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Crazy Days Of Summer Favorites!

Happy Tuesday everyone! What a crazy past few weeks it’s been around here. Just back home last night from a week in sunny AZ and had a great time with my family and friends despite the wicked heat. It’s funny how quickly the boys and I forgot how hot AZ gets in the summer. We’ve been so spoiled with the mid 70’s around here in CA!

With summer as unpredictable as it is, I will occasionally be highlighting some of my past favorite recipes to keep up with everything going on. I’ve organized a couple of my very favorite summer treats to share with you all today since I haven’t stepped foot in my kitchen for a while. Hope you all will enjoy a blast from the past! This little parfait and my raspberry blondies are the perfect way to perk up any summer! Enjoy!


Honeyed Strawberry Shortcake Yogurt Parfaits

4.5 oz package shortcakes, 4 count, cut into cubes
16 oz reduced fat vanilla yogurt
1 Cup chopped fresh stawberries
8 teaspoons honey
1 package Nature Valley Oats n’ Honey Crunchy Granola Bars (2 in package), crushed

1. Place an even layer of shortcake into 4 little parfait glasses. Top evenly with a couple spoonfuls of yogurt, then about ¼ Cup strawberries. Drizzle each cup with 1 teaspoon honey then top with a Tablespoon of crushed granola bar. Repeat this layering one more time and serve.

4 servings


Raspberry White Chocolate Blondies

¼ Cup butter class

¾ Cup white chocolate chips

½ Cup sugar

¼ Cup brown sugar

1 Cup flour

½ teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

½ Cup white chocolate chips

2 eggs

2 Tablespoons sour cream

1 Cup fresh or frozen raspberries

½ Cup finely chopped pecans

2 Tablespoons sanding sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Melt butter in microwave safe bowl. Stir in ¾ Cup white chips until melted and smooth. In a large bowl add the sugar, brown sugar, flour, baking powder, salt and ½ Cup white chips. In a small bowl whisk the eggs and sour cream. Pour into the dry ingredient bowl along with the melted white chip mixture. Mix until just combined.

2. Pour into an 8×8 inch baking dish lined with foil that’s been sprayed with cooking spray. Top evenly with 1 Cup raspberries. Mix the chopped pecans and sanding sugar in a small bowl until combined then sprinkle over top of blondies. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until toothpick comes clean from center.

9 blondies


Some Summer Snapshots of the last couple weeks

Have a wonderful week, see ya’ll soon!!

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  1. 1
    Patsyk says:

    Looks like you've been enjoying summer so far! Love those recipes you are sharing… so perfect for a summer evening at home, or to take along for a bbq.

  2. 2
    Lisa says:

    Great pictures and I love the parfait.

  3. 3
    Sara says:

    Great pictures and yummy recipes!

  4. 4
    Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Your boys look so happy!!! That parfait looks fantastic too:)

  5. 5
    Leslie says:

    Thanks so much for sharing your adorable photos!

  6. 6
    Denise says:

    Pictures are great I cant wait until our vacation at the beach..

  7. 7
    Justin says:

    oh man, those blondies look fantastic

  8. 8
    We Are Not Martha says:

    I'm loving the way the parfait looks!! So pretty! Happy summer 🙂


  9. 9
    Jenny says:

    Well darn, I think I must make those blondies. They look scrumptious. Thanks for sharing. Be glad you escaped. It was like 111 here today. Ick.

  10. 10
    Sharon says:

    Love the pics of you and the kids! They're adorable.

  11. 11
    NikiTheo says:

    Raspberry Blondies?!?!? OMG! I want I want I want!!!!

  12. 12
    Maddy says:

    mmm I'm so trying those blondies! they look delish!

  13. 13
    La Table De Nana says:

    Is that you and your boys?

    You remind me me of here.. my daughters and their boys..
    You are such a lovely family!

  14. 14
    GypsyMommy says:

    Yum! It looks like you are having a fun summer.

    I love your blog and have nominated you for an award, available at my blog.

  15. 15
    Kelly says:

    Not fair! We've been having the exact opposite weather.

  16. 16
    Chef Chuck says:

    Hi Jenny, Nice to see you and your family having fun!! Enjoy 🙂

  17. 17
    SavoringTime in the Kitchen says:

    We love AZ and vacationed there for many years. Scottsdale – I love it! Our daughter (28) does business in CA and visits OC 4x a year and loves it too. Beautiful boys you have!

    Happy 4th!


  18. 18
    Marta says:

    Nice to see you're enjoying this summer and enjoying lots of each other! Nothing like a day at the beach with the kids!
    Thanks for these great summer desserts, I especially want those parfaits

  19. 19
    Irene says:

    Those blondies are calling my name! Seriously, the weather here has been amazing since July started, right? Your kids are really really cute. 🙂

  20. 20
    Katie says:

    YUM! I love the flavor combos!

  21. 21
    Simply...Gluten-free says:

    Looks like you are having a fabulous summer! How cute are those kids?!

  22. 22

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