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How to Arrange Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas make an elegant statement when used in your home floral arrangements. If you are lucky, you live in a place where hydrangeas grow in abundance.  New England is one of those places.  Summer in New England is a feast for the eyes with all of the hydrangea bushes in full bloom. Tips for Making Beautiful Hydrangea Arrangements for Your Home Hydrangea Arrangement Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers, so as soon as the blossoms start to open you'll find me cutting them to bring into the house.  

A Simply Delicious Green Bean Side Dish

Do vegetables often take a back seat to the main dish you serve for your dinners?     Lately, I have been spending more time thinking about ways to jazz up the vegetables I serve.  Vegetables are available in abundance at my house with my garden producing at peak rates these past couple of weeks.  With fresh green beans in generous supply, we are happily eating them several times a week. Today I'm sharing a simple way to add flavor to your green beans. Green Beans with Red Onions A Green Bean Side Dish with Fresh Flavor Green beans are one of our favorite vegetables.  We like them steamed crisp with just a little salt, pepper, and butter.  Most of the time that is exactly how we eat them.   When I want my beans to have a little more flavor, this recipe takes the simple green bean's flavor up a notch or two.   As a bonus, it is easy enough to make for a weeknight dinner while being flavorful and attractive enough to serve to guests.  These green beans make a perfect summ

Cinnamon Scones and My Mug Obsession

If you love scones and you love the flavors of fall, these cinnamon scones must be on your fall favorites list.  Today  These Cinnamon Scones are the perfect way to start your day with a hot mug of your favorite start-the-day beverage. The Yummiest Cinnamon Scones (This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.  When you purchase using these links I earn fees that help support this blog.) Cinnamon Scone with Cinnamon Icing Last weekend I had breakfast at a new-to-me local breakfast place.  It is a cute little place with the yummiest breakfast, but the thing that blew me away was their coffee mugs.  

A Quick and Easy Shrimp Pesto Alfredo Dinner

This Shrimp Pesto Alfredo recipe is a simple, delicious weeknight dinner. Weeknight dinners can be a challenge. For me, the closer I get to the weekend, the less motivated I feel about dinner planning.  Sometimes I'm tired, but not in the mood to go out for dinner but I want dinner to be yummy.  I want it to signal the end of the week and the beginning of a relaxing weekend.  I want it to be easy. That's when I turn to my freezer and pantry for simple ingredients like the ones in this recipe. Shrimp and Ravioli Pesto Alfredo Grilled Shrimp Pesto Alfredo Do you want the same?  Well, with the ingredients you have on hand or a quick trip to the grocery store, you can make it happen.  This Shrimp Pesto Alfredo with Cheese Ravioli is slap-me-delicious but easy enough to tackle on a Friday night or any night of the week.  I'm always pleasantly surprised when a yummy meal can be pulled together in a few minutes with just a few ingredients.

My Classic Basil Pesto

Basil Pesto is a tasty condiment that can easily turn a meal from good to great.  Today I'm sharing how I make homemade basil pesto for my freezer. I'm happy to say it is time to give my basil plants a haircut.  This has been a very good year for herb growing.  All of my basil plants are doing very well and I couldn't be more delighted.  I recently used up the last of my frozen basil from last year's harvest so I have been waiting patiently for the time when I could make my first batch of pesto this season. How to Make Classic Basil at Home My Classic Basil Pesto Pesto has become a staple in my freezer.  Once you get used to having it on hand you never want to be without it.  It works for appetizers and main dishes and is a flavorful condiment to perk up an otherwise ordinary sandwich.  Freezing my basil in individual cubes makes it very easy to keep them on hand. Make Basil Pesto Cubes Pesto is a versatile condiment to keep on hand.  It is a deliciou

Grilled Beef Tips in a Savory Marinade

It's grilling season!   During the heat of the summer, my grill works overtime and I'm happy to find marinades that turn a simple grilled beef dinner into a delicious treat.  This savory beef marinade is our favorite for beef tips. While I use this marinade for my grilled beef tips, you can use it for any cut of beef you want to marinate. Grilled Marinated Beef Tips (This post contains affiliate links.)   What Are Beef Tips? You might be wondering what exactly are beef tips?  The beef tips I buy at my local grocery store are tenderloin tips.  They are pieces of beef cut from beef tenderloins that are being trimmed. Unfortunately, this is not standard across the United States, so your best bet is to ask what cut your beef tips come from at your local market.