Easy Summer Salsa Recipe (Great for Cookouts!)

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Easy Summer Salsa Recipe

Jamie here, my husband’s favorite words that come out of my mouth are probably “I think I’ll make Salsa today!”  His face lights up, as do the boys’, with unadulterated joy.  It’s an understatement to say that my whole family loves Mexican food – so when I make my salsa recipe, I usually do a triple batch.  That way I can use it over the next few days in any other Mexican recipes I wind up cooking.  Plus – it tastes even BETTER the second day…

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Patriotic Punch Bowl Cake: Memorial Dessert Recipe

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If you’ve been searching through Memorial Day dessert recipes, you may want to consider making this Patriotic Punch Bowl Cake.  It’s super easy to make and so yummy! You can use a store bought angel food cake, or make a cake yourself.  The great thing about punch bowl cakes, is that you can vary the ingredients and type of cake to suit your fancy.  Yellow cake, white cake, and pound cake are just a couple of varieties that could be substituted.  This Memorial Day recipe looks very patriotic with the red, white, and blue color combination from the strawberries, blueberries, and whipped topping.   [Read more...]

Easy Memorial Day Treats | Fruit-Kabob Flag and “Sparklers”!

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Looking for an Easy Memorial Day treat?  Don’t bother heating up the oven to bake something red-white-and-blue  instead  check out these ideas for Fruit Kabobs!  For instance, this cute and yummy flag made of Fruit-Kabobs is easy to put together and makes a nice presentation!

All you’ll need is some bananas, strawberries, blueberries and kabob sticks!  TIP: Aldi’s has their strawberries on sale for $.99 per carton this week where we live in Tennessee!

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Or ty these Red, White & Blue Fruit Kabobs or “Sparklers”!   This take on fruit-kabobs is extra fun for the little ones – just alternate blueberries, watermelon and mini-marshmallows on a skewer.  Stick them all into half of a cut watermelon for a cute skewer-holder!

*Actually, you wouldn’t really need to cut the watermelon – you could probably skewer through the rind easily enough :)

 

For more yummy patriotic treats – you may want to check out our roundup of 4th of July Desserts & Ideas!

Cornflake Ranch Chicken Tenders

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Cornflake Ranch Chicken Tenders Recipe

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If you’re looking for a healthier and delicious way to make tasty tenders – you’re going to LOVE this cornflake ranch chicken tenders recipe!
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First of all – these are baked, not fried.  (I know – they really LOOK fried!)   Secondly, they’re moist and flavorful and you don’t have to drag them through melted butter.  Yes I have done this – and yes, that was delicious too ;)
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All you need for this recipe is chicken breast, milk, ranch dressing, cornflakes, and whatever seasonings float your boat.  If you have that, you’re ready to roll!
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First, cut your chicken breasts into strips.  A nice sized breast should yield about 3 strips.  Set all of these aside and go ahead and preheat the oven to 425.
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Pour about a cup of cornflakes (Yes cornflakes – NOT corn chips!) into a Ziploc bag and have one of the munchkins roll a can of green beans back and forth on it until they’re crushed into tiny teeny pieces.  Meanwhile, you can get the ranch dip ready!
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Fill a cereal bowl about 1/3 of the way with milk and add three or four tablespoons worth of Ranch dressing.  The ratio is really an eyeball kind of thing – no need to be exact about it.  You just want to end up with ranchy milk.
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Dump the cornflake crumbs from the bag into a separate bowl and stir in the seasonings you like.  I added a little parmesan cheese, garlic powder, Save-a-Lot’s chicken seasoning, and some salt and pepper.  Italian seasoning,  would be great too.  Or maybe a Southwest tender.  It would be really hard to mess up the flavor of these, just go with your gut on this ;)
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Using a fork (or your fingers) dip each tender in the milk bath and then press it into the cornflake coating.  Make sure it’s covered well so the chicken won’t dry out in the oven.
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Place tenders on a cookie sheet that you’ve liberally sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.  Spray the tops of the tenders as well – to help the them get a nice golden color as they bake.
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*If you have a lot of chicken, say more than a couple breasts, you’ll probably need to refill your cornflake coating and ranch-milk about halfway through.  I like to do a TON of chicken at a time so we can use it for lunches during the week – so I refilled my bowls a few times.
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Baking time will depend on how big your tenders are, but mine always take about 20 minutes.  If you feel unsure, just cut into the thickest one to do a spot check.
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With my hubby trying to lower his cholesterol, and my kids wanting nothing but chicken nuggets and cheeseburgers – this was a yummy compromise that everyone in our house loved!  Let me know if you shake it up any – or go Southwest – I’ll have to try that version next!
Cornflake Ranch Chicken Tenders

Cornflake Ranch Chicken Tenders

Ingredients

  • Chicken Breast or Tenderloins (NOT frozen)
  • 1 Cup Cornflakes
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 4 Tbsp Ranch Dressing
  • Parmesan Cheese *optional
  • Chicken Seasoning *optional
  • Garlic Powder *optional
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Instructions

  1. First, cut your chicken breasts into strips. A nice sized breast should yield about 3 strips. Set all of these aside and go ahead and preheat the oven to 425.
  2. Pour 1 cup of cornflakes into a Ziploc bag and crush into fine crumbs
  3. Fill a cereal bowl about 1/2 of the way with milk and add dressing.
  4. Dump the cornflake crumbs from the bag into a separate bowl and stir in the seasonings you like.
  5. Using a fork (or your fingers) dip each tender in the milk bath and then press it into the cornflake coating. Make sure it's covered well so the chicken won't dry out in the oven.
  6. Place tenders on a cookie sheet that you've liberally sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Spray the tops of the tenders as well - to help the them get a nice golden color as they bake.
  7. Bake for about 20 minutes.
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Pool Party Fish Cake Recipe

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To celebrate summer break – the kids and I made this fun Pool Party Fish Cake and invited the neighborhood kids over for cake and water games!  Check out our post on 15 water games HERE!

It turned out super cute – and would be appropriate for any pool party, summertime soiree or even Father’s Day for the fishing dad.  Here’s how to make your own Pool Party Fish Cake.

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Freezer Lasagna Recipe

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Jamie here, If you’re looking for an easy make-ahead meal for busy nights, you absolutely can’t lose with this Freezer Lasagna Recipe!  I love recipes like this for days when we want to be lazy at the pool all afternoon and come home to a hearty meal :)

This is SO SO GOOD – it’s the ultimate thick, layered comfort lasagna.  If you like cheesy recipes, get ready!  This is chock full of cheese and meat and lovely starches – make this in advance and you’ll always be just an hour away from homemade lasagna heaven :)

The great thing about this this freezer lasagna version, os you can prep all the ingredients on a lazy Sunday afternoon and pull it out on a crazy Thursday to give yourself a break.

This is my basic recipe, but it’s extremely versatile in that you can add veggies, leave out the meat, and change it up all kinds of ways!

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