Mini Key Lime Pies

Mini Key Lime Pies

Adorable mini key lime pies made with buttery Graham cracker crust, tangy key lime juice, and a dollop of fresh whipped cream are the perfect two-bite treat! A few years ago a friend of mine was traveling to the Florida Keys for vacation. I asked him if he would indulge in some key lime pie while he was there. He … Read More

Angel Food Cake

angel food cake

Light and fluffy angel food cake is the perfect summer dessert especially when topped with sweet strawberries and a dollop of whipped cream! Angel food cake is absolutely, hands down, my favorite cake in the whole world.  It’s the cake that I always ask for as my birthday cake. It’s light and fluffy and perfect eaten smothered in whipped cream … Read More

Preserving Summer: Freeze Extra Berries

It’s summer and the berries are delicious.  I frequently get over zealous and buy way too many berries for what we can consume.  When that happens, I just spread them out onto a rimmed cookie sheet, freeze for an hour (flash freeze) and then dump into a freezer bag and back in the freezer they go.  Then we have frozen … Read More

Lemon Pie for 4th of July

4th of july pie

Tangy lemon curd folded into fluffy Cool Whip makes the perfect summer lemon pie. Decorate with fresh berries and Cool Whip stars for an easy 4th of July treat.   How did it get to be the fourth already?  I feel like I am just getting used to this warm weather and now we are partway through the summer.  I … Read More

Roasted Strawberry Ice Cream

roasted strawberry ice cream

  Bright, sweet roasted strawberries folded into homemade ice cream make this roasted strawberry ice cream the perfect treat in during the middle of the hot summer.   Happy Friday!  I hope you saved some of those roasted strawberries from earlier in the week because we are going to make some strawberry ice cream.  It’s hot and sweaty here in … Read More

Tutorial-Canning tomatoes

How to can tomatoes

Once you have blanched your tomatoes, now is the time to can them. Canning doesn’t require a lot of equipment but it is somewhat specialized.  The good news is it is all fairly inexpensive and most grocery/super stores carry everything you need. Equipment: Canning Pot-your pot needs to be big enough that it can hold your jars covered by a … Read More

Tutorial: Blanching Tomatoes

How to blanch tomatoes

Is your garden bursting with tomatoes?  Mine seemed to get a slow start, but now every day I am bringing in 5-7 tomatoes from my 15 plants.  I like to can my tomatoes, my mom says freezing is easier.  Whichever way you like to preserve your tomatoes, you have to blanch them and peel off the skin.  It’s an easy … Read More

Makes My LIfe Easier-Growing Lettuce in a Pot

So, I have a problem with salad greens.  I tend to buy them and then don’t get them eaten in time and they waste away in the back of the fridge.  I also have planted them directly into my garden only to have them devoured by the bunnies in about two minutes.   Enter, the pot on the deck.  This … Read More

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble Top Pie

strawberry rhubarb pie

Sweet strawberries meld together with tangy rhubarb in this delicious strawberry rhubarb crumble top pie. The crumble topping adds sweetness and crunch. The whole wheat pie crust adds heartiness and wholesomeness. Now is the time people.  Now is the time to make strawberry rhubarb pie.  We are at the tail end of the rhubarb and the strawberries are just getting … Read More

Berry Cake

berry and cream cake

I have baked this berry cake several times in the past couple of years and I never posted it, because the very best photo I ever took of it is the one your looking at, quickly snapped with my iPhone camera before taking it to a party.  But summer is right around the corner and spring is definitely here so … Read More