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Today’s recipe is so simple your  preschooler could make it.

Wait, maybe they should. It would be a lot of fun for them.





Start by slicing your melon into 1/2 inch thick slices.


Press a sturdy cookie cutter into the melon, going all the way through.


Isn’t this fun?





Watermelon and Feta Butterflies


Feta Cheese

Balsamic Vinegar
Slice watermelon into 1/2 thick slices. Using a sturdy cookie cutter, push it through and cut out shapes. Place on a plate, sprinkle with feta cheese and drizzle with vinegar.

Eat, indulge and enjoy!

She Who Loves Watermelon… and Feta… and balsamic vinegar

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When Captain Cavedweller and I were on vacation a few weeks ago, one of the places we ate had the best Tomato Caprese Salad. It was fresh and beautiful and so good.

The best part is, it is easy to recreate  at home with some fresh ingredients and a few minutes of time!




Slice the cheese – the fresher, the better!


Slice tomatoes and give them just a dash of salt.


Line up on a plate or platter then drizzle with balsamic vinegar.


Then savor the freshness and blending of flavors!





Tomato Caprese Salad

fresh mozzarella, sliced

tomatoes, sliced

spinach leaves

balsamic vinegar

salt, to taste

Layer cheese, spinach and tomato leaves on a plate or platter (I sprinkled the tomato slices with a little salt. At room temp, it just brings out the flavor). Drizzle with vinegar and enjoy!

She Who Loves This So, So Much

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In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, here is a fun little recipe for fruit salsa with cinnamon chips.

It didn’t take long to make and was so fresh and fruity. Since I made it before dinner last night, it is possible that Captain Cavedweller and I may have eaten every bite of this before we got dinner on the table.


Yeah, it was really tasty!




Chop strawberries…


and kiwi…


and oranges.



Mix reserved orange juice with honey. Pour over fruit and mix well.

Butter tortillas and cut into chip-sized pieces


Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on chips and bake at 350 for 5-7 minutes, until chips are crispy.


Devour in bliss.

Fruit Salsa

1 cup chopped strawberries

1 cup chopped kiwi

1 can mandarin oranges (reserve juice)

6 flour tortillas (8-inch)

2 tbsp. honey




Use fresh strawberries and kiwi for intense, delightful flavors. Chop into small pieces. Chop mandarin oranges. Mix 1/3 cup of the juice reserved from the oranges and mix with the honey. Pour over the fruit and let rest while tortillas are cooking.

Butter tortillas then cut into chip-sized pieces. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Bake in a 350 oven for 5-7 minutes, until chips are crispy. Serve immediately and enjoy the bliss of the warm cinnamon chips with the fruit!

She Who May Need to Make This Again Soon


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Here’s a fast and fun recipe you can make using bread dough from a tube. Youngsters, and the young at heart, will really enjoy these!

Ingredients - bread dough, an egg and salt. If you have refrigerated breadsticks in a tube they would be perfect. I used a tube of dough I had on hand. If you want to be miss Betty-homemaker, you could also use made-from-scratch bread dough. I was not feeling the Betty-ness.


If you are using a piece of bread dough, roll into a log (or take out of tube) and cut into slices about 1-1/2 inches thick.


Roll slices into about a 12-inch long piece.


Fold in half, this forms the bottom of the bunny.


Lap the ends over each other once...


Then twice to form the body and ears.


Reserve a few pieces of dough to make the tail. Just pinch off a little ball and place it in the space created by the twists.


Separate the egg white from the yolk. Lightly beat egg white and then brush onto bread before putting into oven. Bake the bread according at 350 degrees until lightly browned.






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