Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Bars

I can’t believe that July 4th has already come and gone.  Does that mean that summer is pretty much over?!  Well, I went baking crazy during this weekend.  Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Bars were one of the things I made. … Continue reading

Summer Berry Crumble Bars

I am trying to use my cookbooks more.  If you saw my bookshelf, you might say I have a slight obsession.  My husband can confirm this.  But I will save this story for another day.  I recently wanted to make a couple of desserts so rather than searching Pinterest, which is always my go to, I broke open the King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion.

I had a 25th anniversary party for my aunt and uncle so I made some delicious raspberry crumb bars.  I wish I was able to make this with freshly picked raspberries.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make it this season.  Even though it’s not the same, I had a bag of frozen raspberries that I needed to use so it worked out!  This recipe also gives the option for using blueberries so you can use what you prefer!

Bake a crust and add the raspberry topping…


What is great about this recipe is the crumb topping is the same as the crust.  It saves you from doing an extra step.


What’s one of the best parts of these bars?  The glaze that is poured on the top when it comes out of the oven.  Because the pan is warm the glaze just seeps right through the topping.



Even though I am sad to say that summer is almost over, this is a great dessert to share with a large group.  Labor Day cookout perhaps?


Raspberry Lime Rickeys

During high school, I worked at an ice cream stand and it was a blast! It was some of the most fun I had as a teenager.  I know, it’s pathetic.  But while I worked there, I discovered my love for raspberry lime rickeys. But rather than using soda water, I had them with Sprite.  Since I stopped working there years ago, I think I had one or two raspberry lime rickeys, and then I discovered them again at Mann Orchards.  So then I thought, rather than buy a bottled version, I can certainly make my own.


I found a recipe for homemade raspberry lime rickeys on the blog Mel’s Kitchen Café.



Making the raspberry syrup is incredibly easy.  The hardest part is having to wait for it to cool so you can make the drink!


This makes a perfect summer drink.  And what’s great about making it yourself is you can add the amount of syrup you desire to an ice filled glass of seltzer.



Although I would have loved to have Sprite, I need to stay away from soda because I am pregnant.  However, the seltzer is just as delicious!

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Another refreshing summer drink that I recently made is strawberry lemonade with fresh picked strawberries.  I did not take any pictures, but check out the recipe here!

I hope everyone’s summer is off to a good start.  Enjoy these refreshing drinks to keep cool!