Homemade Pink Lemonade + 3 Ways w/Lemon Peels + Lemon Fun Facts

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My new beau is a big fan of lemons so I threw this together with a free bag from the local grocery. Throw in some sliced strawberries for a pretty in pink version. The juicing takes a lot of time but fresh lemon juice really is best! You won’t regret the extra time. On top of that, no part of the lemon will be wasted. I have included three ways to use up the peels here: lemon extract, lemon pepper and lemon sugar.

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Lucky S’mores Bars

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These quick cereal bars are a perfect way to get that smoky s’mores flavor without the campfire. Melted marshmallows mixed with Lucky Charms cereal, graham cracker pieces and chocolate bars topped with even more s’mores ingredients! Bake in the oven for a few minutes to melt and char the top.

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The Science Behind Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies + Recipe

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Chocolate chip cookies are a favorite of many but are surprisingly difficult to get just right. The appropriate size, texture, doneness, chocolate distribution and carmely color and flavor are a lot to think about. In this post, we break down the recipe by ingredient and process to help you figure out where you’re going wrong.

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Strawberries n Cream S’mores Bars + Niagara Falls Trip

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These no bake bars combine two summer favorites: s’ mores and strawberries and cream. A thick graham cracker crust, topped with white chocolate and strawberry bits and strawberry marshmallow fluff. Read on for the recipe and the history of the classic combo of strawberries and cream.

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Vegan Pumpkin Spice Salted Caramel Swirl ‘Ice Cream’ + History of Veganism

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Happy National Ice Cream month! July really is the perfect time for ice cream but the 3rd Sunday in July is even more perfect. National Ice Cream Day is coming up on the 17th. Make sure you are prepared by stocking up on homemade and/or store bought ice cream.

But, SweetJ, my strict diet doesn’t allow for ice cream! Nonsense! There is always room for ice cream. This recipe will satisfy your sweet tooth while sticking any kind of diet. Vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, gluten-free, low fat… I’ve got you covered! A quick freezer pumpkin spice base (no machine needed) plus a coconut oil-based salted caramel sauce and a sprinkle of sea salt.

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Light No Bake Cheesecake + 4th of July History

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We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.

-William Faulkner

Happy 4th of July/American Independence Day! This year, I’m celebrating in a bikini season-approved healthy(ish) no bake cheesecake. A blend of Greek yogurt and cream cheese make for a slightly lower fat version of this creamy treat with an added punch of protein. Coconut oil replaces butter in the graham cracker crust and the topping is all fruit. Read on for the recipe and some historical info about the holiday.

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Life’s Like a Box of Chocolates Brownies + History of the Heart-Shaped Box

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Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.

Sorry, I couldn’t resist. But, in fitting with Mama Gump’s saying… each of these rich, dark chocolate brownies contains a different surprise filling! How is this possible without spending all day in the kitchen? A box of assorted chocolates of course! Simply layer the filled chocolates between two layers of extra-chocolatey Nutella and cocoa brownie batter.Lifes Like a Box of Chocolate Brownies 5

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