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Showing posts with label summer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label summer. Show all posts

Aug 27, 2017

COOLA Suncare: Our Summer Skincare Go-To

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Taking care of my skin hasn't always been a priority of mine. My kids on the other hand, I've always done everything I can to keep their baby soft skin from being damaged. Now that I'm in my 30s, I finally understand the importance of caring for my own skin too. A few years ago I had a "suspicious" spot on my skin, which luckily did not end up being skin cancer, but the anxiety I felt while awaiting those results was enough to make me realize just how important it was. When I come across brands of skincare and sun care products that I feel really great about, it makes me ridiculously happy.

Jul 31, 2017

Frozen Peanut Butter Pie {gluten free + vegan}

This is my second entry for #FrozenFridays Recipe Contest over at Go Dairy Free featuring So Delicious Dairy Free Frozen Desserts and I'm super excited to share it with you! While it's an incredibly easy dessert to prepare, it tastes like you spent hours pulling it all together.



Jul 28, 2017

Lemon Meringue Pie Ice Cream {dairy + gluten free}

We are loving these fun summer days and hot summer nights. We've spent so much time swimming, playing outside until the sun sets, and just enjoying our time together. The midwestern heat is beginning to get the best of us though, and we've needed some new frozen treats to cool off with!

Aug 10, 2016

Peaches + Cream Protein Ice Cream {gluten free + vegan}

I remember August always being the hottest month of the summer throughout my childhood. While our August started off hot, hot, HOT, the evenings have felt almost unseasonably cool. It is definitely getting me in the mood for fall, and we only have one week left before the kiddos go back to school! I know I say it every year, but I cannot believe how quickly time is flying by.



Aug 3, 2016

Grilled Chicken Fajita Kabobs {dairy + gluten free}

I really find that when we're in the throes of summer and heading toward the start of the new school year, I start to slack off a little on meal planning. We have gotten into a bad habit of going out to eat frequently which throws off our whole weeknight routine.  I have a list of typical meals that I can throw together the night before so we can have a quick dinner the next evening, but sometimes even those recipes get a little old. 

Combine that with my desire to stretch grilling season out as long as possible so as not to heat up my kitchen, and these quick, grilled, kabob meals are my new go-to. Just like our Hawaiian Pork Kabobs or our Shrimp Boil Kabobs, these have quickly become a new favorite around here!


Jul 23, 2016

Mocha Fudge Ice Cream Cake (vegan + gluten free)

We have finally reached the most relaxing part of our summer! We're done with sports for awhile, the Hubs and I both have a week off, and we're about to head out of town for a week long vacation with my whole family. While I'm not looking forward to the 4-5 hour long road trip, I'm absolutely giddy over having the time away together. Some quality time with my parents, siblings, and their families is definitely in order, and I have no doubts the boys are going to love the cousin time too!



Jul 11, 2016

S'mores Icebox Cake (vegan with a gluten-free option)

I love to bake and cook. But during the hot summer months, it can be nice to switch it up a bit with some no-bake recipes or grilling recipes so I can keep my kitchen (and the rest of the house) nice and cool while still enjoying some delicious food. 

S'mores are a quintessential summer treat. I love to incorporate the flavors of some classic favorites in fun new ways, and this S'mores Icebox Cake does that perfectly! By making it a day in advance and letting it set up in the refrigerator, the cookie/graham cracker layers get nice and soft to create a cake-like texture. 

Jul 1, 2016

Grilled Shrimp Boil Kabobs (dairy + gluten free)

Our summer meals primarily consist of either tossing something on the grill, or throwing something together quickly before heading off to games, practices, the pool, etc. When we can find a few free evenings to enjoy a slower paced meal, I try to mix it up a bit and try new things, but still try to do our cooking outdoors as much as possible. I can't stand heating up the house by using the oven or stove when it's already a scorcher!

One of our family favorites is a good, old fashioned seafood boil. We've gone all out with crab legs before, which can get a little pricey, especially if you're trying to feed a crowd. Every now and then though, we like to enjoy the food without all the fuss. I've done shrimp boil packets many times as well, but this kabob version is super simple and easy to prep ahead. While a full blown seafood boil is great, this shrimp only version cuts the cost a bit and there's no need to stand over a huge pot of boiling water to enjoy the same flavors. 


Jun 25, 2016

Pineapple Coconut Dessert Cups (gluten free + vegan)

We've had 100 degree temps around here lately (as I'm sure is the case about everywhere) and everything on our menu is getting lightened up a bit. While we love our desserts, this heat calls for light and refreshing choices.

This dessert is so simple, doesn't require any cooking, and is made with a few easy ingredients. Perfect for satisfying a summertime sweet tooth without an overload of sugar or calories!




Jun 24, 2016

Summer BBQ Dinner Party

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One of our favorite things to do when the weather warms up is having our friends and family over, grilling out, and enjoying good food and each other’s company. It has been a usual occurrence since my husband and I began dating, with me making a last minute plan to have everyone over and him putting up with agreeing with me. I always seem to have a theme in mind also. We've done many a seafood boil and we host a pumpkin carving party every fall.

No matter the theme or my vision, we're usually firing up the grill for some delicious dishes. One bonus about grilling out is not heating up the entire house with a hot and overworked oven! One of our recent favorites is ribs. It all started last Labor Day weekend when my husband wanted to try and cook some ribs the day before our little man was due to arrive. Not only were the ribs delicious, but little baby Dawson must've thought so too because I went into labor just a few hours later! :)

Since then, my husband purchased a smoker and we have enjoyed delicious ribs and other meats many times since then. One perk of living as near as we do to Kansas City is all of the delicious food options nearby. Kansas City is famous for its BBQ and we sure do love it! Even so, it is nice to be able to easily recreate that delicious BBQ in the comfort of our backyard at times.


Jun 23, 2014

Summer Days ~ Fishing!

I love the stage we are in with our boys right now. Although we do have some difficult days when it comes to listening, following directions, getting along, etc. But both of the boys are really into fishing, which lends to some pretty fun evenings and weekends as a family. When we haven't been busy with camps, practices and the like, we've spent many evenings fishing at a local lake near our house.

#camping #fishing #sunset #kansas #kids

Jun 22, 2014

Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes {dairy + gluten free}

It's been quite some time since I've posted a new recipe here. My apologies for not being on the ball this spring. We've been swamped lately and it seems as though I'm constantly throwing meals together as quickly as possible in an effort to get out the door almost an instant after we've just gotten home. 

#glutenfree #dairyfree #strawberry #lemonade #cupcakes
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