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July 4th Ice Cubes

– Posted in: Patriotic Holidays, Summer Season
July 4th Ice Cubes | Bringing out the juicy flavor of the Red, White and Blue!

I must confess that I have never made patriotic ice cubes before … until today.  Oh, my goodness!  This little experiment was so much fun.  I will be making these frozen little orbs for every patriotic holiday from now on! I did not use any food coloring for these ice cubes.  Instead, they are made up of actual fruit beverages… Read more

Berries with Yogurt Sauce

– Posted in: Recipes, Summer Season
Recipe | Berries with Yogurt Sauce | Served in a beautiful Fostoria American Sundae dish.

During the summertime, I must have berries. There is absolutely no exception to this steadfast rule!  Even if I can’t eat all the fruit at once, I make sure to freeze any excess – and always while the fruit is still at its peak of freshness.  The season is bursting with berries of all sorts … from… Read more

How to Pick a Watermelon

– Posted in: Food, Summer Season, Tips, Thrills & Tales
Tips | How to Pick a Sweet Watermelon | Great guidelines so you don't come home with a Loser.

So here’s my Tale, and I’m sticking to it.  I recently received an email from someone very dear to me asking if I had any tips for how to pick a watermelon.  Her family had recently bitten into a few, and only one watermelon out of several had met their standards for sweetness and goodness. Apparently she… Read more

July 4th Desserts for Children

– Posted in: Food, Patriotic Holidays, Summer Season
Holidays | 4th of July | Desserts | Children | No Cooking, No Dishes, Only 3 Ingredients! Just a perfect little treat for Children!

A few years ago I posted a July 4th Jell-O Dessert for children; however, I have recently not been able to find the Jell-O Handi-Snacks in my grocery store anymore. This year I updated my methods and made the July 4th Desserts for Children with the Dole Mixed Fruit in Cherry Gel cups.  I bought the sugar-free gel… Read more

Cherry Hibiscus Tea Popsicles

– Posted in: Recipes, Summer Season
Cherry Hibiscus Tea Popsicles

If you are wanting a cool and refreshing summer dessert for your next family gathering, I highly recommend these Cherry Hibiscus Tea Popsicles!  Not only are they easy to make, but they are pretty healthy too.  I adapted this recipe from the one I saw on www.BettyCrocker.com.  I followed their recipe exactly, except instead of measuring out… Read more

How to Freeze Fresh Fruit

– Posted in: Food, Summer Season
How to Freeze Fresh Fruit

Learning how to freeze fresh fruit is easy! Now is the perfect time to freeze these colorful jewels, especially since they are so plentiful during this time of the year.  Fruit is cheaper during the summer, so it only makes sense to purchase it while the prices are low. Cobblers and pies are just a few… Read more

Moss Rose – Portulaca spp.

– Posted in: Gardening, Summer Season
Flowers | Moss Rose

What do you get when you mix a Moss Rose with an old wheelbarrow?  A bloomin’ good time! All of our summer rain has turbo-charged this succulent plant into a container of pure happiness.  It’s called a Moss Rose, and they are very hardy. A succulent plant that can handle less than perfect soil.  As… Read more