Watermelon Salad

Watermelon Salad

Watermelon Salad


Watermelon – 1 small melon or 1/2 of a large melon (cubed into bite size pieces)

1 English cucumber, sliced

1 shallot – chopped finely

1/2 c. fresh mint leaves

1/2 c. fresh basil leaves

1/2 c. crumbled feta cheese


1/2 c. nonfat greek yogurt

2 Tbsp. olive oil

2 Tbsp. honey

juice of 1 lime

salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients and chill in refrigerator at least 20 minutes prior to serving.

This is a great summer salad to enjoy alongside hamburgers, turkey burgers or grilled chicken.


Summer Salad

Summer Salad

8 oz. of baby spinach

8 oz of red leaf lettuce

1 c. sliced strawberries

1/2 c. blueberries

1/2 c. mandarin oranges

1/2 c. pecans or 1/2 c. almonds

3 oz. goat cheese crumbled

1 bunch green onions

1 avocado, peeled and diced


1 c. vegetable oil

3/4 c. sugar

1/2 c. red wine vinegar

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 t. paprika

salt and pepper to taste

Yummy Fruit Salad

Yummy Fruit Salad




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!










Fresh Strawberry Muffins

Fresh Strawberry Muffins

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