Key Lime Cheesecake Bars

 

Today I am kicking off the cookbook tour of one of my favorite bloggers, Cara Reed of Fork and Beans! I was so very honored to review her new book, Decadent Gluten Free Vegan Baking – I have been giddy excited for her as she worked on it.

I am also giving away a copy to one lucky reader – read on for details.

Cara and I have been friends for a while – I am drawn to her incredibly creative interpretations of [click to continue…]

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Curry Coins with Garlic Mango Aioli

So.

We found out recently that Basil has cancer.

I know. I cannot even talk about it.

Last week, I told Jason that when the time comes, I do not want Sweet Basil to leave us in the environment of a cold sterile vet office. I do not want Basil’s final moments to be filled with the anxious fear he has every time we go to the vet.

I said I would pay any amount of money to have our doc come here, to our house. To Basil’s yard. His grass. His [click to continue…]

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Perfect Picnic Pasta Salad

I have a Goose Lamp.

Two of them, actually. One is named Mayonnaise.

My friend Michelle named Mayonnaise years ago. An ironic name, as back then I really did not care for mayo in any form. Since going vegan, mayonnaise does not wig me out as it used to. It’s simply an oil-based condiment now – rather than something made with eggs – another thing I didn’t care to eat.

Mayonnaise. Even though the only kind of mayo I use is plant based, I still sometimes have that same feeling about it, that it’s a no-no for picnic in the sunshine foods. So in [click to continue…]

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Ginger Maple Miso Ice Cream

Ginger Maple Miso Ice Cream

One of my favorite foods to get weird creative with is ice cream. Often I have so many flavors at one time, that I find myself getting creative with freezer containers. Also, my freezer drawer becomes a game of tetris.

Dark Chocolate Oat Cream

Dreamy Dark Chocolate Oat Cream

Worth it, though – this lack of space and storage containers. While I love ice cream year round, summertime is ice cream season, really.

Isn’t it?

Chai Spiked Pumpkin Milkshake

Today I have a collection of ice creams and one milkshake! Some of these recipes have extremely unique in flavors or ingredient lists – and should give you inspiration and a freezer full of treats this summer.

 

Enjoy the slideshow below:

 

Check out Summertime Ice Cream Inspirations

by Kristina at Foodie.com

 

or click here to see the whole collection at once!

 

 

SLIDESHOW SPONSORED BY FOODIE VIA GLAM MEDIA. ALL OPINIONS EXPRESSED HEREIN ARE THOSE OF SPABETTIE.

 

 

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Mini Toffee Mallomars

Father’s Day is Sunday.

My first without Dad.

Not a day goes by that I do not think about Dad.

More times than I can count, in the first two months he was gone, I found myself driving to his house, autopilot style (his house is two minutes up the hill from ours).

Every morning I walk through our library and say “morning, Dad” as I walk by his urn.

I still watch Days of Our Lives at least once a week, even if it is just on in the background while I work in the kitchen …but often I will schedule my lunch around that time, and settle down to catch up. Dad, I know you’d be loving the stories right now.

I also watch Barrett-Jackson auction from time to time, looking for your Corvette.

Yep, I talk to Dad sometimes. I used to bring him fresh juice and coffee every day, and since I practice this ritual daily myself, I am often wishing he was here. Giving my green juice the side eye, and drinking it with a smile.

I celebrate his memory, I think of the good times. We had so many good times.

He bought me my first basketball, when I was probably 9? I remember standing there in the store, looking at them all, looking up at Dad, how do we choose? He simply picked one up, you know how they have that half box going all around the ball, and he bounced it. Box and all. Okay, this one is good.

He also [click to continue…]

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perfect cherry pancakes

Cherry season is here! How do I know? Because I have bowls and bowls of cherries picked from our tree in the front yard. I wait and wait for that deep red (which is like 9 hours of sunshine after they start turning pale red), then I race out there and get them before the birds do.

Our tree is tall, so until I rent a cherry picker I am leaving the birds enough anyway – they possess the wonder of flight, so I kindly ask them to dine on the top shelf fruit.

While I sit here pitting and [click to continue…]

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Salted Papaya Ribbons with Lemon Mint Dressing

Did this weekend fly by for everyone else, or just me?

While it was a perfect mix of fun things and relaxing down time – yes I enjoyed a short nap – it just went too quickly.

A sign of a good weekend, I suppose?

Salted Papaya Ribbons with Lemon and Mint

It definitely was. My weekend started on Friday, when I spent the whole day in the kitchen. It was glorious – I created and photographed two project recipes, with French Open tennis in the background. My perfect day, really.

I spent part of Saturday on wedding planning – it is [click to continue…]

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Grapefruit Thyme Mimosa-Ritas

ah, summertime.

It truly is my favorite time of year. Longer, warmer days equal more time outdoors, fresh creations with garden ingredients, cool cocktails with friends.

Sitting out in the evening, relaxing while the daylight leaves and the yard’s nightlights come on. Frogs in the pond croak now and then, causing the dogs to jump off our laps and snif snif snif in search of the frog…

Grapefruit Thyme Margaritas

My latest libation creation is a fusion of two favorites – mimosas and margaritas. Fresh herbs from the garden (the thyme came back from last year!) mix well with bubbly and my favorite reposado tequila.

Follow me over to Kim’s place for my recipe: Grapefruit Thyme Mimosa-Ritas.

Grapefruit Thyme Mimosas

Cheers!

 

 

 

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