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The Best Ever Bacon, Egg and Cheese Burger #SundaySupper

This thick and juicy burger is loaded with bacon, a sunny-side up egg, and cheddar cheese. Topped with a little 
hot sauce, you'll enjoy this burger for breakfast, dinner, or anytime in between!
The Best Ever Bacon, Egg and Cheese Burger | The Chef Next Door #SundaySupper

You all know my love for grilling runs deep, so you can imagine my excitement when I learned that this weeks' #SundaySupper theme was all about Hamburgers and Hot Dogs. I know, neither of those things HAVE to be grilled, but that's my favorite way to eat them! There's just something about the smoky grilled taste of a big juicy burger. It's the best!

Now I've made a lot of delicious burgers in my life, some with different spins like an Italian burger and a Caribbean chicken burger, but my latest creation really takes the cake. This Bacon, Egg and Cheese Burger truly is the BEST. EVER. A big, beautiful hamburger topped with cheddar cheese, thick slices of bacon, and the most gorgeous, perfectly cooked egg. Add a few dashes of hot sauce to give it that extra zip, and you're ready to dig in. 

Simple Glazed Orange Bundt Cake

This Simple Glazed Orange Bundt Cake is full of delicious citrus flavor and is perfect for 
dessert, afternoon tea, and even breakfast!
Simple Glazed Orange Bundt Cake | The Chef Next Door

There's just something amazing about citrus flavors in the summer. As much as I love berries, I have an equal amount of love for citrus fruits. Oranges, lemons and limes make me think of sunshiny days and being outdoors. Taking a bite out of an orange or drinking a glass of freshly squeezed lemonade just makes me smile and my heart happy. Do you know what I mean?

One of my favorite ways to use citrus is in baked goods. There are so many things you can make and although I tend to see a lot of lemon desserts, orange desserts are just as delicious. Take this Simple Glazed Orange Bundt Cake for example. This cake gets its wonderful orange flavor from Indian River Select® Brand Orange Juice, fresh orange zest, and orange extract. Plus there's a simple orange glaze that's drizzled  over the cake after cooling. One bite of this cake and you'll be all smiles!

Red Currant Cream Scones

These sweet and tender Red Currant Cream Scones are perfect for breakfast or afternoon tea! 
Red Currant Cream Scones | The Chef Next Door

Although it's been ungodly hot here the last few weeks, this is my favorite time of the year to bake. Gorgeous fresh fruits are plentiful at farmers markets and stores, and I just simply can't get enough of them. Whether I'm eating a bowl of berries for breakfast, juicy watermelon as a snack, or baking my favorite dessert, fruits can be enjoyed in many different ways. 

One of my favorite things to bake are scones. You can enjoy them for breakfast, brunch, or even an as afternoon snack with a cup of tea or coffee. I love that you can do so much with scones - sweet and savory, filled with dried fruit or fresh fruit, simple or fancy. No matter how they're made, you better bet I will eat them!

Blueberry Peach Coffee Cake #SundaySupper

This tender coffee cake is filled with sweet juicy peaches and blueberries and has a crunchy streusel topping. Perfect for breakfast or brunch, it's light and easy to make and will quickly become a summer staple in your home.
Blueberry Peach Coffee Cake | The Chef Next Door #SundaySupper

There were the most beautiful peaches at the market recently. To me, there's nothing better than biting into a soft, fresh peach during the summertime. It's so tender, the juice practically runs down your arm. Peaches are definitely one of my favorite fruits, and one I can't seem to get enough of.

Salted Pistachio Ice Cream

Beat the heat this summer with this thick and creamy Salted Pistachio Ice Cream! Filled with pistachio 
pieces and rich in flavor, this will quickly become your new favorite ice cream!
Beat the heat this summer with this thick and creamy Salted Pistachio Ice Cream!
Several years ago my boys bought me an ice cream maker for Mother's Day and it remains one of my favorite gifts of all time. Since then I've used it every single summer to make us homemade ice cream, frozen yogurt, and even sorbet. From simple ice creams that contain just milk, cream and sugar, to other varieties that have a custard base, my trusty ice cream maker has never let me down.

Butterfinger Brownie Trifle

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This decadent and delicious chocolate trifle features layers of Butterfinger brownies, creamy 
chocolate pudding, and fluffy whipped topping. It's a chocolate lover's dream!

Butterfinger Brownie Trifle | The Chef Next Door

I don't know about you, but the summer feels like it's flying by! How is it already July?? It seems like the kids just got out of school. I'm trying to savor each day, each moment, because the new school year will be here before I know it. My youngest son will be a senior in high school, and my oldest a junior in college. I know, how can it be?! My oldest is starting at the University of Michigan and getting his first apartment and I just can't figure out how it's all happening. Seems like just yesterday he was going off to Kindergarten! Anyway, excuse my nostalgia today, I'm just having a moment.

Let's talk about chocolate, shall we? Because chocolate always makes everything better. Recently for a family gathering I made this amazing Butterfinger Brownie Trifle. It's layers of brownies, chocolate pudding and whipped cream, and it couldn't be easier to make. Everyone was in awe of how delicious it was, and I was really excited at how simple it was! They thought it took a long time to put together, and I just went with it. It was my little secret!

Classic Piña Colada #SundaySupper

Transport yourself to the Tropics with this classic Piña Colada! This sweet and tropical 
cocktail is the best way to celebrate all summer long!
Classic Piña Colada | The Chef Next Door #SundaySupper
Do you like Piña Coladas? And getting caught in the rain? Excuse my cheesiness, I just couldn't resist! This week my #SundaySupper friends and I are celebrating National Piña Colada day and all I've been thinking about is that song. Not only have I loved Piña Coladas for as long as I can remember, but I love anything that involves coconut and pineapple. Especially during the summer! Those flavors just remind me of being somewhere tropical, on a beach, sipping a fruity drink.

I'm one of those people that loves what I call "foo foo" drinks. The sweet and fruity ones! Piña Coladas, daiquiris, sangria, those are my kind of drinks. So when I learned about it being National Piña Colada Day, I just knew I had to share the classic drink with you.