orange buttermilk pancakes with blackberry maple syrup

Orange Buttermilk Pancakes with Blackberry Maple Syrup

Made-from-scratch pancakes take a few minutes longer to make than the pre-packaged mix, but they are definitely worth the extra effort. These tender and flavorful Orange Buttermilk Pancakes are perfect for soaking up the homemade Blackberry Maple Syrup. I topped these pancakes with fresh blackberries and peaches, but any other berry, sliced bananas, and toasted nuts would be delicious as well. Continue reading

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white sangria ice pops

White Sangria Ice Pops

While it is still a few weeks until the official start of summer, beach weather is already upon us here in Southern California.  So this morning, I took a little time out from all the household chores and errands to relax and enjoy the moment. Don’t you just love “me” time?  I grabbed a couple of beach towels, sunscreen, and some magazines, and headed out….to my backyard.  Fortunately for me, when going to the beach isn’t an option, I can still enjoy the sunshine and the slightest of ocean breezes right in my own backyard. No crowds. No traffic or parking hassles. No sand to make a mess. Just peace and quiet, except for the lyrical chirping of the birds fleeting about.

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strawberry, mango, and kiwi ice pops

healthy and refreshing strawberry, mango, and kiwi ice pops

Summer’s starting to wind down, but there’s still plenty of sunshine and warm weather.  Here’s a kid-friendly ice pop to beat the heat!

To take advantage of the fresh fruits of summer, make this triple-layer Ice Pop with Strawberry, Mango, and Kiwi. Try it yourself as is or substitute your own favorite fruit but be sure to pick seasonal fruit at their peak of flavor to minimize the amount of added sugar. Limited only by your imagination . . . kids & adults alike will be giddy with anticipation for our popsicles!

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strawberry, mango, and kiwi ice pops

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Watermelon Agua Fresca

Agua fresca, Spanish for “fresh water”, is a non-alcoholic beverage made from fresh fruits like watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries, and papaya.  It is typically sold by street vendors and restaurants all over Mexico and is usually ladled from large barrel-shaped glass jars. Traditionally, agua fresca is made by combining fruit, water, and sugar. This version, agua de sandia, or literally “watermelon water”, is the perfect way to use this summer’s juicy, ripe watermelon.  It’s a colorful and festive alternative to lemonade or iced tea.

For me, having a refreshing drink like an agua de sandia while sitting out in the backyard is a great way to unwind after a long and busy day.

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