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!

Watermelon Mint Floats

Watermelon Mint Floats

It is hard to believe that school starts in a week. I will be driving my son to Missouri for College in a week (another thing hard to believe or think about). Before summer ends, I am continuing to use summers freshest fruit and vegetables in my kitchen. I created these Watermelon Mint Floats the other day which were a huge hit! With 4 ingredients, how could you go wrong? Watermelon is SO good for you. See my top health benefits of watermelon in my post here.


Greek Yogurt Smoothie Bowls

Greek yogurt smoothie Bowl

This past Saturday I posted my breakfast on social media. SO many people wrote to me wanting the recipe for my Greek Yogurt Smoothie Bowls. As you have seen from my recent posts and social media feeds, we are huge fans of this type of breakfast. It’s filled with protein, fresh fruits, healthy seeds and nuts. Cheers from my home to yours.


Memorial Day Smoothie Bowl

Memorial Day smoothie Bowl


Making a healthy smoothie only takes 5 minutes to prepare and turning it into a smoothie bowl only adds 1 or 2 minutes more. Perfect for a breakfast at home or on the go, this Memorial Day Smoothie in on our family weekend list! I think this recipe will be a wonderful, fun way to kick off summer with the kids  This smoothie bowl recipe is made with dairy products which adds calcium important for bone strength. Strawberries are also the star of this recipe which are filled with antioxidants and said to rival spinach in their health benefits helping protect the heart, aiding in reducing cholesterol, boosting the immune system and reducing risks of cancer, arthritis and even gout. Free free to add some of your favorite toppings, granola, hemp seeds, unsweetened coconut, you name it. The sky is the limit this Memorial Day so be healthy and safe!

Spiced Chocolate Covered Fruit

Chocolate Covered Fruit

I admit it. I have been MIA! Life got a little crazy buying and moving into a new house, but I am back! We are iced in today, so my kids and I made this Spiced Chocolate Covered Fruit recipe. It’s so easy and only 3 ingredients! Dark chocolate is rich in flavonoids, which have heart-protecting properties and are rich in antioxidants.  The protective factors are only seen in dark chocolate that contained at least 60 percent (preferably 70 percent or more) cocoa. There’s nothing better than a healthy snack with only 3 ingredients!

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 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!

Grilled Corn Salad

summer corn salad

I love summertime salads, and I am so fortunate that my kids do too. I bought some fabulous fresh summer corn at the Farmer’s market last week and decided to make a Grilled Corn Salad.  The corn was so sweet and amazing that when I tossed it with tomatoes, onion and basil it did not even need any specific dressing, lime juice or even salt and pepper. I served it over arugula with a slight drizzle of sherry vinegar and olive oil and it was divine! Don’t forget that corn is so healthy! I often have people asking me isn’t corn fattening and filled with sugar? Actually, one ear of corn has about the same number of calories as an apple and less than one-fourth the sugar. Corn also not only provides the necessary calories for healthy, daily metabolism, but is also a rich source of vitamins A, B, E and many minerals. Its high fiber content ensures that it plays a significant role in the prevention of digestive ailments like constipation and hemorrhoids as well as colorectal cancer. The antioxidants present in corn also act as anti-carcinogenic agents and prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Enjoy this month, Labor Day weekend, or for any summertime dinner while corn is in its peak season.

Lemonade Poppyseed Cake

lemonade poppyseed cake

Today I am so excited to be on Talk of the Town Newschannel 5 in Nashville making this amazing recipe for Lemonade Poppyseed Cake perfect for this time of year. It is fabulous for breakfast, a snack and for dessert. It’s made with Milo’s new Lemonade that is all-natural with no preservatives. Milo’s Lemonade is a blend of fresh lemon juice, filtered water and is sweetened with pure cane sugar. Milo’s Lemonade was preferred in blind taste tests over leading national lemonade brands.

Milo’s Tea Company is a family owned, certified, woman-owned business located in Bessemer, AL. Milo’s was founded as a restaurant in 1946 by Milo and Bea Carlton after Milo returned from serving our country in World War II. Milo’s philosophy was simple – use high quality, fresh, natural ingredients, listen to your customers and never sacrifice taste. Milo and Bea’s vision still guides the company today as Milo’s continues to source only natural ingredients. Drink Milo’s and Taste the Difference.

In 1989, Milo’s began selling their fresh brewed Famous Sweet Tea to local Birmingham grocery stores, and now it can be found in thousands of retailers across the United States. Milo’s original products include Milo’s Famous Sweet Tea, Unsweet Tea and No Calorie Tea. These products can be purchased in stores across the country. These beverages meet the growing demand for all-natural products that are free from added preservatives. Most ready-to-drink teas are processed from instant or concentrate tea; however, Milo’s Tea is brewed fresh from high quality custom blended tea leaves.

Milo’s Tea Company has now introduced three new products to meet the growing demand of consumers for more Milo’s beverages just in time for summer and the 4th of July Holiday: Milo’s Decaf Sweet Tea, Milo’s Lemonade, and Milo’s Famous Sweet Tea and Lemonade. These are now available in multiple retail outlets. 

Individual Blueberry Cobbler

Individual Blueberry Cobblers

We are loving summer fruit, and we bought a ton of blueberries yesterday! Instead of making a large blueberry cobbler, we decided to make this Individual Blueberry Cobbler recipe. It’s super easy with only 15 minutes of prep time. Feel free to add frozen vanilla yogurt or ice cream, if desired. Blueberries are great for brain health, cancer protection, digestion and constipation, and they are have the highest antioxidant capacity of all fresh fruit. Enjoy and have a fabulous week ahead!

Penne With Tomato Basil Sauce

Penne With Tomato Basil Sauce

TGIF! We have had the best week at the beach and are headed home today! It has been amazing one-on-one family time! Thinking ahead… what’s for dinner when we get back? This 15 minute recipe for Penne with Tomato Basil Sauce is on my list for something really easy and quick (under 15 minutes). This is also a great way to use up some of your fresh basil (if you’re growing it this summer).  You can also use summer fresh tomatoes, roast them and puree them. I am hoping to get to the Farmer’s market this weekend to make some sauce to freeze. I hope you have had a great week too! Cheers to summer!