Things I’m Lovin’ – July 2013

Things Im Lovin July 2013

  1. Lodge Enamel Cast Iron Dutch Oven – My birthday present this year and my new love in the kitchen. Can’t wait to make butternut squash risotto this fall. Sigh. Fall…
  2. Anything in Bath & Body Works Coconut Lime Breeze (used to be Coconut Lime Verbena) Scent – Smells like summer in a bottle.
  3. Old Navy Flip Flops – Yes the cheap $2 flip flops from Old Navy…I live in these during the couple of warmer months we get up here in Boston
  4. Loreal Nail Polish in Club Prive – Loving this bright blue color this year. Perfect for beachy toes!
  5. Zyliss Cherry Pitter – We just discovered this handy little gadget a couple of weeks ago and it is awesome! I love not having to carefully chew around the little pit in each cherry…and popping them out with this little tool is strangely cathartic.
  6. Burts Bees Tinted Lip Balm – Currently carrying the Hibiscus shade around with me for quick touch-ups. Love it!


Blueberry Cheesecake

blueberry cheesecake

Prepared to be in blueberry heaven with this cheesecake. The blueberry topping is so fresh and delicious, but I have to say that the consensus is that the gingersnap crust really makes this dish. The combo of the blueberry topping and gingersnap crust just take this ordinary cheesecake recipe out of this world. Make this while blueberries are still in season and you won’t be disappointed! Continue reading “Blueberry Cheesecake” »

Blueberry Lemon Coffee Cake


We’re still on a blueberry kick this summer…so I was super excited to see that the two ingredients for this month’s dessert challenge were blueberries and lemon. I’ve been trying to expand my breakfast/brunch recipe collection and decided this would be the perfect time to make our first homemade coffee cake from this buttermilk-blueberry breakfast cake recipe I had pinned recently. We may be a house of two non-coffee drinkers, but how could having cake for breakfast ever be a bad thing? This cake had the perfect balance of rich berry flavor while still having the perfect lightness to it.

I really wish I had taken a picture of an individual piece of cake to show just how beautiful this coffee cake is with the perfect little pops of color from the blueberries. Unfortunately, I have to claim my usual excuse…the husband ate it. Oh well…if the food doesn’t last long enough to take good pictures it typically means it is good! Continue reading “Blueberry Lemon Coffee Cake” »