Red White and Blue Cobbler

Red White and Blue Cobbler by @alisonlewis

Cobbler recipes are my favorite desserts, especially in the summertime. This Red White and Blue Cobbler is perfect for Father’s Day this weekend or the Fourth of July which is right around the corner. This recipe uses fresh strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries but feel free to mix is up and even use blackberries if you like (as long as you get 4 cups). To find out which berry is the healthiest, read my one of my recent posts on Fitness Republic. You may find the answer interesting!

8 Super Cute July Fourth 2014 Party Ideas

July 4th Cupcakes

Where is summer going? Summer has been great so far but SO busy! July Fourth is next week so how about 8 Super Cute July Fourth Party Ideas! I love all of these starting with my Fourth of July Cupcakes. For more fabulous ideas check out my July 4th Inspiration on Pinterest. What are your plans for the holiday?  (I need to make some.)

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Water Straw Flags DIY from Oh Happy Day

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Red White and Blue Mason Jars from It All Started with Paint

Joy Jars

Joy Jars by Woman’s Day 

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Fourth of July Fun and Games Station by Uncommon Designs

Red, White, and Blue Fruit Salad

Red, White, and Blue Fruit Salad by Spicy Southern Kitchen

Party Favor: July Fourth Sparklers

Party Favor: 4th of July Sparklers by Better Homes and Gardens

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7 Layer Ice Cream Cake by Martha Stewart

Vegetarian Quinoa Recipe

My daughter, Leigh, had to make a Peruvian Quinoa recipe for her advanced Spanish 2 class, which gave her and I the chance to come up with a new quinoa recipe. We experimented with many recipes, but we loved this Vegetarian Quinoa. Luckily, for me, my three kids love quinoa, and it’s a fabulous ingredient because it’s gluten free, rich in protein, contains all 9 of the essential amino acids and so much more. Quinoa is high in iron which helps our red blood cells stay healthy, high in lysene, essential for our tissues growth and repair. This superfood is also high in Riboflavin (B2) which is super important for our brain health and improves our energy and metabolism. It also has twice as much fiber as other grains. Need I say more? Enjoy this for lunch as a side dish or afternoon snack. I spooned it over fresh arugula with some crumbled feta cheese, and it was a great, healthy lunch. Here’s to a great and healthy week ahead!

Chunky Black Bean Salsa

Looking for a great summer fresh appetizer? Try this Chunky Black Salsa for Fourth of July, Labor Day or for any summer dinner or cookout. It’s so fresh and easy, Be sure to add the avocado in last so it won’t turn brown. Serve on tortilla scoops or on top of a salad. It also makes a great healthy snack.

10 July Fourth Favorites

Oh no. The summer is going by way too fast. It’s been great so far, and there’s nothing better then having relaxed kids and a more relaxed me, (not having to rush to school and after school activities). July fourth is a week away so I thought I would share a few of my favorite July Fourth Favorites starting with my Fourth of July Buttermilk Cupcakes. Have a great week ahead and here’s to a wonderful summer!

Red White and Blue Popsicles from My Recipes

Star Spangled Banner Bars from She Knows

Berry Cones from Better Homes & Gardens

S’mores Bars from Your Cup of Cake

Pretzel Sparklers via Martha Stewart

Magical Fruit Wands by Weelicious

From Room to Inspire

Red, White and Blue Chocolate Cupcakes from Raining Coupons

Brownie Kabobs from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

Watermelon Sorbet Recipe

Happy Father’s Day to all your dads out there! My daughter, Leigh, wanted to make something special for Father’s Day for her dad and mine, so she suggested a Watermelon Sorbet recipe perfect for this time of year. She went searching for a way to make sorbet without an ice cream maker (since we don’t have one). She adapted this recipe from Taste of Home, and this 4 ingredient recipe came out fabulous!  All of you dads (moms and kids too) are going to love it! This makes a great dessert recipe to serve for Fourth of July, Labor Day and all summer long. Enjoy and cheers to a great week ahead!

Blueberry-Pecan Crisp

The blueberries this summer are so sweet and juicy, and I’m thrilled that they aren’t expensive either. The other day, I decided to make a simple Blueberry Crisp from a recipe my friends, Nancy and Lissa, sent me. When I put the photo on Facebook, everyone was begging for the recipe. It’s terrific served on its own or with a scoop of low-fat yogurt or ice cream. Happy July 4th week everyone! Enjoy and be safe!

Watermelon Slushy

It’s SO hot in Alabama this week with highs today in the 100’s. Since we have an abundance of watermelon in the refrigerator, my daughter, Leigh, thought she would try her hand at making a Watermelon Slushy. I was so impressed that I said, “Hold everything. Let me take a photo of this.” Here’s her recipe for Watermelon Slushy. I know you’ll enjoy it this Fourth of July week and throughout the summertime. It’s so fresh and flavorful, and a perfect recipe to beat the summer heat.

Summer Cool Down: 10 Fantastic Popsicle Recipes

It’s hot here, and I mean HOT! I have been looking for some new popsicle recipes to beat the heat so here’s a few to wet your whistle. These would also be perfect for Fourth of July, coming very soon. Where is the summer going? Let’s start with my Two Ingredient Raspberry Popsicles (above).

Watermelon Margarita Popsicles via The Comfort of Cooking

Strawberry Lime Yogurt Popsicles via Elephantine blog

Cucumber Honeydew Margarita Popsicles via Endless Simmer

Cappuccino Popsicles and Granita from Drizzle and Dip

Blueberry Vanilla Popsicles from The Slow Roasted Italian

Frozen Fruit and Yogurt Pops via The Decorated Cookie

Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Almond-Covered Banana Popsicles via Got Chocolate

Breakfast Smoothie Pops via Family Spice

Chocolate and Salted Caramel Pudding Popsicles via Endless Simmer

Fun and Creative Memorial Day Recipe Ideas

Flag Cupcakes Via Martha Stewart

 Superfoods Salad by Ingredients, Inc.

Memorial Day Party Ideas via Pizzazzerie

Strawberry Peach Vodka Collins Popsicles via Endless Simmer

Strawberry Watermelon Mojito via Baking with Basil

Melon with Mint and Feta via Anja’s Food 4 Thought

Tomato, Fresh Herbs and Feta Crostini via Ingredients, Inc.

Sweet-Hot Baby Back Ribs via My Recipes

S’mores on a Stick via Dinner with Julie