Avocado salad dressing

Chef in disguise

Avocado salad dressing chef in disguise
The first Monday of the month always brings our secret recipe club reveal and for this month, I was assigned Edesia’s notebook. Lesa, the wonderful lady behind the blog lives in Wisconsin and has two adorable daughters. She loves trying out new recipes and that is why she started her blog in 2007, to keep track of all the recipes she experiments with. It was not easy choosing just one recipe but since It’s been a while since I last posted a salad dressing I ended up making her avocado salad dressing. 
You say avocado and most people would shrink away worried about the fat content but what many don’t know is that avocados are really a power house in nutrition. They are rich in fiber,  healthy fats (monounsaturated oleic acid, a “heart healthy” fatty acid that is believed to be one of the main reasons for the health…

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starbucks danoi how to diyGood Morning! What’s a better way to start the day than with a $5 Starbucks bev? Starting it off with a 32 cents Frapp! Making your own Starbucks drinks at home is not only easy and delicious but over the course of a year could save you up to $1,343! (That’s about a %92 cheaper!)

Starbucks Frappuccino


      1 Cup Double-strength Starbucks coffee OR 3/4 cup fresh espresso (cold)
      3/4 C Milk
      3 Tbs Sugar (or to taste)
      2 Cups Ice
             Pinch of xanthan gum OR 1 tsp dry pectin


  1. Brew Coffee.
  2. Combine ingredients in a cup, give a quick stir and put in blender, adding the ice last. Blend for about 10 seconds.
  3. Swirl caramel, mocha, or desired syrup around the inside of cup and pour.

Top with whip cream and chocolate syrup, if desired!


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Harvesting the Last Days of Summer

Eat, Play, Love

This has been a beautiful week! For the first time in recent memory, our annual trip to an apple farm was done wearing shorts and t-shirts. And we’re not complaining! We’ll take this summer-like weather as long as we can get it. onions

So to keep up the guise of summer, we’ve been enjoying the end of summer’s harvest with our meals. Today’s recipe is reminiscent of our trip to Michigan in August. On the last afternoon of our vacation, we enjoyed a wonderful gourmet pizza at a local winery. We’ve since recreated it at home several times. While the prep time is a little lengthy, Mike and I think this Summer Harvest Pizza is worth the effort. balsamic caramelized onions

We start the meal prep early in the day by making a semolina pizza crust. We use my bread machine to simplify the process. The dough recipe makes enough for three large pizzas…

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