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…

4th of July Tablescape & Blueberry Caprese Salad

Summer is in full swing; the air is hot and humid and the days are long and full of activity. Although the heat can be rather intense, this week we celebrate Independence Day. The perfect occasion to gather with friends and family and spend time outdoors-eating, playing lawn games and watching fireworks. I met up…

Loaded Coleslaw

Independence Day arrives next week and if you are looking for a healthy side dish to bring to the festivities, look no further. I love all varieties of slaw; mayo based, vinegar style and this recipe is a unique combination of the two. It also, includes bacon and who doesn’t love that? This coleslaw is…

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…

Stove Top Potpourri

The Thanksgiving weekend flew by! It was packed full of family, food and festivities. Now, I’m beat! I took Sunday as a day to relax and put the house back together. While I was cleaning, I decided to make a stove top simmer to add a holiday scent to the house. The great thing about…

Zucchini Bread

Nothing screams summer like a surplus of zucchini. For a long time, I only would eat it shredded in quick bread. As an adult I enjoy it roasted or grilled. Today, we will make loaves of zucchini bread- these travel well and are a sweet gesture to your kids teacher on the first day of…