Strawberry Watermelon Orzo Salad

Strawberry Watermelon Orzo Salad is both pretty & delicious. A wonderful combination of flavors and textures.

This Strawberry, Watermelon Orzo Salad is both pretty and delicious – the way food should be! Even if this salad didn’t taste yummy I would still want to make it because it is just so darn pretty.    Besides being pretty it is full of lots of great flavor and texture.  I have to make a confession though, I am not a watermelon lover.  I know I always get lots of gasps of disbelief when I confess it.  I have a family full of watermelon lovers though so I decided [Continue Reading…]

Fresh Blueberry Pie

Blueberry Pie

This Fresh Blueberry Pie can be made with fresh or frozen berries.  The streusel topping adds extra texture and flavor.Which do you prefer – a fruit crisp or a fruit pie?  On one hand I love a fruit crisp because I love the streusel like topping that goes on top of it.  I love the sweet crunchiness of it.  On the other hand I love a good pie too and a nice buttery, flaky crust.  Well, with today’s recipe I no longer have to choose one over the other.  I [Continue Reading…]

Brown Sugar Tropical Fruit Topping

Brown Sugar Tropical Fruit Topping is perfect on ice cream, yogurt or on pancakes or waffles

This Brown Sugar Tropical Fruit Topping is perfect on ice cream, yogurt, waffles, pancakes – just about anything and everything! This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of DOLE Canned Fruit. Fruit and ice cream are two of my favorite summer time dessert treats and combining the two of them together is even better. When it comes to dessert, especially in the summertime, I like to keep it simple, delicious and fresh!   Today’s recipe for Brown Sugar Tropical Fruit Topping is all three of those things and [Continue Reading…]

Inspiration Monday Linky Party

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Welcome, welcome to the Inspiration Monday party! It has been a great week full of more inspiration, ideas, crafts, recipes than we could ever hope for. WE are so happy you have decided to join us once again. If you are new to our party, enjoy the fun of being linked to several blogs at one time. I Should Be Mopping the Floor | Refresh Restyle Redhead Can Decorate| Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom What Meegan Makes | Your Homebased Mom With so many fabulous links it make it [Continue Reading…]

Lemon Herb Chicken Marinade

Simple and delicious marinade - use fresh or dried herbs.

Every good cook needs to have a repertoire of good marinade recipes.  A good marinade can be a total life saver, especially in the summer. I have been in a total non cooking mood lately.  It may be due to the fact that I planned and prepared three meals a day for 15 people for a week (love my family!) or that it has been hot here in Portland (something we aren’t really use too)  Who wants to heat up the kitchen on a hot summer day?  I have just [Continue Reading…]

Birthday Cake Milkshake

A Birthday Cake Milkshake - the perfect combination, ice cream and cake all in one

Celebrate your birthday with a Birthday Cake Milkshake this year! I originally posted this recipe over at my friend Kristen’s blog. I knew she would post this during her birthday week so I texted to ask her what her favorite birthday cake was and she had a hard time coming up with an answer for me but one thing was clear, she loves sprinkles.  What birthday would be complete without sprinkles, lots of sprinkles.  A birthday also requires cake and ice cream so I decided to combine the two in a [Continue Reading…]

Roasted Mexican Corn Salad

Roasted Mexican Corn Salad - all the flavor of Mexican Corn without having to eat it off the cob!

Enjoy all the flavors of Mexican Street Corn without the mess with this Roasted Mexican Corn Salad. During the summer Portland has a lot of street fairs.  Last weekend Jim and I hit up the Mississippi Street Fair which is one of my favorites.  One of my favorite things about those street fairs is all the fun people watching (especially in Portland – always keeping Portland weird!)  and the yummy food.  One of the items that always seems to make an appearance at any street fair, no matter which one you [Continue Reading…]

Inspiration Monday Linky Party

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It’s our favorite day of the week! Inspiration abounds in hundreds of amazing posts linked by you. We really appreciate you stopping by every week…it’s such a blast to host you all!   I Should Be Mopping the Floor | Refresh Restyle Redhead Can Decorate| Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom What Meegan Makes | Your Homebased Mom And wow…we’re about to roll right into August! We’ve already seen some back-to-school posts popping up in the parties…among loads of other awesome ideas, too! This week’s features were chosen by Kristi from I Should Be Mopping the [Continue Reading…]

No Cook Strawberry Pretzel Ice Cream

No Cook Strawberry Pretzel Ice Cream

Strawberry Ice Cream with Pretzels – a fun combo of flavor and texture.There are several things I love about this ice cream.  One, it is  no cook so it is quick and easy to make.  Second,  I love the fun texture that the pretzels give the ice cream and third, it reminds me of one of my favorite holiday side dishes. One of the must haves for our Wilkes family Thanksgiving dinners is this Strawberry Pretzel Jello.  It has a crust of pretzels, a cream cheese layer and then topped with [Continue Reading…]