Smoked Peach Crisp

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Smoked Peach Crisp

Peaches, glorious peaches! Why can’t peach season last all year? I guess I wouldn’t crave it and love it as much as I do if they were available all the time. This smoked peach crisp on the Traeger is our new favorite!

As you all know, peach crisp is a huge deal at my house. There’s absolutely not one single summer that goes by that I don’t make a peach crisp to end our glorious summer. I don’t know if it’s the golden nectar of sweet peach juice with that cinnamon crisp and a scoop of cold and creamy ice cream or if it’s the nostalgia I feel for a peach dessert but either way I always feel like it’s officially summer when I eat it. And best of all, my kids do too. 

a photo of a cast iron dutch oven with a serving missing and two scoops of vanilla ice cream melting on top.

Isn’t there something magical about a whole family loving one specific recipe? It’s not just that it’s a tradition, it’s not even that it’s finally something everyone likes, there’s truly something sweet and memorable about eating that one recipe together that everyone swoons over. 

So friends, may your glowing summer nights be a little longer and a little happier this year with smoked peach crisp!

Ingredients for Smoked Peach Crisp

You’ll need some peaches of course, and then a few things for the filling and a whole bunch of goodness for the topping. Here are the ingredients you will need:

For the Filling:

  • Peaches
  • Butter
  • Cinnamon
  • Brown Sugar
  • Cornstarch

For the Topping:

  • Old-Fashioned Oats
  • Brown Sugar
  • Butter
  • All- Purpose Flour
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt

The measurements for each ingredient can be found in the recipe card at the end of the post.

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The Little Things Newsletter #318 – Life, laughter, and lots of great food!

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Welcome to the weekend, my friends! We’re celebrating three weeks of ice cream recipes with a giveaway for the Cuisinart ICE-100 1.5-Quart Compressor Ice Cream Maker

You may recall just how much I adore my compressor ice cream maker, no bowls to freeze, no salt or ice to melt, just turn it on and start churning batch after creamy batch of homemade ice cream. Enter to win by going to the giveaway page and submitting your email. 

ON THE BLOG this week: Fresh Mint Ice Cream is like no other mint ice cream you’ve tried in the past. This Mint Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream is a softer, fresher mint flavor that just might blow your mind.

You need this buttery sweet edible cookie dough in your life. It’s filled with miniature chocolate chips in a bite-size chunk of snackable Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites.

And after you’ve made the edible cookie dough, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream will be next on your list. Sweet chunks of edible cookie dough fill each scoop of this rich and creamy ice cream.

Rum Raisin Ice Cream is full of rum-soaked raisins mixed in custardy vanilla ice cream with a hint of rum. This recipe is a little bit old school and a whole lot of creamy delicious.

The most popular question I’ve ever received on this website is whether you can make ice cream without a machine. The answer is YES. Find out how you can Make Ice Cream Without A Machine.

The Ultimate Ice Cream Maker Review has everything you need to know to choose the perfect ice cream machine! The original post has been updated to reflect current pricing and additional review information for these machines. (I’m thinking this is going to be an annual or even bi-annual update now with the way prices are changing these days.)

My FAVORITE THINGS this week are my wireless earbuds. I don’t know when I’ve ever been so pleased with a $30 purchase. My kids and I all have these earbuds and in over six months of near-constant use, we have yet to have any issues with them. They continue to work flawlessly.

I love these earbuds so much, that I’m giving a few pairs away today just for newsletter readers. Leave a comment below and let me know what you’ll be listening to: Podcasts? Music? Audiobooks? Something else entirely? I’ll choose three winners on Monday evening and send them t

Yoga for beginners

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Do you want to start a yoga practice, but have no idea where to begin? We ask Hannah Barrett, one of the UK’s leading online yoga and meditation teachers, some common questions

Hi Hannah, what are some of the benefits of yoga?

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Yoga has a host of benefits, including reduced stress and anxiety, increased strength, flexibility and mobility, enhanced self-awareness, and improved sleep quality and immunity.

Is yoga good for mental health?

Yoga is a holistic way of life, nurturing both physical and mental health.

It teaches us connection and gives us the opportunity to study ourselves both on and off the yoga mat. Yoga invites us to tune inwards, giving us space to reflect on our behaviours, beliefs, habits, and practices. Over time, it helps us connect with who we are, our values and what’s working and not working in our life.

What beginner yoga poses would you recommend?

One of my favourite poses when I was starting out in my yoga practice was child’s pose as it gave me a moment of calm and quiet and allowed me to really connect with my breath. I also loved warrior III and downward-facing dog. Both of these poses are excellent for creating strength, length, focus and stamina.

Starting a yoga practice:

Do I need a yoga block?

A yoga block can be really helpful for beginners, however, there are other ways to modify your practice if you don’t have access to a block, including cushions and rolled-up blankets. And if you haven't got a strap, you can use a dressing gown tie.

Do I need to be super flexible?

Yoga is about mindful movement linked to the breath. The physical postures are designed to purify the body and provide strength, flexibility, mobility and stamina. It’s completely OK if you can’t touch your toes; you’re still performing a forward fold! Flexibility comes over time as a by-product of yoga, not as a requirement.

What if I’m not strong enough?

Like with flexibility, you will build strength over time with a regular yoga practice. Pretty much every posture can be modified to suit your body and level so please don’t let a lack of strength put you off. In my new book Yoga Happy, it was really important to me that the flows within the book were accessible to all. I include a detailed appendix including ways to modify each posture to suit what you need.

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Yoga Happy by Hannah Barrett (Quadrille, £20) is available in all good bookshops. Follow Hannah on Instagram, and YouTube or visit her website

Grace Victory shares 4 simple ways to find a moment for mindfulness in your daily routine

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Taking care of yourself and finding a moment for mindfulness isn’t always easy, even for those who’ve practised it for years. Here, columnist Grace Victory shares her own struggles to refill her cup, and offers four simple ways to bring mindfulness into your everyday life – even when it’s tough

Grace Victory shares 4 simple ways to find a moment for mindfulness in your daily routine

It’s actually ironic that I’m sitting here writing this piece when my own everyday mindfulness practices are the worst they’ve been in years.

I just can’t seem to find my flow or motivation. Life is full-on right now, with big personal things (and some professional), so I know I need to find pockets of peace to benefit my overall health, but it just feels too hard.

I barely get a chance to pee by myself at the moment, and any ‘alone time’ I’m lucky enough to find, I sleep, put on some washing, or cry due to feeling stressed. It’s a vicious cycle I’ve been in for a while, and I guess potentially the result of prioritising the wrong things and giving too much of myself to everyone – except myself.

I know this, yet I’m still here?!

I know the washing can wait, the vacuuming doesn’t have to be done right now, and I can cancel dinner for the second time with my friend because my toddler is teething, but the shame and lack of control over my life takes over.

Maybe a part of me still wants to have it all. Maybe a part of me is still grieving pieces of my life before I became a parent. Maybe a part of me wants to be a little bit more selfish, but recognises just how much her tiny human needs her.

I’m mindful of my thought patterns right now. They are darker than usual, and, if I’m honest, I spend a lot of my days trying not to spiral into a black hole that I don’t have the energy to crawl back out of. Previously, I relied heavily on rituals and spiritual practices that kept me grounded and afloat at the same time, but lately… I can’t seem to grasp them (mainly due to a lack of time, and mental and physical capacity).

The healing treatments, holistic methods, and wholesome things I used to do just don’t feel like ‘me’ any more. There’s a disconnect from the way I used to practise mindfulness and, all in all, I am struggling – and I’m saying this in the hope that someone else reading this month’s column will be able to relate, and maybe feel less alone? Because writing this, I too, feel extremely alone.

Not to be a total Debbie Downer though, I have mustered up the strength to put together four small-but-mighty ways we (together) can practise mindfulness in our everyday lives. Whether you’re a tired single parent, a stressed out university student, or a person who has yet to find their way with mindfulness, I hope this list helps in some way, and can be applied to your own lives.

Grace Victory shares 4 simple ways to find a moment for mindfulness in your daily routine

1. Take 10 big, deep breaths when youȁ

Friday Faves

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Hi friends! Happy Friday! What’s going on this weekend? We’re off to Liv’s dance Nationals competition (so excited) and spending the rest of the weekend hanging out with friends. Our dance team has worked so hard all year, so I’m absolutely looking forward to seeing the dances one more time and celebrating the end of such a wonderful season. I’d love to hear what you have going on!

It’s time for the weekly Friday Faves party! This is where I share some of my favorite finds from the week and around the web. I always love to hear about your faves, too, so please shout out something you’re loving in the comments section below.

Friday Faves

Staycation at Tanque Verde Ranch

Last weekend, we had a little Father’s Day staycation at Tanque Verde Ranch. Last time we stayed on property, I was pregnant with P! We’ve gone back many times to enjoy their Saturday night Cowboy Cookout. I highly recommend it if you’re visiting Tucson! We wanted to stay for the weekend and take advantage of the extra activities, like horseback riding, archery, and fishing.

The girls shocked the instructor with their perfect archery form:

(all of the practice with P’s toy bow and arrow has really paid off, let me tell ya)

and after archery, we headed to Barnyard for dinner before seeing a family of javelinas right outside our hotel casita! Fun trivia: a group of javelina is called a squadron.

Saturday morning, we were up bright and early for horseback riding. The girls take lessons, but the Pilot and I hadn’t been on a horse in years. (We always joke that we’re a little bit j