A healthy 4th of July snack (and other BBQ recipes)

4th of july recipes


My favorite kind of recipes are the ones that don’t involve any cooking. I really like to bake, but cooking is a whole different ballgame. So while I was debating whether or not I should actually try making something new for this post, I figured that I should be honest and give you some easier options that I could actually see myself bringing along to a holiday BBQ.


Healthy 4th of July Snacks

For starters, I’m all about a simple skewer. I went with a light strawberry and marshmallow dessert for myself, but you can go for afternoon finger foods just as easily. We’re a big fan of steak with grilled peppers and onions in our house, but how great are these hot dog ones?!


Summer shortcake


And since strawberries are currently on sale at my grocery store (2 for $5!), it’s the perfect time to whip up some of my favorite shortcake. I used to have a few different recipes I would switch between, but a few years ago I did a little experiment at work and this was the clear favorite.


Chili Lime Sweet Corn Salad and other easy BBQ recipes

Every 4th of July party needs some corn on the cob, but I think this chili-lime-sweet-corn recipe would make for a great alternative. I also really like that they suggest you buy and cook your corn in the same day, because let’s get real, I’ll definitely be cooking last minute anyway.


loaded potato salad and other summer BBQ recipes

So let’s assume that we have hot dogs, cheeseburgers, corn, and fruit skewers- what are we missing? A classic potato salad! My dad makes a mean potato salad, but doesn’t a loaded potato salad sound like it would hit the spot?


So now that I’ve got you started, what will be on your table this holiday?


PS- Red, white and blue outfits!

Thirsty Thursday: Pineapple Crush

pineapple crush- a delicious summer smoothie

Yesterday I promised you a new drink recipe and so I’m here today to deliver on that promise. I came up with this recipe the other day after buying more pineapple chunks than I could actually eat in a short period of time. So out came the blender and I started poking around my fridge for something that could compliment one of my favorite summer fruits.


Pineapple Crush- the perfect summer smoothie

  • 3/4 cup pineapple chunks
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup strawberry yogurt
  • 1/4 cup of white chocolate chips/shavings
  • 1/2 cup ice

Optional: Add a shot of rum to add a little kick!


Pineapple Crush- the perfect summer smoothie recipe!

All you have to do is throw all of your ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Who knew something so good could be so easy? I highly suggest bringing this drink out during your next outdoor summer meal. I promise it will be a hit!

pineapple crush recipe- a delicious smoothie (rum optional, but suggested)

PS- Looking for a different smoothie recipe? Here’s a berry or a watermelon option.

PPS- Looking for a fun cocktail? Try the Will.I. Amaretto, or Grenadine Martin, or this frozen Strawberry Manilow!

Summer Salad

the perfect steak salad for summer

Warm weather calls for a crisp salad. Am I right or am I right?

While Dean tends to be the chef of the house, creative salads and sandwiches are more my sport. I like to find fun ways to take fresh & delicious items straight out of the fridge and into my belly. This salad is a definite go-to all throughout spring and summer: A simple steak salad!

Steak Salad


  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Half an Avocado
  • Hard-Boiled Egg
  • Steak, cut into small chunks
  • Shredded Parmesan
  • Croutons


  1. Hard-boil your egg (Cover your egg in cool water in a small pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, cover your pot and remove from heat. Let it sit for 12 minutes before taking out the eggs and letting them sit in cold water until cool.)
  2. Cook your steak (We buy top London broil or sirloin steak. Trim fat and cut into 1 inch cubes, season to taste. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a pan and add your cubed steak. Cook for ~5 minutes, stir occasionally to insure an even cook.)
  3. Cube half of an avocado and a quarter of a tomato
  4. Throw everything in a large bowl and mix
  5. Top with shredded parmesan, croutons, and your dressing of choice (oil & vinegar always works!)


Other great options? -Switch our your steak and cheese for baked chicken and turkey bacon. I promise you won't be disappointed! -To make it even healthier, swap out the dressing for lemon juice and leave out the croutons.


steak salad

Also- Should you decide that you have too much steak in front of you, just call Allegra! Apparently she ate more than half the steak we made last night. Three years old and still surprising us every day ::insert eye roll here::

What’s your favorite recipe for warm weather?


PS- This strawberry shortcake recipe is your perfect dessert option!

Building A Menu: Mother’s Day Brunch

mother's day brunch menu ideas

South Florida is REALLY into brunch- okay, a lot of places are really into brunch. I guess the correct way to start this post is to say that I’m only recently getting into brunch. I’ve always loved breakfast (specifically waffles and whipped creme a la Leslie Knope) but getting dressed and heading out for a few hours on my precious Sunday just never felt like the right thing to do. South Florida brunches have really changed the game for me, though. The sun is shining, DJ’s are spinning tunes, people keep offering me bottomless mimosas and the waffles pretty much ALWAYS come with whipped cream. You win, brunch.

So with Mother’s Day less than 2 weeks away, I thought it might be fun to round up some cute and simple recipes that may help you put together your own little brunch in honor of your favorite lady next weekend. Just pick one thing from each category to have a more personal meal or go crazy and make a little of everything!


The Basics: Iced Coffee  | Flavored Coffee Creamer  |  Cucumber Water

The Sweet: Pancakes  |  Waffles  | Mason Jar Whipped Cream

The Salty: Eggs Benedict  |  Breakfast Potatoes

The Necessary: Mimosas  | Bloody Mary  |  Bellini

PS- Don’t let her leave empty handed! Shop from our Mother’s Day Gift Gide

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Christmas Cookies: Snowballs

snowball cookies

Growing up we lived next-door to the best baker in the whole neighborhood. A few days before Christmas she would come over with a giant, delicious dish filled with the best cookies I’ve ever tasted. Snowball cookies were some of my favorite on her plate, but funny enough I had never tried to recreate the recipe! This year I want to make my own plate of cookies and figured it was worth a shot. Luckily enough, I finally figured out the perfect recipe and I thought you guys might like it as well!

snowball cookie recipe


Snowball Cookies



  • 1 cup salted butter, soft
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 tspn vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (or pecans!)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and let your butter sit out to soften
  2. Cream butter with 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  3. Mix in vanilla
  4. Slowly add in flour and nuts
  5. Use a tablespoon to scoop out cookies and roll into a ball. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet
  6. Bake for ~15 minutes - do not overcook!
  7. While still hot, roll cookies in leftover confetioners sugar. Allow cookies to cool and roll them again.


My cookie plate this year will include these snowballs, my favorite M&M cookies, maybe some white chocolate, macadamia nut, cranberry cookies… and a few others I’ll be sharing this week. What cookies will you be hoping to see?

an amazing snowball cookie recipe