Summer Treats!

Home Stager with Staged To Sell

I don't know about all you, but here in Portland, Oregon we've been having a bit of a rough summer. It's only been in the last week that we've finally been getting some real sunshine (without all the bouts of rain that made it feel like fall).

Somewhere between juggling work and life, I managed to put in two garden beds at my home (so happy about this!), and that coupled with this wonderful weather has been making me feel inspired. So, no shop talk today... instead I decided to post a couple of summer recipes I thought you guys would enjoy : )

Raspberry Lime Jam

4 cups ripe red raspberries
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons lime juice
Zest of one lime
2 teaspoons calcium water
2 teaspoons pectin

Courtesy of Foodaphilia - (click for the full recipe)

There is something about lime that just pairs so well with raspberries. Tangy and sweet, this jam will make you think of summer no matter what time of the year you enjoy it.

Easy Summer Pie

  • 1 (9 inch) frozen pie crust, thawed
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 (11 ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, halved
  • 4 kiwi, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • Courtesy of AllRecipes - (click for the full recipe)

    The perfect dessert for us berry lovers, and a nice, cool (not too sweet) summer treat.

    Tomato, Mozzarella, & Basil Pasta Salad

  • 2 cups of pasta
  • 1 package of grape tomatoes, sliced lengthwise or 2 medium sized tomatoes, chopped
  • 10-12 basil leaves
  • 1 cup fresh mozzarella cheese, cubed
  • ¼ cup pitted kalamata olives, roughly chopped (optional)
  • 5 oil-packed sundried tomatoes, sliced thinly (optional)
  • Parmesan cheese for sprinkling
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Courtesy of VestaVamps - (click for the full recipe)

    This is one of those pasta salads that doesn't have to be served as a side. On hot summer days it makes a wonderful filling and refreshing main dish.


    If any of you guys have some favorite summer recipes, post a link and let me know why you love them : )

    Comments (4)

    Hosai Nasir
    Century 21 M & M and Associates - Cupertino, CA

    wow that sounds to yummy.. I need to go get some now.. ;)

    Best of luck and thank you for sharing this blog with us.. Please keep me in mind for Norther California..

    Hosai Nasir

    Jul 10, 2011 09:12 AM
    Michael Therriault
    Michael Therriault Contracting - M.T. Contracting - Blakeslee, PA
    The name to remember when you want it done right.

    I just happen to have the ingredients for the easy summer pie on hand. My wife’s off at a photo shoot for a website she’s working on. With our last remaining son off for the weekend I offered to make us dinner tonight. This and the recipe I just got yesterday for salmon salad are going to pleasantly surprise her. Thank you for posting.  

    Jul 10, 2011 09:14 AM
    Michelle Seidelman
    Staged To Sell - Portland, OR

    michael - hope you guys enjoy it as much as I do (and I'm sure she will be very pleasantly surprised : )

    Jul 10, 2011 09:22 AM
    Faith LaRosse
    Springer Realty Group - Limerick, PA
    Serving Berks, Chester & Montgomery Counties

    Michele I wish I would have had these recipes yesterday...I had to make desserts for a shower! They sound easy and yummy!

    Jul 10, 2011 09:26 AM