Strawberry-Peach Smoothies with Spinach (Revised!)

Strawberry-Peach Smoothie with Spinach via applestoziti.com

I feel I posted my Strawberry-Peach Smoothie recipe a bit prematurely.

It was still missing something. And I was definitely not happy with the final photos I got of the smoothie. They were taken at night. They were taken in poor lighting. They were taken while holding my 5 month old. He was having a fussy, tired, I-want-your-undivided-attention kind of attitude at the time. Not your optimal picture-taking conditions.

But I am VERY happy with the UPDATED RECIPE!!!!

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Smoothies and Smoochees

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Because it’s Valentine’s Day… I felt the urge to say hello.

And to say I love ya.

And, while I’m at it, I decided to share this smoothie recipe with you.

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Petite Lemon-Berry Trifles with Fresh Whipped Cream

Mini Lemon-Berry Trifles for Two via applestoziti.com

This kind of dessert is really my favorite.

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Vanilla Ice Cream with Nectarine-Blackberry “Topping”

It’s hot. The ice cubes have stopped working. I decided to try ice cream instead. I’m liking the results.

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I couldn’t just eat plain ice cream. I had to indulge my imagination a bit more than that.

I went a little overboard…. I came up with TWO Nectarine desserts to go with my ice cream! Both ideas struck at once and I couldn’t leave on of them behind. Thus, you will be getting TWO dessert recipes to end the Nectarine saga.

Hahaha. DOUBLE the desserts. DOUBLE the fun. No mint included… though, that might be tasty??

THE FIRST DESSERT… Vanilla Ice Cream with Nectarine-Blackberry Topping

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Nectarine Salsa

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Today the chance for rain in Phoenix went from 30 percent to 20 percent…

My “Gigi” (my husband’s grandma) said it best: “It never rains at 20 percent”. Sadly, I know she’s right.

It was slightly overcast yesterday for an hour or two and I thought…. YES!! The rain is going to come! My hopes were shattered today when that percentage changed. I’ve started sucking on ice cubes to keep myself cool. I don’t mind the heat for the first few weeks but then it starts to make me tired and more easily irritated… by August I’m so ready for the heat to be over I can hardly stand it.

Besides ice cubes, the foods that sound best right now are those that are cool and refreshing… like chilled Pico di Gallo!

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Pork & Nectarine Salad with Creamy Feta Dressing

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Summer is in full swing here in Phoenix. You know this when the temperature breaks 115°F… funny enough, a 101°F day is mild and yes, you can tell the difference. In the midst of these weeks of extreme heat we stay inside more often than not, meaning that I can indulge in my official state of “nesting”.

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Brie & Nectarine Panini

This recipe was inspired by a panini I saw on the menu of an L.A. bakery…

It was made with Brie & Pears, and while they divulged very little about the rest of the sandwich, it looked DELICIOUS!

When I set out to create some Nectarine recipes, this sandwich came to mind…. I’m so glad I tried it… this panini is to die for.

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You want to make this. Oh my, do you want to make this!

Ever since I made these I’ve been lying awake at night thinking about the different things I could stuff a panini with and how delicious it’s going to taste.

Is that normal?

I hope your answer is yes.

This sandwich truly does melt in your mouth. The buttery, toasted bread gives you just enough crunch to balance out the creamy brie and nectarine filling inside. THe peppery arugula and the drizzle of balsamic give it that final punch that really knock this panini’s flavor out of the park.

It’s beautiful, decadent, and divine.

How many you make and who you make it for is entirely up to you. But make it soon! This is not something you want to put off.

It is nothing like dusting your ceiling fans or organizing that front closet. This recipe was made to be enjoyed TODAY!

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A Nod to Nectarines

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The nectarine’s flesh is sweet, succulent and firmer than that of its relative, the peach.

How do you tell the difference between a peach and a nectarine? There are not many genetic differences between the two fruits and their flavors are actually remarkably similar. They would be very difficult to tell apart except for the fuzz on the skin of the peach compared to the smooth nectarine.

When are nectarines in season?  Most nectarine varieties are available from midspring to late September with a peak during July and August. California produces 95% of the nectarines grown in the Unites States.

How do you pick nectarines at the supermarket? When you’re picking out nectarines, you want them to smell sweet (yes, smell them in the store). You also want them to be brightly colored (no bruises or blemishes), and they should give slightly when you press gently on the skin (not hard or overly green).

How do you store a nectarine? Slightly underripe nectarines can be left to ripen at room temperature for a couple of days. Ripe fruit should be refrigerated and used within 5 days.

Are nectarines good for you? One medium nectarine contains about 70 calories, no saturated fat, fiber, and a small amount of protein. They contain a fair amount of vitamins A and C.

While I really LOVE peaches, I kind of relished the fact that being on the letter “N” allowed me to indulge the seemingly less used, less appreciated nectarine.

If you like peaches, you’ll like nectarines too… it’s the perfect time to make nectarine recipes with July just a few days away… nectarines are just entering their PEAK season!

WOO HOO FOR SUMMER FRUIT!!! They keep me going during this Arizona heat… High of 120°F today by the way… yes, I choose to live here.

These are some of my favorite recipes yet!

I hope you’re hungry! I know I am.

Happy Economical Eating!

Love, Jenna

Sweet Words are like Honey

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This is my final honey recipe and it’s DESSERT!

Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. ~Proverbs 16:24

I hope you will make this SWEET dessert and serve it up with some SWEET words for your loved ones! Too often we use our words to tear each other down instead of building each other up. We focus on that which is lacking in one another instead of praising each other for our strengths.

We all know how much words can affect us… at least they affect me… they can make or break my day (or my week) and can inspire or discourage alike. So, whether you write a note or bring a verbal word of encouragement along with this crumble, speak gracious words that will be sweet to the souls of those who receive them… sweet like “honeycomb” as Proverbs says. 🙂

This recipe is especially close to my heart…

I grew up visiting the small town of Hendricks in farm-country Minnesota. One of my fondest memories was having my Grandma Caroline’s homemade rhubarb jam and pie… made with rhubarb straight from her garden no less!

While I didn’t harvest my rhubarb from my backyard garden (I’m expecting my green thumb to arrive any day now…), I did pick up some from the grocery store along with some strawberries for this DELICIOUS dessert!

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Honey-Yogurt Sauce with Fresh Fruit

Honey I’m home!!

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This recipe is so simple it almost seems funny to call it a recipe. You can really use whatever fruits you love in this recipe but I would try to go for a variety of colors and IN-season fruits… they will taste better AND they are usually cheaper! The color variety just makes it more pleasing to the eye… even my little two year old looks at a colorful fruit salad and says… PRETTY mama!

We definitely eat with our eyes first before we take a bite! In May I will make this with chunks of peaches and whole, fresh blackberries… YUM! I really LOVE the color combination and the flavor of these fruits when they come in season!! Almost like a dessert… Peaches and cream!

I chose pineapple, mango, green grapes, and strawberries for this fruit salad. I’ll be honest, the grapes were not all that great and I should have left them out but I wanted some green so I went for them… should have waited for them to be in season!

Click here for the Recipe and Shopping List!

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A is for Apple, Brie & Ham Sandwiches

I had to start with the final shot!

A super-yummy lunch (or dinner)…

Okay, so you go to buy ingredients for the Turkey, Apple & Brie burgers with Arugula…

(Click here if you haven’t read that post yet!)

Why not buy some sliced ham and an extra apple and make these sandwiches for lunch the day of, or the day after, you make your burgers? And, BONUS… use the ham for a DELICIOUS panini dinner another night of the same week! (I will be posting this recipe soon!) I love being able to use the same ingredients for several different recipes if possible, so I tried to pick some recipes with the same ingredients for your sake and mine! 🙂

Let’s dive into making these sandwiches!

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