The Best Lightened Up Potato Salad

If you like potato salad, put this Lightened Up Potato Salad recipe on your list. My kid’s great grandmother, Dedee, made the best potato salad we have ever had. This Lightened Up Potato Salad is the closest version to hers. It’s the perfect side dish recipe to make this time of year, for picnics, and special weekends like Father’s Day, July 4th and Labor Day weekend.

This recipe is slightly lighter than hers, since it uses nonfat Greek yogurt, reduced-fat mayonnaise, fresh dill, celery and red onion. I hope you will love it as much as we do.

Sangria Popsicles

Wine Sangria Popsicles

It’s supposed to be 90 degrees in Alabama tomorrow so now is the time to make these Sangria Popsicles. When the weather gets warm, I get even more creative in the kitchen. For this recipe, I used VOGA Italia white wine and organic peach juice. If you can’t find peach juice or fresh peaches yet (to juice your own), substitute orange or white grape peach juice.

These popsicles are so simple to prepare. With only six ingredients and 15 minutes of preparation time, you can prepare them several days ahead and enjoy over the weekend. I love making these for Memorial Day weekend to kick off summer! They would also be perfect for Father’s Day, July 4th and Labor Day weekend.

Other ideas for serving:

•Father’s Day

•Weekends at the lake

•Beach trips

•Poolside

•Wedding couples shower

•Engagement parties

•Patio or in your front yard

Since we can’t currently have any summer cocktail parties, I will just share with my neighbors for now.

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!

Slow Cooker Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Crockpot Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Now that school is starting back, having a slow cooker is a handy appliance that can be a  lifesaver. Author, Judith Finlayson shares how to create 175 different recipes in her latest book “175 Essential Slow Cooker Classics” and how easy and convenient it is. You’ll find recipes for everyday favorites to elegant entertaining as well as an array of vegetarian dishes, tips, techniques and photographs. I love this recipe for Spinach and Artichoke Dip. What a simple, brilliant recipe idea! Judith offers great tips in her cookbook. If you prefer a smoother dip, place the artichokes and spinach in a food processor, in separate batches, and pulse until desired degree of fineness is achieved. Then combine with remaining ingredients inc the slow cooker stoneware.

This recipe is fabulous for an appetizer for busy school nights, tailgating, football parties, Labor Day and more. Enjoy and be sure to check out this book at the link here.

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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!

Salmon Salad Crostini

Summer is in full swing, and so many friends go to the lake or beach for the weekends. Recently, I have had so many requests for summer appetizers. This Salmon Salad Crostini is one of my newest favorites. Salmon is so healthy for you, and I have been craving it a lot lately. This is a great way to use salmon in a different way or when you have salmon leftovers. This also makes a great shower appetizer or even a holiday appetizer this fall. In under 30 minutes, you’ll have this ready to serve.

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!

Mother’s Day: Shrimp Cones with Spicy Yogurt Sauce

Most of you already know that I am a huge yogurt fan. Have you tried Liberté Greek?  Liberté Greek and Liberté Méditerranée are artfully crafted for a flavor-focused taste making them a natural addition to a variety of dishes that are sure to be a hit for Mother’s Day, graduation parties, showers, Labor Day celebrations and other seasonal festivities. I have this shrimp recipe on my list for Mother’s Day and a few other celebrations coming up so I hope you enjoy these as much as I do. One container of the lemon yogurt contains 11 grams of protein, zero grams of fat, 140 calories and 23 grams of carbohydrates.

Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Cookies

My friend, Amy, sent me this recipe, and it has to be one of the easiest cookie recipes I have tried. Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Cookies are so quick to prepare, and they’re truly divine. This is one of those recipes that just becomes a staple, and you keep making all of the time. They remind me of a crinkle cookie, but the mixture of semisweet chocolate morsels and chopped chocolate makes a gooey, chocolate combination. You can substitute dark chocolate for the semisweet for added health benefits such as heart health, weight loss, mood boosting, and others. Just enjoy them with a glass of milk.

11 Labor Day Recipes

I can’t believe this weekend is Labor Day! My 3 kids are in full swing with school already, and football season is starts this weekend. In Alabama, people are traveling to either Dallas or Atlanta this weekend to watch Alabama and Auburn football. In our state, football is a religion, and saturdays are truly about football, food and fun. Here are 10 healthy and easy Labor Day recipes that I have my eye on for this weekend, starting with this Watermelon Slushy. Have a great week ahead!

Cherry & Cilantro Mojitos via Bakers Royale

Creme De Menthe Ice Cream Sandwiches via Love and Olive Oil

Pork Plum and Rosemary Kabobs via Ingredients, Inc.

Homemade Kettle Chips with Onion Dill Dip

Grilled Cheesy Corn via My Recipes

Memphis-Style Pork Ribs via Simply Recipes

Cabbage-and-Herb Slaw with Oranges

Smore’s Ice Cream Pie via Ingredients, Inc.

Coconut White Chocolate Chip Blondies via Averie Cooks

Grilled Ambrosia via Ingredients, Inc.