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Chardonnay Al Fresco Cocktail

Though this Chardonnay Al Fresco Cocktail may sound a tad bit strange, give this refreshing combination of chardonnay, cucumber, and lime a try!  You'll be in for a true wine cocktail treat.  Hey, it may just become your new favorite summer sipper!

Chardonnay Al Fresco Cocktail ~ this refreshing combination of chardonnay, cucumber, and lime may just become your new favorite summer sipper!


Does the combination of chardonnay, cucumber, and lime sound a tad strange?  

That's exactly what I thought when I first came across this chardonnay cocktail recipe.  But being an avid lover of both chardonnay and wine cocktails {like my Moscato Bee's Knees or Sparkling Apple Pie Cocktail for example}, I of course still had to give it a try.

And you know what?

Make-Ahead Layered Salad {For a Crowd}

When feeding a crowd, we all love to have a few tricks up our sleeve to make preparation easier, right?  Make-Ahead Layered Salad is one of my favorite feed-a-crowd tricks! With make-ahead convenience and fabulous flavor, it's perfect for all those summer cookouts and get-togethers.
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Make-Ahead Layered Salad {For a Crowd} ~ With make-ahead convenience and fabulous flavor, this is perfect for those summer cookouts & get-togethers.


With Memorial Day weekend coming up, the unofficial start of summer is upon us!  And what comes along with summer?  Cookouts and tons of summer get-togethers, for sure.

Thinking back to my childhood, I have very fond memories of summer cookouts at our house.  And it seemed that our house was one of those houses that always unexpectedly picked up an extra friend or two for dinner.

But when we had these unexpected extra guests or hosted a family get-together, my Mom always made it look effortless to feed a crowd.  Looking back, I'm in awe of Mom's grace and ease with which she cooked for and fed a crowd.

Because for me?  Feeding a crowd is certainly not effortless!

Nope.  For me, cooking for and feeding a crowd is hard.

Which is why I'm always on the lookout for dishes that make feeding a crowd easier.  Like this Make-Ahead Layered Salad.  Not only is it super tasty, it's gorgeous, too.

Funfetti Happy Birthday Cupcakes

Put a smile on your birthday girl or boy's face with adorably fun and festive Funfetti Happy Birthday Cupcakes.  And these little cupcake beauties are as tasty as they are cute!
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Funfetti Happy Birthday Cupcakes ~ Put a smile on your birthday girl or boy's face with these adorably fun & festive cupcakes!  www.thekitchenismyplayground.com


Our sweet little Miss H. turned 7 the end of last month!  And what does every sweet little turning-7-old ask for for their birthday?  Cupcakes, of course.

So cupcakes is what she got.

Homemade from-scratch Funfetti Happy Birthday Cupcakes with homemade vanilla buttercream frosting, to be exact.  And I must say, she was thrilled with the result.

Homemade Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

This fluffy, creamy, sweet-but-not-too-sweet, loaded-with-great-vanilla-flavor homemade Vanilla Buttercream Frosting will have you clamoring for that piled-high cupcake or corner piece of cake!
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Homemade Vanilla Buttercream Frosting ~ Fluffy, creamy, sweet-but-not-too-sweet, and loaded with great vanilla flavor! This frosting will have you clamoring for that piled-high cupcake or corner piece of cake.  www.thekitchenismyplayground.com


You know those people who clamor for the corner pieces of a store-bought sheet cake ... the ones slathered with thick frosting on both the top and two sides?  Or, that immediately claim the piece with the huge rose decoration smack in the middle so they can gobble up that big glob of frosting?

Yeh, I'm definitely not one of those people.

See, I'm super picky about my frosting.  And most store-bought frostings are simply too overly sweet for me.  Or, kind of greasy, know what I mean?  Or, just have no real flavor at all.

But this homemade Vanilla Buttercream Frosting?  Now, this is a frosting I will clamor for!

Dark Chocolate Blueberry Muffins

Loaded with chopped dark chocolate and juicy fresh blueberries, these Dark Chocolate Blueberry Muffins are one tasty treat!  They're just perfect for breakfast or an anytime snack.
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Dark Chocolate Blueberry Muffins ~ Loaded with chopped dark chocolate and juicy fresh blueberries, these Dark Chocolate Blueberry Muffins are one tasty treat!  They're just perfect for breakfast or an anytime snack.


I am a dark chocolate fanatic.  Well, actually ... I'm an any-kind-of-chocolate fanatic.  Though I especially adore dark chocolate.

But I must admit, when I stumbled across the combination of dark chocolate and blueberries in these Dark Chocolate Blueberry Muffins, I was skeptical.  Chocolate? ... Yes.  Blueberries? ... Yes.  Together in a muffin? ... I wasn't sure.

But given these are two of my absolute favorite things, I just had to give the combination a try.

And you know what?

How to Make the BEST Oatmeal Cookies

Whether you enjoy them plain just-as-they-are, or with your favorite add-ins, these are the best Oatmeal Cookies ~ bringing together the wonderful elements of great thickness, soft and chewy middles, great texture, and fantastic flavor.  Whip up a batch today!

 The BEST Oatmeal Cookies ~ bring together great thickness, soft and chewy middles, great texture, and fantastic flavor in these oatmeal cookies!


There's not much I love more than a good oatmeal cookie.  But ... the key word in that statement is good.  And good oatmeal cookies are way harder to come by than one would think.

But what makes the best oatmeal cookies?

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