Heat wave part 2: Creamy Lemon Dressing Recipe

We’ve been having unusually hot weather and today is the record at 93 degrees with no wind. I can’t think in this kind of heat, my brain starts to shut down and get sleepy 🙂

Needless to say my house is super hot and I don’t feel like cooking. So we made a salad with a creamy lemon vinaigrette dressing, accompanied by a cool turkey sandwich with cheese and cold tomato slices. For dessert, we had frozen red grapes. They were so cold in my mouth, like little mini Popsicles. They definitely hit the spot.

If you are faced with a heat wave and are faced with making a salad for dinner.

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Beat the heat with this refreshing drink

I don’t know about other parts of the country but we’ve been having an unusually warm summer here in the Pacific Northwest. More like a mini-heat wave, if you can call a few weeks of 85-90 degrees a heat wave 🙂 All this hot weather has me thinking of different ways to beat the heat starting with cool drinks.

Here’s a refreshing  summer classic with an unusual twist…

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August 8, 2014 · 1:26 PM

The most amazing syrup for fluffy pancakes

Folks if you haven’t tried brown butter buttermilk syrup on fluffy pancakes then you are missing out on a slice of heaven. I know what you are thinking. Eeew, buttermilk in syrup! I thought the same thing and figured it would have a curdling effect. But I assure you it doesn’t. It tastes like a vanilla caramel syrup. It is super smooth and worthy of pouring on a tall stack of steamy pancakes. It takes about 10 minutes total to make and serves 4-6 people. Try it, you won’t be disappointed….

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Make your own brown sugar

Who knew it was so easy to make your own brown sugar! All it takes is regular sugar and blackstrap molasses, and a strong hand to mix it together (or a hand mixer if you have one). I’ve included a couple recipes below depending on how dark you want the finished product to be.

Light Brown Sugar

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons molasses
Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons molasses

That’s it, easy as pie. It tastes so fresh and doesn’t really get hard at all. It also adds a rich flavor to coffee. I prefer to make my own and will not go back to buying store bought brown sugar!

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A New Year!

I will be trying to incorporate new, healthy habits into my daily routine. Stay tuned for my adventures in sticking to a workout schedule and sprouting!

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Giveaway: Gallon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Chaffin Family Orchards

We use olive oil in cooking, dipping, salad dressings, etc. I would love to win this gallon of extra virgin olive oil. More details about this giveaway can be found on The Healthy Home Economomist’s blog. She has some great ideas for cooking and all things budget savvy.

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Halloween Potluck ideas!

If you are looking for spooky/fun dishes to make for your halloween potluck, go check out “A Picky Palate” blog for some kid friendly ideas.

Here’s what I’ve decided to make! They are so cute and seem really easy to put together.

Breadstick Mummy Dogs

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