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Watermelon Salad Recipe with Basil and Feta

This Watermelon Salad Recipe with Basil and Feta is a simple, refreshing summer side dish that you can whip up in only a few minutes. Sweet watermelon is the perfect balance for the tangy feta cheese and earthy basil. Creating Easy Summer Recipes with Seasonal Ingredients  Making summer salad recipes is easy to do with an abundance of produce in the grocery store. Eating seasonally is something I try to do whenever possible. It is healthier for us, reduces our carbon footprint, and saves a ton of money. It isn't always possible … [Read more...]

How to Choose a Ripe Watermelon for a Sweet and Juicy Treat!

The weather here in Georgia is warming up and the pool opens in just a few weeks. I am looking forward to BBQs, pool parties, and (of course) some fresh watermelon. Georgia actually grows a lot of watermelon down in the south of the state. Even though the fruit is local, I still need to know how to choose a ripe watermelon or it won't be as sweet and juicy as it should be. If you plan on picking up a whole watermelon this summer, make sure you follow these tips before you buy!How to Choose a Ripe Watermelon I am a huge believer of buying … [Read more...]

Easy Watermelon Mojitos with Fresh Mint

I made up a batch of these easy watermelon mojitos with fresh mint and I can honestly say that they are an absolutely divine summer cocktail recipe! The sweetness of the watermelon combined with refreshing mint to create the perfect summer drink!Summer Cocktail Inspiration What inspired my cocktail creation? I was out watering the garden and herb beds yesterday and realized that my mint is completely taking over the area I put it in. For those of you who grow herbs, you probably understand that if you so much as blink, your mint will … [Read more...]

Chocolate Dipped Watermelon Recipe to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Summer is almost here in Georgia, even though we are technically only a couple of weeks into May. With temperatures in the mid to upper 80s, this chocolate dipped watermelon recipe is my own personal introduction to summer snacking. I love hitting the farmer's markets on the weekends and once they start up the first week of June, I will be hunting down as many watermelon recipes as I can find. South Georgia offers an abundance of fresh watermelon throughout the entire summer and my kids will eat their weight in that succulent summer fruit! Dip … [Read more...]

Book Review: Recipes from the Root Cellar

Title:  Recipes from the Root CellarSubtitle: 270 Fresh Ways to Enjoy Winter VegetablesAuthor:  Andrea ChesmanPublisher: Storey PublishingISBN:  978-1-60342-545-2Pages:  400 (paperback)From the Publisher:Sweet winter squashes, hardy greens, jewel-toned root vegetables, and potatoes of every kind make local eating easy and delicious in the colder months of autumn and winter. Whether these vegetables are gathered straight from the garden, from a well-tended root cellar, or from the market, their delectable flavors and nutritional benefits pack a … [Read more...]

Grilled Papaya Recipe and Tips for Grilling Fruit

Have you recently bought fresh papaya and need dessert recipes to try with it? Maybe you want to make grilled desserts but don't know where to start? Here is an easy grilled papaya recipe and some easy tips for grilling fruit!  Grilled Fruit?  Really? When I was in Texas I learned quite a few things about BBQ. I learned that in Texas, barbecue means beef and a spicy kicked up sauce. BBQ is a way of life in Texas and the word itself brings to mind hot summer days, smokey grills, and picnic tables. However, in the last few … [Read more...]

Fresh Blueberry Tart Recipe with Basil and Honey

This Fresh Blueberry Tart Recipe was sponsored by Fresh From Florida as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All opinions expressed are my own.If you have been following my blog for a while, you will know that I have a serious sweet tooth. I love homemade desserts and this fresh blueberry tart recipe with Florida blueberries was absolutely delicious. It was also incredibly easy to make, which I love! I made this blueberry tart with puff pastry, which took a lot of the work out of it for me.You can make homemade … [Read more...]

Small Business Saturday Ideas: 10 Reasons to Support Your Local Farmer!

If you are looking for Small Business Saturday ideas, have you considered supporting your local farmer? Black Friday is fast approaching and everyone is making plans. Big box stores are stocking up on your favorite high tech gadgets and all the hot, new toys. Flyers, advertisements, and coupons have been sent out and employees have been given extra hours to handle the holiday rush. This coming Saturday, November 24th, is Small Business Saturday. Small business owners don't have flashy ads, tons of merchandise in the stockroom, or gigantic … [Read more...]

Mint Growing Tips and 5 Uses for Fresh Mint When it Takes Over the Garden

Many years ago, my husband and I started growing mint in the back yard. I thought I would share a few mint growing tips with you because this stuff is incredibly useful to have around! Over the last few years, I have found some really creative uses for fresh mint to try to use it all up. You really don't  need much of a green thumb to get started growing your own mint. In fact, once you put the plant in the ground, you will probably find that it takes over the garden bed quite easily! But, for those of you without a green thumb, I thought I … [Read more...]

Zesty Jalapeno and Bacon Deviled Egg Recipe and Choosing the Best Eggs

This Bacon Deviled Egg Recipe has been sponsored by CafeMom and Nellie's® Free Range Eggs. All opinions expressed here are my own.Summer is almost here and the weather is warming up quickly. In less than one month, our pool will be open for kids to swim in. The pool parties, BBQs, and picnics will soon begin in full force. Summer in the south means plenty of watermelon, grilled meat, and picnic side dishes. One of my all time favorite side dishes at summer picnics is deviled eggs. I absolutely LOVE them and found some amazing variations on … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Donuts with Cinnamon and Sugar

At first as the weather cooled off and summer said goodbye, I was sad. I would miss the fresh berries, watermelon, and ripe, red tomatoes. But then I remembered that along with cooler days and longer nights, fall brings us apples and pumpkins and other delicious goodies! I have been scrolling through Pinterest looking for unique pumpkin recipes and boy are there a lot of them! I decided to treat my kids to some homemade pumpkin donuts this week.The kids get mighty sick of cereal every morning and threaten to skip breakfast altogether when I … [Read more...]

Raw Food For Dummies Book Review

I received a copy of Raw Food For Dummies  for review. As I try to eat healthier I find myself interested in a number of different diet concepts. Some people go for high protein, low carb diets. Others choose to give up meat and/or animal based products. Some will only eat light and low fat foods. I recently met someone who was a raw vegan and the concept was fascinating.How does one start a raw food diet? Are you left eating carrot sticks and fruit every day? Is it possible for raw food to be a bit more complex and interesting? I have … [Read more...]

Preserving Wild Foods

I was provided one copy of Preserving Wild Foods at no charge in order to facilitate my review by all opinions expressed are my own.  Preserving Wild FoodsTitle:   Preserving Wild FoodsSubtitle:  A Modern Forager's Recipes for Curing, Canning, Smoking, and PicklingISBN:  978-1603427272Authors:  Matthew Weingarten, Raquel PelzelPublisher:  Storey Publishing, LLC (November 6, 2012)Format/Length:  Paperback 256 pages From the Publisher: Crab apple mostarda. Instant samphire pickles. Sweet … [Read more...]

Poptails: A Boozy Treat For Your Party Guests!

The holidays are coming quickly and people will be celebrating by inviting family and friends over for food and drinks. I am always looking for creative ways to show off my culinary skills and I recently received the book Poptails: 60 Boozy Treats Served on a Stick and thought this would be perfect for holiday entertaining. What are Poptails, you ask? It is a blend between a popsicle and a cocktail! A creative way to make frozen treats from alcoholic drinks! Poptails: 60 Boozy Treats Served on a StickTitle:  PoptailsSubtitle:  60 … [Read more...]

Think Partida Tequila for your next cocktail recipe

Am I the only person who has that old copy of Mr. Boston's cocktail recipe book? Whether it is a Friday night at the pool with my friends or a neighborhood block party, I like to create unique recipes not just for the foods I bring but also for the grownup beverages we enjoy as well. At Christmas time, I have made homemade eggnog but during hot and humid times like August, I tend to lean towards sweet and fruity drinks. When I got the chance to try Partida Tequila, I was excited to see what sort of new recipes I could come up with to try it … [Read more...]

Book Review: Fresh From The Market

Title:  Fresh From The MarketSubtitle: Seasonal cooking with Laurent Tourondel and Charlotte MarchAuthor: Laurent Tourondel ISBN: 978-0470402429 Publisher: Wiley (September 7, 2010) Pages: 336 pages (hardcover)From the Publisher:From the first pale-green shoots of April asparagus to December's robust porcini and creamy sunchokes, food at its seasonal peak offers brilliant flavors. In Fresh from the Market, Chef Laurent Tourondel presents fantastic recipes based on the seasonal, market-driven cooking philosophy that has made him one of America's … [Read more...]

Homemade Pesto Recipe with Your Fresh Garden Basil!

Well, I finally harvested the garden basil. I have been snipping buds off it for several weeks to force more growth into the leaves but the plant was getting HUGE. I snipped off most of the branches about 3/4 of the way down the stalk but left some of the plant to continue growing. Since I have so much fresh garden basil, I decided to make a homemade pesto recipe this week!What is Pesto? The original pesto recipe was made with basil, coarse salt, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, pine nuts (sometimes toasted) and grated cheese like … [Read more...]