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Cucumber Peppermint Tea
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Strolling Around NYC With UPPAbaby Vista
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This Week’s Harvest Includes Lots of Greens!
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Banana Oat Bread Cookies
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Napping With DockATot
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1 Pint 10 Minute Raspberry Jam
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Easy Baked Three Cheese Ravioli
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We Won The Cauliflower Battle!
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Sugar Snap Pea and Cauliflower Casserole
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Celebrating Xanadu’s 11th Birthday!
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10 Minute Brussels Sprouts Quinoa Rice
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Our First Family Walk
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Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Cookies
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Baby Birth Story of Enceladus!
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Strawberry Ice Cream With No Eggs
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Slow Cooker Tomato Cheese Dip
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Earl Grey Tea Popsicles
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Summer Tomato Planting
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Easy Cold Strawberry Soup
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Chocolate Chip Chocolate Frosted Donuts

Cucumber Peppermint Tea

CUCUMBER PEPPERMINT Tea is my favorite Summer drink! This homemade cup of green tea includes cucumbers, peppermint, honey and a splash of lemon juice to make a healthy and fresh drink.  You can drink it hot or iced.  The health benefits of this tea are great so I love drinking it every morning!

In August we start to see the Summer harvest really start to shine.  Tomatoes and peppers are picked by the basket,  corn is starting to be made, watermelons grow a few on each vine and the cucumber plants are snaking through the beds.  When we grew cucumbers on the roof in containers they would spread similar to pumpkin and watermelon plants, and now that we’re growing Upstate they continue to spread and become friends with the kale, cabbage and other nearby greens.
CUCUMBER PEPPERMINT Tea is my favorite Summer drink! This homemade cup of green tea includes cucumbers, peppermint, honey and a splash of lemon juice to make a healthy and fresh drink. You can drink it hot or iced. The health benefits of this tea are great so I love drinking it every morning!

With our Summer cucumber harvest I usually rely on my Half Sour Pickles recipe and call it a wrap, but I decided to use some of our cucumbers to enjoy in this refreshing Summer friendly Cucumber Peppermint Tea!  This tea uses 2 garden favorites, cucumbers and peppermint.  Peppermint is a great herb that grows easily in gardens and in pots for smaller spaces.  If you don’t have a garden space, no worries,  you can grow it on a fire escape or windowsill just as good.   Peppermint produces quickly so make sure to keep picking the leaves so the plant keeps growing!  One easy way to use the plant is to drink 1 cup of this Cucumber Peppermint Tea every morning to start your day!
CUCUMBER PEPPERMINT Tea is my favorite Summer drink! This homemade cup of green tea includes cucumbers, peppermint, honey and a splash of lemon juice to make a healthy and fresh drink. You can drink it hot or iced. The health benefits of this tea are great so I love drinking it every morning!

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Strolling Around NYC With UPPAbaby Vista

Looking for the perfect NYC stroller?   Get the UPPAbaby Vista! You won’t regret it!  Read this post for a full review of why it’s the perfect city dweller stroller to grow with! This post is in partnership with buybuy BABY.

When we found out we were going to have a baby I began obsessively researching every type of baby gear that we needed.  One of the biggest decisions was what stroller we should get.  I knew luxury was going to come at a cost, but I also knew that I was going to be spending a lot of time with Enceladus in the stroller so I was ready to splurge on the perfect stroller.   After reading countless reviews and going back and forth on 2 specific strollers we purchased the UPPAbaby Vista and couldn’t be happier!
Looking for the perfect NYC stroller? Get the UPPAbaby Vista! You won't regret it! Read this post for a full review of why it's the perfect city dweller stroller to grow with!

My wishlist for a stroller was:
It had to be a sidewalk warrior.  I wanted sidewalk cracks, bumpy roads and slower walkers (kidding..sorta) to fear me.
I wanted a smooth ride.  Due to the increase construction in our neighborhood I didn’t want Enceladus to wake up immediately after leaving the house.
I wanted lots of storage.   The more room to keep numerous bags and be able to grocery shop, the better.
I wanted ONE stroller, from newborn to a few years old.  
I wanted ONE stroller to grow with incase one baby becomes two babies one day (calm down!).
I wanted it to look really cool.  

Now let’s check each of those off…

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This Week’s Harvest Includes Lots of Greens!

This week’s garden harvest includes lots of greens!  Join me as I show you what’s growing in our garden!

Yup, it’s true! Even though this Summer has been life changing and we’re both sleep deprived, we’ve kept the garden up and running!  Although the garden has received less care and time due to the arrival of our July baby, it’s still producing wonderfully and we’re picking baskets filled with vegetables! So let’s look at this week’s harvest!
This week's garden harvest includes lots of greens! Join me as I show you what's growing in our Upstate New York garden during August!

Right now it’s all about the greens! We’re picking kale, cabbage, broccoli, tomatillos, green beans, sugar snap peas and jalapeno peppers.   Tomato season is about to start so we picked our first cherry tomatoes which I immediately threw up in the air into my mouth! Not pictured are the potatoes and onions which I totally forgot about – sorry!
This week's garden harvest includes lots of greens! Join me as I show you what's growing in our Upstate New York garden during August!

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Banana Oat Bread Cookies

BANANA Oat BREAD Cookies tastes just like banana bread!   This healthy, easy to make recipe makes 3 dozen cookies filled with oatmeal, walnuts, chocolate chips!  These cookies are soft and packed with protein to make the best breakfast or dessert! 

What I love: cookies, bananas, banana bread.  What I don’t love: overripe, brown bananas.   With a bunch of bananas in the kitchen ripening quickly, there’s only one thing to do.. make Banana Oat Bread Cookies!
BANANA Oat BREAD Cookies tastes just like banana bread! This healthy, easy to make recipe makes 3 dozen cookies filled with oatmeal, walnuts, chocolate chips! These cookies are soft and packed with protein to make the best breakfast or dessert!

Do you have a fear of ripe, brown bananas too? Maybe it’s because it’s Summer time but lately my bananas have been ripening at much quicker speeds than usual.  I like to eat bananas when they hit that perfect spot of just turning yellow – but no brown spots on them yet. The timeline for a perfect banana is slim.  Once it starts to brown and turn soft I can’t eat them “raw” anymore.  But that’s totally ok, because soft bananas are like the Cinderella of this story, except they don’t turn into a pumpkin at midnight, instead they turn into delicious cookies!
BANANA Oat BREAD Cookies tastes just like banana bread! This healthy, easy to make recipe makes 3 dozen cookies filled with oatmeal, walnuts, chocolate chips! These cookies are soft and packed with protein to make the best breakfast or dessert!

I have a bunch of banana recipes that I love, like these mini and moist banana muffins, and this banana nutella bread, but now I’m in love with these Banana Oat Bread Cookies!

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Napping With DockATot

Enceladus isn’t a great sleeper during the day (at night is another story – more about that in a future post!).   The only way I can get any work done during the day is by wearing her or putting her down.  But I can’t put her down anywhere, she’s extremely picky about her sleeping arrangements and will let you know it!  Her favorite? The DockATot!  Does your baby love napping with DockATot too?

Doesn’t she look comfortable?
First Time Mom Review of the DockaTot and how we use it as a lounger and travel sleeper. Our baby loves napping with DockaTot!

Since we were expecting Enceladus I had my eyes on the DockATot! So many parents gave rave reviews that this solved all their sleep issues so I had to get one!   What I was most excited about was that this could be traveled with.  Unlike so many other loungers,  this was light, didn’t need to be plugged in and can be carried with one arm (really important!).   Enceladus took her first trip Upstate to the garden last weekend and I was so worried about what to bring for her to sleep in.  The DockATot lets me not go overboard with a bunch of different beds and chairs, all I need is one thing that I can throw in a bag and go!    We will be making a trip later this month to Maine and I’m thrilled to know that this is the only bed that I’ll have to bring for her!
First Time Mom Review of the DockaTot and how we use it as a lounger and travel sleeper. Our baby loves napping with DockaTot!

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1 Pint 10 Minute Raspberry Jam

EASY 1 PINT 10 MINUTE Raspberry Jam!  This simple recipe uses 1 pint of fresh raspberries, honey and lemon juice to make delicious jam!  This homemade jam is healthy and requires no pectin and no sugar! I always make 2 jars – one to store in the refrigerator and one to store in the freezer! 

When Summer gives you fresh raspberries you stuff them in your mouth.  Immediately.  When Summer gives you so many fresh raspberries you can’t fit anymore into your mouth then you make 1 Pint 10 Minute Raspberry Jam!  
EASY 1 PINT 10 MINUTE Raspberry Jam! This simple recipe uses 1 pint of fresh raspberries, honey and lemon juice to make delicious jam! This homemade jam is healthy and requires no pectin and no sugar! I always make 2 jars - one to store in the refrigerator and one to store in the freezer!

I love “1 Pint” recipes because often people aren’t picking or buying 8 cups of raspberries at one time.  If you see a deal on raspberries at the farmers market usually they are by the pint.  Same goes for garden harvest, often you pick 1 pint here, 1 pint there,  berries are so picky (no pun attended) so I’m not often picking them all at once.   This recipe only requires 1 pint of fresh raspberries which is approximately 2 cups worth.   
EASY 1 PINT, 10 MINUTE Raspberry Jam! This simple recipe uses 1 pint of fresh raspberries, honey and lemon juice to make delicious jam! This homemade jam is healthy and requires no pectin and no sugar! I always make 2 jars - one to store in the refrigerator and one to store in the freezer!

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Easy Baked Three Cheese Ravioli

EASY BAKED Three Cheese Ravioli is one of my family’s favorite meals!  This homemade recipe uses wonton wrappers for the ravioli to make it faster and is filled with ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese!  Instructions include how to make and bake immediately or freeze for frozen ravioli.  This recipe is sponsored by Peapod.

Do you know what I love? Ravioli! Do you know what I really love? Homemade ravioli!  Do you know what I really really love? Crispy ravioli that is easy to make and filled with three types of cheese!  
EASY BAKED Three Cheese Ravioli is one of my family's favorite meals! This homemade recipe uses wonton wrappers for the ravioli to make it faster and is filled with ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese! Instructions include how to make and bake immediately or freeze for frozen ravioli.

Right now I don’t have the time to make homemade ravioli dough so I came up with a simple solution.  Instead of spending hours making dough from scratch, use wonton wrappers!  By using the wonton wrappers you’re going to get crisp ravioli once baked in the oven.  You’re also going to save yourself a lot of time instead of having to knead and let dough rise.    To save even more time, you can freeze these for quick weeknight meals. At the bottom of this post I’m including full instructions on how to freeze this Easy Baked Three Cheese Ravioli!
EASY BAKED Three Cheese Ravioli is one of my family's favorite meals! This homemade recipe uses wonton wrappers for the ravioli to make it faster and is filled with ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese! Instructions include how to make and bake immediately or freeze for frozen ravioli.

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We Won The Cauliflower Battle!

After years of failing at growing cauliflower we switched to a new variety and grew over 20 pounds of cauliflower! Learn how we grow cauliflower from seeds that can withstand Summer heat and result in a big cauliflower harvest!

I’m not sure if you remember but a few months ago when planting our seeds I talked about how Matthew didn’t want to grow cauliflower this year because he thought it was a lost cause.  For so many years we used up space in the garden to get lackluster cauliflower results (if any).  Cauliflower has always been one of the harder vegetables for us to grow, and it’s been difficult for us to get anything but a few florets of harvest.   Because I couldn’t give up on the cauliflower, I talked Matthew into trying one more year.  Instead of trying our usual variety, I researched the different options and decided we were going to grow Snow Crown seeds to see if it made any difference.   With hearts in my eyes and rainbows in the sky, it worked!  You guys, it worked so great!   In the last 2 weeks we’ve picked close to 20 pounds of cauliflower!  
After years of failing at growing cauliflower we switched to a new variety and grew over 20 pounds of cauliflower! Learn how we grow cauliflower from seeds that can withstand Summer heat and result in a big cauliflower harvest!

I’m so happy we pushed for one more year with the cauliflower and decided to try a new variety.  We went with Snow Crown because it was labeled as being able to be harvested in Summer or Fall so I figured it could take the heat.  Although Upstate is much cooler than NYC, it still does have days in the high 80’s (and sometimes 90’s) so it was important to find a type that could handle hot days.  When we used to grow on the roof in NYC the cauliflower would never last past the beginning of June, so it’s exciting to see it grow through July now!
After years of failing at growing cauliflower we switched to a new variety and grew over 20 pounds of cauliflower! Learn how we grow cauliflower from seeds that can withstand Summer heat and result in a big cauliflower harvest!

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Sugar Snap Pea and Cauliflower Casserole

CHEESY Sugar Snap Pea and Cauliflower Casserole! This loaded recipe is simple to make with fresh vegetables and cream of mushroom soup. I love serving this easy to make casserole as a chicken side dish or a vegetarian main dish. During the Summer I always use fresh cauliflower and sugar snap peas straight from the garden!

When the garden gives you 7 pounds of cauliflower and 8 pounds of sugar snap peas in one week, you make Sugar Snap Pea and Cauliflower Casserole!   And you add shredded cheddar cheese, because you should always add cheese on top!
CHEESY Sugar Snap Pea and Cauliflower Casserole! This loaded recipe is simple to make with fresh vegetables and cream of mushroom soup. I love serving this easy to make casserole as a chicken side dish or a vegetarian main dish. During the Summer I always use fresh cauliflower and sugar snap peas straight from the garden!

This is usually how it goes during garden season.   July brought us a big harvest of cauliflower and sugar snap peas, where we picked 8 pounds of peas last week and I’ll probably be picking 10 more pounds this week.  Sugar snap peas are best fresh so I’m always excited to create recipes that use multiple cups of them (this recipe uses 5 cups of peas!).   
CHEESY Sugar Snap Pea and Cauliflower Casserole! This loaded recipe is simple to make with fresh vegetables and cream of mushroom soup. I love serving this easy to make casserole as a chicken side dish or a vegetarian main dish. During the Summer I always use fresh cauliflower and sugar snap peas straight from the garden!

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Celebrating Xanadu’s 11th Birthday!

Celebrating Xanadu’s 11th Birthday with lots of cat food! Show your cats you love them by throwing them a birthday party feast! This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company. The opinions and text are all mine.

A few weeks ago Xanadu Pluto turned 11 years old.  Oh my, 11 years old already…?!   Is this what it feels like when suddenly your daughter asks to buy lip gloss on her 11th birthday?   Heart break.  I consider Xanadu my baby.  We adopted Xanadu when she was 3 months old in 2006.  At that time we were a 1 cat household (Essy was the only one) and we only lived in NYC for a year.  We had no experience with Siamese cats, but decided after a visit we were going to bring her into our home.  Matthew went and got her while I straightened up the house to await her arrival.   I had everything ready for her – new toys, a new bed, cat food and plenty of treats.  Why wouldn’t she fall in love with her new family?   When she arrived at our apartment, we took her to the bathroom for a transition period.  Essy was outside the door listening as this new cat meowed her way out of the travel carrier.  Have you ever heard a Siamese cat meow?  It sounds just like a baby, and it’s slightly terrifying when you hear it at first.    I can only imagine what Essy was thinking!

Celebrating Xanadu's 11th Birthday with lots of cat food! Show your cats you love them by throwing them a birthday party feast!

As Xanadu meowed after leaving the carrier, she quickly let her Siamese cat traits be known.  Within 5 minutes she was standing on 2 legs, clawing at the bath towels, wrapped in them, tearing them down.   Matthew and I looked at each other, both love in our eyes, realizing she was going to be a handful.

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10 Minute Brussels Sprouts Quinoa Rice

Tracking Pixel10 MINUTE Brussels Sprouts Quinoa Rice dish!  This EASY clean eating recipe is made with Minute Rice and served with fresh Brussels Sprouts and cherry tomatoes! This wholesome meal is gluten free and vegetarian – make it for a work lunch or easy dinner! This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Minute® Ready to Serve Organics.

Who knew that once you had a baby you immediately forgot to feed yourself.  On the first day home I already found myself looking at the clock at 5PM and remembering I never ate lunch.  After this repeated for a few days, along with 3 hour sleep nights, I knew I was going to have to change some things and make sure I was getting the calories and nutrients needed for baby and me.  So I opened up the cabinet and pulled out a couple cups of Minute® Ready to Serve.  Then I opened up my refrigerator and pulled out Brussels Sprouts and tomatoes.  In 10 minutes I had a delicious lunch ready to serve, along with leftovers for the next day.  High 5 to Mom for making a wholesome,  yummy lunch – 10 Minute Brussels Sprouts Quinoa Rice!
10 MINUTE Brussels Sprouts Quinoa Rice dish! This EASY clean eating recipe is made with Minute Rice and served with fresh Brussels Sprouts and cherry tomatoes! This healthy meal is gluten free and vegetarian - make it for a work lunch or easy dinner!

The Minute® Ready to Serve Organic Red Quinoa and Brown Rice with Garlic only takes 1 minute to make which is amazing.  It’s a perfect solution for a fast lunch when trying to eat better.   While the rice is cooking, throw the Brussels Sprouts in a small pot of water to boil to soften them up so you can easily cut them up.  While they’re boiling, chop up your tomatoes too.  Once the Brussels Sprouts are done, drain them, and throw everything together in a bowl.  Just like that, your 10 Minute Brussels Sprouts Quinoa Rice is ready to be served!
10 MINUTE Brussels Sprouts Quinoa Rice dish! This EASY clean eating recipe is made with Minute Rice and served with fresh Brussels Sprouts and cherry tomatoes! This healthy meal is gluten free and vegetarian - make it for a work lunch or easy dinner!

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Our First Family Walk

Time to go on our first family walk with Enceladus while wearing our lillebaby tokidoki Complete All Seasons carrier!  This post is in partnership with buybuy BABY.

This past weekend we decided to head out for our first family walk.  I’ve taken Enceladus on multiple walks by myself (I hope you’re watching my adventures on Instagram Stories by the way!) to the studio, grocery store and other random places when I feel like we need to get out!   She loves strolling around in her UPPAbaby Vista, and surprisingly handles bumps in the sidewalk like a pro without even opening her eyes!
Time to go on our first family walk with Enceladus while wearing our lillebaby tokidoki Complete All Seasons carrier!

I want to make it a mission to do one weekly thing as a family, so we headed out to show her how lucky she was to live in Brooklyn!  It just happened that it was also National Ice Cream Day, so we had to stop for ice cream too…..!  

Now only if she could remember her first walk with us, but she was passed out and snoring the entire time!
Time to go on our first family walk with Enceladus while wearing our lillebaby tokidoki Complete All Seasons carrier!

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Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Cookies

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE Peanut Butter Protein Cookies!  This easy recipe makes 2 dozen delicious, healthy cookies made with chocolate protein powder.  I love eating these chewy cookies for breakfast or a afternoon snack because they’re a great source of iron, protein and fiber! 

These cookies are AMAZING!  They’re double chocolate, peanut butter and made with chocolate protein powder which gives a  nutritional boost!  Who doesn’t love a cookie that packs a punch with sources of iron, and high in protein and fiber?  I made these cookies a few days ago to rave reviews and they were gone the next day.  They’re that good.
DOUBLE CHOCOLATE Peanut Butter Protein Cookies! This easy recipe makes 2 dozen delicious, healthy cookies made with chocolate protein powder. I love eating these chewy cookies for breakfast or a afternoon snack because they're a great source of iron, protein and fiber!

With the arrival of baby, I find myself lagging during the afternoon and forgetting to eat lunch.  With a newborn baby, there’s something always needing to be done from snuggles, feeding, diapers, cleaning, laundry and saying out loud “I love you so much but why won’t you stop crying? Please talk to me and tell me why!”.  These cookies are perfect to grab and go, not only during the afternoon but during the middle of the night feeds and pumping too. 
DOUBLE CHOCOLATE Peanut Butter Protein Cookies! This easy recipe makes 2 dozen delicious, healthy cookies made with chocolate protein powder. I love eating these chewy cookies for breakfast or a afternoon snack because they're a great source of iron, protein and fiber!

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Baby Birth Story of Enceladus!

Hi everybody!  My oh my, do I have someone who wants to meet you all.  She’s my new BFF.    Won’t you all say hello to Enceladus?
Full Name: Enceladus Seven Reed Rader,  Born: 11:53PM on July 2,  Weight: 7 pounds, 4 oz,  Personality: Feisty and Silly

Baby Birth Story of Enceladus, born on July 2 2017 at New York-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital.

Everyone asks about her name, Enceladus, so I’ll save you the trouble of googling! 🙂  She’s named after a moon on Saturn.  You pronounce it En-Sell-Ah-Dus
Her middle name is Seven because she’s our 7th baby (we’ve had 6 cats prior).  We really wanted to include our Meowza family in her name somehow since they’re so special to us.
She has 2 last names, Reed Rader, because it’s always made sense to us that Baby should have both names.

Birth Story of Enceladus, born on July 2 2017 at New York-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital.

At 5 days old she was already helping her Mom bake her first batch of cookies, one handed.  She lost a sock along the way, but don’t worry, it didn’t land in the cookie batter. She’s a natural.
Birth Story of Enceladus, born on July 2 2017 at New York-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital.

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Strawberry Ice Cream With No Eggs

HOMEMADE STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM with no eggs!  This homemade recipe is easy to make in your ice cream maker and is filled with fresh strawberries!  It’s made with heavy cream, half and half and is eggless! This is one of the best Summer dessert recipes to eat!

The ice cream cravings are out of control this week!  With the mixture of Summer temperatures, fresh strawberries growing in the garden and craving cold ice cream, I broke our ice cream maker out of the cabinet and made this Strawberry Ice Cream With No Eggs!

Eggs are often included in making delicious ice cream but I’m a believer that they aren’t necessary for creating some of the best, homemade ice cream.  This ice cream includes half and half, heavy cream, sugar, vanilla extract, a dash of salt and lots of fresh strawberries – and trust me, that’s all you need!    

HOMEMADE STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM made with no eggs! This homemade recipe is easy to make in your ice cream maker and is filled with fresh strawberries! It's made with heavy cream, half and half and is eggless! This is one of the best Summer dessert recipes to eat!

The taste of this ice cream has the perfect strawberry ratio to it, with the strawberry taste shining through.  I recommend taking your strawberries and pureeing them every so slightly so they’re a good mashed consistency,  but be careful not to puree them too much!

HOMEMADE STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM made with no eggs! This homemade recipe is easy to make in your ice cream maker and is filled with fresh strawberries! It's made with heavy cream, half and half and is eggless! This is one of the best Summer dessert recipes to eat!

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Slow Cooker Tomato Cheese Dip

Slow Cooker Tomato Cheese Dip is a creamy easy to make dip that uses fresh tomatoes, peppers and Velveeta cheese!  This simple homemade recipe is ready in 2 hours in the slow cooker and perfect to serve with tortilla chips for your next party! We especially love this dip for Mexican meals!   This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Mission®. All opinions are entirely my own.

We just planted our tomato plants last weekend and already I’m dreaming up tomato recipes to make in a few months.  Remember I said we were going to plant less tomatoes to make the garden easier on us this year (hi baby! arriving soon!)? Well we didn’t. We’re going to have a whole lot of tomato plants, so I got to thinking about my Creamy Cherry Tomato Sauce and how I could use that method to create a slow cooker tomato recipe.  For this delicious dip recipe,  we’re throwing fresh tomatoes, sweet peppers, salt and pepper in the slow cooker and then adding in cheddar cheese to make it extra creamy.   This is the perfect summer dip recipe because it’s easy to make, uses fresh vegetables and tastes delicious dipping tortilla chips into!

Slow Cooker Tomato Cheese Dip is a creamy easy to make dip that uses fresh tomatoes, peppers and Velveeta cheese! This simple homemade recipe is ready in 2 hours in the slow cooker and perfect to serve with tortilla chips for your next party! We especially love this dip for Mexican meals!

What I really love about this recipe is that it tastes so fresh because you’re using real fresh ingredients.   Summer time is the perfect time to pick garden ripe tomatoes, the sweetest peppers and a few jalapeno peppers to slice and garnish on top.  Besides the cheese, I can grab all these ingredients straight from the garden and throw them right into the slow cooker!
Slow Cooker Tomato Cheese Dip is a creamy easy to make dip that uses fresh tomatoes, peppers and Velveeta cheese! This simple homemade recipe is ready in 2 hours in the slow cooker and perfect to serve with tortilla chips for your next party! We especially love this dip for Mexican meals!

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Earl Grey Tea Popsicles

EASY 25 calorie Earl Grey Tea Popsicles are the best homemade Summer dessert!  These popsicles are made with 3 ingredients and are only 25 calories a piece making them a healthy popsicle! Experiment with different teas with this DIY recipe! 

Tea is serious business to me, but in the Summer I have to change my daily rituals.  Instead of a hot cup of Earl Grey or English Breakfast, I find myself sipping iced green tea for breakfast and throughout the day.   I’ve been missing the taste of Earl Grey but with 90 degree temperatures it just doesn’t have the same enjoyment to it, so instead I came up with a way to make it shine in the Summer – Earl Grey Tea Popsicles!EASY 25 calorie Earl Grey Tea Popsicles are the best homemade Summer dessert! These popsicles are made with 3 ingredients and are only 25 calories a piece making them a healthy popsicle! Experiment with different teas with this DIY recipe!

These homemade popsicles are incredibly easy to make and only require 3 ingredients – tea, water and a sweetener (I prefer sugar, but you could use honey too).   The tea taste is strong and you will definitely taste the Earl Grey with these making them a hit with tea lovers!EASY 25 calorie Earl Grey Tea Popsicles are the best homemade Summer dessert! These popsicles are made with 3 ingredients and are only 25 calories a piece making them a healthy popsicle! Experiment with different teas with this DIY recipe! Read More

Summer Tomato Planting

It’s tomato time you guys!  One of the most exciting parts of the garden year is Summer tomato planting for us.  The tomatoes always steal the show in the garden during the Summer, so seeing them in the ground gets us excited for the upcoming few months of care, growing, picking and endless tomato sauce cooking in the kitchen.
Summer Tomato Planting tips for transplanting indoor tomato seedlings outside to your garden. Follow these growing and planting tips for a big tomato harvest!

First up… the plant car!  Since we plant the seeds in our Brooklyn apartment to germinate and grow under our grow lights, once the weather allows and the plants are strong enough we transport them Upstate to the garden.  We carefully pack each tomato, tomatillo and pepper plant into the back of our little car away we go!  I always like to think that the plants enjoy their scenic ride Upstate New York to their new home.
Honda Fit carrying Tomato Plants

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Easy Cold Strawberry Soup

EASY COLD Strawberry Soup is the perfect fresh Summer time meal! This simple recipe uses fresh strawberries and yogurt to make a creamy chilled strawberry soup! Your entire family is going to love this healthy dish! 

NYC experienced a heat wave this week so Summer is officially here!  With the temperature near 100 degrees the last thing I want to do is cook in the kitchen, so I came up with this cold strawberry soup that is easy to make and delicious!   It’s a perfect time to be picking fresh strawberries from your garden or buying them at the farmers market, so I am using 8 cups of fresh berries for this tasty soup.  Throw everything into your blender, chill for a couple hours and then dinner is served.  Don’t you love how simple it is?  And don’t you love how pretty this soup this?

EASY COLD Strawberry Soup is the perfect fresh Summer time meal! This simple recipe uses fresh strawberries and yogurt to make a creamy chilled strawberry soup! Your entire family is going to love this healthy dish!

Yogurt and orange juice are both blended with the soup to make it creamy.   You can use vanilla or strawberry yogurt depending on if you want to make this extra strawberry or not.

EASY COLD Strawberry Soup is the perfect fresh Summer time meal! This simple recipe uses fresh strawberries and yogurt to make a creamy chilled strawberry soup! Your entire family is going to love this healthy dish!

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Chocolate Chip Chocolate Frosted Donuts

BAKED Chocolate Chip Chocolate Frosted Donuts are AMAZING!  This easy recipe makes fluffy delicious homemade donuts that are ready in 10 minutes!  Mini chocolate chips are baked inside the donuts with the best chocolate frosting on top! I’m in love with these double chocolate donuts!

It’s been a little while since my last donut recipe, but don’t worry, I’ve been eating my share of donuts!    With T-Minus 30 days before the baby comes (if she’s on time!) I’ve having my share of sweet tooth cravings.    This past weekend I was craving chocolate chips and donuts so I decided to combine these 2 beautiful worlds and make these Chocolate Chip Chocolate Frosted Donuts which are amazing! I think you’re going to love them!
BAKED Chocolate Chip Chocolate Frosted Donuts are AMAZING!  This easy recipe makes fluffy delicious homemade donuts that are ready in 10 minutes!  Mini chocolate chips are baked inside the donuts with the best chocolate frosting on top! I'm in love with these double chocolate donuts!

The donuts themselves are a vanilla cake donut with mini chocolate chips baked in.  Each bite gives you a little bit of chocolate chip taste – yum!
BAKED Chocolate Chip Chocolate Frosted Donuts are AMAZING!  This easy recipe makes fluffy delicious homemade donuts that are ready in 10 minutes!  Mini chocolate chips are baked inside the donuts with the best chocolate frosting on top! I'm in love with these double chocolate donuts!

On top I spread my favorite chocolate frosting that is also a reader favorite!    What we’re left with is some extra soft, moist, chocolate chip donuts that have just the right amount of frosting on top!
BAKED Chocolate Chip Chocolate Frosted Donuts are AMAZING!  This easy recipe makes fluffy delicious homemade donuts that are ready in 10 minutes!  Mini chocolate chips are baked inside the donuts with the best chocolate frosting on top! I'm in love with these double chocolate donuts!

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