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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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All opinions are mine alone. #CampbellsShortcutMeals #CollectiveBias

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

I was compensated by Nielsen-Massey Vanillas for my time in developing this recipe and post. 
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.

Blackberry Mojitos #SundaySupper

These super fresh and delicious Blackberry Mojitos are the perfect simple mixed drink for the summer! 
These super fresh and delicious Blackberry Mojitos are the perfect simple mixed drink for the summer!
The weather has been just perfect here lately and I've been soaking up as much sun and warmth as I can. Knowing that summer doesn't last forever in Michigan, you definitely don't want to waste one single day! I've been spending a lot of time in my backyard and on my deck, and I've been grilling as much as possible. And of course while I'm lounging on the deck I've got a drink in my hand, and these Blackberry Mojitos are my new favorite!

Dinner Divas Weekly Menu Plan - Week 12

Happy Friyay! Wow, it has been a week! Work was crazy busy and I only had the 4 off so I am very excited that the weekend is here. Tomorrow I'm visiting a creamery and ice cream shop and I can't wait to share my experience with you all. The rest of the weekend will be spent with family and hopefully relaxing. Do you have anything exciting on your agenda for the next few days?

This weeks' summer menu plan theme is Salads! Summer is the perfect time to enjoy main dish salads for dinner and with choices like Thai Chicken Salad, Spicy Chicken Avocado Salad, and Grilled Pork and Pineapple Salad, there's something for everyone to love!