Raspberry Fudge Brownies

Friday, July 31, 2015

Rich decadent Raspberry Fudge Brownies are the perfect cure to your chocolate cravings! 

Raspberry Fudge Brownies

I found a container of raspberries needing to be used the other day before they went bad so I decided I was making a pan of Raspberry Fudge Brownies to tame my chocolate cravings.
I don't know what it is but I'm always drawn to anything with the chocolaty raspberry combo, if it's an option on the dessert menu it's usually what I order.
One year for my 11th or 12th Birthday I made a rich chocolate cake with fresh raspberries as the filling and these Raspberry Fudge Brownies remind me of that amazingly rich chocolate cake.
I wish I would have kept the recipe for that cake because Grandma Lorna and I still talk about how good it was but these brownies are a pretty good equivalent. 
Next time Grandma is back on the mainland I'll be making her a batch of these bad boys to enjoy!

Top 10 Easy Cleaning Tips

Monday, July 27, 2015

My Top 10 Easy Cleaning Tips to make household clean up a little bit easier.

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I recently tried out the Dirt Devil® 360° Reach™and fell in love with how light weight it is and all the accessories to make household cleaning so much easier! 
I've been looking for something easier to maneuver then our traditional vacuum to get under the entertainment cabinet, sofa and beds without having to move furniture and the Dirt Devil 360° Reach not only does that but more.
Please make sure to checkout the bottom of the post for my Top 10 Easy Cleaning Tips to save time!

Basic Potato Salad

Friday, July 24, 2015
I'm so excited to be having Michelle from The Complete Savorist guest hosting on the blog today with an a tasty recipe for Basic Potato Salad! I can't wait to try it! 

She has a gorgeous blog with tons of delicious recipes! Please make sure to take a minute to stop by her blog and say hi! 
Basic Potato Salad Recipe Guest Post From The Complete Savorist!

Hi everyone, I’m Michelle from The Complete Savorist and am really excited to be here with you today. Thank you Serena for the opportunity to share a recipe with you.

How many of you have a potato salad recipe? Most of you I bet. I have many. 

My parents divorced when I was young, so I don’t have just two recipes, one from the maternal grandma and one from the paternal grandma, but over six different family potato salad recipes.


Earl Grey Ginger Spritzer

Monday, July 20, 2015
I'm so excited to have Janette from Culinary Ginger guest hosting for me today. She has a gorgeous blog full of lots of delicious, healthy recipes! She's been a wonderful blogger friend for sometime and I was thankful she volunteered to guest host so I could spend a little extra special time with the family this week since Colt and I are both celebrating Birthday's tomorrow the 21st and he is turning the big 40!

Please make sure to stop by Janette's blog and follow along so you don't miss any of her stunning photos and tasty recipes! 
I personally can't wait to try these Earl Grey Ginger Spritzers! 
Earl Grey Ginger Spritzer
Hello everyone, this is Janette from Culinary Ginger and I have for you a light, refreshing Summery drink. This Early Grey ginger spritzer is just Earl Grey tea and non alcoholic ginger beer. A simple 2 ingredient drink perfect for sipping on those warmer days or evenings as the sun goes down.
Earl Grey ginger spritzer
More than 60 billion (that's billion with a 'b') cups of tea are consumed in Britain every year, wow. Earl Grey is one of the most popular teas to drink and is not just used to drink hot out of tea cups anymore. I'm seeing tea being added more recently in alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, just like this Earl Grey ginger spritzer.
Earl Grey ginger spritzer
To achieve the 'layered' look of the drink, I first poured the more viscous (thicker) of the 2 liquids, the ginger beer, to half fill the glass. I then poured the tea into a jug with a small spout because I want a slow pour. I tilted the glass and poured the tea as slowly as I could (and got some spillage) down the side of the glass and that's it. A delicious drink that everyone will enjoy.
Earl Grey ginger spritzer
I want to thank Serena for having me guest post today and I hope that you all get a chance to cool off this Summer and try my tasty twist on iced tea.

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Earl Grey Ginger Spritzer

Early Grey Ginger Spritzers are perfect for entertaining. A favorite at Easter, Baby Showers and summertime BBQ's.
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prep time: 2 hourcook time: 5 MINStotal time: 2 hours and 5 mins


  •  2 cup water, boiled
  • 2 Earl Grey Tea Bags
  • 6 ounces (1 1/2 bottles) Good Quality Non Alcoholic Ginger Beer, chilled
  • Fresh mint leaves


  1. To a heat proof bowl or pitcher, add the water and tea bags.
  2. Steep for 5 minutes.
  3. Refrigerate the tea until chilled for 2 hours.
  4. Fill a glass half full with ginger beer.
  5. Tilt the glass and slowly pour the tea down the inside until full.
  6. Garnish with mint leaves.
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Double Chocolate Banana Bread

Thursday, July 16, 2015
Double Chocolate Banana Bread. Moist and super chocolaty! www.serenabakessimplyfromscratch.com

I almost always have frozen bananas in the freezer waiting to be made into a loaf but the last few weeks I don't know whether we've been buying excessive bananas or they are just ripening faster from the heat but my freezers been over run by my collection of over ripe bananas so I knew I was longer over due to get baking.

I was going to originally make Grannies Banana Luncheon Loaf but chocolate was calling my name, so I adapted her recipe to make this Double Chocolate Banana Bread and oh my gosh is it sooo good!

I made a few loaves to burn through through the bananas and to double check the recipe was solid. Since I had an extra loaf I sent it with Colt to work to share with everyone.

From what Colt said it was a hit. Not that I really had any doubts since we devoured a loaf ourselves and it is adapted from the best banana bread recipe I've ever tried.

Lord only know how much I miss that women but her memory lives on in my kitchen.

Key Lime Cheesecake Crumb Bars #SundaySupper

Sunday, July 12, 2015
Key Lime Cheesecake Crumb Bars www.serenabakessimplyfromscratch.com

Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards.
Did you know July is National Picnic Month?

So I have decided to team up with my #SundaySupper Family and Gallo Family Vineyards to bring 20 amazing recipes to enjoy on a picnic! 

I'm so excited to see all the other delicious recipes for fun new ideas! 

On this summer's bucket list our family has decided to try and go to a new park at least once a week to picnic and play. We've already discovered quite a few hidden gems and new found favorites! 

When we first started this back in May I was expecting the kids to complain since they are a bit older but they all seem to love throwing the football, frisbee, swimming and enjoy whatever deliciousness Colt and I have packed the cooler with.

These Key Lime Cheesecake Crumb Bars happen to be a picnic favorite this year! I like to freeze them the night before so they stay ice cold in the cooler while we play at the park! They freeze and defrost really well making them a perfect dessert to make ahead of time.

Key Lime Cheesecake Crumb Bars are a favorite on the hottest days of summer straight out of the freezer. These are a year around favorite in our house but light and refreshing enough for a summer dessert on a really hot day!  

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Sunday, July 5, 2015
Mediterranean Pasta Salad recipe from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

This week for Sunday Supper we've come together to share our favorite recipes that travel whether your taking a long road trip, going on a picnic, to a potluck or camping these are the perfect recipes for your next adventure! 

I love, love, love this Mediterranean Pasta Salad for our road trips, picnics and adventures since it's meatless yet chock-full of goodies like arugula, garbanzo beans, artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, capers, sun-dried tomatoes, mozzarella cheese tossed with a fresh herb vinaigrette. 

It's pure deliciousness in a bowl! 

If garbanzo beans aren't your flavor try subbing with cannellini beans aka white kidney beans.
I usually make this when we go camping as our first lunch or dinner since there's so much work to do setting up camp and getting organized it takes the stress out of fixing a meal. It can be packed into Mason Jars for easy individualized servings on the go.

Mediterranean Pasta Salad is best made the day before to allow the flavors to meld and pasta to absorb the dressing making it easy to grab and go on your way out the door.

It's so, so, so good I know you'll love, love, love it too! 
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