Melissa

lemonade pie + gingersnap crust

lemonadepie

Where did the week go? I’ve been running around pretty much non stop so I guess it’s not really a mystery why it passed by so fast. Lots of wine lunches with friends and jaunts into the cities. I made this awesome pie a few nights ago and the crowd went wild. it’s not a…

magic one pot caprese linguini

onepotpasta

Here’s a delicious, easy, one pot pasta recipe that we just love. Seriously! One pot! As the liquid in the pan reduces, the pasta becomes creamy and saucy. Magic! I’ve seen a few different versions of this throughout the years, and I’ve tweaked it to make it my own. Feel free to top it with…

garden party strawberry spinach salad parfaits

saladparfait

I’m so happy that spring has come early to Minnesota and that it seems to be here to stay. I’m so ready for the mild weather, longer days, morning tea on our front porch, dinner parties and date nights on our deck at our new umbrella table, weekend morning jaunts to the farmer’s market, shorts,…

the dirty banana cocktail

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There are a LOT of versions of this tropical banana cocktail out there but my daughter makes them better than anyone else. They’re SO good! Ready? this recipe makes one big drink: In the bowl of a blender, combine: 1 oz. dark rum 1/2 oz. Bailey’s Irish cream 1/2 oz. Kahlua 1/2 of a large…

coconut rose water

cocorose

We love beautiful, simple beauty beverages in our house and this is one of them. Coconut water has been called “nature’s Gatorade.” It’s a natural isotonic drink that provides electrolytes, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium and potassium, in their pure form. Coconut water supresses appetite, moisturizes skin when consumed and when applied topically. It will settle…

apple pineapple lemon mint juice

pineapplelemmint

We’ve been playing with the juicer again and coming up with some yummy new flavors. Fresh fruit juices have so many health benefits and they’re refreshing and delicious. Perfect for summer! Beauty benefits of this juice: Apple ~ detoxifies, rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, protection against UVB damage from the sun’s rays, natural antihistamine, natural wrinkle…

gargoyle tuna fish sandwich

gargoyletunafish

I don’t know about you, but this time of year, even when the weather is just whispering “spring,” I like to simplify my menus. I was positively CRAVING a good tuna fish sandwich a couple days ago when it dawned on me… I’ve never shared my favorite, easy tuna fish sandwich recipe with all of…