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4th of July Recipes

There’s still time to make  that shopping list, run to the market and whip up something festive for the 4th! Looking for 4th of July recipes? Here are a few of my favorites this year that I spotted on Pinterest. Which will you make?

4th of July recipes

Blueberry, Strawberry & Jicama Salsa :: Fruit and Brownie Kebabs :: Red, White, and Blue Sangria

They all look impressive and delicious to me! Looking for more patriotic cocktails? Here are 5 tried and true red, white, and blue cocktails to try.

What are you making for the 4th?

 

 

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Cucumber Appetizer + The Chew serves up summer!

When I think of good food in the summer, I think about fresh and simple. Flavors that make you drool but minimal time in the kitchen. Are you with me? Who wants to be stuck indoors on a gorgeous summer day? Not this hostess.

One of my favorite new things to eat are cucumbers. I might be a little obsessed with them lately (I even made a cocktail highlighting them, recipe coming soon). If only they would produce in my garden (side note, anyone know a trick for growing good cucumbers?).

This appetizer/snack/lunch is one that I am eating almost everyday. The star? Cucumbers!

 

Cucumber Appetizer

To make:

Thinly slice a cucumber and arrange on a plate or platter. Drizzle with a juice of a lemon. Sprinkle with a seasoning like Salad Supreme (you can also trying garlic salt and sea salt)

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The next cucumber-recipe exploration is going to be this cucumber punch from Carla Hall. Carla is one of the super talented chefs rounding out the cast of ABC’s The Chew. Have you seen it? The Chew is your one-stop shop for everything food. Celebrating and exploring life through food, The Chew is an innovative daytime program co-hosted by a dynamic group of engaging, fun, relatable experts in food, lifestyle, and entertaining. Featuring celebrity chefs Mario Batali, Michael Symon, and Carla Hall, lifestyle expert Clinton Kelly and fresh face of healthy living Daphne Oz, The Chew is a leap forward into a delicious new kind of talk show. I’m digging it (and their yummy recipes).

I’ll be sharing some of my favorite recipes from The Chew over the next couple of weeks. The first couple that I’m dying to try are the cucumber punch and grilled cantaloupe. WHAT? I have no idea you could do that!

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All summer-long, ABC’s The Chew is your one-stop shop for everything food. From grilling and outdoor entertaining to road trips and picnics, The Chew is dishing out the most sizzling, mouth-watering meals to satisfy your summer cravings!

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Stay tuned for more of my favorite clips and recipes I’ll test along with them!

 

 

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Summertime Plans + Poolside Grilling

With my Summer Thyme beverage in hand, I’m daydreaming about all the upcoming summer fun there is to be had (you know, in between w-o-r-k that is). With our two girls almost out of school, a great Memorial weekend under our belt, and the sunny CA sunshine — we’re about ready to kick into that summertime gear!

First up on our agenda is a week long getaway to Palm Springs.

 Palm Springs getaway | Thoughtfully Simple

 Is it time to go yet?

Palm Springs getaway

We’ll also see plenty of lazy beach days. When we have no plans on the weekend it’s pretty common that we just call decide to head to the beach (why not right?). This summer the Mr. and I are in the market for new beach cruisers so we can all go for a long Sunday beach strolls at the beach. And summer wouldn’t be complete without many casual backyard gatherings with family and friends — and of course, keeping up with our garden.

Here’s a new recipe that I’ll be serving up while we’re relaxing poolside in Palm Springs. What I love about it is that it tastes fresh and flavorful but it’s super simple to make.

hot dog appetizers

Grilled Hot Dog Bites with fresh Jalapenos, Tomatoes & Avocado Dressing

Grill your Hebrew National Hot Dogs and lightly toast the buns.

Slice the hot dogs, buns, jalapenos and tomatoes. Assemble and hold in place with a toothpick.

Serve on a platter with a bowl of your favorite avocado dressing for dipping.

See? super simple!

What fun summer plans do you have? 


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(Single serve) summer salads

Single serve summer salads. Say that twice.

It’s barely spring but the warmer weather just makes me even more anxious for summer to arrive. One thing I love to do in the warmer months is to entertain outdoors (who’s with me?). One thing that is always tricky to dish out at a casual backyard gathering are salads. Rather than having guests pile up the leafy greens on their way through the potluck line, why not have individual serving sizes ready for them to grab and go?

I also really like this idea because it opens up to the possibility of serving salad as an appetizer! Small portions in a simple to grab and eat basket would make salad  a perfect appetizer at your next party.

Salads, the new party appetizer? Who’s with me?

Single Serve Salads | Thoughtfully Simple

What you’ll need:

Cardboard berry baskets (I got mine here).

Wooden forks

Parchment paper or other food-safe craft paper

Your favorite summer salad recipe (you could serve up a pasta salad this way as well)

What summer salad would you serve up? I’ve been pinning some favorites to try on my Pinterest board but would love to hear your favorite recipes! Tell me about it or leave a link below!

 

 

 

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Simple Easter Brunch

If your Easter morning is anything like ours, it’s full of giggles and kiddos running around collecting eggs in their Pajamas and slippers. Some years we have Grandma and Grandpa over in the morning and other years it’s just us. One constant is that we are busy — very early in the morning.

I wanted to share with you some simple ideas for your Easter breakfast or Easter brunch that won’t require you to be stuck in the kitchen (missing all the fun). My advice is to make it easy on yourself. You can create an impressive morning spread without all the hassle, check it out:

Easter Brunch

Gather  items you already have in your home to create a central display. Adding different elements and  displaying your breakfast items in a unique way will give your Easter brunch a more pulled together look. Here, I’ve simply moved this hutch out on our patio and set up all of our breakfast items on it. I grabbed an Easter bunny decoration and chalkboard from inside to give it a more “Easter themed” feel.

Easter Brunch Ideas

Nothing I am showing here is homemade — I’ve simply taken store bought treats and gave them a little makeover. Above we have mini cookies in a strawberry basket and donut holes on lollipop sticks!

Simple Easter Brunch

Above:

  • Champagne served with frozen blueberries
  • A cake stand displaying store bought donuts
  • More donut holes adorned with festive lollipop sticks
  • A store bought bundt cake on cake stand
  • A chalkboard welcoming hungry guests

Easter Brunch

There you have it, a simple Easter brunch display featuring all store-bought treats. Simple, right?

Be sure to also check out this Easter breakfast idea I shared (plus free printable!).

*Cute lollipop sticks from Sweet Shop LuLu

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Want more Easter and Passover ideas? Join me and a group of other fabulous party hostesses as we share ideas, recipes + more! Visit the links below AND follow us on Twitter using #HolidayHQ. We’ll be hosting a live chat this Wednesday, the 4th at 8pm EST -join in the fun!

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Valley & Co.   | Table Top Elements for Marvelous Easter Brunch
Housewife Bliss  |  Easter Brunch for Chocolate Lovers
Celebrations At Home | Spring Garden Tablescape
SkimbacoLifestyle.com |  European Easter Traditions Galore
The Partybluprints Blog   |  “Little Peeps” Easter Table Centerpiece
Second City Soiree   |  Cocktails that say Spring
PaperandPigtails.com   |  Polka Dots & Pastels – Free Printables 
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Cute Easter Breakfast Idea

Today I’m sharing the perfect easy + cute Easter breakfast idea with you.

Easter breakfast

My girls will LOVE coming downstairs to this on Easter weekend. I think I’ll surprise them on Saturday because I can’t stand waiting until Sunday to dish this up for breakfast!

Easter Breakfast for kids

This really couldn’t be more simple. Orange Juice, a donut hole (plus a cute patterned lollipop stick of course) and a bowl of yogurt topped with fun sprinkles. Plus, check out the darling wooden spoon – so cute!

Easter printable

 

Don’t forget the cute Easter printable to tie it all together: “Some Bunny loves you!”

Feel free to print out a copy for your little ones! You can download it for free here.

Who would you make this simple Easter breakfast for?

Patterned straw, spoon and lollipop stick from Sweet Shop Lulu.

 

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