Summer

12 Seriously Delicious Camping Recipes

12 Seriously Delicious Camping Recipes

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We head out tomorrow on our big annual camping trip and I could not be more excited. We are in serious need of a little getaway! If you’ve been reading along for any length of time, you’ll know that a huge group of extended family and loads of friends take up residence on an island for three days each year in late August. It’s accessible only by boat so once we’re there, we’re there. It’s like summer camp for grown …

How to Make Fresh Summer Smoothie Bowls

How to Make Fresh Summer Smoothie Bowls

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Last summer I was pregnant and could not get enough of everything frozen and fruity. This summer it is insanely hot on the east coast and I have had precisely zero interest in turning on my stove for weeks, effectively leading me to go back to craving all things frozen at every meal. Enter these fruity summer smoothie bowls! They’re my …

Sparkling Margaritas + My Summer Entertaining Essentials

Sparkling Margaritas + My Summer Entertaining Essentials

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Since closing on our house a few months ago, we’ve been doing quite a bit of entertaining even by our standards. Of course we love to entertain as it is, but over the last several weeks we’ve had friends in and out to check out the house, hosted several impromptu barbecues, and this week we have house …

15 of Summer’s Best Homemade Ice Cream Recipes

15 of Summer’s Best Homemade Ice Cream Recipes

I make no secret of the fact that ice cream is legitimately my favorite food. Ever. Of all time. No contest. I’m smart and I don’t let myself eat it every day for every meal the way I would love to, but I do love me a good ice cream cone in the summer. Playing around with more homemade ice cream recipes before summer’s end is high on my priority list, so I’ve rounded up a huge handful of delicious …

12 Perfect Summer Peach Recipes

12 Perfect Summer Peach Recipes

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Few summer treasures make me quite as happy as fresh summer peaches. I usually just snack on them as is, but I also love them in cocktails and even pancakes! With the height of summer gardening season about to reach its peak here in our area, an ode to the peach seemed appropriate. Today I’ve rounded up all the peach recipes you can handle from ice cream to cocktails to pie and pizzas! Pin away, friends. You’re going to want …

Summer Picnic Essentials

Summer Picnic Essentials

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It’s no big secret that I am a big fan of a summer picnic. I’ve made that pretty clear over the years. Sometimes though, picnics can feel like a lot of work! Preparing food, packing everything up, lugging it to the park or the beach. There are definitely times when they almost feel like more effort than it’s worth. (The operative word …

Last Minute Labor Day Ideas

Last Minute Labor Day Ideas

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Turns out, today marks the start of the last unofficial weekend of summer. Does anyone have any idea how that happened? Labor Day here in the States makes for an awesome long holiday weekend, one that feels bittersweet at the end of summer without all of the craziness of, say, July 4th weekend. We’re planning on a relaxed and slow this weekend and try to enjoy every last moment of it that we can. There are no elaborate plans, but …

Campfire Mountain Pies

Campfire Mountain Pies

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Can we talk about the world’s yummiest campground food this morning? Because I’m telling you, this is where it’s at. We’re talking campfire mountain pies! Have you ever had them? I’m finding that far too few people seem to know about these delicious little creations, but today I’m setting out to change all that. They’re crazy easy to make, you can change up the ingredients however you want and they’re perfect for whipping up something amazingly tasty, whether it be …

My Must-Have Camping Supplies + Packing Tips

My Must-Have Camping Supplies + Packing Tips

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We’re two days out from our camping trip and today we’re putting all the finishing touches on packing. Thursday morning we’ll be filling up our coffee mugs, loading up and heading out. This big annual trip actually takes place on an island (in the Thousand Islands along the St. Lawrence River) so while we have the ability to get to and from the mainland by boat, we try to make sure we don’t forget any of our essentials because running …

Loving an Ice Cream Party

Loving an Ice Cream Party

Ice cream. And lobster. Absolutely my two favorite foods in the whole wide universe. Followed very closely by cheese. But I digress. Turns out, I love an ice cream party like you wouldn’t believe. Load up on your favorite flavors and the cutest ice cream cone wrappers, cups, spoons and sprinkles you can find and you’re well on your way! Of course, while we all know that kids love a good ice cream party, don’t discount an ice cream party …

Summer Lemonade Stand Printables

Summer Lemonade Stand Printables

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If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times. There’s little I love more than a summer lemonade stand! I grew up on the old family farm, outside of town, surrounded by hundreds of acres of fields and woods. It was awesome, but it pretty much meant that having a lemonade stand was completely futile lest I could beg one of my cousins, aunts or uncles to buy a cup. For that reason I find lemonade stands to …

10 Best Summery Strawberry Cocktails

10 Best Summery Strawberry Cocktails

I make no secret of the fact that I’m pretty much obsessed with all things strawberry. Jam, ice cream, shortcake, scones, cake. And cocktails! Absolutely, definitely strawberry cocktails. Is there anything quite as perfect for summer as cocktails muddled with fresh strawberries or swirled with homemade strawberry syrup? I’m pretty sure that answer is an unequivocal “no.” With strawberry season still producing some of the yummiest berries I’ve seen in a long time, today we’re paying homage to the strawberry …