The Chef Next Door

Sea Salt Caramel Ice Cream

This rich and decadent Sea Salt Caramel Ice Cream is the perfect balance of salty and sweet and is so easy to make!
This rich and decadent Sea Salt Caramel Ice Cream is the perfect balance of salty and sweet and is so easy to make!
There are so many things to do during the summer in Michigan. Not only do we have the Great lakes, inland lakes, beaches and sand dunes, but we have a ton of other outdoor activities to enjoy. From concerts in the park to amazing zoos to baseball games, there is plenty to do to keep your family busy. There are also some hidden gems, like MOO-ville Creamery and farm. Not only can you stop into the store for scoops of your favorite creamy ice cream, but there's a petting zoo, large children's playground, and tours of the farm. You can choose a self-guided tours as well as public tours, which is much more in depth, which is what my mom and I did a few weeks ago. I just couldn't wait to check the farm out for myself!

Dinner Divas Weekly Menu Plan - Week 14

Happy Friday, friends! I hope you all had a great week. It's been pretty busy around here and I'm really looking forward to a little downtime this weekend. Do you have any plans? I'm hitting up our local farmer's market tomorrow morning and then prop shopping for the blog...two of my favorite things!  

I hope you stopped by hungry because this weeks' summer menu plan theme is Breakfast for Dinner, and who doesn't love that? Every couple of weeks I do this and we have homemade waffles or pancakes, sometimes French toast. My family loves it and it's so easy to make! This week you'll find recipes for delicious omelettes, cinnamon rolls, a casserole, and even homemade English muffins. Let's dig in! 

Lemonade with Frozen Watermelon Cubes

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All opinions are mine alone. #SummerRefreshment #CollectiveBias

This Lemonade with Frozen Watermelon Cubes is a deliciously refreshing drink 
that is perfect to cool off with on a hot summer day!
This Lemonade with Frozen Watermelon Cubes is a deliciously refreshing drink that is perfect to cool off with on a hot summer day!
Summer, summer, summertime | Time to sit back and unwind....name that tune and who sings it! Sorry, I got a little carried away with my summer tunes. 😂 We're about halfway through summer and it is HOT! It's been in the upper 80's here but with the humidity it's felt like 95. I can deal with the heat to an extent, but the humidity is a killer! Regardless, I've been trying to soak up the sun and enjoy the summer as much as I can. 

Mexican Chicken Tortilla Casserole

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This scrumptious Mexican Chicken Tortilla Casserole is perfect for busy weeknights 
because it's simple and easy to prepare. Plus it's pure comfort food! 
This scrumptious Mexican Chicken Tortilla Casserole is perfect for busy weeknights because it's simple and easy to prepare. Plus it's pure comfort food!
I know it's only July and we are still in the thick of summer, but it's time to start thinking about the kids going back to school. I know, I know, it's early, but it will be here before we know it! Once that first day of school rolls around our lives seem to get turned upside down and the craziness ensues. I love shopping at Walmart because they have great deals on everything I need to prepare simple, quick, and delicious meals at home, especially Campbell Soup Company products. Take this Mexican Chicken Tortilla Casserole for example. You may think this looks time consuming to make, but it's not! It can also be made ahead of time which is a huge time saver. 

Dinner Divas Weekly Menu Plan - Week 13

TGIF! You have no idea how happy I am that it's Friday...what a week it's been! Work was really busy, it's been super hot and humid, plus it rained a couple of days. All of that equals up to one tired mama haha. Other than hitting up the local farmers market for some fresh produce, I plan to chill at home with my boys and cook up some delicious food. 

Speaking of food, this weeks' summer menu plan theme is Sandwiches and Picnics! We've included some fabulous recipes that are easy to cook, quick, and don't heat up your kitchen. Those are definitley my kind of recipes! 


Mocha Cappuccino Pops

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All opinions are my own.

Cool off from the heat and get a midday pick-me-up with these Mocha Cappuccino Pops
Creamy and delicious, they are the perfect summer treat!
Cool off from the heat and get a midday pick-me-up with these Mocha Cappuccino Pops! Creamy and delicious, they are the perfect summer treat!
It has been ridiculously hot here lately. Like, so hot for Michigan at the beginning of July. And not just hot but humid too. You could cut the air with a knife it's been so thick. It's gross! I find myself almost biting my tongue when I complain because I couldn't wait for summer to get here. I was whining about the cold during winter, now I'm whining that I'm too hot. Something is wrong with me! 😂 Trust me when I say that the first time it snows I'll be wishing for this hot weather again.

Mint Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream Sandwiches

There's not much better on a hot summer day than a scoop of homemade mint chocolate chunk 
ice cream sandwiched between two freshly baked chocolate wafer cookies! 
There's not much better on a hot summer day than a scoop of homemade mint chocolate chunk ice cream sandwiched between two freshly baked chocolate wafer cookies!
Homemade ice cream is my jam. Ever since my boys gifted me with an ice cream maker for Mother's Day several years ago, I've been spending my summers whipping up all sorts of delicious frozen treats. From ice cream to frozen yogurt and even sorbet, the possibilities are endless with this machine. Since July is National Ice Cream Month, I couldn't let it pass by without sharing a few of my favorite recipes! This Mint Chocolate Chunk ice cream is a family favorite in my house, and baking up a batch of fresh chocolate wafer cookies and turning them into ice cream sandwiches was the best idea I've had in a long time.