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Summer Book Club Menu

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014 in All, Tips | 2 comments

The perfect summer book club menu! Get the prep done ahead of time so you can enjoy your evening with friends, nosh on some great food and discuss your latest read. 

Summer Book Club Menu

Book Club. Are you in one? I am and have been for 10 years…the same one. Granted, the women have changed a little over the years. Some have moved away to different states, and others moved on due to busy schedules, but there are 5 that remain constant. And after 10 years, we still meet every month and we all read the book. Crazy huh?

My friend Rachel, who used to be in book club before she moved to Atlanta, has been begging me to do a post on Book Club Menus for months. So we will start with a Summer Book Club Menu. Here you go Rachel; this one’s for you.

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Cranberry Tea Spritzers

Posted by on Jul 21, 2014 in All, Drinks, Sponsored | 12 comments

Cranberry Tea Spritzers are the perfect thirst quencher on a hot summer evening.

Cranberry Tea Spritzer

Our July has been heavenly. The kids’ sports schedules wrapped up, and we have our evenings back as a family…holla! Kevin doesn’t like to eat dinner the second he walks in the door, so we enjoy a leisurely evening before we eat. After a quick change, Kevin likes to relax, catch up on the day, read the paper and play a quick game of catch in the backyard. And naturally we do it with drink in hand. These Cranberry Tea Spritzers are a perfect thirst quencher on a hot summer evening. 

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Gooey Baked S’mores Bars

Posted by on Jul 19, 2014 in All, Baked Goods, Desserts | 4 comments

Enjoying s’mores year-round just got a little bit easier with these Gooey Baked S’mores Bars

Gooey Baked S'mores Bars

Anyone else enjoying a wet and cool summer? 

Actually “enjoying” is not the right word. Enduring, perhaps? 

I would have thought that after our *freakishly* cold winter, we would have earned a reprieve from crazy, unseasonal weather. 

Guess not. 

There is widespread flooding throughout Minnesota, which puts a major damper on some of our favorite summer activities: 

Boating and tubing?  Off limits on many lakes because of no-wake zones. 
Hitting the greens? Stretches of local golf courses have been underwater since June. 
Dropping a line in the water? Our nearby fishing dock is closed because the path that leads to it is flooded. Grrrr. 

But the closure that has had the most impact on our lives is a little closer to home: our fire pit. It’s pretty tough to roast s’mores when your fire pit is filled with standing water. So I did what any self-respecting s’mores lover does when faced with such dire circumstances; I baked them. Grab your napkins as these Gooey Baked S’mores Bars are totally worth the stick factor. 

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Fresh Feta Spread

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in All, Appetizers | 10 comments

Summer snacking doesn’t get much simpler than this Fresh Feta Spread. 

Fresh Feta Spread

Summer is all about easy. 

Lazy summer nights and leisurely dinners. Languishing by the pool for just a little longer. Loosy-goosey house rules and deadlines.….you get the idea. 

It may take me a while to lose my routines after school lets out, but once I do, I’m all about embracing laid back summer living. And this Fresh Feta Spread is Exhibit A in my quest to keep life simpler this summer, especially when it comes to eats. 

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Stubb’s Sticky Sweet BBQ Chorizo Pinwheels

Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 in All, Appetizers, Sponsored | 7 comments

Bring your favorite BBQ flavors indoors with these Sticky Sweet BBQ Chorizo Pinwheels. 

Stubb's Sticky Sweet BBQ Chorizo Roll Ups

I’m not sure how meals are decided at your house, but around here, it goes something like this:

Me: “What do you guys feel like for dinner?”

Bridget: “Cheese pizza!”

Grady: “Burgers! No, wait. Ribs! Definitely Ribs!”

Pat: “I can’t remember what it’s called, but what about that spicy foil pack thing you made on the grill a few weeks ago? Ohhh, but wait…we might be low on propane….”

Wow, what am I supposed to do with THAT? Clearly this is going nowhere fast. Since short-order cooking is not in my repertoire, I often get creative in order to balance all of these requests (and sometimes I just make whatever the heck I want!). Cue these Stubb’s Sticky Sweet BBQ Chorizo Pinwheels. Whether you enjoy them as a warm appetizer when entertaining or gobble up the entire recipe for dinner, these bite-sized Pinwheels bring that barbecued flavor of the grill indoors and are a total crowd-pleaser at my house. 

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Fudgy Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Posted by on Jul 12, 2014 in All, Desserts | 17 comments

Nothing says summer like a fudgy brownie ice cream sandwich…especially one that is super simple to make!

Fudgy Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches

I have a long, standing battle with making ice cream sandwiches. I love to eat them, but photographing them is a different story. We attempted to take pictures of ice cream sandwiches three different times last year, and all of our efforts ended up a gooey, sticky mess. Not fun, and – oh-so-frustrating. But it didn’t stop me. This summer I was bound and determined to get it right and finally had success with these Fudgy Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches. I mean, really, brownies and ice cream? Hello, heaven! 

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