carrot cake zucchini bars + lemon buttermilk icing

carrotzucchbar

Ahhhhh, it’s finally Friday. My favorite day of the week. I’m headed up to the library to return some books and take out more. I’ve been reading like books are going out of style this summer! One after the other. I’ve stopped a couple mid book. Just couldn’t get into them for whatever reason. There…

summer celebration corn & bacon salad

cornsalad

This salad is truly a celebration of summer! It showcases all of the lovely, fresh flavors of the garden and farmer’s market. My friend Mary, over at All Things Food ~ Cooking with Mary & Friends, made up a batch of her corn salad a few days ago, and it inspired me to make my…

{slow cooker} cream cheese sriracha pulled chicken sandwiches

srirachachic

There’s been lots of Crock Pot cookin’ happenin’ in our house this week. It’s so nice to be able to make delicious, easy dinners that don’t heat up the kitchen in the summer. Here’s another one that’s oh-so-simple and yummy! for approximately 12 sandwiches: 4 lb. boneless skinless chicken thighs 1 teaspoon liquid smoke 1…

{healthy} homemade mounds & almond joy bars

mounds

Calling all coconut fans! Here’s a dessert that you can enjoy without the guilt. There are so many health benefits when you enjoy (soy free) dark chocolate, raw honey, and coconut oil. I’ve seen lots of recipes for “copycat” Mounds and Almond Joy bars that include sweetened condensed milk (which contains tons of refined sugar.)…

guacamole chicken salad

guacsaladfinal

We’ve had days and days of 90 degree weather. I don’t like it. Too darn hot! I want to be able to go outside and not feel like I’m going to melt within 10 seconds of being out there. I want to be able to sit on a blanket in the shade and feel a…