Sweet Corn, Tomato & Pesto Pizza

Sweet Corn, Tomato and Pesto Pizza - Chew Nibble Nosh

You guys.  This pizza…

Wow.

This Sweet Corn, Tomato & Pesto pizza is everything wonderful about summer…on a crust.
It’s crisp, fresh sweet corn and bright summer tomatoes, viibrant fresh basil, and zesty garden fresh pesto.  It’s packed with flavor, ridiculously easy to throw together, and on the dinner table (…lunch table, snack table, coffee table. The pizza’s not picky.) in virtually no time at all. It’s just perfect.

I could eat it every day and probably be pretty happy.

Have I pumped it up enough?

Ready to give it a try?

Easy Lemon Crinkle Cookies

Easy Lemon Crinkle Cookies - Chew Nibble Nosh

 Sometimes, you just need a little something sweet, and baking up a little something sweet doesn’t get much easier than these little lemon cookies.

One of my favorite simple cookie recipes is the one for Butter Pecan Toffee Cookies that I shared a long while back.  This recipe is quite similar, in that they both use a boxed cake mix as a base.  There’s something special about these cake mix cookies! I love how ridiculously easy they are, how deliciously chewy they are, and even better for me, each batch only makes a couple dozen cookies, so I get my fix but we aren’t eating them for days on end. (Or, let’s be honest, I’m not eating them for days on end.  I’d be lying if I failed to mention that I had one with my coffee this morning.  It’s clearly not a green smoothie kind of day.)

Flourless Double Fudge Cookies

Flourless Double Fudge Cookies - Chew Nibble Nosh

Last week, we were so excited that my cousin, Jessica, was able to come and visit us for a few days!  Jessica is a superstar HR manager by day, and by night she loves to cook and share her recipes on her own food blog, Sassy Southern Yankee.  She had a conference she needed to attend that was practically in our backyard, so we served as home base during the week.  Prior to Jess’ visit, I made sure to ask her if she had any food allergies or food dislikes so I could make sure to plan appropriately. I knew that Jess had been gluten-free for a while, but it was then when I learned that she’d been recently diagnosed with a wheat allergy.

Watermelon Feta Bites with Basil Oil and Balsamic Glaze

A few days ago, I returned from a  Girls Week at the beach with my daughters, Mom, Aunt and cousins.  We had a fantastic time together and it was so nice to just hang out and reconnect, since we don’t get to see each other that often.  We live in different states, and all lead very busy lives, so we were eager to park our chairs in the sand and just “be” for a week.  I think the trip did all of us some good!  Oh, and the Mojitos helped too.

Angel Hair with Checca Sauce

OK, this heat is crazy.  It’s officially summer.  Gone are the days of June, where I was almost swayed to believe that the weather was going to stay pretty mild until the kids went back to school.  We’re at the point in our summer where the kids don’t even want to be outside because it’s so hot.  This is a major bummer from a parental standpoint.

Black Bean, Corn and Avocado Salsa

Tomorrow morning, the girls and I are heading home after a two week long trip up to the Midwest.  Namely, Michigan and Indiana.  We were hoping to escape the heat in Georgia, and that worked for the first half of our trip, but wow…did it get hot!  Despite the heat wave, we’ve had a wonderful visit.

We packed a lot of activity into those two weeks, but best of all, we got to spend a lot of time with family and friends that we don’t get to see often enough.

It’s been a fantastic trip.

Tangy Watermelon Rice Krispie Treats

When my kids are home in the summer time, and it’s a kazillion degrees outside, we spend a good deal of time in the kitchen making “fun food”.  Generally, there’s not a whole lot of nutritional value in “fun food”, but that’s OK.  It’s for fun, right?  This is a recipe that I came across online last year and it has become a summer favorite.  Last summer, I should have bought stock in marshmallows, I made so many batches!

The finished product is deliciously chewy, sweet, and tangy, but above all, fun!  Plus, from an adult standpoint, it’s pretty cute.

Quick and Easy Egg Tarts

I’ve mentioned before that we are big fans of breakfast for dinner at our house.  When we do have “Binner”, as my daughter calls it, it’s usually something pretty kid friendly…pancakes, waffles, eggs and bacon.  That’s one of the nice things about Binner.  Nobody complains!  I decided to try this egg tart out the other night on the family, and fully expected the kids to turn their noses up at it.  You know what?  They didn’t!  They loved it.  Both of them.  I’m still amazed.

Layered BLT Dip

Is there really anything better than a really good BLT?  It’s such a simple sandwich, nothing fancy.  But, every time I have one, my first thought is, “Why don’t I have these more often?” They are the unsung hero of the sandwich world.

A friend of mine (who must have read my blog post last week about my inability to grow anything other than basil) gave me an armload of beautiful tomatoes, fresh from her garden, over the weekend.  I went into immediate tomato eating overload.  I was gobbling up handfuls of cherry tomatoes like they were candy, and figuring out a way to slice up the larger tomatoes to add to every meal.  My tomato obsession was a little out of control, but I guess if I’m going to overindulge in something, fresh tomatoes aren’t the worst option!

Citrus Basil Shortbread Cookies

There is really nothing better than homegrown produce, fresh from the garden in the summertime.  Beautiful tomatoes, bushels of zucchini, peapods straight from the vine…I love it all.  The problem lies in that I have the worst luck EVER when it comes to gardening.   I’ve tried, and failed, more times than I can count.  This is the first year that I don’t have tomato plants going.  I finally gave up.  Every year, Aaron shakes his head at me as I plant a couple of tomato plants, knowing full well that nothing will become of them.  He’s right.  Nothing ever does.  The one year I thought I’d actually get something edible from my tomato plants, it turned out that I had some sort of bug living  on the plants that leaves the shell of the tomato, but eats the insides completely clean.  Imagine my dismay when I went to pick, what looked like, a perfect tomato from my vine and it popped in my hand like a balloon.