ranch BLT wedge salad

bltwedge

The middle of August calls for crispy, fresh, cold salads with tons of garden tomatoes! Here’s a simple one that I like to make when I don’t have a lot of time. Feel free to use your favorite buttermilk ranch dressing, or follow the link provided below and make up a batch of my Parmesan…

mashed potato bar {in a slow cooker}

mashpobar

This is such a fun way to serve decadent, warm comfort food at a cool weather gathering in the autumn or winter. Guests can serve themselves and make their mashed potato “parfaits” any way they like. This time my toppings were pretty standard but you can get really creative with the toppings if you like.…

cherry cheesecake pocket pies

cherrycheeseclose

We love these little, portable “pocket” pies for picnics! Just put them in a container that seals well, and place the container in a cooler filled with ice. The sweetened “cheesecake” component of these yummy pies make them a good breakfast or brunch offering too. They sort of remind me of a cross between a…

not your father’s root beer float {cocktail}

boozyfloat

We recently discovered this amazing, “boozy” root beer called Not Your Father’s Root Beer. It is SO good! I immediately knew I had to get some and make giant root beer floats with it. I must say, that was a good call. Cheers, Lovelies! I think you’re going to love this summer cocktail! for one…

fresh shrimp & veggie spring rolls

springroll

Beautiful, fresh, healthy summer fare! I adore all the ingredients that make up these gorgeous spring rolls. They’re a true celebration of summer flavors! for 4 people (3 rolls each) 12 Vietnamese rice spring roll wrappers 1 and 1/2 cups julienned carrots (or shredded) 1 and 1/2 cups, peeled, seeded, julienned cucumbers (or chopped) 1…