Cherry Salsa

Cherry Salsa

Summer is on its way out, but before I start bombarding you with pumpkin recipes, I’m still holding onto cherry season a little bit longer because it is one of my most favorite things about summer!

I love and adore making fruit salsas. That sweet and salty combo makes my tastebuds happy!

Cherry Salsa

I love salsas on pretty much all of the things and for basically all three meals of the day! My scrambled eggs? Must. have. salsa! Lunch and dinner, whatever I’m eating, let’s put salsa on that too!

This cherry salsa couldn’t be easier. Just a lot of fresh chopped cherries, red onion, some jalapeño, lime juice, and avocado! You can skip the avocado if you want, but I love it in this salsa. It adds a nice smooth and creamy texture to the salsa. Just be careful when mixing it in, if you overmix, you’ll end up with cherry guacamole (would that be a bad thing?).

Cherry Salsa

Coconut Margaritas

Coconut Margaritas

I know I post a lot of cocktails on this blog. I just love to mix up fun drinks for parties. And sometimes, you just need a drink that will make you feel like you are on a vacation on a beautiful tropical island and not in the middle of grant writing.

The good news is that I am finally starting to see a light at the end of the grant tunnel and I think I’m going to have to celebrate with a ginormous pitcher of these creamy coconut margaritas!

Coconut Margaritas

Peanut Butter Marshmallow Cereal Bars

Peanut Butter Marshmallow Cereal Bars

As soon as August hits every year, I start thinking/wishing about fall. I know some people are like, NO! But, you guys know me, I love fall. Also, is it Halloween yet?

Too soon?

I made these Marshmallow Peanut Butter Cereal Bars a couple of months ago actually and have been holding off to post them as they just seemed like a good August recipe. I guess I’m thinking of them as the perfect little after-school treat or to stick in lunch boxes (if your schools allow peanuts, of course…) for the kiddos! But, I’d be totally lying if I said that these are just for the kids because I found them to be pretty darn addictive myself!

Peanut Butter Marshmallow Cereal Bars

Now, I wouldn’t go as far as to say that these cereal bars are healthy considering they contain a bunch of butter and marshmallows, but hey, the cereal is made with whole grains and peanut butter has some good protein! So, they are “better-ish”, right?!

Yes?

No?

Maybe?

Let’s go with YES!

For these cereal bars, I used plain whole grain Cheerios. You can use something different if you prefer, but knowing I was adding marshmallows, I didn’t want them to be too sweet by using a sweetened cereal. Also consider your peanut butter. You can either use regular ol’ peanut butter which has added sugar or natural peanut butter. I’ve used both and it’s really up to you. My kiddos seem to prefer them with regular peanut butter so that is what I use, but you can cut down on the sugar by using natural peanut butter if desired!

I left these plain, but you can also mix in chopped peanuts, mini marshmallows, or other candies if you want to take them up a notch!

Peanut Butter Marshmallow Cereal Bars

Barbecue Chicken Rice Bowls

Barbecue Chicken Rice Bowls

The beginning of August is always such a stressful time for me. It’s always when our big grant proposals are due in the field of education research. This year I am submitting my first proposal as a principal investigator and I am stressed to the max!

Meal prepping is a must for me most of the time, but especially during these stressful work periods. These BBQ chicken rice bowls are great for meal prepping or a generally easy dinner!

To be honest, I’m not usually a big fan of BBQ sauce. It’s too sweet for me, but I really like these rice bowls because you can add as little or as much as you’d like. You can see from the photos, I didn’t go too crazy with the BBQ sauce, but if you are fan, add more!

Barbecue Chicken Rice Bowls

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Sandwiches

Summer = All of the ice cream.

I have to keep my freezer stocked all summer long with frozen treats for my family. My girls love to beat the heat with popsicles or a treat of some delicious and creamy ice cream at the end of the day. And of course, my husband and I pretty much live for quiet evenings on the couch after they are in bed when we can also indulge in some frozen goodness.

While my kiddos are pretty happy with any ice cream, Mama needs the good stuff! You know, the cartons that you have to hide deep in the freezer behind the frozen peas where your husband and kids never will think to look…

I was asked to try out the new Signature Reserve™ Super Premium Ice Cream and to create a fun recipe! The Signature Reserve Super Premium Ice Creams are everything I want in my ice cream: So perfectly creamy, rich, and thick! The flavors are bold and balanced with flavors around the world. The ice cream is made with globally-sourced ingredients to provide unique flavors like Colombian Cold Brew Caramel, Madagascar Vanilla Bean, Brazilian Guava Cheesecake, Bourbon Maple Blondie and more!

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Sandwiches

Prosecco Lemonade Punch

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Prosecco Lemonade Punch

I think one of my most favorite things about this time of year is summer cocktails! While I am no fan of the summer heat, what’s not to love about a fun party with friends or a quiet day sitting poolside sipping on an icy and refreshing drink?

I’m so excited to be partnering with my friends from Riondo Prosecco again this summer. You guys loved the strawberry bellinis I posted last summer so when they asked me to mix up another fun summer drink to celebrate National Prosecco Day (August 13th), of course I was on board! Did you know that Riondo Prosecco is the #1 Prosecco in Italy? I love adding this affordable and authentic Italian Prosecco to cocktails. It’s not overly sweet and so it mixes in well with a variety of flavors. And another thing I love about Riondo is the screw-cap bottles which makes life so much easier!

Prosecco Lemonade Punch

I mixed up this very simple Prosecco Lemonade Punch. First, we start off by making some fresh-squeezed lemonade. Then I made a quick simple syrup to sweeten and some vodka. Next is the best part! Throw some ice into nice glasses and some fresh strawberries, fill up the glass about halfway with the punch and then let your guests add in a fun mini bottle of the Riondo Prosecco for some fresh fizz! This fun punch recipe is perfect for small or large gatherings and is fresh and bubbly! I know what I’ll be sipping on the rest of this summer!

Prosecco Lemonade Punch

Prosecco Lemonade Punch

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 7 cups water, divided
  • 7 lemons, juiced
  • 3/4 cup vodka (plain, lemon, or strawberry flavored)
  • 6 (187mL) mini bottles Riondo Prosecco Spago Nero
  • fresh strawberries, diced (for garnish)

Directions:

  1. Add the sugar and 1/2 cup water to a saucepan and heat over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a boil and let boil for about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat. Mixture will thicken as it cools.
  2. In a large pitcher, combine the fresh lemon juice, remaining water, and vodka. Stir in desired amount of the simple syrup to taste.
  3. Add ice and some fresh strawberries to glasses, fill about half way with the lemonade punch. Open and top the remainder of each glass with one of the mini bottles of Riondo Prosecco. Serve.
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Prosecco Lemonade Punch

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