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June 30, 2019

Hello, Happy Sunday!

It's hard to believe today is the last day of June. This month whizzed by, like a big blur. So many good things...visiting family, gathering with friends, camping, bonfires, bike rides, swimming, grilling, picking strawberries. But here we are, already thinking about what to put on the menu for the 4th of July. Why does it always feel like the entire summer season passes by 100x faster than the single month of January?!

You'll find that this newsletter is quite a bit different than my regular newsletter. I'm highlighting lots of recipes. LOTS! These recipes are top family and/or reader favorites, all of them great for summer. They're divided into groups:
* SALADS & SIDES
* GRILLING MAINS
* DRINKS
* DESSERTS
I do hope you'll skim through and grab a few new recipes to try...and maybe revisit some that you've already enjoyed!

Happy 4th of July!
Happy Summer!

-Brenda

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SALADS & SIDES

Mojito Fruit Salad - This fruit salad recipe has summer written all over it, with cubes of juicy watermelon and sweet strawberries and blueberries. With a nod to the mojito, the fruit is tossed with a sweet mint and lime mixture. And toss in a few jicama stars, and you have the perfect side for the 4th of July!

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Dill Pickle Potato Salad - A creamy mustard potato salad recipe, fun and flavorful with crunchy dill pickles. This is how to make the best potato salad – it promises to be a summer favorite!

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This Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing recipe is fresh and creamy and tangy. It’s so much better than store-bought, the perfect partner for fresh salads and veggie trays. It's the unanimous favorite dressing in our family!

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Coleslaw Dressing – My mom’s recipe for sweet onion coleslaw dressing is bright and tangy with vinegar. There's no mayo in this dressing!

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Herby Lemon Vinaigrette – This homemade lemon vinaigrette recipe is loaded with bright flavor and mealtime versatility. It's a dressing full of sunshine. I like to keep a jar on hand throughout the summer season, and find myself reaching for it for breakfast, lunch, and supper!

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Jessica’s Taco Salad with Creamy Taco Dressing is bursting with fresh veggies, plus taco seasoned beef and crunchy, nacho cheese-y, irresistible Doritos. Everyone loves this salad!

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Grilled Mini Sweet Peppers with Goat Cheese – where little peppers are grilled until softened and charred, and then filled with tangy goat cheese. A sprinkling of fresh herbs and smoked sea salt finishes them off.

Tip: Make twice as many as you think you'll need. These disappear FAST!!

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Pickled Red Onions are downright addictive. They're quick and easy to make, and are awesome with so many different meals!

This is one of the all-time top recipes on the blog!

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Grilled Vegetable Salad: featuring veggies charred to perfection and then drizzled with a bright-and-sunny herby lemon vinaigrette. People LOVE this salad!!

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GRILLING MAINS

Sugar Grilled Beef and Asparagus Kebabs are delicious with sweet and salty steak bites and fresh spring asparagus. They're easy to prep ahead of time, for an extra special meal from the grill!

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Easy Grilled Pork Chops: With this quick method, once the pork chops hit the hot grill grates, you’ll be eating tender, juicy pork chops in less than ten minutes. This is a top family favorite!

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Grilled Chipotle-Orange Salmon is sweet and smoky and beautifully spiced. And did I mention, pretty?!

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Beer Can Chicken – This easy beer can chicken on the grill guarantees moist meat that falls off the bone and crispy, ultra flavorful skin. It's such a fantastic summer meal!

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Grilled Margarita Shrimp are loaded with flavor and charred to perfection. If I could have only one shrimp recipe in the world, it would be THIS ONE!

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I can't count the times we made this recipe for Farmers Market Grilled Flatbread Pizza last summer - these easy pizzas are so good!

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DRINKS

This tart-sweet Rhubarb Margarita is made with a swirl of homemade fresh rhubarb syrup. It's a beautiful summertime sipper.

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This Rosemary Greyhound Cocktail is full of bright, fresh grapefruit flavor, with earthy sweetness from rosemary simple syrup. Served over ice, a grapefruit cocktail is a real thirst quencher.

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Sangria in Rosé, Bourbon, and Blue - a tasty and beautiful cocktail for the 4th of July!

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The recipe for these Prosecco Margaritas is in big-batch cocktail form, perfect for entertaining. I love the bubbles. This has been a very, VERY popular recipe on the blog!

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DESSERTS

Old-Fashioned Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp is sweet with strawberries, with a touch of tart from rhubarb. An extra-thick buttery oats topping provides the perfect contrast – and it stays crisp for days!

This recipe is currently the most popular recipe on the blog!

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Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are baked in a pan, a quick and super easy chocolate chip cookie recipe with no mixer and no chilling. You’ll love how soft and buttery these are!

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This S’mores Pie is gooey and chocolatey and utterly delicious. Enjoy the flavors of your favorite summertime treat, no campfire required!

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Grilled Angel Food Cake with Mom’s Super Simple Rhubarb Sauce. This sweet treat is summertime perfection, and one of our favorite desserts to serve guests at our backyard gatherings.

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Lemon Heaven Bars are dense and soft and chewy. Loaded with fresh lemon flavor and covered with a thin, sweet glaze, they are completely irresistible!

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Monster Cookie Bars could not be more perfect for a picnic at the park, a backyard bbq, or a neighborhood block party. If you like, fancy them up with red, white, and blue for the 4th of July!

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Patriotic Ice Cream Sandwiches are a fun take on an old classic, with a twist of red velvet cake. Aren't they just the sweetest?!

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With just five ingredients, this extra-large recipe for Extra-Marshmallow Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispies Bars feeds a crowd. You'll love how chocolatey and chewy these bars are!

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