tasty tuesday

Cherry Lemonade

Cherry Lemonade 

Way back in June my daughter and I decided to make Cherry Lemonade for our neighbors. The big wind storm had knocked down much of our beloved pear trees and our neighbor and another good friend (and neighbor too) spent a lot of their weekend helping my husband clean it all up with their chain saws and trucks. So we wanted to show them our appreciation somehow and plain ol’ water wasn’t going to cut it. :) (hey look, I made a pun and I didn’t even try!)

It was refreshingly delicious. The only problem? I can’t find the notes I took for the recipe…if I took any notes at all? I’m trying to get better at writing down my creations or making voice notes as I experiment but sometimes there’s no time. I have no idea why I think I’ll remember it later! I can barely remember what day it is! (The other day I woke up and it took me a good 5 minutes for me to figure out it was Sunday and not Saturday.)

Anyway, I do remember I made our own ‘recipe’ based on this Sour Cherry Lemonade and this Frozen Cherry Lemonade. I also remember that we used canned cherries because we had eaten up all the fresh cherries before we had time to make the lemonade. I think we used about 8 – 10 lemons and about 3/4 cup sugar and maybe 1 cup or so of water. I do remember using the saucepan too…so basically, only use this post and picture for inspiration and motivation and then choose one of those links for a full recipe. Or make-up your own! Either way, it’s a great summer beverage that I highly recommend. If I make it again, I’ll make sure to keep better notes!

Pineapple Mango Sherbet Punch

My beautiful and artistically talented little sister offered to design and create a logo for my blog so I asked her to do one for Tasty Tuesday. She drew it and I added the color but I’m still giving her all the credit. :) Since I’ve been more consistent with at least this part of the blog I’d like to add a link-up so all of you can also share tasty recipes – your own creations or ones you’ve tried and liked. {Yes, I know I’m a huge nerd about link-ups and that there are a billion other Tasty Tuesday link-ups but I can’t help it, they’re just so fun! And I wanted a good excuse to show-off my sister’s artistic talents!}

So go ahead, click on the link below and share a favorite recipe!

If you’d like to participate on your own blog, click here to add the Tasty Tuesday Logo and be sure to link back here. P.S. If you share a recipe on your blog on a day that is not Tuesday I’ll still let you come back and share it here, as long as it’s “Tasty” it still counts. 😉

Without further ado, here’s today’s Tasty Tuesday recipe – Pineapple Mango Sherbet Punch. A super easy punch, perfect for all the summer-time friend and family gatherings.

Pineapple Mango Sherbet Punch

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Barley Granola Bars

Next up in my random “Second Trimester Food” Series are these Barley Granola Bars I made for healthy snacking.

Here is the recipe:

  • 2 cups barley flakes
  • 1 cup barley flour
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 3/4 – 1 cup cranberries, blueberries and other misc. dried fruit you want to put in.
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  • 1 – 2 TB flax seed mill (you can add more or less of this if you want)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla (optional)
  • optional: a handful of nuts,  chocolate chips,  white chocolate chips, reese’s pieces chips, go crazy!

I modified this recipe from the regular Chewy Yummy Granola Bar recipe I’ve used in the past. I recently had a special blood test done to see what food sensitivities I have and oats, among other things, is apparently something I have an extreme sensitivity too. This is different than an allergy so don’t worry I will not go into anaphylactic shock if you make me something with oats :). I just have to try and avoid eating anything with oats as much as I possibly can. (This can be very hard to do!). So I’ve been slowly trying to replace recipes that call for oats with other grains like barley, rye and quinoa. The taste was a bit different as well as the overall consistency but that might be because I only put honey in and a different type of coconut oil than in the past. It was nice to have some home-made snacks that I could eat readily available for about a week or so. (I had to hide them from everyone else to make them last that long!)

In the past eating anything with oats definitely did a number on my…er…digestive tract. My poor husband’s nose can attest to this fact. So I was hoping that exchanging the oats for barley would solve this (ahem) issue but it only seemed to mildly help. Sorry this might be “TMI” (or is it t.m.i?) but I’m curious if anyone else has this same experience after eating granola bars or granola?

Anyway, hope you enjoy these Barley Granola Bars! If you try this recipe let me know how it goes and if you have any suggestions for helping everything stick better and not crumble.

Whole-Grain Choco Chip Pancaks 3

Mmmm, if you like whole-grain pancakes and dark chocolate, you’ll probably like these Whole-Grain Chocolate Chip Pancakes my friend Monica shared and I finally made some this past weekend. Yum! Nothing like a little bit of dark chocolate to start the day!

Check out some other great recipes on this Tasty Tuesday!

Chicken Salad YUM! 1

Chicken Salad

I LOVE Chicken Salad. That and Broccoli Salad are a guaranteed YUM for me every time. I could eat it for breakfast, mid-morning snack, lunch, mid-afternnoon snack, dinner, or before-bed snack. I love it in a croissant, or lumped between slices of whole-grain bread. Focaccia bread. Over butter-leaf lettuce or alfalfa sprouts (pictured above).  

How do you like to eat your chicken salad?

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