Something for Summer!

summer round up


Here we are, in the thick of it.  I know so!  I currently have mosquito bites on my legs, sand in my shoes, and an aggressive and unfortunate short tan.

What’s going on in your kitchen?  It’s you’re anything like me… popcorn and wine is totally dinner, and pineapple is it’s own food group in your fridge.

Here’s the deal.  I did some digging for you.  I want you to cook up some treasures this summer, and I don’t want you to have to do a lot of searching to find those gems.  It’ll be hard enough just to turn on your oven.

The best of summer awaits.  Get baking!

May this summer bless you with cute sandals, ice cream cones, awesome hair days, wine for lunch, and Old Bay Seasoning.

Here’s what’s up:

Rainer Cherry Brown Betty

Rainer Cherry Brown Betty. It’s like a bread cobbler, with baked cherries.  Does that sound weird.  Ok… it’s a little weird.  But!  There’s sugar in it, so it’s delicious.

Blackberry Pie Bars

This is the best way to avoid rolling out pie crust:  Blackberry Pie Bars. Buttery, shortbread crust topped with fresh blackberries and crusty bits on top.  For serious.  These are impressive.


How about a homemade Bloody Mary?  Shut.  It.  Up.  …right?

Ok… so it might feel like you have to buy three dozen ingredients to make these little gems, but once you buy them, imagine how many cocktails you can have!  Think big!

Apple Pie Granita

Dear Reader,

I totally made apple pie  with juice, a spoon, and a freezer.  It’s called Apple Pie Granita. It’s like an apple pie slurpie.

That’s totally a thing.

I love you,


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A match dreamed up in heaven:  Spicy Vegetarian Chili and Jalapeno Pepper Jack Scones.

Spicy and cheesy scones.  If you roll your eyes at chili… fine.  But these scones will smack you in the face… that’s how good they are.


If you can, get your body to a beach this summer.

Good grief, I love this place.


Vegan Peach Berry Crumbles.

Those are just really good words to put together.

Fresh fresh yum!

Root Beer Float Cake

Chocolate cake with root beer!  Seriously.  And frosting too!  Root Beer Float Cake.

This cake is a major winner at barbecues, anniversary dinners, christenings, housewarmings, and candle lighting ceremonies.

Get in on this action.

Wait… is that picture blurry?  No… it’s the cake that’s blurry.  Totes the cake. aaaaawkward.

Strawberry Blackberry Shortcakes

I’m pretty sure that any day that involves a plate that looks like this, is a GOOD day.

Strawberry Blackberry Shortcakes.

Side Note:  if you’re going to a local strawberry festival, you don’t necessarily have to dress up exactly like a strawberry.  It’s not a strawberry dress up contest… it’s more of a festival… with strawberries.  I dunno.  You might have been confused like me.  Glad I could clear that up for you.

Tres Leches Cake

Can you eat this Tres Leches Cake all on your own?  You’re clearly a friend of mine.


Also, high-five!


This is about the Burnt Banana Chocolate Malted Milkshake… not about the insane kitten.


I really really want you to know how good these Toasted Marshmallow Milkshakes taste.

Please make them.  Please report back.

Cookie No Dough Ice Cream

Cookie No-Dough Ice Cream. Yea.  Just too clever.  No biggie.

Sugar Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Make the cookies.  Buy the ice cream  Combine the two.  Pat yourself on the back.  Major.

Sugar Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches.

Strawberry Banana Cream Pie for On the Lamb

Fresh fruit pie!  Strawberry Banana Cream Pie.

Ps.  I ate three hot dogs this evening, and maybe I feel a little guilty.  Not guilty enough to eat two slices of ice cream cake.  Whatever.

Hot Fudge Sundae Cupcakes

Hot Fudge Sundae Cupcakes.

Straight classy.

Mini Chocolate Dipped Bananas

Mini Chocolate Dipped Bananas.

Don’t eat these in public.  If you do, please don’t make eye contact with anyone while you’re eating.  Just… please.

Broccoli and Arugula Soup

Broccoli Arugula Soup.

I know it’s summer, and I know this is soup.  But!  Look how fresh and green this soup is!

It’s good for you too.  Counteract all those hot dogs.  On the real.

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Dip.  Buttermilk Ranch Dressing.

Spread.  Chickpea, Mint, and Parsley Spread.


Tell somebody.

Heck… tell everybody!

Happy Summer!

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116 thoughts on “Something for Summer!

  1. This was the best thing ever. Came back from a knackering weekend LARPing and camping now covered in bruises with a mess of a wig and moaning like a hungry cat. Had a shower (best ever), got hot chocolate and listened to your podcast. And then changed the hot chocolate to bourbon.

    You and Tracy are just constantly epic. You make my week happy. I think my cat knows you like cats because he’s always purring when you speak and he purrs like a tractor so I can’t hear you and then I have to put my cat outside and he looks hurt so I have to give him extra food and then he gets fat and I blame you.

    I’d totally be up to go Palm Springs for a conference…if I didn’t live in England. Stupid England.

    1. Shows how derpy I’m being. This was meant to be in response to your podcast! Maybe I need to change that bourbon back to hot chocolate.

  2. I love this post! Roundups are always nice posts to see what recipes are realllyy worth making in the bloggers opinion, and those blackberry pie bars and jalapeno scones are both calling my name! I may have already had porridge and a hefty slice of lemon cake for breakfast…healthy!.. but this is making me hungry allll over again :)

  3. aww thanks so much for organising these. I’m definitely going to give the blackberry pie bars a go once they are ready to pick out of my mum’s garden!

  4. This is like 20 posts in one!!! I’m beyond spoilt for choice reading this. Seriously don’t know where to start – they all look AMAZING! Thankyou soooo much for sharing :o)))

  5. I’m in Scotland, it’s cold and rainy in here. Last night we had toad in the hole wich is very wintery but for dessert we had the apple granita. Well, dirty apple granita cause we put a splash of bourbon in it. Delicious both ways!

  6. The concept of the cookie no-dough ice cream is seriously making me want to get an ice cream maker. In the meantime straight up cookie dough may have to do. Pity:)

  7. I’m going for the broccoli arugala soup! (Because, don’t tell my mother, I ate chocolate chip cookies for breakfast, (but there were plenty of oats in it!?!) and last weekend involved a lot of wine, pizza and ice cream..) The soup looks delicious ánd healthy! :)

  8. I actually don’t know where to start. It all looks so good that I want it all now although I’m not sure that’s conducive to fitting into a bikini…

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