Aunt Lilly’s Peach Floats – a perfect late summer dessert

They say when you age, your memory is one of the first things to go. I don’t know if that is necessarily true, as my great Aunt Lilly at age 95 has a memory better than anyone I know. She says her memory is going, I beg to differ.

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When I was chatting with her a few weeks back asking her about her childhood so I could add more to my stories about her in my post with the zucchini salad I made, she decided instead to tell me all about a dessert she had as a kid growing up in Austria. Instead of telling me about where she lived, what she did, she went on for 20 min about this one dessert which to me sounded like Peach Melba, but she insisted it wasn’t.

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Vanilla Bean Swiss Meringue Buttercream and an 8 Billion Sprinkle Covered Cake

This is a first for me. An actual dslr photo of one of my kid’s birthday cakes. Normally its a few iphone snaps and a share on instagram. The only cakes I have ever blogged for my kids were their 1st birthday cakes years ago on my old blog. I realized I needed to share my go-to buttercream recipe so why not share with this cake. Swiss Meringue buttercream sounds so much harder than it is, but its really so easy and I personally think its a gazillion times better than powdered sugar buttercreams. Not cloyingly sweet at all.

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My husband and I make each other’s cakes for our birthdays and always have since before we were married. He always makes me pineapple upside down cake and I make him angel food cake. My kids on the other hand have had a different cake each year so far, since they have yet to find one cake and stick with it ( finicky kids I tell you) and when my now 6 year old told me she wanted just a chocolate cake with my yummy vanilla buttercream I knew I wanted to do more than just that. It had to be fun!

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Can’t believe my kid is 6 already. HOW did this happen? I have got to stop blinking as much as I do. Time is flying by.
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Coconut Ice Cream with Pineapple Curd Swirl

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Summer is not over yet. Not in the least in my book and yet, so many friends are saying “hurry up fall”. No!! I also refuse to look at Pinterest right now. There are TONS of pumpkin recipes being pinned already and Christmas stuff!  Stop it, people, just stop. Let me have the rest of [...]


Hundred Foot Journey Gourmet Getaway Sweepstakes with Cost Plus World Market

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Being a “foodie” I love movies about food, like the Disney/Dream Works movie based on the best selling novel, now in theaters since August 8th, “The Hundred-Foot Journey“. Cost Plus World Market’s latest Gourmet Getaway Sweepstakes is inspired by this movie with a trip to Paris, cooking classes and more!! This post is sponsored by Cost [...]


Mango Coconut Popsicles and our Summer Bucket List


“Mommy…can we have popsicles? Can we please?” is the song I hear daily out of my kids. And why not? Its summer, its HOT out and popsicles are awesome. Except I am all out of popsicles on this particular day that they asked. That was yesterday. Wellllll I did have some, but I hadn’t photographed [...]


Halibut with Pineapple Soy Ginger Sauce

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I am very excited to bring you another new super easy to make and healthy recipe on the blog today with my Halibut with Soy Ginger Pineapple Sauce. This post is sponsored by Le Creuset .  ( Giveaway is now over)

I have never been the typical “chick” when it comes to gifts. I am not into [...]


Zucchini Ribbon Salad with Walnuts and Blueberries


Since there are probably about a gazillion different versions of this zucchini ribbon salad online, I am not going to talk about it today. I am going to talk about my great Aunt Lilly instead. I made this salad for her when she was here visiting a month ago. She loved it.

Lilly was born in [...]


Boozy Cherry Clafoutis for Bastille Day

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Cherry Clafoutis. Say that three times fast

OOOOHHH La la!! Holiday Food Party time and we are going French and celebrating Bastille Day!! When the group was chatting about what holiday to make recipes for next after we posted for Mother’s Day, we thought it was a long time between that and Halloween so we wanted [...]


5qt Artisan KitchenAid Mixer Giveaway

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Normally I have a recipe to go with a giveaway post, but time has slipped away from me this month ( How is it almost July already??) and so I will make this post short and sweet and to the point. A fabulous group of bloggers and myself are giving away a KitchenAid Mixer!!

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Orange Sesame Grilled Salmon #ManMadeFood

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They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, so to be a good girlfriend , wife or significant other you should cook him good meals.  I don’t know who came up with that phrase or where it came from, but  I find it rather silly since it was my husband’s cooking [...]


Spicy Ahi Tuna Sliders with Crispy Maui Onions Strings #BurgerWeek

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This recipe almost didn’t happen this week. Technical difficulties and life was getting in the way. I was supposed to share these on Wednesday but I had to postpone, and since today is the last day of #BurgerWeek I say ” better late than never”, right?

A blogging friend of mine asked the other day if [...]


Summertime Grilled Hobo Pies and Berries in Red Wine Syrup #SummerGetaway

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YAY!! Its finally summer!! One of our first fun meals of the summer are these grilled hobo pies for an outside bbq brunch. Also? Mimosas ( of course) and berries with red wine syrup and the berries are cooked on the grill as well. I am all about grilling everything this summer, I wouldn’t mind [...]