Tag Archives: summer

Easy S’mores Brownies

I'm here today with another great (and simple) recipe using Mom's Best Cereals. I'm loving working with this great company, and I hope you are loving the posts I'm creating for the partnership (did you see those fun cereal ice cream sandwiches? So good!). Today, I'm sharing a super easy s'mores brownies recipe with you. This is a great treat to make with the kids on movie night or after school for a little treat. It would also be fun to take to fall parties or get-togethers. Everyone loves s'mores and brownies, and when you mix them together, they are Continue Reading →


Chocolate Zucchini Cake

There are few things that I love more than chocolate zucchini cake. I've been making this cake for 3 years now and it is one of my all-time favorite recipes. I make lots of recipes once and move on (I love trying new things!), but there are a handful that I go back to again and again and again; this is one of those recipes. I took pictures of it last year to share with you and then had a cute little newborn in the middle of the summer and never got it posted. I'm finally sharing this amazing chocolate Continue Reading →


Grilled Corn and Avocado Salad

Today I'm partnering with California Avocados and I'm so excited! I very literally am the one who contacted them and asked if they'd like to work together. I am an avocado lover and I know that California Avocados are in season right now, so it only make sense that we meet in the middle to bring you all one easy, healthy, party-perfect Grilled Corn and Avocado Salad. This. Is. Summer! I adore avocados for so many reasons. I love that they have over 20 vitamins and minerals, including those great B vitamins (help fight infection/disease), folate (used for cell repair), and potassium Continue Reading →


Pineapple Salsa

I love fruit salsa! There's something magical about the sweet, spicy, savory, and salty flavors all mixed together into one amazing dish. Pineapple salsa is always a favorite at our house because pineapples seem to be pretty available and sweet whenever we want them. My kids also happen to love pineapple, which means I pick one up pretty often for them to eat. I really like using pineapple for fruit salsa because it's so acidic naturally, kind of like a tomato, that it just transitions into salsa really well. I like to add sweet colored bell peppers for some color, crunch, Continue Reading →


Cereal Ice Cream Sandwiches

Today I'm working with Mom's Best Cereals, and I'm sharing one of our very favorite ice cream treats: cereal ice cream sandwiches. This simple dessert is a great easy no-bake recipe you can make with little kitchen helpers. They can be made ahead of time and stored in the freezer, and they're just plain fun. My kids thought these were awesome and so much fun to make and eat. I know you and your kids will love the recipe too! Summer is in full swing and I love it. We are spending time working at the house, splashing at the pool, digging in Continue Reading →


Watermelon Cake with Whipped Cream

Baby Graham, also fondly know as Mr. Squishy, turns one this month. Where has the time gone friends?! It seems like just yesterday that I was gigantic and miserably pregnant and now I have a baby trying to walk around the house! I'm so grateful I'm not where I was a year ago; pregnancy is rough. All that work was worth it, though. I managed to create the world's cutest baby ,and he was well worth all the suffering to get him here. This little lamb is a bright spot in our family. His siblings adore him, and so do his Continue Reading →


4 Ingredient Healthy Strawberry Frozen Yogurt (5 minute recipe!)

I love having sweet treats ready while the kids are home during the summer and I love it even more when those treats are actually good for them. We eat a lot of homemade popsicles, date balls, and recently, homemade frozen yogurt. My kids loved this recipe and I did too! This recipe for 4 ingredient frozen yogurt literally takes 5 minutes to make and tastes just like a traditional frozen yogurt. I felt like this was a new way to serve fruit that wasn't a smoothie or popsicle, which we get a lot of. The color is beautiful, I have Continue Reading →


Easy 3 Ingredient Watermelon Granita

What could be more perfect in the heat of the summer than a simple 3 ingredient Watermelon Granita? Here’s the best part, not only is it easy to throw together but you don’t have to have any kind of special ice cream making or churn for this recipe! All you need are three simple ingredients, a blender, and a freezer; with a little time and a fork you’ll have yourself a simple icy treats that the whole family will love. This recipe is simple enough to make for an afternoon snack but pretty enough to serve after dinner to guests. Continue Reading →


Homemade Cake Batter Ice Cream

Making homemade ice cream in the summer is something that I love to do. I feel like after a full day of working in the garden/playing/swimming/bike riding, then sitting down to a healthy seasonal meal (like anything on the grill + fresh beans and corn from the garden + sun sweet peaches or melon), that dessert just follows naturally. Eating healthy is pretty easy, since so many delicious things are in season. And getting in lots of sunshine and movement is also a natural part of the summer season, so I have no worries about giving my family a homemade treat Continue Reading →


Zucchini Boats with Tomatoes and Fresh Mozzarella

Zucchini boats are one of my favorite summer dishes when zuchinni is little, tender, and just coming out of the garden. I make this dish with all kinds of things like a rice and hamburger mixture, taco ingredients, and even pizza ingredients. Today I'm sharing the simplest way to make a zucchini boat. It also happens to be one of my favorites. This simple side is sure to please just about any crowd, and you can’t beat how it practically makes itself. Just be sure to find nice young, tender, and not too big zucchini. Super huge zucchini are inevitable now Continue Reading →


Rainbow Grilled Chicken Salad

When you make and blog about 9 staple salad dressing you should know how to make, you suddenly have a fridge full of dressing, which means you need to make some perfect salads to use up that dressing. That's why we eat salad, right? To have a medium with which to eat salad dressing? This Rainbow Grilled Chicken Salad is a simple delicious meal that can be the host to just about any of the dressings I love. If you need a serving suggestion, I'd try this salad with the honey mustard, ranch, or blue cheese. Grilled chicken salads are one of Continue Reading →


8 Wholesome Lunch-Box Ideas for Adults or Kids

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by GOOD THiNS through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about GOOD THiNS, all opinions are my own. I’ve been working on prepping meals/ingredients/lunches/stuff for the freezer more and more lately and it has been such an awesome thing to have done and ready to use! I even had the chance to teach a meal planning/food prep class to over 30 women this past month and I loved it. I’m getting into a great groove and having more food conveniently ready in the fridge is a game changer. What is it Continue Reading →


How to make any pulled meat in the slow cooker (beef, pork, lamb, and more)

I have made "pulled ________" no less than a million times in the crock pot. I have thrown in everything from pork and lamb, to beef and elk, and I love it every single time. This is one of my all-time favorite ways to cook a chunk of meat. It takes no skill and very little hands-on time, and it comes out perfect every single time. I have done a ton of reading in preparation for writing this because I swear that I'm the only one cooking hunks of meat in the slow cooker without adding much more than some salt and pepper. I don't Continue Reading →


Homemade Whole Wheat and Oat Buns

Cook-out, BBQ, and grilling season is upon us and I have an awesome recipe for Homemade Whole Wheat and Oat Buns for you today. I don't make homemade buns every time we have a meal that needs a bun, but once in a while I make them and we love them. This is a great recipe to have the kids help with, to take to a party, or to bust out when you have company coming over to eat. They look gorgeous and they taste great. I think you are going to have a ton of fun making this recipe Continue Reading →


Weeknight Grilled Chicken Sandwiches with Pineapple Salsa (30 Minute Meal)

The busyness of the end of the school year has got me running around like a mad woman most days and only continues on through the evening. May is a crazy month because everything is wrapping up or just beginning. We have baseball, t-ball, recitals, field trips, parties, practices, plays, dances, and more. I know that I'm not alone in all the going and coming either. I have a delicious quick and easy dinner for you today that will be on the table in less than 30 minutes. Skip the drive-through one night this week and enjoy this amazing weeknight chicken Continue Reading →


Avocado Egg Salad

Avocado Egg Salad is the perfect recipe for today! Today is St. Patrick's Day and this food is a great naturally green dish and Easter is in just a week and a half which means you'll have lots of boiled eggs on your hands. So make this recipe today and again in 2 weeks and you'll be glad you did. I love all things avocado and my family loves egg salad. This is one of those "best of both worlds" kind of recipes. Thomas was working at the house the day that I made this so I got a plate ready Continue Reading →


Zucchini and Sweet Corn Quesadillas

Zucchini and Sweet Corn Quesadillas are just the thing that you need to start the rest of your week off right. Meatless Monday have you scratching your head for delicious ideas that don't involve tofu or quinoa? This simple meal is the perfect thing to stick on your meal plan for the coming week. When you add the simple pleasure of zucchini, some sweet fresh corn, and a little zip from that delicious Pepper Jack cheese, you have a winning dinner that comes together in about 15 minutes! I served these sweet corn quesadillas with some sliced tomatoes and cucumbers and Continue Reading →


Fresh Corn Salad

Oh summer produce, how I love thee! If you ask me, eating healthy in the summer is just plain easy because everything is so fresh and delicious. Today is this month's Eat Seasonal post which I love (and hope you do too!), so sit back and enjoy a plethora of amazing looking seasonal dishes from some crazy talented bloggers. My recipe today is for Fresh Corn Salad. You will LOVE how easy this simple side is. Just mix a little honey and lime juice in the bottom of the bowl, add your veggies, toss in the spinach, season with a little Continue Reading →


Honey Glazed Chicken Skewers

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 →


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 →


15 Fantastic Rhubarb Recipes

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 →


Quick and Easy Peach Pineapple Popsicles

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, 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 popsicles Continue Reading →


Help Us Name Our Farm Contest!

We bought some property last summer and we have stewed and stewed over a name for it. We had just about given up hope of thinking of something when Thomas suggested we ask all you guys! Hello! I should have thought of that. You all are the smartest people around. Our first little lot that we discovered our love of hobby farming on has a little dilapidated house on it and we call that property The Shanty. It fits perfectly. We'll say, "I'm just headed over to The Shanty to feed the chickens", or "Could you swing by The Shanty and Continue Reading →


Ingredient Spotlight: Summer Squashes (or skwarsh if you are my grandma)

I'm hanging on to the last days of summer and enjoying the garden in all of it's productive glory! Months worth of work are certainly worth it this time of year in terms of a garden. I thought it would be fun to highlight one of my very favorite summer ingredients - summer squash! And maybe you are cute like my Grandma Jane in Indiana and say "skwarsh". No matter how you say it, it's delicious. Here's a little more info on the ever popular and ever producing vegetable. Summer Squash Basics: Summer squash is the blanket term usually used to describe Continue Reading →


All kinds of lunch box inspiration!

Today isn't just lunch box inspiration, it's also a giveaway of some really fun lunch box gear and products to get you excited for the coming school year! Keep reading, it's a long post :) I'm always looking for fun new ways to pack a lunch and I thought I'd share some inspiration with you today. I don't make crazy intricate lunches often, but once in a while I get overly motivated or Macey needs a little sunshine in her lunch box and I'll go wild with creativity. Things like this are fun when you want them to be fun, but Continue Reading →


It’s time to Back-to-School Shop till you drop (with a 25% off coupon!)

This is my last post for Lands' End and I just have to say this whole thing has been so much fun for my kids and I. It's not every day that that some food loving hobby farmer (and her future little farmers) in the middle of no where get to be included in such fanciness. Thank you so much for enjoying the journey with me. Here's what's in it for you. I hope that I've given you some knowledge about what Lands' End in has to offer us mommas of school aged kids (great quality clothes that are a built Continue Reading →


The County Fair in all of it’s glory!

The county fair was this past weekend I'm so excited to show you a little peak at all the fun! Come see small town America in all of it's glory! This was our family's first year really participating in the fair and it was so much fun! My Aunt Sally is on the fair board and so she asked me to help set up a "country store" where people who brought exhibits could bring extra items to sell. It was the first year doing it and it was so successful. Lots of people brought things to sell and lots of things Continue Reading →


My kids are CHILD MODELS! You should come see :)

Sometimes my mother heart is just leaping out of my chest with excitement over the things my kids are doing. You know what I mean! Watching the ball soar on that amazing home run hit, the first time they sing a solo at church, or their tiny little voices at the school play. So rewarding. Well today is one of those days. I never wanted to have my kids be child models, but who doesn't want their kids to be child models. #braggingrightsforyears Ok, ok, so they aren't really child models but don't they look like it? I've just been dying Continue Reading →


That One Time I went Back to School Shopping in my Robe

When we moved to the middle of no where a little over a year ago I knew that I would be sacrificing a few things in exchange for so many positive things. I left behind health food stores, museums, parks, and libraries. I gained land to grow a garden, a community like no other to raise my kids in, and a slower way of life that I am grateful for. I've found lots of hikes, sand dunes, and our little town pool to fill our recreational need. The bookmobile (a mobile library of sorts) stops by twice a month to fill Continue Reading →


16 Cucumber Recipes that are sure to please

Summer cucumbers are here and I have a great list of 16 cucumber recipes that are sure to please today. Confession: I didn't like or eat cucumber until I was 24 years old. Pregnancy is a funny thing when it comes to food likes and dislikes. Each pregnancy I have stopped liking something I did previously and also started liking something I didn't. Things I stopped liking or eating include: peanut butter icing, cream cheese icing, pineapple as in ingredient in savory dishes (like on pizza or on a kabob), and cilantro in large quantities (so sad about this one). Things that Continue Reading →


How to Pop Popcorn in a Brown Paper Bag in the Microwave (I bet you didn’t know you could do this!)

It's already the 12th of August, which means it's time for the fun group of 12 bloggers I work with to post a recipe with 12 ingredients or less. Today is all about easy after school snacks! This should make that transition into the school year that much easier. Today I'm talking popcorn. Did you know that you can pop popcorn kernels in a brown paper bag in the microwave?! I sure didn't until this spring. I've always used an air-popper to pop popcorn and mine stopped working. We are total popcorn nuts and I was desperate to find a solution to Continue Reading →


Lemon Recipe Roundup

After so much citrusy fun last week (did you see the fresh Lemon Shake-up recipe and the citrus ingredient spotlight?) I thought it only appropriate to do a recipe round up of one of my favorite citrus fruits - lemons! Lemonade sure isn't the only way to use that tasty fruit and this lemon recipe roundup will give you a whole bunch of inspiration. Nothing quiet says summer like lemony things. Am I right?! Enjoy! Lemon Thyme Scones with a Lemon Cream Cheese Glaze from The Sweet Chick Lemon Blueberry Cream Pie from A Family Feast Fresh Lemon Shake-ups from Bless this Mess 3.Lemon Blueberry Coffee Cake from Barbara Bakes Lemon Pizza from Celebrating Continue Reading →


Farmhouse Egg Bake

Sometimes I sit at my dinner, take a look at the meal, and try to determine what percentage of the meal I produced. It always varies but I get so excited when the percentage is really high. I'll look over the meal and then I'll announce to the family all of the things we grew. I love knowing where our food comes from and I want my kids to enjoy the literal fruits of our labors. Pork or lamb roast (animals we raised and processed), green beans and sweet corn (from the garden), and some canned peaches or applesauce (also from Continue Reading →


Ingredient Spotlight: Citrus

I'm excited to announce a new type of post here on Bless this Mess. I'm going to call them Ingredient Spotlights. I love food, especially real food, so I thought highlighting different ingredients once in a while would be a fun way yo give you a little knowledge and excitement about some everyday foods that you might have a question or two about. I love learning little tidbits of information that are new to me. And in following yesterday's lemonade post, I thought citrus would be a great place to start! Enjoy, and if you have an ingredient spotlight request, Continue Reading →


Made to Order Lemonade aka Fresh Lemon Shake-ups

The tiny town of Hope, Indiana has an annual fall gathering called Heritage Days. Like most small town yearly events it includes a parade, shopping for junk at little booths, and food. The food is always the best part ! I have such vivid memories of the food from Heritage Days. There was homemade ice cream, funnel cakes, homemade cherry hand pie (fresh fried by the Little Hoosiers for a fundraiser, and if you even know what I'm talking about we are meant to be best friends). And then there were the lemon shake-ups. I can't remember who did the booth, Continue Reading →


18 Zucchini Recipes – because there really is such a thing as too many zucchini!

Zucchini is the one and only garden vegetable that I'm glad to see freeze at the end of the year. My frugal soul can't waste a single one and I think my plants take the challenge to heart. I love the stuff, but after a few months of eating it every way I can think of, it starts to lose its charm. If you are new to gardening start with zucchini, it's nearly impossible to kill and produces like you can't believe. I know I won't be the only one drowning in zucchini in the next couple of weeks, so I'm Continue Reading →


Hobby Farm – Moving Right Along

Morning friends! I've been spending lots and lots of time in the garden and really enjoying it all, so I thought I'd show you all how things are coming along including a few new additions to our little hobby farm. First up, the garden. The garden is large and growing and I feel like I'm losing the battle with weeds. I did a great job keeping up with weeding last year, but this year it is quite the mess. I have this mental picture of a weed free garden with nice straight rows and my reality is so far from that. I was Continue Reading →


No Machine Chocolate Truffle Ice Cream

Electronic things haven't been kind to me the last few weeks. My computer died weeks ago and just when I thought it was fixed today it's dead again, and now I can't get my camera to show up on my old laptop when plug it in to get the pictures off (!!!!). So while I'm trying to get a handle on my technology Emily from One Lovely Life is here to save the day with a delicious chocolate ice cream recipe that you don't even need an ice cream machine to make. Sounds like the perfect recipes for the middle Continue Reading →


10 Tips to Get Outside with your Kids EVERYDAY this summer. You can do it!

Summer is the perfect time to get outside and get active with your kids. The keyword in that sentence is with. Just sending your kids outside isn't the same. I'm talking about you physically being outside with them. They'll love doing things with you and the attention that you are giving them. You'll love that they aren't idling their day away in front of a screen and you might even like the added exercise for yourself, sunshine on your face, and the decreased mess inside the house. I think that kids want to be outside having adventures and building memories, but Continue Reading →


Currently… summer edition

Thinking… how grateful I am that my kids like to read. Here they are enjoying a few new bookmobile books in the back of the suburban one day last week. I was busy in the garden and they were happy as clams to enjoy their newest finds. We've also plowed through 3 or 4 chapter books in the last few weeks. They love it when I read aloud to them at night and I like it too. We just finished all three of the books in the My Father's Dragon series. I highly recommend them! Feeling… excited for the weekend! My Continue Reading →


Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade – summer sipping just got tastier

It's that time of the month again! 12 bloggers, 12 recipes, 12 ingredients or less. This month's theme is all things 4th of July/summer party/BBQ. Now you have a big list of some delicious looking recipes that are just perfect to enjoy with friends this summer. I made a delicious strawberry rhubarb lemonade to share today. I've been making fresh made-to-order lemonades at the farmer's market for the last month and each week I bring a few "flavors" besides the traditional lemonade. I've made strawberry, raspberry, rhubarb, and strawberry rhubarb lemonade and they have all been awesome. The strawberry rhubarb has Continue Reading →


Summer Fruit Desserts Explained – the difference between cobblers, crisps, grunts, buckles, and more!

Emily from One Lovely Life and I are teaming up in the coming months to work on some fun posts for you all. Here is the first collaboration and I love it! Emily is a ninja in the kitchen and she's here explaining the difference between all those delicious fruit desserts that make summer so tasty. You'll feel so knowledgeable and very hungry when you get done reading. Take it away Emily! Summertime is here, and delicious fresh produce is everywhere! Summer brings fruit of all kinds--nectarines, peaches, plums, and cherries to the markets. I'm always looking for yummy ways to use Continue Reading →


Red White and Blue Cheesecake Bars

I spent all weekend with my mom, dad, and 3 of my 5 siblings! It was awesome. Most of the time we drive to Kentucky to see them but I thoroughly enjoyed the rare event of them coming to see me! One sister is living with us this summer and Mom and Dad just dropped off my brother to live with us too. It's going to be a really fun summer that I hope we all remember for a long time. Our poor baby sister is now the only child at home and I don't think her or Mom are Continue Reading →


Red White and Blue Popsicles

Hello All! I hope you had a great, long, relaxing, food-filled weekend. I spent mine mowing lawns, playing at the pool, sitting by a fire, rescuing stray chickens stuck in a pit, and all sorts of other fun and productive things in between. Summer if officially here and there is no better way than to celebrate with ice-cold red white and blue popsicles! I love having homemade fruit popsicles in the freezer, so that no matter when the kids ask for one I can feed the need. I have no problems giving my kids fruit and yogurt laden snacks that just happen Continue Reading →


My favorite summer recipes

Memorial Day Weekend is here! I love this weekend for lots of reasons. It marks the beginning of summer, the pools open, my baby celebrates his Birthday, and of course, it's always marked with great food. As I was stewing over what to make for our family cook-out/Birthday celebration this weekend I realized that lots of my favorite summer recipes are here for you all to enjoy too. I thought I'd show case some of my favorite recipes to take to a party so that you don't have to go digging through the archives to find some great ideas. Most of Continue Reading →


Strawberry Banana Popsicles

Can you believe it's almost popsicle season again?! I'll admit that I own at least three different types of popsicles molds and we make up new kinds every other day. I rarely buy them from the store because we always have something delicious in the freezer. And when they are made from mostly fruit, I have no guilt in letting the kids eat them all day long for snacks (they go well with popcorn in our opinion). I'm eating them right along with them; I love me a popsicle. I do have to admit that I've been dreaming of a Continue Reading →


Zucchini Side Dish

If you are like most of the country, zucchini season is here in full force. I love the stuff and of course my plant was devoured by insects long before it grew anything edible. I'm not too worried though; zucchini is one of those things that is easy to find because when they are on, they come in no small quantity.My mom's garden in Indiana was also prolific with no shortage of squash. She was really good at using what her garden had to offer and we ate lots and lots of fresh vegetables all summer long. This is a recipe Continue Reading →


Homemade Cherry Juice

Thanks for all of your love and support. We are still at my in-laws but I have had this little beauty in the archives waiting for you. Happy Saturday to you...As I mentioned before we had a bumper crop of cherries this year. I dried some, made preserves and jelly with others, but still had gallons and gallons left. An easy way to use all the cherries was to juice them. There is very little work involved with steam juicing; you don't even have to remove the pit! The juicer is totally worth the monetary investment if you own a Continue Reading →


Fudge Pops

Here's the post I did for Honey Bear Lane last week. I thought I'd share it here too!Hello ladies! I hope you have a great 4th of July. After a big holiday my kids and I always go through a post-holiday funk. Cousins are gone, fireworks are over, and laundry seems to be coming out of the woodwork...post-holiday funks are the worst! In an effort to ease the real-life reality I've got a fun and simple recipe to share with you today. A little chocolate goes a long way, doesn't it? I scoured the internet for the perfect fudge pop recipe. My Continue Reading →


Seven-Layer Salad in A Trifle

I think there is some kind of unwritten rule that says moms must bring the same thing to every picnic and family gathering they attend in the summer. My mother-in-law always brings amazing baked beans and her famous pasta salad. My mom always brought potato salad and seven-layer salad. We rarely ate potato or seven-layer salad at home. They were items she made exclusively for functions. I loved both dishes and looked forward to the summer soirees that Mom would make them for. One reason Mom didn't make her two typical dishes at home was because they make crowd-pleasing portions. My dad is one of Continue Reading →


Homemade Dried Cherries

There is a magical cherry tree at Thomas' grandma's that bears two types of fruit from the same tree. Bing and Queen Anne cherries both grow on the tree. The neat thing about it is that Bing cherries are a typical bright red when ripe, but the Queen Anne cherries are a pale pink. I was so confused why half of the tree was "ripe" while the other half remained pink the first time I saw it and it took some serious convincing on Thomas' part for me to believe that two types of cherry can grow from one tree. Continue Reading →


Watermelon Carving

Thomas' ten year high school class reunion was last weekend. I was excited, but who isn't just a little nervous, too? These are mostly his friends (I do know lots of them), and let's be honest, I still have twelve pounds of baby fluff to lose. I decided that I would not be the hottest wife there, but I could be the wife that brings the best food. At least I'm good at the food...I made a killer dessert (which you'll see tomorrow) and I was also asked to bring a watermelon. I decided to cube the watermelon, nothing fancy, Continue Reading →