July 20, 2014

Banana Pudding Icebox Cake {Dang, it's good}

You know those desserts that ... after just one bite ... make you say, "Dang!  This stuff's GOOD!"  Yup, Banana Pudding Icebox Cake is one of those  desserts.  It'll have you going back for seconds ... or thirds.

Oh my word, we are in love with this Banana Pudding Icebox Cake.  It was infatuation at first sight.  But then quickly turned to true love at first bite.  And I think Banana Pudding Icebox Cake will be in our lives for a very, very long time.

Yes, it's that  good.

July 19, 2014

Southern-Style Green Beans {vs. 'Northern-Style' ~ The Great Green Bean Debate}

How do you take your green beans?  Simmered & soft Southern-style ... or still-crisp, lightly steamed & vibrantly green Northern-style?  That  is the 'Great Green Bean' debate in our family!

When I moved from Vermont to North Carolina ... goodness, 20 years ago ... I learned there was a difference ... a big  difference ... in how Northerners and Southerners cook their fresh green beans.  See, there's Southern-style, simmered on the stovetop for a good piece, soft, and dullish green.  And then there's Northern-style ...

July 16, 2014

Mark's Ultimate Marinated Vidalia Onion & Tomato Sandwich

Piled high with fresh in-season marinated sweet onions and garden tomatoes, these Marinated Vidalia Onion & Tomato Sandwiches are the ultimate in simplicity and summer yumminess.

One thing my husband Mark is going to miss when we move in a couple of weeks are the onion & tomato sandwiches he loves to get at The WoodShed restaurant in Stanley, NC.  See, they're kinda an institution in these parts.  Super simple.  No fuss.  And totally yummy.  To my husband, they're the ultimate marinated onion and tomato sandwiches.

So, since I'm sweet sometimes, I decided to figure out how to make them before we move away.  The hubby says I have them recreated beautifully!  In all their super simple yumminess and glory.

July 10, 2014

47 Ways to Make Chicken Salad

  In a chicken salad rut?  Tired of always making it the same way?  Then check out these 47 fabulous ways to make chicken salad ~ you're sure to find one or two ... or 47 ... you'll love!

July 7, 2014

Vanilla Chai Milkshake { #TakeBackVanilla with Coffee-mate}

Stay cool and refreshed during these hot summer days with the classically fun flavor of vanilla in this yummy Vanilla Chai Milkshake.

With my little 2nd graders the last week of school this year, I focused on ice cream with them.  Yup, we centered all our activities around ice cream ~ reading and compiling information from multiple non-fiction sources about how ice cream is made and its history ... learning about its production and distribution ... inventing our own flavors and writing to describe them ... collecting data about our favorite flavors.  Oh, and eating it, of course!  I mean, you just have  to eat it, right?  Yes, yes you do.

Well can you guess what the favorite flavors of the class were?  There were two ...

July 5, 2014

Fresh Cucumber Pickles {a.k.a. Refrigerator Pickles}

Enjoy summer's bounty of fresh garden cucumbers with these easy, no cook Fresh Cucumber Pickles ... made in the refrigerator with just cucumbers, vinegar, a handful of spices, and a couple of days chillin' time. 

Fresh garden produce time is in full swing here in the Carolinas.  And I'm lovin' the bounty I'm scoring from friends' and family member's gardens!  The other day I came home from my parents' house with about 2 pounds of freshly-picked green beans, some summer squash, all kinds of fresh herbs, and ... one of my absolute favorites ... freshly picked garden cucumbers.  Sweet!

So I whipped out one of our family-favorite ways to enjoy fresh garden cucumbers ...

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