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Glazed Blueberry Banana Coconut Bread

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I hope you are enjoying #BlueberryWeek so far, I know I am!  One of my favorite ways to use blueberries is in quick breads.  I'd pinned a recipe from Taste of Home for Glazed Coconut Banana Bread, and on the day I made it I'd picked just about a cup of blueberries from the bushes in our yard and I thought, why not toss them in?

Hate when fruit sinks to the bottom when making baked goods? My grandmother taught me to take some of the flour called for in the recipe (about a tablespoon) and toss it with the berries.  This helps to keep the berries distributed evenly throughout the bread or muffins.


We really enjoyed this one, and I'm looking forward to making it again now that our bushes are producing more consistently.  Quick breads freeze and defrost really well, just leave off the glaze.  I wrap them in one layer of Press N Seal, and then put them into a zip top bag.  Once defrosted, you can then add the glaze or sprinkle with some turbinado sugar.

Thank you to Ellen fr…

Blueberry Romaine Salad

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Welcome to #BlueberryWeek!  I've been so excited for this week, we are such huge fans of blueberries!  My grandmother used to have 150 blueberry bushes and if you came to visit, you were given a bucket and a row and strict instructions on picking.  Roll the berries between your thumb and first finger, but don't take off the blue "frost." Pick one bush clean before moving on.   And heaven help you if you picked a red or white one :)


I've got 5 of those plants on my property now, along with 4 of a different variety that I added this spring. It's awesome to just be able to stroll out in the yard and grab a handful to toss in my oatmeal, or on top of this Blueberry Romaine Salad.


I found this recipe on the Taste of Home site.  I just love homemade dressings!  They really are simple to make and taste so much better than the store bought ones. I did not add the onions to the dressing, I sliced them and put them onto the salad itself. 

On it's own, it'…

July 4th Recipe Round Up

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July is here and that means it's time for cookouts, picnics, and celebrating the Fourth of July! It also means that summer is now in full swing. This month our group of bloggers is sharing recipes that are full of patriotic themes of blue and red as well as many grilling and cookout recipes, and a lot of fun desserts and treats. Keep reading to help you plan out your meals for the month of July and your July 4th celebrations. Don't forget to check back on the last day of each month to see each monthly recipe round-up.

~Breakfast~
Baked Blueberry Pancake w/ Cherry Syrup from Pies and Plots
Whole Wheat Blueberry Zucchini Muffins from Savory Moments
~Side Dishes & Drinks~
Celery & Whole Mustard Deviled Eggs from Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice
Red, White, & Blue Salad from Kate's Recipe Box
Smoked Fish Dip from The Saucy Southerner
Red Beet Eggs from Crafty Cooking Mama
Apple & Berry Fruit Salad w/ Poppyseed Vinaigrette from Books n…

Honey Vanilla Pancakes #BetterYourBake

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Disclaimer:  I received product from Nielsen-Massey to test in exchange for my honest review .   All opinions are my own. This post contains an Amazon Affiliate link.  I earn a small commission at no cost to you with the purchase of the product. 



How would you rate your skill level in the kitchen?  While I consider myself to be proficient overall, there are still tons of things I'd like to perfect, especially when it comes to baking.  Nielsen-Massey's Better Your Bake tip series is a great educational tool, walking you through various techniques and then giving a selection of recipes to choose from to test out what you've learned.

The first tip is how to separate eggs and how to properly whisk eggs.  The recipe I chose to showcase my whisking technique is the Honey Vanilla Pancakes. Look how light and fluffy they turned out!  I used the Ugandan Pure Vanilla Extract, and served them with blueberries from our new bushes.



Tip #2 focuses on how to brown butter, and the Browned B…

Affogato- the perfect summer treat for coffee lovers!

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Disclaimer: I was provided samples of Door County Coffee's new flavors in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own. This post also contains an affiliate link.  I earn a small commission at no cost to you if you purchase the linked item.


You might be wondering, what the heck is an affogato?  In Italian, affogato means "drowned," and in the case of the dessert, you are drowning gelato or ice cream with a shot of coffee or espresso. When Door County Coffee & Tea Company asked if I wanted to try their new Brownie Batter and Birthday Cake flavors, an affogato immediately came to mind because both brownies and cake pair naturally with ice cream.

It really is super simple. Brew a strong cup of coffee, I used the smallest setting on my machine, and used the Brownie Batter.  Some people like to add a shot of amaretto or other liquor, I didn't. Dish up the ice cream. Pour the hot coffee over the top of the ice cream, and then top with chocolate shavings or …