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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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Thai Chicken Salad

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Thai Chicken Salad {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Thai Chicken Salad – turn up your salad game with a Thai style chopped salad.  Topped with chicken, veggies, and a peanut dressing make for a filling salad.

Thai Chicken Salad - turn up your salad game with a Thai style chopped salad.  Topped with chicken, veggies, and a peanut dressing make for a filling salad.

The weather is finally warming up and feeling like summer here in Colorado.  We had a very wet and cold spring.  Hard to believe that 10 days ago we had to have the heat on, and today we had to turn the air conditioning on!  My son has his first baseball game of the season tonight as well, so it officially feels like summer.  They have not had many practices because of the weather, so it could be a very interesting game. I think tomorrow will have to be our first trip to the neighborhood pool as well!

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Pear, Cashew and Canadian Bacon Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

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Pear, Cashew and Canadian Bacon Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing - a great lunch or dinner summer salad with sweet pears, crunchy cashews, salty Canadian bacon and sweet poppy seed dressing. No heating up the kitchen!

Pear, Cashew and Canadian Bacon Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing – a great lunch or dinner summer salad with sweet pears, crunchy cashews, salty Canadian bacon and sweet poppy seed dressing.  No heating up the kitchen!

Pear, Cashew and Canadian Bacon Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing - a great lunch or dinner summer salad with sweet pears, crunchy cashews, salty Canadian bacon and sweet poppy seed dressing.  No heating up the kitchen!

I have to say, I am getting pretty tired of the rain.  We almost never get rain in Colorado, we live in a desert.  But this last month, it has rained almost every day.  I think we have gotten more rain in the last month that we usually do in a full year. Everything is green and gorgeous, which is great!  But the kids not being able to go outside, sports practice being cancelled, and just the overall cloudiness all the time is definitely getting old.  I am hoping this means summer is going to be gorgeous…when it actually arrives.

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Jicama and Watermelon Salad

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Jicima and Watermelon Salad {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Jicama and Watermelon Salad – use juicy watermelon and slightly sweet jicama to make a great summer side dish.  Toss with a honey-lime vinaigrette.

Jicima and Watermelon Salad - use juicy watermelon and slightly sweet jicima to make a great summer side dish.  Toss with a honey-lime vinaigrette.

Happy Mother’s Day this weekend to all the Mom’s out there!  I don’t get to see my mom on Mother’s Day, but I do get to see her in a couple weeks, so that is good.  Do you have plans for this weekend?  Tomorrow my son and I are going to volunteer for the Homeless Gear Project in our city.  Any plans we might have had for Sunday are probably on hold at this point.  I just looked at the forecast and they are predicting snow.  Seriously?  It is May, almost the middle of May.  Snow should not be in the forecast.  75 and sunny is what should be in the forecast.  I am just crossing my fingers they are wrong.

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BLT Pasta Salad

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BLT Pasta Salad - Turn the classic BLT sandwich in a pasta salad with a creamy dressing. Great for lunch, dinner, parties, potlucks, or just about anytime.

BLT Pasta Salad – Turn the classic BLT sandwich in a pasta salad with a creamy dressing.  Great for lunch, dinner, parties, potlucks, or just about anytime.  

BLT Pasta Salad - Turn the classic BLT sandwich in a pasta salad with a creamy dressing.  Great for lunch, dinner, parties, potlucks, or just about anytime.

April is here.  I am always behind on food holidays.  I never know about them until I see recipes online mentioning whatever day it is.  Well, this time it is different.  April is National BLT Month.  I love a good BLT, so I am all over this one.  And I am sharing this recipe with you early in the month, so you have plenty of time to make this amazing BLT pasta salad and celebrate with me!

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Southwestern Corn Salad

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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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Chicken Caesar Salad

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Chicken Caesar Salad - great summer dinner

Chicken Caesar Salad - lightened up by using yogurt in the dressing

I think that once summer comes, even the most meat eating man out there, is ok with a salad every once in awhile. Especially if it means they get to fire up the grill to cook the meat for the salad.  For my husband, the only reason he will eat a salad is because of the dressing.  If it were socially acceptable, he would probably just drink the salad dressing, or maybe he would use a spoon :)  But seeing as how that is frowned upon, he will suffer through some lettuce in order to get the dressing.  His favorite dressing ever…..Caesar.  Followed closely by Thousand Island.

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Spinach Chicken Salad w/ Garlic Balsamic Vinaigrette

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Spinach Chicken Salad w/ Garlic Balsamic Vinaigrette

Spinach Chicken Salad w/ Garlic Balsamic Vinaigrette

It appears most of the country is either covered in snow or has crazy cold temperatures.  We did get a little on Saturday, but not nearly as bad as other parts of the country.  We had enough for a snowball fight in the backyard (I won), but not enough to use the snow blower.  I am hoping that it melts soon.  I have grown accustomed to the mild winters of Colorado.  It was in the 50’s pretty much all last week.

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Berry Almond Salad with Chia Seed Vinaigrette

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Berry Almond Salad with Chia Seed Vinaigrette

Berry Almond Salad with Chia Seed Vinaigrette

I hope that everyone had a wonderful 4th of July weekend, and enjoyed a couple extra days off. We originally thought of going somewhere for a few days, but decided against it. Instead we took advantage of living 60 minutes from Rocky Mountain National Park, and did a couple gorgeous hikes. If you follow me on Facebook, you may have seen that on the 4th we hiked to the top of Mt. Chiquita. It was about a 6 mile hike, but we get up to over 13,000 feet. Then on Saturday we hiked for just over 9 miles to a few mountain lakes, and got to hike up part of a waterfall.  Then on Sunday, we went for a 30 mile bike ride on trails around Fort Collins. It was a busy and active weekend; my favorite kind!

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Thai Beef Salad

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Thai Beef Salad | Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Thai Beef Salad | Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

I hope that all of you Mom’s out there had a wonderful Mother’s Day!  It was a gorgeous day here in Colorado.  We drove up into the mountains and did one of our favorite hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park.  They still had lots of snow up there, so we actually got to snowshoe one last time this season.  It was a little strange to be in the 70’s and have lots of snow around.  It was a great day to spend together as a family.

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