Pork Verde Stew with Cornbread Dumplings

I received product samples from Sam’s Fresh Salsa to help in the creation of this post. All opinions are my own.

Yes, it’s summer, but the weather here hasn’t felt like it the last week or so. All the dreary, rainy days have me craving comfort food so I took one of my summer staples – salsa! – and turned it into the perfect rainy-day dinner.

Tender chunks of pork are stewed in a couldn’t-be-easier verde sauce and then buried in piles of fluffy cornbread dumplings. Finish with a dollop of sour cream and you have the perfect meal!

A bowl with chunks of pork smothered in a verde chile sauce with a cornbread dumpling to the side. The bowl is on an orange napkin and a blue pot is in the background.

I created this recipe for Sam’s Fresh Salsa Blogger Recipe Challenge and couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Popsicles

It is summer here and I am so immensely grateful.

I really can’t believe we survived a year of homeschooling – and not just survived but thrived. This year has been demanding and exhausting, but so, so incredibly worth it. With all the chaos happening in the world, I’m so glad our family could take a pause and have our own consistent routine in our own little bubble.

And, I’m so glad it’s done.

Instead of school, we’ve been spending our days playing legos and swimming and working on the garden and playing board games on the deck and eating as many meals outside as possible. It’s been so good for the soul.

Also good for the soul? Homemade popsicles. And these chocolate covered peanut butter ones are the things dreams are made of.

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Summer Steak Salad

There are so many traditional cookout foods – and so many of them are light on vegetables. I love a good potato salad but I also love my greens so I’m always excited when they find their way into an outdoor party menu. Thus, it seemed appropriate to wrap up #BBQWeek with a hearty salad that’s still perfect for an outdoor gathering.

This salad is full of the bounty of summer and make-ahead friendly which is perfect for entertaining. Simply dressed greens, tomatoes, and grilled onions are topped with grilled steak, avocado, basil, and almonds in this drool-worthy dish. It will serve four as a meal in itself – or more as part of a larger spread.

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Watermelon Raspberry Lemonade

A surefire way to make any meal feel special? Make a special drink to go with it.

This simple lemonade is a favorite way to turn a regular night of burgers on the grill into a celebratory meal.

This frothy treat has a mild flavor – less tart than regular lemonade with a lightly fruity taste. And, it couldn’t be easier to make.

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Grilled Nachos

I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who didn’t like nachos. Even the pickiest kids are usually totally cool with chips covered in cheese. Thus, nachos may just be the perfect dish to bring to a party – and a cookout is no different because they also can be made on the grill.

I love making a big, loaded up tray for our family for dinner, but a nacho bar would be such a fun idea for a cookout! You could set up all the ingredients separately and use loaf pans for individual servings. Write names on the foil covering to keep track of everyone’s custom orders!

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Honeydew Cucumber Salad

Welcome to #BBQWeek!

We’ve been cooking out for weeks already – as soon as it got warm enough to sit out, we fired up the grill and set up the deck – and I’ve been loving it. For me, the warm weather is always synonymous with fresh ingredients so I knew I had to start this week with something fresh and bright.

This salad is perfect for summer. It’s quick and make-ahead friendly. The produce is readily available all summer and the dressing is simple pantry staples.

It’s a great dish to bring to a cookout for lunch or dinner – but it’s also a great option for brunch!

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Free Printable Grace Cards with Kid-Friendly Prayers

To me, a kitchen is so much more than it’s recipes. Our kitchen is a gathering place – a place to nourish your soul as well as your body. It’s also a place of prayer. We start dinner every night with a prayer, and to celebrate the National Day of Prayer today, I’m sharing our favorites in free, printable cards.

Floral box with the words "free printable grace cards with kid friendly prayers"

Saying grace nightly became a family tradition when my son was 3. His preschool said grace before snack and he was thrilled that’d he learn the prayer and wanted to repeat it. After that one was mastered by both kids, we started mixing in other prayers that were special to us.

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Grilled Bread with Honey-Rosemary Drizzle

As soon we started getting days over 70, my meal planning pretty much went into full-on summer mode. What is “summer mode”, you ask? Everything possible on the grill – and keep it simple.

This side is so easy I debated whether to even post the recipe, but it’s perfect for days when you want a little something more with dinner but have zero effort left to give. And it goes with so much.

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Vegan BBQ Chickpea Salad

Today is Good Friday, the last Friday of Lent – which means it’s time to wrap up this year’s Lenten Friday series. I hope you’ve enjoyed the vegan meal ideas I’ve shared over the last six weeks! I’m closing out this year’s posts with a great recipe for the meal I struggle with most on Lenten Fridays – lunch.

For me, breakfast is always easy. Dinner is always well planned. Lunch, though? Lunch is always just grabbing whatever – and not usually plant based in this house so vegan lunches have been lackluster at best.

Salad with bbq chickpeas, corn, cucumber, pickles, red onion, carrots, and tahini ranch dressing.

This salad, though, was the best lunch I had during Lent this year hands-down. It doesn’t take long to make, but the elements are also perfectly meal-prep friendly if you want to make it ahead. The warm, bbq chickpeas paired with all my favorite barbecue-inspired flavors (including dill pickles!) was such a satisfying mid-day meal.

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Key Lime Pie Martini

I made a key lime pie for Pi day this year and while digging out my recipe I stumbled upon a recipe for a key lime pie martini. Obviously, I was immediately obsessed – until I actually tried it.

The recipe was so not my speed. It was very much a martini and I’m very much someone who prefers my alcohol to taste like dessert, not alcohol, if you know what I mean.

Key lime pie martini in a glass rimmed with crushed graham crackers and garnished with a lime.

So, I set out to make one that met my own expectations – and this one is it. It’s a great balance of sweet and tangy and plenty creamy. It’s basically like drinking a slice of key lime pie and I love it.

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