a farmgirl's dabbles http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com ...sharing my recipe box & a little everyday life Mon, 06 Jul 2015 20:27:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Dark Cherry Scones with Chocolate-Chili Glaze http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2015/07/06/dark-cherry-scones-with-chocolate-chili-glaze-recipe/ http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2015/07/06/dark-cherry-scones-with-chocolate-chili-glaze-recipe/#comments Mon, 06 Jul 2015 12:28:15 +0000 http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/?p=15734 Studded with chunks of plump, sweet cherries, these Dark Cherry Scones with Chocolate-Chili Glaze are a delicious summertime breakfast and brunch treat. Have you been indulging in the wonderful sweet, dark cherries that have been available lately? All the glorious fruits of summer keep my sweet tooth satisfied in the most beautiful way. And cherries […]

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Studded with chunks of plump, sweet cherries, these Dark Cherry Scones with Chocolate-Chili Glaze are a delicious summertime breakfast and brunch treat.

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Have you been indulging in the wonderful sweet, dark cherries that have been available lately? All the glorious fruits of summer keep my sweet tooth satisfied in the most beautiful way. And cherries are such a special treat.

Mostly, we just like to eat cherries right from the bowl, simple yet extraordinary. But we also like to bake with them, especially if it means sweet cherry pie. This summer my sights were set on creating scones with the luscious fruit. After a few rounds of testing, our girls have declared this Dark Cherry Scones with Chocolate-Chili Glaze recipe “perfect!”
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Cheesy Grilled Crab Quesadillas {Ketchikan, Alaska + Misty Fjords National Monument} http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2015/07/01/cheesy-grilled-crab-quesadillas-recipe-ruby-princess-ketchikan-alaska/ http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2015/07/01/cheesy-grilled-crab-quesadillas-recipe-ruby-princess-ketchikan-alaska/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 12:28:51 +0000 http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/?p=15742 These Cheesy Grilled Crab Quesadillas are filled with sweet, succulent king crab and make a most excellent lunch! Long before Blake and I ever boarded the Ruby Princess to Alaska, I vowed to eat all the fresh Alaskan fish and seafood I could get my hands on while we were away. At the top of […]

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These Cheesy Grilled Crab Quesadillas are filled with sweet, succulent king crab and make a most excellent lunch!

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Long before Blake and I ever boarded the Ruby Princess to Alaska, I vowed to eat all the fresh Alaskan fish and seafood I could get my hands on while we were away. At the top of my list was the delectable king crab – one of my favorite meals from the ocean, right alongside shrimp. I came home feeling deeply satisfied with the amount of crab I was able to consume that week, so incredibly sweet and tender, and of course drenched in melted butter. But I just had to have a little bit more once we got back to Minnesota. These Cheesy Grilled Crab Quesadillas are a riff on ones I enjoyed for lunch at our first port, Ketchikan, Alaska. Be sure to read on after the recipe for more about Ketchikan and our float plane excursion experience.

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Herby Lemon Grilled Chicken Breast Salad http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2015/06/29/herby-lemon-grilled-chicken-breast-salad-recipe/ http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2015/06/29/herby-lemon-grilled-chicken-breast-salad-recipe/#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 12:28:44 +0000 http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/?p=15797 Put this Herby Lemon Grilled Chicken Breast Salad on your menus for bright, delicious meals all summer long!   We go through quite alot of chicken year-round, but in the summer the quantity is always amplified with the nice weather and its invitation to stand over a grill in the back yard. Grilling makes everything […]

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Put this Herby Lemon Grilled Chicken Breast Salad on your menus for bright, delicious meals all summer long!

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We go through quite alot of chicken year-round, but in the summer the quantity is always amplified with the nice weather and its invitation to stand over a grill in the back yard. Grilling makes everything taste better, don’t you agree? And we utilize our grills to their fullest, creating meals almost daily from our back yard deck. By far, chicken is our most grilled meal.

This Herby Lemon Grilled Chicken Breast Salad is a super lovely way to liven up your chicken grilling this summer. Simple enough for a weeknight meal and beautiful enough to invite your friends over for a weekend gathering, it’s a recipe to put on the menu all summer long.
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Lemon Quinoa and Egg Bowls with Veggies and Sriracha http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2015/06/24/lemon-quinoa-and-eggs-bowls-with-veggies-and-sriracha-recipe/ http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2015/06/24/lemon-quinoa-and-eggs-bowls-with-veggies-and-sriracha-recipe/#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2015 12:45:21 +0000 http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/?p=15704 Full of flavor, these Lemon Quinoa and Egg Bowls with Veggies and Sriracha are my latest breakfast, lunch, and brinner obsession!   I always feel the best when I’m eating and drinking in a healthy way on a regular basis, with pops of indulgence as reward for doing so. And one of the ways I […]

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Full of flavor, these Lemon Quinoa and Egg Bowls with Veggies and Sriracha are my latest breakfast, lunch, and brinner obsession!

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I always feel the best when I’m eating and drinking in a healthy way on a regular basis, with pops of indulgence as reward for doing so. And one of the ways I accomplish feeling great is by making sure I’m incorporating protein along with a rainbow of fresh fruits and vegetables in my daily menus.

Lately I’ve been on a lemony quinoa kick, loaded with protein, fiber, and minerals. Add an egg to the dish, and I’ve got another excellent pump of protein, just the energy boost I need to get me through my day. Full of flavor, these Lemon Quinoa and Egg Bowls with Veggies and Sriracha are my latest breakfast, lunch, and brinner (breakfast for dinner) obsession.
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Herby Lemon Vinaigrette http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2015/06/22/herby-lemon-vinaigrette-recipe/ http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2015/06/22/herby-lemon-vinaigrette-recipe/#comments Mon, 22 Jun 2015 12:35:03 +0000 http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/?p=15727 This Herby Lemon Vinaigrette is the epitome of mealtime versatility. It promises to be your favorite fresh flavor enhancer of the summer! I look for every which way to use fresh herbs this time of year, to soak up the beautiful flavors of summer from our herb garden. You can find me or our girls […]

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This Herby Lemon Vinaigrette is the epitome of mealtime versatility. It promises to be your favorite fresh flavor enhancer of the summer!

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I look for every which way to use fresh herbs this time of year, to soak up the beautiful flavors of summer from our herb garden. You can find me or our girls out there, plucking of their bounty, to add delicious dimension to our meals and beverages for breakfast, lunch, and supper. It’s one of the greatest things about this season.

This Herby Lemon Vinaigrette is a dressing full of sunshine. For the past month, as soon as my jar runs out, I whisk up another batch. I just canNOT get enough.
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Lemon Rhubarb Scones with Vanilla Bean Glaze http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2015/06/15/lemon-rhubarb-scones-with-vanilla-bean-glaze-recipe/ http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2015/06/15/lemon-rhubarb-scones-with-vanilla-bean-glaze-recipe/#comments Mon, 15 Jun 2015 11:49:51 +0000 http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/?p=15683 These Lemon Rhubarb Scones with Vanilla Bean Glaze are springtime pastry perfection! Rhubarb season is starting to wane here in the Midwest and I’m grabbing every opportunity I can find to celebrate it, in all its tart glory. This past weekend, when my sister’s family stayed with us, I mixed up rhubarb mojitos for us to sip […]

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These Lemon Rhubarb Scones with Vanilla Bean Glaze are springtime pastry perfection!

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Rhubarb season is starting to wane here in the Midwest and I’m grabbing every opportunity I can find to celebrate it, in all its tart glory. This past weekend, when my sister’s family stayed with us, I mixed up rhubarb mojitos for us to sip alongside the fire in the back yard. Those ice cold bevvies were a hit with us adults, for sure. And watching the kids’ water gun war, full of sneaky tactic and laughter, was the finest summer entertainment.

We’re also loving the baking that goes along with the rhubarb of springtime. I still have on my agenda, when I can get my hands on some fresh local strawberries, to bake a strawberry rhubarb crisp. When served warm, with scoops of cold vanilla ice cream, it’s extremely hard to resist. Just like these beautiful Lemon Rhubarb Scones with Vanilla Bean Glaze. Until the rhubarb runs out, we can’t stop. We won’t stop!
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Summer Quinoa and Veggies Salad with Honey-Shallot Vinaigrette http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2015/06/12/summer-quinoa-and-veggies-salad-with-honey-shallot-vinaigrette-recipe/ http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2015/06/12/summer-quinoa-and-veggies-salad-with-honey-shallot-vinaigrette-recipe/#comments Fri, 12 Jun 2015 11:37:49 +0000 http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/?p=15657 Fresh dishes like this Summer Quinoa and Veggies Salad with Honey-Shallot Vinaigrette are what summer’s all about!   Salads are a year-round regular dish for me, but when summer hits, their appearance is amplified to an every day occasion. This time of year, our weekly grocery list always reflects a ton of flavors and colors […]

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Fresh dishes like this Summer Quinoa and Veggies Salad with Honey-Shallot Vinaigrette are what summer’s all about!

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Salads are a year-round regular dish for me, but when summer hits, their appearance is amplified to an every day occasion. This time of year, our weekly grocery list always reflects a ton of flavors and colors to make salads a tasty celebration of the season’s freshness. And this Summer Quinoa and Veggies Salad with Honey-Shallot Vinaigrette is all that and so much more. Isn’t summer absolutely beautiful?!
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10 Tips for Planning Your Alaska Cruise http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2015/06/08/10-tips-for-planning-your-alaska-cruise/ http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2015/06/08/10-tips-for-planning-your-alaska-cruise/#comments Tue, 09 Jun 2015 03:44:31 +0000 http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/?p=15586 Are you heading to Alaska? Read these 10 Tips for Planning your Alaska Cruise! Blake and I just took the trip of a lifetime with Princess Cruises. For seven days, we enjoyed the hospitality of Princess along with the scenic beauty and grandeur of Alaska. It was an AWEsome experience that loaded up my brain with […]

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Are you heading to Alaska? Read these 10 Tips for Planning your Alaska Cruise!

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Blake and I just took the trip of a lifetime with Princess Cruises. For seven days, we enjoyed the hospitality of Princess along with the scenic beauty and grandeur of Alaska. It was an AWEsome experience that loaded up my brain with magnificent memories and super-charged my curiosity to keep on exploring this big, beautiful world.

This was my first cruise ever. And Blake had only been on one, more than 30 years ago. So you could consider us both newbies to cruising. This was also our first trip to Alaska.

If an Alaska cruise is on your personal bucket list (it sure should be!), I hope this post helps you start planning and big-time dreaming. I’ve included the fundamentals that made our trip go smoothly, plus a few extra tips we learned along the way. Get your own trip of a lifetime started with these 10 Tips for Planning Your Alaska Cruise.
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Rhubarb Mojitos http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2015/06/05/rhubarb-mojitos-recipe/ http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2015/06/05/rhubarb-mojitos-recipe/#comments Fri, 05 Jun 2015 12:08:13 +0000 http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/?p=15567 You’ll be sittin’ pretty this spring and summer with tall, cool glasses of Rhubarb Mojitos!   I thought I was doing my rhubarb plant a favor a couple Octobers ago when I split up the ancient plant, huge and struggling to produce anything more than thin, straggly stalks. Besides, everyone always says that “that weed” […]

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You’ll be sittin’ pretty this spring and summer with tall, cool glasses of Rhubarb Mojitos!

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I thought I was doing my rhubarb plant a favor a couple Octobers ago when I split up the ancient plant, huge and struggling to produce anything more than thin, straggly stalks. Besides, everyone always says that “that weed” will grow any where you plant it. So I wasn’t concerned one little bit as Blake grabbed the shovel and helped me dig down deep in the compacted soil, to grab the roots and transplant them on the other side of our newly installed raised beds. I had high hopes for a couple of big, thriving plants the following spring, and was already dreaming of all the rhubarb deliciousness they would provide.

But, alas, my dream did not come true. I was so disappointed in the measly amount of rhubarb I was able to harvest last spring, and ended up getting the majority of it from local farmers markets and the grocery store.

This year, though, is a different story. The rhubarb plants have decided to make their new home a permanent and happy one. They are thriving. I say, let’s raise a glass to that, and let’s start with these gorgeous Rhubarb Mojitos!
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Triple Berry Coconut Crisp http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2015/06/02/triple-berry-coconut-crisp-recipe/ http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2015/06/02/triple-berry-coconut-crisp-recipe/#comments Tue, 02 Jun 2015 11:48:16 +0000 http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/?p=15526 Bursting with berries and topped with a crunchy coconut topping, this Triple Berry Coconut Crisp will be the star of your summer gathering.   Berries are my jam. And they make awesome jam. Ha! Half the reason I love summer so much is that all my beloved berries are plentiful, more reasonable on the wallet, and […]

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Bursting with berries and topped with a crunchy coconut topping, this Triple Berry Coconut Crisp will be the star of your summer gathering.

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Berries are my jam. And they make awesome jam. Ha! Half the reason I love summer so much is that all my beloved berries are plentiful, more reasonable on the wallet, and at the peak of their deliciousness. In this dessert, I’ve combined my three favorites – raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries – to create a Triple Berry Coconut Crisp. You’re gonna love it!
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