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Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Pancakes. Can one ever get enough? Not me. There is no such thing as too many pancakes and I love experimenting with new flavors. What screams summer more than blueberries and lemon?! And these pancakes are more sophisticated because they also include ricotta cheese.

Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

If you have never tried baking with ricotta, I recommend trying it like right this second. It’s a mild cheese that works really well in both savory and sweet dishes. When using ricotta for baking, it makes them nice and fluffy without adding a lot of fat. It also gives these pancakes a creamier texture. Paired with big bursting blueberries and lemon juice and zest, these pancakes just make me so happy. I couldn’t wait to finish taking the photos so I could start gobbling them right up!

Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Summer Party Recipe Ideas

This weekend marks the unofficial start to summer which means it’s officially BBQ and summer party season! Today I am sharing some of my top picks for dishes: Sides, dips, appetizers, salads, desserts, and drinks! No matter which dish you’ve been put in charge of, these recipes are all ideal for bringing to parties! Happy summer!

Summer BBQ Collage 1

Dunkin’ Donuts K-Cups

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Dunkin’ Donuts® Coffee K-Cup® Pods and I have been compensated for my work in this post as a part of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network. As always, all opinions of the product mentioned in this post are my own.

Dunkin Donuts K-Cups

When I was pregnant, I pretty much avoided all coffee except for the occasional decaf coffee here and there. Since I had Maddie? I basically need an IV of coffee permanently inserted into my veins. I had been holding out on jumping on the Keurig train for years. I kept saying I didn’t need one and my regular pot was just fine, but then over the holidays I started to see how difficult it was for me to make one stinking cup of coffee while trying to take care of the baby and get to work and I knew it was time to get a Keurig! Ever since I got mine, I want to drink 10 gazillion cups of coffee a day because it just makes it so much easier and there’s no clean up.

And then one of my most favorite coffee companies started making K-Cups, Dunkin’ Donuts®! They are celebrating their 65th birthday and what better way to celebrate than with these new K-Cups?! Now I don’t have to worry about going through the drive-thru as I can just make them myself at home and without making a big mess. Just pop in the pod, press a button, and voila! Heaven in a cup!

Dunkin Donuts K-Cups

No-Bake Key Lime Pies

No-Bake Key Lime Pies

One of my favorite things about summer cooking is not cooking. Or in this case…baking. The more I do not have to cook/bake, the better! I’m all about the no-bake desserts this time of year. They are so much easier requiring less steps than baked desserts.

No-Bake Key Lime Pies

These mini No-Bake Key Lime Pies are so perfect. First, they are mini and anything in mini form is automatically adorable and awesome. And second, they are super yummy and fresh with the perfect amount of tang from the fresh key lime juice and zest.

These would be perfect for summer parties if you are wanting to have assorted desserts for your guests. The fact they are mini also means you can eat like 10. You’re welcome.

No-Bake Key Lime Pies

Chili Lime Chicken Burgers

Chili Lime Chicken Burgers

We like to grill burgers on Saturday nights when it starts to get hot outside. It’s an easy dinner to make, but we don’t usually experiment too much with the flavors and toppings and I’ve been wanting to spice up our burger game a bit.

 

Chili Lime Chicken Burgers

I actually saw a frozen version of these burgers at TJ’s last month and thought they sounded yummy, but decided after looking at the simple ingredient list, I could just make them myself. These Chili Lime Chicken Burgers are my new favorite burgers. They are fresh and packed with flavor thanks to fresh lime juice, red pepper, green onion, and spices! I ate mine with a bun, but honestly, they are flavorful enough to where you don’t even need the bun if you are trying to watch your carbs. I could eat this burger cut up on a salad or plain with veggies on the side. Cheese, as wonderful as it is, is also not necessary here as the burger can carry itself on its own, but you could certainly add it if you want!

Topping-wise, we weren’t sure what toppings would be best here but given the flavor profile, I recommend sliced avocado, pepper jack cheese, or maybe some mayo. We had these burgers two weeks in a row and I think they will become a regular in our summer burger rotation!

Chili Lime Chicken Burgers

Carrot Cake Overnight Oats

Carrot Cake Overnight Oats

I hope all you moms had a great Mother’s Day yesterday! I had a very nice day with my two loves and Maddie got me flowers and framed a picture of herself for me and also gave me a photo album of her first 6 months. She’s so thoughtful like that!

I’m bringing you another overnight oats recipe today. After I made my Overnight Cinnamon Roll Oats last month, I have been on an overnight oatmeal kick ever since.

Carrot Cake Overnight Oats

I started thinking about what dessert I would turn into overnight oats next and carrot cake came to mind! I love me a big ol’ slice of carrot cake complete with a ridiculous amount of cream cheese frosting, obvi. This recipe is pretty similar to the Cinnamon Roll Overnight Oats with a few adjustments. And of course, if you are wanting to treat yourself, a dollop of cream cheese topping on top!

I wasn’t sure how grated carrots would really be in these oats at first, but it was all good! So you’ve got oats, Greek yogurt, and vegetables for breakfast. You’re welcome!

Carrot Cake Overnight Oats