Caprese skewers

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One of my favorite activities almost every saturday morning starting late May is going to the local farmers market. Here the market opens mid April but only mid to late May fresh produce makes its appearance. By june there’s an abundance of fresh produce. Berries, peaches, cherries, corn, carrots, squash, melons, greens and all kinds of… 

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Life in the kitchen

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We have a big house, quite big for the three of us and despite the free rooms, we findourselves getting together in only a few areas. The master bedroom and the kitchen. Now, I’m not going to talk about our daughter jumping in the bed thinking she’s a gymnast but about the time we spend… 

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Time to sparkle #SparkleWithDASANI

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This post was brought to you by Dansani. All opinions expressed are my own. Dasani has recently launched a new product, DASANI Sparkling plus Dasani has an AMAZING contest that you can enter! (details at the bottom of the post) To celebrate they want to know what makes you sparkle. Family time. Your hobby. Your job.  Whatever makes… 

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Black and red raspberry vanilla scones

raspberry vanilla scones recipe

Delicate and sweet, these vanilla scones with lots of black and red specks from the fresh raspberries are a great treat for breakfast or with a cup of tea in the afternoon. Scones are one of my favorite weekend morning treat. Although I do love a good donut or a muffin with my cup of… 

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One pot beef vegetable skillet

one pot beef vegetable skillet recipe

A simple yet satisfying dinner, this one pot beef vegetable skillet has incredible flavors from the carrots, celery, potatoes slow baked in a red wine and tomato sauce. When it comes to cooking, I’ve been spoiled for the first 30 years of my life. Until I was 19 I lived with my parents and my mom… 

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Mississippi mud pie

Mississippi mud pie recipe

Flaky pie crust, incredible rich chocolate layer and light whipped cream make this Mississippi mud pie quite impossible for anyone to resist it.  Mud pies always make me think of childhood. Layers upon layers of mud and dirt. Sometimes sand or mulch. Little sticks, flowers and leaves were part of the decorations. The more the prettier…. 

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Roasted banana coconut ice cream

roasted banana coconut ice cream recipe

The ultimate two ingredients ice cream made with only roasted bananas and coconut milk!! Indulge in this guilt-free ice-cream all summer long! Today we’re going to make magic! We take two simple ingredients and make creamy rich ice cream! I could eat ice cream all summer long! I love this summer sweet treat and despite… 

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50 stone fruit summer desserts

50 Stone fruit summer desserts

Summer stone fruit remind me of childhood. We had 5 apricot trees, lots of plum trees, one cherry tree and later one peach tree growing in the orchard. From late May to September we always had an abundance of fresh fruit. I love all kinds of fresh fruit and always buy some from the market…. 

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Grilled pizza (how to) + cheese pizza dough recipe

grilled pizza recipe

Learn the secrets to perfecting grilled pizza by following these easy steps and get the recipe for my favorite cheese pizza dough. There’s no secret I love to bake but from time to time I turn off the oven and relax in a chair on out back deck and watch my husband firing up the grill. We… 

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Lemon bars

lemon bars recipe

So light and refreshing, these lemon bars make a great dessert all summer long or anytime you crave a buttery cookie crust topped with a luscious lemon cream filling  I’ve never been a lemon bars kind of girl. A look at my recipe index and you can easily guess I’m the girl who reaches for… 

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Chocolate caramel cake

chocolate caramel cake recipe

Light and airy, with a decadent crumb and a hint or caramel, this chocolate caramel cake makes a great accompaniment to a cup of coffee in the afternoon or after dinner.  I rely on a few cups of coffee most of the days. Although there are days I get so busy I simply don’t get… 

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Strawberry shortcake cake

strawberry shortcake cake recipe

This strawberry shortcake cake is a lovely change from the traditional strawberry shortcake. Layers of rich buttery cake filled with smooth cheesecake and chopped fresh strawberries. I’ve had strawberries on my mind lately. This time of the year the local farms open their gates for everyone to pick their own berries, the stores have the strawberries… 

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Creamy cheese tortellini and chicken skillet

Creamy cheese tortellini and chicken skillet recipe

There’s something magical about one pot pasta dinners and this creamy cheese tortellini and chicken skillet is the ultimate combination of weeknight convenience and homey comfort food. I can’t say enough about this cheese tortellini and chicken skillet. It’s by far my favorite way to enjoy tortellini. It’s easy to make, 15 minutes max of… 

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German chocolate cupcakes

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A secret ingredient makes these german chocolate cupcakes so unbelievable light, moist and tender. Topped with a generous amount of sticky sweet coconut pecan frosting, these are the best german chocolate cupcakes I’ve tried! German chocolate deserts have a special place in my heart. They are the foundation of this blog, so to speak. If… 

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50 chocolate and hazelnut desserts

chocolate hazelnut desserts

Hazelnut nutella magic bars, flourless chocolate hazelnut brownies, chocolate hazelnut cookies, hazelnut chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, nutella truffles I’m no stranger to pairing chocolate with hazelnut and probably that’s why I picked hazelnuts as this month secret ingredient to our chocolate party, but if you’re looking for a little more inspiration, here’s a collection of… 

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