This summer, make this refreshing citrus dessert: Lemon-Lime Layered Dessert

We live in the deep south which means summer basically runs from early May to mid October. When it’s hot out there’s one thing that I can guarantee — I want to eat and drink foods that are cooling and refreshing.

This Lemon-Lime Layered Dessert is the PERFECT dessert to enjoy on a hot day (or really any day). it starts of with a buttery and nutty shortbread crust, then there’s a whipped cream cheese and vanilla layer, and is topped off with a lemon-lime “curd”. It’s heaven in a dessert.

The recipe doesn’t require a lot of hands on time, however make sure you allow for adequate cooling and chilling time for each layer.

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Tips for your summer garden harvest + a menu of easy to make weekday meals

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August is notorious for two things — a plentiful harvest of fresh summer vegetables and herbs AND the return to school and normal family activities.

As families return to the routine of school and familiy activities there’s always the challenge of finding dinner ideas that are quick, easy, and affordable. Our family is no different! This week’s menu was designed to help you with those challenges!

This week I wanted to share some tips to help you harvest, cook with, and store food from your summer garden. All of this week’s recipes contains ingredients that are currently in season and are commonly grown in household gardens (tomatoes, bell peppers, jalapenos, and herbs).

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Perfect Recipe for Summer: Spicy and Smoky Grilled Shrimp

2019-07-24-12.16.48-1The summer brings long days and lazy afternoons. I like to keep that in mind while cooking in the summer. I want to enjoy as much of my day as I can while spending the least amount of time in the kitchen.

I came up with this Spicy and Smoky Grilled Shrimp recipe bcause it’s quick and pairs well with other summer side dishes such as pasta salad, baked beans, roasted potatoes, or grilled vegetables. 2019-07-24-12.24.01-1Back in February I went to Madrid, Spain and while I was there I purchached some smoked paprika. I love this stuff (and does my husband) and I wanted to use this spice in a quick summer recipe. This recipes takes the smokiness of the paprika and combines well with the spice of the ground red pepper to really give your taste buds a kick.2019-07-24-12.22.18-1The great thing about this recipes is that it’s less than 15 minutes from start to finish. It’s basically a one and done — you combine all the ingredient in one bowl and let it all mariniate while you heat up your grill pan.

 

You grill the shrimp on one side for a few minutes, flip, and then grill the other side. It’s as simple as that! Continue reading →