Melissa

summer celebration corn & bacon salad

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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

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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

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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

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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…

{slow cooker} easy shredded chicken tacos

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Mmmmm! Are you ready for this super easy, delicious, recipe for chicken tacos? Only four hours in the slow cooker and they’re done. You’ll have a bunch of tender, juicy, flavorful chicken that is perfect for tacos. Feel free to double or triple the recipe as you see fit. A fun way to serve these…

mocha banana smoothie

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This delicious, healthy smoothie is a great way to jump start your morning and fill you up until lunch time! You could use regular or decaf instant coffee in this, depending on if you want or need the caffeine boost. If I make these in the evening, as a dessert, I always opt for the…

{just like island restaurant’s} wiqui waqui salad

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We’ve enjoyed the awesome Wiqui Waqui Salad at both the California and Hawaii Island Restaurant locations. It’s so delicious, and I must admit, a bit addictive. Good thing it’s healthy! Annnnndddd, since we don’t have an Island Restaurant in Minnesota, it’s a good thing I came up with the “copycat” recipe so I can make…

{slow cooker} cuban sandwiches + mojo sauce

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There are a few different schools of thought when it comes to making Cuban sandwiches. Some people use salami, and some don’t. I don’t. Some people use mayonnaise, and some don’t. I do not. I make mine according to what some would consider “authentic” except for one big difference. Instead of roasting the pork, I…

summer staycation 2016 ~ a scenes post

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We took eleven glorious days off from work for a little summer “staycation.” Lots of hammock naps, beach days with our daughters and grand girls, iced sun tea on the front porch, trips to Caribou for iced coffee, strolls around our lovely downtown which looks like a giant flower garden in the summer, lunches and…

spiced peach cobbler

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These beautiful peaches were on sale at the local market and I just had to get a bunch to make cobbler. Perfectly ripe and sweet and begging to be made into a decadent, summer dessert. I’ve always been partial to spiced peaches. Like the kind grandma used to make and put up in her pantry.…