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Vegan Mango Salsa...and Picnic Game

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I'M GOING ON A PICNIC, AND I'M BRINGING...Vegan Mango Salsa

JULY IS THE NATIONAL PICNIC MONTH

I received an invitation recently from a new food blogger friend... Louise,
@ Months of Edible Celebrations for the Online Picnic which sounded really fun to me...so I accepted; of course. Who would want to miss a wonderful summer picnic (even if it's online)...but who knows one day perhaps, we can actually arrange to meet in person for a lovely picnic. Louise has been the gracious host of this PICNIC GAME event, and this will be her 6th season. Some of my food blogger friends have joined since the beginning...and as for me this will be my first season.
 I've always loved, loved, a red and white checkered table cloth, and a picnic basket filled with goodies. Had I responded to Louise a bit sooner, I could have used the letter M...for Mango Salsa, but then the letter V was still available, so I chose VEGAN...for Vegan Mango Salsa, which I think it compliments this lovely all fresh…

Bacon-Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

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As you can see, there are two Bacon-Pineapple Upside-Down cakes on this photo; don't be fooled, on the left, is the page of the Food Network magazine, and on the right is my actual cake! I must say, I have never...well, almost never made a cake the turned out almost identical as the picture from a magazine or book...and I'm also proud to share the 'source' where the recipe comes from originally. Most food blogger...and I do say MOST are not willing to share the source of their recipes even if they adapted it from a source...which is even better because you get to take your own 'twist' on it, and share that as well.

Although in the 1970's we all just wrote down on little index cards recipes that we exchanged with one-another, and who knew where they originated from...some of them were 'hand-me-downs' and some were clippings from magazines, but virtually no one knew the actual source! In the 90's, when I got my first computer in 1995 and had the…

National Flip-Flop Day!

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JUNE 20, 2014 – NATIONAL FLIP FLOP DAY National Flip Flop Day will be taking place on 20 June 2014 – so it's time to get those toes 
exposed and start enjoying summer! 

The day is organized by Tropical Smoothie Cafe, a franchise in the USA that wants us to ditch our shoes and socks and get our flip flops on!

Now in its eighth year this annual extravaganza marks the start of summer, and customers who appear in one of the 300 stores between 2.00pm and 7.00pm in their flip flops get a free smoothie! 

There is a serious side to the campaign though.   The company makes a donation for every customer that wears flip flops to Camp Sunshine.  This special camp was created in 1984 for children and their families who are dealing with life threatening illnesses like cancer, kidney diseases and lupus.
All sorts of support is available at the camp for both children and parents, and with the help of National Flip Flop Day they can continue doing their good work.

To find out more visit the

Mozzarella Caprese Rolls

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I have actually surprised my own self creating this wonderful fresh mozzarella rolls, with fresh sliced Roma tomatoes, black olives, sun-dried tomato slices, and fresh basil leaves. All these ingredients were on-hand in the fridge at my daughter's...actually, the fresh basil, I snipped off the basil plant.

They were so easy to put together; fresh, colorful, and super delicious! You never know...really, what you can create just from your own ingredients if you are like me, having fresh cheese, vegetables, and of course condiments that are just waiting for some creative hand to liven them up. Giving it a new name, as well...not knowing if there's actually a name for it out there, so you just re-name your creation...that's why I mentioned that I surprised myself!


Seriously, having the freshest ingredients, and special cheese, which we love so much in my family; you can't really go wrong. Imported black olives, or calamata pitted olives, and I just love, sun-dried tomatoes…

Green Beans with Garlic Vinaigrette

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You would think that after MIA (missing in action)...I would come back to post an incredibly (WOW) post; so not happening! You see, since Mother's Day, I've been feeling so 'bummed' out...and carrying such sadness in my heart over the death of my dear friend Dianne's mother's sudden death; right on Mother's Day! She, herself is battling lung cancer (never smoked) for the last 2 years! I've been trying to be a good support for her (age 60). Anybody that says second hand smoking is not dangerous?...think again!

I've been also keeping myself busy with my private chef work...catering, as well! Just have to get my mind off of things that I cannot change. I have made some really nice dishes, and desserts, but just did not take even one photo of them...especially my N.Y. style cheesecake, my Yellow Cake with chocolate cream cheese frosting, my Caprese Ziti Pasta with the fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and basil, just to name a few! I have not gone on any soci…