Lavender Whoopie Pies with Vanilla Frosting

I have always been intrigued by the fact that you can eat certain flowers.  Nasturtiums and pansies come to mind.  Earlier this year, I made lilac sugar and cookies using the flavored sugar. I love using the flowers in my garden in different ways.  Today, I made lavender whoopie pies with the lavender right outside my back door.  Just a note, you can’t eat just any flower.  Some can make you terribly ill.  If you want to try eating or cooking with flowers, please check out this edible flowers chart.  But please, don’t eat any flower if it has had chemicals applied to it in the gardening process.

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S’mores Whoopie Pies

I love whoopie pies!!!!  A yummy cake and filling in a hand-held treat that doesn’t require utensils.  Great for your July 4th party or picnic! They have been a favorite dessert of mine since I was small.  The version I enjoy the most is the original chocolate cake with white inside.  However, I noticed that the whoopie pie is being made many ways now.  I decided to try a few versions this month, and thus Whoopie Pie Celebration is happening in my kitchen all month long.

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7 Simple Reasons to Have a Vegetable Garden

For me, getting back to basics includes having a vegetable garden. For over twenty years I have had a small backyard garden in south central Pennsylvania.  I enjoy getting my hands dirty and growing things I can consume.  It also makes me feel a little closer to my Dad who used to garden when I was growing up.  Our gardens differ in the fact that I have raised beds and he didn’t.  He also had fruit trees (pears, apples, peaches) and I have fruit bushes (raspberries and blueberries.)  I wish I would’ve paid closer attention to what he tried to teach me back then, but I did glean the following seven reasons to plant a garden from him.

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In-A-Pinch Pasta Salad

Memorial Day has come and gone, and with it, most of the food I had prepared. Do you have picnic leftovers, too? Everything was gone, except for two red, white, and blue deviled eggs and hot dogs. I had five hot dogs leftover. I was tired of chips and pretzels, which is what we usually have with our doggies. I needed to find something else to pair with hot dogs without running out to the grocery store. I came up with my rendition of Italian Pasta Salad.

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Red, White, and Blue Deviled Eggs

What says Memorial Day or Fourth of July better than red, white, and blue deviled eggs? Perfect side dish for summertime picnics and get togethers. I used this recipe, and despite an almost Pinterest Fail on my part, I think they turned out rather nice looking! Oh, and they taste great as well

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Martha Washington’s Jumbles … Sort of

I have always been interested in history.  I’m especially curious to learn how people in different times and places lived.  What they wore, how they talked, what they ate.  I recently listened to a podcast episode called Colonial Baking from The Baking Podcast.  One of the recipes they discussed was the Jumble recipe from Martha Washington’s cookbook. 

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Can’t Beat this Broccoli Alfredo Tortellini

My vegetarian daughter just came home from college.  I made this meal and she just raved about it.  Which is saying something because she is quite picky.  It is super easy to make and ready to eat in under 30 minutes.  Plus it satisfies the broccoli obsession that I have had lately.

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