Twelve Classic and Breathtakingly Creative Ice Cream Soda's for National Soda Day #icecream

It just so happens to be National Ice Cream Float Day, and just in the nick of time! It got me to thinking, I don't make ice cream oriented desserts near often enough, and why not?!! I mean honestly, it's in the triple digits here in the Valley of the Sun and if I have to resort to an ice cold, bubbly ice cream float to turn my frown upside down than gosh darn it , that's what I'm going to do!

Calories be damned!!! Bring on the floats! Here are 12 of the most beautifully tempting ice cream floats I could find and I'll be dreaming of them every night until I can get my hands on them. A girl's gotta have a mission in life. 

Red White and Blue Italian Soda

Cherry Almond Egg Cream with Home Made Cherry Syrup

And last but certainly not least, 

Happy National Ice Cream Soda Day!

Live a little!!!



Creamy Rotisserie Chicken and Mushroom Pasta #WeekdaySupper

When the last thing you want to do is cook dinner after a long day, this is the dinner for you. Using a rotisserie chicken puts this dinner on the table quicker than take out but presents like you slaved away for hours in the kitchen. Throw in a simple side salad and Monday night dinner is in the bag! Did I mention that it's made using creamy Greek yogurt, a bit of sour cream and freshly grated Parmesan instead of fat laden mayonnaise? Healthy, happy and simple.



Patriotic Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches

Celebrate this Fourth of July with these Patriotic Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches. They will make the perfect cool treat for your backyard BBQ. Let the kids help you make them for extra fun!



Red White and Blue Power Smoothies {secret sources of protein}

We pretty much live by the 'smoothies are a necessity of life rule' around here year round, but especially during the summer.  I mean, when your 5 year old daughter puts her little hand on her little hip and says to you as patiently as a 5 year old can "Did you know that we are out of power greens to make smoothies???" You can be pretty sure that smoothies are big deal. 



Grilled Mediterranean Salmon Burgers with Tzatziki and a Wine Pairing #SundaySupper

These Grilled Salmon Burgers with flavors from the warm and beautiful Mediterranean take just a few minutes to throw together, leaving you plenty of time to spend outdoors by the pool with your family and friends. A nice cool glass of Pinot Noir is my favorite wine pairing with these grilled salmon burgers. Gallo Family Vineyard’s Pinot Noir is a medium bodied wine, much less bold than a cabernet, and  provides a smooth and light finish with aromas of cherry and sweet fruit flavors.

Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards.



Chunky Applesauce Zucchini Oat Cakes

Sure you could make a loaf of bread out of these apple cakes but what fun would that be? You can find cute, disposable mini cake baking pans at most craft stores. The kids thought they were getting an extra special treat. Little did they know that they had zucchini in them and very little sugar. 




Creamy Coconut, Roasted Strawberry Chocolate ChipPopsicles #SundaySupper

 Fantastic treats don't have to be complicated or overly sweet. Take these creamy coconut, strawberry popsicles with bits of cacao nibs in every bite. They have just 5 ingredients in them and can be made in time to satisfy your sweet tooth emergencies. 

This weeks Sunday Supper is all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. We all love that idea during the lazy days of summer right? Everyone over at Sunday Supper is sharing their favorite drinks, appetizers, snacks, lunches, dinners and treats that have 5 ingredients or less!!! We've basically got your simple summer treats and eats covered.



Honey Dijon Avocado Dressing #RecipeRedux

You can skip the salad dressing aisle at the grocery store from now on, I've got some big news for you. Making your own salad dressings and dips are so ridiculously simple and taste so much better that you'll be kicking yourself for buying the jarred stuff. If simplicity and taste haven't convinced you, how about the cost? Pennies on the dollar. You can make several different types of dressings and dips to suite your cravings using stuff you most likely already have in your fridge and cupboard.



Cuban Style Empanadas Recipe and How my 10 Year Old Got Stuck to the Carpet, A dinner time tale.

Empanadas are a fun way to serve your favorite taco type fillings and flavors. Making them at home is much easier than you might think and they are a perfect portable lunch. They are often served at parties and celebrations in Latin cultures the fillings widely varying. They are like little pita pockets stuffed with meats, onions, potatoes and olives in most Latin cultures and are thought to have first popped up in Portugal, popular on trade routes to India and are believed to have been derived or influenced by the Indian Samosa which usual have spiced potatoes, onions, peas, lentils and minced lamb in them. 



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