Italian Orzo Pasta Salad Recipe with Fresh Basil

When I think of summer recipes, one of the first things that comes to mind is pasta salad.  I whipped up this orzo pasta salad recipe this weekend and it took less than 15 minutes from start to finish. It's an easy recipe to take to your next back yard barbecue or neighborhood pool party.  What I really love about it is that you can cook the pasta and assemble the dish in the morning while the temps are relatively cool.  Then just stick it in the refrigerator and pull out to serve at dinner time.  Not heating up the oven in the late afternoon … [Read more...]

Make Apple Pie Crescent Rolls for an Easy Snack Idea!

These apple pie crescent rolls disappeared in minutes yesterday and I think I will be making another batch this afternoon.  Know why?  Because feeding teenagers during the summer takes a lot of food!  Especially when one of those teens is almost 6'5" tall with the appetite of a linebacker even though he resembles a string bean.  Seriously...where do my kids put all the food they eat?  They have been out of school for 3 weeks and I am pretty sure I have spent thousands of dollars on food since then.  Okay, I exaggerate a little bit but if I hear … [Read more...]

Strawberry Shortcake Jars and Healthier Outdoor Entertaining Tips

One of my favorite places in my house is not actually IN my house.  Our stone patio is my family's go-to place for lounging, enjoying a fire or chatting over a cup of coffee. As we move into summer, I was looking for a few healthier outdoor entertaining tips and a recipe for Strawberry Shortcake Jars came up.  Why are these strawberry shortcake jars healthier?  Because they are small, bite-sized desserts that satisfy your sweet tooth without being hugely filling.   I love dessert and if there is a full dessert table, I am going to be at it. … [Read more...]

Basil and Spinach Salad with Blackberries and Feta

This Basil and Spinach Salad recipe has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FreschEats #CollectiveBias Ah, the lazy days of summer have begun and that means I have nothing going on, right?  Oh that is so very, very wrong!  Even thought the kids are out of school, we still have a busy schedule over the summer.  Kids taking summer classes to get ahead in high school, summer tennis camp, and last minute invitations to swim at the pool.  Some days, I have plenty of time for cooking a big … [Read more...]

Easy Zucchini Fritters: A Zucchini Recipe Your Kids Will Eat!

Many years ago, I learned how to make these easy zucchini fritters.  Want to know why?  Because zucchini is cheap in the summer but my family hates it!  Seriously.  They make gaggy noises and scrunch their noses up every time I try to put zucchini on their plates.  I have tried a lot of zucchini recipes over the years and hiding zucchini in some sort of bread product is the only way they will eat it.  During the summer when there is so much zucchini, I make a lot of zucchini bread, muffins, and these easy zucchini fritters.  I figure they are … [Read more...]

Cheddar and Herb Stuffed Mini Peppers Appetizer

This stuffed mini peppers appetizer has been sponsored by Cabot Cheese but all opinions expressed here are my own. One of my favorite appetizer recipes has got to be stuffed jalapenos.  Gooey choose and spicy peppers are a delicious combination.  However, not everyone is as much a fan of the spicy peppers as I am.  When I have company over, I know that my stuffed jalapenos will probably not move all that quickly.  I was thrilled when I came across mini sweet peppers at my local grocery store.  They are the perfect solution!  I made up … [Read more...]

How to Roast Fresh Beets for Maximum Flavor

When I was growing up, my mom loved to serve us beets.  Only, she didn't serve us FRESH beets...oh, no.  Our beets came in a can, sliced up and rather unappealing to the teenage eye. You can only imagine the eye-rolling and groaning that ensued every time she told us we were having beets for dinner.   When I moved out on my own, I avoided beets for quite a few years due to the trauma of my early beet exposure. But, one day I came across fresh beets in the grocery store and decided to figure out how to cook them from scratch.  Once I learned how … [Read more...]

Quick and Easy Peanut Butter Blondies Recipe

Last week, I needed a quick and easy dessert recipe to take to a church event.  I found a peanut butter blondies recipe that looked perfect and whipped up a batch. Of course, my 16 old son was horrified that I was taking ALL that delicious goodness to church! WHAT?  None for a hungry teenager?  He practically wept right there in front of my eyes.  So, today I am whipping up batch two of my peanut butter blondies recipe as a treat for when he gets home from school.  Pretty sure I will be winning the 'best mom ever' award today!  Know what I love … [Read more...]

Ways to Use Leftover Cake and a Lemon Raspberry Trifle Recipe

A couple of weeks ago I got sucked into Pinterest and was drooling over a collection of dessert recipes.  I came across a fabulous looking lemon cake recipe that I just had to make.  Then, 3 days later the family went on vacation, leaving the precious cake in the refrigerator for days.  Now I am looking for ways to use leftover cake because the idea of throwing away that delicious cake makes me want to cry! One of my favorite uses for leftover cake is to make it into a trifle.  I am including a delicious recipe for a lemon and raspberry trifle … [Read more...]

Homemade Buttermilk Biscuit Recipe with Cheddar and Chives

Once of the things southern folks love most is their buttermilk biscuits.  Being a northern girl by birth, I didn't grow up on homemade biscuits.  Nope, we were more of a roll sort of family.  However, the problem with yeast rolls is that they are a heck of a lot of work.  Mix dough, wait a while.  Punch down dough and make roll shapes.  Then wait some more.  Who the heck has that kind of time?  This homemade buttermilk biscuit recipe took me 10 minutes to mix and another 15 minutes to bake.  Seriously...this is the easiest buttermilk biscuit … [Read more...]