Summer Salads and Sides: Peach Burrata Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette

Some salads are green.  Lots of salads are pretty.  But some salads are SHOWSTOPPERS! This salad has my whole heart! Say “hello” to a lllll of the stonefuits!  Peaches, plums, and cherries.  Plus, sweet blueberries, cherry tomatoes, fresh mint and basil leaves, and chopped almonds for crunch!  Drizzled with most amazing champagne vinaigrette – made with champagne vinegar and fresh squeezed orange juice Oh, and did I mention the GIANT ball of burrata in the center?  No?  Well, there is a giant, creamy, gooey ball of fresh burrata cheeeeeeese in the middle.  In. Heaven.   This salad is gorgeous, delicious, and packed with all of the amazing fresh flavors of…

Girls Night in 5: 5 Ingredient Flatbreads

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. When you have a lot of people over, lots of options are key!  Usually the down side to lots of options is lots of TIME and planning.  Enter the 5 ingredient, 5 minute flatbread.  Almost no time, and super minimal planning.  Double score. There are roughly as many possible toppings for these as there are fish in the…

What to Make: Red White and Blueberry Baked French Toast

We live in the PNW and up her on the upper left coast, we get about 3 beautiful summer months a year.  The other 9 its gray and damp pretty much every day.  Or this past year, gray and dumping buckets of water from the sky on the daily.  So in the summers, we are always excited to do all of the things and explore all of the places.  After all, we love living here because it truly is beautiful!  So this manifests itself in spending every weekend (literally, I can show you my calendar) camping, backpacking, hiking, or staying in a B&B on an island.  Not a lot of…

Summer Salads and Sides: Loaded Blueberry Spinach Salad with Coconut Bacon

When we bought our house, it was the back deck and yard that sealed the deal. It becomes my summer office.  Under the shady canopy of cedar trees, its the most relaxing place for reading/writing/working!  When we saw the space for the very first time, we could instantly picture grilling, sitting around a fire, and friends!  We have a smallish house so the extra outdoor deck/patio square footage really lets us spread out and invite whomever we wish!!  No invitation spared:)  I am ready for some backyard summer parties already! After a killer 3 day weekend, I am even more READY for all things summer food.  That means lots of…

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…
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