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June 16, 2018

Happy Weekend - and Happy Father's Day!

One of the best things about summer for me? The herb garden. It brings me joy. I love to walk out our back door and snip a little of this, a little of that, to incorporate into so many of our dishes.

We're with my parents this weekend, camping at a state park in South Dakota. Camping has been a longtime tradition in my family, ever since my parents bought a small pull-behind trailer when I was young. I have so many great campground memories from my childhood, and am grateful that my parents continue this tradition and invite us to spend a weekend with them each summer. Our family likes the casual time to catch up with many of my uncles, aunts, cousins, and old neighborhood friends. We play lots of games, ride our bikes, nap, and spend hours around the campfire. Our girls absolutely love it!

My Favorite Things this week... There has been a stack of board games out ever since school let out. And I've mentioned this game (link HERE) before, but feel the need to mention it again, as this is the game that our girls (16YO and 11YO) have been playing the most. There are many variations to the game, so they've started venturing out beyond the basic game set-up. It's quite fun - Blake and I enjoy playing this, too! Also, I'm loving this cookbook (link HERE) - look for a giveaway of this book on my Instagram feed!

Thank you so much for joining us here each week, for reading the blog, and for following along on social media. We are grateful for your company.

Have an awesome weekend!


NEW: On The Blog This Week

Sweet and smoky and beautifully spiced, this Grilled Chipotle-Orange Salmon promises to become a grilling season obsession. I love those caramelized, crispy edges!

Read this post and grab the recipe here.


CRUMBS: What We Made This Week

I never, never, never tire of banana bread. The recipe I love the most incorporates sour cream, and I've been working on some tweaks. I hope to share this recipe with you soon!

Have you ever grilled grapes?! They're so good!

The chicken portions in these Herby Grilled Chicken Kebabs with Grapes and Shallots grill up juicy and flavorful after marinating in an herby yogurt sauce, bright with lemon. Paired with shallots bathed in a syrupy mixture of honey and balsamic vinegar, plus juicy sweet grapes, it’s a flavor combination that my family loves.

To grab the recipe, go here.

Grilled Mini Sweet Peppers with Goat Cheese…this promises to be your next favorite grilled side dish. I can never seem to make enough!!

Grab the recipe here.

This recipe for crostini with goat cheese, prosciutto, and nectarines is BEAUTIFUL. Our girls DEVOURED these tasty little toasts!

This recipe is from The Pretty Dish cookbook by Jessica Merchant - find the giveaway for this book AND this recipe on Instagram!


Head over to Instagram to enter this GIVEAWAY! It's a beautiful book, full of lovely recipes and photos, plus a fun section of things like DIY face masks, etc. Our girls can't wait to try some of the beauty recipes, it'll be fun!


ARCHIVES: Yum From The Past

These Lemon Heaven Bars are dense and soft and chewy. Loaded with fresh lemon flavor and covered with a thin, sweet glaze, they are completely irresistible!

Get the recipe here.

With just five ingredients, this extra-large recipe for Extra-Marshmallow Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispies Bars feeds a crowd!

Get the recipe here.

This recipe for Cheesy Grilled Skillet Potatoes with Bacon and Herbs has quickly become a family favorite. Yummmmmmy!

Get the recipe here.

Oreos in the crust. White chocolate in the filling. These Black and White Cheesecake Bars are easy to make and always a hit. I love to serve them with fresh summer berries!

Get the recipe here.

Salad for breakfast? It’s a beautiful thing! This Breakfast Salad with Berry Yogurt Dressing is a fresh and delicious way to start your day. The recipe is a great one for brunches!

Get the recipe here.

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