12 Simple (Yet Tasty) Summer Salads

Along with summertime comes numerous opportunities to bring a “side dish”. I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes I find myself in a bit of a side dish rut. If you’re looking for a tasty dish to share at your next event, look no further. I’ve compiled this list of 12 summer salads that are sure to be crowdpleasers!  BLT Macaroni Salad | Inspired by Charm Summer Hearts of Palm Salad | Veggies Save The Day Spicy Summer Bean and Chickpea Salad | Blossom to Stem Summer Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette | Julie Blanner  Bacon, Ranch, Chicken & Broccoli Salad | My Life Cookbook Healthy Corn Summer Salad | Finding Silver Pennies Tuscan Pasta Salad | Shaken Together Life Feta, Peach & Prosciutto Salad | Tidy Mom Summer Caprese Orzo Salad | A Turtle’s Life for Me Orange Almond Salad with Orange-Balsamic Vinaigrette | An Oregon Cottage Easy Tomato Cucumber Salad | Cook Eat Paleo Creamy Pesto Caprese Potato Salad | Domestic Superhero   I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for a salad or two! I told myself I wouldn’t compile this post on an empty stomach, but somehow I’m hungry anyways. I’d love to hear about your go-to summer salads! I’m always looking for a quick summertime dinner or side dish to share with friends. More Inspiration Looking for more summertime inspiration? Here are some other posts you will enjoy!  Summer Inspiration for Your Kitchen 10 Ways to Travel on a Budget Inspirational Books for Summer Reading English Style Summer Tablescape Summer Fruit Sangria   Don’t forget…
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Tasty Recipes for Your Grill (That Aren’t Just Burgers)

Grilling season is upon us! As much as I appreciate a perfectly grilled burger, it seems to be the go-to for every backyard barbecue. If you’re looking to branch out and try something new for your next cookout, look no further! I’ve found the very best sweet and savory grilling recipes from around the web, and now I’m sharing them with you. Enjoy!  Grilled Peaches with Honey | Cooking on the Front Burner Grilled Carrots with Chipotle Lime Dip | TidyMom Garlic Parmesan Grilled Potato Wedges | This Silly Girl’s Kitchen Bacon Wrapped Grilled Cabbage | Buy This Cook That Grilled Cornbread Jalapeno Poppers | Here Comes The Sun Simple Grilled Chicken Wings | Kleinworth & Co. Grilled Pound Cake Strawberry Shortcake | The Chic Site Marinated Beef Kebabs | Simply {Darr}ling Caramelized Brown Sugar Cinnamon Grilled Pineapple | The Recipe Critic Grilled Donuts | Tastes Better From Scratch Grilled Romaine Hearts with Caesar Vinaigrette | Dessert Now, Dinner Later! Grown-Up Grilled Cheese on the Grill | Julie Blanner Lemon Basil Grilled Pork Chops | Bitz & Giggles Easy Smoked Shrimp | Cook Eat Paleo Peanut Butter S’mores Pizza | A Turtle’s Life for Me   Can you believe all of those tasty treats can be prepared using the grill?! I know I’m ready for a cookout, what about you?  That S’mores Pizza is calling my name!   More Inspiration Still looking for a few more tasty recipes to serve at your next barbecue? Check out these other posts!  Super Tasty Homemade Brownies Strawberry Rhubarb Cake with Three Ingredients Summer Fruit…
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New Year’s Eve Party Inspiration

New Year’s Eve is about celebrating the year that has passed, and looking forward to the year to come. Here are a few great ways to make your New Year’s Eve party one to remember. Just because you want to keep things simple, doesn’t mean you should get rid of all the fun little details. Pretty My Party shares some fun details (plus a free printable)! You won’t want to miss these “Kiss Me Kits” Shaken Together Life put together! They are such a cute idea as party favors, of just for you and your honey. No party is complete without food. AKA Design shares some great appetizers to make your party good a hit. This New Year’s Eve mocktail will please both the young and the old. Check out Kleinworth & Co. for this recipe and many others! New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to write down those resolutions. Create a space for your party guests to list theirs. Lia Griffith shares how she created these cute cards over on her blog. Nothing says New Year’s like champagne! These pretty cake balls from Sugar & Soul are sure to be a hit. Head over to Domestically Blissful to see this match sign in action! This is something I never would’ve thought of. Celebrating New Year’s with kids can be so much fun. Here’s a great way to get them involved in the countdown! The Suburban Mom shares her tips on how to make this successful over on her blog. The Blue Eyed Dove shares all her fun tips on how to create a festive atmosphere. Head over to her blog for all…
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Festive Cocktails for Holiday Parties

The holidays are finally here! What feels more festive than a tasty cocktail at your holiday party?  So much of a successful party revolves around the food and beverages served. We’ve found a few festive cocktails perfect for any event you are planning during this holiday season. After looking at these recipes for the past few hours while writing this article, I’m ready to go sample a few of them. Cheers! Still looking for some holiday inspiration? Check out even more festive ideas: Holiday Gift Guide for Women Over 50 DIY Decorative Holiday Pillows Spiced Hot Apple Cider for Chilly Nights   Remember to pin this post for later!           SaveSave

Rock the Crock Pot: It’s Easy Apple Kuchen Recipe

Apple Kuchen is a traditional German dish. Similar to an apple crisp in texture, but with more flavor this desert is sure to become a family favorite! Cook it in a crock pot for a quick dish when you are low on time! Rock the Crock Pot Crock pot recipes are king in our house. I am always looking for new ways to make quick dishes that can cook while I am working on other projects or busy with work. This dessert is fantastic for dinner with friends or to have warm and ready when you come home from Trick or Treating. Apple Kuchen is a traditional German dish made from freshly baked apples. You can use any good baking apple for this dish. We enjoy Granny Smith, Honey Crisp, Winesap, Golden Delicious and various other varieties that our local orchard has on hand. Start with a single variety then add different apples to experiment with the unique flavors that they create. My grandmother always served apple dishes with a slice of cheese on the side. This practice is a delightful way to finish a meal and takes away that over stuffed feeling if you ate too much for dinner. It really works! Apple Kuchen Recipe Print Yum Crock Pot Apple Kuchen Recipe Ingredients6 cups sliced and peeled baking apples, such as Granny Smith 2 cups brown sugar 1 cup flour or gluten free flour 1 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 cup butter 2 tsp. vanilla 1/2 tsp. powdered ginger 1/4 tsp. ground cloves Whip cream (optional) Slices of cheddar, co-jack, havarti…
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Spiced Hot Apple Cider Recipe for Blissful Chilly Nights

Spiced Hot Apple Cider is one of our comfort staple foods. There is nothing better than a cup or two on those chilly evenings!  Spiced Hot Apple Cider Spiced Hot Apple Cider is easy to make. It’s even easier to drink it, cup after cup. We often make this drink while watching a good movie, or as an indulgence after a long hard day. You can make this beverage with fresh cider or bottled apple juice, but I must say the fresh cider has the most robust flavor. It is wise to buy your cider mulling spices in bulk for the most economical savings. However, you will find that when you have all these yummy ingredients in the house, you are far more likely to make yourself this fabulous treat. BUY LARGE QUANTITIES of spices, because you never know when the urge will strike. There have been many late nights when I have wanted to run out and buy spices but the local grocery store charges 10X as much as what I pay for the bulk price. Trust me, you don’t want to be making extra trips to the store! This post contains affiliate links. Your purchase will provide me with a small commission. Thank you for your support! Here’s my favorite spice choices for this beverage: Bulk Cinnamon Sticks Bulk Whole Cloves Vanilla If you have a special occasion, you can zip it up with a bit of liquor! Just so you know, weekends count as special occasions in my book! Cinnamon Schnapps Cherry Brandy Cranberry Wine Delicious! Makes a…
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Delightfully Easy Crock Pot Roast Chicken Recipe

Crock pot recipes are great for the days when you don’t have time to cook and need a hot meal ready when you get home. This recipe super easy and very tasty! Crock Pot Roast Chicken There is something so comforting about having a meal ready to eat when you get home. We eat crock pot meals 2 or 3 times a week during the fall and winter season because they are so easy to throw together and taste delicious. This roast chicken recipe can be made with frozen chicken breasts, whole chicken or even chicken legs and thighs. I look for chicken on sale and stock up when I can find it less than $2.00 per pound. There are several ways to make this dish, I tend to vary it depending on what’s lurking in my refrigerator at the time. Sometimes I use fresh garlic, olive oil and lemon juice, some times I use the bottled salad dressing as listed. Either way it turns out great and your family will love it! This post contains affiliate links. When you make a purchase I will receive a small commission at no additional charge to you.   Print Yum Crock Pot Beef Roast Recipe Ingredients4 lbs. chicken breasts, thighs, or legs (thawed) 1 bottle Paul Newman’s Olive Oil Italian Dressing (or 4 cloves chopped garlic, 1/4 cup olive oil and 1/2 cup lemon juice) Green Olives Lemon slices and fresh cilantro for garnish Salt and Pepper to taste InstructionsWash and clean chicken. Add to crock pot. Pour salad dressing over top…
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Fast and Easy Pumpkin Pie Bar Treats

Delicious Pumpkin Bar Treats can be made with canned or fresh pumpkin. They are a rich and satisfying desert that will satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. Pumpkin Pie Bar Treats Our family eats loads of pumpkin dishes in the fall. Everything from muffins and breads to soups, ice cream, cookies and pie. Sometimes you just can’t get enough. This Pumpkin Pie Bar recipe is sure to be a favorite with your family. It’s a breeze to make and everyone always loves it. Print Yum Delicious Pumpkin Bar Treats IngredientsBars: 4 eggs 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 1 cup coconut oil 1 16 oz can pumpkin pie mix 2 cups flour (can also use gluten free flour) 2 teaspoons baking powder 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 1/2 tsp. ground cloves 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda Icing: 2 8 oz. packages of softened cream cheese 1/2 cup softened butter (1 stick) 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup powdered sugar InstructionsIn a large bowl, mix together eggs, sugar, oil, and pumpkin. Stir in flour, baking powder cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Add salt and baking soda. Mix thoroughly. Grease 9 x 13″ pan. Pour in mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes until a tooth pick comes out clean. Let cool. Mix frosting by beating cream cheese, butter and vanilla until smooth. Add powdered sugar. Spread on bars.0.1 If you love this post, try some of these other recipe ideas: Molasses Cookies Secrets of the Best Snickerdoodle Cookies Guilt Free, Gluten Free Chocolate Waffles for Any Diet Gluten Free Chocolate Oatmeal…
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15 Fall Apple Recipes You Need to Try

Fall is almost here! What shouts fall more than tasty apple recipes?! Here are some we found around the internet that we’d love to try this apple season.   Do you need an impressive looking treat to take to a party?  Look no further! Inspired by Charm has created this tasty apple cranberry slab pie.  It tastes as good as it looks! Not all apple recipes are sweet! Apples also make an excellent addition to many savory recipes as well.  Check out this quesadilla that pairs apples with bacon and cheddar, a classic combo.  The details for this simple recipe are all over on Home & Plate. While apples make a great mid-day snack, sometimes they can get a little tiresome.  Vicky at Mess for Less used some extra apples she had to make these tasty chips.  What a great way to salvage apples that have been sitting around a few days too long, and also get a great snack out of it! Pork and apples are always a great combination.  The Blond Cook shares a great slow cooker recipe that would be great for a fall afternoon.  Who wants to spend these beautiful days inside cooking? Not me! Pam at House of Hawthornes decided to find a new way to make this childhood favorite.  Baked apples are such a simple desert, sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. This apple butter recipe is a result of hard work paying off big time! I spend years perfecting this recipe.  Who doesn’t want a special apple treat that will last throughout the year?! Head over to…
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Eat the Plate Super Tasty Homemade Brownies Recipe

Homemade Brownies are comfort food. They are easy to make from scratch with basic ingredients. Whip up a batch today for your next family dinner or potluck. Homemade Brownies Brownies are a classic treat. My mother loves them, she constantly bring home brownie mixes from the grocery store. Unfortunately, I hate brownie mix! The mixes are always too sweet and never cook all the way through the middle. In the search for a perfect brownie recipe, I have discovered that less is more. Simple ingredients and bit more fat make for a delicious, satisfying brownie that cooks all the way through. Print Yum Homemade Brownies Recipe Ingredients1/2 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder 3/4 cup butter 1/2 almond flour or gluten free baking mix 1/3 cup chunky peanut butter or almond butter 1/2 cup sugar 1 tsp. vanilla 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 tsp. salt 2 eggsInstructions•Preheat oven to 350 degrees. •Melt butter in shallow pan on low heat. Add peanut butter. Stir to combine until fully melted. •Combine dry ingredients in a medium size bowl. •Add butter mixture to dry ingredients, stir by hand until completely combined. •Grease 8″ x 8″ square pan. Spread brownie mixture into pan. *Bake for 30-35 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool before serving. •Makes 15-20 small brownies. 0.1 Tips for Success [bctt tweet=”Not all brownies are created equal.” username=”designermom4″] It took me years to discover that brownies should only be baked in a metal baking pan. This is critical to baking success. For a long time I used…
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