Easiest Fudge Popsicles

Seriously, this is one of the easiest recipes I have found for eating chocolate in a frozen stick form. And, it was actually full of chocolate flavor. Probably because it is mostly melted chocolate.

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Summery Treats: Grilled Mustard Chicken and Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles

Apparently I made a bunch of seasonal summery foods this year, and I am running out of time to share them before it is essentially Christmas. I apologize. But at the same time, I don’t. If you’re like me, you might make some recipes immediately upon seeing them, or you might save them for later to get re-excited about them, OR you might even make dishes during the “wrong” time of the year.

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Tips-y Tuesdays: Kebabs and Skewers

This is a work in progress. I have been trying different kebab recipes and not had much luck. I did meatballs (wouldn’t stay on the skewers), chicken thighs that I tried not cutting into pieces, shrimp, and then chicken breasts.

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Grilled Shrimp, Bell Pepper, and Mushroom Skewers/Kebabs

For awhile I had a dilemma. I wanted to try making skewers/kebabs, but I lacked the skewers. I also needed a grill. And then I didn’t really have recipes since I didn’t have the skewers…finally I went ahead and asked for them for my birthday this year. I have tried different recipes and am still learning, but this recipe was my first success!

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Ramen Salad

Oh my goodness. I did it. I just posted with complaints of not finding a good party salad, and then bam, I made this one and loved it. I have even been enjoying the leftovers! Not only is it super easy to make (one of the easiest side dishes ever), but it was a hit with my friends, too. I can’t say it is toddler-friendly, but I wasn’t intending for that when I picked it. A friend where I used to teach would make a ramen salad that she would share with us and it was so good! I didn’t think to compare until just now, but when I looked, hers is almost identical to the ingredients except no slaw, it used edamame and sunflower seeds, and you could add the seasoning packets, but she never did.

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Fudgelet Adventures (part 10): Third Birthday Party!

As you (might) know, my posts tend to be a bit delayed on here. I usually can’t make a recipe and have time to write about it immediately, so that’s how it goes. I actually am writing about this party only a couple days after it happened, but just posting it about 2 months after the fact. The Fudgelet normally parties at home for his birthday. This year, since it was his last birthday as an only child, I decided to go somewhere. Since he loves blueberries, we were going to do a two part one…pick blueberries, then go to a park and play/eat. Well, as you see, I said “we were.” We had a rainier and cooler spring this year which meant berries weren’t ready until near the end of July (normally they are ready around July 4). And then the park part had to get cancelled, too, since it ended up raining that morning for a bit (the first rain of the entire month, and then some). Siiiiiiigh. So, back to hosting it at home! He was a little disappointed at first, but then recovered when he knew that everyone was still coming here. He cared more about seeing his friends than the park.

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Mixed Bag Monday (part 17): Party Salads

I am always trying to get more inspired to make side dishes. I mean to do more, but I usually get more excited about main courses and desserts. Occasionally I come across recipes I save, hoping for a reason to make them. Today I am sharing a few pictures from two recipes that were okay but not ones I would likely repeat.

The first comes from How Sweet Eats. I did not have a melon baller, and did not wish to pay more than a few dollars for one, sooooo we didn’t do balls. Forgive us? K helped me by cutting the watermelon. It was fairly easy to make…

Chopped produce and a vinaigrette mixed together is simple. But, the final dish was only “fine” and nothing spectacular.

Next I made a farro salad from America’s Test Kitchen. I liked this one more, but I would have liked less farro and more of the other ingredients.

I also made the mistake of doubling the recipe when a single batch would have been sufficient. My family always makes too much food for things.

Maybe I should have just done this and left out the farro? Then K might have tried it.

I liked it, but it was too much for just me to finish since I’m also still trying to convince the Fudgelet of farro’s merits.

Do you have any successful party salads to share?