The Best of Summer Dessert Round-up

I have rounded up my favorite summer desserts using the deliciousness of the summer fruits that are available right now.  It is time to get the cobblers baking and the trifles in the fridge!

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The Bunco Night Without Me

One of the best things I did this year was join a Bunco group.  I had never played Bunco before, didn’t even know what it was.  I thought it was a card game!  There are 12 ladies in the group and we each have a month that we host the night in our home.  My month was May.  No one likes a party better than me.  No one likes to entertain better than me.  No one likes to see people enjoying themselves while eating my food more than me.   Sadly, I missed the entire night.

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Our Favorite Fruit Salad and…….MILKSHAKES!

Is there anything better than a fresh fruit salad on a hot summer day?  No, I don’t think there is.  The cool, crisp sweetness of the fruit will hit the spot everytime.  This salad is our favorite fruit salad.  It has that Pina Colada taste and feel to it.  You can never go wrong with anything flavored Pina Colada.

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A Great Weekend with DONUTS!

Don’t you love the weekends?  Man oh man I do!  I try not to lift one finger for cleaning, running errands, or breaking a sweat.  I just want to kick back and do whatever we want to do, whenever when want to do it!  This past weekend we enjoyed brunch, went to the farmer’s market, relaxed at the beach, visited Vivian in her rehab facility, and finished off the day with DONUTS!!!  The weekend started off great with brunch at one of our favorite downtown restaurants, The Ruby Slipper Cafe.

My meal was two biscuits topped with a fried green tomato. The tomatoes were covered with shrimp in a tomato sauce. Oh my goodness, I need this in my life everyday!
Sir Streusel’s plate was Banana Foster with Candied Bacon. I snuck a bite, it was a good bite, it was a glorious bite, it was heaven!

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Pancake Cake

Why do I love pancakes, oh let me count the ways!

  1.  They are fun!  
  2.  They are for everyone!
  3.  They are for breakfast!
  4.  They are for dinner!
  5.  They are cute!
  6.  They have a holiday named after them, “National Pancake Day”.
  7.  They are easy to make!
  8.   They can be made into a cake!!!

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A Much Needed Get-a-Way

I know I have been absent from my blog but a person never knows what is around the corner in the life they live.  My 93 year old Mother-in-Law has dementia and lives in a memory care facility.  Two weeks ago she suffered a seizure/stoke when I was alone with her.  It is not something I care to remember.  She had recovered from the ‘episode’ when she fell at her facility and broke her hip.  So I am blogging today from the hospital waiting for her to be taken back to surgery. Dementia is ugly, I hate it.  It strips a person of dignity, they are a shell of the person they were, and they are living in a lonely world.  I get plenty of laughs with Viv, I have learned to laugh and just ‘go with it’ when she says something that is not right.  It makes her laugh and we have a chuckle together.  Then the ugly appears.  She will ask me to take her to see her parents, or who are the people in the pictures in her room.  But through it all, she has remained the elegant lady that I have know her to be for 36 years.  She has become very dependent on me.  She tells everyone, I mean everyone, “Jody is in charge, she takes care of me.”  It breaks my heart every time I hear this.  She still knows my name and I am dreading the day when she doesn’t recognize me.  I try to prep her when someone is coming to visit.  Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.  As I sit with her this morning waiting for her to be taken back for surgery, I realize I know way too much about a disease that I have come to despise.

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Peach Blueberry Crumble

Good day friends!  A lot has been happening in Pensacola the past few weeks.  Sir Streusel’s mom, who is in memory care, had an ‘episode’ (seizure/stroke) that completely consumed our days.  She is doing better which is a miracle.  We were told she wouldn’t leave the hospital.  When she made it back to her room at her facility, Sir Streusel and I took a much needed get-a-way for a few days.  We headed to Orlando and did Disney……adult style!!!  Much to blog about that later.

This is a picture of two people who desperately needed a few days away to relax. We had been through a lot with his mother and were exhausted. This was our first night, look how we immediately relaxed!

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Key Lime Poke Cake

Still looking for a little Cinco de Mayo treat?  Need a little flavor from the Florida Keys?  I can hook you up!!!  In the South, we like to poke things, even our cakes.  We love to bake a sheet cake then poke and fill the holes with a jello based filling.  This type of cake became a phenomenon in the 70’s and has never stopped making appearances at potlucks and dinner tables.  

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Caprese Chicken Salad

I felt like I wanted a salad.  I felt like I wanted chicken.  I felt like I wanted everything covered in delicious balsamic vinaigrette.  So I got in the kitchen and got busy.  Sometimes you just have to make things happen for yourself.  

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Frozen Fruit Salad

The weather is gorgeous, Florida humidity is at a rare low, the grass is turning green, everything is coming together for me to sit outside and enjoy this beautiful spring.  Except, for me to truly enjoy this weather, I mean truly enjoy all it has to offer…..I will need a snack.  Girlfriend loves her snacks!

Remember the Frozen Fruit Salad your Grandma used to make and you could eat like a popsicle?  I had forgotten all about this little treat until I came across the recipe in my old index card file box full of recipes. This my friends is the perfect little snack to enjoy while sitting on your porch reading your favorite book. Continue reading Frozen Fruit Salad