End of Summer Recipe Round Up

The weather has been downright glorious the past couple of days. Summer camps are over, but my kids don’t go back to school for a little while yet, so I’m hanging onto the season with a white knuckled grip; I’ll deal with September in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, let’s get ready for Labor Day weekend with a flashback to some favorites from the archives.

End of Summer Recipe Round Up. Recipe faves from this summer and summers past. Check it out for some inspiring ideas to make before the season ends!

Fresh Lemonade-There’s nothing like lemonade made from fresh lemons. This recipe touts an easy to make lemon simple syrup. Just add water and ice and you’ve got yourself some thirst quenching lemonade!
Fresh Peach Iced Tea-This recipe is made with an… Continue reading

Fudgy Zucchini Brownies

Fudgy Zucchini Brownies

Welcome to my new summer chocolate obsession…Fudgy Zucchini Brownies!

Fudgy Zucchini Brownies. A super fudgy brownie that mixes up easily in your food processor! Lower in sugar, flour and fat than many traditional brownie recipes.

To be honest, I haven’t had much of an appetite for sweets this summer. It’s just been too hot (and we’ve already talked about being under the weather for most of the season.) But, there was just something about these brownies that got to me.

I didn’t actually think you could make Fudgy Zucchini Brownies. Most of the zucchini flecked brownies I’ve seen are actually more like cake, masquerading as brownies. When I saw this recipe on King Arthur Flour, and then I saw that you don’t even have to grate the zucchini…I was sold. (Do you hate grating things?… Continue reading

Chocolate Covered Blueberry Clusters

chocolate covered blueberry clusters

I’m still riding the no bake bandwagon with these Chocolate Covered Blueberry Clusters.

Chocolate Covered Blueberry Clusters. Fresh, plump and juicy blueberries are covered in dark and white chocolates for a refreshingly sweet summer treat!

It’s been a crazy summer here. We rarely get sick in this house but apparently our number came up in June and we’ve spent the better part of the summer in a constant rotation of maladies. My husband has gone scot-free (let’s all knock wood!) but the rest of us? Ugh! Emergency rooms, hospital stays, endless trips to the doctor, tests and more tests.

What has that meant for the summer? Well, one of my kids didn’t get to enjoy the last week of school, we had summer camps canceled, vacations delayed and all other activities planned… Continue reading

Grilled Zucchini Caprese Stacks

Grilled Zucchini Caprese Stacks

These Grilled Zucchini Caprese Stacks are a testament to my garden and my weekly CSA box.

Grilled Zucchini Caprese Stacks. Thick, meaty slices of zucchini are grilled then stacked with hearty slices of tomato and fresh mozzarella. Filling enough for a main, delicious as a side or pop it onto a bun for a delicious veggie sandwich!

I’ve talked about the fact that this is my first summer with a CSA. It’s both wonderful and a little stressful. I hate wasting food, so as soon as I pick up the box, I feel like the clock is ticking. Before I know it, a week has passed and it’s time for another box.

Grilled Zucchini Caprese Stacks. Thick, meaty slices of zucchini are grilled then stacked with hearty slices of tomato and fresh mozzarella. Filling enough for a main, delicious as a side or pop it onto a bun for a delicious veggie sandwich!

A couple of weeks ago my CSA box had these globe zucchini in it. Seriously, how cute are they? I’ve never seen globe zucchini before, although we are growing some cute round spaghetti squash in our garden this year.… Continue reading

Georgia Peach Cobbler

Georgia Peach Cobbler

Today I’m giving you an infinitely flexible recipe for Georgia Peach Cobbler.

Georgia Peach Cobbler. Fresh peaches, lightly spiced and sweetened with two kinds of sugar, are baked under a delicious sweet biscuit topping!

Recently the Georgia Peach Truck came to town and I dutifully lined up to buy some peaches. I had read about these peach trucks and was excited to take advantage of the fact that one was going to be in my neck of the woods. (This was one of those rare times when I stepped away from buying organic stone fruits and let these sweet peaches from Georgia take precedence.)

Georgia Peach Cobbler. Fresh peaches, lightly spiced and sweetened with two kinds of sugar, are baked under a delicious sweet biscuit topping!

I actually have a friend who has peach trees in his backyard, and I have begged him to make the long ride to my house (with… Continue reading

Garden Green Bean Salad

Garden Green Bean Salad

I’ve been planning to share this Garden Green Bean Salad since last summer.

Garden Green Bean Salad. An easy and delicious salad made with garden fresh veggies and a simple, made in the bowl, vinaigrette. Delicious served warm, room temperature or cold!

What’s been holding me back? Well, I wasn’t sure if it was “pretty” enough to share…I mean, pretty enough for you…pretty enough to shoot. Thus, you are witnessing my attempt at shooting it as a composed salad instead of just tossing it all together like my dad did.

I’ve been eating this salad since I was a kid. This was a common salad for my dad to make during the summer when our garden was plentiful with green beans and delicious tomatoes. Now that we’re at the height of the summer harvest and are deluged with… Continue reading

Fresh Peach Iced Tea

Fresh Peach Iced Tea

Lazy summer days call for Fresh Peach Iced Tea.

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OK, so my summer days have been anything but lazy, but I am an iced tea lover through and through. I’ll admit that I generally drink my iced tea unsweetened, but every once in a while I enjoy a little flavor action.

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When I was a kid, I LOVED sweetened iced tea, and more specifically, sweet tea made by my aunt in Georgia. Nothing tasted better than her sweet tea. I would watch her make it on the stove, throwing tea bags into a sauce pan. I always remember I thought it was so strange to make tea in a pan… Continue reading

Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffins

Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffins

What’s better than waking up to some warm Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffins?

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I remember waking up as a kid, becoming slowly aware of the aroma of hot fresh baked blueberry muffins wafting into my room. I loved blueberry muffins and I knew that smell anywhere. I would lie there thinking, “Are those blueberry muffins I smell or am I dreaming?” Then, I would leave my comfy bed with both reluctance and anticipation because I had to confirm that hot muffins were definitely on the horizon.

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I love all muffins, but blueberry might be my favorite. I don’t know if it’s the gorgeous color of the berries and the… Continue reading

No Churn Nutella Cheesecake Ice Cream

No Churn Nutella Cheesecake Ice Cream

I have been debating sharing this No Churn Nutella Cheesecake Ice Cream with you for weeks.

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As a no churn ice cream, I’m not even sure it’s really truly an ice cream. No churn ice creams have been very popular for the past couple of years. They basically have whipped cream, sweetened condensed milk and then flavorings. There’s no churning. Just whipping up and freezing.

I’ve never tried any of them. I don’t know why exactly. Maybe because I have an ice cream maker and have made some ridiculously delicious ice creams with it like Seaport Salty Swirl and Ultimate S’mores Ice Cream. (My husband says… Continue reading

Luscious Lemon Curd

Lucious Lemon Curd

Luscious Lemon Curd. Is there anything better?

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I mean, besides caramel and hot fudge and cake and brownies and….well, let’s just stay in the land of lemons for today. I love lemon squares and lemon cakes and lemon cookies and lemonade, but whenever I have some homemade lemon curd sitting before me, I always feel like it crushes all the other lemon treats out there. It’s like the all powerful ruler of Lemon Land (cue the singing angels.)

Luscious Lemon Curd

It’s got everything good about sweet lemon treats all wrapped up in it’s lemony creaminess. It’s tart, it’s sweet, it’s creamy, it’s supremely lemony. It’s like a lemon square, without the crust.… Continue reading

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