Pool Party Fish Cake Recipe (Great for Father’s Day too!)

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UPDATE: This would be such a fun Father’s Day cake as well, for the fishing dad!

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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Skillet S’Mores: The Perfect Summer Dessert

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If you’ve been on Facebook at all this week, then you’ve probably seen a picture or the video
of the amazing skillet s’mores. I showed it to my kids and they begged me to make it for them. Since I get one cheat day a week, I couldn’t wait to try this as well.

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It’s so easy, my kids could probably make it!

I sprayed a skillet with Pam, covered the bottom of the pan with chocolate chips (you can use semi sweet or milk chocolate) then added jumbo marshmallows. I baked it in a 450 degree oven for 8-10 min, then served with graham crackers. It is truly “smack yo mama” amazing!!

You can find the original recipe and step by step video here.

Copycat Cracker Barrel Grilled Chicken Tenders Recipe

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Grilled Chicken Tenderloins

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Cracker Barrel is one of this Southern Girls all time favorite restaurants. I have been looking for a good copycat Cracker Barrel grilled chicken tenders recipe. Whether served with veggies, on a sandwich or a big green salad the grilled chicken has a very distinct flavor. Since we changed our diet earlier this year (you can read about it here) I’ve been trying different recipes. Since I already knew how much my family loved Cracker Barrel’s grilled chicken, I was hoping that the copycat recipes I found online were going to be turn out much like the original. I changed up the recipe a little, most called for lime juice I substituted lemon and adjusted the amount of salad dressing and honey.  You can find various versions of this recipe online all over the web.  Some of my favorite versions can be found at mommyskitchen.net, food.comsouthernplate.com, ahensnest.com, and everydaysistersblog.com to name a few.

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Ingredients for Grilled Chicken Tenderloins

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Good Cook Measure From Above

 

My absolute favorite Good Cook product, the “Measure From Above” Liquid Measuring Cup.  This is genius I tell you, so much easier than having to look eye level at a measuring cup to determine the appropriate measurement.  Especially now that my daughter is getting older, she loves to be my little helper in the kitchen.  I can also slip in measurement lessons when we can both clearly see the measurements from above.

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marinate chicken

 

Here’s a tip for you if raw meat freaks you out like it does me.  I won’t touch it.  I go to great lengths during meal prep to only allow raw meat to touch surfaces that can be thrown away, like a zip lock bag.  I know you can marinate in a bowl, or tupperware dish but then I’ve got to make sure that I disinfect everything.  Since I am obviously a little  extremely OCD about germs from raw meat it just works out better if I use zip lock bags.  If you’ve ever tried to dump chicken and a marinade in a zip lock bag you know it can be a little challenging.  If I fold my zip lock bag over the rim of my 4 cup measuring cup like in the image above clean up is a breeze.  I don’t get any ooey goey chicken juice on the outside of the bag or my counter. Laugh if you want to, but I KNOW I can’t be the only one who is grossed out my raw meat.

My family LOVED this recipe.  They ate every single bite of chicken, and asked when I was going to make it again.  The clean up was minimal, I made with green beans and a fresh salad for a healthy low fat, low carb dinner.

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Copycat Cracker Barrel Grilled Chicken Tenderloins

Copycat Cracker Barrel Grilled Chicken Tenderloins

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken tenderloins
  • 1 cup low fat zesty Italian salad dressing
  • 1 tablespoon + an extra squirt of honey
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice(may substitute lime juice)

Instructions

  1. Combine Italian dressing, honey and lemon juice in a measuring cup. Whisk together until blended.
  2. Place chicken tenderloins in a gallon sized zip lock bag.
  3. Pour marinade over chicken, squeeze out excess air and seal.
  4. Turn bag over several times to make sure that the marinade covers chicken completely.
  5. Marinade at least an hour, or overnight in fridge.
  6. Pour all ingredients into a skillet (I used a cast iron skillet) and cook over medium heat.
  7. All of the extra liquid will evaporate, don't worry.
  8. Cook over medium heat for 40-45 minutes stirring every 10 minutes.
  9. I set my timer for 10 minute intervals so I wouldn't forget.
  10. Each time the timer goes off, stir then reset timer for another 10 minutes.
  11. After 40-45 minutes the liquid will have evaporated leaving a yummy browned caramelized coating on the chicken.
  12. Enjoy!
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Homemade Apple Chips

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Last week  my hubby and I ran into TJMaxx to look for some new pants. With his 42 lb weight loss, nothing fit. At the checkout line they had bags of yummy apple chips that looked delicious, until we saw the $8.99 price tag. Seriously $8.99 for a bag of apple chips? No way, not when I knew I could figure out how to make them for much cheaper. Here is an easy recipe for homemade apple chips. With just a few simple steps, you’ll have freshly baked apple chips and your kitchen will smell amazing!

This recipe is AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge friendly.

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CopyCat Chick Fil A Frosted Lemonade

 

My friend, Cortney, has been telling all about Chick-Fil-A’s new Frosted Lemonade. Although, I’m trying to stay away from sweets, I think this will be a fun summertime treat for my kiddos. You can buy pre-made lemonade at the grocery store, or opt for a lower sugar version with lemonade flavored Crystal Light. This recipe is so easy your kids may be able to jump right in and help. Perfect for a hot summer afternoon!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Lemonade (you could also use Lemonade Crystal Light for a lower sugar version)
  • 2 cups Vanilla Ice Cream (optional sugar free lemonade)
  • Lemons for garnish (Optional)

Directions:

  1. Blend lemonade and ice cream together.
  2. Serve in chilled glasses and garnish with lemon slices.

**Make sure to use a good quality Ice Cream otherwise it can get foamy when blended.

 

You might also want to try these other Summer Dessert Recipes!

4th of July Cake Ideas …. Firecracker Cookie Cake!

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4th of July cake ideas… Firecracker Cookie Cake

Nothing says 4th of July food quite like a cookout (although this crockpot barbecue chicken recipe is a pretty close second ;))  And while I like a good cheeseburger as much as the next guy, If I’m honest, I’m really just killing time until dessert.  If you’re looking for some new 4th of July cake ideas to bring out after the burgers and brats, I think you’ll love this one!

I made this Firecracker Cookie Cake last year for the kids because I was short on time and patience.  It was a big hit, so I’ll probably make it again this year.  I let the older boys create the fireworks display with sprinkles – so they could feel like they contributed to the party prep.

This 4th of July Cookie Cake was super easy to make.  Bake a package of refrigerated cookie dough into a 12″ pan to make a huge cookie.  That takes about 15 minutes and requires only 1 dirty dish – the cookie pan. (Praise Jesus!)

Next, spread frosting over the top of the cookie and using red, white and blue sprinkles, create a pattern of fireworks bursting.

For an evening spent outside in the heat, you can’t beat a cookie cake.  Your guests can grab a slice and plop down on a blanket to watch the real fireworks put on a show.  Easy to make, easy to eat, and virtually no mess.  That’s my kind of cake!

 

4th of July Cake Ideas …. Firecracker Cookie Cake!

Ingredients

  • Package of refrigerated cookie dough (around 16 oz)
  • Can of frosting
  • Red, White & Blue Candy Sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Spread cookie dough into a 12" round pan, like a pizza pan
  3. Press dough together and make sure it's spread evenly
  4. Bake 15 - 20 minutes, or until golden
  5. Cool completely and decorate
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A cookie cake would also make a great backdrop for a “fruity” fireworks display – I may try that this year!

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You might also want to checkout this Patriotic Punch Bowl Cake

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and this ultimate cookout side - Cheesy Grilled Potatoes in Foil Packets

 

Baked Cheese Sticks

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Cheese sticks are so yummy, but since they are deep fried we usually avoid them. This recipe for a healthier version of baked cheese sticks will even please the pickiest kids. With the yummy crunch on the outside and hot melted cheese on the inside it’s a perfect afternoon snack or appetizer. Plus, they are easy to make! Give it a try and see how much you’ll love them! For more healthy recipes click here.

 

Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 12 sticks of string cheese in your choice of cheese – I used mozzarella
  • 2 tbsp of flour
  • 5 tbsp of bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp of parmesan cheese
  • a tad of olive oil, or cooking spray

In Process 1

Cut the cheese sticks in half, making 24 slices, then freeze the slices in the freezer until completely frozen.

In Process 2
Beat the egg in a small bowl. Use a separate bowl to combine the bread crumbs and parmesan cheese.

To bread the cheese sticks: First dip the frozen cheese stick into the flour, then into the egg, then into the bread crumb mixture.

In Process 3
Once all of the cheese sticks are coated, place them on a baking sheet covered with aluminum foil coated with a few drops of olive oil or sprayed with cooking spray (this helps keep them from sticking).

Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for about 4 minutes, or until crisp. Watch them closely so they don’t melt completely! Serve with marinara sauce and enjoy!

Baked Cheese Sticks
 
Ingredients
  • 12 sticks of string cheese in your choice of cheese – I used mozzarella
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp of flour
  • 5 tbsp of bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp of parmesan cheese
  • a tad of olive oil, or cooking spray
Instructions
  1. Cut the cheese sticks in half, making 24 slices, then freeze the slices in the freezer until completely frozen.
  2. Beat the egg in a small bowl. Use a separate bowl to combine the bread crumbs and parmesan cheese.
  3. To bread the cheese sticks: First dip the frozen cheese stick into the flour, then into the egg, then into the bread crumb mixture.
  4. Once all of the cheese sticks are coated, place them on a baking sheet covered with aluminum foil coated with a few drops of olive oil or sprayed with cooking spray (this helps keep them from sticking).
  5. Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for about 4 minutes, or until crisp. Watch them closely so they don’t melt completely!
  6. Serve with marinara sauce and enjoy!

 
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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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