White Chocolate Berry Pie  Copy

White Chocolate Berry Pie Copy

White Chocolate Berry Pie


One Pie Crust – Baked and cooled ( I like to use the Pillsbury crust that you roll out and bake)

5 squares of Baker’s White Chocolate

2 Tablespoons of Milk

4 oz. Cream Cheese, softened

1/3 C. Powdered Sugar

1 Teaspoon Grated Orange Peel

1 C. Whipping Cream, whipped

Fresh Strawberries and Blueberries



MICROWAVE 4 squares of white chocolate and milk about 2 minutes, stir until completely melted and cool to room temperature

BEAT Cream cheese, powdered sugar and orange peel in small bowl with electric mixer on low speed until smooth. Beat in white chocolate mixture

FOLD whipped cream into white chocolate mixture

SPREAD in bottom of cooled pie shell

ARRANGE berries on top

DRIZZLE with melted white chocolate

COOL at least one hour prior to serving



This pie is my favorite summertime pie. It tastes delicious with any berry on top but I prefer strawberries and blueberries. It makes a gorgeous dessert for the 4th of July.


Yummy Fruit Salad  Copy

Yummy Fruit Salad Copy




I love having people over in the summer to enjoy the garden and a back yard BBQ. I like to keep the menu simple so there is more time to visit with our guests and enjoy the music, conversation and lawn games.  A trip to the farmers market for fresh fruit really makes this delicious.

This is my favorite fruit salad.  Make it early in the morning and let the fruit settle into the sauce.

2/3 c. orange juice

juice of one lemon

1/3 c. brown sugar

1/2 tsp. orange zest

1/2 tsp. lemon zest

1 tsp. vanilla

2 c. pineapple cubed

2 c. strawberries, sliced

3 kiwi, peeled and sliced

2 bananas, peeled and sliced

1 c. seedless grapes, cut in half

2 c. blueberries

1 16 oz. can of mandarin oranges, drained

  1. Bring orange juice, lemon juice, brown sugar, orange zest, and lemon zest to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in vanilla extract. Set aside to cool.

2.  Arrange fruit in large bowl.  Drizzle sauce over the fruit and lightly toss to coat.  Refrigerate  for at least 2 hours for best flavor.

Enjoy the summertime moments with your family and friends!










Mediterranean Grilled Chicken  Copy

Mediterranean Grilled Chicken Copy

Mediterranean Grilled Chicken

An easy and flavorful chicken recipe.  Prepare the Rosemary and Garlic Rub first.


2 Tablespoons fresh chopped Rosemary

2 Tablespoons – Greek plain yogurt

1 teaspoon lemon zest

1 Tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice

1 teaspoon fresh minced thyme

3 garlic cloves, pressed

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

This recipe will coat 4 boneless/skinless chicken breasts


Rub the Rosemary and Garlic Rub evenly over the chicken meat.  Grille for about 25 minutes until cooked through.

I serve this with wild rice and and roasted summer vegetables.


Stuffed Peppers  Copy

Stuffed Peppers Copy

Stuffed Peppers


6 Bell Peppers ( any color)
1 1/2 lb. ground turkey
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
2 15 oz. can of Italian diced tomatoes
1 8 oz. package of sliced mushrooms
1 c. uncooked rice
1 c. water
salt and pepper to taste
2 tsp. Italian Seasoning
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
Grated Parmesan Cheese for topping

1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil. Cut the tops off of the peppers and remove the seeds. Cook peppers in boiling water for 5 minutes; drain and set aside.

2. In a large skillet, saute onion, mushrooms and garlic in olive oil

3. Add ground turkey and brown. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add Italian Seasoning.

4. Stir in tomatoes, rice, Worcestershire sauce and 1 c. of water. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes until rice is fully cooked.

5. Fill peppers with cooked filling and sprinkle Parmesan Cheese on top. Place in baking dish in a preheated 350 degree oven and bake for 20 minutes.

Fresh Strawberry Muffins  Copy

Fresh Strawberry Muffins Copy

Fresh Strawberry Muffins

I love these fresh strawberry muffins.  They remind me of when my kiddos were little.  My friend Mary, who lived across the street from me, gave me this recipe.  Actually she brought them over to my house one summer morning with a small bouquet of flowers from her yard.  Just what a tired mom of four kiddos needed.  I have made these countless times since that day…  Enjoy and while your at it make a batch to take to your neighbor.

3 c. flour

2 c. sugar

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. cinnamon

4 eggs, beaten

1 1/4 c. oil

2 1/2 c. fresh strawberries, sliced and slightly mashed

Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.  In a small mixing bowl combine eggs and oil.  Stir strawberries into the egg mixture.  Blend in flour until thoroughly combined.

Spoon into lightly greased muffin tins ( or use cupcake liners )

Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes

Makes 2 dozen

Our Favorite Christmas Cookies  Copy

Our Favorite Christmas Cookies Copy

I have tried to make other cookies at Christmas time, but my family won’t cooperate.  🙂   This is our recipe given to me over 20 years ago by my friend Angela.  Have fun making them with your family. Obviously, this recipe is not low calorie but it does make delicious cookies and they are my families favorite every year.  Hope they become yours too!


Cookie Dough –

4 cubes of real butter  ( yep – you read that right )

1 egg plus 1 egg yolk ( reserve the white for the frosting )

1 C. sugar

1 Tablespoon of almond extract

4 C. Flour

Mix all ingredients well and let the dough chill.  Roll out on a well floured surface to desired thickness. Cut out dough using your favorite cookie cutters.

Bake at 375 degrees for 8 – 10 minutes until light brown around the edges

Frosting –

3/4 c. Crisco

1 lb of powdered sugar

1 egg white

2 Tablespoons of water

2 teaspoons of vanilla

1 teaspoon of almond extract

Mix well and add desired food coloring


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