Monthly Archives: July 2013

Delicious Grilled Apples

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grillled apples recipe

I always have to end a meal on a sweet note, so it’s rare that we don’t have some kind of dessert in the house… brownies, cookies, ice cream are normally available in surplus around here.  Sadly the other night there was nothing good in sight, so we had to get creative.  With some red delicious sliced apples, a sweet cream little butter, and cinnamon, we grilled up these yummy apples that definitely did the trick!

grillled apples recipe

How to grill apples:

1. Slice apples to desired size.
2. Add a thin slice of stick butter (we used sweet cream for added sweetness).
3. Sprinkle cinnamon.
4. Place on grill and leave on just a few minutes until the apple peel around the edge of the slices stars to darken and curl.

grillled apples recipe

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Ice Cream Social

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Ice cream Sunday at the sugar bowl Scottsdale

When it’s already 100 degrees out first thing when you get up in the morning, it’s hard not to obsess over ways to cool off!  I’ve been dreaming about an ice cream social lately – gathering good friends for a good ol’ fashioned ice cream party.  And recently I convinced my HOA to have an ice cream social for our next community gathering (which in return, I get to plan… Yay!)

Here are a few of the creative and refreshing recipes I’ve come across for inspiration when we get around to planning this summer soiree!

ice cream social - ice cream party invitations

I love these vintage-inspired custom ice cream party invitations by .

ice cream social - ice cream dessert recipes

There’s lots of cute ice cream party ideas on like the cute almond sugar cookies decorated with ice cream cone designs above!

And I don’t even know where to begin with these Oreo fudge ice cream bars! Get the recipe on  Pinch Of Yum, and just a warning: you’ll be on that site for awhile since the recipes and the food photography are equally delicious.

ice cream social - ice cream dessert recipes

Clockwise from top left: Blueberry ice cream pie – get the recipe from The Rookie Cook; Ice cream cone cookie treats from Cookies & Cups; Banana ice cream with sweet and salty roasted almonds recipe available on Henry Happened; Peach and pistachio ice cream made with coconut milk – recipe on A House In The Hills

ice cream social - ice cream party welcome sign

Welcome to the ice cream shoppe! Super cute ice cream party welcome sign from .

ice cream social - ice cream dessert recipes

I can’t wait to try this key lime pie milkshake made with graham cracker crumbs! Recipe from Crumbs and Chaos.

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Easy Homemade Granola Bars

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easy no-bake homemade granola bars recipe

We tend to spend a lot of time outdoors, so we try to always have snacks on hand in our Camelbaks for an easy grab and go. And as an attempt to eliminate processed foods from our diet, I usually toss in any granola-y ingredients to make these homemade granola bars. Here’s a recipe I make for our favorite versions, but before you get started, please note: I’m a trail-by-error cook, so I’ll add a little more of this, or a little more of that to get the consistency that I want. You may want to do the same!

Super Easy No-Bake Homemade Granola Bars Recipe

This healthy peanut butter granola bar recipe just takes about 5 minutes to throw together!  See the bottom of the recipe for ideas of other optional ingredients and adaptations.

easy no-bake peanut butter granola bars recipe


  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup wheat bran
  • 1/3 cup oat bran
  • 2/3 cup Barbara’s Cinnamon Puffins cereal (crushed into small pieces)
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds or pecans (or both!)
  • 1/8 cup flaxseed (optional)
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup Craisins (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup agave syrup
  • 1/3 cup extra crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract (optional)

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