Years ago, I bought a little rosemary plant during the holiday season. It was pruned to look like a miniature Christmas tree. Not only was it a cute little plant, it was so nice to have the scent of fresh rosemary in the house! When spring came, I planted it in a sunny spot by the front porch. It grew from a small little plant into a huge, huge bush. It even started getting pretty deep purple blossoms on it—I didn’t know rosemary blooms, so that was a nice bonus!
I learned that rosemary helps keeps bugs away, so it was great to have it right next to the front porch. The bush stayed green all year long; it would stop growing in the winter months and then it would flourish with new growth in the spring. The nicest thing about having the bush was that I could pick fresh rosemary for cooking and baking anytime I needed it, year-round.
This Banana Spice Loaf is a great recipe to make as summer turns into autumn—it’s a sweet, moist banana bread spiced with nutmeg, allspice, and cloves! And it’s topped not only with a glaze, but a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar and walnuts, too. So there’s lots to love about this banana bread! 🙂
Since peaches are one of my favorite fruits, I always look forward to peach season and making all kinds of peachy treats—like these Peach Streusel Muffins! This recipe is adapted from one I found at A Few Short Cuts. I changed it up by using canola oil instead of vegetable oil, unbleached flour instead of white flour, and a little less butter in the streusel mixture to make the streusel more crumbly. Also, I used a little more chopped peaches in the batter, because you can never go wrong with that! 🙂
This fresh and fruity salad was something I discovered at a potluck. I love all the healthy ingredients in it—slices of fresh peaches (or nectarines) and strawberries, with some slivered or sliced almonds added in—all tossed in a slightly sweet-and-tangy vinaigrette. Crumbles of delicious Feta cheese top the salad.
It’s been so hot the last few days, a smoothie sounded like the perfect thing to make! I like this recipe because it not only has blackberries in it, but also a peach—yum! Blackberries and peaches are such great summer fruits, so why not use them together in a smoothie? If you don’t have blackberries, you can use blueberries or raspberries. Use your berries frozen—it makes the smoothie thicker, not to mention really cool and refreshing!