Raspberry Lemon Bars

These are a pretty summer dessert that go a long way – one batch makes a lot.  Recipe from Smitten Kitchen, called pink lemonade bars.  Shawn taste-tested (I’m allergic to raspberries – these are for a friend), and he thought they were very good but could be a little more tart.    So if you’re a fan of tart lemon flavor (I am!), adjust that and maybe tone down the berries.  I did taste the crust and thought it was quite good.  I’d make again, though I think next time I’ll substitute blueberries so I can enjoy!





Apple, Banana and Grape Green Smoothie

Here’s another green smoothie recipe that I like a lot.  Tastes great, and these are also awesome for using up fruit that may be on its last legs.   This one is my favorite so far.

  • 1 apple, coursely chopped
  • 1 banana
  • Handful of seedless red grapes
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • A couple of handfuls of fresh spinach

Throw it all in the blender and liquify it. 🙂  Makes a great breakfast!

Pear and Apple Green Smoothie

So I’m on this weird green smoothie kick.  I’ve been feeling pretty gross physically from all the holiday eating, and lots of eating out during our recent move.  On a particularly bad day, I picked up one of those Naked green smoothies in the bottle, and felt about 1000% better.  So, I decided to bust out the blender and give it a go at home! 

  • 2 pears, I used Bartlett, chopped up a bit
  • 1 apple, chopped up
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • pinch of cardamom
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Couple of handfuls of  fresh spinach

Stick it in a blender and go to town!  Trust me, it’s delicious! 


Blackberry Mint Julep

This is way too tasty for its own good, and I don’t even enjoy Bourbon too much.  This was one of my contributions to a summer cocktail party we had a couple of months ago, and it seemed to go over well.  I got this from Martha Stewart.


Blackberry Pie

I really, really love pie.  Any kind.  And I really love blackberries.  When our local farmer’s market had some fabulous-looking blackberries, I bought a ridiculous amount and of course had to make a pie.  The result was very good, and very tart, and would have been even better if I’d had some vanilla ice cream or whipped cream on hand to go with it.  I got this particular recipe from Joy of Baking, one of my favorite websites – I’ve always had fantastic luck with her recipes!