Gloria Dump Punch – Because of Winn-Dixie

We recently finished listening to the audiobook “Because of Winn-Dixie” by Kate DiCamillo on Audible. *We enjoyed it thoroughly! We listened to the audiobook while we were living in our travel trailer, and once we found a house we decided to replicate the party we heard about in the story to celebrate. To have the … Continue reading Gloria Dump Punch – Because of Winn-Dixie

Happy Easter Garden Focaccia

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Avocado Naan Recipe

My husband and I are kind of obsessed with this super-easy, semi-healthy snack/meal lately. It’s a lunchtime staple because it’s so quick, filling and luxurious. It make me feel like I’m getting something from a posh little cafe when we’re in between reducing fractions and reading aloud. It’s inspired by a dish we often order … Continue reading Avocado Naan Recipe

Grape Crush 🍇

We had a grape crush party in our backyard this past weekend. The only thing sweeter than picking your own food straight from the garden, is having friends brave enough to indulge in my eccentric ideas of what constitutes a good dinner party! A big “thank you for being so awesome” to the L family … Continue reading Grape Crush 🍇

Back-to-School Meal Planning

My wonderful husband has long been requesting that I make a family meal plan again like I used to. Meal planning makes grocery shopping easier, saves money by reducing food waste, and eliminates the need for anyone to ask the question: “What’s for dinner?” Then, a recent visit from my friend L.T. led to a … Continue reading Back-to-School Meal Planning

4th of July Soft Drinks

One of my kids’ favorite 4th of July traditions is making red, white and blue ice cubes to decorate a clear cup of 7-up. We don’t drink much soda in our house so 7-up on the 4th of July is a special treat. This beverage is very easy to make. Ingredients: Red GatoradeBlue Gatorade7-up or … Continue reading 4th of July Soft Drinks

St. John Island Frozen Lemonade Recipe

Many years ago my husband and I went on vacation with my parents, my sister and her husband to the US Virgin Island of St. John. views from St. John We had a fabulous time and discovered an amazing little lemonade cafe near our rented villa. The recipe below is the best version I’ve managed … Continue reading St. John Island Frozen Lemonade Recipe

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Summer Traditions – Recipe for Haystacks

This week’s Friendly Friday Photo Challenge comes from Sandy at The Sandy Chronicles. If you would like to join in this fun photo challenge please visit her site for the rules. The theme “Summer Traditions” was fun for me to think about. I had already started a post about one of my favorite summer recipes, … Continue reading Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Summer Traditions – Recipe for Haystacks

Egg-less Vegan Tofu Salad Sandwich Recipe

We discovered these delicious egg-less vegan tofu salad sandwiches at a friend’s birthday party several years ago. It was the best tofu salad sandwich I had ever had! When I requested the recipe, the hostess blushed and replied that she didn’t have one. She said that she had “just thrown some things together”. I persisted, … Continue reading Egg-less Vegan Tofu Salad Sandwich Recipe

Double Dark Chocolate Blood Orange Brownies (from a boxed mix)

These double dark chocolate blood orange brownies are super easy and really delicious. You will be surprised how the orange flavor comes through with just two simple substitutions using the recipe on the back of the box. Betty Crocker Dark Chocolate Brownies All you have to do is substitute the 1/4 cup of water with … Continue reading Double Dark Chocolate Blood Orange Brownies (from a boxed mix)