So, when I do try to be healthier, I tend to make little changes in my life. So for now, I’m drinking only water.
Mostly water. I have to have at least 1 glass of juice to satisfy my sweet tooth.
When life gives you lemons, what do you do? Make lemonade, duh!
Well, I have a secret.
Actually, it’s more like a confession.
When life gave me lemons, I made THESE instead! Dee-lish! Totally worth the switch.
came to my senses had lemon juice left over and figured I should do what’s expected… make some lemonade! But not just any old lemonade…
A Homemade Popsicle Recipe
It’s summer time, and it’s hot! I was looking at my handy dandy weather app, and it’s supposed to be 95 degrees… toNIGHT! The sun will be down and it’ll still be that hot? You have got to be kiddin’ me! Living under the Texas sun, it’s only natural to crave something sweet to cool me off. Hence, this delicious icy treat!!! And, when I say ‘delicious’, trust me, I’m NOT over exaggerating! If I could have one of these popsicles every day, I wouldn’t mind this blistering heat! Any who, let me get to the mouth-puckering, tongue-tingling, oh-so-juicy goodness that I like to call Peachy Pineapple-ade Popsicles!
I went to the craft store the other day, in search of some inspiration. Low and behold, I found a popsicle-making kit in the clearance aisle. You know I had to grab it. You can snag it for yourself HERE. I’ve seen so many popsicle recipes lately on my Pinterest feed and I was dying to try something of my own.
When I got home, I scavenged for some fruit so I could make some juicy concoction for these ‘sicles. Peaches. I just love peaches. So they HAD to be included in some way.
Oh, and I had some other wonderfully juicy items laying around too, so I figured ‘why not”!
In a blender, I pureed a can of peaches with the syrup. To that, I added the juice of 6 small lemons, and 1/2 cup of pineapple juice. Mix, mix, mix! I couldn’t resist but to taste. Can you say tropical vacation in a glass? Because I have an uber sweet tooth, I added some sugar, but you can leave that out… Goodie two shoes. You will have to add some water though. They’ll freeze better.
Into the popsicle molds this juice goes. Then, into the freezer. I left mine overnight. Run some water over those babies and out comes frozen gold!
Ahh, so good! And refreshing!
Just look at this tray of ice-cold yumminess! I had success with my first popsicle escapade! I’m definitely going to be trying more popsicle recipes! Make sure to come back and see them for yourself!
Want to make these popsicles for yourself? I’m telling you, they deserve a shot! Click HERE to download the recipe! Try it out and let me know how great they are! With Love, M&W.
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Easy Summer Lunch
Just as Fresh as It Is Tasty!
The other day, I went on a scavenger hunt through my fridge. I was searching for something yummy, fresh, light, and healthy. I didn’t think it was possible to have all that in ONE meal, but whoa! Was I wrong?! This Mediterranean Veggie Salad is all that AND a bag of chips! Does anyone even say that anymore? Well, I just did! The combination of some of my favorite ingredients make for the perfect summer lunch that is quick and doesn’t hold back on the flavor.
This salad is so yummy. I just can’t get enough of it.
I mean c’mon! Look at this pile o’ goodness!
The ingredients are inspired by the Mediterranean culture– chickpeas, roasted red peppers, feta cheese. There’s some regular old salad stuff in there too, like lettuce (duh!), red onion, cherry tomatoes and cucumbers. I threw some chopped eggs on there just for some protein. I know it’s a veggie salad but I needed a little something. I’m not a vegetarian, y’all. (Not judging those of you who are though!)
I decided to make a meal of it. Got some of my FAVORITE croutons (Texas Toast brand. They are soooooo good!) and some Kool-Aid. I didn’t have any other juice in the house But, the salad made up for it. It was just that good!
Oh! I made my favorite salad dressing too! Lots of favorites today! You ready for it?! Just mix Balsamic Vineagrette and Italian Dressing and you’ve made the best dressing. So quick! Sweet, tangy, easy, yummy.
Well there you have it. A 5 minute summer lunch that will be light and refreshing. Try it! You’ll thank me later!
Thanks for coming back for another #FoodieFriday! You can check out more recipes HERE!
You might also like last week’s #FoodieFriday post, 193 Easy Summer Meals!
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193 Easy Summer Meals That Won’t Make You Break a Sweat. Or the Bank!
If you’re anything like this mama here, cooking is not the number one priority on your list of things to-do. Don’t get me wrong, I love to cook! But with two babies to take care of, a house to keep clean (or try to anyways), clothes to wash, and not to mention this atrocious summer heat… I’d rather not slave over a hot stove just for one measly meal. That’s what take out is for In honor of trying to eat more wholesome foods, (no more take out for me) I did what I do best–PIN! I was Pinspired by the many recipes I found for easy summer cooking. They looked so quick and delicious. Even better, they wouldn’t heat up my kitchen! I was sold! If you’re searching for some new recipes to add to your repertoire, look no further!!
P.S. I’m a sucker for crockpot/slow-cooker meals. I’m a mom! So, if you are one of those
crazy super cool people that don’t use crockpots, this post is not for you. But you can check out some of these other recipes, no crockpot necessary!
The “30 Summer Freezer Meals” that I found on Who Needs a Cape seemed to be the most useful, and interesting. She lists everything (and I mean everything) you need to do to make 15 freezer meals. (She doubled her recipes to make the 30.) She also shared a few great tricks for summer freezer cooking. I am a huge fan of freezer meals, but there is one thing that’s a turn off–it can be so boring. Everything is frozen in a sauce, or made into a casserole. But, that is why I liked this pin so much. Her dishes, like Orange Beer Chicken and Thai Pork with Peanut Sauce (I mean c’monnnn) sound flavorful and the complete opposite of a “ho-hum” freezer meal.
Not only do the dishes on Once a Month Meals sound delicious, but there is a huge variety!! It lists 101 Summer Freezer Meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They even have recipes for snacks, sides, and desserts! Yessss! Dessert that I don’t have to slave over! The main reason why I really liked this post!! But also because of its ease in functionality. Meals are listed by category and marked for special information (if they are meant for the grill, the slow-cooker, or if they require minimal preparation). I just LOVE organization!
The Summer Freezer Meals guest post found on Thrifty Decorating, taken from A Turtle’s Life for Me, is also a great find. Similar to the first pin I mentioned, it explains step-by-step the best method to attack these meals. She also found some fantastic sales, which Pinspired me to do the same!! I always try to coupon, but it never works out as well as I hope. I did, though, go to Walmart and save $66 on my total transaction using coupons! I’ll share a post about it soon, I promise In the meantime, go check out this pin.
I found some other easy summer cooking recipes at Heart of a Farm Girl and Melissa- I Did It. I especially liked the Adobo Pork and Avocado Tacos from Sarcastic Cooking. They look scrum-didily-uptious, to say the least!
Summer cooking doesn’t always have to be a hassle. And freezer meals don’t always have to be casseroles. That’s so last season. Try these easy summer cooking recipes and enjoy the time you saved with your family… or a glass of wine. Both are fine choices.
Have more summer cooking ideas? Share the word! I’d love to get some more ideas!
And be sure to follow my Recipe Book board on Pinterest for more amazing recipes to try!
Summer is my favorite time of year. One of the reasons why is because I love going to see the fireworks with my family. We usually pack a picnic lunch and make a whole day out of it! So here’s my recipe for the dessert I am going to make for this year’s picnic, what I like to call Firecracker Cake! It’s really just red velvet cake, layered with vanilla pound cake, and cream cheese frosting! Oh, and some Americana sprinkles too! Enjoy!
To make this jar-full-o-yum, I used my signature recipes for red velvet cake and vanilla butter pound cake. Check out this post (and this one too) for the real baking instructions. But for this, I’ll just give you a general overview. For both recipes, I halved the original since I wouldn’t need as much.
To make the red velvet, I grabbed some ingredients, [flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, cocoa powder, vegetable oil, buttermilk, eggs, red food coloring, distilled white vinegar, and vanilla extract] mixed them together, and presto! You’ve got red velvet cake batter! Don’t you wish it was that easy
Bake this yummy goodness, after you’ve had a taste test of course, at 325º for 30-35 minutes. Once it’s done, allow it to cool and then cut it into pieces that’ll fit inside your dessert jars. I couldn’t find my circlular cookie cutter, so I just used my handy dandy pizza cutter! Whatever gets the job done!
Then, I did the same thing for the pound cake! My favorite of the two, but don’t tell anyone! Don’t forget to halve the recipe either!
After it cooled, I actually cut the pound cake in half and trimmed the edges. That way, it would show through the jar as a white cake instead of a brown crust.
Then, I made the frosting. Super easy! Just combine cream cheese, powdered sugar, a splash of milk, and some vanilla extract.
In your to-go dessert containers, layer red velvet cake, frosting, sprinkles, pound cake, and more frosting. Then do it all over again! Thanks to my friend Alysha for my super cute glass jars!
You’ll end up with the cutest, most delicious 4th of July dessert ever! Your family will be sure to love it! I know mine will!
I sure love me some pound cake. Any kind of pound cake will do, but a classic vanilla pound cake is always my go to. It can be a base recipe–add a glaze, swirl in some jam, or layer it with cream cheese! You can’t go wrong! Here’s my recipe for the most delicious, buttery, vanilla pound cake!
Step numero uno: gather butter, sugar, vanilla, eggs, milk, flour, baking powder, salt, and sour cream. You’ll want to grab them early in the day, so the cold ingredients can come to room temperature. Makes for a better cake
When I decided to make this cake, my butter wasn’t quite soft enough to bake with. I obviously didn’t follow my own advice… So while I waited, I decided to make some lunch! For me AND the girls I’ll post about this recipe soon!
So after lunch, and a couple diaper changes, I came back to finish up my pound cake. In a mixing bowl, I combined the dry ingredients and set that aside. This step wasn’t quite picture worthy, so no picture. Sorry! I then creamed together the butter and sugar. I’ve got a picture of that one!
Then I added the vanilla and eggs, one at a time. Then, some flour and some milk, alternating between the two until they were all mixed in. It’ll look like this when it’s done.
Now, remove the mixture from the mixer (tongue twister) and fold in the sour cream. Notice, I said fold. Don’t stir it in or else you’ll loose the air that was mixed into your batter, resulting in a dense cake. Not yummy! It’ll look like like this if done correctly… Light and air-y!
Then pour the mixture into your greased baking dishes (in this case I used 8″ cake pans), and bake at 300º for about 2 hours. It’ll look like this when it comes out of the oven.
Check out this post to learn the tricks I used to make sure this cake turned out perfect!
Allow the cake to cool on a cookie rack and there you have it! Top with fresh cream, berries, a glaze, whatever you want. You’re sure to enjoy this decadent treat!! Try this recipe at home and let me know what you think! And be sure to check out this picnic dessert that features this vanilla butter pound cake AND red velvet cake! What could be better?!