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No Bake Peanut Butter Cheesecake

No Bake Peanut Butter Cheesecake {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

No Bake Peanut Butter Cheesecake - creamy peanut butter cheesecake, Oreo crust, chocolate ganache and peanut butter cup Oreo's!

Going on vacation is always so much fun, but getting back is so much work!  All the laundry, the work, the cleaning, and everything else.  Plus, I am actually heading out on another trip this weekend.  My 9 year old and I are headed back to the Mid-West to see family for a week.  So much for a lazing and relaxing summer!  A little worried about how much I should get done ahead of time for my husband.  I hate to see what he is going to do for a full week of meals on his own!  But just because people are busy, doesn’t mean there isn’t time for desserts!  Especially no bake desserts, that come together in under 20 minutes.

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Mixed Berry & Mint Slushies

Mixed Berry & Mint Slushies - fun summer treat

Mixed Berry & Mint Slushies - fun summer treat

We just got back from the best vacation in Costa Rica.  We spent the last 2 weeks there, and it was so incredible.  For the first week, we were in a rented house near Manuel Antonio with family.  This year is my in-laws 45th wedding anniversary, and instead of a big party they wanted to take us, and my SIL’s family on a trip.  We zip-lined, toured rainforests, repelled down waterfalls, went snorkeling, and saw tons of wild life.  The second half of our trip was just the 3 of us in the Southern part of the country, in an area called Corcovado.  That was much more remote and definitely a different experience.  It is so good to be back, but that is a trip we will remember for a life time!  I can not wait to share it all with you in “Thursday Things” over the next month, or as soon as I can get through all our pictures!

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Chicken Taco Burgers #BurgerMonth

Chicken Taco Burgers - combine 2 favorites (tacos and burgers) into one summer time dinner!

Chicken Taco Burgers - combine 2 favorites (tacos and burgers) into one summer time dinner!

Do you have your kids do “school” work during the summer?  My son is really good at math and reading, and he likes both of them.  So we have him do some math each day, and he reads each day as well.  No matter what, he reads for awhile before bed each night, to help him calm down so he can go to sleep.  But the math, that is starting to prove to be a challenge.  He loves math, and during the school year he loves the website we have him working on.  But now… it is “boring”.  It is getting to be more of a struggle each day.  Who knew summer was supposed to be so entertaining :)

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Peach Salsa

Peach Salsa - fresh peaches bring so much flavor to this salsa.

Peach Salsa - fresh peaches bring so much flavor to this salsa.

Peaches are kind of a big thing in Colorado.  I know that Georgia is known as the peach state, but Colorado has to come in close behind.  I remember in Iowa seeing stands on the side of the road selling Colorado peaches.  So when we moved here, I was super excited to try them fresh.  In August we have a Peach Festival in our town, with tons of activities and booths all centered around peaches.  You can even order bushels and bushels of peaches to be picked up at the festival.  Starting in July you can buy bags of peaches at all of the farmer’s markets in town as well.  So yeah, peaches are kind of a thing here.

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Southwestern Corn Salad

Southwestern Corn Salad - summer corn never tasted so good!

Southwestern Corn Salad - summer corn never tasted so good!

Apparently summer days are hard when you are 9 years old.  You have all this stuff in your head that you want to do, but within a couple hours of waking up you are bored.  Mom suggests a bunch of stuff that you could do, but none of it interests you so you sulk around.  Then after awhile, Mom gets fed up, and you get in trouble.  Rough life!  We actually have a system worked out for the summer.  In the mornings I get work done, while my 9 year old has a few jobs he needs to get done.  Then we get to have fun and play in the afternoon.  Either go to the neighborhood pool, play with friends, go for a bike ride, go to a movie, or anything else we can think of.  But I guess the jobs are getting old, and my 9 year old just want to be entertained all day, every day.  So…. is it time for school yet?

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Chocolate Chip Caramel Swirl Ice Cream #IDelight

Chocolate Chip Caramel Swirl Ice Cream {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Chocolate Chip Caramel Swirl Ice Cream - creamy and perfect for summer!

Over the last month my 9 year old has become obsessed with soccer.  He is currently playing baseball on a team, but spends almost all of his free time playing soccer in the back yard.  He even saved up his allowance money, and used it to buy a USA soccer shirt.  He changes into his white USA shirt and white shorts and plays games for hours on end in the back yard.  Often I am called out there to be another country and play as well.  Now that the World Cup is over, he is starting to go through withdrawal.  He admits he isn’t very good at soccer and doesn’t really want to play on a team.  So I think it is going to be a long 4 years until the next World Cup!

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Char Siu Pork Burgers

Char Siu Pork Burgers - an Asian favorite turned into a burger!

Char Siu Pork Burgers - an Asian favorite turned into a burger!

Last week I shared a Jalapeno Turkey Burger as part of burger month.  Today I am back with another burger.  I am loving playing with different flavors, and making different burgers this summer.  I also shared a Pesto Chicken Burger earlier this summer.  Hopefully you like these fun burgers, because I have another one coming next week!  Have you checked out all the other great recipes going on with Burger Month?  Kita from Pass the Sushi and Girl Carnivore did a great job gathering up some very talented bloggers to contribute all month long.

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Life’s Good in the Kitchen #LGKitchen

LG Door-In-Door Fridge

LG Life is Good in the Kitchen

                                                            Photo Credit:  LG

The kitchen really is the heart of the home. If you have a get together, where does everyone hang out? In the kitchen! Even when just our family of 3 is home, we gather around the kitchen when someone is making a meal. Something about being in the kitchen, even if you aren’t the one cooking, is just comforting.  Even after the meal is over, people just tend to hang out talking in the kitchen.  It really is the place to be.

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BLT Bacon Wrapped Hot dogs

BLT Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs; time to up the hot dog game!

Crispy bacon wrapped hot dogs topped with lettuce, tomato, avocado, and a spicy Sriracha ranch.

BLT Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs; time to up the hot dog game!

Hot dogs are kind of a staple at most American barbeques in the summer.  Often times there are choices between hot dogs, hamburgers, and brats.  At least in Wisconsin brats are always on the menu.  I love a good hot dog in the summer, topped with ketchup and raw onions….perfection!  Especially if you are at a sporting event, then it is kind of a must!  That and a beer.  Well today, I am kind of upping the anti when it comes to hot dogs.  These aren’t your average backyard barbeque hot dog, but they definitely should make an appearance at your next event!

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Roasted Garlic & Chive Dip

Roasted Garlic & Chive Dip - perfect for entertaining

Roasted Garlic & Chive Dip - perfect for entertaining

Summer time is the time of entertaining.  It seems that almost every weekend someone is having a get together, and you are bringing a dish to share.  I love getting to hang out with friends, relax, and enjoy good food.  But sometimes, I struggle with what to bring.  I don’t want to bring the same thing all of the time, so I try to mix it up.  Plus, I want it to be quick and easy!  I know, I am kind of picky aren’t I?

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