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Blackberry Mint Lemonade

If this glass of refreshingly awesome lemonade doesn’t just scream summer, I don’t know what does. Last weekend we spent an entire, very hot, summer day outside doing yard work and playing. I immediately thought that a tall glass of homemade lemonade would be the perfect drink to have sitting on our porch. My mint […]

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Spinach & Asparagus Orzo Salad

I’ve had many days lately where I desperately need to clean out my fridge. Whether its from just being so busy that I’m not cooking every day, or that my mom is always bringing over goodies to stock my fridge, the produce drawers are usually bursting at the seams! I had a big bag of […]

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Spicy Cilantro-Lime Coleslaw

Aaaaand, I’m back to reality… Our 10 day trip to the Carolinas was just lovely.  We spent time in Raleigh with friends, had a week in Kiawah and then ended our trip at Lake Murray just out side of Columbia, SC with family.  I adored all of the time spent with loved ones and experiencing […]

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Crunchy Collard Green Slaw

I have never bought collard greens before, so when they appeared in my CSA box a couple of weeks ago, I wasn’t sure what to do with them for an easy summer dish.  After a quick Pinterest search, I found this great recipe to try.  I was pleasantly surprised with the delicious flavors, especially since […]

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First Birthday Fun!

Connor’s First Birthday was May 20th.  Hold on, let me get my megaphone…ONE!!!  How did I blink and a my tiny baby is a toddler???  We celebrated with close family and friends on Memorial Day weekend.  It was a blast. Party planning is my crack, it’s almost therapeutic for me.  The ability to create something […]

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Grilled Corn & Black Bean Salad

This summer salad is fresh and delicious and goes perfectly with so many different dishes.  I served it with these yummy peach, bacon & arugula sandwiches and ate the remainder for lunch all by itself.  I think it would be great with some grilled chicken or alongside some tacos or fajitas.  It comes together quickly […]

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Bourbon-Bacon Baked Beans

How’s that title for alliteration? Yes, I’m a nerd…I used to be an English teacher, give me a break… I can always count on Jessica to do an awesome recipe round-up post around a few days before a holiday.  It’s always just the inspiration I need to jump start my menu planning.  When “stuff you can […]

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Two Easy Summer Sides

Side dishes are my fave.  I’ve been know to fill up a plate with mostly sides and only a little bit of whatever the main course or meat option is.  I mean, I HAVE to try everything, right?  Well, at this is my rationalization, and I’m sticking to it! These two recipes are my summer […]

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Warm Shrimp Salad

Another fantastic, light, easy summer dish.  Shrimp is a big deal in this house lately, as I’m sure you can see!  All of the flavors and textures come together beautifully in this salad. You will need: 2 pounds large shrimp (21-30) per pound, peeled and deveined 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons […]

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Flank Steak with Bloody Mary Tomato Salad

Grilled flank steak is such an easy and delicious dinner option.  It’s great if you are entertaining a moderately sized group of people, or for lots of left overs to make steak fajitas a few days after.  Though Bloody Mary’s are not an adult beverage that I prefer to drink, the fixings make for a […]

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