Hot summer days inspire chilled recipes. Summer heat waves make you want to stay inside where it’s cool. On days when the temperatures go into triple digits, you need central air. All water coolers do by that time is blow hot air inside. Such hot days make me want to eat recipes for chilled fruit or veggies. Appetites lessen somewhat on a scorching day. Here are a number of recipes to cool you down while weathering the heat: Beet (with the beet greens) and berry smoothie! Start your day with this appetizing drink. Who needs coffee when you can enjoy a breakfast blender meal thatRead More →

Recently, I was trying to think of a fruity dessert to bring to my writers’ critique group. At first, I thought about strawberries. It must be that pre-summer heat that made me want a dessert with fruit. However, I didn’t have any berries on hand. I looked at what I had in the kitchen pantry and noticed a large box of instant vanilla pudding mix. Hmmm. That sounded good. Then I remembered that I had put a carton of no-sugar mandarin orange packs in the fridge. Ah-ha! I knew what I would bring to share with the writers. A pudding with mandarin oranges. Yum. CreatingRead More →