Food

“Fresh Up” with 7 Up: 2-Ingredient Cupcakes!

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My name is Mary and I’m a lazy baker. . . I’m happy to use a short cut for a cake or cupcakes, especially during the dog days of summer. I saw this quick and easy cupcake/ cake formula on Pinterest. These cupcakes couldn’t be easier, made with just two ingredients~ a 12 ounce can of soda and a boxed cake mix! I…

Heirloom Tomato Tart with Bacon-Studded Crust!

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Calling all Bacon Lovers, here’s a pie crust worthy of summer heirloom tomatoes. . .a Swoon-Worthy Heirloom Tomato Tart with a Bacon-Studded Crust! Everything is better with bacon and that goes for a crust for a savory pie or tart too! I used a filling from a favorite tomato pie recipe that has a minimal amount of mayonnaise,…

The Novel Bakers Present Kitchens of the Great Midwest: A Novel

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I’m joining The Novel Bakers with a review of *Kitchens of the Great Midwest: A Novel by J. Ryan Stradal J. Ryan Stradal delves in to the American heartland, sweeping the vast landscape of Lutheran church bake-offs, chili-pepper–eating contests, and the opening of deer season to capture the zeitgeist of the Midwest and the rise of foodie…

Anchors Aweigh and Nautical Fun on the Pontoon!

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I’m weighing anchor with a little boating and nautical fun! A nautical insulated picnic tote, plates, and glasses set sail to me for a belated birthday gift a month ago. I broke them out for their maiden voyage last week when we had a slight reprieve in the weather and the mercury moved down from sweltering to hot. :) Towels provide a tablecloth…

The Bees Knees: Summertime Sipping and Giveaway!

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In celebration of Bee Season, Garden Bouquets and Summertime Sipping, I have a giveaway for your summer entertaining! And I’m serving this giveaway with a recipe for refreshing beverage for summer! This Summer Peach Tea Punch recipe can also *bee* easily adjusted and mixed as a cocktail for a party or summer soirée.   A summery twist on an Arnold…

Peach-Blackberry Cobbler Bars

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Help yourself to a taste of summer in an easy dessert, Peach-Blackberry Cobbler Bars! Peaches are the stone fruit harbinger of summer! Local South Carolina peaches are starting to arrive at farm stands and grocery stores. I found a recipe for Peach Cobbler Bars that is easy to cobble together in my July/August edition of…

A Star-Spangled Fruit Tart for Independence Day

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I have a last-minute recipe to help you celebrate the Red, White and Blueberry, a Star-Spangled Fruit Tart! A fancy version of a fruit pizza, made in a tart pan for easy removal for your Independence Day celebration! I used an 11-inch tart pan for this star-spangled fruit tart. If you don’t have a tart pan, you…

A Red, White and Blooming Patriotic Table!

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  I set a table that’s Red, White and Blooming in anticipation of Independence Day! We’ll be celebrating family members’ birthdays along with America’s birthday this weekend and watching the fireworks from the water. I couldn’t resist dishing out a little tabletop fun with some patriotic fanfare in a celebration of red, white and blue. Broad…

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