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


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


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!


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!


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


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


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!


  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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