Festive Fourth of July Recipes

The Fourth of July is the perfect reason to bring together friends and family for a good old-fashioned backyard barbecue.  Celebrating our independence is a pretty good reason to gather 'round the picnic table, too!  Today I'm going to give you eleven recipes {or how-to's} that are as delicious as they are beautiful.Let's start with a few beautiful appetizers./1/ Patriotic Dip - Turn your ordinary dip dish into a festive masterpiece with just a few simple steps./2/ Summer Fruit Wands - While your guests wait on their juicy cheeseburger to come off of the grill serve them these super fun Fruit Wands!/3/ Cheesy Star Chips - These are easy and cute! Add a dish of salsa for dipping to complete this appetizer. Moving on to the main course, shall we?/4/ Aloha Burgers - … [Read more...]

Light and Healthy Spring Salad Recipes

Spring is in full swing, the weather is warmer, and we are all excited to get out of the hot kitchen and have a much cooler, lighter fare. Spring salads are the perfect solution to your seasonal dilemma. Here you'll find a bunch of recipes that are quick, easy and will leave you lots of time in your day to lounge by the pool or do a little spring cleaning!/1/ Fennel and Citrus Salad - This salad is filled with a yummy combo of both sweet and spicy. If you're someone who eats a Paleo diet, this recipe is perfect for you!/2/ Sweet Orange and Pineapple Salad - This salad would be beautiful on a plate with Simple Skillet Cooked Salmon or a roasted chicken dish./3/ Greek Green Bean Salad - Need a light and tasty dish to take to your next potluck? Voila! This green bean salad will be … [Read more...]

Roasted Broccoli & Kale Quinoa Salad – Great Grains!

Here's a recipe that makes a fantastic main course salad but would also be an excellent match as a side salad with grilled meats.  This salad is loaded with things that are good for you and its easy to make. Give it a try!I adapted my version from one at EatingBirdFood (and she adapted hers too!) I used a little less water for cooking quinoa and a little less oil to create what you see below.Roasted Broccoli & Kale Quinoa Salad is great served warm right when you finish making it, at room temperature, or straight out of the fridge (if you have any left overs the next day) Perfect for packing in a lunchbox.ROASTED BROCCOLI & KALE QUINOA SALAD   Ingredients1 cup quinoa (dry) 1 3/4 cup water (or vegetable broth) 1/2 pound broccoli cut into florets 1 medium … [Read more...]

10 Great Gifts for Coffee Lovers!

As far as I’m concerned there are two kinds of people in this world: those that appreciate the beauty of coffee and those that don’t. I’m the former & this post is for those like-minded folk that think that getting out of bed almost solely is worth it because of that first beautiful sip of coffee in the morning. The selection that I’ve chosen would make great gifts for your favorite Mom, Dad, Grandparent, Best Friend, Daughter, Son, Teacher and on and on… Enjoy! Custom K-Cups One of the things that I love about my writing assignments is finding fun new goodies out there that I might not have noticed before. These K-Cups are adorable & would make a great take home gift after a party or in this case a unique birthday gift for a colleague or loved one.Circle Monogram … [Read more...]

Graduation Party Appetizers, Finger Foods and Desserts

Graduation season is upon us and if you want to do something special for your graduate at their party celebration check out these amazing graduation party recipes. Some of these are simple, some are more complex, all are sure to please and catch the eye at a graduation celebration!Diploma Sandwiches from Taste of Home - What a clever way to serve a traditional sandwich platter with a graduation twist. Fun!Graduation Fondant Cupcakes from Glorious Treats - This DIY will show you the step-by-step process of making these adorable fondant cupcake toppers for your graduation party.[sc:adsense ]How to Make Graduation Cookies by Sweet Sugar Belle - This in-depth tutorial tells you how to do the icing on both a diploma cookie and a graduation hat cookie. Perfect for … [Read more...]

Mother’s Day Desserts for Every Mother

Most every woman enjoys desserts. This Mother's Day choose from this wide variety of desserts every mother will love! There's a dessert for every mother. Which one will your mother love most?First, we have the a wonderful variety of cakes, from fruity to chocolaty:1/Ultimate Chocolate Cake by Drizzle & Dip 2/Coconut Cream Cake from Kiran Tarun 3/Pineapple Caramel Hummingbird Cake by Pidge's Pantry 4/Six Layer Chocolate Cake from Brown Eyed Baker Next up is for the strawberry lovers! Nothing says 'I love you' like fresh strawberries from the season:5/Chocolate Covered Strawberries from Blissfully Domestic 6/ Strawberry Short Cup Cakes by Blissfully Domestic 7/Strawberry Pie from Chocolate & Carrots [sc:adsense ] Finally, for the extra special women who will be amazed … [Read more...]