4th of July and Summer Favorites

I love when Tuesdays are really Friday. I could get used to this schedule: work 2 days, 1 day off, work 2 more days, weekend. Why is this not the normal schedule already?

I don’t know what you have planned for the 4th of July, but I hope it involves time with family, friends, and some good food.

Right now, I’m thinking my day will be filled with NO alarm clocks, a morning run, early blueberry picking, maybe watching a friend’s band play, a possible lunch cookout with pals, and a huge firework show in town to end the night.

This just means I’ll probably be sunburnt, way too full, and super exhausted on Thursday morning. Fun!

We’re not having a cookout of our own so I don’t have to menu plan at all, but I may whip up something to take with us – cookies are patriotic, right?

Holiday week or just good summer weather, these are some of our favorite recipes right now – make ’em while you can!

Strawberry Feta Skewers

Chicken Spiedies with Farmhouse Bread

Strawberry Wheatberry Salad

Homemade Hamburger Buns

Balsamic Veggie Pasta Salad

Spiced Chicken Kabobs and Chickpea Salad

Burgers with Avocado and Cilantro Mayo

Bacon and Leek Focaccia Pizza

Pepperoni Pizza with a super easy and fast crust


Cucumber Lime Spritzer

Triple Citrus Margaritas

White Wine Peach Sangria

Fresh Strawberry Mojitos

Strawberry Mint Sparkling Lemonade

Homemade Izzes


Frozen Chocolate Dipped Cookie Dough

Whole Wheat Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

Browned Butter Butterscotch Chip Cookies

No Bake PB Oatmeal Bites

Oatmeal and Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies

Raspberry Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt

Cheesecake Yogurt Chocolate Cups

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Bars

Strawberry Rhubarb Double Crust Pie

23 Responses to “4th of July and Summer Favorites”

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    Cait's Plate — July 3, 2012 at 4:36 am

    This is an awesome roundup! Especially those cheese yogurt chocolate cups?! YUM.

    • admin replied: — July 3rd, 2012 at 2:04 pm

      just fyi: they’re even better straight out of the fridge.

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    Lauren — July 3, 2012 at 10:49 am

    I’m putting together my party list today and was in need of a few more recipes! Thanks girl, the mojitos are calling my name!

    • admin replied: — July 3rd, 2012 at 2:05 pm

      ooh, i hope you make them! i think they’re my favorite recipe of the year. they’re THAT good.

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    Dad — July 3, 2012 at 11:44 am

    It all looks good maybe you and Nick could come and we can have burgers with the homemade bun, just kidding hope you and Nick have a great 4th…miss you both

    • admin replied: — July 3rd, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      I wish! That would be fun :)

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    Ali @ Gimme Some Oven — July 3, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Mmmm…I would love to come to your 4th of July party! This roundup looks AMAZING! :)

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — July 3, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    This is a great collection of recipes! They all sound amazing!

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    Bev @ Bev Cooks — July 3, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    That piiiiiizza, omg.

    • admin replied: — July 3rd, 2012 at 2:05 pm

      i still dream about that pie.

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    Devon — July 3, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Tuesday-Fridays are the best. I wish I had random days off during the week more often.

    Great recipe round up!

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    Cassie — July 3, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Awesome roundup. I want that strawberry wheatberry salad!

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    Roz@weightingfor50 — July 3, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    I really need to remember NOT to check your blog before lunchtime. Now I’m starving! :) Thanks for all these fantastic looking summer recipes!!!!!

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    Mmmm this all looks so delicious! We just celebrated Canada Day over here, so we skipped off to a friend’s cottage for a weekend of fun! Enjoy your 4th of July Weekend! :)

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    Jackie @ The Beeroness — July 3, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Those strawberry feta skewers look perfect. I love 4th of July, it’s like a casual, summery version of Thanksgiving. But with less stress.

    • admin replied: — July 3rd, 2012 at 8:49 pm

      WAY less stress. and more beer :)

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    Erin Motz — July 3, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    Wow – great list! Sometimes food recipe lists are just so-so but this one is spot on. Thanks so much for sharing! Now I’ll be the cool kid with the awesome recipes at my Mom’s BBQ tomorrow ;)

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    Karly — July 4, 2012 at 1:19 am

    Happy 4th! I’m definitely not waking up to an alarm either…but, then, I never do. ;)

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    Nutmeg Nanny — July 4, 2012 at 1:35 am

    Ok. I had dinner around 6pm and now after seeing this post I could easily eat some more. That pizza…oh my!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — July 4, 2012 at 1:56 am

    what a great roundup!! hope you have a wonderful july 4th :) and I’m so glad we finalized mixedcon plans today..see YOU in november, friend!! xoxo

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    Megan — July 4, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    I definitely agree with you. Who looked at a week and said, there’s 7 days, let’s work 5 of them? I would much prefer 3 1/2 on and 3 1/2 off. :)

    This strawberry feta skewers look tasty!

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    Sarah Lynn — July 10, 2012 at 5:58 am

    Mmm, those all look so delicious!


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