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Jalapeno Bacon Burger

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Jalapeno Bacon Burger {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Jalapeno Bacon Burger – A burger with bacon and jalapenos in the patty!  Topped with a chipotle mayo for little smokey and spicy kick!

Jalapeno Bacon Burger - A burger with bacon and jalapenos in the patty!  Topped with a chipotle mayo for little smokey and spicy kick!

 

Can you believe that July 4th is right around the corner?  Are you ready?  Are you hosting a party for friends, or are you going to a party?  We are visiting family in Wisconsin and are getting together for a barbecue with both sides of our family.   There will be lots of good food, good company, and then at the end of the night fireworks.  Not every barbecue can have fireworks, but I am here to give you some great tips to help you throw the perfect party!

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Peanut Butter Magic Shell

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Peanut Butter Magic Shell {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Peanut Butter Magic Shell – Ditch the store bought magic shell for your ice cream, and make your own peanut butter magic shell at home.  Just 2 ingredients, and a couple minutes!

Peanut Butter Magic Shell - Ditch the store bought magic shell for your ice cream, and make your own peanut butter magic shell at home.  Just 2 ingredients, and a couple minutes!

My son and I have been in Wisconsin for a week now, and he has not had a moment of not having fun.  Between both grandparents, visiting friends in Iowa, and me being away he is in heaven.  Tomorrow my husband arrives to spend the weekend here, before we all head back home.  It will be nice to have him her for a couple days, this summer has been so busy it doesn’t seem like we have spent that much time together recently.  The 4th of July is this weekend, do you have any plans?

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Cilantro Lime Chicken

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Cilantro Lime Chicken {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Cilantro Lime Chicken – chicken kebabs marinated in garlic, cilantro, jalapeno and lime juice.  A quick and easy grilled chicken dinner the whole family will ask for again and again.

Cilantro Lime Chicken – chicken kebabs marinated in garlic, cilantro, jalapeno and lime juice.  A quick and easy grilled chicken dinner the whole family will ask for again and again.

 

I love grilling in the summer.  The prep and the clean up is always so easy.  Plus you don’t have to heat up your house, everything is so fresh, and the whole family is happy.  I spend a few days last week at the Certified Angus Beef education center in Ohio, and I learned a whole lot more about grilling.  I can’t wait to use what I learned to make even better recipes this summer!  So stay tuned, because I know that you guys love to grill too!

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Strawberry Sweet Tea

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Strawberry Sweet Tea - Southern style sweet tea with a little twist of strawberry. Turn up your ice tea game this summer and make strawberry iced tea.

Strawberry Sweet Tea – Southern style sweet tea with a little twist of strawberry.  Turn up your ice tea game this summer and make strawberry iced tea.

Strawberry Sweet Tea - Southern style sweet tea with a little twist of strawberry.  Turn up your ice tea game this summer and make strawberry iced tea.

Today my son and I are flying to Wisconsin!  We get to go see my parents and my in-laws for the next 10 days.  I am headed to a conference over the weekend, so my son gets to spend 3 whole days with just his grandparents.  I think he is just more than a little bit excited.  Over the next 10 days there will be a trips to the lake, boating, grilling out, probably a trip to carnival and who knows what else.  Lots of summer fun in store.  Too bad my husband has to work and can’t join us :( .

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Skirt Steak Street Tacos

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Skirt Steak Street Tacos {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Skirt steak street tacos – tender grilled skirt steak wrapped in a charred corn tortilla and topped with a creamy cilantro lime sauce. Just like Southern California at home in no time!

Skirt steak street tacos – tender grilled skirt steak wrapped in a charred corn tortilla and topped with a creamy cilantro lime sauce. Just like Southern California at home in no time!

I cannot believe that summer is here. School is out, and it is time to entertain the kids and enjoy the weather. We pretty much skipped spring in Colorado and went straight from winter into summer. I have been wanting to get outside and use the grill for months, but it has been so cold and rainy. But now that summer is here, I am taking full advantage.

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Mexican Coleslaw

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Mexican Coleslaw - A quick and easy side dish for just about any meal. Also great on burgers or tacos!

Mexican Coleslaw – Not just your average coleslaw this is a quick and easy side dish for just about any meal.  Also great on burgers or tacos!  

Mexican Coleslaw - A quick and easy side dish for just about any meal.  Also great on burgers or tacos!

I hope you had a great weekend!  I was traveling with Certified Angus Beef for the last part of last week, so it was good to get home and spend time with my family. We had a nice and relaxing Father’s Day filled with anything that my husband requested.  Which was basically meant he wanted snacks (guacamole and taco dip) for one meal, waffles for breakfast and brats for dinner.  We tried to spoil him as much as we could, so hopefully he appreciated it.  Now onto the week ahead!  My son and I are headed back to Wisconsin to see family this week, and I am headed to a conference in Chicago over the weekend.  Going to be busy times!

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Dr. Pepper Vanilla Ice Cream Floats

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Dr Pepper Vanilla Floats {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Dr. Pepper Vanilla Ice Cream Floats – an all time favorite summer treats gets a little makeover with Dr. Pepper Vanilla Float.

Dr. Pepper Vanilla Ice Cream Floats - an all time favorite summer treats gets a little makeover with Dr. Pepper Vanilla Float.

Summer is here.  Time for family vacations, barbecues with friends, and lots of time out doors.  As an adult, it seems that the summer is busier than ever.  I am not sure when this started happening, but I swear the school year seems like a more relaxing time of year. As a kid I remember long summer days spent at the pool, or playing outside for hours on end with the neighborhood kids.  Sometimes I just want to go back, and have the slow, relaxing, and lazy days of summer!

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Southwestern Cobb Salad

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Southwestern Cobb Salad {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Southwestern Cobb Salad – A classic Cobb salad with a Southwestern, tex-mex twist!  Topped with a creamy cilantro lime dressing for a hearty, filling, and delicious salad.

Southwestern Cobb Salad - A classic Cobb salad with a Southwestern, tex-mex twist!  Topped with a creamy cilantro lime dressing for a hearty, filling, and delicious salad.

 

Summer is all about eating better and not trying to heat up your house. Thankfully, you can use the grill and achieve both of these goals at one time. Ok, so there may be more to summer like friends, family, vacations, getting outside, swimming, sun, baseball etc…but this is a food blog, so I am here to solve your summer food goals. Today I have you more than covered with eating a little better and keeping the air conditioning from working over-time with this incredible Cobb Salad.

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Caramelized Onion Dip

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Caramelized Onion Dip {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

 

Caramelized Onion Dip – a homemade onion dip that is so much better than any store bought alternative!

Caramelized Onion Dip - a homemade onion dip that is so much better than any store bought alternative!

 

French Onion Dip is one of my favorite dips.  I could eat it almost every day.  I like the full fat stuff too, not the Lite.  So it is very rare treat for me.  My husband and son on the other hand like the Lite stuff, and eat it with pretzels quite often.  A couple years ago I saw a recipe for caramelized onion dip that was warm and had a crispy bread crumb topping.  I made it a couple times, and it was very good.  But not quite what I was looking for.  So recently I decided to try again, and this onion dip is now a new favorite.

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Strawberry Margarita Punch

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Strawberry Margarita Punch - Your favorite strawberry margarita all dressed up and turned into a fun strawberry punch!

Strawberry Margarita Punch – Your favorite strawberry margarita all dressed up and turned into a fun strawberry punch!

Strawberry Margarita Punch - Your favorite strawberry margarita all dressed up and turned into a fun strawberry punch!

The one camp that my son was in all summer was this week, and today is the last day.  He loved it!  He came home every day and told us all about the chemistry experiments they did in the morning, and the fun things they did in their myth busters class in the afternoon.  They even got to use a roll of duct tape to make anything they wanted, and test its strength compared to the original object.  My 10 year old made a wallet, and all things considered it was pretty darn good!  Tonight I am taking him and a friend to the local collegiate league baseball game to celebrate.  I am sure they will have watching the game, playing the games, and running after foul balls.  Perfect summer Friday night activity!

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