Peach Ricotta Crostini

Today I’m sharing 3 sweet things. Our youngest daughter’s sweet graduation pictures, a very sweet dessert party, and a sweet Peach Ricotta Crostini recipe! It’s almost too much sweetness to bear, but too good to not share all the yummy, juicy details.

Peach Ricotta Crostini

Yup. It’s true. Our baby has graduated high school. Last week I wrote about it and said (God, forbid!) “college” in my post, and my girlfriend pointed it out. Talk about moving the clock ahead a few years! I’m not ready for that.

We enjoyed 5 full days of parties, graduation, festivities, and fun! Our family is moving fast these days, usually in 5 different directions, but we were blessed to all be together for this special event!

Dessert Graduation Party

Not about accomplishments.

Lately, I realized that when someone asks how I am doing, I reply how busy I’ve been. I do not like that. I also do not want to answer with what each of my family members is doing, but rather how they are doing! Right? It’s not all about accomplishments, although it’s nice to have your kids doing well in life, but how they are really doing. Like, how are their hearts, and relationships in their lives?

Dessert Graduation Party

Being present.

It’s easy to confuse life with our kids with our busyness and performance. Our responsibilities expand and life gets full. Sometimes it’s so full, I have to really prioritize to slow down! The one thing I’ve noticed about my kids, as they’ve aged from teens to young adults, is that they are more present now. I love this! It makes being together so special, rich, and meaningful. Instead of half-present, on their phones, here but not really connected, it’s actually happening … a balance between being and doing.

Dessert Graduation Party

Yes, I’ve entered into a new chapter in life, and I must admit, it is very exciting.

Dessert Graduation Party

Plan a dessert party.

So, to start off, we did something right this past week. I went with my “gut” feeling that we should plan a dessert party (I did not make the food), and have it the night before graduation, thus not competing with all the other parties. It worked like a charm.

Dessert Graduation Party

Around 100 people graced our home with love, gifts, and special wishes for our little Abigail Ellen Rose. Many, who’ve watched her grow from a baby to a young adult.

Dessert Graduation Party

Desserts were set out on one table.

Dessert Graduation Party

Our friend who lives in Jacksonville, Jennie Brown, made all the cupcakes and cake pops!

Dessert Graduation Party

Dessert Graduation Party

We bought the chocolate dipped strawberries from Fred Meyer (I’d do this again!)

Dessert Graduation Party

One table was set for a small coffee bar.

Dessert Graduation Party

We set tables in the yard, on the side patio. Hung garlands, snipped flowers from the yard, borrowed chairs. My sister, and best friend, Jenny, came early to help. (God-send, life-savers:) Oh, and don’t forget it’s easy to ENTER TO WIN 2 free United Airline tickets … do you have somewhere you’d like to fly this summer?

Dessert Graduation Party

Graduation happened!

The next night we enjoyed the beautiful ceremony in downtown Medford, at the Craterian Theater. Abby’s daddy was able to hand her the diploma, and smack a big kiss on her cheek.

Dessert Graduation Party

We also enjoyed attending many of her classmates’ parties the following days, after which I was exhausted.

Enjoying life’s sweet rewards.

A good exhaustion—sitting back, enjoying life’s sweet rewards.

Dessert Graduation Party

Our baby girl is on her way, we’re heading to empty-nest-land, and hopefully we’re on to living a balanced life full of love, meaning, intention, and rhythm.

For whatever comes next …

Peach Ricotta Crostini

Peach Ricotta Crostini.

I made this appetizer for one of the parties we attended. How simple can you get, with sweet peaches (yes, early in the season, but they were delicious), and juicy tomatoes?

Peach Ricotta Crostini
Use bagle chips (salty and crunchy) or make your own crostini (baguette bread).

Peach Ricotta Crostini

Mixed with ricotta cheese and a balsamic glaze? Yes! The perfect summer appetizer!

What do you look forward to cooking this summer with fresh peaches?

Peach Ricotta Crostini

Peach Ricotta Crostini

Yield: 18 small bites

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Use bagle chips (salty and crunchy) or make your own crostini (baguette bread). You can also use an aged balsamic vinegar if you do not have a glaze.


  • 16 bagle crackers or 16 toasted baquette slices
  • 1/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 peaches, chopped in small pieces
  • 8-10 small cherry or heirloom tomatoes
  • Balsamic glaze (I use DeLallo brand)
  • Fresh basil, finely chopped


  1. Spread the ricotta cheese on the baguette or bagle crackers. Sprinkle with peaches and tomatoes.
  2. Drizzle with balsamic glaze. Sprinkle finely chopped basil on top. Serve!


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  1. The party (and your baby girl) looked gorgeous! Love these appetizers, Sandy. You are the queen of great party food ideas!

  2. You daughter is So pretty!!

    Also, these appetizers!?!? So my kind of app!

  3. Congratulations to Abby!! … and to you, Sandy and Paul, Garrett and Elliot, for surrounding her with love, energy, creativity and courage.

    She’s beautiful, and I look forward to “empty-nesting” with you from afar.

    Deb Meyers

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