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Showing posts from July, 2013

Fabulous Homemade Granola

Lately, I've been loving granola.  I can't get enough of it.  I love sprinkling it over greek yogurt and fresh blueberries for a healthy, yummy snack.  Or, it's equally as mouth-watering by the handful. So, I got to thinking...Why don't I come up with my own recipe for the crunchy, satisfying goodness that is granola?  This recipe was the fabulous result.  It's perfectly sweet, thanks to a combination of light brown sugar and wildflower honey.  Sliced almonds, roasted sunflower kernels, and sesame seed also make an appearance.  Plus, a smattering of ground cinnamon only adds to the wow factor. If you're a granola fan like me, you will really love this recipe!  It comes together easily and is ready in a flash.  Store it in an air-tight container, and you've got a snack that will last for days (if it doesn't disappear faster!). Bon appetit, my friends! Homemade Granola Ingredients: 3 cups old-fashioned oats 3/4 cup light brown sugar

Easy Lemon Blueberry Jam + An Itchy Berry-Picking Experience

Blueberry season.    Those two words make me incredibly happy.   I literally wait all year until glorious summertime, when I can get my hands on heaping gallon-sized buckets of the little spheres of blueberry goodness. This year, Brad and I got adventurous and took a short drive to a nearby blueberry farm, where I excitedly picked berries to my heart's content.  After almost 2 hours of hand-picking the finest berries, we had TWO gallons to lug home with us.  Visions of blueberry jam and countless blueberry desserts were swimming through my head.  I was thrilled... Until.the.bites.started.itching. Have any of you ever had the unfortunate experience of practically being eaten alive by little demon bugs called chiggers/red bugs?  Oh my dear...Over 40 of those little buggers got a hold of me and had quite the snack.  At first, I thought they were simply mosquito bites, but OH NO.  Brad and I were both itchy, scratchy messes.  The thing that's so bad about chiggers is t

Delicious Peach & Blackberry Cobbler

A warm cobbler right out of the oven possibly screams "Summer!" better than any other dessert that I can think of.  They are easy to put together and are a wonderful way to showcase summer's bounty of fresh fruits.  My personal favorite always involves peaches, and this particular recipe adds fresh blackberries to the mix .   Speaking of blackberries, I was pretty excited to discover several blackberry bushes on one of our nightly walks with the pup, very close to our house.  I have to give my hubby, Brad, a special thank you, because he hand-picked the blackberries for this dish!  After all, food always tastes better when you pick the fruit yourself.  :) I've made a lot of different cobblers throughout my dessert-making adventures, but this one is definitely going to be my new go-to recipe.  It was inspired by a Paula Deen dish that I tweaked here and there.  My secret ingredient is cardamom, in addition to the traditional cinnamon.  It adds a scrumptious d