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A Summer Grilled Watermelon and Goat Cheese Salad

Summer is a wonderful season for salad lovers with all the fresh fruits and vegetables coming to market.  I tend to fall into a rut with my salads, making the same old salad over and over again.  Do you do the same?  In the past week, I've noticed beautiful watermelon displays in the produce section of my grocery store.  With watermelon hitting its peak over the next few weeks I thought I would branch out and try a salad made with watermelon as the star ingredient. Grilled Watermelon and Goat Cheese Salad A Grilled Watermelon Salad for Summer I've seen lots of watermelon salads over the years in magazines, on television cooking shows and on Pinterest.  Today's recipe is inspired by all those other watermelon salad recipes but was made with tasty ingredients I had on hand.  I encourage you to do the same. Your pantry and refrigerator may not contain the same ingredients I had on hand to make this salad.  Feel free to be adventurous with other ingredients yo

The Best Chocolate Boston Cream Pie You'll Ever Taste

Boston cream pie is a favorite dessert in my family.  If you were to ask Hubby, he'd say I don't make it nearly enough.  This chocolate Boston cream pie came about for that reason.  The other day I noticed I still had a chocolate layer cake in my freezer from a chocolate mousse cake I had recently made.  The texture of the chocolate cake from that recipe was one I thought would work well with the pastry cream of a Boston cream pie.  I was right. Chocolate Boston Cream Pie Chocolate Boston Cream Pie This chocolate Boston cream pie is made completely from scratch but don't let that scare you away. The only difference between this cake and a traditional Boston cream pie is the substitution of chocolate cake, drizzled with a vanilla syrup, in place of a yellow cake. There are three easy steps to this cake.  Consider making the cake ahead of time.  You can make the cake in advance and freeze it, like I did.  The cake thaws quickly and you'll find it easier to cut

How to Deal with Carpenter Bees

One of the things I like least about this time of year is the pests.  I'm talking about the insects and critters that wreak havoc with my home and garden. The pest of the month is the carpenter bee.  Last month the battle was with ants and in April, we were fighting the annual infestation of winter moth caterpillars that are trying to kill my beautiful weeping cherry tree.  Those battles seem to be behind me and for now, the focus is on the pesky carpenter bees. You might be wondering what the heck a carpenter bee is.  I never even knew they existed until a couple of years ago.  You can see the backside of one in the picture below.  They might be mistaken for a big bumblebee, but their abdomen is shiny black in comparison to the fuzzy abdomen of the bumblebee.  You'll often see them hovering in the air around the roofline of your home.  If you see them, you'll want to pay attention.  They may take up residence in your home. The Backside of a Carpenter Bee What is a

The Best Asian Dipping Sauce You'll Ever Taste

Do you want an easy Asian dipping sauce for sushi or dumplings? I predict this recipe for Asian dipping sauce will become a favorite of yours.  It is my go-to dipping sauce whenever we enjoy sushi or Chinese dumplings at our house.  If you are reading this post, you are most likely a sushi fan and if you are not, perhaps I can convince you to try it. An Asian Dipping Sauce for Sushi and Dumplings Sushi and Asian Dipping Sauce If you are looking for a dipping sauce that is a little more flavorful than you typically get with your takeout order you will love this one. This dipping sauce is my personal Asian dipping sauce creation.  Use it for sushi or Chinese dumplings.  I know you'll love it! Tips for Making Asian Dipping Sauce You can easily make more or less of this Asian dipping sauce by remembering the 3-2-1 r

Boston Cream Cupcakes

I love, love, love cupcakes primarily because they are little personal cakes.  I like how cute they look. I like the portion control.  I like that I can eat a whole cake and not feel guilty.  These Boston cream cupcakes are the result of my quest to turn Boston Cream Pie, one of Hubby's favorite desserts, into portion-controlled, individual servings. Boston Cream Cupcakes turn Boston Cream Pie into a little less of a guilty pleasure.  Don't they look yummy?  I love how glossy the chocolate ganache topping looks! Mini Boston Cream Pies Boston Cream Cupcakes I've always thought of Boston Cream Pie as a fussy dessert to make.  I don't like fussy desserts or any fussy recipes, for that matter. In reality, the recipe is pretty straightforward and while the cupcakes are made in three steps, each step is fairly simple.  You can even spread making these cupcakes over a couple of days if you like. First, you will make the pastry cream because it must chill for at

Inside-Out Chocolate Cupcakes

This recipe for Inside Out Chocolate Cupcakes is the result of my long-standing love of whoopie pies. Whoopie pies have long been one of my favorite treats.   My mom used to spoil my brothers and me by making huge batches of whoopie pies that would be waiting for us after school.   Inside Out Chocolate Cupcakes Inside-Out Chocolate Whoopie Cupcakes These chocolate cupcakes have all of the things we love about whoopie pies.  They start with a moist and delicious chocolate cupcake. The chocolate cupcake is filled with the traditional whoopie pie cream filling and then that same cream filling is used as the frosting on top.  You can't get any better than that. Yummy cream inside and outside!  That's why I call these cupcakes Inside-Out Chocolate Whoopie Cupcakes.  Another way to think of these cupcakes is to imagine a Hostess cupcake where the cream filling has taken over and is both inside and on top of the cupcake. The Reasons You Will Love Inside Out Cupcakes Plenty of

Amazing Grilled Corn with Chili-Lime Butter

Do you grill your corn on the cob? Today I'm sharing my favorite grilled corn recipe and the timing for this recipe couldn't be any better.  As I look forward to the upcoming grilling season, I can't help but think about how delicious corn on the cob is when grilled. I bet if you grill your corn on the cob you'll never want to eat it any other way.  With Memorial Day and Fourth of July picnics in our future, what side dish do you automatically think about having?  Well, it's corn on the cob, of course, made even better with chili-lime butter. The Best Grilled Corn Recipe  Grilled Corn on the Cob with Chili-Lime Butter Grilling corn on the cob is as easy as can be. There are many ways you can cook your corn on the grill. Some suggest grilling corn on the cob in the husk or wrapped in foil or straight up on the grill.  I always choose to grill my corn straight on the grill because I want a bit of grilled flavor added to my corn as a flavor base before addin