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Kristina grew up in a small farming community in southwest Iowa. Today, she lives on five acres in the country while running her own consulting business in the city.  Her website,, features homemaking, gardening, travel, entertainment, business and technology tips. In the kitchen, Kristina bridges the recipes of her past to the new flavors and fashionable foods of today. In business, she combines a Midwest work ethic with trendy tech tools.  Join her each week for flashbacks and fast-forwards. To contact her, e-mail:

Midsummer Recipes

Jun 28, 2013

Summer is all about homemade ice cream!  This is a great dessert to serve after pulling Smoked Pork Chops or Blackened Ham Steak from the grill.  This Homemade Toasted Coconut Ice Cream is from my Grandmother's recipe box and is more like a freezer dessert since it does not require the use of an ice cream maker.  But, while the recipe does not call for this step I do take it for a spin through my ice cream maker as that makes the whole process easier.  As well, the base recipe for this Homemade Toasted Coconut Ice Cream is very tasty on its own so you can easily switch out the Toasted Coconut and mix in your own favorites such as fruits or spices to make other flavors.  This is a step by step recipe that takes time but if you are staying inside as a way to beat the heat then this is a great recipe to tackle while you are working on other things around the house.  Pairing this with a Grilled Spiced Pineapple takes this classic from Grandma to a whole new level making this a very fashionable dessert for today.  Click the link next to the photo to get these recipes.

Homemade Toasted Coconut Ice Cream with Grilled Spiced Pineapple

This easy summer pasta salad sits well alongside a grilled steak or chicken breast for dinner.  It is also great to just have on hand in the fridge.  Then as everyone makes their own sandwiches for lunch they can add a scoop of this pasta salad to the plate.  Click the link next to the photo to see this recipe.

Mom’s Summer Pasta Salad

Watch for these recipes to be posted soon –
Kristina’s Fish Tacos
Mom’s Homemade Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Wendy’s Easy Scallops and Quinoa. 
We will also have an update from those Naughty Nurses!

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