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Blueberry Bourbon Smash

Garnished with lemon sugar, this Blueberry Bourbon Smash makes for
one heck of an awesome summer cocktail!

Garnished with lemon sugar, this Blueberry Bourbon Smash makes for  one heck of an awesome summer cocktail!I love northern summers.  Growing up in the south, summers were still awesome…but the temperatures could be a bit much at times.  When we lived in Atlanta, we’d wake up at 7am on weekends to do yard work because it was too darned hot to do anything outside by 10am.  But northern summers are incredible!  It could be because the temperature doesn’t tip over 100°F each day, or it could be the mere fact that there’s no snow.  Throw in the fact that my grill is in use almost every night, and I am one happy camper!Continue Reading »

Maple Glazed Cinnamon Rolls

These Maple Glazed Cinnamon Rolls are one of the featured items at Smuggler’s Notch Resort in Vermont.  One bite, and you’ll see why!

These Maple Glazed Cinnamon Rolls are light, fluffy and filled with cinnamon and Vermont maple syrup!Moooose.  Moooooose.  Yup, that’s our patented moose call that we use every time we drive into Vermont.  No, it hasn’t worked yet.  But we are determined to see a moose on one of these trips!  If you’ve ever traveled in Vermont, then you are well aware of how awesome this state is.  Every state has its own feel and culture, but Vermont is just different.  This wooded state doesn’t really have any large cities outside of Burlington, and there really aren’t any major interstates that cut across the wooded landscape.  Instead, state highways connect town after town.  This means that a drive through the rolling hills and mountains of Vermont is an awesome experience.  You never know what you’ll come across.Continue Reading »

Bruschetta Pizza

Brushed with pesto and then topped with fresh tomatoes and arugula,
this Bruschetta Pizza is a delicious summer meal!

Brushed with pesto and then topped with fresh tomatoes and arugula,  this Bruschetta Pizza is a delicious summer meal!Ah, bruschetta, how do I love thee?  Let me count the ways.  There is something so rewarding about creating a fresh and easy snack using fresh summer ingredients. Wait, did I just say snack?  Forget that!  I often eat bruschetta by itself for lunch during the summer.  Once our garden goes into overdrive, we’re always looking for ways to use fresh tomatoes…and bruschetta is one of the easiest ways ever!  Plus, we all know about my penchant for baking bread, right?  I just toast up several slices of Italian bread, rub the crusty bread with fresh garlic and then top it with tomatoes and olive oil.  Easy delicious lunch.  Done.Continue Reading »

Almond Herb Goat Cheese

Rolled in chopped almonds and fresh herbs, this Almond Herb Goat Cheese makes for a quick and tasty summer snack!

Rolled in chopped almonds and fresh herbs, this Almond Herb Goat Cheese makes for a quick and tasty summer snack!Why is it that lunch always gets overlooked?  It’s the meal that gets picked on by breakfast and dinner.  It’s the meal that gets beat up on the playground and never picked for the playground baseball game. Lunch is quite often an afterthought in our house.  We spend a lot of time thinking about delicious dinners to make on weekend evenings.  And I spend more time than any normal person should thinking about tasty breakfast creations.  But lunch?  Eh, it’s one of those things where we open the fridge and see what we have lying around.  Well, it’s time to fix that!Continue Reading »