Ahh, summer! Hot, humid, sunny summer! I love summer! I was not always a summer fan, not one bit! But over the years I’ve learned that summer holds some magic that no other season possesses, especially here in Lancaster County! Like the tomatoes! Beautiful, scrumptious tomatoes! See them and more on the menu this week!
I love to walk in my garden and pull big red so-full-of-flavor tomatoes right off the vine! And when I put a garden tomato up to my nose the aroma is intoxicating! Take that no-taste, no-smell store-bought tomatoes!
I also love fireflies that dance in the air from dusk till late into the evening! They make summer evenings truly spectacular! I could never get tired of their free-for-all-to-see light show!
And speaking of summer evenings… I adore them! I’m a huge fan of those long days that melt into the prettiest sunsets while swinging on my back porch sipping iced tea or maybe something a little stronger!
Other summer phenomena that pull hard on my heartstrings are garden flowers, big booming thunderstorms, the smell of freshly cut grass, air conditioning, bare feet, sprinklers, freckles, the smell of cocoa butter in sunblock, fields of corn growing right over our property line, small farm stands dotting the back roads, Amish children walking hand-in-hand, eating dinner on the patio, driving at night with the top down, my kitchen herb garden, canning jellies, and veggies, butterflies and hummingbirds, rocking on the front porch, listening to the crickets, wearing a big-brimmed straw hat, patio lights, riding bikes after dinner, concerts in the park, hometown parades, and on and on!
Make sure to leave me a comment with what you love about summer in your neck of the woods!
I also love to plan and make summer dinners! So here’s what’s on the menu this week…
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Roasted Tomato Pies means there are tomatoes in my garden! This recipe is so easy because I used puff pastry instead of making my own dough.
My family is still with us and my little guys will love these!
These kitchen tools will help you with dinner tonight. I use parchment paper for many things in the kitchen. I have the all clad stainless steel pan (over a decade), the chef knife and, the manual knife sharpener.
I usually buy quality knives and pans but in very limited numbers and styles. And I’ll never have to replace them!
LOTS OF SALES AT WILLIAMS SONOMA! Make sure to check them out below…
Now you know you love a good hot dog!!!! And so do we! It’s all about a great quality hot dog and lots of amazing fixing!
More things to help you get dinner on the table. I have the stainless steel stacking mixing bowls and LOVE them! Also hot dog disposable trays!
We try to eat fish or some kind of seafood at least once a week. I’m drawn to this recipe by Nicole from Family Table Treasures because baking cod is the easy way to go and the topping sounds divine! Who doesn’t like a Ritz cracker?
- NEW ENGLAND BAKED HADDOCK WITH RITZ CRACKERS
- ROASTED POTATO WEDGES
- WW TOMATO, CUCUMBER AND ONION SALAD
Kitchen essentials to help make tonight’s menu. I have the sheet pan, parchment, and chef knife. And can highly recommend them.
Thank you, Jamie, from Life Is Sweeter for this week’s Tex Mex recipe! YUM! I love everything about this recipe. I know some people turn their noses up at casseroles thinking they are not high-brow enough. I say they are missing out! BIG TIME!
Just think how delicious those ingredients are when they are married together by the heat of the oven! So excited for tonight’s dinner!
Some kitchen goodies to help you make tonight’s dinner. I have the chopping block and the dinner plates. I can highly recommend them!
I love one-pan meals, don’t you? And this dressed-up chicken recipe from Chrissie at The Busy Baker looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it!
To make it a little more WW friendly I’ll use less cheese and more wilted spinach.
More kitchen essentials. I have all these products below (except the measuring spoons) and can highly recommend them.
I’m super excited about tonight’s dinner from Savita from Chef de Home! One of Bobby’s favorites!
Don’t be intimidated by ingredients in recipes! I really like how Savita breaks down how to cook mussels! And it could not be easier because she cooks them in one minute in an Instant Pot (recipe also includes cooking mussels in a pan, too).
- MUSSELS IN WHITE WINE SAUCE
- SLICED GARDEN TOMATOES
Here are a few kitchen essentials to help you make tonight’s meal. I have the Instant Pot, the glass stacking bowls and the big white stackable mugs and I love them all! Those white soup bowls are going to be my next dish purchase!
Have you ever seen a drunk chicken? Beer and chicken work together to make tonight’s main dish! Thanks, Brenda at A Farm Girl Dabbles. I have a feeling we will make this over and over! Thanks, so much for the really fabulous looking recipe, Brenda!
You can see the beer can roasting pan HERE.
Here are a few items to help you prepare tonight’s dinner! I just got the chicken roaster and I have the rimmed baking sheets and the thermometer and I can highly recommend them.
Get a free printable menu plan below…
SWEET TREAT OF THE WEEK
Another thing I love about summer is ice cream! And these ice cream sandwiches are so easy to make. No baking just assembling! How easy is that?
HAVE A SCRUMPTIOUS WEEK!