Ahhh, it's that time of year, magical spring and soon summer. The weather is getting warmer and we have started hauling out the shorts and bathing suits. I am so looking forward to hot summer days on the beach with my BFF. ♥
Sometimes I hate showing you my before pictures. I would like to say that the picture below is the result of cooking a great Easter Dinner (BTW, it was good. lol) but alas, its just the result of a lot of cooking and a great ability to procrastinate when it comes to cleaning.
Although this post is about cleaning stove burner grates on gas stoves I've read it works great on the drip pans under electric burners as well!
I saw these cute nesting balls over at birdsandblooms.com and decided they would be perfect for my yard. My Mom used to put scraps of sewing fabric on the bushes outside and later we would see them woven into the bird nests. Even now at 88 years old, she still enjoys feeding the birds and putting out fabric scraps and string for them. I decided these would also make a perfect Easter gift for her.
Okay, I admit it, I'm a little addicted to Stitch Fix. When its almost time for shipping I'm checking the site over and over again to see if it has shipped yet. I get so excited when its on its way.
I have two senior dogs one of which has issues with allergies and the other has lost most of her teeth. So I need treats that are gluten-free and that are not too hard to chew. So I was excited to see this recipe from doggydesertchef.com as it meets both requirements.
If you have never tried Hummingbird Cake, you are in for a treat! First let me assure you that despite its name there are no birds of any kind in this cake! But its said that it was named for one. The cake supposedly was first created in Jamaica maybe in the late '60's and apparently was first named "Doctor Bird Cake" after a variety of Jamaican hummingbird called the red-Billed Streamertail. The way the bird probed flowers with it's long beak reminded people of a doctor inspecting a patient. It is believed that this cake was sweet enough to attract hummingbirds and the sttreaks of banana was also resembled the bird's plumage. And so "The Doctor Bird Cake" began.
You may already be familiar with my Overnite Oats in a Jar recipe (if not see it here). I love this very simple and healthy way to prepare an easy ready to go breakfast.
But now I've stepped it up a notch...by adding Chia Seeds. Chia Seeds have been growing in popularity over the last few years due to their high protein, omega-3 fatty acid, and fiber content. Not only are they loaded with antioxidants, but the added value of their vitamin and mineral content have caused them to be labeled a superfood. Chia Seeds have been called the healthiest food on the planet because they are loaded with nutrients that can have important benefits for your body and brain.
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