Banana Ice Cream

Banana Pudding Ice Cream via @alisonlewis

Who is ready for Labor Day weekend? My son, Zachary has been excited about this weekend for quite some time. I gave him a surprise gift for his birthday in January-a voucher saying we are headed to the US Open in New York this year for Labor Day weekend 2015. We will be back late Sunday and Monday, my mother-in-law, Rosemary, is having us for a wonderful dinner. Rosemary makes homemade ice cream for every holiday (except Christmas) and most family celebrations. She gave us her core ice cream recipe, so we’ve been making some on our own (see my Oreo Ice Cream here). We recently made this Banana Ice Cream with some overripe bananas we had on hand, and it came out AMAZING! This is a wonderful and easy Labor Day dessert recipe idea. Serve with vanilla wafers or any of your favorite toppings (although it does not need any). Happy Labor Day weekend. Have a fun, relaxing and very safe one!

5 Ingredient Fudge Brownies

5 Ingredient Fudgy Brownies

I have been craving something sweet for about a week now, and my sister, Natalie posted a picture last night of brownies that made me have to go make some too. I went to my pantry and gathered the last of my semisweet chocolate chips, Nutella, eggs, butter and flour, whipped it all up (with no mixer) in a mixing bowl and here you go: 5 Minute Fudge Brownies. These are fantastic with ice cream or a glass of milk, and so easy! My kids are going to love these to take to school on Monday. Have a great week ahead!

Easy Peach Crisp

Easy Peach Crisp

Over the weekend, my kids and I bought some amazing peaches and they begged for me to make a Peach Crisp. My son wanted to know the difference between a cobbler and a crisp, and found this recipe on Allrecipes.com. A crisp is typically a crumble topping similar to a streusel or granola that is sprinkled over the top. A cobbler is more of a biscuit-type crust which is typically spooned over the top. My son prepared the entire recipe on his own, so we called it “easy”. Also, my daughter styled and took the photo (pretty great for her first try). Enjoy this peach dessert while peaches are still at their peak. It’s perfect for Labor Day too!

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!

Labor Day Favorites and Beef Kebob recipe

Happy Labor Day everyone! I am sharing my Beef-Vegetable Kebob recipe that I’m cooking up for Labor Day as well as some of my other favorites that would be perfect for this weekend from some great bloggers you should check out.

Loving these:

Blueberry Lemon Corn Muffins Dash of East

Homemade Baked Beans from Chez Us

Summer Pulled Chicken on Pita Bread Reluctant Entertainer

Chicken Apple Salad with Candied Walnuts Barbara Bakes

Pineapple Limeade Cooler Good Life Eats

S’mores Bars from Bakers Royale

Watermelon Frozen Yogurt Popsicles Family Fresh Cooking

Almond Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies Chocolate and Carrots

Home is Where the Heart is for World Heart Day! Quick Dark Chocolate Brownies

I am so excited to announce my partnership with CanolaInfo for their 2011 World Heart Day campaign. As part of my work with them, I created the “Home is Where the Heart is” Recipe Collection, which includes six simple, family-friendly, and heart-healthy recipes (such as these brownies above).

 

World Heart Day, observed on Sept. 29, was created by the World Heart Federation to encourage heart-healthy habits from regular exercise to nutritious eating. Heart disease remains the world’s number one killer and the World Heart Federation is dedicated to leading the fight against it along with stroke. Together with the World Heart Federation, CanolaInfo is helping to inform the public on ways to prevent this disease by providing heart-healthy tips, recipes, publications and more.

 

Besides the recipe collection, I am working with CanolaInfo on some social media events over the next month. On Sept. 1 from 12-1 PM CST, I will be participating in my first ever “Twitterview!” The folks at @CanolaInfo will be interviewing me (@alisonlewis) about my new recipe collection and ways I keep my family healthy and active. You can ask your own questions as well, just use #CanolaInfo. In addition, 10 lucky participants will be chosen at random to receive a free cookbook! You can RSVP for the here for the Twitterview.

 

In addition, on World Heart Day (Sept. 29) from 7-8 PM CST, I will host a discussion on ways to be heart smart at home from CanolaInfo’s Facebook page. I hope you will come and share your own tips and stories as well. To top it all off, 10 more of you will be chosen at random to receive a CanolaInfo Heart Health Toolkit! You can RSVP here for Canolainfo Facebook Party.

 

I am honored to be a part of this project. Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing my recipes from the “Home is Where the Heart Is” campaign – all of which include canola oil.  Meanwhile, for more information about this healthy oil, go to www.canolainfo.org.

 

P.S. On Sept. 1, CanolaInfo is launching an interactive Facebook game that features my recipes! You become the chef and try to beat the clock! Check it out at Facebook.com/CanolaInfo.