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  • Raspberry Desserts to Make All Summer

    Raspberries are the queen of summer berries in my book. From layer cake to sorbet, these delicious raspberry dessert recipes will keep you enjoying these juicy gems for the whole season…

  • new at Trader Joe's

    What’s New at Trader Joe’s for summer!

    What’s new at Trader Joe’s? My honest feedback on the latest products from everybody’s favorite grocery store. I went back to TJs for the first time in a year, and here’s…

  • lemon icebox pie with a slice missing

    Grandma Approved Summer Desserts

    Old-fashioned summer dessert recipes that put fresh, seasonal fruits front and center with homey flavors and comforting textures! old fashioned summer desserts are the best! I don’t know about you, but…

  • Summer's Best Pitcher Cocktails

    Summer’s Best Pitcher Cocktails (and mocktails!)

    Pitcher Cocktails are a host’s best friend. Make-ahead friendly, these delicious drinks won’t keep you tied to the bar cart for the whole party! From sangria and spritzes to juleps, margaritas,…

  • A bowl of spaghetti salad.

    7 Ways to Love Spaghetti this Summer

    Summer spaghetti recipes are light, bright, and veggie forward ~ look to no cook or barely cooked sauces like basil pesto, aglio olio, and fresh tomato alla checca for delicious inspo.…

  • corn muffins

    Cornbread Muffin Mix Bake-Off!

    What’s the best cornbread muffin mix? We baked, tested, and reviewed six common brands, including Marie Callender’s, and the results may surprise you! which cornbread muffin mix is best? I get…

  • pulled pork barbecue sandwich

    Essential Summer Barbecue Sides

    These perfect summer sides are inspired by your favorite barbecue joint, from cornbread and baked beans to French fries and slaw, I’ve got all the classics covered for your next cookout.…

  • homemade clotted cream

    How to Make Clotted Cream ~ 3 Ways!

    I’ll show you how to make clotted cream 3 ways  ~ in the Instant Pot, oven, or on the stove top: you choose how you want to make your very own…

  • Mexican Chocolate Cake, flourless or not

    What to Bake for Mom this Mother’s Day

    Wondering what to bake for mom this Mother’s Day? Every mom is unique, and I’ve got lots of choices for easy springtime baking projects so you can find the perfect match.…

  • Hilton's DoubleTree Chocolate Chip Cookie with a bite taken

    The Chocolate Chip Cookie – 7 Ways!

    Chocolate chip cookies are a universal pleasure, but we all have our own special needs and wants when it comes to this classic treat. Whether you love soft or crisp, thick or…

  • A mini bud vase made from an eggshell, filled with flowers

    How to make Eggshell Planters

    How to make Eggshell Planters ~ simple eggshells can be used to make the most enchanting floral arrangements for Easter brunch and springtime entertaining. Skip the pricey florist and create your…

  • hands holding fresh farm eggs

    Egg recipes for spring

    Eggs are the perfect symbols of the season, and they also happen to be a delicious, healthy, and versatile ingredient in the kitchen. This cheap source of protein is an unsung…

  • colorful pansy shortbread cookies

    Favorite Spring Cookies

    A few of my favorite spring cookie recipes to bake for spring holidays, weddings, showers, graduations, or just everyday munching, because our inner cookie monsters are hungry year round!…

  • Irish Oatmeal Soda Bread ~ an authentic Irish quick bread made even more delicious with oat flour!

    Traditional Irish Farmhouse Recipes

    For St. Patrick’s Day this year I’m skipping the Day-Glo green and opting for homey, traditional Irish farmhouse recipes. This is quintessential March fare, whether you’re hunkering down through the last days of…

  • a glazed old fashioned buttermilk doughnut on a cooling rack

    Doughnut Bundt Cakes

    Doughnut Bundt Cakes are a specialty of the house here at the Great Island kitchen, I’ve got one of these irresistible breakfast cakes to fit every doughnut fantasy……

  • preserved lemons

    21 Fun Recipes for Bored Cooks

    21 fun recipes for bored cooks ~ get creative in the kitchen with recipes for homemade mayonnaise, cough syrup, chocolate liqueur, and more!…

  • broccoli beef in a bowl with noodles

    15 Noodle Bowl Recipes for the New Year

    15 Noodle Bowl Recipes inspired by iconic bowls from Japan, China, Thailand, Korea, Vietnam, and Indonesia. Rich flavorful broth, amazing noodles, and piles of colorful, healthy toppings make these the 15…

  • shortbread cookies recipes

    One Classic Cookie Dough – 12 Ways!

    One Cookie Dough – 12 Ways! My signature shortbread cookie dough has been my holiday go-to forever, no wonder I’ve come up with so many variations. This classic cookie recipe is…

  • multiple photos of cake

    3 Show Stopping Christmas Cakes

    3 Show Stopping Christmas Cakes ~ want to win Christmas this year? Make one of these fun holiday layer cakes that are specially formulated for maximum impact with minimum fuss. …

  • Salmon with Lemon

    7 Ways to Boost Your Vitamin D

    Are you getting enough vitamin D? This important nutrient is more vital than ever during this double flu season, so I’m exploring 7 ways to boost our vitamin D levels (with…

  • rolling and cutting gingerbread cookie dough

    Complete Holiday Guide to Freezing Cookies

    Complete Holiday Guide to Freezing Cookies ~ Learn how to freeze all your favorite Christmas cookies so you can relax and enjoy more of your holidays inside and outside of the…