It’s the last day of the month and time for me to recap the noteworthy things I made this month:

Spinach Artichoke and Roasted Red Pepper Cheesy Squares – If you like spinach and artichoke dip, that’s what these are, but in bar form and we loved them.

Spinach Artichoke and Roasted Red Pepper Cheesy Squares on colorful plate

Homemade Peanut Butter

Homemade Peanut Butter in glass jar

Thanks to Pinterest, many people told me they tried making peanut butter at home and were surprised at how easy it is.

And how amazing it tastes.

Homemade Peanut Butter in glass jar and process

Cinnamon Sugar Crust Cream Cheese Danish Squares – made with an easy shortcut and remind me of Entenmann’s danish

Cinnamon Sugar Crust Cream Cheese Danish Squares stacked

Vinegar Recipes and Balsamic Glaze

Roasted Grapes and Balsamic Reduction with Cheese and Crackers

Cheddar Cheese and Olive Oil Savory Muffins

Cheddar Cheese and Olive Oil Savory Muffins

Chocolate Cake Batter Milkshake – One of my favorite milkshakes, ever

Chocolate Cake Batter Milkshake with cake batter on rim

Peachy Keen

Baked Orange Banana Coconut Donuts with Orange Coconut Vanilla Cream Cheese Glaze

Barbeque Tofu with Pineapple and Mango (vegan, GF)

Barbeque Tofu with Pineapple and Mango

Rainbow Flag Recipes

Strawberry and Cream Smoothie

Corn and Double Cheese Dip – can be baked or served cold (vegan, GF, can be made reduced/no fat)

Corn and Double Cheese Dip on crackers

Vanilla + Ice Cream

Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups and Ice Cream

Chocolate Chip and Cherry Blondies – Thanks to so many of you who made these within a day or two of the recipe being posted and who wrote to me telling me about it and what kind of customizing you did to your versions. I love that kind of feedback.

Chocolate Chip and Cherry Blondies

Homemade Thin Mints – vegan, no-bake, ridiculously easy

Homemade Thin Mints stacked

A few noteworthy and fun non-food posts:

Vintage Cast Iron

Vintage Cast Iron with orange handle and mini pancake maker

Thursday Things – Interviewed  and featured on the Better Homes & Gardens website.

Honored and humbled!

Bloggers we love: Averie Cooks and recipe examples

Oldies But Goodies

Vintage pastry cutter and rusted vintage pans

Aruba Bound

Aruba beach with outreach of umbrellas

What were the highlights of your July?

I tried to post plenty of no-bake and no-fuss recipes this month, especially since it’s the peak of summer. Very few people have the time or desire to stand in a (hot) kitchen all day and cook when it’s warm outside, or the kids are out of school, and the outdoors or your family rather than the kitchen is calling your name.

In non-food related matters, the antique shopping finds I scored were fun.

And of course, our month-long trip to Aruba that I knew I had coming was the total highlight.

Previous Months:

January 2012
February 2012
March 2012
April 2012
May 2012
June 2012

Thanks for the Capresso Espresso and Cappuccino Machine Giveaway entries

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