Sparkling Ginger Lemonade

I found this recipe in a Taste of Home magazine years ago when I got it in the mail. It had a section filled to the brim with lemon recipes (which I love!) and I decided to give this sparkling ginger lemonade a go.Turns out this recipe is a keeper. I love the little bite at the end from the ginger. You can taste the honey too which is different from the traditional sweetness of a lemonade made with a simple sugar syrup. The lovely little fizz from the sparkling water is an added bonus. I always use this recipe…

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My Favorite Food Blogs

So I thought it would be fun to share my favorite food blogs. These are the blogs of people I frequently go to for inspiration and read just because I love to read anything they have to write. And of course because I love their recipes! This post is updated (April 2021) with a new favorite of mine which I've been going to frequently. Read to the bottom to find out all my favorite food blogs! 1. David Lebovitz David's blog has been around for a long time, I think he might have started it in the 90's if I remember…

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Chocolate Raspberry Orange Tart

Time for me to try more Great British Baking Show challenges! This time I challenged myself to bake a fruit tart worthy of a bakery display case. That means presentation is everything with this one. Most bakers in the episode used creme patissiere as their base filling and covered the tart with a variety of fruit. Stuart went for something different and did a Triple Chocolate Raspberry Tart, with layers of chocolate, praline and fruit. I took some inspiration from him and decided on using chocolate and raspberries as my main flavors. I wanted to add a nice twist to…

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A Visit to the Arboretum

I recently discovered this beautiful arboretum after I started working at my library and I have become addicted to it since. It has so many beautiful flowers and trees and it's so peaceful. I could spend all day here, walking around and reading in the shade. My husband and I went in March during quarantine (don't worry we wore masks) and we got to see some beautiful daffodils and tulips.  Those daffodils and tulips were taken with my Google Pixel 3A phone. We then visited the arboretum later in June with my parents after I got the DSLR. I was more into…

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Smore’s Ice Cream—Dairy Free

I'm on an ice cream kick this summer if you couldn't already tell. It's certainly hot enough out to be eating it all day long too. I had an idea for a smore's ice cream mulling around in my head for a bit now. Then I saw that National Smore's Day was coming up, so I took it as a sign. What's better than marshmallow, chocolate and graham cracker bits all swirled into a custard vanilla ice cream? Nothing, that's what.  My ice cream is of course dairy free, but for this one I decided to make it gluten free as…

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My Favorite Podcasts

I didn't listen to podcasts for the longest time, but then after much consideration I decided to download the Google podcast app and looked for a few to try out. I initially subscribed to a million of them, but I narrowed it down to three favorites that I listen to regularly with some others that I'll listen to occasionally. My favorites of course are going to get more of the spotlight here.  1. Practical Positivity, by Sophie Cliff My absolute favorite podcast is Practical Positivity, run by Life Coach Sophie Cliff. She gives tips and advice on how to live a…

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Rustic Blueberry Galette For Two

This rustic blueberry galette is a simple yet delicious dessert, perfect for the summer with it's vibrant fruity taste. I've had the idea for a while and never actually made a galette before so it was fun to try something new. I made a mini one too, so this is a great little summer dessert for two. I add a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg and lemon zest to really bring out the blueberry flavor and it works beautifully.  What's a Galette? A galette is basically a pie without the pie dish. You use a shortcrust pastry like you would for a…

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Mom’s Garden

My parents have a few different spaces on their property where they have gardens, but I happened to photograph the garden out by the front stoop where my mom keeps some herbs and flowers.  Really pretty hydrangeas line the whole front of the house. They are a mix of blues, pinks and purples. They're so vibrant in the spring and summer.  There's also a few lone marigolds in front of the hydrangeas. They bring the orange and yellow to the table.  Check out this cool bumble bee action shot. I was playing around with the settings on the DSLR. This…

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Mom’s Strawberry Almond Milk Ice Cream

It's definitely strawberry week in my house! Strawberry jam, strawberry coconut milk ice cream were posted last week and now I moved on to strawberry almond milk ice cream. My mom doesn't eat coconut milk, so I made an almond milk version for her.This recipe isn't as creamy as the coconut milk version, but it is just as delicious! Almond milk has a lot less fat than coconut milk, so this ice cream could be said to be a little healthier as well. But I wouldn't say too much healthier because they both obviously have some sugar in them, ha!…

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Strawberry Ice Cream—Dairy Free (Coconut Milk)

I finally got around to making some homemade ice cream for the summer and this new strawberry ice cream I came up with does not disappoint! It is creamy and absolutely delicious. The flavor is not like your typical strawberry ice cream. I definitely believe the custard base I use is what brings this ice cream to the next level. My husband's eyes popped right out of his head after he tasted it. This homemade ice cream is more than worth the effort.  I made this ice cream with a custard base that has to be cooked because it has egg…

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