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Backyard S’mores Bar

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S’mores are one of my family’s favorite summer desserts! Of course they are a necessity for camping trips, but they are perfect for a S’Mores Summer party in your own backyard too.

Backyard S'mores Bar for family fun

Last week I created this Backyard S’mores Bar for an easy weeknight family dessert. We have a very busy family schedule this summer. My daughters are home from college, but they both have jobs and are in and out of the house. My son is 16, and he is working too and is out sailing whenever he gets the chance. So when everyone is actually home for a weeknight dinner it is a special ocassion worthy of a fun weeknight dessert like S’mores.

Rocky Road Cookies

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These tasty Rocky Road Cookies are tasty chocolate cookies with chocolate chips, almonds, walnuts and marshmallows!

Rocky Road Cookies

Rocky Road is a popular ice cream flavor, so it only makes sense it would make a delicious cookie too.  This recipe is just a standard chocolate chocolate chip cookie recipe with the addition of almonds and marshmallows.

Strawberry Citrus Shake


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I love Shakes and Smoothies as a meal replacement or snack, like this tasty Strawberry Citrus Shake!

Strawberry Citrus Shake - a delicious strawberry yogurt smoothie with a hint of lime

I have had smoothies before with strawberries and yogurt, but this shake changes it up by adding a little bit of lime, which gives the smoothie a completely different and refreshing taste.  It is amazing how a small difference like adding the juice of one lime can make such a big difference in taste!

Coke Floats

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My oldest daughter graduated from college over the weekend! This is a huge milestone, so naturally we had to have a family graduation party and celebrate her accomplishments. We had Mother’s Day to celebrate too, so it was a combination party with family and friends. For dessert we had a graduation cake and Coke Floats, which were the perfect ending to a hot and humid day.

Coke Floats - Make a Coke Float with ice cream, sprinkles, chocolate chips and gummy worms for a summertime treat

We made a Coke float bar, which featured Vanilla ice cream, Coke, Diet Coke, chocolate chips, various sprinkles and gummy worms for making the ultimate Coke Float.

Grilled Turkey Cutlets with Mango Salsa

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Memorial Day and summer are almost here, and that means it is time to fire up the grill and do some outdoor cooking! I want to branch out this year and make some new and different grilled recipes, like this recipe for Grilled Turkey Cutlets with Mango Salsa.

Grilled Citrus Turkey Cutlets with Mango Salsa - and easy grilled turkey cutlet recipe for summer time cooking

Turkey Cutlets are perfect for the grill, because they cook quickly and are tender and moist. This recipe uses a citrus marinade to flavor the cutlets and adds a Mango Salsa on top.  The resulting dish is a little bit sweet and a little bit spicy!

Spicy Sriracha Lime Popcorn

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Popcorn is practically a staple food in my house – between me, my husband and our three kids it is a rare night when someone doesn’t decide to make popcorn!  This weekend we had a family movie night featuring spicy Srirach Lime Popcorn.  The popcorn was perfect for enjoying during an action filled science fiction movie!

Sriracha Lime Popcorn - a spicy treat for family movie night

The popcorn is easy to make using ACT II Butter Lovers’s microwave popcorn as a base.  I have made spicy popcorn before, but this is the first time I have added lime to popcorn and it really gave the popcorn a nice kick, and the mild lime flavor complemented the spicy hot sauce.

Maple Cream Cookies

The theme this week for the Creative Cookie Exchange is sandwich cookies – and I made these tasty Maple Cream Cookies.

Maple Cream Cookies - a delicious cookie with creamy maple filling sandwiched between two spice cookies.

The cookie part of this recipe is a mild spice cookie flavored with real maple syrup.  Maple is one of my favorite flavors, and although it is a traditional fall flavor I like it all year round.  Baking these cookies made the whole house smell delicious too.

Spicy Stuffed Spaghetti Squash Recipe

Spaghetti squash is usually served as a side dish, or Italian style, but I wanted to try something different. I recently came up with this recipe for Spicy Stuffed Spaghetti Squash!

Spicy Stuffed Spaghetti Squash - spaghetti squash stuffed with sausage, tomatoes and zucchini


Lemon Peeps Pie

Here is a cute way to use Peeps to make pies for Easter. I made a standard lemon pie, but instead of topping it off with meringue I used a marshmallow Peep!

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Mexican Tomato Soup with Corn Dumplings

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During Lent this year I have been making meatless soup recipes inspired by cuisines from around the world, and this week I made a delicious Mexican Tomato Soup with Corn Dumplings.

Mexican Tomato Soup with Corn Dumplings - an easy meatless soup that is perfect for Lent.

This soup combines traditional Mexican flavors like tomatoes, hominy, and chiles, and adds in bite sized corn dumplings for a soup that is rich and filling without any meat. This soup is quick and easy to make, and using shortcuts like RO*TEL diced tomatoes with green chiles makes it even easier!

Spring Sherbet Cookie Sandwiches

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Spring and Easter are perfect times for entertaining!  This spring I made these bright and cheerful Spring Sherbet Cookie Sandwiches for a colorful snack to have on hand for feeding company.

Spring Sherbet Cookie Sandwiches

When you know company is coming it is great to have things done ahead of time, so that you aren’t running around at the last moment preparing food.  These Sherbet Cookie Sandwiches are ideal for that, since they are made in advance and frozen until serving time. 

Onion Dill Dip – Perfect Big Game Snack

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My family and I love watching college basketball, so we are excited about all the big games that will be starting soon. The game is fast paced and unpredictable, and of we love to see upsets and surprises! Basketball is the perfect sport to watch with friends and family, and you can all enjoy snacks like this Onion Dill Dip.

Onion Dill Dip - a creamy yogurt based dip that is a perfect complement for spicy snacks

Vatapa with Mussels

Traditionally, Vatapa is a Brazilian stew made with shrimp or fish.  This week I decided to change it up a little bit and make it with mussels.

Vatapa with Mussels - a Brazlian Inspired seafood stew with mussels

I was planning to use fish, but my grocery store had mussels on sale, and they were very fresh, so I changed it up and make Vatapa with Mussels.  Mussels are much cheaper than most seafood, so they make an economical choice. The broth for this stew is kind of unusual, as it is made from fish stock, beer and coconut milk.  It sounds like a strange combination, but it made for a rich broth that really enhanced the flavor of the seafood.

Guinness Lamb Stew

This hearty stew combines Guinness with lamb for a rich and tasty Irish Stew.

Guinness Lamb Stew - a tasty Irish stew that is perfect for St. Patrick's Day with lamb, potatoes and carrot in a riich Guinness sauce

I usually see recipes for Guinness Stew with beef, but Guinness Lamb Stew is more traditionally Irish and it tastes great too.  The stew is better with a long slow simmering, so I like to add the potatoes and carrots for only the last 45 minutes, so they don’t get over cooked.