"The best times you are going to have in life are at the dinner table and in bed." Old Italian saying. So relax, and enjoy the simple things!


Summer Desserts: Healthy Eating


Before I left for Blogher I poisoned the dog. 

Our dog Lila recovering from food poisoning
Not intentionally, I gave her a slice of ham from my daughter's lunch box. So in stead of a relaxing morning in New York City I spent it with our dog at the vet.
Three medications, special dog food, and 500 dollars later our dog is recovering well from food poisoning. 

I felt so guilty, and I was such a wreck about the whole episode that I forgot to bring my computer to Blogher. I still managed to learn a lot about blogging: in the areas of technical, writing, and marketing. 

I met a lot of lovely bloggers and sponsors (who I will tell more about in future posts). I wasn't up for the late night partying, but I did enjoy my hotel room's spacious bathtub and a box (a small box) of Neuhaus chocolates. I doubt that any of you are surprised that it was the simple things that I enjoyed the most.

I didn't splurge and get you all some chocolates, but I think you will find these fun light summer desserts quite satisfying.

Drumstick Cupcake

Strawberry Mango Trifle with Whipped Cream

Lemon Curd Parfaits

Lemonade Cake


Sunday: Hot Dogs with Sauerkraut and Baked Beans

Meatless Monday: Pesto Pasta with Zucchini and Carrots

Tuesday: Trader Joe's Baby Back Ribs with Corn on the Cob and a Tomato Red Onion Salad

Wednesday: Ginger and Lime Chicken Salad with Rolls

Thursday: Italian Zucchini Bake with a Tomato Cucumber Salad

Friday: Pan Fried Scallops with Salsa Verde and Brown Basmati Rice

Saturday: Black Bean Veggie Burger and Pickles

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  1. Wow, those Drumstick Cupcakes are to die for!!! Thanks for sharing my parfaits, hugs.

  2. Thank you so much for including my Trifle! :-)

  3. I know I shouldnt laugh at your poor doggie, but that is some recovery position, the photo is hilarious, poor baby hope a speedy recovery was made ;0)

    1. Please go ahead and laugh... it's what keeps us going with this crazy dog. 2 years ago she attacked a porcupine... 3 surgeries to get all the quills out.

  4. The Ginger Lime Chicken Salad sounds so good. I can't wait to give it a try.

  5. The drumstick cupcake makes me smile; drumsticks were well-loved treat when we were little. :)

  6. Bummer about your dog! I'm sorry to hear that. But, glad the blogging trip was fun. How did the black bean burgers turn out? I've always wanted to try making my own.. but have yet to find an amazing recipe.

    1. The Black Bean Burgers are good but not amazing. You do need to play with the wet and dry a little.


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