Joy the Baker

Say Hello to Summer!

May 22, 2009


This little bee sure is living large in my one pot spring garden!

But enough about spring.  Spring is so… um, last season?  No… not exactly.

Let’s talk about summer!  What’s your favorite way to kick off summer?

Me?  My favorite way to greet summer is to have a rip roarin’ good time Memorial Day Weekend!

I’m diving into this one, two, THREE day weekend by celebrating my birthday and throwing down with my family in the kitchen.  My Dad is making chicken and waffles.  Holy heck!  Chicken and waffles will be  followed promptly by family board games and… nap time.  What could be better?  A pool!?  You’re right!  How is it that I don’t have a friend with a pool in this town!?

My weekend will be full of family, fun and loads of kitchen time.

I hope that you’re able to take time this weekend to enjoy your families.  Maybe you’ll even have a moment to hop in the kitchen and throw together a late breakfast or gorgeous cake.  Do it… it’s important.

Here’s some inspiration.

Slice of Joe

Click on the picture and go to the recipe… that’s how this whole deal works.

Above: Mocha Coffee Coffee Cake

Below: Whole Wheat Banana Walnut Pancakes

Banana Walnut Pancakes

Double decker Sugar Paper with Berries

Above: Cardamom Scented Sugar Paper with Strawberries and Cream

Below: Raspberry Almond Cupcakes

Raspberry Almond Cupcakes

Ice Cream Cupcakes

Above: Mint Chocolate Chip Mini Ice Cream Cupcakes

Below: Southern Style Strawberry Cake

Southern Style Strawberry Cake

Have a most lovely holiday weekend!

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  • Can you please post about the chicken and waffles? This is a food combo that intrigues me every time I hear about it.

    Love that picture of the bee in your one-pot garden… but is it now your “one pot SUMMER garden”?

    Oh, and happy birthday!!

  • Mint chocolate chip ice cream mini cupcakes – I think I’ve officially died and gone to heaven. I will definitely be making those this weekend to accompany my awesome-ly amazing BBQ chicken, corn-on-the-cob, and salad fresh from my garden (how stoked am I?!?!). Oh, and how can I forget the huge pancake breakfast? My hips will suffer, my tummy will be thankful.

    I hope everyone gets a chance this weekend to thank a veteran – it’s so important to those who have and continue to serve (I should know, I am a vet!). I will be spending some time at Arlington visiting my grandparents, so if anyone will be doing the same, I’ll see you there.

    Joy, thanks bunches for the dessert inspiration, and I hope you have a wonderful birthday!

  • wow these all look delicious. I was looking for something to make for memorial day so thanks for the suggestions! The mint chocolate chip mini ice cream cupcakes look amazing :)

  • Yum- that coffee cake would be perfect with the cup of Joe I’m drinking right this second!

    Enjoy both your long weekend and your b-day.

  • Thanks for the inspiration, they all look delicious! And of course, Happy Birthday!!


    Naps are the best dessert! Well, after cakes and cookies and things such as. lol. Now I’m channeling Ms. SC. I should go… :-)

  • Chicken and waffles? Is it strange that I’ve never heard of that combo before? It sounds delicious! Have a great weekend!

  • Great post! Summers my fave. season (right after Autumn that is!) I think I’m gonna try the raspberry almond cupcakes…I’m a sucker for anything raspberry (always have been), Happy birthday! Summer bdays are THE best!, oh! bty, are you a gemini?? if so, super duper cool, so if my mom, lol

  • Wow! Now those recipes scream SUMMER! I love it!

    Oh, and Happy Birthday! =)

  • Happy happy birthday! Sounds like you’ll be having an awesome weekend :D

  • First off, HAPPY BIRTHDAY :}
    I hope you have a wonderful memorial/birthday weekend.
    I’m going to spend the weekend with my boyfriend and his grandmother. She is so sweet, so I’m thinking banana pancakes for a surprise breakfast at her house.

  • sometimes I stop by to look at all the yummy pictures and you did not let me down with this post!

    ps I’m jealous because my garden is on the fourth floor in the back of the building, so I’m not sure it has a bee like yours ~ hopefully I’ll still get tomatoes :)


  • Happy BIrthday! My weekend will also be full of cake and kitchen time – my son had his 1st bday yesterday, mine is Saturday and my mom’s is thursday :) A fantastic time to be born and to eat cake with fresh whipped cream and ripe strawberries!!!!

  • It all looks so lovely, gives me a few ideas for my own birthday next week! 1st!

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