Tuesday, May 3, 2011

10 Top Summer Recipes

This is a repost first published July 27, 2010.
#1. Green salads. Oh, how I love them! Our current favorites around here include spinach and some kind of fruit: like this one and this one.
#2. Any kind of salad. Add mayo, boiled eggs, and pickles to just about anything (i.e. ham, potatoes, crackers, tomatoes, pasta, tuna, chicken, etc.) and you get a yummy salad! Be sure to make it a few hours ahead of time so that it can chill (except for that cracker salad; it's best eaten right away.) I added sunflower seeds to last night's chicken salad, and it was very good.
#3. I can't wait to try this recipe for bagged ice cream. We have all the ingredients, I'm just waiting for the right afternoon to spring this surprise activity and snack on my kiddos.
#4. These smoothies and fruit popsicles are a huge favorite around our house. The last time I made the popsicles from leftover smoothy and I only made two. Huge mistake! We had major melt down when I told the three children they were going to have to share two popsicles! I ended up shaving off a third of each pop and putting it in a bowl for on of them to eat with a spoon.
#5. I love bread any time of year, but I especially love it with a yummy salad (see #s 1 and 2 above)! These rolls are my favorite to make. If I buy bread from the grocery, my favorite kind is a rich dark bread. The darker the better.
#6. FRUIT! Okay, this is not a recipe, but you can do all kinds of fun things with it. Most recently I served watermelon pieces cut with cookie cutters. The kids called them "watermelon cookies" and gobbled them up! Putting these shapes on popsicle sticks might also be fun!
#7. We love to eat sandwiches in the summer. The hubby says he can only eat so many of them, but I really think I would never tire of them; there are so many variations. My favorites have a lot of green on them: like a bunch of spinach and a pile of turkey with some honey mustard on whole wheat bread. Yum! But my kiddos are a little more conservative. They prefer either straight turkey and mayo or a good ol' peanut butter and honey.
#8. Pancakes are another food we eat all year long, but on Sunday we had these for lunch with blueberries! There are very few things that can beat a hearty pancake loaded with blueberries; okay, maybe a hearty pancake loaded with chocolate chips, but you know what I mean!
#9. Our family will eat almost anything with tortilla chips. We LOVE guacamole (mashed avocado mixed with salsa and a little lemon juice). We also love poor man's caviarcorn salsa, and for something unique and summery, try this cucumber salsa.
#10. These homemade kids' meals are a must for our summer travels. And actually, the kids love this kind of snacky lunch so much that we often have this at home too.
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  1. Your header picture is adorable!! Thanks so much for linking up to our Super Stalker Sunday! We hope to see you back this Sunday! I'm following you on GFC - if you have a Twitter or a FB for your blog please let me know and I'll follow you there too!

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  2. Loved these recipes...and ideas.

    Have a great day!

    Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

  3. I love good salads. Unfortunately, I don't make them as often as I should!!

    I'm stopping by from the Super Stalker Sunday Hop! Thanks for participating and I'm looking forward to "stalking" you!
    Mariah, FormulaMom

  4. Olivia, what a great list of summer recipes. I will tell you as a girl scout leader that i have made the bagged ice cream a number of times and it works much better than the coffee can version where you kick the can around! The kids will love to mush and squish the bags and make sure you keep them from opening them early or they get a milk shake instead of icecream! Thanks so much for sharing with us on the hearth and soul hop and I do hope you have a wonderful summer with your kids! Big hugs! Alex

  5. Great compilation!! Thanks for linking up to Foodie Friday. I hope to see you again next week!!

  6. Yum! Your suggestions have me longing for warm weather and fresh, local produce!

    Thanks for linking up with Super Stalker Sunday hop. There are so many wonderful blogs participating, I hope you've found a few that you enjoy. Be sure to join us again next week!

    Emily from Nap Time Is My Time