Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Walnuts


It's hot...AND humid out today! 

We are never very hungry when it's this warm, so I like to serve salads for dinner. This one is so fresh and tasty! You probably have the ingredients on hand already. Any type of greens or nuts taste great. The dressing is premade...just combine poppy seed dressing and raspberry vinaigrette for a fun twist!




Strawberry Spinach Salad with Walnuts

6 c. spinach
1/2 c. thinly sliced red onion
1/2 c. chopped walnuts
1 to 2 cups of sliced strawberries

Arrange on plate in order given.

Dressing:
1/2 c. raspberry vinaigrette
1/2 c. poppy seed salad dressing

Mix well and pour over salad.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Patriotic Popcorn


Here's another fun treat for the 4th of July weekend...Patriotic Popcorn. All it is some white chocolate melted and mixed with popcorn...and then add some festive red,white, and blue sprinkles and M &M's.


The first batch I tried the popcorn was too chewy..so I had to make some more. The brand of popcorn I used is a new one to me, and I have to say it just isn't as good. But you never know until you try!

I didn't measure...I just dumped some white chocolate Ghirardelli melts into a bowl and melted them in the microwave. I used 2 bags of microwave popcorn and mixed lightly until I liked the consistency, then I added sprinkles and M & M's. I spread it out on parchment paper until it set, and then bagged it up in some fun 4th clear plastic bags from the dollar store. Fun to make and eat!


Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Patriotic Cake Mix Bars




Happy 4th of July!

It's rainy, windy and cool here today. It's supposed to clear up in time for the fireworks tonight though. Which is always the highlight of the day! Tomorrow looks sunny and warm, a perfect day to be out on the lake.

I threw together some quick Cake Mix Patriotic Bars which will be great to have on the boat for a snack. This recipe is one I pinned years ago and never tried for one reason or another. There are many variations, but I went with VERY simple. I'm not sure it even took me 5 minutes to get these in the oven!

They were great...so soft and FULL of chocolate! I put mine in a 9"square pan instead of the 9 x 13, so they were a nice size bar. They are delicious warm from the oven, and perfect heated up in the microwave the next day too.

A fun treat for the 4th!




Patriotic Cake Mix Bars

1 yellow cake mix
2 eggs
1 stick butter, melted and cooled a bit
1 package chocolate chips
Patriotic M&M's

Mix the eggs and melted,cooled butter. Add cake mix and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips. Spread in a greased 9 x 13 pan. Place some red, white, and blue M&M's on top. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Patriotic Ice Cubes



I made some fun ice cubes to have on hand for next week over the 4th. It's going to be HOT and muggy, so I'm thinking we will be going through lots of cold drinks and water.


I just put some fruit in some ice cube trays and added water to some, and added 7up to others.


Very festive and lots of fun!!!





Patriotic Ice Cubes

raspberries
blueberries
water, sparkling water, or 7up

Drop berries into ice cube trays, fill with water and freeze. So festive and fun!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Patriotic Cinnamon Bears


These are SO addictive!



So cute!



You can't eat just one, not even just two..so make plenty for the holiday!




Patriotic Cinnamon Bears

cinnamon bears
white chocolate
sprinkles

Melt chocolate, dip bears and set on parchment paper. Sprinkle and let set.




Friday, June 22, 2018

BBQ Grilled Hot dogs



I was surfing the net and ended up at Plain Kitchen eyeing this hot dog recipe. I adapted it a bit, adding some brown sugar. 

They were really tasty!


 I need to try it again though, as I couldn't get the slits to look like hers did. They look picture perfect...you can check it out here.

I don't think Brent will mind me making these again though!


Grilled Hot dogs
( adapted from Plain Chicken)

8 hot dogs and buns
1/4 c. ketchup
2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. brown sugar
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp. olive oil

Mix altogether and pour into a Ziploc bag, add hot dogs and marinate 15 minutes. Grill and serve!

4th of July 'Smore Party


Another fun idea from Pinterest!

This is a great way to serve up 'smores for the 4th. Everything is in a cup just ready to grab and head to the fire. Looks so festive too!


4th of July 'Smore Party

Ice cream parfait glasses, or any cone shaped container
red white and blue napkins
graham crackers, cut in half
Hershey bars, cut in half
large marshmallows, 2 per container