Summer Dessert Recipes {Be Awesome Features}

Blueberry Dump Cake plus more summer dessert recipes

Hello all, I hope your weekend is going well! You may have noticed a few changes on the blog recently (well, pretty big changes). It was time to update the behind the scenes stuff to make it more functional and, since we were going through the hassle, I thought it was a good time for a fresh new look. I'll be playing around over the summer to get it just the way I want it. (Let's be honest, it's never finished, right?). Ready to check out the … [Read more...]

Watermelon Mint Paletas + More Summerlicious Treats

Watermelon Mint Paletas

Summer has been hot, hot, hot around here the past couple of weeks, and that means everyone's trying to stay cool. Everyday, I make a batch of homemade iced tea or infused water that disappears in no time. On particularly hot days, nothing seems be as satisfying as frozen treats, especially ones that are jam packed with summer fresh fruit! When we were in Mexico a while back, they served paletas (aka popsicles) poolside in the afternoon. … [Read more...]

Garden to Table Recipes {Be Awesome Features}

Homemade Kale and Garlic Pesto by Sylvia's Simple Life

Hello everyone! I hope you're having a beautiful weekend. Ready to see the features from Monday's Be Awesome link party? Summer is the time of year when fresh produce is in abundance. Around here, we've been eating herbs and greens from our container garden already.  Fortunately, we also have a few great Farmer's Markets and have been able to pick up organic fruits and veges. The cherries are so good this time of year! For this week's p … [Read more...]

Jar Recipes to Take Along on Your Next Picnic

Picnic via Elizabeth Anne Designs

Summer is here and that means picnic season! {via} One of our favorite things to do on Sunday afternoons is to go on a hike and have a nice little lunch. Living so close to the mountains means the views are always spectacular. We love our food around here, but it's being in nature that appeals to us the most. However, there's something to be said about a packed picnic lunch. Enjoying it in the wilderness is something truly special and … [Read more...]

Camping Dessert: Skillet S’more Brownies

Skillet S'more Brownies Camping Dessert Recipe

It's almost summer and that means camping season! Growing up, we spent a lot of time camping with family and friends. I always looked forward to being on the boat and, of course, evenings around the campfire. We do less camping than we used to, but having evening fires, whether it's in our own backyard or at the lake, is a summer highlight. Good company, along with a cocktail (or two) and s'mores, are quintessential memory makers! To … [Read more...]

Refreshing Basil Cucumber Mojito + More Summertime Drinks

Refreshing Basil Cucumber Mojito

May Long Weekend is finally here! For me, it's all about outdoor dining, evenings around the fire and catching up with friends. For my US friends, you'll have to wait a bit longer for Memorial Day. I LOVE warm, make that hot weather, and can't wait for the days when a cool beverage is a must. Today, I'm sharing one of my favorite refreshing cocktails, a basil cucumber mojito. Stick around, and you'll also find the links to a few of my … [Read more...]

Double Chocolate Almond Cookies

Double Chocolate Almond Cookies

Around here, we've really cut back on eating sweets. But, when I made these double chocolate almond cookies for my son and his college friends, I knew I was in trouble! Of course, I had to sample at least one to make sure they were good. That's a mom's duty, right? Believe me when I say these cookies are love (hate?) at first bite. Before I share the recipe, I must warn you. The smell coming from your oven will have you hooked (kind of … [Read more...]

Lemon Poppyseed Biscotti + Microplane Giveaway!

Lemon Poppyseed Biscotti Recipe

Thank you to Microplane for sponsoring today’s post and helping me share one of our favorite cookie recipes.  As always, opinions are 100% my own. Do you like baking? Now that my son is away at college, I don't do near as much as I used to. A treat for me is eating dates and nuts or a square of dark chocolate. Occasionally, I crave something with a bit of crunch to pair with an afternoon cup of coffee or tea. Biscotti is that satisfying in … [Read more...]

Copy Cat Skillet Cinnamon Buns

Skillet Cinnamon Buns

How many times do you pin a project or recipe on Pinterest and actually go back and make it? Over the weekend, I gave myself the challenge to do just that. When Crystal from Sew Creative made these Ooey Gooey Caramel Skillet Cinnamon Rolls, I was hooked the minute I saw them. Typically we don't eat sugary-doughy-desserts around here, but I figured a little indulgence wouldn't harm us. Besides, the last time I made any sort of cinnamon bun was … [Read more...]

Pancake Tuesday Recipe Ideas

Homemade Whole Grain Pancake Mix- Tracey's Culinary Adventures

It's pancake Tuesday! Growing up, I always looked forward to eating pancakes and sausage at our local church on Shrove Tuesday. I don't know why, but those pancakes made from a box and the maple syrup (that had very little real maple) always tasted so good. As a grown up, not so much! Now we stay home on Pancake Tuesday and make our own from scratch. We always mix it up, and today I'll be making blueberry oatmeal pancakes from a homemade mix I … [Read more...]

Coconut Quinoa Breakfast Pudding

Coconut Quinoa Breakfast Pudding_5B

Smoothies are my breakfast of choice. They're a quick and easy way to get a healthy dose of fruits and vegetables first thing in the morning. Ever since we got a Nutribullet (it's the Magic Bullet on steroids), we've been eating organic baby kale, spinach and other greens like crazy, along with berries, cherries and mangos. Love them all! Sometimes, though, it's nice to mix it up a bit and try something a little different, especially when … [Read more...]

Kitchen Must-Haves {A Pretty Life in the Suburbs}


Hi everyone! Today I'm kicking off a new series where bloggers share their must-have tools or supplies for doing what they know and do best. First up, I'm happy to have Jo-Anna from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs stopping by to share her favorite kitchen tools. Jo-Anna is always whipping up the most amazing looking food on her blog, and I was curious to know what someone with her experience and talent reached for time and time again in the kitchen. … [Read more...]