Thursday, July 30, 2015

Dog Days: Homeade Treats!

We've reached the point of Summer where it's really hot and we've had a stretch of weather has been quite humid. I'm not complaining, living in New England I know it will be short-lived. That being said, who doesn't need a snack to cool off a bit? That even includes our favorite four legged friends! Our dog, Tippy enjoys these yummy Frozen Treats on hot Summer days!
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 small container plain Greek yogurt
  • Combine all ingredients until thoroughly blended.
  • Pour into cups/ice cube trays
  • Insert a dog bone "handle" if desired
*On a side note, my dear friend gave me these amazing trays from Pampered Chef to freeze herbs! They are amazing, I use them all the time! They are also the perfect size for freezing these treats, and making your own Bento Ball insert (we have the standard size). So, when you are done freezing your treats, simply pop them out and put your insert inside of your bento for your furry friends!*

Tippy loves these treats and they are healthy and delicious on a hot Summer day! Easy too!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Braided Crown

We've been busy these days with soaking in the Summer!  We've also had a chance to check out the really cool braided hair tutorials all over You Tube and the internet!  Pretty cool when we have more time on our hands than usual. This certainly isn't a "before school do" but it's manageable when you have a bit more time!  Adorable for a Summer party or wedding.  I know I've said it a zillion times but hooray for Summer!  LOVE IT!

Get out there and enjoy my friends and Happy Monday - the last one in July 2015!  How did that happen? 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Summer Eats

I'm happy to report that were actually starting to harvest some of our veggies from the garden now! Keep in mind, our garden is tiny but you can grow a lot in a small amount of space! We're getting zucchini, squash, beans, jalapenos, tons of herbs (basil, parsley, mint...) and little orange and yellow tomatoes.  We have A LOT of tomatoes on the horizon, eggplant and onions. What an amazing time of year!  The farmstands are full of fresh, local fruits and vegetables, and the farmers markets are in full swing. This is the time of year makes our bodies happy! Delicious, healthy local food! There is something about growing my own veggies that makes me get chopping! We've been busy enjoying delicious smoothies and salads lately! The freshness is amazing! Here's a look at the kitchen goodness!

Yummy mango smoothies! No, we don't grow mango but they are so fresh right now and more affordable!
Delicious Italian Chopped Salads!
Mexican Chopped Salad full of fresh cilantro and avocado!
My goal lately has been to keep the oven off and only fire up the grill. My picking hands are ready, my cutting board awaits! 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Favorite Flowers: In Bloom!

This week we are basking in the glow of Summer! It definitely feels like everything is in bloom and taking full advantage of the hot weather! This is most certainly the case with my cutting garden which we are doing for the third year in a row.  Basically a cutting garden is just that, a dedicated space for flowers that you're going to cut and bring inside. This year I snagged some of the State Fair Zinnia variety and they most certainly didn't disappoint. Huge bursts of color are popping up everywhere but I love so much about zinnias is that the more I cut, the more that boom!  just think these are the most beautiful, eye-catching blooms!  
This is one thing that I look forward to every Summer, when my bases are ready to be filled! I'm happy to say: it's time! 
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