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Summer #Sangria by @UpsideDownPear

This summer sangria is a perfect way to kick back and relax this summer! I’m always drawn to the fruit in sangria most. There’s just something about the fruit that makes me keep coming back, especially since I’m not really all that into wine. I think the first sangria I had was a red wine base with apples, oranges, and a few other fruits thrown in. A college friend served it at her final showing for her art degree at college. She mentioned that she’d made it from a family recipe. If only I knew back then that I was going to be a food blogger…I’d definitely have gotten that recipe. It was amazing!

Summer #Sangria by @UpsideDownPear

Since it’s summer, I decided a white sangria would feel more refreshing. White wines are much more popular in the warmer months since they’re lighter and chilled. Reds tend to be heavier and better suited for winter. For this sangria I chose to use a Sauvignon Blanc and add strawberries and mangos to compliment the grapefruit notes. Whites are usually a bit too dry for me, but I like Sauvignon Blancs for their citrus notes. I also added a bit of triple sec and peach schnapps for a bit of sweetness and to round out the fruit flavors.

Summer #Sangria by @UpsideDownPear

Now all I need is outdoor furniture for our patio! Right now it’s just a gray slate, and when I go outside I sit on the concrete. We’ve sort of glanced at some chairs and a small table (there’s not that much space outside) but everything is super expensive! I couldn’t believe how much just one chair could be. They’re easily over $50. That’s just crazy. I don’t want to have to take out a mortgage just to be able to sit outside and drink my sangria in the sun. I guess until we can find something in our budget, we’ll just have to try and sneak these into the pool area and confiscate some of those chairs to relax on.

Summer #Sangria by @UpsideDownPear

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Cherry Banana Bread by @UpsideDownPear

I wanted something new for breakfast. Lately, I’ve been boring eating buttered toast for breakfast. Though to be fair, I haven’t been terribly hungry in the morning. I figured a banana bread would be a good change for breakfast. It’s something that I don’t need to prepare, just slice and eat! There’s nothing better than breakfast that’s ready for you.

Cherry Banana Bread by @UpsideDownPear

It’s been a while since I’ve made a banana bread. For the last one, I used applesauce in the batter. I decided not to use it this time, and went with butter instead. Mostly because I didn’t have any applesauce in the house, and was too lazy to go to the store. I will say that when you substitute the butter for applesauce, you have to be careful of the batter being too liquidy. To keep it simple for multiple reasons, I just used butter.

Cherry Banana Bread by @UpsideDownPear

To spice up the banana bread, I decided to add some fresh cherries. Pitting the cherries is a pain, but not hard (just messy). If you can find pitted cherries, I highly recommend paying a bit more. It’ll save your clothes from stains. The cherries give a nice burst of tartness, but baking them takes any bit out of them. Cherries and bananas are a great combo! Next time you see some cherries on sale, you should pick some up and try this.

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Pineapple Mango Smoothie by @UpsideDownPear

It’s been one of those weeks where you just want to come home and put your pj’s on as soon as you step through the door. The rain has been off and on, and the humidity outside is crazy high. There are days when you plan on running since you have a 5k coming up and then you open the door and breathe in water…so you turn around and hide back inside your air conditioned apartment. Or at least that’s what I did.

Pineapple Mango Smoothie by @UpsideDownPear

So now I hope you can see that it’s been a bit of a lazy week and I just wanted something that was easy and made me feel good about myself. So of course I made a smoothie full of fruit! I picked up some frozen pineapple and mangoes at Costco and now my freezer is full. Do you want to know how easy this smoothie is? It’s the easiest of easy smoothie. Everything is measured in a one cup measuring cup. Even the orange juice!

Pineapple Mango Smoothie by @UpsideDownPear

I didn’t feel the need to add any type of sweetener, but if you taste it and it’s a little on the tart side, you can always had a bit of honey or other sweetener. On the plus side, you’ll get a huge boost of vitamin C and it feels a bit tropical and summery. Summer and smoothies are almost as classic as peanut butter and jelly.

Pineapple Mango Smoothie by @UpsideDownPear

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Gluten Free Triple Berry Crisp by @UpsideDownPear

I bought some almond meal a looong time ago for some recipe I had seen on Pinterest and then never got around to making. Fast forward to now when I wanted to make a triple berry crisp that was gluten free. I don’t usually care if something contains gluten or not as I don’t have any allergies, but I do have quite a few friends who do need to watch for it. While things have gotten better for people who are sensitive to gluten, there’s still lots of room for gluten free recipes.

Gluten Free Triple Berry Crisp by @UpsideDownPear

Normally I use flour for the crisp, but I was able to substitute the flour with the almond meal to make a gluten free version. Trust me on this, you won’t even miss the flour. This crisp is amazing and tastes just like the gluten version.

Gluten Free Triple Berry Crisp by @UpsideDownPear

I used cherries, blueberries, and raspberries for the filling and then mixed them with some sugar and cinnamon. There is sugar in both the crust and the filling. I really think you need the sugar in the filling since the berries themselves do run on the tart side. And then I topped everything with vanilla ice cream because why not!

Gluten Free Triple Berry Crisp by @UpsideDownPear

This would actually be a great dish to bring to any Fourth of July potlucks. It’s the perfect red, white, and blue dish. Especially if there’s some ice cream nearby.

Gluten Free Triple Berry Crisp by @UpsideDownPear

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Mac and Cheese by @UpsideDownPear

This is truly an indulgent dish! It’s full of cheese and noodles and comforting after a long week. While this is not a healthy dish by any means, it can be gluten free if you substitute the noodles for a gluten free version. We used cornstarch to thicken it instead of flour, and it worked perfectly.

Mac and Cheese by @UpsideDownPear

We added some pepper jack cheese for a bit of spice. It added just enough that while you’re eating all you noticed was flavor, and then afterwards there was a bit of heat. If you really don’t like heat of any kind, you can substitute it for regular jack. There are enough spices that you really shouldn’t lose too much flavor.

Mac and Cheese by @UpsideDownPear

I only make mac and cheese about once a year, so I’m not worrying about how many calories or anything else this has. I’ve also been running or doing yoga just about every day, which helps to balance out dinners like this. This made a lot of leftovers, and we’ve been heating it up for lunches. Tastes just as good the next day, if not better! Sometimes, nothing beats a classic comfort dish.

Mac and Cheese by @UpsideDownPear

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MeHi! My name’s Alexis and I finally took the leap into blogging after reading so many fun posts by other food bloggers.  I’ve always had a passion for eating, but have never really felt comfortable in the kitchen.  There are so many drool-worthy recipes out there, that I wanted to document my musings in the kitchen both following others’ recipes and becoming brave enough to create my own.  Please take a look around! I really want to hear from you! If you make something, like something, don’t like something, please comment or use the contact form!  Reading your comments really makes my day!  If you’re looking for an easier way to get my recipes, you can sign up for my email and get them directly to your inbox.  I hope to hear from soon.

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