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Summer Meals to Beat the Heat!

Here on the west coast, we are in the middle of a heat wave. Triple Digit temperatures are keeping us all inside enjoying our AC, and dreading the moment we have to heat the house by cooking a hot meal.

I scoured my meal ideas for something simple that wouldn’t require me to turn the oven on or brave the triple-digit heat outside to BBQ. I finally found this fun recipe from Lemon Tree Dwelling. BLT Chicken Salad Sandwiches to the rescue! Summer meals

We almost always have leftover Bacon on hand since my husband loves to have it for breakfast on the weekend. So in order to prepare this meal, I made sure I had already cooked bacon, and a rotisserie chicken on hand so that I didn’t have to heat the oven. You can get rotisserie chicken at your local grocery store, and they are usually inexpensive. I love that they sometimes have deals to buy two for one, or buy one get one half off. Then I stock up and use them for multiple summer meals.

Lemon Tree Dwelling has the full recipe available now. Just head on over, be sure to check out the other awesome summer meals recipes available. I found several to help keep me from turning on my oven for the rest of the week!

Fun Spring Inspired Snacks

We love spring. We finally have the chance to play outside again, and we stay there as long as we can. With longer days, and shorter nights we spend so much time in the bright sunshine that we may as well take up residency in the backyard. I have a hard time getting the kids to come inside for snacks when they are enjoying the great outdoors so much. One way I can get them to come in is if I offer them something fun and exciting for snack. Since I do not like to offer treats on a regular basis I choose to spice up and impress with my healthy snacks.

I recently found this fun caterpillar snack that will impress almost any kid. It features some of my kids favorite fruits, and it comes in a fun little caterpillar inspired image. All you need are some grapes, oranges, carrots, cheese, and spinach. We use cheese to make the legs, eyes, and antennae. But you could use whatever item will cut well for those pieces. Simply place the pieces of food and create your own little masterpiece.

Sprint inspired snacks

I have found that by creating these fun food art pieces I can entice my little outdoor lovers back in the house long enough to eat, rest from the sun and heat, and then I can send them back out to play refreshed and ready to burn more energy. If you have any other fun food art ideas we would love to see them!

Frozen Hot Chocolate

I have always wanted to try this recipe. I see it online every year, but somehow I never seem to get my rear in gear and make it. But this year I am. Frozen hot chocolate. I remember seeing it in movies that take place in New York. The original recipe premiered at a restaurant called Serendipity.

This recipe is from A Spicy Perspective. It is simple to follow, and it tastes delicious. My kids were absolutely in love with it. We did have to change the recipe for us, we are allergic to dairy in our household (hence why I was always so slow in trying to recreate it.) But we discovered it could be easily replaced by cashew milk. We chose cashew milk because unlike almond milk and coconut milk it doesn’t have a heavy taste, and it is very thick and creamy more like traditional dairy milk.

Frozen Hot Chocolate

We loved how fun it was to add this to our holiday movie night. It was a great addition to the popcorn. There is just something about the sweet and salty mix. This year’s holiday movie was Home Alone 2 Lost in New York. My oldest has fallen in love with this movie this year. She is finally old enough to get the slapstick comedy. My youngest just loves the big toy store scenes.

I definitely suggest this sweet treat. It made the night even more special.