Take Your Summer Cooking Outdoors

I believe the space outside our homes should be counted as living space. Too often, we discount it or under use it. Why spend beautiful summer days & evenings cooped up inside when you can enjoy your outdoor living space. This is especially true of outdoor kitchens. Once upon a time, large home featured summer kitchens. No one wanted the heat of cooking to make the rest of the house unbearable. This is still true. Move your kitchen outside this summer with these fabulous ideas from BHG. They offer a design for every budget. It doesn’t have to be elaborate or expensive to work! Enjoy!

25 No-Cook Potluck and Picnic Recipes

25 No-Cook Potluck and Picnic Recipes

I love picnics & potlucks but what really got me about this article from Midwest Living were the words “No-cook.” During the dog days of summer, it’s great to take a break from the heat of the stove with great recipes that require no cooking. This selection should help you through the entire summer, allowing you to not only avoid the stove but to also be able to bring something fresh & new to each of you summer events! Enjoy!

Picnics & Potlucks

Fresh Peach Recipes

Fresh Peach Recipes

Southern Living seems to LOVE peaches almost as much as I do! I remember going to the large open air market each summer so my grandmother, The Infamous LenaB. could buy peaches. We had them for breakfast. We enjoyed them for snacks. And Lena B. made fabulous peach preserves & peach fried pies. Oh, dear! I think I need a peach fix! Enjoy!

Fresh Summer Peaches

15 Pickle Recipes That Will Make Everything You Eat This Summer Taste Better

15 Pickle Recipes That Will Make Everything You Eat This Summer Taste Better

A few weeks ago, I was asking the women in my bible study what sort of classes they would like to take. I explained they didn’t have to be religious or church-oriented. I wanted to know the things they were interested in learning. The answers surprised me. Computer classes, how to use a smart phone, knitting & crocheting & canning, among other things. I am now working to schedule various classes here at our Simple Joy Cottage to meet their needs. Even the canning!

Country Living has provided me with a list of easy pickling recipes for summer, including asparagus, which was specifically mentioned. I really wanted to find a way to help women pickle food without making the process too complicated. If you are a beginner, canning can be intimidating. Plus, many people go overboard, buying dozens of jars & ingredients only to become hot & frustrated after their first attempt. I believe Country Living has taken the stress & fuss out of the process. So, it appears I will be in a pickle this summer… in the best of all possible ways! Enjoy!

Summer Pickles 

Rich & Juicy Berry Pies

Rich & Juicy Berry Pies

My grandmother made wonderful pies. The Infamous Lena B. is the one that taught me my look of cooking & baking. While I helped her with pie making, I admit I do not make pie as often as I should. There is a zen to pie making, especially when it comes to making crust. I have tasted incredible pie & this causes me to stick with baking those things I know I do well. However, I do love EATING pie & I love berries. BH&G has combined 2 of my favorite things with these recipes! Pies made with fresh berries this summer are a great treat for family & friends! Enjoy!