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...]

Strawberry Vanilla Tiramisu

The other day I was talking to some French friends about the famous Italian dessert Tiramisu when I realised that none of them knew that Tiramisu means "cheer me up" in Italian. I think it's probably the most genius dessert name anyone as ever come up with and pretty much summarise the meaning of all desserts in general.  Although I have never been that much of a fan of Tiramisu when I was younger I am starting to experiment more with recipes and  I have learnt to enjoy this classic. This spring version is super quick and easy to make and a perfect dessert for a tea party or a dinner. It’s colourful and fresh and it will surely cheer your mum up if her Mother's Day in anything but perfect!RecipeCream:3 large egg yolks (at room temperature) 3 tbsp. sugar 1 … [Read more...]

Best 5 Popsicles of the Summer

Whether you like fruit or chocolate, there's a popsicle for you this summer. Not only are popsicles simple to whip up, but the single serving portion sizes are great to keep you in your bikini. Such a great little treat! Are you ready to see the best 5 popsicles of the summer?1. S'mores Popsicles by Hello Home Shoppe - I'm probably biased because I'm a chocoholic, but these popsicles look like the greatest for the summer to me! No need to heat up the fire place to have a s'more with this frozen treat!2. Dulce de Leche Lemon Popsicles from Fit Fun & Delish - Creamy lemon popsicles look like just the refreshing and filling dessert for the summer. Made with just four simple ingredients, these popsicles will be ready in no time!3. Fourth of July Popsicles from Blissfully … [Read more...]

St. Patrick’s Day Party Food!

I just love the colors that are associated with St. Patrick's Day.  Who doesn't love rainbows, glitter, pots of gold, and lots of greens!?!For your St. Patrick's Day Party this year, how about you serve up these healthier party foods that your guests will love!Menu:Rainbow Vanilla Pudding topped with Homemade Whipped Cream Shamrock Mini Pizzas Rainbow Fruit PlateRainbow Pudding adapted from Kid's Kitchen Ingredients3/4 cup sugar 1/3 cup corn starch 1 cup 2% milk 2 cups whole milk 1 egg 3 egg whites 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 teaspoons vanilla extract gel food coloring (Americolor) - red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet 1 cup heavy whipping cream 1 teaspoon powdered sugar 1 teaspoon clear vanilla extractHow-ToStir … [Read more...]

How to Make an Orange Pomander

Remember when you were a kid and your teacher brought in the supplies for you and your classmates to make a beautiful Orange Pomander? The craft was simple but, FUN! And, do you remember the smell? Mmmm...Today I'll show you the simple basics on how to make your own orange {or any citrus, really} pomander to fill your home with the spicy clean aroma of Fall!You'll need:Oranges {or any citrus} Whole Cloves a Toothpick Ribbon {optional} Step one: Using a toothpick, poke holes where you would like to put your cloves. Trust me when I say, your fingertips will thank you. Step two: Continue poking holes and adding cloves. Step three: Just keep adding cloves until you feel you've achieved your ultimate design. You can fill the orange up with cloves, make a swirly design, add a … [Read more...]