All posts by Melissa

Honey Glazed Chicken Skewers

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Bring on all the grilled things! Southern Utah is HOT right now, and I don't even live in the hottest part of this region. The thermometer has been breaking 100 degrees plus every day and this very pregnant mom is hot. We have a swamp cooler, but it can only cool a house down by about 20 degrees (which is still so much better than no cooler!) but by the time dinner rolls around I'm a toasty mess with no desire to turn on the oven or stand over the stove. We spend almost every afternoon at the pool and Continue Reading →


Farm and Garden Update: June

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I figured it was high time to get a little garden update going for you! The garden is growing like a weed, weeds included! Here's what I planted this year: Red onions White onions Potatoes Radishes Carrots Peas Swiss chard Spinach LOTS of green beans (they are the only things that I feel like I have to get in bottles this year, I'm hoping they'll be ready right when my mom gets here to help with the baby. Convenient!) Corn Tomatoes Assorted Bell peppers Jalapenos Green Cabbage Eggplant Cucumbers Watermelon (2 varieties) Cantaloupe Butternut Squash A million kids of pumpkins and ornamental gourds Lots of sunflowers Zinnias Here she is in all of her wild glory! This picture is from Friday and some of the Continue Reading →


20 Very Cherry Recipes

20 Very Cherry Recipes

Today's 20 Very Cherry Recipes is celebrating all things early summer and spring! This recipe collection includes recipes for sweet cherries, sour cherries, and even the famous Maraschino cherry. There's a little bit of everything thing here and I know you are going to find something you'll enjoy. We weren't lucky enough to have fruit on any of our trees this year thanks to a super late frost, but that doesn't mean we won't be picking up a few cherries from the grocery store when they make their way to us. I'm hoping you were luckier than us and you have Continue Reading →


Cheater Brookies (Chocolate Chip Cookies + Brownies)

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Brookies. Have you heard of them?! They are a delightful combination of brownies and chocolate chip cookies and they are amazing! This recipes is a "cheater" recipe because there's not really anything homemade to them. You know what though, that's why I love them! They take me about 8 minutes to pop in the oven and I'm done. The taste is right on though. Trust me on this one, this is a must have recipe. This is the perfect treat to make when you need a snack to take to a church activity, a pot luck, or other social gathering. They Continue Reading →


15 Fantastic Rhubarb Recipes

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I was so excited about the few pounds of rhubarb that I got at the farmer's market last week that I decided I'd share the love a bit by posting a collection of 15 different rhubarb recipes for you all today. Rhubarb is one of my favorite spring ingredients because it's just so tangy and fun. I like to think of it like using sour cherries or lemon in baking. There's something so unique and satisfying to have a little tart mixed in with the sweet. Any other rhubarb lovers out there? This post is for you! 1. Strawberry Rhubarb & Ginger Continue Reading →


Perfect and Simple Grilled Fish Fillets

Louisiana Drum Fish Recipe

Welcome summer! When you combine a few pounds of beautiful fish fillets, amazing seasonal produce, and the grill, you are in for one simple yet perfect dinner. My desert-dwelling family loves all things seafood and I have such a hard time finding a good source for it here in Southern Utah. I jumped at the chance to work with Louisiana Seafood and I'm so excited to tell you about them today! Plus this recipe for simple grilled fish fillets is amazing. It takes about 5 minutes to prep, 7 minutes on the grill, and you are done. I can't wait for Continue Reading →


Rhubarb Crumb Bars

Rhubarb Crumb Bars

Be still my rhubarb loving. Strawberry Rhubarb pie seems to be just about the only rhubarb dessert most people have eaten and it's a shame! There's so much to love about this oddly tart red celery-like food. Today's recipe for Rhubarb Crumb Bars is a must try. These bars have a dense buttery cake on the bottom, a layer of rhubarb in the middle, and it's all topped with a perfectly sweet and lightly crunchy crumb. The bars are light enough to be served as a coffee cake for breakfast or lunch but are also sweet enough to be served Continue Reading →


Grandma Shoaf’s Quick and Easy Chocolate Sheet Cake

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I did a shout out a few months ago on my Facebook page asking what you wanted to see more of on the blog and one of the responses I got was "quick and easy cheater desserts" (thanks for the comment DaNae!). Unbeknownst to most of you, I'm a master at "cheater" desserts. I love making things from scratch but I also know the value of my time and money. It just isn't necessary to make a from scratch cake when you plan on feeding it to a group of four-year-olds or are taking it to a family reunion where Continue Reading →


Quick and Easy Peach Pineapple Popsicles

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Today is our very fist Monday of summer break and we are celebrating in style. The house is scattered with building blocks, we plan on going to the little local pool after lunch, our summer reading point charts are ready to be marked on, and homemade popsicles are pretty much the only thing my kids want to eat. These Quick and Easy Peach Pineapple Popsicles are just as great as the name sounds! They have 2 ingredients and take a full 2 minutes to throw together. The only hard part is waiting for them to freeze. I often will make Continue Reading →


Heathy (ish) Coconut No Bake Cookies

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Today's healthier recipe for coconut no bake cookies comes from my desire to have sweets but my goal to not have too many. I'm 30ish weeks along in my pregnancy and I've gained 40 pounds so far. That combined with the fact that I started out 10 pounds too heavy means that I'm feeling huge. I hit my all time high adult weight last week and with months left to go, there's no way I won't pass it. I'd be lying if I said that it was all just part of pregnancy and I'm ok with it, but I'm not. Continue Reading →