What to Make for Memorial Day: Recipe round-up

Have a barbecue planned this Memorial Day weekend?  Kick off the grilling season with these favorites!   Main Course Balsamic Herb Chicken Skewers A savory, tangy-sweet, and herb-y marinated chicken that is easy to make and a definite crowd-pleaser!  Find the recipe here. Ultimate Black Bean Sliders A vegetarian option that even meat lovers will love!  Packed with southwestern flavors!  I love topping it with mango and chipotle mayo!  Find the recipe here. Sweet and Spicy Chipotle Pork Chops A easy to make sweet, smoky, salty, and spicy rub helps these pork chops get a sweet and caramelized crust when grilled.  Make sure you buy bone-in pork chops to maximize the…

What to make for Memorial Day: Balsamic Herb Chicken Skewers

This recipe is part of the Memorial Day edition of the What-to-Make series.   Memorial Day BBQ plans?  If you happen to live somewhere that hasn’t perpetually dumped rain from the sky all spring, I hope you are planning to don your flip flops and pull out the grill! Seattle, please don’t rain on us for that one day.  Pretty please.    I can’t think of a better way to grill up some juicy marinated chicken than on kebab skewers.  First, they are easy to serve!  How many skewers do you want?  Second, the small pieces of meat cook quickly and get a nice grilled/charred exterior without being dry. And finally,…

Girls’ Night in 5 – Roasted Strawberry Rhubarb Compote a la Mode

Girls’ Night in 5 is a monthly “how-to” series containing Girls’ Night friendly recipes with 5 or fewer ingredients and no more than 5 minutes of active prep!  This series is part of my mission to simplify entertaining to encourage readers to invest in their community through hosting and loving people well. Spring time goes with rhubarb like April Showers and May flowers.  Seattle usually extends the month designated for showers a bit longer than preferable.  Still the farmers market and the co-op where I buy most of my produce are teeming with locally grown, long, tart rhubarb stalks. Living in Seattle, rhubarb is my metaphorical rainbow or olive branch.…

What to Make for Mother’s Day: Dessert Recipe Round-Up

Are you making something special for your Mom, Grandma, or another important woman in your life this weekend??  My sister and I will be hosting a Mother’s Day dinner for the family!  If you need a bit of help choosing a sweet treat, I made a recipe round-up of my favorite Mother’s Day desserts!! Rye Brownies with Lavender Whipped Cream If your mother is a chocolate lover, this amazing, fudgy, one-bowl brownie recipe is for you!!  The best brownies I have ever eaten!  With a dollop of lavender infused whipped cream, these brownies will be the highlight of your meal! Find the recipe here. Classic Shortbread Cookies or Almond Poppyseed Shortbread…

Mother’s Day Tea: Shortbread Cookies

Yesterday, I posted the Lavender London Fog Lattes for Mother’s Day tea.  I suggested making them with my favorite Earl Grey tea!  But, we all know that even know “tea” is in the name, every good tea party needs something to nibble on.  I’m thinking nothing is more classic than Shortbread Cookies!  Plus, I have a thing for melt-in-your-mouth shortbread cookies. If you love shortbread cookies, too. These are money. Wow, that adjective does not belong in a post about afternoon tea, but I’m leaving it there so you don’t think I’m getting all high-brow with posts about tea parties and such;) Mmmmmmm, classic buttery shortbread.  These are so easy to…
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