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7 clever campfire recipes

August 19, 2014

As summer is winding down, one last adventure may be on your calendar…a camping trip. In addition to your campfire classics- make this year especially memorable by trying out a few new dishes on your menu.

campfire recipes

These tasty offerings may even have your pickiest diners coming back for seconds!

A burger for breakfast? Yes-according to Emily of the Jelly Toast Blog. Her Campfire Breakfast Burger is actually perfect any time of the day. These delicious sandwiches start with a black pepper cheddar biscuit and are loaded up with a sausage patty and an egg.

Looking for a really quick and easy option? This Camping Quesadilla from the Cupcake Diaries Blog is your answer. Alli says to make things even simpler, prepare the chicken at home ahead of time and then all you have to do at camp is load up your ingredients, cook over the fire, and dinner is served.

Hankering for a bite between meals? Then the Campfire Spinach Dip that we found on Twin Dragonfly Designs may be right up your alley. If for some strange reason you have any leftovers just keep the foil packet close to the fire where it will stay warm and melty until everyone is ready to dig in again.

Campfire Popcorn- 3 ways…whether you like yours fruity and nutty, hot and smoky, or sweet and sticky-The Juggling Act Mama has got a recipe that you need to check out. She shares her basic popcorn recipe then shows you how to create the perfect snack to enjoy on your next camping trip.

The recipe for these Campfire Orange Cinnamon Rolls is not only clever, but sooooo easy! All you need are store-bought cinnamon rolls and 8 oranges. Here’s the cool part: the oranges are hollowed out and used as a cooking vessel for the rolls and add an infusion of orange flavor into the rolls. Want to learn more? Head over to the Oleander and Palm Blog to find the directions for this delicious breakfast.

Sometimes a new spin on an old favorite is all it takes to get the kids to come running! Take your everyday hot dogs and turn them into Spider Hot Dogs (looks like they might even cook a little faster with this method).  Take a trip over to the Naptime Creations to check out Emily’s instructions along with other suggestions for campfire cooking.

End your day with a sweet treat by making these S’More Cheesecake Campfire Cones courtesy of the Making Memories With Your Kids Blog. You wrap up these goodies in foil and heat them up until creamy and velvety.

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corn-on-the-cob kicked up a notch

August 12, 2014

While I’ve never been a big fan of canned or frozen corn, corn-on-the-cob is a whole different story. There’s nothing quite like biting into a  fresh, sweet, buttery cob of corn in the summertime.

I recommend taking advantage of this delectable veggie while it is in season–who can resist? And here are a few new ways to make a good thing even better…


Just looking at this photo–you know that this side dish is bursting with flavor.  If you like a little heat, try out the Spicy Hoisin and Sesame Glazed Corn Recipe over on the BetsyLife Blog.

Talk about texture and flavor…your tastebuds won’t know what hit them once you take a taste of this Mexican Street Corn that we found on A House In The Hills.  These cobs are drizzled with a lime crema sauce and topped with cashews and cilantro.

You’ll probably want more than Just A Taste of this Cheesy Roasted Garlic Corn. In her recipe, Kelly slathers these ears with roasted garlic aioli, grated Parmesan, and a squeeze of fresh citrus.

Over on the Frugal Living Mom Blog, Jen is serving up her version of Curried Corn On The Cob. Adjusting the heat on this is easy–simply use a milder curry powder.

Have you ever even considered incorporating fresh corn into a pizza? Ashley was inspired to come up with her mouthwatering recipe for Bacon, Corn, and Caramelized Onion Pizza from her childhood when her mom used to treat her by ordering delivery pizza and renting movies on the weekends. Take a trip over to the Baker by Nature Blog, where she reminisces  about those fun times with her mother.

If you’re looking for the perfect side dish for your BBQ, your search has ended. Christine of First Home Love Life suggests  you let this Sweet and Spicy Corn Salsa sit in the fridge for a few hours ahead of time so that all of the unbelievable flavors can mix and mingle for a while–then serve it up with tortilla chips!

Silky, smooth, and creamy are the delicious details that Debi uses to describe her Fresh Summer Corn Soup. You can find the step-by-step recipe over on the her blog, Life Currents.

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7 satisfying pasta salad recipes

July 28, 2014

Sure–these amazing pasta salads can be served year-round, but they seem like the perfect side dish to enjoy with a main course from the grill (but some are even hearty enough to serve alone as your meal). They’re creamy, tasty, and if you manage to have any leftovers at all…they always taste better the next day!

pasta salad recipes

Try out a few of these scrumptious recipes from some fellow inventive bloggers…

When her dad requested Macaroni Salad for his retirement party, Emily of Is This Really My Life? made it her mission to find the perfect recipe. She adapted a classic from FamilyFavoriteRecipes and her research paid off~it was a huge hit!

Nicole from Prevention RD came up with the yummy nutrition-packed Pesto Tortellini Salad one night when she brainstormed. She used ingredients that she had on hand and whole wheat tortellini which added fiber to the recipe. The end result?–an amazingly delicious dinner!


If you want to try your hand at making Jessica’s recipe for her  delightful Roasted Vegetable Pasta Salad–make sure you pick up a bunch of asparagus on your next trip to the grocery store. For a full list of ingredients, head over to her blog…Sunny Side Up.

Looking for a new way to enjoy seafood? Try out a great recipe for Shrimp Pasta Salad on the Jennifer Cooks Blog. A combination of mayo and buttermilk make it the perfect choice for a light lunch.

“Summer in a bowl” is the phrase that Des uses to describe her recipe for Creamy Bacon Tomato and Avocado Pasta Salad. Her inspiration came from her all-time favorite sandwich~Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato and Avocado.  She shares the complete list of ingredients on her blog, Life’s Ambrosia.

Tonight, why not resist the urge to order pizza delivery and instead enjoy a big serving of some Pizza Pasta Salad?  We found this mouthwatering recipe on the Butter with a Side of Bread Blog. Click here to find out easy it is to prepare this savory meal in a bowl.

This is one of those that will make you say–”now why didn’t I think of that?”.  Cyndy from The Creative Exchange added pasta into the mix and came up with a unique version of Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad which is heartier than a traditional caesar, but still light enough to love after a long, hot summer day.

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7 sensational summer sips

July 7, 2014

Feeling a bit parched lately? Try quenching your thirst with one of these delicious drinks…they have summer written all over them!

summer sips

Icy, fruity, slushy, and sparkling are just a few of the fitting ways to describe these liquid refreshments. And, although not required–I would absolutely recommend plopping in a cute paper umbrella to top off your tasty beverage.

Check out the easy recipe for the Instant Vacation Cocktail/Mocktail on the Kitchen Prep Blog.  One sip and you’ll feel like you’ve been whisked away to the islands.

This Aloha Milkshake is a coconut lovers dream come true.  Get all the details on the creamy,tropical cooler over on This Silly Girl’s Life.

Got a taste for tea? Now’s the perfect time to jazz up an old standard with some fresh flavors of the season. The Kitchen Treaty serves up a fantastic fusion of tea and fruit–Iced Raspberry Green Tea Limeade.

A Key Lime Pie Milkshake sounds like the perfect treat to enjoy on any hot summer afternoon. Becca from Crumbs and Chaos came up with this winning recipe and enjoyed every minute of her trials and taste testing (it’s a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it!).

You only need three ingredients to make Peach Simple Syrup, and once you’re finished–this delightful concoction can be used to sweeten up any beverage of your choice.  Nicole from The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie suggests a tall, glass of  Peach Iced Tea (sweeten to taste by the glass or pitcher).

“Make mine a margarita”, if you crave the tangy taste of this summer staple–make sure you try out the Watermelon Margarita that we found on Cook Like A Champion. Courtney came up with her recipe after enjoying some delicious fresh watermelon sprinkled with salt.

Simply follow the directions on Rebecca’s Living Better Together Blog and she will show you how easy it is turn a carton of store-bought lemonade into delicious Sparkling Mango Lemonade. It’s fruity,refreshing and fizzy!

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perfectly portable food for a summer picnic

July 1, 2014

Remember last winter? For some of us, it’s kind of hard to forget…subzero temps and lots of snow. But now, the great outdoors is calling my name and I’m making it a point to soak up every last drop of this beautiful summer. Of course, a picnic is on the agenda–and for a great picnic you need the right food. Things that are easy to whip up and travel well.

picnic foods

Here are a few choice recipes that you might want to include in your picnic basket, and don’t forget the sunscreen!

This Honey Chipotle Barbecue Chicken Salad Sandwich is super easy to put together (you use store bought roasted chicken!). Head over to Mommyhood’s Diary to find the full list of ingredients.

crunchy asian slaw from how i pinch a penny-1

Once you prepare this delicious Crunchy Asian Slaw recipe that we found on How I Pinch A Penny–just pack it up in a jar and you’re good to go! Chopsticks are optional :)

Prefer pasta as your side dish? Then by all means, try out the Creamy Italian Herb Pasta Salad from the Sweet Phi Blog. You can even make a more nutritious version of this by substituting in veggie or whole wheat pasta.

Here’s a classic lunch standby transformed into the perfect picnic item~Mini BLT Sliders. Becky from The Cookie Rookie says these really hit the spot!

Feeding a few people at your picnic? You’ll definitely want to have a look at the Brick Compressed Sandwich over on Simply So Good. It’s one big sandwich layered with deliciousness and compressed with bricks on top so that all the yummy flavors blend (for a few hours or overnight). Then all you have to do is slice it up and wrap individually.

Try this new twist on the traditional turkey sandwich…Turkey Club Tortilla Pinwheels. Just looking at the recipe on Baking With Blondie you can see that they are bursting with flavor…turkey, bacon,cheese and a secret spicy mayo.

I believe that lemon is one of the official flavors of summertime, so it only seems right to include a sweet finish to a picnic with these Lemon Chewies. You can find out how to make this vegan cookie recipe over on Endlessly Inspired.

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7 sweet strawberry recipes to tempt your tastebuds

June 24, 2014

It’s time to take advantage of one of the great gifts of the season, strawberries! Since I was a kid, these juicy berries have always been my favorite fruit–so I am always on the lookout for a new way to enjoy them. strawberry recipes

Here’s a sampling of some of the delicious fare I came across in my search…

This Baby Kale and Strawberry Salad is just right for a light lunch or dinner.  You’ll find the complete list of ingredients for this easy-to-make salad over on the Eating Bird Food Blog.


While I’ve never attempted in the past to make any type of homemade jam, Heather from French Press may have sold me on the idea with her recipe for 10 Minute Strawberry Jam.  According to her it’s kid approved and the best part yet, it’s made in the microwave!

Now you know, we can’t have a strawberry recipe post without some kind of pie…this Strawberries and Cream Pie is a delicious alternative to the traditional. If you love chocolate-covered strawberries, this one is for you (there’s an Oreo cookie crust and chocolate drizzled on top). Head to the Butter With A Side Of Bread to get the full recipe.

Did someone say Cannoli Strawberries?  Yes, and I’ve died and gone to heaven! Lori  reveals her recipe for these scrumptious treats over on the blog, Foxes Love Lemons.

Looking for a new strawberry cake recipe? Erin baked this Strawberry Almond Skillet Cake for her wedding anniversary celebration (her original wedding cake was also strawberry).  She recommends enjoying it with a cup of coffee or big scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Believe it or not, you can make this impressive Triple Berry Tart with Coconut Cream in 30 minutes. Heather from Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes explains how to prepare this dessert using store bought puff pastry–it’s a real life-saver and will save you lots of time and clean-up in the kitchen :)

Cool off on a summer night with the sweet taste of Strawberry Margarita Sorbet. This frozen dessert comes complete with a little kick of tequila and lime. Ready to break out the ice cream maker?  Click here to find the recipe on Erica’s Sweet Tooth Blog.

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5 flavorful dry rub recipes to spice up your summer grilling

June 4, 2014

Ready to try adding a little zing to your grilled meats? Marinades have always been in my rotation as a way of adding seasoning, but these dry rubs look like something that I need to try too!

dry rub recipes

The unique flavor combinations look so tasty…

Coffee Dry Rub for Pork? Yes–this one’s a real winner according to Lorraine on Cookin for the Seven Dwarfs. It adds a rich flavor to the meat and also smells delicious while cooking.

Really loving the name of this one, Soul Dust. We found this amazing spice blend on the Kayotic Kitchen Blog. It’s the perfect balance of salty and sweet!

Try Stone Gable’s Spicy Magic BBQ Rub the next time you decide to grill up a rack of ribs. Yvonne recommends you double or triple the recipe so you have plenty for the next time you cook out.

The Latin Spice Steak Rub recipe that we found on A Full Measure of Happiness has an ingredient that you may find unusual–cinnamon. I can’t wait to trying this unique flavor fusion the next time I grill steaks.

Head over to Wannabite and check out this mouthwatering Jamaican Jerk Rub Chicken Recipe.  This one is also recommended for shrimp or tilapia–it provides just the right lingering “tingle on the tongue”.

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craving quesadillas?

May 27, 2014

If you’re fan of this easy cheesy meal, you’ll love the rainbow of ways you can make delicious quesadillas your whole family will love in this great recipe book.

quesadilla recipes book After flipping through the many pages of yumminess, I selected two different recipes to try out.

asparagus quesadilla recipe

With asparagus season in full force, the Spring Fling caught my eye.  I ended up making it more a wrap for presentation sake but it will taste delicious either way!

quesadilla recipe

I ended up cooking the entire quesadilla wrap using the broiler setting on my oven.  Just be careful though as it doesn’t take long at all!

quesadilla recipe

In a matter of minutes, you’ll have a tasty vegetarian dinner!

chicken Caesar quesadilla

Chicken Caesar is always a popular choice for most folks so why not turn it into a quesadilla?

chicken Caesar quesadillas

I really enjoyed the crunch the celery added to this classic combo.

chicken caesar quesadilla

I could have easily made a dozen more recipes with lots of international inspired options, desserts and some great sauce recipes to serve with them too.  All quick and easy to whip together for  a quick light meal.

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7 sensational burger sauces to kick off grilling season

May 21, 2014

The unofficial start of summer is this weekend, so what better time to roll out the grill and try a new topping on your burger?

burger sauce recipes

These tasty sauce recipes are guaranteed to send your tastebuds into overdrive…

The Avocado Lime Spread that we found on My Frugal Adventures is truly a multi-tasker. This mouth-watering spread can be enjoyed on burgers, tacos, or sandwiches!

This Roasted Red Pepper Aioli Sauce from The Kitchen McCabe would pair perfectly with either a black bean or ground beef burger–Kayley even explains how to roast your own peppers for the sauce.

Mini burgers on the menu? Try out the recipe for Grilled Cilantro Sliders with Teriyaki Sauce and Pineapple courtesy of Nancy from Coupon Clipping Cook.

Want in on a little secret? Head over to Little Miss Momma to get the scoop on how to make the best burger ever (along with instructions on how to whip up her secret sauce).

Some like it hot~if you are one of those “some”, then find out how to make a tasty Sriracha Sauce for your burger on the Fabtastic Eats Blog.


If you love the taste of onions and chives, you need to try out the French Onion Burgers with Onion Au Jus that we found on The Curvy Carrot. The Horseradish-Chive Burger Sauce adds just the right finishing touch to this delicious dish.

Comeback Sauce can only mean one thing…that you’ll be coming back for more. This amazing sauce recipe works great on burgers can be found on the Syrup & Biscuits Blog–Jackie says it’s good on everything except cheerios!

burger parties

Craving for more?  Take a stroll through this sensational recipe book that will make you salivate!

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8 extraordinary frostings to top your next cake

May 13, 2014

Do you love the smooth sweet taste of classic vanilla buttercream or are you ready to take the plunge and savor a new flavor?

frosting recipes

Take a look below for the best frosting recipes that we stumbled upon in our quest to find the most decadent way to finish off your homemade desserts…

Check out this delectable recipe for Vanilla Bean Buttercream Frosting that we found on the Dieter’s Downfall Blog. Karyn’s tagline for her blog is “yeah, i’d cheat on my diet for that”–and we agree!

Sweet and salty~it’s the best of both worlds! Christina from The Sweet Lavender Bake Shoppe shares her recipe for Salted Caramel Frosting on her blog here. She says it tastes great on chocolate or vanilla cupcakes…or right out of the spoon!

Tight on time and want to cut down on making a mess in the kitchen? Rose Bakes came up with a sneaky but clever way to turn her basic buttercream into sensational strawberry frosting. Click here to get all the details.

Head here to find the recipe for a Decadent Dark Chocolate Buttercream Frosting courtesy of Amy from She Wears Many Hats. She believes the darker the better and promises this will take your cake to the next level.

You can make this Espresso Frosting at home even if you don’t have an espresso maker (just pick a shot up from your local coffee house). Angela from the Spinach Tiger insists that the little extra effort will be worth the delicious end result.

Got some fresh blueberries hanging out in your kitchen? You only need 3 more ingredient to whip up the Blueberry Whipped Cream Frosting that pairs perfectly with lemon cupcakes.  We found this fruity favorite on the Edible Perspective Blog.

Take a good look at the picture above, that is what your beaters will look like once you’ve created the perfect Seafoam Frosting. This one is outstanding for creating perfect peaks and fancy swirls on your baked goods.  Erika from Life’s Too Short to Skip Desserts says it’s a great alternative if you prefer a less sugary buttercream.

Gina from Mom’s Lifeboat says you just can’t go wrong with her recipe for Peanut Butter Frosting. Anyone else imagining  the tasty possibility of using it on a jelly-filled cupcake?

frostings recipe book Still can’t get enough of these fluffy clouds of sweetness?  Take a gander at this beautiful recipe book.

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