Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream

This is a super simple and delicious recipe that my 4 year old had fun making and eating. I used this recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie as inspiration. She shares ten ideas for fun add-ins to your “nice-cream” that I need to try. It’s best to cut up your ripe bananas before you freeze them so your blender won’t have to work as hard.  I … Continue reading Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream

Thirty Recipes for the Fourth of July!

Thank you for following along with my Thirty for the Fourth of July project! I’ve had fun experimenting with traditional cookout dishes and hope I’ve shared some recipes you want to make for your friends and family this Independence Day. My favorites from the last month are Baked Smores Bars, Spicy Baked Beans, Spicy Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos with Mango Guacamole, Spicy Buffalo Potato Salad and Buffalo Chicken Burgers. Here is the round-up, in … Continue reading Thirty Recipes for the Fourth of July!

Morello Cherry Pie

This recipe for a juicy, easy-to-throw-together cherry pie concludes my countdown of thirty recipes for July Fourth! I couldn’t resist the jar of dark Morello cherries at Trader Joe’s and they were delicious baked into a pie.  Add some vanilla ice-cream and some blueberries and you’ve got the perfect American, red, white and blue Fourth of July dessert.  I used pre-made pie crusts and cut the … Continue reading Morello Cherry Pie

Frozen Watermelon Raspberry Lemonade

Watermelon season is in full swing and I’m all about it (see yesterday’s recipe for a watermelon salad.) I’m also having a very sober summer as I’m almost eight months pregnant so I’ve been making a lot of mock-tails like this Frozen Watermelon Raspberry Lemonade.  It’s a delicious combination of sweet and tart, naturally sweetened and perfect for a hot July 4th day.  This recipe is … Continue reading Frozen Watermelon Raspberry Lemonade

Refreshing Lime and Mint Fruit Salad

Some friends invited us to a cookout yesterday which was the perfect opportunity to bring one of my favorite fruit salads, a bright combination of berries, watermelon, lime juice and fresh mint.  I like this one because it is pretty easy to put together, the only hands-on time required is to cut the strawberries and watermelonl.  The combination of mint and lime is so refreshing in the heat, … Continue reading Refreshing Lime and Mint Fruit Salad

Coconut Banana Milkshake

Happy Friday and I hope you’ve got some good weekend plans ahead!  I’ve got a simple recipe today that you’ll want to make again and again.  I made this Tuesday night when I was craving a milkshake but wanted something a touch healthier than the Oreo variety from Cookout  (which is dangerously less than a mile away from our house.) The combo of coconut milk, bananas and … Continue reading Coconut Banana Milkshake

Purple NC BBQ Style Coleslaw

When I went to the grocery to get my ingredients to make a BBQ slaw, they only had purple cabbages I decided to give it a try.  It was good but I think I’d recommend using 1/2 a head of green cabbage and 1/2 a head of purple if you can find it.  This recipe follows the traditional North Carolina coleslaw recipe that uses cider vinegar, and … Continue reading Purple NC BBQ Style Coleslaw

Super Easy Red, White and Blue Cookies

If you’re looking for a sugary, low-brow dessert that is slathered in frosting and appropriately the red, white and blue for this Fourth of July, I’ve got just the thing for you: Red, White and Blue White Chocolate Chip Cookies!  I made these the morning before a staff meeting at work and they took less than an hour from the mixing to the baking to the frosting.  These … Continue reading Super Easy Red, White and Blue Cookies

Smores Brownie Pie

Smores Brownie Pie, recipe number twenty-three in my countdown of thirty cookout recipes, screams summer and the Fourth of July.  It’s made up of a graham cracker crust, a brownie layer topped with Hershey’s chocolate bars and finally a marshmallow layer. What to buy: for the crust: 12 graham crackers or approximately 1 and 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 1/3 cup sugar … Continue reading Smores Brownie Pie

Pasta Salad with Peas and Broccoli Pesto

This pasta salad side dish with fresh herb pesto is a great alternative to a creamy pasta salad.  It is a lovely green color,  studded with green peas and nutritionally packs a bunch with a full head of broccoli.This recipe is number twenty-two in my countdown of thirty recipes perfect to make for your cookout this July 4th. You can find all of the previous recipes here. What to … Continue reading Pasta Salad with Peas and Broccoli Pesto