After a stint of virtual school and then a year of homeschool, having them back in school feels so weird. We’re definitely out of practice of having to leave the house on time every day.
And, I had totally forgot how done everyone is by the time dinner rolls around. They are tired and hungry and our days of leisurely family dinners are officially on sabbatical. “What can I get on the table quickest?” is the current name of the game.
I was introduced to zucchini pie last summer and instantly loved it. It takes just like apple pie – you’d never know you were eating veggies! While I love pie, I always default to crisps in the summer because they’re easier than dealing with pie crust and you can make it in the slow cooker so no heating up the house! It was a summer goal to perfect a zucchini crisp and I’m so excited to share the results today!
If you have a garden overflowing with zucchini, this is such a fun way to use it up! It really does taste like an apple crisp!
What is your go-to summer appetizer? I feel like so many summer favorites are dips – and this is a beautiful change of pace! These bites are full of fresh flavors and a great balance of sweet and savory. They’re a perfect addition to the #FarmersMarketWeek lineup!
The special thing here is that the strawberries aren’t simple on top – they’re blended into the basil for an extra burst of sweetness!
This week is Farmer’s Market Week and I’m so excited for a week of farm-fresh eats! All this week, I’m sharing some new recipes inspired by the season’s bounty and linking up with my blogger friends to give you tons of inspiration.
First up for me: peaches. Because we’re kind of drowning in them. We’ve been peach picking, and gotten them in our CSA share and I’ve been baking so many things to use them up! This has been my favorite.
This spongy roll cake is easier than you’d expect and makes for the perfect summer dessert! The vanilla cake balances well with a homemade whipped cream and freshly sliced peaches.
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!
I created this recipe for Sam’s Fresh Salsa Blogger Recipe Challenge and couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out!
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.
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.
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!
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!