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Easy Watermelon Mojito

Don't waste that watermelon juice that collects when you cut up a whole melon ... Use it to whip up an easy Watermelon Mojito instead!  It's certainly a tasty way to enjoy summer's watermelon.

Easy Watermelon Mojito ~ Don't waste that watermelon juice that collects when you cut up a whole melon ... whip up an easy Watermelon Mojito instead!  www.thekitchenismyplayground.com


One of my favorite things about summer is enjoying watermelon.  I just love it's ripe juicy sweetness, and swear I could eat it every day.

But you know how when you cut up a watermelon, all that juice collects on the cutting board and in the bottom of the bowl where the pieces are?  It sure seems a shame to waste all that delicious juice, don't you think?

Lemony White Bean Salad

Serve up this Lemony White Bean Salad as a side, or pair it with Crunchmaster™ crackers for a a totally tasty dip.  It's the perfect pairing for healthier snacking!  Thank you to Crunchmaster for sponsoring this recipe's creation and this #NewBeginnings post.

Lemony White Bean Salad ~ Serve up this flavor-packed salad as a side, or pair it with crackers for a a totally tasty dip.  It's perfect for healthier snacking & eating!  www.thekitchenismyplayground.com


A couple weeks ago, I embarked upon an adventure to make a positive change in my life, going along with Crunchmaster's #NewBeginnings launch of their new logo and packaging.  And let me just tell you, when Crunchmaster challenged me to make a new beginning like they are, it wasn't hard at all to decide what mine would be ~ more wholesome snacking for ME!

See, when it comes to choosing and preparing healthy snacks for our 7-year-old daughter, I do a pretty good job.  But when it comes to me?  Not so much.  It seems that's always the way with us parents, right? ... We take great care of our little ones, without being so diligent for ourselves.

Well after introducing this new adventure in my Creamy Feta Dip post, my quest for healthier snacks continues!  With this super tasty Lemony White Bean Salad.

20 Favorite No-Bake Desserts

Want to keep that oven off but still serve up an incredibly delicious dessert? ~ Just choose from one of these 20 favorite No-Bake Desserts.  They're sure to satisfy your no-bake sweet tooth!

Want to keep that oven off but still serve up an incredibly delicious dessert? ~ Just choose from one of these 20 favorite No-Bake Desserts.  They're sure to satisfy your no-bake sweet tooth!

I'm a total sucker for a great no-bake dessert.  Not only are they pretty easy to make, they're tasty, creamy, comforting deliciousness, too.  This collection includes 20 of our family favorite no-bake desserts ... the ones we turn to over and over to satisfy our no-bake sweet tooth.  We hope you find some favorites, too!

Easy Chocolate Fluff

This easy Chocolate Fluff is simple creamy no-bake chocolate comfort for dessert, whipped up in no time flat.  Kid-friendly and loved by the grown-ups, too!
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Since moving to North Carolina from Vermont about 20 years ago, I have found a few things I miss that you just can't get in the South.  Like grade B real maple syrup.  Sure, of course you can buy real maple syrup in the grocery stores in the South ~ but not the totally awesome grade B stuff.  And fabulous Italian restaurants.  Yup, Italian restaurants are waaaaaaaaaay better up North.  And Ring Dings.  Ohhhhhh, how I miss my Drake's Ring Dings.  Do you know about Ring Dings?

Red White & Blue Cherry Almond Cookies

These fun and festive Red, White, & Blue Cherry Almond Cookies will pair perfectly with your 4th of July fireworks!

Red White & Blue Cherry Almond Cookies ~ These fun little cookies pair perfectly with those 4th of July fireworks!


Back leading up to Christmas time, I made these really tasty and beautiful Cherry Almond Cookies ... complete with a juicy maraschino cherry baked right in the middle and a fun little white chocolate drizzle across the top ...

Cherry Almond Cookies Image

Which got me to thinking ... With their bright pop of cherry-red in the center, wouldn't adding a drizzle of red and blue make these little cookie beauties just perfect for the 4th of July?

Red White & Blue Virgin White Sangria

Mix up a beautiful batch of 4th of July Red White & Blue Virgin White Sangria to enjoy during the fireworks festivities!  It's a perfect holiday sipper for the kids and grown-ups alike.

Red White & Blue Virgin White Sangria ~  Whip up a pitcher to enjoy during the 4th of July fireworks festivities!  It's a perfect holiday sipper for the kids and grown-ups alike.  www.thekitchenismyplayground.com


The 4th of July is just one month away!  Who's like me and already thinking of their red, white, and blue recipes to serve up for the fireworks festivities?

Aside from Thanksgiving and Christmas, I think the 4th of July is the most fun holiday to cook for.  Because there are just so many simple ways to incorporate fun red, white, and blue foods into the menu.  Like our daughter's favorite Red White & Blue Strawberry Cheesecake Bites and Red White & Blue Italian Ice Floats.

Or, with this easy Red White & Blue Virgin White Sangria.  Made even more fun and festive by including "white" fruit stars.

But as we all know, when it comes to available fruits that are truly white, we're pretty limited in our choices.  So when this red, white & blue sangria idea came to me, my first question became ~ What fruit to use for the "white" stars?
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