Fruit Salad with Citrus Poppy Dressing

Fruit Salad with Citrus Poppy Dressing

Summer is almost here and that means it’s time for awesome summer parties and BBQ’s! For me, this also means a lot of potluck parties and fruit salad is always a smart dish to bring. There is nothing better than a big, bright bowl of fresh fruit in the heat of summer. It’s always a crowd-pleaser and is a smart party pick. This fruit salad with citrus poppy dressing is my new favorite!

Fruit Salad with Citrus Poppy Dressing

For the fruits, I used strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, mandarin oranges, and watermelon. You can obviously change these up with other berries, pears, peaches, apples, bananas, whatever you want! My favorite is the mandarin oranges, don’t leave those out. The worst part of making a big fruit salad is all the peeling and slicing, but it’s so worth the effort! The dressing is just made with some lemon juice, orange juice, poppy seeds, and some honey. The dressing adds a bit of extra tang and flavor with a touch of sweetness from the honey.

I used some cute little food cutters for the watermelon which is a great touch for a party! No matter which fruits or how you cut them, you can’t go wrong with this summer dish!

Fruit Salad with Citrus Poppy Dressing

Buffalo Chicken French Bread Pizza

Buffalo Chicken French Bread Pizza

I don’t know why I don’t make more french bread pizza around here. We all love pizza in this house and using french bread makes it ridiculously easy! I love french bread pizzas for appetizers, lunch, or quick weeknight dinners. My husband always asks for me to make him “buffalo things” so I figured a quick buffalo chicken french bread pizza for lunch last weekend would be a nice treat for him!

Buffalo Chicken French Bread Pizza

I didn’t want to use straight buffalo sauce on this pizza as I thought it might be too much heat so I mixed it with some ranch dressing. The ranch really helps balance out some of the heat from the buffalo sauce and adds a bit of creaminess and tang. Because french bread pizza is all about shortcuts, I use rotisserie chicken, but any cooked chicken you prefer is just fine.

Oh, and I know a lot of people like blue cheese paired with buffalo chicken, but I have to admit that I’m not a big fan of blue cheese. I used mozzarella, but if you want to add some blue cheese in addition, I say go for it! This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled for a crowd.

Buffalo Chicken French Bread Pizza

Queso Burger

Queso Burger

It’s May and that means it’s officially Burger Month! It should be no surprise that I’ve created a southwestern/Mexican-style burger since you guys know I love these flavors! A queso burger just sounded like pure perfection.

Queso Burger

I opted for a burger mixed with taco seasoning and then topped it with a big dreamy dollop of homemade queso! I adapted the queso for these burgers from my easy queso dip. Normally when you eat queso as a dip, it can be quite liquidy. While I love queso dip, I knew the queso for these burgers needed to be a bit thicker to avoid a big sloppy mess. The consistency for this queso is thin enough to get that melty goodness, but thick enough so it isn’t running off the burger. You can experiment a bit as you mix this up by adding more half and half to thin or more cornstarch to thicken as needed. Also keep in mind that the queso will thicken as it cools.

Queso Burger

25 Overnight Oats Recipes

25 Overnight Oats Recipes

I simply adore overnight oats! I know some people aren’t a fan of the texture or the fact that they are cold, but I find with the right recipes, overnight oats can be quite delicious! I love being able to mix them up the night before in just a few minutes and can rest easy come morning knowing my breakfast is ready to go in the fridge. You can eat them at home or take them to work, they are just so easy!

My blog stats also tell me that you guys love overnight oats because my overnight oats recipes are some of the most popular recipes on this blog. I’ve rounded them up together in this post along with twenty other great overnight oats recipes from my blogging friends!

Coconut Cream Pie Overnight Oats

1. Coconut Cream Pie Overnight Oats

Brownie Batter Overnight Oats

2. Brownie Batter Overnight Oats

3. Strawberry Cheesecake Overnight Oats

Overnight Cinnamon Roll Oats

4. Overnight Cinnamon Roll Oats

Carrot Cake Overnight Oats

5. Carrot Cake Overnight Oats

From my blogging friends:

6. Berry Chia Overnight Oats – Pinch of Yum

7. Funfetti Overnight Oats (GF) – Food Faith Fitness

8. Cherry Overnight Oats – A Cedar Spoon

9. Healthy Snickers Overnight Oats – The Big Man’s World

25 Overnight Oats Recipes

10. Banana Bread Overnight Oats – Be Whole Be You

11. Creamy Blueberry Overnight Oats – Baking Ginger

12. Orange-Infused Overnight Steel Cut Oats – Running to the Kitchen

13. Apple Pie Overnight Oats – Table for Two

25 Overnight Oats Recipes

14. Chocolate Chia Overnight Oats – Fit Foodie Finds

15. Butter-Roasted Cherry Swirl Overnight Oats – How Sweet It Is

16. Peaches and Cream Overnight Oats – The Lemon Bowl

17. Double Chocolate Cashew Overnight Oats – A Kitchen Addiction

25 Overnight Oats Recipes

18. Pineapple Mango Overnight Oats – Around My Family Table

19. Angel Food Cake Overnight Oats – Hungry Hobby

20. Chocolate Coconut Overnight Oats – Wholefully

21. Coconut-Cardamom Vegan Overnight Oats – Oh She Glows

25 Overnight Oats Recipes

22. Maple Brown Sugar Overnight Oats – Gluten Free With LB

23. Chunky Monkey Overnight Oats – Weary Chef

24. Fig and Honey Overnight Oats – Skinnytaste

25. Pineapple Upside Down Cake Overnight Oats – Lady Behind the Curtain

Introducing Natalie

She’s here! Our sweet Natalie arrived on April 4th, eleven days early!

Introducing Natalie

To make a sort of long, boring story short, I ended up getting another induction. I was really hoping I wouldn’t need one this time around as I did with Madeline, but one can obviously not control such things. When the doctors told me they wanted to induce, I felt a lot more anxious. It’s like knowing what to expect made me more nervous than not knowing.

Berry Icebox Cake

Berry Icebox Cake

I feel like I’ve seriously missed out in life because I’ve only just now discovered the magic that is the icebox cake. An icebox cake is made up of either graham crackers or some sort of wafer-like cookie layered with whipped cream, cream cheese (or sometimes pudding). Then you just cover and chill for a few hours or overnight and the graham crackers soak up the moisture and become really soft and cake-like. Gah! It’s so easy and so delicious! And you also have to love a good no-bake dessert.

Berry Icebox Cake

And seriously, who wouldn’t want to dive right into this gorgeous berry icebox cake? I love how fresh berries are so simple, but yet make desserts so visually pretty and scrumptious at the same time! Because I was feeling super lazy, I used whipped topping for this recipe, but if you are against it, by all means, whip up some fresh whipped cream to use instead! I recommend chilling for at least 3-4 hours, but really overnight is best, which makes it the perfect make-ahead dessert to bring to all your spring and summer parties!

I couldn’t stop digging my fork into this cake. This is just the beginning of my icebox cake obsession!

Berry Icebox Cake