Peach and Strawberry Crumble – It’s Summer!


It’s summertime and that means fruits like strawberries, cherries, peaches, and blueberries are in season!  Whether you pick your own or buy them at local farmers’ markets or the grocery store, having them at home just says summer.

Last week I picked up a basket of peaches, specifically to make a crumble. When I was searching for recipes, I found tons and ended up making up my own.  Confession: I love the oat crumble on top of the fruit and I like it to be thick.  That’s why I ended up using a crumble topping recipe for a 9 by 13 inch pan on my 8 by 8 inch crumble! Continue reading


Mango & Blueberry Salad – That’s It !


At a kids’ year end party a few years ago, a mom brought this salad and it was such a hit.  It only has mangoes and blueberries in it but the mangoes are cut up using a melon baller making the salad look elegant and fancy.

There is something about the combination of the golden yellow of the mangoes and the dark bluish purple of the blueberries that makes the salad look good, too, especially in a white serving dish.  The salad looks healthy for you, and it is! Continue reading


Frozen Strawberry Banana Daiquiris


These frozen daiquiris have become a summer favorite!  Made using Bacardi’s Strawberry Daiquiri Mixer with the addition of a ripe banana, these drinks are smooth, tasty, and easy to make.

By definition, a daiquiri is made with rum, lime juice, and a sweetener. Daiquiris originated in Cuba over 100 years ago as a shaken drink.  According to, drinks made with fruit juice, creme, or eggs are shaken to introduce air bubbles that give a frothy appearance.  Try making a shaken recipe from a fellow blogger at Charly’s Bar, here.  You may find other drinks you might like there, too!

Bacardi’s Strawberry Daiquiri Mixer does in fact contain sugar, lime pulp, and lime juice as part of its ingredients, as well as crushed strawberries.  You can find this mixer in the freezer section of your grocery store, next to the lemonade and orange juice.

Try these daiquiris with rum for the adults and without rum for the kids!  Let me know of any other variations that you like. Continue reading


Homemade Oh Henry Bars


Homemade Oh Henry Bars – Yum!

The summer always reminds me of my teenage years when I spent every evening swimming a mile at dusk at the local community pool. I think I must have swum those miles for one simple reason: having eaten too many sweets, especially homemade Oh Henry Bars!

As teens, we used to have girlfriend get-togethers, watch movies on our VCRs, and consume sugar. This Oh Henry Bars recipe made the rounds. Continue reading


Sprinkle Chocolate Chip Cookies

Photo Copyright 2015 SweetTrendyAndNeat

I think I can make a chocolate chip cookie recipe from start to finish in 40 minutes. That includes cleaning up and eating the cookies. Hands down, making chocolate chip cookies is like coming home. They are memories of my childhood and they are memories of baking with my kids. They are the recipe on the back of the chocolate chip bag. They are the reason I gained 40 pounds for each of my pregnancies!!

But why are chocolate chip cookies so loved? Why are they so popular in North America? How come everybody seems to follow a similar recipe but everybody’s cookies are different? Why are these cookies on dessert menus even in the fanciest of restaurants? Continue reading


A Yummy Lemon Carrot Cake

Yummy Lemon Carrot Cake photo copyright 2015 Alex R
Yummy Lemon Carrot Cake
photo copyright 2015 Alex R

When I moved to North America, it was to go to a boarding school to complete high school. My roommate’s mother made us mouth-watering cakes on each of our visits to her home. I fell in love with her carrot cake and still have that index card with the recipe on it, in my teenage handwriting. I have made slight modifications to the recipe like substituting yogurt for some of the oil and using light cream cheese and more icing sugar in the frosting. Continue reading