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How To Make Homemade Lemonade | An Outdoor Summer Gathering Staple

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When it comes to outdoor summer gatherings, plenty of cold beverages are a must! We always fill a tub (like this colorful rope handle tub) full of ice to make it easy for the kids to grab a bottle of water or a juice box, and then I'll typically make some homemade lemonade or sweet […]

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Watermelon Sorbet | A Delightfully Icy Cold Refreshing Summer Treat

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I'm sure it's happened to all of us at one time or another. No matter how carefully we squeeze, thump, and/or sniff the melons at the market, sometimes we just end up with a dud. Bummer! Of course Walmart offers a 100% freshness guarantee on their produce, which means we can return any kind of […]

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Better Than Movie Theater Homemade Popcorn

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Several years ago I shared how to make your own homemade microwave popcorn, but it's been years since I've actually made it. We still don't have a microwave, and truthfully I don't really miss it... Sure I can't make popcorn in about 2-3 minutes anymore, but I'll tell you a secret -- this homemade popcorn […]

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How To Make Clarified Butter

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If you're wondering, "What is clarified butter?", it's simply butter that has been heated to remove the milk solids and some of the water, leaving only pure butterfat. Sounds complicated, but really it's super simple to do -- and very hard to screw up. But when do you want to use clarified butter? Well, since […]

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Patriotic Sprinkle Chocolate Bowls for the 4th of July

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Chances are you've seen a chef or two make those "fancy" chocolate bowls on the Food Network... You know, the ones where you dip an inflated balloon in some melted chocolate? Well, I decided to take it one step further and coat them in sprinkles -- red, white and blue sprinkles to be exact. Perfect […]

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Parmesan-Ranch Oven-Baked Zucchini Coins | Simple Summer Side

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It's that time of year when zucchini harvests abound. Whether you're growing your own, hitting the farmers market, or picking up a few at the grocery store, you'll find plenty at the height of freshness and for a steal. However, zucchini just seems to be one of those veggies that a lot of cooks aren't […]

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Grilled Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Reduction

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Like so many men, the way to my hubby's heart is definitely through his stomach -- especially when it comes to his favorite grilled foods... Buffalo Blue Cheese Stuffed Burgers anyone? Or maybe Cilantro Chipotle Barbecue Chicken Thighs?! Or maybe not... He's trying to drop a few pounds before vacation this year, so I figured […]

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