It’s SO hot outside!  This summer heat isn’t going away any time soon.  The best way to beat the heat is to cool down with something delicious and fun – simple popsicles! It is incredibly easy to make your own and tailor the treats with your favorite flavors.  Making popsicles yourself also allows you to have more control over the nutrition and specifically sugar content.  Let’s be honest, those plastic packages with colored water waiting to be frozen in the supermarket are a little scary (have you checked out the ingredient list?). Beat The Heat Popsicles!   The prep time is minimal and homemade popsicles can freeze overnight for a simple next-day treat.  Popsicles also make a quirky after dinner dessert for a chic party.  Each recipe below is a suggestion – add or substitute any fruits or juices you like.  Popsicle molds may be purchased at any dollar or…

My title may be a bit misleading...actually I'm talking about the a super easy version of a party favorite - Naked Cakes!  Now that wedding season is in full swing, bridal showers would be a perfect place to debut this cake.  Naked cakes are cakes with frosting in between the layers but not entirely on the outside of the cake.  Naked cakes are raw and less sugary than their traditional counterparts due to the lack of complete cake icing.  These cakes are taking the party world by storm because they're easier to craft, less conventional, and perfect for a laid back soirée.  They're the fun, rebellious cousin at the formal party that likes to smoke behind the building.  Naked cakes are "it" cakes - in fact I made this one without turning on the stove and under $5.  Let's Party Naked (Cakes) !! Naked Cake My ingredients cost about $5.  I bought…

Chicken Salad is my favorite lunch food.  I could almost eat it every day without getting sick of it.  To avoid the possible monotony, I mix up the recipe each time.  Using combinations of fruits, vegetables, fresh herbs, and fats allows control of the nutrition content and tailors the flavor to suit whatever you like.  It's the perfect summer picnic food also and as an ode to this weekend's start to the summer season.  Let's have lunch with Effortless Chicken Salad! My favorite chicken salad Ingredients: 1 - Chicken (use a rotisserie for faster prep time) 1/4 - Onion 1 - Apple Mayo (depends on how much you like 1/2 cup is the minimum) Honey to Drizzle Dried Cranberries Garlic pepper to taste Fresh Parsle The basics for a good chicken salad are in the photo below.  I start with Coleman Organic chicken.  I add onion, apple, dried cranberries, garlic…

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