Saturday, July 4, 2015

Easy Summer Cookout Menu Ideas

Hi friends, and Happy Independence Day! Since the Fourth of July falls on a Saturday this year, I know many of us are celebrating with cookouts and family gatherings throughout the long weekend. And a few lucky folks are enjoying extended vacations into the next week. So, I thought I would share a few of our family's favorite easy summer cookout menu ideas, just in case you need a little inspiration on what to bring to your next cookout.  

Wishing all of you a wonderful and safe holiday!


Collage of summer recipes for potlucks and cookouts

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Cookie Minions

Hey there! My kids are super excited for the new Minions movie to come out, and they can't wait to see it. Even I think those little creatures are just adorable, and right now, we're seeing them everywhere. So when the kids asked if we could make our own edible Minions, I was completely on board with the idea, and I eagerly offered to help. So, we all pitched in and made a bunch of these little Cookie Minions. Aren't they the cutest!?


recipe for minion cookies made with candy melts

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Hello, hello! How is it that it's already July? Since it's so hot, we've been having nice, cool salads almost every night. I've also been serving the kids cut up veggies for snacks,  and we've been going through salad dressing like crazy. I've been making my own dressing, and since we all love the taste of ranch, this Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing is now a family favorite!


buttermilk ranch salad dressing recipe

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Refreshing DIY Grapefruit Body Spray

Hi friends! I know you've heard me say this before, but it's HOT here! Well not just here, since I know many of you are having similar weather right now, but when it's still around 100 degrees at night, it's just not fun. 

However, I did find something that helps! I made this refreshing DIY grapefruit body spray, and whenever I need a quick pick-me-up, I just spritz it on, and the pleasant, citrusy aroma makes it a lot easier to be out and about in the summer heat.


recipe for homemade body spray made with essential oils

Monday, June 29, 2015

No Churn OREO Ice Cream Sandwiches

Hi friends! Remember last week when I talked about our summer foodie bucket list? Well the kids and I crossed off another item over the weekend when we made these No Churn OREO ice Cream Sandwiches. Not only were these bite-sized frozen treats unbelievably easy to make, but the homemade ice cream was truly outstanding. The kids have already made plans to try out some other flavor combinations, and really, we may think twice about buying store bought ice cream after this!  


ice cream sandwiches made with no churn OREO ice cream recipe

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Snickerdoodle Sunday 87 with All American Features

Hello all! Can you believe the Fourth of July is next week? Summer is just flying by, and I hate to say it, but before long, it'll be time to get ready for a new school year. I was out shopping yesterday with the kiddos, and we saw backpacks, locker stuff and all that other good stuff. I'm so not ready for that!

I also want to let you know that after this week, I will no longer be hosting the party. It's just time for a change, but I hope you'll continue to keep in touch, and I'll continue to pop in and visit your wonderful blogs!

Anyway, I picked some awesome all-American ideas from the last party to show off for this week's features, so let's get to it!

I'm drooling over this All American Blueberry Pie from Life Anchored! It's super easy too.
All American Blueberry Pie // Life Anchored #4thofjuly #america

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Heirloom Tomato BLT with Avocado Dressing

Hi friends! Who loves tomatoes? I know I do, but I especially love the taste of heirloom tomatoes, and whenever we stop by a local farmers market in the summer, I always make sure to bring a few home. Honestly, you can't beat the flavor, and they taste especially wonderful in bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches! So the other night, I made this Heirloom Tomato BLT with Avocado Dressing -- talk about a tasty quick and easy summer meal!


blt sandwich with heirloom tomatoes, bacon, lettuce on sourdough bread