Rustic Apple Galette

Rustic Apple Galette | Satori Design for Living

Dare I say it? It's starting to feel more like fall. At least in the evenings around here. I'm okay with it as long as it's as gorgeous as it was last year. And, late summer brings an abundance of fresh produce that makes me want to get in the kitchen again. You? Over the weekend, we were at my husband's aunt's house packing it up and moving everything since she sold it earlier this summer (more on that here). In her yard, she has the … [Read more...]

Lavender Infused Sugar

Lavender Infused Sugar

I started with one tiny lavender plant years ago that has spread into a tiny garden of sorts. Nothing like the beautiful fields of Provence, but my own little pièce de résistance. Until last year, I had only enjoyed the heavenly aroma and beautiful color of these tiny blossoms. Then, I baked lavender shortbread cookies for the first time and, my goodness, they were so good. I was on to something! This summer, I decided to branch out and try … [Read more...]

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...]