Honey Lime Fruit Salad

We’re coming off a long holiday weekend, one with I indulged way too much and I’m feeling it today. I’m planning to get back on track and planning to take advantage of all the fresh fruit and vegetables that are coming into season. This fruit salad highlights local berries with a tropical twist.

We all loved this fruit salad. It was refreshing and made for a great “dessert” for my kids after a picnic dinner. The dressing wasn’t too sweet and the lime added a nice tartness to the fruit. I’ll definitely be making it again!

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Basil Lime Cookies – #FilltheCookieJar

I’ve missed the last couple of months of #FilltheCookieJar because, well….life got in the way. I was determined to make it back this month for the summer theme! I had a little extra time this month with the holiday on Monday and was excited to try a different and unique cookie recipe. I went with something a little sweet with a touch of savory and came up with these delicious basil lime cookies.

They’re slightly crispy with a hint of lime and basil. My daughter was confused when she saw me chopping basil for a dessert recipe, but she’s loving these cookies! Basil is one of the things that remind me of summer. I grow a bunch of it and use it to make pesto, for tomato mozzarella salad and anywhere else I can use it. And you can’t forget about limes…hello margaritas!

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Creamy Lime Bars – #FilltheCookieJar

I’ve missed the last few #FillTheCookieJar reveals, so I’m happy to be able to participate this month. The theme of this month’s Fill the Cookie Jar group is SUMMER! There’s so many possibilities with this theme that I had a hard time narrowing down a recipe. I started searching for something with limes since I had bought a two-pound bag to make margarita base, but then found this recipe for Creamy Lime Bars. Perfect!

I made the bars for my office’s “Grill & Fill”. It’s a little picnic to kick off the summer season and we get propane tanks filled for a great price. Just one of the perks of my new job! Everyone loved them and I had to steal one to save for my husband to be a taste-taster. They were creamy, the perfect amount of sweetness with the vanilla wafer crust and full of lime flavor. They almost reminded me of a margarita. I’ll definitely be making them again!

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20 vanilla wafers, finely crushed
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 stick unsalted butter, cold and cut into small cubes.
8 oz low-fat cream cheese, softened at room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp flour
3 Tbsp grated lime zest, divided
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 tsp baking powder

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a 8 inch square baking pan with aluminum foil, leaving an overhang to make handles. Lightly spray with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

Combine the crushed vanilla wafers, 1/2 cup flour and brown sugar. Using a pastry knife, cut in the cold butter until the mixtures resembles coarse crumbs. Press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan and bake for 15 minutes.

While the crust is baking, cream together the cream cheese and sugar with a hand mixer until well blended. Add in the eggs one a time, then the vanilla, flour and baking powder. Stir in 1 tablespoon of zest and the lime juice. Pour this mixture over the crust.

Return to the oven and bake for another 25 to 30 minutes. Cool completely. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, overnight is better. When ready to serve, remove from the pan and cut into squares. Spring the remaining lime zest over the bars. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator.

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Be sure to check out all the other “Summer” Fill the Cookie Jar recipes in the link below!

Holiday Pomegranate Lime Spritzer – Secret Recipe Club

Welcome to December’s Secret Recipe Club! I can’t believe this is the last reveal for my group this year. 2014 has flown by! This month my assignment was Learning Patience. I’ve been following Corey’s adventures for some time since we’ve been in the same group for SRC. One thing I love about Corey’s blog is I live vicariously through her travels around Trinidad and now London – it gives me a little sneak peek into life in another country. London is one of the places I want to visit one day.

Today’s a big day for me. I start my new job! I’m a little nervous leaving a more than 12 year career in electrical engineer, but I’m excited to take my marketing experience to help build a local company’s brand. To celebrate this weekend, I decided to make Corey’s recipe for holiday pomegrante lime spritzer. It was easy to make and so light and refreshing. I also wanted to test the recipe for a holiday open house I’m hosting for my business next Sunday. I think all my guests will love it!

4 oz white wine (I used Yellow Tail Pinot Grigio)
lime wedge
2 Tbsp pomegrante arils
2 oz sparkling water
In a glass, muddle the pomegranate ariles with the back of a wooden spoon. Add in the wine, sparkling water and squeeze in the lemon. Add a few ice cubes and drink up!