Saturday, July 9, 2022

Summer Fruit Salad / #OurFamilyTable

I love summer, but I can easily get overheated when the high temperatures hit! Once this happens, the last thing I want to do is prepare a meal, and I lose my enthusiasm for grilling.

When the hottest part of summer comes around, salads are on the menu quite a bit. I often grill chicken or steak for salads early in the morning to avoid the afternoon heat, and use it later in the day, for lunch or dinner.

But today I decided on a Summer Fruit Salad! I included a few things you won't find in the traditional fruit salad, but I know you will love them.

All the ingredients I used are easy to find, easy to work with, and they taste delicious!

Summer Fruit Salad

(printable recipe at end of page)

1/2 cup Heavy Duty Whipping Cream

1 tablespoon Granulated Sugar

1/2 teaspoons Vanilla Flavoring









Light Vanilla Yoplait Yogurt

Sweet Hawaiian Mini Flour Tortillas

Choose any fruit you want to use. More colorful fruit will make the plate prettier and more appetizing.

Pour the heavy whipping cream into a medium sized bowl. Add the sugar and vanilla.
Mix together on medium until the cream thickens and becomes whipped cream.

Wash all of the fruit before cutting it. When cutting the fruit, the important thing to remember is to make it easy to eat. One way to do that is to cut it in small bite sized pieces. You can see that the strawberries and the blueberries were not cut, but you could cut the stems off the strawberries if you wanted to.

One of the small bowls contains the whipped cream and the other one has light vanilla yogurt in it. I also included a few mini tortillas, which are the perfect addition to this plate! They can be filled with your favorite fruit and topped with a bit of whipped cream or fill them with a little bit of each fruit and add a spoonful of yogurt for a fun and tasty treat! They are a favorite for kids!

There you have it! Simple, tasty and good for you! 

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Sunday, July 3, 2022

Pork BBQ Crostini/#FromOurDinnerTable

If you are anything like me, then you are always looking for tasty and unique appetizer recipes to create. I love making them simple and loaded with flavor.

These Pork BBQ Crostini pieces hit both of the goals. They are both simple and very tasty! They make the perfect addition to a backyard bbq, a holiday party, or a get together with friends.

All of the ingredients are easily available at your local grocery store.

Pork BBQ Crostini

(recipe makes 12-15  crostini)

(printable recipe at the end of this post)

1 Pork Loin

sprinkle of Garlic Powder

sprinkle of Black Pepper

1 medium White Onion, sliced thin

1/2 cup BBQ Sauce

2-3 squirts of Mustard

1 loaf of Crostini

Southwestern Shredded Cheese

Sour Cream (1 tablespoon each crostini)


The pork loin I bought was sealed in air proof packaging, so I opened it and rinsed the pork loin under cold running water. Pat it dry, then sprinkle the pork with black pepper and garlic powder. I love using both of these spices on pork.  They lend an incredibly wonderful flavor. Place on a preheated grill at 350 degrees.

As the pork begins to get grill marks on it, turn the pork, side to side, so it will end up completely cooked. It should be cooked to between 150 degrees and 160 degrees, which is medium rare, to be safe to eat. 

When you check the temperature, check it in the thickest area of the meat, which is almost always the center of the pork. If it is not to temperature, simply continue to grill until it reaches the temperature destination.

I used a white onion, simply because I like them. A red or yellow onion will also work perfectly. Slice the onion into thin slices. The amount of onion to use depends on how much you like onion. Sauté the onions in butter on the stove. 

Mix together the BBQ sauce and the mustard.

Slice the crostini into thin slices, about 1/4" to 1/2" thick. Toast the crostini. The crostini can be made without being toasted but toasting delivers a wonderful flavor.

Start building the crostini. Spread the mustard mix on the top of the bread. Add the cheese, pork, and then the onions. You can place them in an oven if desired. You can also place the crostini under a broiler. Just be careful, as it will only take a minute. The crostini will taste fantastic either way!  

Serve the crostini and enjoy! Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed this recipe!

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