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Homemade Strawberry Milk

Homemade Strawberry Milk

I was not a fan of chocolate milk as a child, but I was a huge fan of strawberry milk. I – like so many other kids – generously scooped Strawberry Nesquick into tall glasses of milk any time I had the opportunity. I loved strawberries, sweet things and that pink color, so that strawberry-flavored mix had it all as far as I was concerned. ... Read More »

Strawberry Snickerdoodles

Strawberry Snickerdoodle

A snickerdoodle is a classic cookie, the kind of bake sale staple that we all have eaten alongside chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies. It’s a sugar cookie rolled in a generous coating of cinnamon sugar that gives it a warm golden finish and a spicy sweetness. That sugar coating doesn’t need to be limited to cinnamon sugar, however. You can mix it up with ... Read More »

How to Make Strawberry Sugar

How to Make Strawberry Sugar

Vanilla sugar is the most common flavored sugar, and it’s one that you’ve probably made – it’s a great way to use up spent vanilla beans – or sprinkled on top of hot or cold cereal for breakfast. I keep a big container of it in my pantry and use it to add extra vanilla flavor to cookies and quick breads, too. But vanilla sugar ... Read More »

Tomato and Garlic Bruschetta

Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta

I grow tomatoes in my garden during the summer, and that typically means that my kitchen is completely overflowing with tomatoes. My tomatoes seem to ripen in waves, so when I have a fresh batch, I usually rush to use them up before the next wave hits. I make pasta sauce with fresh tomatoes and store it in the freezer for later use. I make ... Read More »

Topaz Parfait

Topaz Parfait

There was a time when it seemed like almost all desserts were made with Jello, even when you wanted a fancy dessert to serve at that elegant dinner party. Jello gelatin mixes had interesting flavors, bright colors and were surprisingly versatile – and while you’re probably not going to reach for a box of Jello the next time company is coming over (unless that company ... Read More »

Watermelon Mojitos

Watermelon Mojitos

Mojitos are one of my favorite summertime cocktails. The basic mojito is made with lime juice, fresh mint and rum, and it is a drink that is always incredibly refreshing. Those base ingredients are also a good starting point for creative variations on the classic mojito because you can add other fruits and flavors easily to create endless options for summertime entertaining. These Watermelon Mojitos ... Read More »

Easy Cream Shortcake Biscuits

Cream Shortcake Biscuits

I eat a lot of strawberries, raspberries and blueberries – not to mention other berries – during the summer when they are at their peak. Shortcakes are one of my favorite berry desserts to serve when my kitchen is full of them. They’re much easier to make then elaborate layer cakes or even cupcakes, and they allow fresh berries to shine because berries are always ... Read More »

All Natural Red, White and Blue Rice Krispy Treats

All Natural Red, White and Blue Rice Krispy Treats

When you see red, white and blue in candies like marshmallow cereal bars, they’ve usually been dyed with some kind of food coloring. There isn’t anything wrong with using some food coloring to get your desired result – I use it all the time in baked goods when I want a rainbow of colors – but food coloring doesn’t add a lot of flavor to ... Read More »

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