carrots to soften.

4. Make the “roux” to thicken the soup: Heat 1/4 cup olive oil in a skillet on medium heat. When the oil is hot, add 1/4 cup of flour until the flour is completely saturated. Then slowly add in 1-1/2 cups of the veggie stock and whisk frequently. Be sure to bring to a boil and then reduce heat. The roux will thicken on standing. 

5. When cool, cut the butternut squash in half (the long way) and scoop out the seed to discard. Next, scoop out the meat and place in a high powered blender. You should have about 2 cups.

 6. Drain and add in your cooked carrots, the rest of your veggie stock, roux, 1/4 cup of brown sugar and blend.

 7. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve!

Bowl of butternut squash soup on the table beside some bread and a knife.

check out the video below for a rundown of the whole recipe!



Be sure to grab the free printable below!

As always pals ~ Thanks for reading!

Much Love,

Kori ~ from The Farmhouse Life

Friday Favorites…fall is in the air (10 must haves for the up and coming season!)

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Style | August 17, 2018

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It’s that transitional time of year where the mornings are crisp and the evenings are chilly. We’re all dying to get out our leather boots and plaid scarves to commemorate the new season! Although… It’s not quite time to have that pumpkin spice latte in hand, due to the server heat during the day…but I figured I’d get some inspo out there to give you all the feels and get you excited for whats just around the corner. Click on the image to see the source!

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I LOVE decorating my front porch for different seasons…and whats cuter than this doormat! It’s rustic and simple and perfect!

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So not only is this rug from a small shop.. (which I love to shop small), but It’s also customizable. check them out!

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I’m loving this simple mantel with gold hues!

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This DIY wreath is perfect for fall! Simple yellows and greens with a very oh-so farmhouse sign. This is a DIY I’ll for sure be trying!

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OK. what screams fall more than plaid blankets scarves?! I’m absolutely positive that she has a pumpkin spice latte in hand.. am I right?!

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This blanket scarf is available on Etsy! Click the photo to snag yours today!

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This gorgeous combo of warm fall flowers mixed with the mossy green colors is to DIE for! I’ll for sure be getting a little creative this fall season with arrangements!

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Don’t shy away from bold colors like wine to mix into your arrangements this coming season. Brides magazine got it RIGHT with this gorgeous arrangement!

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Mums are a fall STAPLE and Liz Marie added these gorgeous crocks to add just the right amount of structure to make these mums grand! Throw in some heirloom pumpkins and you’ve got some serious front porch envy going on.

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Click on the image to be directed to Liz Marie and her beautiful blog to see more photos of this beautiful porch!

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I love this simple fall tablescape. The linen runner is the perfect backdrop for this simple garland and the seasonal orange pumpkins that make these candlesticks the show stopper!

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Pottery Barn has the most beautiful tableware… I’ll definitely be stocking up this season to create beautiful tablescapes!

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Loving this gorgeous mantel covered in Eucalyptus and heirloom pumpkins! Throw in a rustic eclectic mirror and you have the perfect mantel for fall!

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Check out this Blog on how you can turn cheap dollar store pumpkins into gorgeous heirloom pumpkins!

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I love to add cozy throws on all corners of my sofa and baskets around my sitting room.  As the weather gets chillier it’s good to have warm throws in reach to cozy up and read a good book!

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Check out this throw from Hearth and Home at Target! The leather strap makes it easy to grab and take to on the go for a  picnic.

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What better way to bring in the fall season than smells of apples, cinnamon, and oranges! Cut up your fruits and spices throw in a pot and simmer all day long and let the smell of your home bring you into the changing season.

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Looking for a recipe to make one of your own? Check out this one here. Click the image to find the recipe!

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Whether real or faux…birch logs are the perfect way to dress up your fireplace for fall. If you don’t live in the woods or have access to beautiful birch, settle for faux and just use as an accent piece in your fireplace!

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Zuppa Toscana – Dairy Free Gluten Free soup recipe

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Recipe | February 5, 2018

This delicious dairy free, gluten free soup is the perfect fall/winter meal for the whole family!

Zuppa toscana – Dairy free gluten free soup recipe 

I don’t know about you all, but we’ve just recently joined the gluten free dairy free world. My youngest has had such gut issues over the past year which has forced us into this new way of cooking and thinking about food. At first It was very hard to find recipes that were family flavour approved. My kids aren’t really picky eaters… but they appreciate food that doesn’t taste like cardboard! In all my searching I came across some delicious dairy and gluten alternatives that tasted great! This way I could continue to make the foods my kids loved without the allergens!
All the ingredients for the soup laid out on the counter ready to be prepped.
The one I’m sharing today is one of their favorites. Zuppa Toscana. If you’ve ever ordered it at the Olive Garden you know it’s creamy and delicious. Its made with heavy whipping cream and flour to help thicken the soup base. Great on taste.. not great if you have an allergy. In this recipe i’ve replaced the heavy whipping cream with coconut milk and left out the flour so it has more of a stock base instead of a cream base. This soup is full of flavor and perfect for the long fall and winter months. Enjoy!
Frying up the onions in a pan.
  1. Ground Sausage
  2. 1 onion medium chopped
  3. chicken stock 32oz
  4. 1 bag petite potatoes
  5. chopped kale, about 2 cups
  6. 1 cup of coconut milk
  7. Salt and peper to taste.
First add the ground sausage to your pot and brown on medium heat. While its still browning add chopped onion.
Adding the ground sausage to the onions in the pan.
Adding the coconut milk and the kale to the pot.
Then add the chicken stock and potatoes-let cook 20 minutes
When potatoes are soft, add coconut milk and Kale-cook another 15 minutes
Adding in the rest of the ingredients and stirring.
Salt and pepper to taste and ENJOY!
The bowl of Zuppa Toscana soup all made and ready to eat.
I hope your family enjoys this dairy free soup!
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I’m Kori and I’m so glad you’re here! Home design has always been a passion of mine. I love to find new ways to make my home feel and look beautiful. I’m a DIY girl who loves farmhouse style with a twist. And let’s face it…a room that reflects your style can boost your mood and make you feel happy! Join me and my family on this journey as we move from city life to farm life and follow along as we renovate our 1700s colonial one room at a time. Here you’ll find design tips, DIYs, recipes, insight on child raising, and so much more! Check out my design services page to work together on your next project!

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