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7 summer drinks that deserve a little umbrella

7 summer drinks that deserve a little umbrella
There’s nothing more refreshing than an icy, slushy drink to help cool you off on a hot summer day–but these tasty quenchers are reserved for the adult crowd.   We’ve rounded up a few favorite summer cocktails for you to try (and do insist that you add that little umbrella!) Add a shot of brandy, white wine, or vodka to Alex’s White Sangria Slush for the adult version of a sno-cone. She discovered this .

homemade granola to enjoy by the handful

homemade granola to enjoy by the handful
Wholesome and delicious…granola is a satisfying treat all by itself but can also be sprinkled on your favorite foods (think yogurt or ice cream)–or pour it right into a bowl for a filling breakfast, the possibilities are endless.   Here are a few recipes to get you started on creating a scrumptious snack. The beauty of these recipes is that they are a great starting point for devising your very own custom interpretation (add .

7 savory homemade salad dressing recipes

7 savory homemade salad dressing recipes
You can always tell when a salad dressing is homemade…the difference is amazing! Gone are the preservatives and other (sometimes weird) ingredients in bottled dressing from the store. These delicious dressings are VERY easy to make and packed with lots of flavor. Impress your family and friends with Marzia’s 2 Minute Caesar Salad Dressing (they’ll think they’re dining in a restaurant). Going gluten-free? Then you’ll definitely want to drizzle this Avocado Green Goddess on .

blueberry lemon tiramisu

blueberry lemon tiramisu
Whenever we get invited over for dinner I always offer to bring the dessert.  I do this for a couple of reasons… I love sweets and it gives me an excuse to create cute desserts packaged perfectly in little mason jars. Since it’s finally June and berries are becoming in season I decided on a tiramisu twist.   Here’s what you need: 1-2 lemons 4 c. blueberries (2 pints) 3/4 c. sugar 4 tbsp. water 16 oz .

kick off grilling season with a delicious hot dog

kick off grilling season with a delicious hot dog
Plain old ketchup and mustard take a back seat to these flavorful ways that we found to top a hot dog!   So grab a pack of hot dogs and get ready to decide on your favorite…will it be something spicy-like a buffalo dog, or the more traditional chili cheese dog? It’s the old-school classic that almost everyone loves–the Chili Cheese Dog. Check out Lacey’s awesome recipe for chili on he blog, A Sweet .

waffles are working their way up the menu

waffles are working their way up the menu
Don’t know if you’ve heard the buzz yet, but waffles are one of the trendiest foods around right now. Once, only a staple at the breakfast table–now this tasty, crispy cuisine has become the darling of dinnertime too (a couple of these fruity versions would probably make a delicious dessert, too!)… With or without maple syrup, these Churro Waffles from The Cupcake Diaries are a real winner. Top them with vanilla ice cream and .

6 flavored butter recipes to top your favorite foods

6 flavored butter recipes to top your favorite foods
Flavored butter–or compound butter as it is known in world of cooking, is usually something that you may have only had in a fancy restaurant. It can be sweet or savory and is that delectable touch that infuses flavor into your dish in a way that only butter can. Now you don’t have to wait for your next meal out to enjoy this condiment–just follow the advice of these bloggers to make your own .

7 deliciously dreamy cream pie recipes

7 deliciously dreamy cream pie recipes
Easy as pie…and we mean it! Pie ranks right up there as one of my favorite comfort foods. These decadent dessert recipes require very little time in the kitchen, but the payoff is oh-so-delicious. If you’re ready to sink your teeth into a satisfying slice of cream pie…check out these tasty recipes– In my opinion, the king of cream pies has to be chocolate. For an authentic homemade version-head over to Melanie Makes where .

classic chocolate truffles

classic chocolate truffles
For our spring birthday sale I usually take on the challenge of making homemade treats for our firefly fans.  Inspired by our latest truffle post I decided to try my hand at this classic French treat. Since I had to make close to 200 of these I decided to keep things simple and use the classic 4 ingredient recipe.  I was actually surprised how easy it was to make these for how fancy they look. .

it’s time to try a tasty truffle

truffles recipes
By strict definition, a truffle is basically a chocolate confection made of ganache and coated with icing sugar, cocoa powder or chocolate and is usually spherical in shape. Over time, cooks have come up with a uncountable variety of these and the fillings  have evolved and been updated. Making these French candies may sound intimidating, but after a little research, I found out that they are pretty darn easy… Are Oreos one of your .