Best Berry Desserts

Best Berry Desserts

Berry Desserts are always a hit with my family. Once seasonal berries hit the market, I start with strawberry shortcakes and continue with sweet creations all summer long. Today, I’m sharing the best berry desserts from the blog! Best Berry Desserts Strawberries: Local strawberries are the first to ripen, so a good strawberry shortcake is […]

25+ 4th of July Recipes

25+ 4th of July Recipes | Inspiration for all the patriotic holidays!

It’s hard to believe Independence Day is right around the corner. We have our annual neighborhood gathering, and I desperately need to plan my menu. I hope these 25+ 4th of July Recipes from my blogger friends will inspire you, too. Time to stock up on berries, red white and blue sprinkles and more!!

Grilled Shrimp Scampi | A phenomenal shrimp dish cooked on the BBQ

Grilled Shrimp Scampi #120DaysofSummer

To celebrate the kickoff of summer, I fired up the barbecue and cooked up this heavenly Grilled Shrimp Scampi. This post is sponsored by Honest Cooking. Shrimp Scampi You may think of pasta tossed with garlicky shrimp and butter when shrimp scampi comes to mind. But there are many variations of this dish. Apparently Italian […]

Vanilla Buttercream Topped Cocoa Cupcakes | Moist, scrumptious chocolate cupcakes topped with a mound of vanilla buttercream

Vanilla Buttercream Topped Cocoa Cupcakes #ProgressiveEats

These Vanilla Buttercream Topped Cocoa Cupcakes were gobbled up by the whole family! 10 thumbs up. Extremely moist with the perfect amount of chocolate flavor and crowned with a generous swirl of buttercream! Vanilla Buttercream Topped Cocoa Cupcakes Most of you know I have a couple picky eaters at my house. The hubby is a […]

White Sheet Cake | Moist, tender with a touch of almond extract. Perfect when you need to serve a crowd!

White Sheet Cake #SundaySupper

For a delicious change of pace, a white sheet cake is always a hit at picnics and summer gatherings! Jazz it up with berries for the summer holidays or freeze and cut into festive shapes to match any occasion. White Sheet Cake For those rare occasions my family needs a break from chocolate desserts, a […]

Open-Faced Salmon Sandwiches with Herb Cucumber Relish | This is one heck of a marvelous sandwich!!!

Open-Faced Salmon Sandwiches with Herb Cucumber Relish #HealthierSideOfMayo

Warmer weather has finally hit our neck of the woods, so I turned to these tasty Open-Faced Salmon Sandwiches for some lighter fare. This post is sponsored by Lunchbox, but all opinions are my own. Open-Faced Salmon Sandwiches It was a balmy 85º on Tuesday and the perfect time to move from cold weather comfort […]

White Chocolate Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake | A luscious White Chocolate Cheesecake with a marbleized raspberry topping

White Chocolate Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake

This White Chocolate Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake is not only gorgeous but absolutely scrumptious. A  food blogger friend told me she thought her mom made the best cheesecake until she tried this one. How’s that for an endorsement??! Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake We were invited to a dear friend’s house for dinner. Six of us, the wives all […]

Grilled Blueberry Cobbler | A rustic berry dessert made on the BBQ!

Grilled Blueberry Cobbler #SundaySupper

When it comes to grilling, we usually toss burgers or a simple marinated flank steak or chicken on our Big Green Egg. For a change of pace, I decided to make a Grilled Blueberry Cobbler instead of baking it in the oven. Grilled Blueberry Cobbler The hubby is in charge of grilling most nights. But when […]

Cookies and Cream Cookies |Chocolate cookies loaded with Oreo crumbs and cocoa

Cookies and Cream Cookies

These Cookies and Cream Cookies are packed full of chocolate chips, cocoa powder and Oreo crumbs! Don’t they sound dreamy??? We have a new coordinator for my Secret Recipe Club group, and I was lucky enough to get her, our fearless leader, Debbi Does Dinner, for my blog assignment. Debbi’s original blog focus was on healthy […]


Balsamic Strawberries with Whipped Mascarpone Cream

After making a triple chocolate mousse cake last week, a simpler recipe for Valentine’s Day was more appealing.   I’ve made balsamic strawberries to top my Mascarpone Cheesecake, but wanted to transform this idea into a bite sized dessert. Reducing a well aged balsamic with a bit of sugar makes an amazing topping for strawberries…and […]

Caramel Espresso Bars

A beautiful young woman I have watched grow and mature from elementary school through grad school and now into the working world is getting married this summer. Her parents happen to be dear, dear friends and neighbors…and I was lucky enough to help her celebrate her upcoming wedding with a bridal shower.  And, thank goodness, […]

Mediterranean Endive Boats

Mediterranean Endive Boats #SkinnyTip

Dinner Club Debut Bill and I joined a dinner club with 3 other couples. The goal was to get together four times a year for good food, fellowship and to utilize the dishes gathering dust in our china cabinets. Our first gathering was in early May. Our lovely hostess, Sabra, offered up a finger food salad […]

Cauliflower-Bacon Gratin~

  I’ve gotten my picky family to eat cauliflower by coating the florets with Parmesan and bread crumbs and roasting till crispy.  So I was reasonably optimistic that they’d at least take a courtesy bite of Dorie’s creamy, cheesy, bacon spiked gratin. I loved this!  Bill was not as enamored, giving it an OK rating. […]


Strawberry Bellinis #Giveaway

Venice. The tide was out…and Piazza San Marco was abuzz with tourists. Some friends from Indy were also in the city of love for the day, so we gathered with them at a cafe on the square, where a self dubbed professional waiter catered to our every need. Karen and I sipped on our peach […]