This weekend is July 4th! I love July 4th! When I was a little girl and lived in England my father somehow got a watermelon! That was a big deal in England at that time. And we ate it on July 4th. It was a taste of summer, a taste of home, and a taste of freedom. It’s ON THE MENU this week and there’s more!
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Before we get into this week’s menu plan here’s what you will see at StoneGable this week…
- Christmas In July- A 20 Minute Decorating DIY you can do now for Christmas
- Infused Water- See how easy it is to make delicious healthy fruit infused water.
- The importance of Repeating Elements in your home. Part of the Elements of Good Design Series.
- How To Perk Up You Porch Or Patio this summer.
- So many home decorators get stuck because they are afraid to make a decorating mistake. Why I’m Not Afraid To Make A Decorating Mistake!
- Sunday Scripture
Stop by StoneGable any time to see these posts and more!
Now, here’s what’s on the menu this week…
We love chili and I’m so excited to try this Instant Pot chili recipe from Love at Munchkin Time! Munchkin Time is a StoneGable foodie favorite blog!
Mondays are such busy days for me!!! And I really try to push out lots of work in the beginning of the week. So I look forward to a good dinner and a simple one!
I serve chili in a big shallow bowl along with what I call “fixings”. Sliced green onions, sour cream, cheddar cheese, tortilla chips, and salsa. These toppings round out chili into a big meal!
Can you believe this recipe is WW friendly? And it is so so delicious!!!!! Have you ever made rolls from lasagna noodles. They are so pretty and quite company worthy!!!
The weather is getting hot and steamy and for me to turn on the oven the recipe must be amazing!
I’m heating up my oven for Crack Chicken Roll-Up Lasagna from Jenna at Recipe Diaries. You see her recipes often here because she is a StoneGable Foodie Favorite blog and everything I make from her site is always a new favorite!
Oh, Bobby! We are grilling tonight! YUM! I love a good kabob! The marinade flavor for this dinner is delicious and so so summery! A big thank you to Natasha at Salt And Lavender for tonight’s kabob and salad meal!!!
Natasha is a StoneGable foodie favorite blog!
Grilled protein is a fabulous addition to a big salad for dinner! Please make homemade dressing like the one Natasha features with this recipe. It just takes a couple minutes to whip up a dressing and it makes the whole meal taste soooooo much better!
When it comes to most salad dressings I make them up in a mason jar, put the lid on the jar and shake it up! Any leftovers get stored in the jar in the frig!
- GRILLED CHICKEN KABOBS WITH PEANUT LIME DRESSING
- SLICED GARDEN TOMATOES
Oh my goodness! This is such glorious salmon! I have lots and lots of herbs growing like weeds so this is the perfect recipe for me!
I’ve made this salmon recipe from Michele at Paleo Running Momma several times and find that the salmon is perfectly done and very tender! And it’s so easy! I’d serve this to company!!! Thanks, so much Michele!
To my surprise and delight, at my favorite Farmer’s Market local asparagus is still available! I’m getting a couple bunches and roasting it this evening. Lately when I plate the asparagus I squeeze a healthy dose of lemon juice on it. So good!
Okay, let’s make some delicious chicken IN THE CROCKPOT to go in our tacos!!! I can’t wait to make this chicken.
I love crispy corn taco shells, lots of lettuce and olives and sliced black olives along with my chicken! So good!!!
Friday’s at StoneGable are all about easy to make meals! Bobby and I often eat on our patio while Bobby practices his chip shots in the back yard and listen to great music. So fun!
I’m hoping I have leftovers! The chicken will taste so good in a lettuce wrap for lunch too!
You will love Foodtastic Mom and Jill! She is a StoneGable Foodie Favorite blog! No wonder, her recipes are scrumptious, easy and cooking is her superpower!
SATURDAY- JULY 4TH
HAPPY JULY 4TH!!! Grab a couple of steaks, a lawn chair and a handful of sparklers and have a party! Even if it’s a small one!!!!
Tonight we are having a few social distancing friends over for a little dinner and independence celebration!!!!
Aren’t these steaks gorgeous! Thanks, Beth from Small Town Woman! I think every home cook should know how to make a killer steak! And there are many ways to make one. But there is something so flavorful about a steak on the grill!
Beth does a fabulous job of walking us through the whole procedure! She likes T Bone and so do I but my favorite is Ribeye! If I’m going to eat a steak I’m not worried about fat or calories! Steak is a treat!
And it add even more deliciousness to a steak she finishes off her’s with herb butter. Oh yes!!!!!
And give the potato salad a try. When we are invited to a picnic or summer gathering this is the most requested thing I make!
And wait until you see what I’m making for dessert!
- MARINATED HERB BUTTER T BONE STEAK
- THE BEST POTATO SALAD YOU WILL EVER EAT!
- EASY SUMMER CORN SALAD
- GARDEN TOMATOES
- CHOCOLATE CHIP SKILLET COOKIE
- ICE COLD WATERMELON
I love tonight’s easy dinner! Have you ever make pizzas from the cap of a big Portobello mushroom? What a great meaty base to stack up yummy pizza sauce and toppings on!
Erica’s mushroom pizza looks so good and I bet this will be a great go-to dinner when I just don’t want to cook!!! Or if I want to eat real pizza! I think I might use a mix of cheddar and mozzarella cheese in our pizzas.
You can find Erica’s recipe at Buttered Side Up which is a StoneGable Foodie Favorite!
SWEET TREAT OF THE WEEK…
Zucchini is in season here in Lancaster County. And it grows like huge weeds. Now is the time I make great zucchini cakes, loaves, breads, relish, and muffins, and latkes!
Zucchini really has no taste but infused baked goods with the most marvelous moistness and texture!
Of all my zucchini recipes I think I like this the best. But don’t tell GLAZED LEMON ZUCCHINI CAKE (okay that ties for the favorite), or ZUCCHINI CHOCOLATE CHIP BREAD. On second thought, I like them all the best!
Just make these easy zucchini loving baked goods! You will be so happy you did!
OTHER YUMMY RECIPES THAT CAUGHT MY EYE
I’m a huge fan of Chicken Fried Steak, but I have not had it for years. Maybe I’ll treat myself with this recipe!
Do you like Chicken Enchiladas? I love them! Here’s an easy recipe to make them with just 5 ingredients.
I’ve made this summery Pan Seared Cod recipe several times and love it!
Summer and Fish Tacos go together! How about this colorful Baja Fish Tacos this week?
I make lots of Magic Rub to use on most of our grilled food! Especially good on chicken.
There is nothing so good as homemade ice cream. Want a step-by-step recipe? See this wonderful post on Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream.
Even though soups not on the menu how about this gorgeous Crab Bisque?
I’ve got to make this slow cooker Baked Ziti.