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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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!