Strawberry-Honey Agua Fresca


While thumbing through a summer issue of Real Simple magazine the other day, I found a little note about Agua Fresca and how you could blend watermelon, cucumber, or cantaloupe with lime juice and a little sugar, then strain and serve over ice. That reminded me of an Agua Fresca recipe I made a few years back. It’s made a little differently–I used strawberries and didn’t strain it. I also used honey instead of sugar. 

If you’re not familiar with Agua Fresca, it’s Spanish for “fresh water” and is a type of fruit drink that is served all over Mexico. Made from a combination of fruits, sugar, and water blended together, it’s a refreshing drink for spring and summer. I prefer using honey instead of sugar myself, but you can use either!


Makes 4 servings

  • 2 cups water, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup…

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Fresh White Corn Polenta with Pan Fried Shrimps and Roasted Vegetables

Tasty Eats

Fresh corn season is here and, once again, I’m using it in all kinds of dishes. One of my favorite and easiest recipes using fresh corn is to cook it “polenta” style. Unlike the time consuming traditional polenta, which is made with dried cornmeal, this quick cooking version is lighter and so perfect for summer.
It can be served on its own, or with vegetables, as a vegetarian dish. It is also wonderful when served as a side dish with fish, meat or chicken.
In the recipe here, I’ve used this fresh and creamy polenta as a bed for pan fried shrimps, inspired by the Southern dish “shrimp and grits” (recipe for which can be found HERE). Adding roasted vegetables on the side, created a light, yet very filling, summer dish. Try it and enjoy.

* As I was using very fresh corn from the farm stand, it…

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How To Punctuate A Book Title Or Can You Be Creative? by Derek Haines…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

on Just Publishing Advice:

Are there definitive rules on how to punctuate a book title?

Yes, there are broadly accepted rules for book and chapter titles. They are very similar for properly punctuating titles for poems, short stories, songs and musical albums.

You can check a variety of references such as the Chicago Manual of Style, the AP Style Guide, The Oxford Style Guide and many others.

Your choice might depend on whether you are using American, British, Australian or Canadian English language style.

However, the generally accepted basic rules for punctuating book titles are quite standard across all forms of English.

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Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 7/29/18

This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time

My hubby and I finally found another show to binge watch, and since neither of us feels very well, it has made for the perfect Saturday afternoon. The other thing that was rather perfect this week was how I came up with the theme. I was watching World of Dance and when one contestant was being scored, a song was playing. I immediately fell in love with the song and was able to come up with the theme and my song at the same time!

Don’t you just love technology these days? I was able to rewind the show and play it while asking Siri to name that tune. It took a couple of times, but she was finally able to tell me the song.

With that, and without any further thoughts from me, let’s just get right to it. Let’s put on our thinking caps on, break out our…

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Magic Shell Ice Cream Topping

In Dianes Kitchen


This will blow your mind! You won’t believe the secret ingredient to this delicious magical chocolate syrup that is a warm liquid but when you pour it over your ice cream it turns into a hard shell of creamy delicious chocolate! This is just like the Magic Shell Ice Cream Topping Smucker’s sells! Well now you can make your own at a fraction of the cost and in my opinion, even tastes better! This recipe makes about 3/4 cup and can be stored for up to 2 months at room temperature in an air tight container. Enjoy because we sure did!

Source: Cook’s Kitchen Hacks




In a small bowl stir together vanilla, espresso powder

and salt until salt and espresso powder is dissolved.


Place the chocolate chips and coconut oil

into a small microwave safe bowl.

Microwave at 50% power for 2-4 minutes

until melted, stirring frequently.


It is ready when…

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FOWC with Fandango — Unknown

This, That, and The Other

FOWCWelcome to July 29, 2018 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “unknown.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.

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