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Peach Rosé Sangria

Posted by on Jul 28, 2014 in All, Drinks | 1 comment

This refreshing Peach Rosé Sangria makes summer sipping with friends even more enjoyable. 

Peach Rosé Sangria

Truth be told, I’ve never been much of a Sangria fan. 

Which in and of itself is kind of odd, because I love every individual ingredient that goes into Sangria: wine, fruit, perhaps a spirit or two. But together? No thank you. 

Clearly that’s because I hadn’t tasted the right one. Cloying, syrupy, sweet sangria does nothing for me. But this light Peach Rosé Sangria is my new love and will keep me cool, content and sipping all summer long. 

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Classic Chocolate Cake

Posted by on Jul 26, 2014 in All, Desserts, Sponsored | 0 comments

Classic Chocolate Cake….just the way Mom used to make it.

Classic Chocolate Cake

What’s your earliest memory in the kitchen?

For me, it is – hands down – this Classic Chocolate Cake. My mom always made this when I was growing up, and to this day, it is one of the only cakes that I crave. And I’m not even a cake person (Gaaaaah, I know!). But this Chocolate Cake? I will never, ever turn it down.

In fact, it’s become THE Chocolate Cake that my family requests for birthdays (or really any time). Every once in a while, I’ll try and shake things up with a different frosting or a new flavor. Let’s just say that change is not always well-received with my family. They just want the recipe that they know and love. Tradition trumps variety, and I kinda love that because many of my childhood memories stem from time in the kitchen with my mom. Life’s good in the kitchen. It’s what brings many families together. That and cake. At least in my family.

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Summer Book Club Menu

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014 in All, Tips | 2 comments

The perfect summer book club menu! Get the prep done ahead of time so you can enjoy your evening with friends, nosh on some great food and discuss your latest read. 

Summer Book Club Menu

Book Club. Are you in one? I am and have been for 10 years…the same one. Granted, the women have changed a little over the years. Some have moved away to different states, and others moved on due to busy schedules, but there are 5 that remain constant. And after 10 years, we still meet every month and we all read the book. Crazy huh?

My friend Rachel, who used to be in book club before she moved to Atlanta, has been begging me to do a post on Book Club Menus for months. So we will start with a Summer Book Club Menu. Here you go Rachel; this one’s for you.

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Cranberry Tea Spritzers

Posted by on Jul 21, 2014 in All, Drinks, Sponsored | 14 comments

Cranberry Tea Spritzers are the perfect thirst quencher on a hot summer evening.

Cranberry Tea Spritzer

Our July has been heavenly. The kids’ sports schedules wrapped up, and we have our evenings back as a family…holla! Kevin doesn’t like to eat dinner the second he walks in the door, so we enjoy a leisurely evening before we eat. After a quick change, Kevin likes to relax, catch up on the day, read the paper and play a quick game of catch in the backyard. And naturally we do it with drink in hand. These Cranberry Tea Spritzers are a perfect thirst quencher on a hot summer evening. 

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Gooey Baked S’mores Bars

Posted by on Jul 19, 2014 in All, Baked Goods, Desserts | 4 comments

Enjoying s’mores year-round just got a little bit easier with these Gooey Baked S’mores Bars

Gooey Baked S'mores Bars

Anyone else enjoying a wet and cool summer? 

Actually “enjoying” is not the right word. Enduring, perhaps? 

I would have thought that after our *freakishly* cold winter, we would have earned a reprieve from crazy, unseasonal weather. 

Guess not. 

There is widespread flooding throughout Minnesota, which puts a major damper on some of our favorite summer activities: 

Boating and tubing?  Off limits on many lakes because of no-wake zones. 
Hitting the greens? Stretches of local golf courses have been underwater since June. 
Dropping a line in the water? Our nearby fishing dock is closed because the path that leads to it is flooded. Grrrr. 

But the closure that has had the most impact on our lives is a little closer to home: our fire pit. It’s pretty tough to roast s’mores when your fire pit is filled with standing water. So I did what any self-respecting s’mores lover does when faced with such dire circumstances; I baked them. Grab your napkins as these Gooey Baked S’mores Bars are totally worth the stick factor. 

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Fresh Feta Spread

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in All, Appetizers | 10 comments

Summer snacking doesn’t get much simpler than this Fresh Feta Spread. 

Fresh Feta Spread

Summer is all about easy. 

Lazy summer nights and leisurely dinners. Languishing by the pool for just a little longer. Loosy-goosey house rules and deadlines.….you get the idea. 

It may take me a while to lose my routines after school lets out, but once I do, I’m all about embracing laid back summer living. And this Fresh Feta Spread is Exhibit A in my quest to keep life simpler this summer, especially when it comes to eats. 

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