Saturday, August 27, 2016

25 Back to School Snacks!

25 Back to School Snacks to refuel those hungry kids after a long day at school

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School's either back in session or about to begin for the kiddos.  Time to get new school supplies, new clothes and getting back into a routine.  Or if it was back in my day, we got to pick out a new lunch box, and I mean box, as in metal!  I think that was my favorite time of year going to the lunch box stand and picking out my favorite characters.  Some of the favs were the Peanuts gang, the Archies, Disney, the Jetsons, the Munsters and of course Hot Wheels!  It would take me forever to pick one out.  Next up was getting a box of crayons.  Oh boy, I was envious of those kids that got the 64 pack with the built in sharpener.  Since there was three of us kids, the most we ever had were the 48 pack.  And I really coveted that Cornwall blue crayon!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Cinnamon Sugar Mini Donuts

Mini Cinnamon Sugar Donuts - Fair Style
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It's just a few short days away with what is called "The Great Minnesota Get Together" aka the State Fair.  The first thing that comes to mind (that isn't on a stick!) are these Cinnamon Sugar Mini Donuts.  These are a staple at any fair and carnival but what makes these a bit healthier, but just as tasty, are that these are baked and not fried.  Yes I know fair food is all about the deep frying and eating all those foods you might wait yearly for and I do get that - really!  It's some people's favorite time of the year.  While we haven't been to the fair in a looooong time, I still like some of the food and that is where these mini donuts that I can make at home comes in.  Lower calorie so I can eat more, right?

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Fresh Tomato Basil Soup with Feta

Fresh tomato basil soup is kicked up a notch with feta cheese. Easy to make, this easy homemade soup recipe makes delicious comfort food!!

Fresh Tomato Basil Soup with Feta
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Today brought a trip to the Farmer's Market.  It was quite cool for a summer day - only 62 degrees and a bit rainy but nothing was going to stop me today from going.  I love going to the Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings but we haven't been home on Saturdays in over a month! 

Today was perfect too since I knew I wanted to make a soup and having the weather a bit cooler was a good time to make this Fresh Tomato Basil Soup with Feta.  It really hit the spot and the kitchen aromas were wonderful.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Rosemary Spiced Mixed Nuts

Mixed nuts are a delicious snack and a great source of protein! This homemade rosemary spiced mixed nuts recipe makes an easy homemade food gift for the holidays.
Rosemary Spiced Mixed Nuts are a great recipe to have on hand - so easy and simple!

Sometimes you feel like a nut and sometimes you feel like you want a lot of them!  Today's recipe of Rosemary Spiced Mixed Nuts is a super easy recipe to have on hand when you feel like noshing/snacking.

We recently had some friends over for the DIY Guy's birthday and we enjoyed some simple appetizers, including this recipe.  While I don't have a garden any longer, I do keep some fresh herbs in pots on the deck, and the fresh rosemary really kicks up the flavor for these mixed nuts (and the handful of pepitas it includes, too).

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

25 Amazing Birthday Cakes!

25 Amazing Birthday Cakes

This is my birthday month - last week I had a milestone one (guess if you want!) and what better way to celebrate than eating cake, right?  Today I'm sharing 25 Amazing Birthday Cakes to get the party started.  These are all show stopper desserts that would truly impress any birthday gal (or guy).  I want them all!  25 cakes, 25 days - it's doable right?  Who's going to bake for me?  Just no candles :)

Friday, August 5, 2016

Fresh Peach and Blueberry Tart

Fresh Peach and Blueberry Tart
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If you are looking for a quick and easy dessert then this Fresh Peach and Blueberry Tart will be one you'll want on your must try list!  I'm so into fresh fruits this year and have been really trying to incorporate them into lots of my dishes.  And I did I mention quick?  Yep! and once it goes in the oven, you'll be enjoying this beautiful tart in 25-30 minutes.  It really best when served warm but it also tastes good when left at room temperature.  So who's pulling up a chair for this tasty treat??

Monday, August 1, 2016

Pool Party Menu Plan

Pool Party Menu Plan

Hey folks, summer is still going strong and today a group of us gals have gotten together to share a meal plan for you!  On the first of each month we will be coming together with a themed party plan and this month it is Pool Party time!  So start planning your party and be sure to check out some of these recipes to make your party a splash!