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Strawberry Chicken Summer Salad

Strawberry Chicken Summer Salad

I have a serious obsession with putting strawberries in my salads, especially during the summer when they are just too lush and gorgeous to ignore! They are the perfect salad topping, adding just a touch of sweetness to your salads. And my favorite way to dress a salad with strawberries on it is with balsamic vinegar. Strawberries + balsamic vinegar = B.F.F.’s. Always and forever.

I think I have been making a version of this salad for over 10 years now. It’s just simple, light, flavorful, and well, perfect!

Strawberry Chicken Summer Salad

For this recipe, I used the new STAR Fine Foods Signature Series Extra Virgin Olive Oil. It’s rich and smooth, perfect for dressings and marinades!

Strawberry Chicken Summer Salad

Cannoli Cones

Cannoli Cones

You know what rocks? Cannoli. But you want to know what I do not have time for? Making my own shells. And you know what the perfect substitution for homemade shells is? You probably already guessed from the pictures and title, but pretend to be surprised anyway, ok? Sugar cones!

These are great for serving at parties. You can do a variety of toppings. Dipping the cones in chocolate, coating them with chocolate chips or nuts, make a few different kinds!

Cannoli Cones

So let’s talk for a minute about something important for this recipe: draining the ricotta. I know, what a pain! But, seriously, it makes a big difference! I made these without first draining them the first time and while the filling was still good, it wasn’t as easy to pipe and the liquid in the ricotta made the cones get really soggy after a few hours. SOOOOOO, lesson learned. Plan ahead and drain the ricotta. I didn’t have cheesecloth, I set up my own little system by placing a mesh strainer in a bowl with a paper towel (I’m sorry that I didn’t get a photo of it!). It did the trick though!

Holy Cannoli! (I know. I’m sorry. I tried really hard not to go there…)

Cannoli Cones

Baby Must-Haves: 6 Months

Well, we are now 7 months into being parents! I’m not sure where all the time has gone. Before we get to the new list, I want to just direct you guys back to the first baby products list I posted when Maddie was about 3 months old. I wanted to say that we still count on and use basically all of the products on that list still at almost 7 months old. The only exceptions are the Rock and Play and regular swaddle wraps, but this is only because Maddie has grown out of them, but the bottles, blankets, Nighty Night Owl, stroller, Soothie pacifiers, Boppy, etc.. are still items we use daily around here.

You’ll notice with this 6-month product list, a lot of it is focused on feeding. I know some parents start their little ones on solids sooner than 6 months, but we waited, so you may want to pick up some of these things before than if you plan to introduce solids before 6 months!

6 Months Products

Raspberry Sherbet

Raspberry Sherbet

Sherbet. We don’t eat enough of it if you ask me. I mean, I remember eating it as a kid in crazy colors, but then I kind of forgot about it for many years. It’s such a perfect and easy frozen dessert to make though! Sherbet is basically the middle child between rich and creamy ice cream and icy sorbet. No eggs or heavy cream required, just some fresh fruit, milk, sugar, and a pinch of lemon juice. This sherbet is so perfect for a light summer dessert!

Raspberry Sherbet

I used about 2 cups of fresh raspberries in this recipe and while I can certainly taste the raspberry in this sherbet, I wouldn’t have minded even more raspberry flavor, so in the recipe, you can add more or less raspberries depending on how strong you want the flavor to be.

Oh, and can we talk about the amazing and dreamy color of this sherbet? I am madly in love with this gorgeous pink color. It just makes me happy!

Raspberry Sherbet

Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps

Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps

I’ve found my new favorite thing for lunch. That is, until next week when I make my new favorite thing for lunch. Until then though, these chicken salad lettuce wraps will continue to be my favorite thing.

It’s kind of silly really because there isn’t much to these wraps. I’m a big fan of chicken salad, but it has to be made the right way with bigger chunks of chicken, texture from celery and other veggies, and it has to be light on the mayo. Dems is the rules.

Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps

The chicken salad has just the right amount of texture and flavor without requiring a lot of ingredients. It just takes some chicken (in which I used my trusty rotisserie chicken shortcut), green onion, some celery (cause too much would just not work for me and my tastes), and sliced almonds for added crunch and texture. I went light on the mayo because there is nothing worse than chicken salad that is drowning in mayo. I also mixed in some mustard powder. I’m not a fan of regular mustard, but the powder, I can do. Yeah, I’m weird, maybe?

I like spooning this on some butter or iceberg lettuce. You could put it on bread or a regular wrap instead, but then it wouldn’t be a lettuce wrap…I’m just sayin’. It’s easy to divide up into portions to take to work too, so yay! Now onto my next favorite thing…

Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps

Garlic Parmesan Roasted Potatoes

Garlic Parmesan Roasted Potatoes

When it comes to side dishes, my feeling is always that they should be as simple as possible and require as few ingredients as possible.

We love roasted potatoes in this house. They always seem to fit my side dish rules of being simple to prepare. Just some olive oil, garlic, and salt and pepper are always my basic seasoning, but sometimes I like to spruce them up with a little something else like Parmesan cheese!

Garlic Parmesan Roasted Potatoes

Garlic Parmesan Roasted Potatoes

These roasted potatoes are perfectly crispy. The garlic and Parmesan flavors really shine and make these potatoes seriously addicting!