Calling all pumpkin lovers! We know you’re out there…you’ve been counting down the days until cool autumn breezes and the flavors of fall arrive. Here in Michigan it’s still pretty warm, but our weeks have been sprinkled with chilly mornings and earlier sunsets. We can feel it in the air, so this week we offer a roundup of recipes that puts the spotlight on pumpkin spice~sweet indulgences and satisfying sides are the name of .
This blog post could not be more timely…it’s September, which for many households means back to school. But, whether you’re struggling to get kids out the door in the morning or just trying to get yourself to work–the thought of enjoying a gourmet cup of coffee in the morning is appealing across the board. These creamers are full of flavor but minus the chemicals and preservatives found in the ready-made varieties. The Gracious Wife .
Say farewell to summer this year with a big old-fashioned bbq–and instead of the usual side dishes, we present a collection of coleslaw recipes that just may take center stage at the table. Take a look at the delicious new spin that these cooks have put on a time honored classic…your tastebuds will thank you! Kristine’s Kitchen has lightened up her coleslaw by using Greek Yogurt instead of mayo and taken the flavor .
There’s no other flavor that defines summertime quite like watermelon. If you crave watermelon like we crave watermelon, then you will absolutely want to check out the list of fruity refreshments below. Some innovative bloggers have come up with a slew of scrumptious drinks that will most definitely wet your whistle! This Watermelon Limeade is sugar-free and super delicious. Find the recipe on Coffee & Crayons. Julie from 1000 Lovely Things has never been .
Try your hand at whipping up one of these tiny treats…they may be small in size, but they all aim to please when it comes to alleviating your craving for something sweet. These mini mouthfuls make perfect bite-sized desserts for a crowd–or work wonderfully as a way to portion control your own personal menu. Leftovers (if by chance there are any) will be a welcome surprise in lunchboxes or make a delicious afternoon/midnight snack! .
Here in Michigan we don’t have an “official” state fruit, but cherries seem to be the fruit of choice for many around here. Not only does Michigan produce 70-75% of the cherries grown in the US, Traverse City is the host of the annual National Cherry Festival each year. It’s no surprise that if you dine out anywhere in the state–you’re sure to spot a dish (or two) featuring this versatile fruit on many .
Say hello to the smoothie bowl…the smoothie’s more satisfying cousin. This nutrient-packed fare offers something that you can really sink your teeth into. The fruit and protein combinations are endless—feast on fruit that is in season or re-create a grown-up (and healthier) version of a childhood favorite~peanut butter & jelly! These smoothie bowls are a fabulous way to start your day or stave off hunger in the afternoon. Lindsay enjoyed her first smoothie bowl .
Yes…you can buy pre-packaged hummus at your nearest supermarket, but it’s just as easy to make your own at home. We think this assortment offers something to please almost every palate out there. Serve this dip with a confident smile on your face~you and your guests will be enjoying a healthy snack that’s not only high in fiber and protein, but low in saturated fats. It’s loaded with complex carbohydrates that will keep you .
Energy bites are wonderful pick-me-up snacks…so, maybe you’re not a morning person–these yummy treats are a wonderful way to start the day and get you going. Reach for one of them instead of hitting the vending machine when that afternoon slump rolls around and you’ll avoid that dreaded sugar crash. And it’s perfectly okay to enjoy a couple after your workout (a munchie you won’t regret that’s also packed with beneficial protein). No matter .
Create a stir in the kitchen by transforming an ordinary recipe into dynamic dish with a big splash of color. This fare doesn’t call for a special occasion–tempt finicky toddlers or astonish your famished family when you serve up one of these fun family favorites that features a kaleidoscope of colors. Keep your cool this summer with a chilly Rainbow Ice Pop. Jill from Craft Create Cook made these tasty treats by layering fruit .