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Cheesy Shrimp Ciabatta

For out last get together I made this delicious Cheesy Shrimp Ciabatta. This is an appetizer that shrimp fans will love. In our family this is one of our most favorite recipes. It's so delicious!

You can go with a baguette instead if you would like bite sized portions, but it is hard to beat a fresh loaf of ciabatta bread. The baguette slices will get much crunchier so if you prefer that mouth feel, you can go with a baguette. A fresh French bread would also work great. Enjoy!


Chloe's Grilled Tomato and Cheese Sandwich

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As I mentioned previously, The Kitchen Reader chose The Sugar Queen as the book selection for July. A few reviews already have mentioned the Grilled Tomato and Cheese sandwich described several times in the book, and I was inspired to create it.

Using the description in the book, here is my take on Chloe's Grilled Tomato and Cheese Sandwich that the main character Josey enjoys so much. Ready for the recipe?

Spicy Sriracha Burgers

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Right off the bat I need to tell you two things. First is that I've made these spicy sriracha burgers twice in the last month. They are outstanding! Second is that my pictures sorta stink, but you have to take my word that these are absolutely delicious.

The recipe comes from Aunt Nubby's Kitchen. If you haven't visited her website before, be sure to check it out. I have already bookmarked her recipes for Chocolate Cherry Cookies, Ranch Chicken, and Margarita Pie.

Back to the burgers. Spicy burgers topped with sauteed onions, cheese and sliced tomato. It is awesome. Ready for the recipe?


Cream Puffs with Vanilla Bean Pastry Cream

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All righty. So, cream puffs. Believe it or not, very easy to make. Just like Bavarian doughnuts, there are two typical types of filling. A thicker pastry cream or a lighter whipped filling. For these I went with a vanilla bean pastry cream. Do not imagine vanilla pudding, this pastry cream is from scratch and so tasty. Drizzle with melted chocolate if desired.

Ready for the recipe?

Peach Sunshine Juice

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Sunshine in a glass is what came to mind when I tried this tasty Peach Sunshine Juice. I've made a bunch of different juices since I got my cheapie juicer a few weeks ago, and this might be my favorite one yet. Ready for the recipe?


Strawberry Cheesecake Squares

Cheesecake Squares are a great recipe for when you don't have tons of time to make a proper cheesecake, or if you only have one block of cream cheese in the fridge and can't make it to the store to buy any more.

Cheesecake purists can omit the jam from the recipe with no other changes. I enjoyed the jam in these squares, but next time around I'm going to go the purist route. Ready for the recipe?


Sweet Chicken Bacon Wraps

Talk about taking my time. I made these Sweet Chicken Bacon Wraps several years ago during the football season and I'm just now posting them. Sheesh!

These are a simple and delicious appetizer. Perhaps a bit less chili powder and I'd be more of a fan. Either way, they'd be a tasty addition to your next party or family get together.

Chocolate Fry Sauce (AKA Chocolate Ketchup)

Unless you live in Hershey, PA, you probably haven't heard of Chocolate Ketchup, or as I call it, Chocolate Fry Sauce. Believe it or not, this concoction is actually a condiment that is served at the Hershey Lodge at Lebbie Lebkicher's restaurant.

I came across this oddity while browsing the archives of A'lil Country Sugar, who wrote that this ketchup is served at most restaurants in PA. I am a sucker for odd food combinations, especially when they don't require a bunch of hard to find ingredients. I like to keep it simple, the fewer ingredients the better. The only special note is that it must be Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate Syrup, the regular stuff won't be as tasty.

According to the The Hershey PA Cookbook, they use a ration of 4:1 for ketchup to chocolate, but the recipe I used a 1:1 ratio that I really enjoyed. It is a a hard flavor combination to describe, but I really enjoyed a twist on the same ol' boring ketchup. Ready for the recipe?

Barbecue Chicken Salad Sandwiches

This delicious Barbecue Chicken Salad Sandwich tastes like Summer. It also tastes like juicy tomatoes seasoned with salt and pepper and a chicken salad mixture that has been dressed up with barbecue sauce and tossed with spring greens and sliced green onions. Overall though, it tastes like Summer, which is to say, it tastes fresh and delicious!

I came across the original recipe from Trisha at My Hobbie Lobbie while participating in a fun little foodie event, the Secret Recipe Club, hosted by the great Amanda's Cookin'. The idea of it is you are assigned a fellow food blogger each month, it is kept a secret of course, and you go to their food blog and pick a recipe (or more) to make. On the assigned date, everyone posts their creations and you go and visit and see all the goodies that were made. Sort of like a secret Santa, right?

My secret blogger is Trisha at My Hobbie Lobbie , who lives in India. Isn't it cool that we bloggers can live so far apart yet be connected…

Chilled Vegetable Pizza

The super funny girls over at My Vintage Kitchen posted a while back that they were changing web hosts and they weren't taking their old recipes with them. I got their permission to post a few of their recipes with a link to their new site, My Vintage Kitchen (now at blogger).

I made this delicious Vegetable Pizza for a pizza birthday party a few years back. I wanted a vegetarian option as well as something chilled, since we were having a September heat wave. You could cut these into squares if you'd like, but I sliced them into very thin pizza slices. Super tasty.  This recipe wraps up Eat Your Fruit and Vegetables Week. I hope you enjoyed it and found a few recipes to enjoy the fresh produce of Summer. Ready for the recipe?


Moist Ginger Pumpkin Bread

Eat Your Fruits and Vegetables Week marches on! Today we are moving on to baked goods with this Moist Ginger Pumpkin Bread. Spicy and sweet. Moist and delicious. It is hard to beat that. Ready for the recipe?

The Green Monster Smoothie

Today I wanted to share one bad mutha of a smoothie recipe. Sometimes called "The Green Monster" because of the bright green color, this smoothie is chock full of nutrients. Sure, the color is a little scary, but I personally could not taste the spinach in this, which was great. Ready for the recipe?

My Favorite Veggie Sandwich

Day 2 of Eat Your Fruits and Vegetables Week is here. Dun dun dunnn. I haven't mastered the layering technique for this sandwich quite yet. Apparently it is more important for it to look pretty than to ensure that it doesn't fall apart in your hands. C'est la vie.


This sandwich is sometimes called a 'California' or something to that effect. You can always add a little turkey or roast beef if you are in the mood for it. I like the taste of the veggies by themselves so I don't add any meats.

PS - The day I made this, I ate it for breakfast. I make no apologies. Ready for the recipe?




Strawberry, Orange & Cucumber Juice

Welcome to Eat Your Fruits and Vegetables Week!

I don't know about you, but lately I've been feeling the urge to clean, throw out, and start with a clean slate. My entire life seems out of whack lately, nutrition being part of that.

After rounding up a whole bunch of fruits and vegetables, I decided to create a juice recipe that had strawberry, orange and cucumber. The carrots, grapes and spring salad mix were also looking good, so I added those in as well. I juiced it on up and hoped for the best.

The result was incredible. This is a seriously delicious juice. My kids were giving me the puppy dog eyes, wanting to try it, so I poured them a drink and waited to see their reaction.

The toddler made a funny little face like he tasted a lemon - but only for a split second. He seemed to consider the drink for a few moments, and then he chugged it. Success! My daughter drank her juice down quickly as well, and bugged me all day long for more juice. I was so happy that they were d…

DIY Lunchables by Jen at Domesticated Nomad

Happy Friday Guys! I am so excited to have my very first guest poster today. The extremely talented Jen from Domesticated Nomad is in the house today to share her DIY Lunchables.

Technically, we are doing a blog swap. I'm posting a new recipe over at her blog, and she is posting over here at Jam Hands. Be sure to drop by her site and say hi. Take it away Jen!   -Ali
Hi Jam Hands readers! I adore Ali's blog and I'm so excited she let me take over today. I'm Jen from Domesticated Nomad. I typically blog about home DIY stuff and kids' art lessons, but today I'm going to talk to you well, write about DIY Lunchables.
Out in blogland, I wish I could remember where, I saw the idea of making a menu for the kids to deal with the summer lunches. I thought this was a great idea. But I wanted to make the lunches "ready-to-go" so I created my own, much tastier and healthier, lunchables.


I made up my menu. This is posted to the fridge so they can stand there and pon…

DIY Citrus Vinegar Cleaning Solution

Welcome to DIY Week! 

I thought I would change it up a little this week. Instead of recipes for food, I will be bringing you recipes to create DIY cleaning and beauty solutions. A few years ago I would have scoffed at the idea of making your own facial cleanser or laundry detergent, but times have changed. It is frugal to make it yourself, and dang it, it just feels good knowing that you are self sufficient.

Up first is a homemade citrus vinegar cleaning solution. I came across this recipe for Orange Vinegar over at Little Brick Ranch and decided to give it a try. I had used a basic water & plain vinegar solution in the past and liked it and the addition of the scent and cleaning properties of the citrus oils seemed like a great idea.

Pictured above is the solution the day I made it. I will come back and update this post in two weeks with the finished product.

The original recipe used oranges only, which is totally fine, but I had a bunch of lemons and oranges on the counter so I …

Layered Bean Dip

If you are on a last minute hunt for party food, let me introduce you to this tasty Layered Bean Dip from Katie's Nesting Spot. It comes together in less than 10 minutes, 5 if you are really scootin' along. Spices are added to refried beans then you layer on sour cream and the toppings of your choice. It is easy, delicious and a crowd pleaser.

I would like to also say that as I was taking these pictures my 3 year old was taking off her tennis shoe and instead of removing it like normal, she flung that sucker across the room and it landed right in this bean dip.

I looked up at her from the camera and said, "Really? REALLY?" She looked a little concerned at first but then she laughed. Kids!