Cherry Peach Sauce

Although this is actually the consistency of a lot of store bought purees, 
I find it too thin to serve it by itself.

Oh but flavor is really, really delicious and there are approximately 5,893 ways to use it.

I'll name a couple below.

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Cherries are awesome, have great flavor and color but I don't use them enough.

It might be because my awesome cherry-pitter, let's call her the Jordyn 2000 has gone back to 
Sacramento, and cherry-pitting just isn't the same without her.

It's also messy and it makes your fingers purple.
Well it does if you are using your fingers to pit the cherries.

If we're going to take advantage of summer fruit then we just can't ignore peaches, can we?

Lovely, luscious summer peaches.

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Cherry Peach Sauce
2 cups of halved & pitted cherries
2 medium peaches, skinned and pitted
1/4 cup water

Lets start with the skinning of the peaches.
Bring water to boil in a pot.  It needs to be enough to submerge your peaches.
Take your clean peach and cut an X on the bottom.
Drop the peaches into the boiling water and let it sit for a few minutes.
When you see the skin start to pull away from the X they are ready.
Let them cool and simple peel the skin off.

Place your cherries in a small saucepan with 1/4 cup of water and bring to a simmer.
Cook until your cherries are fork tender, stirring if needed.
Drain the liquid into a container.
Keep that lovely cherry juice!  Cool it down and give it to your little to drink.
Serve it by itself or mix it with their favorite juice.

Place your cherries and peaches in a food processor and puree.

Now for the fun part.

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-Add it to:
cottage cheese, plain whole milk yogurt,
mashed banana, pears or apple,
oatmeal or other grains
-Use it as a sauce for pancakes, waffles or french toast
-Freeze it into popsicles
-Cook with pork (or chicken or turkey) and maybe some roasted squash
-Add cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg or pepper
-Mix in some mint

Use it for yourself too!  Warm a bit with real maple syrup and serve it with brunch or 
spike it and serve it with dessert :)

Or spike it and eat it for brunch.  I won't judge you.

Refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months

Cherries are a great source of potassium, have anti-inflammatory properties 
and are packed with antioxidants.
They also contain melatonin which is said to help regulate natural sleep patterns, 
and what mama wouldn't like that.
Peaches are loaded with vitamin C and K as well as potassium, calcium and fiber.

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