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10 Stunning Blackberry Recipes

Sometimes I feel that the blackberry gets a bad rap.  The seeds get stuck in your teeth, they have an edible pit that makes them somewhat tough to bake with, and they can be pricy at times…but, you guys…they’re so delicious!

Packed with vitamin C and fiber, blackberries are super healthy for you and low in calories (win-win!).  They can be eaten raw, cooked into jams and sauces, or baked into cakes and breads.  They add amazing flavors to sweet and savory dishes and can also be used to color your batter or cake icing blue or purple.

As we wrap up the end of the summer, you might find blackberries on sale at your local market.  If you’re looking for some inspiration on how to put these little power foods to good use, here are 10 Stunning Blackberry Recipes that will have you drooling in no time!

10 Stunning Blackberry Recipes

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  1. Blackberry Honey Clafoutis
  2. Blackberry Chocolate Tart
  3. Blackberry Lime Bars
  4. Blackberry and Sweet Basil Galette
  5. Blackberry French Beignets
  6. Blackberry Cucumber Gin and Tonic
  7. Blackberry Cheesecake Popsicles
  8. Blackberry and Rosemary Pork Tenderloin
  9. Triple Berry Couscous Salad
  10. Blackberry Buttermilk Pancakes

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9 Cool Crochet Bags and Purses

If you get bored of crochet projects or love a classic one-skein wonder or stashbuster, than crochet bags are for you.

Often easy to work up in a couple hours or less, crochet bags make shopping at stores and farmer’s markets so much easier.  Clear out your stash by making bags in various colors or just practice the basics with these simple crochet bags for “hookers” of all skill levels!

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Grey and White Winter Clutch

Granny Square Bag

Teddy Bear Coin Purse

Tapestry Bag

Fox Bag

Pineapple Bag

Pizza, Watermelon, and Candy Corn Bags

Farmer’s Market Bags

Slushee Bags

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12 Amazing Cherry Recipes

I love cherries.  I find them ‘cherry’ delicious…they’re really the ‘cherry on top’ of every dessert…not getting cherries year round is really the pits…in fact, I consider cherries ‘mon cherri’ of summer baking…

OK, I’m done.

Cherries really are a delicious fruit and can add sweetness to both savory dishes and desserts.  Now in the peak of their season, cherries are great for summer cooking and baking…or just snacking on during a backyard BBQ or picnic.

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If you’re looking for fun and clever ways to use cherries in your food this summer, here are 12 Amazing Cherry Recipes that are sure to please!

12 Amazing Cherry Recipes

Cherry Almond Oatmeal

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Cherry and Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

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Fresh Cherry Cobbler

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Cherry Frangipane Tart

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Cherry Chocolate Shortcake

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Quinoa Cherry and Goat Cheese Salad

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Grilled Tofu with Cherry Salsa

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Cherry and Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

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Cherry Curd Cookie Tarts

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Fresh Cherry Salsa with Goat Cheese

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Duck and Cherry Hamburger

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Cherry Bruschetta

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14 Painted Rock Ideas to Liven Up the World

Let’s face facts…sometimes the world sucks.

There’s no avoiding it…there’s no denying it.  But, there might be something you can do to help spread some cheer throughout the year!

Whether you want to brighten up your garden, your neighborhood, or your community, these painted rocks are sure to bring just a little joy into someone’s life.  Scatter them around your home, in your garden, or spread them around your local park or forest preserve.  A little joke can go a long way, and these painted rocks might just be the motivation your friend or neighbor needs to keep on truckin’!

14 Painted Rock Ideas to Liven Up the World

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  1. Monster Rocks
  2. Weather Rock
  3. Scripted LOVE Rock
  4. Heart Balloons Rock
  5. Not All Who Wander Rock
  6. Inspirational Rocks
  7. Owl Rocks
  8. Rainbow Rocks
  9. Jawa Star Wars Rocks
  10. Cactus Rocks
  11. Minions Rocks
  12. Potted Rocks
  13. Garden Rocks
  14. Gold Rocks

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12 Amazing Coconut Recipes

Are you nuts for coconuts?  Even though summer is almost over, you can still enjoy a bite of summer sunshine with these 12 delicious coconut recipes!

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12 Amazing Coconut Recipes

Coconut Cake

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Coconut Lush

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Coconut Bars

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Chocolate Coconut Poke Cake

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Toasted Coconut Pudding

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Coconut Loaf Cake

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Toasted Coconut Ice Cream

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Outrageous Coconut Cheesecake

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Coconut Oreos

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Coconut Cream Pie

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Coconut Brownie Bites

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Coconut Ice

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Mini Waffle S’mores Sliders

You guys…August 10th is National S’mores Day!

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I LOVE s’mores.  I’ve made them in the oven, in the microwave, in brownies, cakes, cupcakes, cookies and trail mix.  I’ve made them with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (YOU GUYS!), fruit, spicy chocolate, and a whole slew of other weird ingredients.

But in a few days it will OFFICIALLY be s’mores day…which means we can indulge in sweet s’mores without the guilt!

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To celebrate, here’s a fun little recipe for tasty s’mores made with mini waffles.  For my chocolate, I actually used s’mores flavored Candy Melts candy…because why the F not?!

These are a quick and easy snack for after school, after dinner, or just for a taste of something sweet!

Mini Waffle S’mores Sliders

Ingredients:

  • Mini Waffles
  • Standard Marshmallows
  • Mini Chocolate Bars (or whatever chocolate you like!)

Instructions:

Toast mini waffles.  As waffles toast, melt a few bars of chocolate.

Once toasted, let waffles cool slightly.  If desired, dip half of waffle in melted chocolate and let harden.

Place marshmallows under broiler for 1-2 minutes.  Watch them closely, especially if you’re using a toaster oven…they’ll brown fast!

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Place chocolate bar on waffle and top with marshmallow.  Top with other waffle and dive in!

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12 Pineapple Recipes for Summer

So it seems that watermelon was the new cupcake…and now pineapple is the new watermelon.  There’s pineapple stuff everywhere!

But, IMHO, the most important place for pineapple to be is in my face.

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And if you’re a fellow pineapple lover, here are 12 scrumptious and delicious pineapple recipes to get you through the rest of summer!

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12 Pineapple Recipes for Summer

Pineapple Salsa
The Gunny Sack
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Brown Sugar Pineapple Chicken
Carlsbad Cravings
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Bacon Wrapped Pineapple
Delish D’Lites
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Pineapple Bars
Mandy’s Recipe Box
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Pineapple Popsicle
Mama Loves Food!
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Pineapple Fluff Salad
The Country Cook
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Pineapple Pancakes
The Stay at Home Chef
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Pineapple Cooler
Pizzazzerie
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Pineapple Chicken Salad
The Kitchen is my Playground
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Pineapple Coconut Thumbrint Cookies
Cooking Classy
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Pineapple Empanadas
Kitchen Gadget
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Pineapple Upside Down Doughnuts
Baker by Nature
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