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Orchard Sangria 1

Orchard Sangria

I’ve never been much into drinking alcohol but I do have an occasional beer, glass of wine, prosecco, and only in the past few years fell in love with white sangria.

While having dinner one evening at California Pizza Kitchen I noticed on their menu they had a white sangria they called, “Orchard Sangria” so I decided to try it.  OMG it was so delicious I could barely put it down to eat my dinner.

Leaning Tower of Death by Chocolate Cake 3

Leaning Tower Chocolate Avalanche Cake

One of the things I always teach in my classes is if a dish doesn’t turn out exactly how you planned then call it something else.

I actually hesitated to post this cake but my kids – my daugher who turned 27 on August 1st and my son who turns 30 today, insisted I post this!

My daughter called it the Leaning Tower Cake and since it’s my Chocolate Avalanche Cake I’m calling it the Leaning Tower Chocolate Avalanche Cake.  It definitely had an avalanche! It may look awful, lumpy, and tilted to say the least, but OMG it was outrageously delicious! 

Chocolate Avocado Snowball Truffle

Chocolate Avocado Snowball Truffles

I know what you’re thinking – chocolate and avocado, yuck! Trust me on this one, it’s actually a delightful blend of two healthy ingredients making this truffle a guilt-free treat to indulge in – here’s why. 

Watermelon Pizza

Watermelon Pizza – try a slice!

Sometimes when craving dessert and there’s no chocolate in the house you do the next best thing – create something with whatever you have on hand.  This Watermelon Pizza fit the bill. 

Grilled Salmon with Blueberry Corn Salsa

Grilled Salmon with a Blueberry & Corn Salsa

We love salmon and I find when we can’t decide what to have for dinner, salmon is it.  It cooks up quickly and is perfect for doctoring up with fresh salsas or sauces. 

Peanut Butter Coconut Granola Bars

Peanut Butter Coconut Granola Bars

Every summer I find myself making new versions of granola bars.  I suppose it’s because we spend a lot of time outdoors and granola bars are the perfect treat to stuff in your purse, backpack, glove box, bicycle bags, yes and even your back pocket – while providing plenty of nutrition and energy.  Of course, it does depend on the ingredients. 

Avocado Rose

How to Make an Avocado Rose

Yesterday I shared with you how to make a Salad in a Jar and topped it off with an Avocado Rose.  Since I had a few people message me asking me how I made the rose I decided I show you today. 

Salad in a Jar

Salads in a Jar

Foods in jars are all the rage these days and for good reason.  With everyone constantly on the go it can be challenging to eat a healthy meal, especially when running from morning well into the evening.

Foods in jars or salads in jars are ideal to take to work, to watch your child’s sporting events, on a picnic lunch, hiking or even on long road trips.  Of course not all these events would be suitable to bring a glass jar, that’s why these Make & Take Mason Jars are ideal – made from BPA-free plastic.