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Creating An Intentional Family Home with Lindy Dodge

Creating An Intentional Family Home with Lindy Dodge in her 1912 fixer upper that is kid friendly by design.

Hello! I’m so happy to be here with you wonderful Local Milk readers! My name is Lindy, and I’m a Pacific Northwest native and mother to twin toddler girls. I’m also a seamstress and a potter that loves sharing all my creative endeavors on my blog and Instagram. I’m also the owner of a winsome and intentional home goods store called Thimble & Cloth but have taken a break for a season to nurture my home and family.

I’m here today to talk to you about my favorite topic, HOME, and what creating an intentional home looks like with kids who live, learn and love here as well. 


Grandma Trudy’s Canned Tomatoes with Chelsea J. O’Leary

Tomato CanningTomato Canning & Conversation with Chelsea J. O'Leary. How to can tomatoes for chili, sauce, salsa and more - a step by step guide for a simple recipe that is the best from Local Milk Blog by Beth Kirby

Do you notice how we often ask one another superlative questions?

“What’s your favorite way to spend a Sunday morning?”

“Who has influenced you most this year?” 

“What’s your favorite color?”

I squirm in my chair when I’m on the receiving end of this question. However, my squirmish behavior is not due to discomfort. In fact, it’s quite the contrary. I’m hit with a wave of curiosity and self-reflection, and it nearly sends me into a sensory tailspin. 

“My favorite?” I ask myself. “My favorite?” 


Green Herb & Cantaloupe Gazpacho (vegan, gluten-free)

Green Herb & Cantaloupe Gazpacho

Gazpacho, salmorejo, ajo blanco, vichyssoise, borsch—cold soups, like this Green Herb & Cantaloupe Gazpacho, are an obsession of mine. They reminds me of summer in southern Spain, sixteen years old, tan, in love, and dumb. I tasted my first gazpacho in Cadiz at a café by the sea, certain the Italian man sitting across from me was more than a summer fling. He, for the record, was not. It would only be my love of cold soup that would endure.

This recipe, a riff on a classic tomato gazpacho, isn’t overly sweet, rather it’s bright, fruity, herbaceous, and thoroughly savory. And it’s worth mentioning that it’s quick, easy, and makes virtually no dirty dishes. The cantaloupe’s sweetness brings out the sweetness in the pepper and tomatoes, and an English cucumber with two generous handfuls of fresh herbs, mint and basil, make it addictively refreshing. Read on for the recipe as well as 10 Tips for Making the Best Gazpacho (even without a recipe)! (more…)

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