Strawberry Chocolate Chip Muffins

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Muffins

The back-to-school commercials and sales have started and I’m sitting here wondering where the summer is going. I know a lot of kiddos are starting school in the next few weeks. School doesn’t start back for us until after Labor Day, but with August almost here, I like to start back with back-to-school eats!

I like to keep a pretty steady supply of muffins in the freezer. Maddie has always loved them since she was really young and often asks for one for breakfast or a snack. I’ve also been buying a crazy ridiculous amount of strawberries. They’ve been on sale and Natalie would eat a half a pint in one sitting if you let her! I never really bake with strawberries and I’m missing out.

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Muffins

Citrus Shrimp Skewers with Lemon Rice

Citrus Shrimp Skewers with Lemon Rice

When it comes to proteins for dinner, I would say we do about 80% chicken. I don’t dislike red meat, sometimes I want a good burger, steak, or pot roast, but generally, I just prefer lean chicken. We do have salmon a few times a month too, but it did not sit well with my during my first pregnancy and ever since, I’ve developed a slight taste aversion to it I think.

While I don’t mind having a lot of chicken, my husband definitely gives me a certain look when I tell him we are having chicken for the millionth time in a row. I never make shrimp and I don’t know why because it’s so ridiculously easy to make and cooks so quickly!

No-Bake Cherry Cheesecakes

No-Bake Cherry Cheesecakes

I meant to post these sweet little no-bake cherry cheesecakes for the 4th of July, but we were so busy with family visiting and I was too tired to get them posted in time! Holiday or not though, these no-bake cheesecakes are perfect all summer long!

A lot of these types of desserts use canned cherry filling, and I just can’t do it. Not when there are bags of the most gorgeous fresh cherries in the produce section! I spent wayyyyy too much money on a gigantic bag of organic cherries a few weeks ago and thought they’d be so perfect for making a fresh cherry topping!

Avocado-Corn Chowder with Chicken

Avocado-Corn Chowder with Chicken

Hi friends! Sorry I have been a little MIA the past couple of weeks. We’ve had family in town and I wanted to just take a little break to soak up the precious time!

How do you guys feel about chilled soups? I honestly don’t really know how I feel about them. To be honest, it’s hit and miss for me. This Avocado-Corn Chowder with Chicken was intended to be served as a chilled soup.

I was surprised how much I like this soup chilled, but I also wanted to see what it would taste like warm. I ate half of it cold and half hot. I kind of liked the warm version a little better, but that’s because I normally just prefer warm soups to cold soups. So, I’m going to say you can eat this chilled or warm.

Avocado-Corn Chowder with Chicken

Nutella Skillet Brownie

Nutella Skillet Brownie

When I think about what brings me the most joy in life, the obvious answer is my children. I mean, what kind of mother would I be if I didn’t say it was them? So yes, clearly, my children and family bring me the most joy.

Also in the Top 3? Well, that’s easy. It’s a warm, fudgy brownie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.

Is there anything better? I think not.

Nutella Skillet Brownie

I’ve been wanting to make a skillet brownie for some time. Baking a brownie in a cast iron skillet is a great idea because it helps keep the heat even and steady while the brownie is baking.

Another major benefit of baking a brownie in a cast iron skillet? You don’t have to worry about slicing it, or at least, I don’t worry about it! Heck, I’m not gonna lie, I just eat it straight out of the skillet! Or, you can just scoop it into bowls while it’s still warm with big ol’ scoop of vanilla ice cream on top!

Oh, and because you don’t have to worry about slicing it, you don’t have to wait 10,000 years for the brownie to cool. So many good things here, right?!

Juicy Lucy Ranch Burgers

Juicy Lucy Ranch Burgers

I can’t believe it’s already heading to the end of June! While a lot of kids got out for summer at least a few weeks ago, our summer just started this week! Maddie is already bored and complaining. Is it fall yet?

We’ve got a fun summer planned with family visiting us, swim lessons, gymnastics, and of course, Disneyland trips.

I made these Juicy Lucy Ranch Burgers over Memorial Day weekend and they were a definite hit and would be most perfect for the 4th coming up in a couple of weeks!

Juicy Lucy Ranch Burgers