Mom’s Fruit Salad Recipe

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Mom’s Fruit Salad Recipe 

My Mom’s Fruit Salad Recipe is the perfect recipe for all your summer gatherings. My mom makes this a lot in the summer and I can see why! It only takes about 5 minutes to whip up and is also budget friendly. Plus the only dishes you will dirty is the bowl you use, a knife, and a spoon, so the clean up is a breeze. Who wants to be standing in the kitchen slaving over a hot stove and a sink full of dishes in the summer anyways? Not me, that’s for sure!

Ingredients:

2 –  ( 29 oz) Cans Fruit Cocktail

2 – ( 15 oz) cans mandarin oranges

1 –  jar Maraschino Cherries

1 –  ( 15.5 oz) container strawberries with syrup ( or sugar), Thawed

2 –  Ripe Bananas

Directions: 

Pour all ingredients ( entire cans, juice and all) , except bananas, in a large serving bowl and gently mix. When ready to serve, slice bananas and add them to the fruit salad. Store in the Refridgerator.

*If you can not find Strawberries with syrup or sugar – Buy a bag of frozen strawberries and sprinkle them with sugar and let them thaw in the fridge overnight. They should make their own syrup that way.

Click her for another great recipe from my Mom – Moms Macaroni Salad





Summer Sandwich Recipes




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Want some quick meal ideas for this summer? Why not try one of these 20 delicious Summer sandwich recipes? They all look so amazing I have no idea how I will choose! =)

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1.Grilled Pepperoni Pizza Sandwiches – Saving Dollars & Sense

2. Chicken Salad w/ Grapes – Menu of Musings

3. Tomato Egg Salad Sandwich – Hot Eats and Cool Reads

4. Creamy Cob Sandwich – Hot Eats and Cool Reads

5. Slow Cooker Pulled BBQ Beef Sandwich – Living Sweet Moments

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6. Easy Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches – Living Sweet Moments

7. Grilled Cheese w/ Smoked Pulled Beef – Say Grace

8. Copy Cat Chick-Fil-A Chicken Salad Sandwich – Cincy Shopper

9. Crock Pot Chicken Ceaser Sandwiches – Two Healthy Kitchens

10. BLT Egg Salad Sandwich – Two Healthy Kitchens

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11. Crock Pot Maid Rites – Ally’s Sweet and Savory Eats

12. Healthy Turkey Sandwich w/ Black Bean Spread – The Wicked Noodle

13. Easy Bahn Mi Sandwich – Dinner at the Zoo

14. Caprese Sandwiches – Eat. Thrive. Glow.

15. Spinach Artichoke Turkey Sandwich – My Suburban Kitchen

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16. Turkey, Turkey Bacon Club Sandwich – All She Cooks

17. Apple Bees Clubhouse Grille Sandwich – Baking Beauty

18. Ham, Cheese, & Pear Melt w/ Pepper Jelly – Happy Deal Happy Day

19. Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes w/ Creamy Coleslaw – Frugal Living NW

20. Baked Ham & Cheese – Frugal Living NW



Baked Italian Hoagie Sandwiches




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Baked Italian Hoagie Sandwiches

Make these Baked Italian Hoagie Sandwiches for your next family game night or party. Not only are they quick and easy to make but they are also delicious. I have been making these for awhile and they are always a huge hit!

Ingredients:

1  Loaf of Italian Bread

6-7 slices of Deli ham ( Thinly sliced)

8 slices of Hard Salami ( Thinly Sliced)

8 slices of provolone cheese

3-4 Tablespoons of butter

Mayo

Shredded lettuce ( 1 small bag)

1 tomato ( sliced)

1/2 onion ( sliced)

banana peppers ( optional)

Italian Dressing or Oil

Salt & Pepper

Garlic Powder

Directions: 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Slice loaf of Italian bread in half but do not slice completely through. Spread the insides of the bread with butter and put on a cookie sheet buttered sides down. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until buttered sides are slightly toasted. Leaving the bread on the cookie sheet, flip the bread so buttered sides are facing up and add as much or as little mayo as you like. Then begin to evenly load the hoagie with ham, salami, and cheese ( in that order). Bake at 350 degrees for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Take it out of the oven and load it up with lettuce, tomato, onion, and banana peppers. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and garlic powder and drizzle with Italian dressing or oil. Cut into sandwich size pieces and serve.





Grilled Chicken Recipes




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Grilled Chicken Recipes 

Summer is almost here and with that comes grillin’ season, my favorite! Here are a few delicious grilled chicken recipes to get your grillin’ season started off in the right direction. Hope you enjoy!

Don’t forget to check out Mondays post – Uncle Chucks Chicken on the Grill.

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1. Tequila-Lime Grilled Chicken Salad – Lydi Out Loud

2. Easy Grilled chicken Kabobs – Can’t Google Everything

3. Cilantro Lime Chicken – The Wicked Noodle

4. Grilled Chicken Marinade w/ Lemon & Garlic – Two Healthy Kitchens

5. Greek Chicken Souvlaki – Dinner at the Zoo

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6. Lemon Asparagus Pasta w/ Grilled chicken – Dinner at the Zoo

7. Honey Lime Sriracha Grilled Chicken – The Pintertest Kitchen

8. Grilled Chicken Salad w/ Ginger Dressing – Dear Creatives

9. Spicy Grilled Chicken Kabobs – All She Cooks

10. Grilled Chicken Wings with mango guava soy – All She Cooks

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11. Japaleno Marinated Grilled Chicken – Ann’s Entitled Life

12. Italian Marinated Grilled chicken & breaded Grilled tomatoes – An Italian in my Kitchen

13. Grilled Sriracha Chicken – Miz Helen’s Country Cottage

14. Grilled Chicken w/ Alabama White Sauce – Miz Helen’s Country Cottage

15. Steak & Chicken Kabobs – My Heavenly Recipes

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16. Grilled Lime Tequila Chicken Breasts – You Brew My Tea

17. Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs – You Brew My Tea

18. Sweet Chili & Lime Chicken – Sidewalk Shoes

19. Lemon-Cumin Grilled Chicken – Sidewalk Shoes

20. Grilled Buffalo Chicken Wraps – A Few Short Cuts

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21. The Best Grilled Chicken Recipe Ever – Freebie Finding Mom



Uncle Chuck’s Chicken on the Grill

Uncle Chuck's Chicken




Uncle Chuck’s Chicken on the Grill

When it comes to cooking on the Grill the struggle is REAL especially when it comes to meat. It seems I am either over-cooking it or undercooking it and, of course, you can’t serve under-cooked meat so it then goes back on the grill until I have achieved the polar opposite, a burnt slab of meat. So this year I have decided enough is enough and went to the pro, my brother. This guy can  seriously cook anything on the grill. His burgers alone are #drool worthy. So this year I am going to find out all of  his secrets starting with his Chicken on the Grill. In this particular recipe, my brother used chicken leg quarters but he has also used this method of cooking on legs & thighs and chicken breasts. The cooking times will vary depending on what cut of chicken you decide to use.

Uncle Chuck’s Chicken on the Grill  

Ingredients:

8-10 Chicken quarters

1 – stick Butter

2 (1/2) – 3 – Cups Vinegar

Garlic Powder to taste

salt & Pepper to taste

 

Directions:

Turn grill to high (or 500 degrees), once it reaches 500 degrees clean it off good with grill brush. Once the grill is cleaned turn the heat down to 350 degrees ( medium high). On the stovetop in a small/medium sized sauce pan, on medium heat, add butter, vinegar, garlic powder, salt & pepper. Cook till butter is melted, stirring occasionally. Once grill has reached the correct temperature of 350 degrees place raw chicken halves on the grill and baste them with vinegar & butter mixture. Close the lid to the grill and cook chicken for 1 to 1(1/2) hours or until chicken has reached a safe temperature of 170-F (77-C) degrees, basting every 15 minutes.




23 Delicious S’more Recipes

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23 Delicious S’more Recipes 

I remember when I used to think a S’more was just a piece of chocolate and a toasted marshmallow shoved between two graham crackers, not anymore! As long as you have the basic s’more flavors, chocolate, marshmallow, and graham cracker, s’more’s can be very versatile. I have seen them in everything from shakes, ice creams, cakes, and recently doughnuts, and it doesn’t stop there! As long as you include the basic flavors, the possibilities are endless. But don’t just take my word for it, see for yourself in this round-up of 23 Delicious S’mores Recipes!

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 1. Chocolate Chip S’mores Cookies – Dishes and Dust Bunnies

2. S’mores Cookie Pizza – Dishes and Dust Bunnies

3. Chocolately S’mores Ice Cream – I am Honey Bee

4. S’mores Banana Bread – I am Honey Bee

5. S’mores Frape – I am Honey Bee

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6. S’more Brownie Pie – Thrifty Diva

7. Double Chocolate S’mores Cookies – The Busy Baker

8. Grham Cracker Cupcakes filled w/ S’mores cookie dough– Dinner at the Zoo

9. Double Chocolate S’mores Cookies – Can’t Google Everything

10. S’mores Snack Mix – Cincy Shopper

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11. S’mores Truffles – The Happier Homemaker

12. Delicious S’mores Shakes – Living Sweet Moments

13. S’mores Kabobs – Faith Filled Food for Moms

14. S’mores-filled peanut butter oatmeal bars – Farm Fresh Feasts

15. S’mores Bars – Brittany’s Pantry

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16. S’mores Cups – Saving Dollars & Sense

17. Easy S’more Donuts – My Suburban Kitchen

18. S’mores Icebox Cake – All She Cooks

19. S’mores Chocolate Fudge Cake – Kenarry

20. M&M S’more Brownies – Sugar, Spice & Family Life

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21. S’mores Milk Shake – Eat. Thrive. Glow

22. S’mores Krispie Treats – Life is Poppin’

23. S’mores Brownie Bites – Burlap Kitchen

*I want to say a big THANK YOU to all the bloggers that make these round-ups possible. =)

Mini Brownie S’mores Bites

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Mini Brownie S’mores Bites


It’s almost 80 degrees here in central Pennsylvania, this means it is perfectly acceptable to talk  S’mores or, in this case, Mini Brownie S’mores Bites. And with S’mores, comes two types of people, those who like their marshmallows burnt, and those who like them perfectly golden brown. I happen to be one of those who like my marshmallows burnt.. to a crisp.. but for the sake of this recipe, the majority rules. Which means nice little golden brown marshmallows to keep everyone happy. =)

These Mini Brownie S’more Bites are unbelievably easy to make and equally delicious. They have a soft chewy brownie crust and are topped with marshmallows that taste as if they were fresh from the campfire. And let’s not forget the slight crunch from the graham cracker and the rich burst of chocolate from the candy bar. Take these to your next picnic or get together, they will surely be a hit! I do have to set out a warning, these are highly addictive. I dare you to just eat one. I couldn’t, I had to stop myself at 6! =0

*At the bottom of this page, under the recipe, I have left a few helpful notes on making these Mini S’mores Brownie Bites. Please make sure to spray the top of your mini muffin pans with cooking spray! If you don’t do this the marshmallow may stick to the top of your pan and that would be a mess! I also want to add that I bought my mini muffin liners at Walmart and found a cuter selection over by the cake decorating supplies than by the actual cake mixes. If you try this recipe I would LOVE to hear back from you!

Click here for more mouth-watering  summer foods!15 Delicious Grill Recipes


50 Picnic Sides

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Spice up your picnic life with one of these 50 Picnic Sides for this summer. There is so much to choose from! I can’t wait to give some of these a try this summer!

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1. Asian Coleslaw – Chaos is Bliss

2. Sun Dried Tomato Pasta Salad – Evolving Motherhood

3. Basalmic Chicken Salad – Living Sweet Moments

4. Hawaiian Macaroni Salad – Thrifty Jinxy

5. Spinach Tortellini Salad – Ally’s Sweet and Savory Eats

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6. Claremont Salad – Home in the Finger lakes

6. Chopped Greek Salad – Dinner at the Zoo

8. Homemade Potato Salad – Joyfully Thriving

9. Bacon Ranch Pasta – My Heavenly Recipes

10. Cheesy Bacon Potato Salad – Ann’s Entitled Life

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11. Mexican Corn Avacado tomato salad – Fancy Shanty

12. Loaded Potato Salad – Sugar Spice & Family Life

13. Broccoli Salad with Bacon – Baking Beauty

14. crockpot Baked Beans –  Baking Beauty

15. Bacon Jalapeno Popper Dip – Baking Beauty

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16. French Potato Salad with Baby Arugula – Striped Spatula

17. Pepper Jack Pasta Salad – The Country Chic Cottage

18. Deviled Egg Pasta Salad – Brittany’s Pantry

19. Root Beer Baked Beans – Brittany’s Pantry

20. Broccoli Quinoa Salad – Sidewalk Shoes

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21. Barbecue Scalloped Corn – Rock-A-Bye Parents

22. Super Easy Fruit Salad – Become A Coupon Queen

23. Caprese Kabobs – What Mommy Does

24. Broccoli Slaw – Mission to Save

25. Tortellini Pasta Salad – Beauty Through Imperfection

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26. Creamy Chive Cucumbers – A Lady in France

27.  Summer Rice Salad – A Lady in France

28. Ham & Pea Pasta Salad – You Brew my Tea

29. Creamy Red Potato Salad – You Brew my Tea

30. Easy Pasta Salad – Rocky Mountain Bliss

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31. Old Fashioned Macaroni Salad – The PinterTest Kitchen

32. Cowboy Caviar – The Jenny Evolution

33. Sweet Potato & Kale Veggie Chips – Freebie Finding Mom

34. Corn Salsa with Fire Roasted Tomato – Dear Creatives

35. Mustard Potato Salad – Miz Helen’s Country Cottage

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36. Mexican Grilled Corn Salad w/Citrus A.. – Mary Ellen’s Cooking Creations

37. Citrus Pasta Salad w/ Grapes &.. – The Good Hearted Woman

38. Yogurt Broccoli Salad – Snappy Gourmet

39. Pineapple Angel Food Cake Parfait – 100 Directions

40. Pistachio Pudding Cool Whip Salad – Happy Deal Happy Day

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41. 7 Layer Chicken Taco Salad – Two Healthy Kitchens

42. Broccoli Salad with Bacon – Baking Beauty

43. Cake Mix Cookies – Moneywise Moms

44. Roasted Eggplant Hummus Dip – Lavende &Lemonade

45. Sugar-Free Cucumber Salad – My Sugar Free Journey

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46. Thai Noodle Salad – The Chaos and The Clutter

47. Make ahead Creamy Cucumber Salad – The Chaos and The Clutter

48. Homemade Coleslaw – Raking in the Savings

49. Roasted Beet and Carrot Salad withGoat cheese vin..– A Calculated Whisk

50. Greek yogurt Coleslaw – Two Healthy Kitchens

Make ahead Breakfast Burritos

Breakfast Burrito

Make ahead Breakfast Burritos

Keeping some of these easy Make ahead Breakfast Burritos on hand will make your mornings extra enjoyable. I love knowing that I only have one mess to clean up from breakfast, for the ENTIRE week! And the mess is really not that bad. Usually, it consists of 1 electric skillet, a cutting board, a bowl, and of course, a few utensils. See, easy peasy, not even enough to fully load the dishwasher 😉 Paper plates also help to keep the mess minimal.

Now, I know I said these are Make ahead Breakfast Burritos, and they are, but my mom also had another great idea. She suggested that if I had overnight company I could make these up the night before, place them seam-side down in a greased cake pan, and bake them in the morning. I’m not sure what temperature these would have to cook at because I have never tried it. If you googled it I am sure you would find something on it. Gotta love google, right!?

* I saw many different methods of wrapping and freezing the burritos but I liked the one I used int this recipe the best. I can not find the website where I saw this, I might even have seen it on youtube. But I want all my readers to know that the recipe is my own but the freezer method is not. If I happen to come across it again I will be sure to link it. If you choose to make these burritos for yourself do some research on the different freezer methods, you may find something you like better. For example, I saw some people wrap them in foil. This would be a nice method if you chose not to use microwaves, you could probably take them straight out of the freezer and bake them in the oven with the foil still on. =)


Cheesy Bacon Meatloaf

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I wasn’t always a fan of meatloaf growing up if you ever had my mom’s meatloaf you would understand why. Don’t worry, I’m not saying this to be mean, it’s just the truth. If you ask her about her meatloaf she just laughs and says  “well, it’s usually hit or miss”. And if she says it’s a miss, then dominos is on the menu.  It has become the family joke- make whatever for supper mom just not a meatloaf! I do have to say that meatloaf is about the ONLY thing that woman can’t cook.. well.. and turkey, but that’s a whole different story. ha.

Enough about my mom’s meatloaf let’s talk about mine. This flavorful Meatloaf is loaded with chunks of bacon and globs of cheese. The meat is moist and the ends are crispy. Baked to perfection in the oven, this meatloaf is sure to be a family favorite.  Definitely not my Mamma’s meatloaf. 😉

Ingredients:

Meatloaf

2.25 pounds ground beef

1/2 pound of bacon (fried and crumbled.. you could do this the night before)

8 oz of shredded melting cheese ( I use Velveeta)

1/4 tsp. pepper

1 tsp. minced garlic ( you could always use garlic powder if you don’t have minced garlic)

1 tsp. Worcestershire

2 tsp. mustard

1/2 C. Ketchup

2 C. breadcrumbs ( I used seasoned)

3 eggs

Glaze: 

1 C. ketchup

1 tsp. Worcestershire

1 tsp. mustard

1 Tbsp. brown sugar

Directions: Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees

Add all ingredients for the meatloaf to a large mixing bowl. Use your hands to fold the ingredients into the ground beef ( this is going to get messy so you may want to take off your rings). Once all the ingredients are mixed into the meatloaf, place it into a greased 7 X 11 cake pan. I try to shape mine into an oval shape, then I take my hands and press the ends in some. Next, mix up your glaze. Spread the glaze evenly over the top of the meatloaf. Bake uncovered at 375 degrees for 50 minutes to an hour, or until meatloaf is cooked the whole way threw ( a meat thermometer is a good tool to use here). As soon as meatloaf is finished call dibs on the end piece, it’s the best! 😉

*My four Ingredient Mac & Cheese is the perfect side dish for this Meatloaf!


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