50 Summer Fruit Desserts

This post is sponsored by Foodie.

There are so many delicious fruits available all summer long, and one of my favorite things to do with those fruits is make a tasty summer dessert.  Here is a collection of 50 summer fruit dessert recipes!

Check out Fruit Desserts for Summer

by Anne at Foodie.com

There is something for every taste in this collection!

50 summer fruit desserts

There are desserts made with favorite fruits including strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, peaches, cherries and watermelon. Fruit makes for a naturally sweet dessert that tastes and looks gorgeous!

What is your favorite summer fruit dessert?

Lightning Literature – Shakespeare’s Comedies Review

Shakespeare’s plays are something everyone should be exposed to, but they are not something I feel confident about teaching without help.  So when I had the chance to review a literature curriculum from Hewitt Homeschooling I thought one covering Shakespeare would be perfect.  I received the Lightning Literature and Composition: Shakespeare Comedies & Sonnets Student’s Guide and the Lightning Literature and Composition: Shakespeare Comedies & Sonnets Teacher’s Guide to use with my son, who just finished 9th grade.

Hewitt Homeschooling Review

Hewitt Homeschooling is a company that offers a variety of curriculum to homeschoolers, and it tries to make sure the curriculum is balance and flexible. One of their most popular products is the Lightning Literature series, which has products for Junior High and High School literature studies, and is now starting to introduce some elementary level studies too.  I have used and loved these products in the past, and you can see my previous review here. [Read More...]

Outlander TV Series Premiering Next Week

I am sure many of you are fans of Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling Outlander series, a series of novels that combine romance, science fiction, history and time travel. I was excited to learn that the books have been adapted into a TV series, and it is premiering soon, exclusively from Time Warner Cable on the Starz channel.

If you aren’t familiar with the series here is a synopsis:

Outlander follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate affair is ignited that tears Claire’s heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

Outlander will premiere August 9th at 9PM EST/PST on Starz. However I was able to get a sneak preview and watch the first episode early, and I was impressed. The production quality of the show is quite high, and the show does a wonderful job of conveying the Scottish Highlands and setting up the mysterious time traveling. The costumes, music, and realistic settings were all very well done.

And the acting was fantastic too! Actress Caitriona Balfe is fabulous as the heroine Claire, and conveys her confusing and dawning horror as she realizes she has traveled back in time. Additionally Tobias Menzies is well cast as her husband Frank/Black Jack, and he has the difficult task of portraying two totally different characters in the two different times. He really makes them seem like two different people!

A lot of first episode is about setting the scene, and the relationship between Claire and her husband Frank. The actors were very believable as a young couple trying to reconnect after being separated for most of World War II. I felt bad for Frank, especially since I knew Claire was about to be torn away from him! There is quite a bit of action in the second half of the show, once Claire travels to the past, as the Scottish warriors are fighting British soldiers. All in all it was a fun premiere, with romance, action and lots of foreshadowing of things to come.

I can’t wait to see what happens next! What does Frank do when Claire goes missing? How will Jamie and Claire’s relationship progress? These are the kinds of questions that will keep me watching!

I read the first book in this series years ago, and I don’t remember much about it beyond the time travel premise and Scottish men in kilts, so it is mostly new to me! Don’t forget to tune in to Starz on August 9th at 9PM EST/PST for your chance to watch! And follow along on Facebook to learn more about the series.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Time Warner Cable. The opinions and text are all mine.

Back to School with Master Lock

This post was sponsored by Global Influence.

Back to school season is in full swing at my house. I have two children going off to college this year, and one still in high school, and they are all making plans and preparations. A recent survey showed that for 1/3 of North Americans a return to routine is their favorite part of the back to school season. I think I fall into that 1/3, because while unscheduled summer days are fun there is something to be said for the consistency of the school year.

And with back-to-school it is also time to think about keeping your belongings safe. Nearly half of North American parents reported that their child has had an item stolen from them at school, and it can be a problem in college dorms as well.


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A New Twist on Cincinnati Chili with Gift Card Giveaway

The Veggetti®, gift card, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by Ontel.

My family and I love pasta, but sadly it isn’t always a healthy choice for dinners.  Lately we have been trying to cut back on the amount of refined carbs we eat, and one great way to do that is to replace pasta with “noodles” made from a healthy vegetable like squash.  I recently made the replacement in one of my favorite pasta dishes, the classic Cincinnati Chili.

Cincinnati Chili with Zucchini Noodles

It tasted pretty good with zucchini noodles, and then I didn’t feel guilty about adding a decent amount of cheese on top! To make the noodles I used the Veggetti, a new kitchen tool I was recently asked to review.  This is a simple little device that is designed to quickly turn vegetables into healthy spaghetti. [Read More...]

Blueberry Upside Down Cake

Blueberries are probably my favorite summer fruit.  All my kids like them too, so we have them frequently in the summer.  Often we just serve them by themselves as a side dish with dinner, but sometimes I like to use them for a special dessert, like this Blueberry Upside Down Cake.

Blueberry Cake

This cake is one of my favorite that I have ever made, because the blueberries are caramelized and soak into to the cake, which is moist and delicious.  I used a lot of blueberries in this cake, basically covering the entire bottom of the cake pan with berries so there was a thick layer of fruit on top when it was finished. [Read More...]

Five Games for Summer Learning

Summer is the perfect time for outdoor fun, but sometimes it is just too hot or stormy! When you have to stay inside it is so easy for to let kids watch tv, play video games or go on the computer. But there are plenty of indoor activities that are just as fun, and can promote learning at the same time. My family loves to play games together, and here are my family’s five favorite that are perfect for a rainy summer day, because they encourage learning and thinking. These games are most appropriate for ages 8 and up.

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