Blackberry Lemonade

There’s the cutest little restaurant downtown where I live and they have awesome sandwiches and the best Blackberry Lemonade ever!! It’s like sweet nectar!! We only go and get the lemonade for a special treat every now and again, but it’s so good! With blackberries in their prime right now and on sale at the […]

Fresh Peach Crisp

My mom’s birthday was this past weekend and she asked for a fruity dessert that didn’t have a ton of sugar, so I went in search of something that could utilize the delicious peaches that I got from the farmer’s market.  I found this recipe that uses granola & oats in the topping which gave […]

Easy Blueberry Jam: No Canning Equipment Required

Last summer my mom and her friend did a whole day of canning jams and jellies and she brought me the best blueberry jam! Ever since I’ve been wanting to try making jam for myself, but I don’t have a pressure cooker or special canning equipment.  Then I came back across this recipe I had […]

Glazed Summer Fruit Salad

With the Fourth of July coming up, I thought I would share an easy and crowd pleasing side dish/dessert that you can throw together at the last minute.  My mom has been making this fruit salad for years and years and it always gets gobbled up in a hurry.  The secret ingredient is pudding mix, […]

Fresh Blueberry Buttermilk Cake

A month or so ago, we had a social during our Sunday School class and everyone brought a breakfast item.  My friend Courtney brought this blueberry breakfast cake and I just couldn’t get enough of it! She was so sweet to send me home with some and I asked her for the recipe.  She pointed […]

Strawberry Blueberry Agua Fresca

Ever since I had agua fresca in a taco shop when we went to San Francisco a couple of years ago, I’ve been wanting to replicate it at home and it’s the perfect time to do it with all the fresh fruit in season! And in case you were wondering, Agua Fresca is spanish for […]

Fresh Strawberry Cake

For Mother’s Day my mom asked me to make her a dessert with strawberries or some sort of fruit.  Immediately a crumb cake type dessert came to my mine.  This cake was moist and flavorful but not too rich and it really highlighted the strawberries.  Everyone but me topped it with whipped cream (I’m not […]

Banana Bread Whoopie Pies

How do you like your bananas? Do you like them super ripe, slightly spotted, or under ripe? I like mine under ripe where they are bright yellow, just past the green phase and I won’t eat them once they get a spot on them. So I had 3 bananas on my counter fully spotted and […]

Stovetop Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal

Since it’s resolution/healthy eating time, I thought I would share a healthy breakfast that my mom recently introduced me to. I’m not a fan of oatmeal normally, but I have loved Chick-fil-A’s oatmeal, so my mom thought I would really like this since it tastes similar.  I really enjoyed it! It had a bit chewier […]

Cranberry & Pear Relish

Need a last minute addition to your Thanksgiving table? This is a great addition and so much better than the cranberry sauce out of a can.  Which if you can believe it, my husband is absolutely in love with the canned, he says it’s his favorite part of Thanksgiving! I’ve tried and tried to break […]

Fresh Apple Cake

So now that we are past Labor Day, in my book it’s officially time for the weather to start cooling down and time for football, jackets, pumpkin spice lattes and lots of delicious apple recipes! I know it won’t officially be fall until later this month, but to me Labor Day is the official end […]

Peach Pie Crumb Bars

I had some peaches left over from my last peach run to the local market for the summer. They stopped selling them as they are on their way out of peak season. I was trying to think of a way to use them up before they went bad and I remembered these crumb bars that […]

Peach Lemonade

Fresh ripe juicy peaches just scream summer don’t they!?! They are so refreshing even by themselves in this hot hot weather.  I saw this recipe in Cooking Light recently and had it on my calendar to make when peaches came in at their peak.  I then saw it pop up on several sites since then […]

Old Fashioned Banana Pudding

So I’ve mentioned my mother-in-law on here several times and have made several of her recipes.  Ya’ll, she should have her own southern restaurant.  She’s such an amazing cook & baker and I’ve learned so much from her! I never even really realized you could have banana pudding from scratch until I had her’s. I’ve […]

Holiday Detox Smoothie

I don’t know about you, but I definitely ate my share of heavy carbs, cheese, cookies & candy over the week of Christmas & New Year’s.  While it all tasted amazing, it left me feeling tired and overloaded from all of that heavy food and I needed something to detox from all that overindulgance.  When […]

Apple Whoopie Pies with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

As we venture into fall, which is my favorite time of year, apple and pumpkin flavors abound.  I wanted to make something to celebrate the start of fall and since Adam is not a big fan of pumpkin (I know, the horror!!) I decided to make something apple.  I have a DEEP love for whoopie […]

Whole Grain Strawberry Pop-Tart Scones

I love scones and I thought it would be a perfect thing to wake up to on Labor Day, especially since I made them the day before and didn’t have to get up early to make them!! I’m not an early riser on a regular day, let alone a holiday! These were really delicious! Soft […]

Watermelon Frosty

If you are looking for a way to beat the heat, this is the perfect remedy! Not only is this super refreshing but makes use of the juicy watermelons in season. I saw this mentioned on Money Saving Mom and just couldn’t resist especially since I had a plethora of watermelon that was going to […]

Chocolate PB Frozen Banana Bites

Hope you all had a great weekend! I don’t know about you, but I need a sweet treat pretty much every evening after dinner. I try to keep it on the lighter side with my latest obsession being popcorn with a little bit of mini chocolate chips stirred in. I do like to mix it […]

Peach Pie Milkshakes

I don’t know about where you live, but if you live anywhere near the south or midwest, it is Hot as Fire!! So hot you can’t even really go to the pool!! Cry!! All can do is stay in the air conditioning and sip on a cold drink and talk about how hot it is […]

Baked Oatmeal with Fresh Peaches

As I’ve posted before, I am not a huge fan of oatmeal. I have come to tolerate it some, but it’s definitely not my favorite. So I thought baked oatmeal would be a nice alternative. After getting some wonderful peaches at a local produce spot, I thought it would be great to add in peaches. […]

Strawberry Limeades

Raise your hand if you love Sonic’s Cherry Limeades?!?! I do!! They are the best thing to quench a thirst after a long day laying out in the sun!:) These are a great addition to any party and your guests will love them! I opted to make Strawberry instead of Cherry because I love strawberries […]

Flaky Blood Orange Tart

So sorry I’m just now posting this week! It’s been a whirlwind of a week! Super busy, but in a good way. Work is busy, but good and I’ve had dinner with good friends Mon & Tues night and also made dinner for some friends that just had a baby. Crazy week, but a great […]

Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes w/Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

These cupcakes are phenomonal! I have had this recipe for at least 4 years and I can’t believe I am just now making them. I am sad I waited this long. They are so moist and fresh and fabulous! The frosting goes perfectly with the lightness of the cupcakes and balances them out to make […]

Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie

Aruba, Jamaica, ooh I wanna take ya…to the Florida Keys….there’s a place called kokomo…that’s where we wanna go….Oh don’t mind me, I was just wishing for warmer climates. See, we’ve had a bit of a cold snap here in Tennessee and it has me longing for the warmth of the tropics. Since that’s not happening […]

Homemade Pop-Tarts

Adam is a HUGE fan of pop-tarts, but not just any pop-tarts, they have to be the plain strawberry with no icing. He loves them and always begs for me to buy them. I had snacks for Sunday School this past week, and I remembered seeing some homemade pop-tarts on a few blogs. I thought […]

Angel Food Cake Trifle

This angel food cake trifle is one of my favorite desserts to throw together when I need to take something to an event. It’s delicious, light & refreshing. A great dessert for a cookout or barbecue. Everytime I make this people rave over it and ask for the recipe. Every time, I promise. It may […]

Orange Julius

When I was growing up, my mom would always get her & I an orange julius when we went to the mall. It was such a fun treat. I hadn’t had one in forever and then I came across a recipe for them on Sweet Savory Life and it took me right back to my […]

Jerk Chicken with Mango Cilantro Relish

I was in the mood for a carribean inspired dish and had come across this recipe on Joelen’s Culinary Adventures. This is the perfect summer dish. Great for the grill and the mango relish adds so much freshness. Adam continued for days going on and on about how good the relish was. He said you […]

Frozen Strawberry Lemonade

I don’t know about where you live, but here in the south it’s been HOT, HOT, HOT! I mean this is the hottest summer I can ever remember. So over the fourth I decided we needed a nice refreshing drink after coming in from the pool. I had seen a spread on frozen fruity drinks […]

Tropical Chicken Salad

In keeping with the tropical vibe, I decided to make this tropical fruity chicken salad. My mom had made if for me last month and she had gotten the recipe from a friend. I am not normally a fan of fruited chicken salad, but this one was so amazing! So simple, but so delicious! It […]

Toasted Coconut Pineapple Banana Bread

That name is a mouthful! But I didn’t want to leave any of the key ingredients out so you would get the essence of how delicious this bread is. I was dreaming of getting away to a tropical destination last week and I also had sunday school snacks this past Sunday, so I decided to […]

Cheesecake with Fresh Strawberry Sauce

I first made this recipe about a year and a half ago for our 2nd wedding anniversary. I had found it in my Best of Cooking Light Magazine and thought I would try it out for a romantic dinner. I wanted to have a nice dessert, but without all the calories. It was fabulous! I […]