Nothing screams summer like fresh homemade lemonade. I remember as a child that every summer when I was with my Grandma in Jamaica she would make fresh lemonade and would always have me help her squeeze the lemons. I used to always think ” Wow she is really strong,” because so many lemons would be squeezed.
I wanted to use my classic lemonade recipe but spruce it up this time, so I decided on Strawberry Lemonade. Now you may be saying to yourself that sounds like more work… but it really isn’t. It is so easy and simple to make. You can either use fresh strawberries or frozen whatever you have on hand will do the trick.
This refreshing strawberry lemonade will become a favorite amongst kids and adults. The perfect beginning to summer vacation!
GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED!
I cannot believe that in just 4 days my kids will be out of school for the summer. Can you believe that… Already! Wow, how time flies when your having fun. I can’t wait for the kids to have a little breather and a chance to wake up late and just have a little fun. I know one of the many things we try and do more often is be outside, and that usually means a lot more picnics and grill outs.
A few weeks ago I was contacted by Del Monte® to host a Can Creations gathering with friends to try out some yummy creations with Del Monte® products. If you guys remember I shared with you a photo of some of the goodies that Del Monte® had sent me which included canned fruits, veggies, strainers, and a lovely apron… which for me I can never have enough!
Here are a few recipes I wanted to share with you that I tested:
Brown Rice with Black Beans, Corn and Tomatoes (I changed this recipe up and added a can of Del Monte® Diced Tomatoes);
Pear Torte (which I couldn’t stop eating),
This is a long awaited recipe that I have been meaning to share with you all. Chocolate Pumpkin Trifle…. Mmmmmm!
Are you a fan of trifles? I never used to be… I mean I’m not really a fan of whipped cream. But of course you know there is always an exception to the rule. I was introduced to this recipe a last year during Thanksgiving. My sister-in-law had found this recipe on EveryDay with Rachael Ray. I was a little skeptical when she was making it but I said you know what I’ll give it a chance…. oh boy am I happy I did.
Now yes it does have pumpkin, but the beautiful thing is that you can’t even taste it. Its mixed with marshmallow fluff and homemade whip cream, so don’t let that deter you from making it. Also it’s layered with chocolate wafers that once put in the fridge allows them to get soft and just soak in with the homemade pumpkin cream and chocolate cream. Last but not least between each layer is crushed toffee…. YEP, that’s right and of course I like to have toffee in each bite so make sure you sprinkle a lot!
This Chocolate Pumpkin Trifle is such a hit that it has become one of my go to desserts to make for dinners, Teacher Luncheons, and house parties. Such a yummy treat, that my son who does not like pumpkin LOVES it!
Cake pops! The notorious cake pops…. These babies are so delicious and so easy to make. Yes they take a little time but there are so many short cuts you can take. I made these for the CFL Food Blogger bake Sale a few weeks ago and again for my daughter’s 8th birthday party (pics will be coming this week, I promise). They were a huge hit each time and I just needed to share with you all their sweetness.
Better late than never right…
I know, I know… I am definitely falling behind in my keeping up with whats going on in my life for ThatsSoYummy. I have been wanting to give you guys a recap of the Central Florida Food Blogger Bake Sale. You know the amazing bake sale that is put by food bloggers nationwide to raise money for Share our Strength.
Mother’s Day is this weekend and I don’t know about you all but all I ever ask for on Mother’s Day is just to be surrounded by my kiddies and love on them all day. Now you already know I do that everyday but this Sunday I plan on doing it a lil more. My kiddies are growing up so fast I just want to enjoy every moment I can with them. That’s why I think having some yummy easy recipes to start your morning off would be a great start. Here are just a few brunch ideas I think you all may enjoy!
I don’t think there is anything better then a loaf of fresh bread filled with melted gooey cheese and lots of bacon! Am I right… or am I right????
This pull apart bread is so simple to make and is filled with so much flavor your family will be talking about it for weeks. What I also love so much is that you can make numerous different versions of pull apart bread. You can add whatever fancies you at the time and guaranteed it will be yummilicious.
Now for me I wanted to go with shredded sharp cheddar cheese, bacon and scallion. I melted butter, chopped up some cloves of garlic and all of it got stuffed into my sourdough loaf which I cut up in a tic-tac-toe motion.
The only bad part for me, and I do have to admit… was the anticipation of waiting until it was ready because if you know me I am a bread fiend and the smell that was coming out of my oven was making my tummy GROWL!!!!!
I can’t wait to share with you all other versions of pull apart bread I got running through my mind…
BUT until then enjoy some yummy, do not count the calories you are eating, bacon cheddar pull apart bread… Hey it’s on me!!!!
Mother’s day is quickly approaching, I know this because I have been blessed with my own birthday falling on that beautiful day every few years. This year however, I am fortunate though my husband is not that Mother’s Day falls on the day before my birthday, on Sunday, May 12th. Now if you’re anything like my husband you wait to the last minute to get something for your mom, wife, or sister. Now women, I know some of you run into this same problem as well and I want to help you out too. What if I told you I could help you find something before May 11th comes around and your scrambling for a gift.
Are you listening… here comes the fun part…
This year why not honor the special women in your life with a Mother’s Day gift basket. TWO lucky winners will get to choose their favorite gift (valued at up to $80) from over 100 lovely designs shown here.
Whether you want to treat your own mom, someone who has been like a mother to you, or even if you want to treat yourself, a holiday gift basket is the perfect way to send your love and gratitude this Mother’s Day.
There are so many options to choose from a basket filled with gourmet cookies, Ghirardelli Chocolates, Fresh fruit, to baskets filled to pamper ones self… the choices are endless.
Every year bloggers nationwide gather together to raise money for a cause that is truly dear to my heart, The National Food Blogger Bake Sale. All proceeds of this fabulous event go to Share our Strength, a non profit organization that is built on ending childhood hunger in the United States. This year for the third time, the Central Florida Food Blogger Bake Sale is being spearheaded by the lovely Julie from The Little Kitchen with help from Katie from Katie’s Cucina. Last year they raised we raised over $1400 and are hoping to surpass $2000 this year!
So you may be asking how can you help… Well let me tell you. If you can’t come out and see some of your favorite Orlando food bloggers this Saturday, you can also donate online. You can also pre-order from one of our lovely food blogger bakers (below is a list of bloggers who are accepting pre-orders).
Where and When: At the Winter Garden Harvest Festival on Saturday, May 4th from 9am to 2pm.
What: We’ll have from cakes to brownies, cake pops to cupcakes and doughnuts and more for sale! We’ll also have some awesome raffle prizes. If you can’t attend, you can donate at our Share Our Strength page.
Here are the food bloggers participating this year:
My family and I are so fortunate to live in sunny Florida. Living here gives us the opportunity to be able to grill out any time of the year… well at least the majority of the year. Lately of course this weather has been acting kinda wacky but none the less, my husband and I are always trying to find some way to use our grill, whether its throwing chicken, veggies, skewers, or steak on.
There’s something about the ease of just going outside by our lake and sitting watching the food grill out while you relax… Now we absolutely love a good steak. I think we vary on how we make our steaks. For example I used to think that when grilling steak I should always marinate it with tons of seasoning… but one of my favorite ways to season a steak is with a little sea salt, black pepper, olive oil, garlic and rosemary.
I decided to get a few premium ribeye steaks from Walmart’s meat department and have a fun little grill off… I wanted to try two different varieties of marinating the steak and see which one my family preferred.
Now my husband has this thing with his meat having to be cooked well-done and no matter what he always likes to add A1 sauce on top…. How horrible! I on the other hand like a steak that is juicy, medium and perfect on the inside. A well done steak is just heartbreaking… I tell him all the time.
Ok back to the grill-off…
I try to workout everyday. But after working out I try to give my body fuel to make it last through the day. Now there are a number of things I rotate in my diet, but yogurt is such a great choice because of the nutrients it gives my body. One of the most tastiest things I love to add my yogurt is granola. I love a little crunch with my Yopa! When asked to try Yopa! and see how it fits in my busy schedule I jumped at it.
Living an active lifestyle has definitely been very important in my life especially when it comes to my kids and because I apparently am not getting any younger I have to take care of the body I have. If I don’t then who will…
Yopa! Yogurt is an authentic Greek yogurt, that is non-fat and made with no artificial flavors or ingredients. Did you know that Yopa! is also Vegetarian and Kosher. Yopa! also offers a variety of different flavors and the convenience of different toppings for each flavor. How fun is that!
Sharing and demonstrating my Love for food and to showcase different meals I have come across either through word of mouth, research, or coming up on my own. Introducing a community for all types of people who have the same passion as me, Food.