Strawberry Lime Popsicle Spritzer

This Strawberry Lime Popsicle Spritzer recipe was developed in partnership with Dasani and Mirum.  All opinions and recipes are strictly my own! #RaiseaGlasstoSummerMocktails
Strawberry Lime Popsicle Spritzer Recipe

Okay, so I've officially found my new favorite mocktail.  I mean, you could totally jazz it up if you want, but hello, I'm thoroughly in love with this Strawberry Lime Popsicle Spritzer just as it is. Super cold, lightly sweet, and incredibly refreshing.  Also, it's kind of beautiful.  There's only three ingredients and I feel confident that anyone who likes the combo of strawberry and lime will appreciate this one. Pretty sure (totally sure) this will be the signature drink at my birthday summer barbecue next weekend. Mmmmmmm

Butterbeer Fudge Topped Blondies

This Butterbeer Fudge Topped Blondies recipe was developed in conjunction with the Happy Harry Potter series at Rae Gun Ramblings.  Yay! #happyharrypotter
Butterbeer Fudge Topped Blondies Harry Potter Recipe

A long time ago (I won't bore you with the exact number of years, lest you calculate just how terrifyingly close to 40 I am already), my boyfriend (now husband) lived in Florida while I was attending grad school in New Jersey.  Every few months I would make the exceedingly boring eighteen hour (each way!) drive to see him for a long weekend.  

My classmate, and good friend, Omar had friends in Florida as well, so I always tried to entice him to make the trip with me.  The very first time we went, I promised we could buy and listen to any book on tape (yes, tape - stop counting on your fingers), my treat.  So before embarking on our epic journey, Omar and I hit Barnes & Noble where he made a beeline for the first Harry Potter book.  

Tuna Salad Stuffed Tomatoes

Tuna Salad Stuffed Tomatoes are the perfect delicious and healthy recipe for those dog days of summer! This recipe is partnered with Safeway however all recipes and opinions are my own. 
Tuna Salad Stuffed Tomato Recipe

Hello there from the sunny state of Florida!  And by sunny, I mean holy heck it feels like we're sitting on the surface of the sun!  Good gravy, our heat index has been well over 100 degrees all month with the humidity in excess of 40%.  Do you know what that feels like?  It feels like melting onto the couch in the air conditioning with the ceiling fan blasting at full force and never wanting to move again.  Even the pool water is hot!  Uhg.

What it doesn't feel like, is me wanting to turn on the oven or leave the house to go shopping.  Nope, nerp, nada.  Not even a little bit.  It's cool salads, iced tea, and grocery delivery.  That's the month of July in Florida.  

Salted Caramel and Strawberry Parfaits

This Salted Caramel & Strawberry Parfait recipe was created in partnership with Mirum Agency.  All recipes and opinions are my own and Mama Loves Food only works with brands we love! #SweetAndSaltySweepstakes
Salted Caramel and Strawberry Parfaits Recipe

Summer means a few things in our home.  Strawberries (sooooooo many strawberries) and friends! We have a lot of visitors throughout the year, but come summertime it starts to feel like a camp for wayward and rowdy friends.  Which, let's be honest - I wouldn't have it any other way!  The pool and trampoline are in constant use and everyone's hungry all the time.  I love to cook for company, but sometimes it gets overwhelming and that's when we fall back on the buffet line.  

Hot dogs, fruit, snacks, and of course dessert!  We like to put it all out on a big folding table and let folks dig in as they see fit.  This Salted Caramel and Strawberry Parfait recipe is a product of a 'Make Your Own Parfait' buffet!  The dish mixes the tanginess of strawberries, with the sweetness of whipped cream, a crunch of cookie in the middle, and just the perfect hint of salt when topped with salted caramel sauce.  

Sweet Potato and Sausage Hash

This Sweet Potato and Sausage Hash is my favorite breakfast recipe and I think it's soon to be yours too!

I'm not sure what it is about the beginning of July that makes me panic about the way I'm eating, but it happens every. single. year.  Maybe because we're exactly half way through the year?  Or because it's been exactly six months since my New Year's panic session?  Or possibly, coming off of Memorial Day and 4th of July where food and alcohol is in abundance.  There's also the fact that while my kids have been enjoying the pool for months, it's just now getting to a temperature I enjoy so - hello bathing suit!  

Strawberry Mango Smoothie

This Strawberry Mango Smoothie is both delicious and guilt free!  Made with only fresh fruit ingredients, you can't go wrong with this recipe!
Strawberry Mango Smoothie Recipe

Three years ago, I was bursting at the seams pregnant with my 5th kiddo (yes, I know how that happens).  I looked like an overripe watermelon and felt as though someone had shoved a writhing angry cat under my shirt. It was one of the hottest summers we'd experienced in years and I was completely (COMPLETELY) miserable.

I spent many as many afternoons as possible sitting at the edge of my girlfriend's pool with her giant oscillating fan aimed directly at my swollen toes and enjoying the fresh fruit she always had on hand. Up to that point I really didn't care for mango, but she served up the freshest, ripest, juiciest mangoes cut into the most perfect little cubes and I couldn't help but fall in love with them.  Since then I get giddy whenever I see mangoes go on sale in the market and have the tendency to buy more than we strictly need.  


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