Summer Luau Cupcake Recipe

It always feels like summer vacation is way shorter than it actually is. Because of that, I think it’s important to enjoy every day. I’ve been a bit obsessed with pineapple lately-pineapple smoothies, pineapple bread, pineapple juice, pineapple ice cream, you name it. Continue reading

Poolside Happy Hour

Happy Hour is great. Happy Hour in the pool is absolutely fabulous. Sundays are always my lazy days because it’s the last opportunity to lounge before getting back to responsibility. Yesterday, I spent my lounge day in the swimming pool with a refreshing, poolside beverage my friends and I were testing out. We found the recipe in Rachael Ray’s monthly magazine.

It’s easy to forget just how much good a swim can do. Not only was the swim relaxing and sleep-inducing, but it was a good bonding afternoon. The 4th of July is this weekend and there are a couple nice ideas floating around in my head. Perhaps some of this past weekend’s cocktails will find their way into family’s cups this holiday weekend. Might I suggest some Clear Plastic Glasses for a classy, inexpensive look? The post-swim drowsy feeling doesn’t exactly contribute to any eagerness for clean-up.

Pink Torpedoes (makes 6 drinks)


2 cups vodka, chilled

1.5 pints sliced strawberries

2 teaspoons granulated sugar


1 750-ml bottle sparkling wine, chilled

6 sugar cubes


1.    Stir together the vodka, 2/3 sliced strawberries and granulated sugar in a large bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let mixture sit at room temperature until vodka turns pink (approximately 6 hours). Refrigerate overnight.

2.    Strain the vodka and divide among 6 tall glasses. Add a splash of limoncello to each glass and top off with the sparkling wine. Drop in a sugar cub and garnish with the remaining strawberry slices.

*Recipe from Everyday with Rachael Ray Magazine.

Ultimate Icing

I’m a baker.  Cooking?  Not so much.  But baking?  Absolutely.  Give me a mixer, some flour, eggs, a pastry bag and some time, and I’ll be in a euphoric state for days.  So, when I came across this recipe for an amazingly simple buttercream frosting, I doubted how great it could be.  I’m here to tell you, IT IS GREAT.  It has the silkiest texture and sheen I can create.  And, it lends itself well to flavorings to compliment any cake flavor.

This recipe below makes 3.5 cups of buttercream frosting.  It is easily doubled, tripled, quadrupled…you get the picture.  It handles tinting with ease, too!

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Thanksgiving Recipes – Scrumptious Side Dishes!

Making things easy on myself is a priority, especially during a holiday celebration.  While I want the event to be special and memorable, I also do not want to spend my entire time in front of the stove or shuffling dishes from the oven to make room for more.  Here are a few of my favorite special side dishes that would be perfect (and simple) for your upcoming get-together!

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How To Offer Hospitality To Those In Need

Our church has a group of couples that provide meals for families in crisis.  These dedicated kitchen-dwellers prepare and deliver dinners for families with loved ones in the hospital, those at home who are ill and even in the event of a death.  It is a wonderful outreach and stewardship ministry area.  But, it isn’t just about the meal, it’s about the hospitality too.

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Holiday Ideas For The Entire Family

One of my favorite holiday activities is preparing home-baked goodies for my neighbors.  My children and I have a great time baking and creating, and then the boys do the delivering.  It is an easy and timeless tradition in which we participate each year.  Continue reading