Yogurt with Strawberries and Pistachios

For a summer breakfast or brunch, especially when it’s too hot to bake, here’s a quick, easy, and healthy recipe that looks really pretty, too! Yogurt with Strawberries and Pistachios could also double as a snack or dessert. It’s made with Greek yogurt, fresh strawberries, honey, and pistachios—a really yummy combination! If you’re not a big strawberry fan, you could use other fruit like blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, kiwifruit, mango…really, just about any fruit you like!

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Praying for America: 40 Inspiring Stories and Prayers for Our Nation

I received a review copy of this book; all opinions expressed are mine.

When I first heard about the new book Praying for America by Dr. Robert Jeffress, I thought the timing of its publication couldn’t have been better. With all that we have going on in our country, our nation so desperately needs prayer!

In the introduction of Praying for America (FaithWords, hardcover) Dr. Jeffress, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, reminds us that Jesus taught, “…the purpose of prayer is not to get our will done in heaven but to get God’s will done on earth.” He explains that he wrote this book “…to encourage you to ask God to bless America and to accomplish His perfect will in our nation.” Each of the 40 chapters have a prayer topic and include an inspiring story about how the power of faith and prayer made an important difference in the history of our county, along with a special prayer and Scripture relevant to each topic.

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Strawberry-Coconut Cream Soda

What a heat wave we’ve been having! It’s during times like these that I want something cool and refreshing. Like a soda…and it’s especially nice when a soda is on the healthy side! This Strawberry-Coconut Cream Soda is made with coconut milk and fresh strawberries…yum! It’s also sweetened with honey. It’s a treat that will help cool you off, and you can feel good about drinking it too—win, win, win! 🙂 I was inspired by a recipe at Food.com, but changed it up a little, using honey instead of sugar and a little more strawberries—I think it’s a great soda!

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Veggie Potato Salad

Potato Salad is a favorite summer side dish of mine, and I wanted to try adding veggies to it—it’s always nice when you can work in some extra veggies to your food! I had an old potato salad recipe I had clipped from a magazine that had some veggies in it, so I modified that and added even more veggies to come up with this Veggie Potato Salad. I really like it and it’s filled with so many veggies, you could serve it as a light lunch on a bed of lettuce!

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Patriotic Brownies

Here’s a super-simple desert for the 4th of July—Patriotic Brownies! Everyone loves brownies and these are even more yummy because they’re topped with frosting and fresh strawberries and blueberries! The brownies are from a mix with chocolate chips and chopped walnuts (or pecans) added in. Or, you can make your favorite homemade brownie recipe. Likewise, these are frosted with ready-made frosting, but you can use your favorite homemade vanilla or cream cheese frosting recipe instead!

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