Summer Cobb Salad

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Summer Cobb Salad

When you think of the perfect summer meal, what do you think of? For me, it’s a lot of fresh salads and tall glasses of Lipton fresh-brewed iced tea! It just makes me think of lazy and relaxing lunches in the sun with family and friends, and well, that just makes me pretty happy! Summer should be all about spontaneous days with loved ones enjoying the summer weather whether you are pool-side or on a picnic. I could sit outside all day with a glass of iced tea just disconnecting and chatting with loved ones! I have fond memories from when I was younger of my dad brewing iced tea out in the backyard sun followed by summer cookouts with family. Now as an adult, I live off fresh iced tea and salads all summer long!

Summer Cobb Salad

And what is my most favorite salad of all time? The Cobb Salad. I just love the toppings. And today, I’ve created a fun summer version of the Cobb Salad! This summery version is loaded with fresh strawberries and blueberries, creamy diced avocado, jack cheese, almonds, and chicken! The dressing is also easy and fabulous. It’s my go-to dressing recipe that always works well with any salad.

Raspberry Peach Crisp

Raspberry Peach Crisp

For the first time in four years, I think I can say I am finally enjoying summer weather! Now that we live in Orange County, CA and are so close to the ocean, the weather here is just so gorgeous. We’ve been enjoying walks in our new neighborhood pretty much any time of the day without feeling like passing out! Yes, this is very exciting for me coming from Phoenix! Perhaps now I won’t mind if summer sticks around for at least a little longer.

Raspberry Peach Crisp

Fruit crisps are truly the ultimate summer dessert. A crisp is the best way to enjoy fresh summer fruit! And best of all, they are really quite simple to make. While a fruit cobbler is typically topped with a thicker, biscuit-like topping, a crisp is typically covered in a thinner, crispier topping, often made of oats, flour, and sugar.

Raspberry Peach Crisp

Buttermilk Herb Potato Salad

Buttermilk Herb Potato Salad

Summer is a time for parties and BBQ’s and I don’t know about you guys, but I’m always trying to think of new side dishes to bring to potluck parties. Potato salad is always a good choice! Everyone loves it and it goes with everything. My favorite potato salad must always follow the same rules. First, I like some larger chunks of potato and second, it can’t be drowning in dressing. Those are my potato salad rules! I made this Buttermilk Herb Potato Salad a few weeks ago and it was perfection! I tossed the potatoes in a light and creamy buttermilk dressing loaded with fresh herbs.

Another must for summer potlucks is having a nice and sturdy container to transport your delicious creations! My friends at OXO sent me their new 8 Piece SNAP Glass Round Container Set and it is so nice! They are BPA-free and can go straight from the fridge to the oven without shattering! I love the way the lids snap on and they are also stackable and nestable which makes them easy to store! Plus, look how nice-looking they are! Perfect for transporting dishes like potato salad. I also used my favorite 2-in-1 Salad Servers for serving the potato salad.

Buttermilk Herb Potato Salad

Buttermilk Herb Potato Salad

Back to this delicious potato salad, I used parsley and chives, but you can obviously add in other herbs like rosemary or dill if desired. I used low-fat buttermilk and light sour cream, but you can also use mayo or even Greek yogurt for tangier flavor! This potato salad is definitely a winner!

Buttermilk Herb Potato Salad

No-Churn Strawberry Ice Cream

No-Churn Strawberry Ice Cream

Help me! I’m drowning in a sea of boxes and paper! The movers delivered our stuff on Friday and we’ve been busy unpacking box after box. We let the moving company pack most of our things and I have never seen so much paper in my life. After they left our house and I started seeing all of the boxes stacked all over the house, I felt totally overwhelmed. Every time I have moved, it gets more and more complicated with more things. Although I do enjoy having a new place to live, it’s always so stressful at first with trying to figure out where to put everything. I just want to sit and drink wine…and eat ice cream!

I made this easy No-Churn Strawberry Ice Cream a few weeks ago and I really wish I had a bowl right now to help me cope with my moving stress!

No-Churn Strawberry Ice Cream

If you guys have never tried two-ingredient no-churn ice cream, you have to give it a try! The base is always very simple with just heavy cream and sweetened condensed milk. The condensed milk takes the place of the custard mixture in more traditional ice cream recipes. The heavy cream gives it a nice creamy texture. Once you have this base, there are so many flavor possibilities! I added some fresh pureed strawberries and it was just fabulous! I felt 1 pint of strawberries was just right, but if you want more strawberry flavor, feel free to add more!

No-Churn Strawberry Ice Cream

Oh, and did I mention this ice-cream is totally kid-approved?

No-Churn Strawberry Ice Cream

Greek Salsa

Greek Salsa

Why is moving so stressful? Even though we had professionals do most of the packing and actual moving, there’s so many little things to think about, especially when you are moving out-of-state. Add children into the mix and it’s even more of a nightmare! Just going away for the weekend requires a carload of items, but when you are moving, it’s even more out of control. I wish I could just snap my fingers and have everything all unpacked and set up!

One of the biggest things I’m most excited about with this move is being closer to family and friends and being able to entertain more! This will give me plenty of good reasons to mix up yummy appetizers like this Greek Salsa! This Greek Salsa is the perfect summer appetizer. It’s light and flavorful with the perfect amount of crunch from the cucumber. Then you get a bit of saltiness from the feta cheese and olives.

Greek Salsa

This Greek Salsa is everything I love in a salsa. It’s chunky and so fresh! While I love eating it with pita chips, I also just love eating it straight up with a spoon! And like most salsas, you can also use this salsa as a topping for grilled chicken, fish, or even steak!

Greek Salsa

S’mores Popcorn Balls

S'mores Popcorn Balls, Smores

It’s moving day in my house today! We are finally headed to California this week and are excited to start a new adventure! I’m a little nervous to see how Maddie handles this transition. Like many toddlers, she doesn’t love change and is VERY particular about sleep. She still sleeps through the night, but only sleeps this well in her own crib, which of course, she is going to be without for a good four nights or so, and doesn’t like to sleep in a room with other people. I know, she’s such a princess! If any of you parents out there have any tips for helping a toddler transition to a new home, I’d love to hear them!

Okay, now it’s time to talk about these S’mores Popcorn Balls. Basically, they rock my world! They are kind of like a Rice Krispie Treat, but with popcorn instead and they are so cute and fun! And they are both kid-friendly and adult-friendly because who doesn’t love s’mores?! I love these for a fun party snack or they would also make great party favors if you wrapped them in a little bag with some fun ribbon and tags!

S'mores Popcorn Balls, Smores

These popcorn balls aren’t too difficult to make. I highly recommend popping your own fresh popcorn if you can. It’s really easy and just tastes so much better than microwave popcorn! After you have the popcorn ready, it’s basically following the same steps that you would for Rice Krispie treats with melting marshmallows and then mixing in the popcorn and Golden Grahams cereal. I then just stuck in some mini chocolate chips, but you could also drizzle melted chocolate on top if you’d prefer!

S'mores Popcorn Balls, Smores