Apple Pie Bars

Reality just hit that we are officially four weeks away from the first day of school. Four weeks. Where the heck did summer go? I feel like I’m finally just getting a chance to slow down and enjoy the sunshine, but before you know it, the kids and I are going to be knee-deep in math homework, spelling quizzes, and sports equipment, so I guess I better enjoy these last few weeks while I can!

I was in the mood to do some baking the other day and found inspiration in a big, beautiful bag of Granny Smith apples that I had just picked up from the store. The boys and I love snacking on apple slices and peanut butter (creamy for them, chunky for me!), but I couldn’t help but crave a giant slice of warm, fresh apple pie after spotting those apples in my fridge. I needed some apple pie. ASAP.

So I pulled out my baking ingredients and got to work. As I started chopping up those bright green apples, I started thinking… what if I turned my regular apple pie into bars? Little individual, handheld bars that you could easily pack up for a picnic or the school lunches that will soon need to be packed every morning. I loved the idea and loved the amazing results of this glorious baking creation even more! So today I’ll show you how to make my Apple Pie Bars with a fresh apple filling, homemade double crust, and a sweet vanilla glaze drizzled on top!

These Apple Pie Bars are the perfect handheld dessert and SO delicious! Made with a fresh apple filling, homemade crust, and sweet vanilla glaze! |

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Coconut Shrimp

Lately I’ve been getting tired of the same old chicken and beef recipes, so I’ve been adding more seafood into our meals. When I’m craving some light and healthy, I go for my spicy cilantro shrimp with honey lime dipping sauce. When I’m craving something with a little Mexican flair, I make these grilled tilapia bowls. But when I’m in the mood for some good, old-fashion fried comfort food, I make this Coconut Shrimp!

How to make Coconut Shrimp at home! This recipe for crispy coconut shrimp makes a delicious appetizer OR main dish! |


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Parmesan Roasted Vegetables

This is the week I’ve been waiting for all summer long… fair week! I’m going to pig out on corn dogs and funnel cakes until you have to roll me home! We took the kids for the first time last night, and between the pound of sugar I consumed in lemon shake-ups and the giant, caramel and pecan-covered cinnamon roll I devoured at 9:00 last night, I’m pretty sure a diet detox is going to be in order after this week. Probably for the rest of summer. I better really enjoy fair week while I can!

Luckily, I already have a couple new light and healthy recipes up my sleeve, and this one is by far my favorite! My mom made these delicious Parmesan Roasted Vegetables a few weeks ago, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about them since. I’ve probably made them 4 or 5 times already! They take just a few minutes to prep and make a delicious savory side dish that pairs well with almost any meal. Fresh, healthy veggies coated in a savory Parmesan-breadcrumb mixture and roasted till perfection… it doesn’t get any better or easier than this!

Parmesan Roasted Vegetables - fresh vegetables in a crispy, cheesy coating and roasted for a delicious and easy side dish! |
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Watermelon Lemonade and a KitchenAid Giveaway!

Picture this…

You’re sitting poolside on a perfectly sunny day. Your children are playing together harmoniously while you relax reading your favorite new novel… or celebrity gossip magazine… or whatever floats your boat. Your stud muffin husband walks over and hands you a delicious chilled beverage. It’s pink and fruity with a bright yellow slice of lemon hanging on the edge of the glass. You take a sip of the colorful drink and taste a sweet, fruity, and very refreshing watermelon lemonade.

This drink, my friends, is the perfect sip of summer! While I can’t promise you that your kids will get along harmoniously or that your hunk of a husband will wait on you hand and foot (sorry, guys. I wish!), I can promise you that this Watermelon Lemonade will become your favorite new way to quench your thirst this summer! It mixes up quickly in a blender and is bursting with sweet, fruity watermelon flavor. Serve it chilled with some lemon slices, and you have a delicious drink to enjoy!

*Spoiler Alert: I’m giving away the same KitchenAid Diamond Blender I use for this recipe to one lucky reader!! Details at the bottom of this post!

Watermelon Lemonade is easy to make and super refreshing! Go ahead and pour yourself a glass of this sweet and fruity drink! |

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Easy Oven Baked Barbecue Chicken

My husband is the griller in our house. Always has been and most likely always will be. Not because I don’t want to learn how to use the grill or because I’m opposed to standing next to a smoky, red-hot fire while singeing off my arm hair… okay that part may be true. But mostly because my husband insists on having a charcoal grill that is so large it could probably cook an entire hog all at once if necessary. It’s a “real man’s grill”, he tells me.

And I get it, charcoal does make food SO much more flavorful. But I’m not going to go start up my husband’s gigantic charcoal grill just to cook a few hot dogs when the mood strikes. I’m way too lazy for that. If I can’t turn a little knob and have an instant fire ready cook my little hot dogs, I’m not going to bother with the grill at all. I’ll leave it to the “real man” in the house.

But on those nights when he’s working late at the farm and I have a major hankering for some phenomenal grilled food, this is the recipe I turn to: Easy Oven Baked Barbecue Chicken. The most tender, tangy barbecue chicken legs made the easy way in the oven!

The easiest way to make tender, tangy barbecue chicken in the oven! |
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S’mores Popsicles

Summer heat deserves cool treats, am I right? I’m a big fan of keeping popsicles around the house to help beat the heat, and after years of wanting to make my own, I finally bought some popsicle molds this Summer! You have no idea how seriously I stalked the delivery guy waiting for them to get here! I’ve had a blast coming up with fun flavors to try… first it was orange dreamsicle, then root beer float, definitely cookies ‘n cream, and most recently, s’mores!

What could be more fun than turning a sweet summertime snack like s’mores into a delicious frozen treat? These creamy popsicles have rocked our world so far this summer, and today I’m sharing the recipe with you. Get ready to make your own S’mores Popsicles!

This recipe turns a favorite summertime snack into a delicious frozen treat! Learn how to make S'mores Popsicles at
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Oven Baked Steak Fries

Oh, french fries. How I love thee. Curly, seasoned fries… thin, crispy, shoestring fries… and definitely sweet potatoes fries with chipotle lime aioli. Mmmmhmm. As much as I love a sinfully delicious fried potato, if I’m making fries at home I always opt for these easier and MUCH healthier Oven Baked Steak Fries. They’re thick cut, extra crispy, and perfect for dipping. Did I mention how ridiculously delicious they are?? Go ahead and try to eat just one of these bad boys… I dare ya!

These Oven Baked Steak Fries are thick, crispy, and ready for dipping! Much healthier than fried and SO addicting! |
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