Something for Summer!

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Here we are, in the thick of it.  I know so!  I currently have mosquito bites on my legs, sand in my shoes, and an aggressive and unfortunate short tan.

What’s going on in your kitchen?  It’s you’re anything like me… popcorn and wine is totally dinner, and pineapple is it’s own food group in your fridge.

Here’s the deal.  I did some digging for you.  I want you to cook up some treasures this summer, and I don’t want you to have to do a lot of searching to find those gems.  It’ll be hard enough just to turn on your oven.

The best of summer awaits.  Get baking!

May this summer bless you with cute sandals, ice cream cones, awesome hair days, wine for lunch, and Old Bay Seasoning.

Here’s what’s up:

Rainer Cherry Brown Betty

Rainer Cherry Brown Betty. It’s like a bread cobbler, with baked cherries.  Does that sound weird.  Ok… it’s a little weird.  But!  There’s sugar in it, so it’s delicious.

Blackberry Pie Bars

This is the best way to avoid rolling out pie crust:  Blackberry Pie Bars. Buttery, shortbread crust topped with fresh blackberries and crusty bits on top.  For serious.  These are impressive.


How about a homemade Bloody Mary?  Shut.  It.  Up.  …right?

Ok… so it might feel like you have to buy three dozen ingredients to make these little gems, but once you buy them, imagine how many cocktails you can have!  Think big!

Apple Pie Granita

Dear Reader,

I totally made apple pie  with juice, a spoon, and a freezer.  It’s called Apple Pie Granita. It’s like an apple pie slurpie.

That’s totally a thing.

I love you,


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A match dreamed up in heaven:  Spicy Vegetarian Chili and Jalapeno Pepper Jack Scones.

Spicy and cheesy scones.  If you roll your eyes at chili… fine.  But these scones will smack you in the face… that’s how good they are.


If you can, get your body to a beach this summer.

Good grief, I love this place.


Vegan Peach Berry Crumbles.

Those are just really good words to put together.

Fresh fresh yum!

Root Beer Float Cake

Chocolate cake with root beer!  Seriously.  And frosting too!  Root Beer Float Cake.

This cake is a major winner at barbecues, anniversary dinners, christenings, housewarmings, and candle lighting ceremonies.

Get in on this action.

Wait… is that picture blurry?  No… it’s the cake that’s blurry.  Totes the cake. aaaaawkward.

Strawberry Blackberry Shortcakes

I’m pretty sure that any day that involves a plate that looks like this, is a GOOD day.

Strawberry Blackberry Shortcakes.

Side Note:  if you’re going to a local strawberry festival, you don’t necessarily have to dress up exactly like a strawberry.  It’s not a strawberry dress up contest… it’s more of a festival… with strawberries.  I dunno.  You might have been confused like me.  Glad I could clear that up for you.

Tres Leches Cake

Can you eat this Tres Leches Cake all on your own?  You’re clearly a friend of mine.


Also, high-five!


This is about the Burnt Banana Chocolate Malted Milkshake… not about the insane kitten.


I really really want you to know how good these Toasted Marshmallow Milkshakes taste.

Please make them.  Please report back.

Cookie No Dough Ice Cream

Cookie No-Dough Ice Cream. Yea.  Just too clever.  No biggie.

Sugar Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Make the cookies.  Buy the ice cream  Combine the two.  Pat yourself on the back.  Major.

Sugar Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches.

Strawberry Banana Cream Pie for On the Lamb

Fresh fruit pie!  Strawberry Banana Cream Pie.

Ps.  I ate three hot dogs this evening, and maybe I feel a little guilty.  Not guilty enough to eat two slices of ice cream cake.  Whatever.

Hot Fudge Sundae Cupcakes

Hot Fudge Sundae Cupcakes.

Straight classy.

Mini Chocolate Dipped Bananas

Mini Chocolate Dipped Bananas.

Don’t eat these in public.  If you do, please don’t make eye contact with anyone while you’re eating.  Just… please.

Broccoli and Arugula Soup

Broccoli Arugula Soup.

I know it’s summer, and I know this is soup.  But!  Look how fresh and green this soup is!

It’s good for you too.  Counteract all those hot dogs.  On the real.

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Dip.  Buttermilk Ranch Dressing.

Spread.  Chickpea, Mint, and Parsley Spread.


Tell somebody.

Heck… tell everybody!

Happy Summer!