Monthly Archive June 2011

Gluten-Free Caramel Pecan Rolls

I've teamed up with several passionate bloggers to create gluten-free goodies similar to items you might find on a Panera Bread Bar menu. The thing is, we have a dream that someday we might be able to walk in to our favorite cafe and order a gluten-free bagel or muffin or scone. Or maybe even this Gluten-Free Caramel Pecan Roll. You see, gluten-free can be so good! As John Lithgow says, "Everybody's a dreamer." I hope you'll join us on Our Gluten-Free Dream Day by checking out all these yummy recipes!

Sommer Solstice

This week we celebrated Summer Solstice, the “longest” day of the year. Or the shortest night. Either way, it means lots of fun in the sun.



The timing couldn’t be better because today’s name interview fits in perfectly with this theme. I met Sommer Collier recently and couldn’t resist the opportunity to talk to her about her name. Not only is it a unique name, but it also boasts an unusual spelling. Pronounced like the sunny season we’re in, Sommer is a name that imbues passion both in the sound and its intrinsic meaning.

Orange Poppyseed Muffins

This recipe of Orange Poppyseed Muffins is topped with a glaze I made by combining powdered sugar and orange juice - a tasty twosome if I do say so myself. My muse for this treat was an orange in the fridge that was on it's last leg. All I can say now, is thank goodness for "day-old" oranges. In the meantime, I've also concluded that the orange glaze would taste mighty fine on my Tropical Muffins.

Vegan Recipes for One Green Planet

I wanted to let you know about a little leap I'm taking. I'm proud and honored to be a new monthly contributor to One Green Planet, an online source bringing together "a range of distinct voices, unified by a commitment to spread good ideas that benefit people, animals, and the planet." I'll be contributing a vegan recipe each month for One Green Planet. Of course, the vegan goodies will continue here at Namely Marly, but now I'll also let you know when I've got something new over at OGP.

Instant Sangria

Most everything in life requires work if you want to be good at it. But every now and then you find a sweet spot; something that comes easy. You know, like badminton. Or maybe this recipe for Instant Sangria. It's not an exact replacement for allowing the flavors of wine and fresh fruit to marinade overnight, but it's a really close substitute.



Although forethought may not be my strong suit, inventiveness is.



One night I was fixing dinner and thinking to myself, wouldn’t it be nice to be sipping some of that sangria right now? And that’s when the idea hit me. I combined a few of my favorite ingredients and voila! Instant Sangria!

Frozen Strawberry Bites

I had so much fun making Frozen Banana Bites (inspired by my lovely mother-in-law, Diane) and because I live by the motto, "more is better" I decided to try this concept of freezing chocolate around chunks of fruit. We need to get our fruit in each day, right? A bit of fruit covered in dark chocolate and frozen so there's a crisp crunch when you bite into it. It's so fulfilling, you'll find yourself satisfied with just one. Well, make that two because you know what I say? More is better!

Golden Sonia

My series, The Name Project, showcases excerpts of interviews with the people I meet. Names are my inspiration and I hope to share with you photographs of people and stories about their names. I titled this post Golden Sonia because it reflects what I see in the name. Wisdom. Beauty. Growth. It's all good as gold. Join me in taking time getting to know a little more about Sonia.

Lentil Burgers

It's summertime and guess what that means? We all have less time and tolerance for standing in the kitchen for long periods of time. I want quick and easy recipes that rank high on the tasty scale too! What is a vegan family to do? I decided to kick off a summer lineup of simple summer recipes. First in line are these these Easy Vegan Lentil Burgers. Healthy, easy, inexpensive and oh-so-tasty, these are absolutely my favorite. I think they could be yours too!