Blackberry Banana Bread

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It was just a matter of time before I made this Blackberry Banana Bread, since I love trying different banana bread recipes and blackberry season is in full swing! This recipe makes a nice, full loaf that is dense and moist and full of banana and blackberry flavor. It also has a rich buttery taste and the buttermilk gives it a great taste, too. I think this quick bread works best with fresh blackberries, but if you want to try using frozen, your baking time will be longer.

It’s getting a little hot to bake since we’re right in the middle of summer, but you can make this in the evening or early in the morning when it’s a little cooler. Hope you enjoy this bread!

BLACKBERRY BANANA BREAD by NancyC, adapted from Betty Crocker

Makes one 9 x 5″ loaf

  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (3 to 4 medium)
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups fresh blackberries (if your berries are big, use 1 3/4 cups)

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Grease and flour a 9×5″ loaf pan; set aside.

In large bowl, mix sugar, butter, eggs, bananas, and buttermilk until well blended.

Stir in flour, baking soda, and salt and mix just until moistened. Gently fold in blackberries, distributing evenly in batter.

Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 62 to 65 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 5 to 10 minutes, them remove from pan and cool completely on wire rack.

You can wrap and store the bread at room temp up to 4 days or refrigerate up to 10 days.

I’ve been having fun trying a variety of blackberry recipes–have you been doing much baking with berries?

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Blackberry Gingerbread Muffins

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Usually I think of making gingerbread during the winter holidays, but here’s a summerized version in muffin form! Fresh blackberries make these muffins moist and of course the ginger and molasses give these muffins that great gingerbread taste. I had clipped this recipe from an old issue of Victoria magazine and modified it slightly. The original recipe was supposed to have made 18 muffins; I added in extra blackberries, and came up with 24 to 26 muffins, or 24 muffins and 1 mini-loaf. Making the mini-loaf works out great because you can bake it right along with your muffins–it will just need about 5 to 10 minutes extra baking time.

I also added a creamy glaze with a blackberry on top, because without any glaze or garnish these flat-topped muffins look quite plain. In other words, they are not the prettiest-looking muffins without anything on top. But they do taste great plain, so if you don’t mind them looking that way, you can skip the glaze.

I never would have thought of combining blackberries and gingerbread on my own, but I liked it alot! If you like gingerbread, you’ll have to try this out!

BLACKBERRY GINGERBREAD MUFFINS by NancyC, adapted from Victoria Magazine

Makes 26 muffins (or 24 muffins and 1 mini loaf)

  • 3 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 Tablespoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup firmly packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup unsulphured molasses
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups fresh blackberries

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line muffin pans with 24 paper liners; set aside. Grease and flour a mini-loaf pan; set aside.

In a medium bowl, blend together flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and allspice.

In a large bowl, cream softened butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually add molasses, eggs (one at a time), and buttermilk and mix until everything is combined well.

Add the flour mixture all at once to the butter/molasses mixture and stir until just combined. Gently fold in the berries and mix to distribute evenly in batter.

Fill each muffin cup about 3/4 full, and put the rest of the batter in your mini-loaf pan. Bake muffins at 350˚F for 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean; your mini-loaf will need to bake about 5 to 10 minutes longer. Cool in pan for 5 minutes, then remove and cool completely on wire rack.

If desired, drizzle muffins with glaze…

CREAMY GLAZE and BERRY GARNISH

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Half & Half (light cream)
  • 26 blackberries for garnish

In a small bowl, blend powdered sugar and Half & Half until smooth and creamy. Drizzle over cooled muffins and top each muffin with a blackberry in the center.

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A summery gingerbread is definitely a new thing for me! Have you tried any different twists on gingerbread?

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Blackberry Buttermilk Cake

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I mentioned in my last post that I had been picking some blackberries this past week. And this is one of the recipes I made with them–Blackberry Buttermilk Cake. It’s a recipe I’ve had for awhile, clipped from a newspaper and kept in one of my recipe binders. I thought I’d make it again to share on this blog with you, since I had never taken a picture of it before.

This cake is made in a bundt pan and is topped with a creamy buttermilk glaze. It’s not as dense as a pound cake–it’s a little lighter and cakier but the blackberries give it a nice moistness. It’s not overly sweet, which makes it great for a summer breakfast or brunch–it’s kind of like a coffee cake in bundt cake form. :)  It rises very nicely and you’ll definitely want to put the Buttermilk Glaze on this!

So keep it in mind for blackberry season! I’ve only made this cake with fresh blackberries–if you want to try substituting frozen berries, your baking time will probably be longer.

BLACKBERRY BUTTERMILK CAKE by NancyC

Makes one 10-inch bundt cake

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 3/4 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups fresh blackberries

BUTTERMILK GLAZE:

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons buttermilk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 10-inch bundt pan; set aside.

Cream sugar and butter in large bowl, blending until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition; set aside.

In medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

In small bowl, combine buttermilk and vanilla. Add buttermilk mixture and flour mixture alternately to creamed mixture in large bowl, beating after each addition. Fold in fresh or frozen berries.

Spoon and spread the thick batter evenly in your prepared 10-inch bundt pan and bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean or almost clean (be careful not to overbake, or it will be a little dry).

Cool in pan 10 minutes. Invert cake onto wire rack to cool completely.

While cake is cooling, you can make the glaze–combine powdered sugar and buttermilk in a small bowl; blend well and drizzle over cooled cake.

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I’ve stored leftovers of this cake in the refrigerator for several days and I think it actually tastes better when it sits in the fridge a day or two! Not sure why–some recipes are just like that, I guess. But that may be helpful for you to know if you need a cake recipe that can be made ahead of time.

I love picking and using fresh berries in my summer baking! Have you done any berry-picking this summer?

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Shoepeg Corn Salad with Honey Dressing

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I was looking through some old recipes I’d clipped from magazines awhile ago and came across one for Shoepeg Salad. It sounded like a great side dish for summer. I found some other variations on this salad at different recipe sites and ended up making my … Continue reading

Very Lemony Raspberry Lemonade

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When I posted my Lemon Raspberry Muffins recipe recently, I promised you I’d share the recipe for the Raspberry Lemonade I made to go with them…well, here it is! It’s very, very lemony! And the frozen raspberries that are mixed in with it give … Continue reading

Pear Lime Kiwifruit Water

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I thought I’d try a flavored water with a green theme, since St. Patrick’s Day is coming up! But of course, this water is great any time of the year. You mostly taste the lime in this, but the kiwifruit and pear slices make the pitcher of water look so nice! :) I think this water tastes best the same day you make it, but you’ll want to refrigerate it a few hours before serving so the water has more flavor. Use organic produce if you can when making this.

PEAR, LIME, KIWIFRUIT WATER by NancyCreative

Makes a large pitcher (half gallon) of flavored water

  • 8 cups of water (I used 2 cups of sparkling water mixed in with 6 cups of regular water to give it a slight fizziness–see note below*)
  • 1 large organic pear, cut into thin slices
  • 2 limes, cut into thin slices
  • 2 kiwifruit, cut into thin slices

Fill pitcher with 8 cups of water. Add slices of pear, lime, and kiwifruit, and stir all ingredients together in the pitcher. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving (the slices of kiwifruit tend to settle at the bottom, so you will need to stir before serving to mix all the fruit evenly). When ready to serve, add ice cubes to pitcher and stir or add ice to individual glasses and pour the flavored water over the ice.

*For a fizzy water drink, use Seltzer water or natural sparkling water (like Perrier) instead of regular water, or use some of each (do not use Club Soda or Tonic Water, as one is high in sodium and the other is sweetened with high fructose corn syrup).

Have you tried making any uniquely-flavored water lately?

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Very Strawberry Coconut Cream Soda

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When I saw that this soda was made with coconut milk, that got my attention. Fresh strawberries and coconut milk sounded pretty good! The original recipe that I found at Food.com also has sugar in it, but I substituted honey for the sugar. I also added extra strawberries.

This soda is creamy and fruity–a healthy way to enjoy a soda! This recipe is for a single serving, so if you need more servings, just multiply the ingredients by the number of servings you want to make.

VERY STRAWBERRY COCONUT CREAM SODA by NancyCreative, adapted from Food.com

Makes 1 (8-ounce) serving

  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, hulled and halved
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 2 Tablespoons refrigerated coconut milk
  • Ice cubes
  • Club soda or carbonated water, chilled

In a small bowl, combine the strawberries and honey, stirring so strawberries are coated with the honey. Then use a pastry blender to mash the strawberries. You’ll have about 2/3 cup of the mashed strawberry-honey mixture. Stir in the coconut milk and blend everything well.

Place the mashed strawberry-honey-coconut milk mixture in an 8-ounce glass. Fill the glass with ice, up to 1″ below the top rim of the glass. Then pour in the club soda, filling the glass to the top. Stir the cream soda with a straw or iced teaspoon, blending the club soda in with the other ingredients, and serve immediately. Serve with a straw and spoon, since the mashed-up strawberries clog up the straw occasionally!

I just had to make this before the end of summer, which is coming up soon! Even though I like autumn, I’m kind of sad to see summer end. How about you?

Lemon Curd Berry Cake

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I had some lemon curd I needed to use, and I came across this recipe from Good Housekeeping that looked so good! A lemony cake with lots of fresh berries–yum! And I could just imagine how good the lemon flavor would be with the lemon curd. I thought I would make it even more lemony by using lemon extract instead of vanilla and using more lemon zest. Add I added a dash of fresh lemon juice, too. The original recipe suggests using a mix of blackberries, blueberries, and/or raspberries. I just had blueberries, so that’s all I used. I also made a glaze topping to go over the cake, but you could serve it with whipped cream and fresh berries like the original recipe suggests.

If you like lemon-flavored treats, this would be a great recipe for you to try!

LEMON CURD BERRY CAKE by NancyCreative, adapted from Good Housekeeping

Makes 1 bundt cake with a 12-cup pan (about 12 servings)

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
  • 1/3 cup finely ground toasted slivered or sliced almonds (they work fine untoasted, too)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 Tablespoon finely grated lemon peel (lemon zest)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice (from the zested lemon)
  • 1 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup prepared lemon curd (you’ll need about an 8 to 10-ounce jar of lemon curd for the cake and the glaze, and you’ll have some left over; I used this brand)
  • 2 cups mixed fresh berries–blackberries, blueberries, and/or raspberries (or if you just have one kind of berry, use that–I used all blueberries)
  • Lemon Curd Glaze (see recipe below)

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Grease and flour a 12-cup Bundt pan.

PREPARE CAKE: In medium bowl, whisk flour, almonds, baking powder, and salt. In large bowl, with mixer on high speed, beat butter and sugar 4 minutes or until light and fluffy (or you can beat by hand). Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, then reduce speed to low, if using a mixer, and beat in lemon extract, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Beat in flour mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture, until combined. Beat in lemon curd until just combined. Fold in berries.

Spoon batter into prepared pan; lightly tap pan on counter to remove any air pockets. Bake, in center of oven, 60 to 65 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely on wire rack. After cake has completely cooled, top with Lemon Curd Glaze.

LEMON CURD GLAZE

  • 5 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 2 Tablespoons prepared lemon curd (if the lemon curd is very thick, heat it in the microwave for about 20 seconds to make it more stirable)
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • additional berries for garnish

In medium bowl, blend the whipping cream, lemon curd, and lemon juice, blending well. Add confectioner’s sugar and blend well. Spoon glaze over cake, let glaze set, top with additional berries, if desired, and serve. There’s plenty of glaze, so you can drizzle some extra glaze from the cake plate onto each slice with a spoon–it tastes great that way!

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Note: The original recipe says to serve the cake with Lemon Cream (instead of glaze), so that’s another option you may want to try…

LEMON CREAM

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup prepared lemon curd
  • 1 Tablespoon sifted confectioner’s sugar
  • Additional confectioner’s sugar to lightly dust the cake, optional
  • Mixed berries (or one kind of berry) for garnish

In medium bowl, beat cream on high speed until soft peaks form. Reduce speed to low; beat in lemon curd and confectioner’s sugar until combined.

Serve cake with Lemon Cream and berries. You can give the cake a light dusting of confectioner’s sugar before serving with the cream and berries if you like,

If you like making your own lemon curd, I’m sure it would be fantastic in this cake recipe! I used store-bought lemon curd, but one of these days I want to try making my own!

Do you have any great recipes that use lemon curd as an ingredient?

Watermelon-Cucumber-Tomato Salad with Feta

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Throughout the summer, I love eating slices of juicy watermelon, but I thought I’d try something different with it for a change. I found a Watermelon-Cucumber Salad with Feta recipe at Food.com, and it sounded like the perfect thing to try! I omitted some ingredients and added some others, and I really like the slightly sweet and savory combination of tastes this salad has! It’s a great way to use your garden veggies if you’re growing cherry tomatoes and cucumbers, too!

WATERMELON-CUCUMBER -TOMATO SALAD WITH FETA by NancyCreative, adapted from Food.com

Makes 6 servings

  • 6 cups watermelon, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 medium English cucumber, peeled or unpeeled and thinly sliced or cut into chunks
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced or chopped (chop the green stems and the white part of the onions)
  • 1/3 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and sliced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • I/2 cup crumbled feta cheese (or you can use a whole 4-ounce container if you want to have extra cheese in your salad)
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh mint, chopped (optional)

Combine watermelon, English cucumber, green onions, olives, and cherry tomatoes in a large salad bowl.

In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice, honey, and olive oil.

Add lime juice mixture to watermelon and other ingredients in large bowl; toss gently to coat.

Sprinkle with feta and chopped fresh mint, if using; toss gently again and serve.

Have you made any unique watermelon recipes this summer?

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Shell Decor Ideas

I have always loved seashells and going to the beach! They add such a light summery touch to rooms! But I also like displaying shells year round, to help remind me of summer and the good times I had at the beach. So I keep my eyes open for new ways to do that. I found some ideas at several different sites that I really liked–If you went on a beach vacation this summer and collected some shells, maybe you’ll see some ideas here that will work in your home!

Take a look at the many containers you can display shells in…

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Above, from Pinterest, a large round basket

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Stoneware and pottery ideas from Stone Gable

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Glass container ideas, like this fishbowl, from Coastal Living, with a candle nestled into some white sand, shells, and sea glass…

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Or a rimmed glass cake plate shown on Roses and Rust

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Glass canisters of different shapes and sizes found on Pinterest

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Glass vases, simple or elegant from Pottery Barn and shown on Habitually Chic

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Or crystal goblets and vases, for an elegant look, featured in House & Home

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Simple vintage glass jars seen on Better Homes and Gardens always make great decorative containers…

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As well as pretty bottles, from Country Living, filled with sand and shells from your vacation and labeled if you like, so you’ll remember what beach they’re from!

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Here’s a very creative way to display shells–fill a bird bath and cover with glass for a striking side table, from Completely Coastal.

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And a very practical way to use shells–as a soap dish! From Martha Stewart.

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These shells glued to candle jars are really pretty, shown on homedit.

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Other ways to use shells in decorating…I love this wreath featured on Coastal Style

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And this shell garland from Better Homes and Gardens–the wreath and garland make great decorations year round as well as for Christmas!

That’s a pretty good start for some shell decor tips!

Are you a shell collector? How do you display shells in your home?

S’mores Popcorn from The S’mores Cookbook and a Giveaway!

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bildeWhen I think of summer treats, I think of S’mores around a campfire. But when I looked through my review copy of The S’mores Cookbook  by Susan Whetzel, I realized that you can enjoy the great taste of S’mores all year round in lots of different ways! This hardcover book is filled with lots of wonderful full-color photos of the many recipes you can make. And the publisher, Adams Media, has offered to send a giveaway copy directly to the winning commentor on this post! See the end of the post for details.

So S’mores are not just for summer anymore…you can make a great S’mores dessert whenever you crave it! And actually, S’mores are not just for dessert anymore, because this book also includes breakfast recipes, too! Some treats from this book that I’d like to try out are:

  • S’mores Stuffed French Toast
  • S’mores Popovers
  • Mini Dark Chocolate S’mores Muffins
  • S’mores Coffee Cake
  • Dark Chocolate S’mores Pie
  • S’mores Mousse Cups
  • S’mores Dip
  • S’mores Cupcakes
  • S’mores Chocolate Chunksters

I decided to make the S’mores Popcorn first because it’s been really hot and humid lately, and I wanted to do a no-bake recipe. Plus, this is a great recipe to give as a food gift, packaged in a cellophane bag–and with Christmas just 4 months away, I’m on the lookout for some tasty and easy food gift ideas! :) It’s really kind of addicting, so you’ll want to either have lots of people help you eat it up or share with your friends! The two kinds of chocolate mixed with the caramel corn and marshmallows make a really rich and yummy treat! It’s also a great snack to make in the fall if you’re having a tailgate party or watching the games at home. Store-bought caramel corn works great in this, or you can use homemade if you like.

When I melted the chocolate, I added just a little bit of coconut oil, about 1 teaspoon per cup, to make the chocolate a  little smoother for drizzling. If you do this, the chocolate will take a little longer to dry or set, and it may not package as well since the chocolate will be a little gooier, so it’s definitely an optional thing. If you decide to add some oil when melting the chocolate and if you’ve used an extra large sheet pan to spread your popcorn mix on,* you can put your pan of S’mores popcorn in the fridge, after everything is mixed together, for at least a half hour or until chocolate is set.

Here’s the recipe…

S’MORES POPCORN BAGS from The S’mores Cookbook

Yields: 10 gift bags

Feel free to make your own caramel popcorn for this amazing treat, but store-bought works amazingly well and tends to hold up and look nicer in the gift bags. Either way, it’s a win-win situation!–Susan Whetzel

  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted (Note: I used an extra 1/4 cup later in the recipe)
  • 1/2 cup crushed graham cracker crumbs
  • 8 cups caramel popcorn
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips, melted
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 10 cellophane gift bags
  • Ribbon, to tie bags, as needed

Cover the counter with parchment paper (*I lined an extra large sheet pan with parchment paper instead). Drizzle the parchment with melted semisweet chocolate and immediately sprinkle with graham cracker crumbs and popcorn, making as even a layer as possible.

Drizzle the white chocolate over the popcorn; allow to dry. (NOTE: I melted an additional 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips and drizzled this over the popcorn, too, for an extra chocolatey taste). Once chocolate is dry, pour the popcorn from the parchment into a large bowl; add marshmallows.

Divide evenly into cellophane bags, and tie with decorative ribbon.

This makes a great game snack or food gift and it’s so easy to make, so keep it in mind for football season and gift- giving at the holidays!

bildeThe Giveaway is Now Closed. Congratulations to commentor #8, Linda G., for winning the book!

Now for the Giveaway….if you’d like to enter to win a copy of The S’mores Cookbook, leave a comment on this blog post between now and Sunday, September 1, at midnight (CST)–the random drawing will be made from the comments on this post only! Winner will be chosen ramdomly via Random.org and announced on Monday, September 2. Winner will be notified via email (if winner does not respond in 3 days, I’ll do another drawing). Giveaway is limited to readers in the Continental U.S. and Canada.

First entry: Leave a comment on this post telling me if you make S’mores often or if you’ve made any S’mores-inspired recipes this summer.

Bonus entry: If you are a new or existing follower or subscriber, you can leave one extra comment telling me the way (or ways) you are following!

Don’t worry if your comment doesn’t show up right away–because of spam, I need to approve all the comments before they show up! Hope you all have time to enter, and enjoy your Labor Day Weekend!

 

Dill Pickle Tuna Salad

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I like making tuna salad in the warm weather months. It makes such a quick, easy meal and you can make sandwiches, wraps, or put a big scoop of it on top of some salad greens!

I found this recipe at Food.com and made some minor changes. This tuna salad has chopped dill pickles, celery, red onion, garlic powder, and parsley in it. It also has a little lemon juice and dry mustard powder to add to the flavor. If you don’t like your tuna salad real creamy, just use 1/4 cup of mayo–you can always add in more to make it as creamy as you want!

DILL PICKLE TUNA SALAD by NancyCreative, adapted from Food.com

Makes about 4 servings

  • 1 (12-ounce) can tuna, packed in water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons finely chopped dill pickles or dill pickle relish (if using relish, drain)
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped celery
  • 3 Tablespoons finely chopped red onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1/3 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon parsley flakes (or 2 Tablespoons minced fresh parsley leaves)
  • 1/4  to 1/3 cup mayonnaise, depending on how creamy you like it (start with 1/4 cup and add more if you want it creamier)

Drain tuna well (the original recipe suggests using a colander to drain it), then shred tuna with your fingers or a fork, breaking up any clumps until it has a fine and even texture. NOTE: I did try draining the tuna with a colander, and it worked very well for me–that’s a good tip to keep in mind!

Put tuna in a medium bowl and mix in the lemon juice, pickles, celery, red onion, garlic powder, mustard powder, salt, pepper, and parsley until well blended. Fold in the mayonnaise until the mixture is evenly moistened.

Use for sandwiches, wraps, or scoop on some lettuce greens. This tuna salad can be kept covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

There are so many different ways you can make tuna salad! What are your favorite add-ins?

Root Beer Float

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You need to make a Root Beer Float at least once during the summer! It’s such a wonderful cool and creamy, foamy and fizzy treat! I drank plenty of Root Beer Floats when I was a kid, so it was fun to enjoy one again recently. I made my float in a vintage glass I found at a flea market and felt like I was right in a soda shop! :) You can chill your glasses in the fridge beforehand if you want them to be extra cool.

ROOT BEER FLOAT by NancyCreative

Makes 1 serving

  • 2 good-sized scoops of Vanilla ice cream
  • Root Beer, well chilled

Slowly pour root beer into a tall glass until it’s about half full. Place one scoop of vanilla ice cream into the glass. Then slowly pour a little more root beer over the ice cream, until glass is about 3/4 full. Let foam settle and add the second scoop of ice cream. Add a little more root beer until the glass is full. Serve immediately.

Did you know the ice cream soda was invented by Robert McCay Green at the sesquicentennial celebration in Philadelphia in 1874? Mr. Green ran out of cream for the flavored sodas he was selling and substituted vanilla ice cream instead…and a new drink was created!

Funny how some of our favorite recipes are created by happy mistakes or changes like that! Have you ever created a favorite recipe of your own substituting a different ingredient?