June 25, 2014

A Hankering For . . . Summertime Refreshments

Summertime offers some of my favorite foods and I'm looking forward to enjoying them all very soon.

First off lets talk grilling!

I'm a big fan a grilling.  
So much so that oftentimes the oven doesn't get used in weeks.  Here at Happy at Home we have actually switch from a traditional grill to a smoker . . . and let me tell you it is AMAZING.  I had my doubts when Hubby started talking about getting one but now I get it . . . and use it all the time.

I'm looking forward to some annual favorites like . . . 

Mouth Watering Steak
(my hubbies specialty)

Everyday Steak Tips Recipe ~  a delicious marinade that adds fantastic flavor to grilled or broiled sirloin beef tips!   The tips come out tender and delicious with a slightly tangy, slightly sweet flavor that is our idea of the perfect steak tips recipe!

Simple and Delicious Grilled Chicken

Grilled Chicken Legs - use only 1/2 - 3/4 tsp Diamond salt sense or poultry seasoning and trim skin well!

Tender and Spicy Ribs

Shay's Fall-Off-the-Bone Baby Back Ribs  For super-tender meat, marinate baby back ribs in beer and bake in the oven for three hours before grilling. These ribs grill for just 10-15 minutes, since they will have been almost cooked through in the oven.

And of course . . . Juicy, Messy Burgers

Fried Egg. Avocado. Roma Tomato. The perfect burger.

So much more can be grilled though,

My personal favorite . . . 

Grilled Pizza

grilled pizza with cream cheese, chicken, and red onions

Buttery Corn on the Cob

The 5 Best Grilled Corn Recipes You'll See This Summer | Shine Food - Yahoo! Shine

I've found a few new recipes I'm very excited to try out.

Like  Grilled BBQ Pork Roast

Grilled BBQ Pork Roast | Real Housemoms | This is the most moist pork roast EVER!!!

And branching out into grilling veggies and fruit which would be new to us . . . 

Grilled Asparagus

Nothing beats the flavor of asparagus, coated in olive oil, sprinkled with salt, and quickly grilled.

Sliced Potatoes

Rustic Grilled Potatoes...these looks tasty and simple enough...a nice side for tonight's steak

Grilled Pineapple

Grilled pineapple with honey, lime juice and cinnamon. Pineapple is delicious on it's own, but if you want something quick and easy to make for dessert this summer, try grilling it and serving it with some ice cream on the side. Fun for backyard parties!

Grilled Fruit Kabobs

These grilled fruit kabobs were so incredibly good!! You will love the key lime yogurt dip to go with it! from favfamilyrecipes.com

Moving away from the grill . . . there are so many other yummy summertime dishes I'm looking forward too.

Like fruit salad

Secret Fruit Salad: The secret is dry vanilla pudding mix. It combines with all the juices from the fruit  makes a scrumptious dressing that coats every bite. People will ask you for the recipe it's so good!

Cold Slaw

Yum... I'd Pinch That! | Wonderful Creamy Cold Slaw

Pasta Salad

Pasta Salad with broccoli, onions, cheddar  bacon - best pasta salad I've had in ages! been looking for a new pasta salad.

My personal favorite, Cobb Salad with Strawberries

California Cobb Salad with Tarragon Vinaigrette | iowagirleats.com


BLT! Best sandwich ever!   Farm House White Bread-Peppridge  Boston lettuce Beefsteak  your favorite bacon, Hothouse or plum tomatoes Helman's Mayo

Wonderful Watermelon
(can't get enough)

Perfect for the hot weather

And last but definitely my kiddos favorite . . . Homemade Ice Cream

Homemade Fresh Strawberry Ice-Cream...without an ice-cream maker...from scratch.

What yummy Summertime Refreshment have you been hankering for?



  1. All these pictures are making me hungry Robin! We usually grill a lot of salmon too!

  2. I am officially hungry now from all these pictures :-) Please, be sure to post about the BBQ pork if you try it - it looks amazing!

    Happy Wednesday...

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  4. yammy, it looks delicious :) nice pictures


  5. OK...now I am hungry!! I love summertime eats, too! Enjoy!

  6. My mouth is watering with all the beautiful summertime dishes!! I love all the varieties of fruits and vegetables in the summer.
    Mary Alice

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