Happy August! I can’t believe it’s almost fall. Although fall is my favorite season, there is still plenty of summer fun left to enjoy. One of the major local highlights at the end of summer is the Minnesota State Fair. I don’t know about other fairs, but our state fair seems completely centered around food. That’s just fine with me. 😀 I love trying out some of the new food options and walking through the exhibits. Before I start drooling over anticipated treats, I have decided to try out a dessert recipe with a seasonal summer twist: chocolate zucchini cake. While I won’t be using any blue ribbon zucchinis, this dessert is simply delicious.
This cake is wonderfully moist and chocolatey without being too sweet. It is also one of those cakes that doesn’t need frosting. Just a dusting of powdered sugar, and you are ready to dig in. The grated zucchini inside keeps the cake nice and moist. Since it has zucchini in it, does it really count against you? Zucchini is healthy right?! 😉 Regardless if you are a fan of zucchini or not, you will enjoy every bite.
Hello! I hope your summer is going fantastically! It just seems like it’s flying by. I can’t quite believe that the 4th of July is next week already! But that also means it’s time for entertaining and fireworks. 😀 While my family and I haven’t decided where we will be enjoying fireworks this year, this shish kabob recipe will be great for an outdoor party.
Grilling is one of the best parts of summer entertaining. Your family and friends will enjoy these shish kabobs at your 4th of July party. There’s something delicious and iconic about grilled fresh veggies. Add tender marinated meat, and you’ve got a recipe for summer fun with your family instead of being stuck in the kitchen.
Hello! I hope everyone is having a great day! Although it certainly doesn’t look like it here in Minnesota, spring is around the corner. Not only is spring on it’s way, but Easter will be here before we know it. So Easter menus and plans need to be made as soon as possible. Since winter has seemed far too long this winter, I wanted something fresh. But days get so busy around Easter, so I need something I can make the night before. And of course the easier the better. So I decided to add two salads to my Easter menu: a Napa cabbage salad with ramen crunch and a broccoli and bacon salad.
While these are two very different salads, they can both delicious and can be made ahead. The blend of crisp Napa cabbage and crunchy toppings is a delight for Easter. Oh the other hand, there is a blend of crunch and creaminess in the broccoli and bacon salad. The sweetness of raisins adds another yummy layer this salad that your Easter guests will devour.
Merry (almost) Christmas everyone! Less than two weeks until Christmas, are you ready? Now that there is snow on the ground, it feels a lot like Christmas. But I’m still not quite ready. For all those who have their gifts bought and wrapped, hats off to you! My list isn’t quite finished yet. One thing I am ready for is the extended family Christmas party. As you know, I love to give new twists to classic flavors and recipes. So this year for the party, I gave peppermint a different twist by making a peppermint cream dessert with chocolate wafers.
This layered dessert is light and refreshing. The blend of peppermint and chocolate is perfect for the holidays especially after a hearty Christmas feast. Cream softens the peppermint flavor so even those who avoid candy canes will love it. This yummy dessert is destined to become a Christmas favorite at your holiday party.
Happy autumn everyone! I hope your fall is going wonderfully. The weather and colors could not be nicer here in Minnesota. We’ve been enjoying the cool weather and glorious sunshine. It makes me want to either go out for a walk or curl up at home with a good book and a cup of tea. But Halloween is approaching, and my home is lacking in cute holiday decor. Since Halloween is less than two weeks away, I need something fun and quick to decorate with. A couple years ago I made adorable 4th of July mini shades, so this Halloween I decided to make three different mini shades for sting lights.
Paint, hot glue, and a bit of spooky inspiration transform simple plastic cups into darling Halloween decor. Simple to make, these mini shades bring a delightful treat to normal string lights. This is a great project to do with your kids. You can fill the string lights with one kind or all three shades for a wickedly cute addition to your Halloween decor.
Fall is on it’s way! And so is the new school year. I just love the feel of new school supplies. When I was young, I would prepare everything for the new year right after the shopping trip. This was usually several weeks in advance. Such fun memories. Soon it will be time for routines, No. 2 pencils, and lunch boxes. In the back to school spirit, I decided to turn the classic PB&J sandwich into peanut butter waffles with jelly and whipped cream. As a bonus I decided to include a DIY this week that makes birthdays and other celebrations even more special.
The peanut butter waffles are fantastic with jelly, jam, or maple syrup. It’s a fun twist on the school staple that is even great for lunch. This waffle recipe is easy, fun, filling, and not too sweet. The bonus tablecloth DIY can be made in an afternoon and can carry birthday memories throughout the years.
Hello everyone! How has your summer been so far? Are you ready for school to start? Yeah, me neither. We are trying to get every last ounce of fun out of summer while we still can. And making s’mores is one of the best ways to savor summer. But between thunderstorms, bugs, and no place for a fire pit, I created a portable s’mores maker (or a mini fire pit) that can go indoors and out.
Using lava rock and canned heat, you can make this tabletop s’mores maker. The lava rock keeps the container from heating up and is lightweight. So you can take it anywhere. The canned heat is easy to use and replace. And there’s no sparks or ash to worry about. The s’mores maker is perfect for indoors, tiny decks, or even taking on a picnic.
Hello, isn’t summer just flying by. I can’t believe it’s already the end of July. But there is still plenty of fun and sunshine. Our extended family has decided to get together once a month throughout the summer for dinner and a bonfire. It’s great to stay in touch over the busy summer months and enjoy each other’s company. Everyone brings something to share. So I decided to raid the recipe box again. I found a simple recipe for a delicious jam cake.
This cake is light and moist with a tremendous amount of flavor. It has received rave reviews from family and friends. So I know yours will love it too. You can even try changing it up with different flavors of jam. It’s the perfect refreshing cake for summer get togethers.
Hello there! Summer is definitely here according to the weather if not the calendar. I have turned on the air conditioning in my home while the oven is only used when absolutely necessary. With Father’s Day coming up, it’s going to be necessary. But who wants to bake in ninety degree weather? Not me. So this year I want to keep the baking quick not to mention easy. In my vintage recipe box, I found a recipe for peach pie. My dad loves peaches, and the recipe was really easy. So it is perfect for Father’s Day.
Using premade pie crust and frozen peaches makes this pie a snap to make. The rich cream and cinnamon filling is delicious and versatile. Just switch out the peach for apples, pears, or whatever fruit you want for a delicious pie in no time.
Good morning all! Can you believe Easter is only two weeks away? The entire weekend is going to be chalk full of activities and family time. I have such fund memories of Easter growing up. The whole family would get together at my grandmother’s house at church. First we’d have an Easter egg hunt, then Sunday lunch, and finally a jelly bean hunt before sitting down to visit and play games. As you can imagine, Easter usually lasts all day for our family. So this year I thought I would bring a fun dessert for everyone to enjoy. After looking through my great grandmother’s recipe box, I found a yummy recipe for carrot cake. To make it a special treat I made an Easter egg shaped carrot cake.
This egg shaped cake is actually easy to make and only uses one batch of carrot cake batter. The allspice instead of nutmeg is a nice change and doesn’t overwhelm the cake. Your family will adore and devour this delicious carrot cake this Easter.