Jun 28

when are your favorite fruits in season?
May 06
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Sep 07

Jazz up the H2O


We all know that we’re supposed to drink lots of water everyday.  Drinking 8-12 glasses of agua daily has countless health benefits.  Also, your appearance benefits from drinking enough water each day.  Water hydrates your skin making you look younger and it assists in weight loss.  So why don’t we drink more?  Because next to delicious lattes and flavored fizzy drinks water falls flat.  It’s, dare we say, a little boring.  So here are a few ways to jazz up your H2O…

  • Fruit – Slice it up and toss it in.  Try different fruits or even different combinations of fruit. Some popular ones are cucumbers, lemons, limes, oranges, strawberries, raspberries… and the list goes on.
  • Mint – Try adding a few mint leaves to your water.  It will give it a refreshing twist.
  • Ice – Fill an ice tray with your favorite all natural fruit juice and put it in the freezer. When the cubes have frozen try adding a couple to your water for a hint of flavor.
Sep 05
YUP! Make it y’all

YUP! Make it y’all

Kitchen Elves. 

Sep 04


Saturday, September 1, 2012

Lemon verbena is one of my favorite plants to have in the garden. It’s a shrub with simple, bright green leaves and a heavenly scent of lemon drops. It can be pruned up to make a small tree, and it is winter deciduous, so you can only enjoy this herb in spring and summer. The leaves infuse perfectly into cream, make a lovely bundt cake and a soothing cup of tea, but my favorite way to use lemon verbena is in a simple syrup with white wine over fresh summer fruit.

1 cup water
1 cup dry white wine
1/3 cup sugar
dissolve sugar in wine and water then reduce to one cup.
Perfect with white peaches, raspberries and figs.

A note on figs: Most figs in our areas will give two crops a season, one in late spring and then again in late summer. The birds are more trouble in spring, so hanging CD’s from the branches can help to deter them. Wait until the figs are swelling to pick, but get out first thing in the morning before the birds wake up.

This is a fellow foodies blog. I suggest you follow. Straight from the ground to table. This syrup recipe is to die for. Thanks Nancy! 

Aug 29

insalata caprese



insalata caprese


Aug 27


Fell in love with the fish market in Seattle. Talk about sensory overload! My suitcase is still packed as I head to Michigan and Maryland for some family time. See you guys in a few weeks!!! Hope everybody has fantastic Monday! Lots of love, Luna

A place to visit if you ever find yourself in Seattle.  

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Foodies! I will still be posting this summer, just less often. 

I promise, once a month you will have a do it yourself DELISH treat. It’s just that in summer months I tend to eat a lot of salad and fruit, a bit boring to post about, and I will spare you. I cook less and snack more. I will write soon about why we all crave less food in the summer (hint: has to do with the heat). I will be writing/posting of course…. that never ends :)

Until my full blown return in the fall, keep looking back at recipes I posted this past winter for some inspiration! Also, email me if you have any questions at all. 

Look out for a homemade cheese recipe coming super soon!!!!!

Hope you are all having a wonderful summer. GET OUTSIDE

-Steph  (Burnt Toast Kitchen)

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