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Cucumber Vodka Gimlet recipe

Cucumber Vodka Gimlet recipe

Keep cool this summer with this refreshing Cucumber Vodka Gimlet recipe! A vodka gimlet was my dad’s favorite cocktail. Truth be told, he was definitely more of a beer guy, but when he did have a cocktail, I remember him ordering a vodka gimlet. (Think of a gimlet as...

Easy Blueberry Jalapeño Freezer Jam

Easy Blueberry Jalapeño Freezer Jam

No canning experience required to make your own flavorful homemade jam with this Easy Blueberry Jalapeño Freezer Jam recipe! What do you do when you visit a blueberry farm and come home with pounds and pounds (and pounds) of fresh blueberries? Make ALL the blueberry...

Elderflower Mojito Cocktail Recipe

Elderflower Mojito Cocktail Recipe

Summer nights and mojito cocktails are a match made in heaven. We added some of our favorite liqueur to a classic cocktail to create this Elderflower Mojito Cocktail recipe. Summer is here and that means we entertain a lot more than we do in the winter. Impromptu...

Strawberry Layer Cake

Strawberry Layer Cake

This impressive Strawberry Layer Cake is filled with the flavors of summer and feeds a crowd with ease! Looking for a fresh, summery dessert that is sure to impress people without spending hours in the kitchen? Who can say no to layers of fresh strawberries, whipped...

Mexican Grilled Corn

Mexican Grilled Corn

Put a new twist on one of summer's favorite foods with this lip-smacking Mexican Grilled Corn! We almost always grill our corn in the summer. Heating up the house with a giant pot of boiling water holds no appeal to me when it's already hot and humid. Besides that, I...

Sangria Lemonade

Sangria Lemonade

Two of summer's best sippers - sangria and lemonade - come together in this refreshing Sangria Lemonade recipe. Batch cocktails don't much easier or more refreshing than this  Sangria Lemonade. It's made with just a handful of ingredients making it a no-brainer...

Grilled Peppers with Goat Cheese

Grilled Peppers with Goat Cheese

The grill isn't just for dinner! Use it for appetizers, too, with this easy Grilled Peppers with Goat Cheese recipe! Summer is here and that means it's time to grill.  We (read: Kevin) grill every night we can during the summer.  This Grilled Chicken...

How to Grill a Whole Chicken

How to Grill a Whole Chicken

Don’t heat up the house for dinner! You can enjoy some of the juiciest chicken around when you follow these tips for How to Grill a Whole Chicken. If you’ve never been to Minnesota in June, you’re missing out; we really know how to summer. Part of that is out of...

Gooey Baked S’mores Bars Recipe

Gooey Baked S’mores Bars Recipe

Enjoying s'mores year-round just got a little bit easier with this easy Gooey Baked S'mores Bars Recipe. Around here s’mores are properly roasted over the fire during the summer months. But since Mother Nature occasionally throws a wrench in our outdoor plans, my...

4 Unique Burger Recipes for your Backyard BBQ

4 Unique Burger Recipes for your Backyard BBQ

Shake up your burger routine with any one of these 4 Unique Burger Recipes for your Backyard BBQ! Don’t get us wrong; we’ll gladly chow down on a plain old burger any time. But every now and then we like to add a little variety to our burger habits. If you’d like to...

Chocolate Mud Pie Bars Recipe

Chocolate Mud Pie Bars Recipe

You can never go wrong when you pair chocolate and Irish cream. We combine them both in one spectacular dessert with this Chocolate Mud Pie Bars Recipe. Everyone loves layers, especially when they include chocolate. After all, what's better than chocolate brownie...

Tequila Mojito

Tequila Mojito

Why decide between a mojito and a margarita when you can have both? Two of my favorite drinks are mixed together in this Tequila Mojito cocktail recipe. You can never have too many great summer drinks, and this Tequila Mojito combines a couple of my favorite...

Easy Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cheese

Easy Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cheese

No BBQ is complete with tasty side dishes, and this delicious Easy Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cheese recipe deserves a spot at every cookout you attend this summer. What is summer without broccoli salad? Spotting a broccoli salad recipe at a summer BBQ is almost as...

Corn and Mushroom Tacos with Avocado Crema

Corn and Mushroom Tacos with Avocado Crema

Self serve taco bars are an easy way to entertain a crowd. Add a meatless option to your taco spread with these Corn and Mushroom Tacos with Avocado Crema! Who doesn’t love Taco Tuesday? Tacos are always crowd pleasers and taco bars are a convenient way to serve a...

Elderflower Gin and Tonic

Elderflower Gin and Tonic

Add some summer flair to your conventional gin and tonic happy hour cocktail with this uber-refreshing Elderflower Gin and Tonic! I’m a firm proponent of the saying, “don’t mess with a good thing”. Why screw up something that’s already solid? You might argue that a...