Hello, friends!  Thanks for coming by! This past weekend we had the hottest and steamiest days so far this summer.   At this point everyone's looking for ways to stay cool.  What's your favorite way to cool off and get a reprieve from the summer heat? If you're like me, spending time by the lake is great, swimming in the pool, drinking lots of water is wonderful.  But... finding a cool and refreshing treat is the best!  Check out these summer fresh frozen dessert recipes shared with us at last week's edition of Project Inspire{d}!   And be prepared to fill up your Pinterest board with all these clever … [Read more...]

  When strawberry season comes I cannot get enough strawberries. We eat strawberry shortcake for at least one meal a day during that short time. I know. Do you know anyone who could possibly eat so much shortcake and keep loving it?     So when I was presented with strawberries for the Ultimate Recipe Challenge, hosted by my blogging friend Kim, I knew I had to create a recipe that was different... I'm sorry dear sweet strawberry shortcake! AND... all sweetness aside... it needed to be a savory dish. Have you ever roasted fruit? The roasting process intensifies the flavor … [Read more...]

  Hello, friends!  Thanks for coming by! A belated Happy Canada Day to my friends north of the border and Happy Independence Day to my fellow Americans! We took a little vacation at the end of the week to host some friends to our beautiful sunny shores.  It was an amazing and very busy time.  There isn't much better than spending time with people you love who live so far away. Are you hosting family or friends this holiday? I love it when friends put in a request for one of their favorite foods.  It's so fun to cook for people who want to enjoy my cooking. Today's features include 12 delicious recipes … [Read more...]

  Hello, friends!  Thanks for coming by! Are you enjoying your summer?  We've been really busy the last several weeks, but this weekend we decided that we need to be more intentional about going down to the lake for walks and sunsets.  It's funny how "life" gets in the way, yet when we lived elsewhere, it was what we missed the most. These warm days will be quickly fading, so we need to make the most of our beautiful summer weather. What kinds of things are you doing to make your summer special? One thing that's fun to do in the summer is cookout! I just know you'll want to whip up these fabulous … [Read more...]

  Hello, friends!  Thanks for coming by! Today was a picture-perfect Memorial Day.  We went to the beach early, "fished" for driftwood that will hopefully turn up in some projects soon, walked the boardwalk, and even sat down on the benches for a bit to people, dog, and boat watch.  We're looking forward to a lovely sunset over the lake tonight to cap off the holiday.  I can't tell you how very blessed we are to live in such an incredibly beautiful area.  I can't wait to hear how you spent this official first of the summer weekend. Summer is salad time and so many of you shared the most delicious looking … [Read more...]

  Raise your hand if you love a cool creamy taste treat filled with delicious fresh fruit.     Oh my goodness!  This healthy recipe is SO creamy and good we're enjoying it twice a day.  In fact, it's taking the place of ice cream in our home. And there's no cooking or whipping involved. What it's the main ingredient?  Plain Greek whole milk yogurt.  Before you click away... stop a minute to discover why we are so in love with the new treats we're whipping up with this yogurt.   I've discovered a delicious and healthy way to enjoy it that I just know you'll want too. Yogurt is … [Read more...]

  My husband LOVES pasta and noodles. Me. Not-so-much. Maybe it's because I'm a bit tired of pasta slathered in the ubiquitous red sauce.     If you're like me, today's post just might change that pasta indifferent attitude with a least one amazing recipe. I won't say which one, but mine is sooooo good I'm going to guess it'll become a family favorite! My blogging friend Kim, from The Kim Six Fix, hosts a bi-monthly blogger recipe challenge. This month's ingredient is pasta. Last month's recipe challenge was potatoes. My goal this month was to develop a recipe that is … [Read more...]

  This week I've seen crocuses and daffodils and pussy willows in bloom. I hope they don't get ruined with all the rain, sleet, and snow in our forecast for the next week.  Spring is pretty wonderful... but... oh my! is she ever fickle.  While she makes up her mind... I'm going to get my creative juices flowing and have a little fun.  And... I just might be found trying out a few of these fresh fruity recipes from this week's Project Inspire{d}! Hope you have a wonderfully creative and tasty weekend too!     17 Yummy Fresh and Fabulous Fruity Recipes    Blueberry Muffin … [Read more...]

  This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #Bananamazing #CollectiveBias   Yummy Banana Snacks Kids and Moms will Love   Growing up... my dad was determined that I would eat foods that were good for me.  Bananas were high on his list of nutritious foods and fortunately for me, I loved bananas.  Many of my after-school snacks and suppertime desserts included bananas.  Because my dad was generally the main cook at our house, he made easy to prepare snacks and desserts.... a small bowl of sliced bananas with a little sugar … [Read more...]

  Have you gotten caught up in a little "March Madness?" I'll admit to being a Michigan State fan... but I guess it just goes to show that sometimes a fairly unknown school has a bigger "want" to win.  So... Middle Tennessee... be fueled by your big "want" and go for the big win. Today my co-hostesses and I put together some truly tempting game day appetizers that are sure to delight the fans.  HOWEVER...  Many of these would be super special for your Easter buffet, too. Be sure to pin them now for later. Whatever you have on the agenda this weekend, have a great weekend, and find someone to … [Read more...]

  We were so impressed with all the bright and colorful ideas for spring and Easter at this week's link party.  These are just a few that caught our eye.  Be sure to check them out, pin them, and have fun getting your creativity on. Have a great weekend my friend! Colorful and Stylish Ideas for Celebrating Easter   Color Blocked Easter Eggs by Simply Designing Tissue Paper Spring Wreath by Ilkas Blog Pastel Easter Mantle Vignette by Pastels and Macarons Floral Crown Inspired Spring Wreath by Making it in the Mountains Carrot Grahams Easter Treat for Kids from About a Mom Roly-Poly … [Read more...]

  Recently I began watching the Food Network.  I know, I know.  I am so late to the game. My fascination with the "Chopped" challenges inspired me to say yes to the Ultimate Recipe Challenge blog hop when my friend Kim of The Kim Six Fix put out the challenge. This bi-monthly affair will feature a different ingredient each month. And this month's ingredient challenge is Potatoes! So without further ado... Chefs and chef-wannabees... I made for you... Rosemary Roasted Red Potatoes     The simplest foods with the fewest ingredients really are the best! I am … [Read more...]

  I woke up to a fresh coating of snow this morning.  After a gorgeous sunny day yesterday... well it's a damp blanket for the day... but I know spring and sunny skies are coming soon. Whatever your plans are for the weekend, I hope you take time to exercise your creativity.  I'll be giving it my best shot.  Because at our house we'll be working at getting over the flu.  Ugh!  It totally put me out of commission yesterday.  Hopefully, I can push through it today.  I'm praying for an extra measure of strength as I have several posts that are in the midst of being completed for the weekend and next … [Read more...]

  Have you noticed?  The days are getting longer!   The sun won't set tonight until 6:30!  That means I can go for an after-dinner walk in twilight and not pitch darkness.  I LOVE twilight... it's such a beautiful and peaceful time of the day.  And as the days get warmer... it will be even better.  Though I think we're in for a roller coaster of weather these days.  Snow and school closings and then three days later... 50 degrees!  Whatever!  Spring is around the corner and for some of you... she's already arrived in all her beautiful finery.  I can't wait to greet her. I'm working on some … [Read more...]

It's Valentine's weekend... and we've got 25 lovely ideas for making it special. This might be the Valentine's Day weekend to stay in.  With blowing snow and white-outs in my neck of the woods, it was evident that there wasn't much celebrating going on as we traveled the treacherous roads this evening. And BRRRRRR is it cold. "They" say it's the coldest weekend of the year.  Where is that early spring Punxsutawney Phil promised us? No worries... check out these lovely ideas to make your Valentine's heart sing!! 25 Lovely Ways to Make Your Valentine's Heart Sing   Heart Gumdrops from A Mitten Full of … [Read more...]

When it comes to cold weather... there's nothing better than a delicious bowl of soup to warm your family's hearts. Snow seems to be sweeping across the country... but again we received an inch at best.  Still it's plenty cold outside.  I make homemade soup almost every week during the winter.  It doesn't require a lot of effort and it's so easy to heat up a bowl or two for a quick and hearty warm up.  My chicken gumbo is the favorite around here.  What's yours? If you'd love some hearty and delicious soup ideas... we've got some great recipes for you!   10 Delicious Soup … [Read more...]

Will you be hosting a Super Bowl party? Whether you're hosting or invited to watch the game with friends or family, this week's featured ideas from Project Inspire{d} are filled with lots of delicious and savory recipes that are sure to please. The next question is.... which team will you be rooting for? 28 Winning and Savory Game Day Foods   Shrimp Pesto Pizza :: Cooking With Curls Crock Pot Turkey Chili by Art From My Table via Carrie Elle Baked Tequila Lime Chicken Taquitos :: Happy and Blessed Home Asian BBQ Pork Taco Boats :: Lemons for LuLu Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Fries :: Grace and Good … [Read more...]

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