Sour Cherry Crisp

“Well, summer came along and it then was gone and so was she…” Those lyrics are from one of my longtime favorite singers; Jack Johnson. His music has a laid back summer vibe, but his lyrics are deep and introspective. The title of the song is “Dreams be Dreams”. He sings, Don’t let your dreams…

Peach Raspberry Pie

At the height of summer the farmers market is full of stone fruit and berries. Delicious as is, but pie was made for seasonal fruit. I went to a pool party back in July and decided to make a lattice pie using fruit I picked up at a local farm. Sweet peaches and tart raspberries…

Zucchini-Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies

“Got that summertime, summertime sadness.”  ~Lana Del Rey The final humid days of August have arrived. September brings with it back to school (although, my son had his first day a couple weeks ago) and my favorite season Fall. On Thursday I head back to the classroom for the 2018-2019 school year. Summer break is…

Watermelon Pizza

Pizza is one of my favorite foods; carbs and cheese are my love language. However, I have been a bit more mindful about my indulgences and decided to try fruit pizza. Watermelon is synonymous with summer and it’s the perfect treat for Independence Day. Melon is refreshing and juicy and makes a great base for…

Strawberry Cake

Virginia had an incredibly rainy spring season and because of this, I never got to pick local strawberries. As I type, we are one day into summer and the rain is still coming down. Currently, this area is under a flood warning and I’m about to invest in a houseboat. I’m so ready for some…

Strawberry Caprese Bites

Strawberry season is finally upon us and I made a quick appetizer that would be terrific to serve at a cookout on Memorial Day or perhaps on a summer picnic. Three ingredients are skewered on a toothpick and can be placed on a pretty tray or plate for serving. Strawberries are available for “pick your…

Green Goddess Dip

I’m always on the lookout for delicious healthy food. I typically have a sweet tooth and like salty snacks too. I don’t discriminate; I love all food!! But, my PCOS has been going through one of its cycles and I’m spiraling to curb the weight gain. I’ve set a goal to start focusing on nutrition…

Corn Relish

A few summers ago, I went to a cookout at my friend/coworkers house. Her place is decorated beautifully and has such built in character. The style matches with my own, so I really enjoyed exploring her space. The backyard is also, perfectly suited for hosting friends and family. The lush landscaping and outdoor space make…

Peach Salsa

Summer and peaches go hand in hand. This summer fruit is delicious in pie or cobbler and equally wonderful in salsa. I had an abundance of peaches and decided I wanted to incorporate them into a savory dish. I made this simple salsa to top chicken breasts. The juicy peaches and tangy tomatoes added so…

Fruit Salad

Late Spring and Summer are wonderful because so many produce are available fresh and ready. I like eating fruit salad because it’s ready made to consume over a couple days. It’s also versatile that you can use any fruit you have on hand. My kids like to eat it, which makes it a perfect addition…