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Parmesan Broiled Tomatoes

Parmesan Broiled Tomatoes ~ This super quick and easy way to enjoy fresh tomatoes goes from prep to table in just minutes!

Parmesan Broiled Tomatoes ~ This super quick & easy way to enjoy fresh tomatoes goes from prep to table in just minutes.


Have you got oodles of tomatoes coming out of the garden?  I just adore fresh-off-the-vine homegrown tomatoes ... especially their smell.  Yes, I'm totally enamored with the smell of a freshly-picked tomato.

And I'm totally enamored with the flavor, too.

One of our favorite super easy ways to enjoy fresh tomatoes from the garden is as this simple side dish of Parmesan Broiled Tomatoes.

Marinated Many-Bean Salad

Easy Marinated Many Bean Salad ~ a great classic salad for the family or for serving a crowd!  Perfect for cookouts, potlucks, or as an everyday side.

Marinated Many Bean Salad ~ a great easy salad for the family or for serving a crowd!  Perfect for cookouts, potlucks, or as an everyday side.


Many-Bean Salad is one of those classic recipes that's been around forever.  It's the perfect easy, crowd-pleasing dish for cookouts and potlucks.  I mean, hey ... been-around-forever recipes have been around forever for a reason, right?  Because they're just plain GOOD!

And Many Bean Salad is no exception when it comes to that.  Our family just loves this stuff.

And since this salad is made mainly with canned goods?

{Kid-Friendly} Watermelon Slush

{Kid-Friendly} Watermelon Slush is not only super tasty, it's super easy to make, too.  The kids will love to help make ... and enjoy ... this perfect-for-warm-weather-sipping slush!

 


I really love the concept of using a recipe you know works as a springboard for creating new recipes and versions of something.  For me, that's the most fun part of cooking!

And that's exactly what happened when creating this kid-friendly Watermelon Slush, based on my Watermelon Rum Slush recipe ... which was previously based on my Watermelon-Moscato Slush recipe.  It just snowballed from that original slush to create two more totally tasty versions!

And do you want to know why this kid-friendly version came about?

Crescent Roll Tomato-Basil Squares

With fresh tomatoes and basil slathered with melty cheese, layered on a crescent roll crust, Crescent Roll Tomato-Basil Squares are the perfect versatile savory little treat.  Enjoy them for a party, lunch, brunch, or even as a tasty afternoon snack.



Oh, the classic combination of tomato and basil!  It's truly one of summer's simple {and best} pleasures.  I love taking slices of garden-fresh tomatoes, laying a couple of basil leaves on top, sprinkling on a tiny touch of salt, and popping the stack straight in my mouth.

Or another favorite way to enjoy classic tomato and basil deliciousness?

Loaded Baked Potato Macaroni Salad

Love that classic loaded baked potato combination of sour cream, chives, cheese, and bacon? Enjoy it in a new delicious way in this Loaded Baked Potato Macaroni Salad!

Loaded Baked Potato Macaroni Salad ~ Love that classic loaded baked potato combo of sour cream, chives, cheese, & bacon? Enjoy it in a new delicious way in this tasty macaroni salad!


I sure love a great loaded baked potato.  That combination of sour cream, chives, cheese, and bacon just gives such fabulous flavor when all mushed together with the fluffy baked potato flesh.  It's a perfect comfort food, for sure.

So why not take that classic combination of flavors and enjoy it as a macaroni salad?  Why not, indeed.

But I must admit, the first time I made this Loaded Baked Potato Macaroni Salad, the flavor fell totally flat.

Lemon Buttercream Frosting

Loaded with fresh lemon juice and zest, this Lemon Buttercream Frosting packs fabulous lemon flavor ~ it's the perfect frosting for lemon lovers.
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Lemon Buttercream Frosting ~ Loaded with fresh lemon juice and zest, this Lemon Buttercream Frosting packs fabulous lemon flavor. It's the perfect frosting for lemon lovers!  www.thekitchenismyplayground.com


Lemon lovers, I have something unfortunate to share ~ my husband detests lemon desserts.  Which I completely don't understand.  I mean, how can one not like lemon desserts??  It's baffling to me, indeed.

But what it means for me is I can only make lemon desserts when I have someone to share them with.  Because seriously, while I'm sure I certainly could  eat an entire batch of lemon whatever, it's certainly not something I should  do.

So when I had the opportunity to make cupcakes for our daughter's 7th birthday party with our family, not only did I make her much-requested Funfetti Happy Birthday Cupcakes, I also seized the opportunity to whip up a batch of my favorite vanilla cupcakes topped with this super creamy, super tasty Lemon Buttercream Frosting.  It's the perfect frosting for lemon lovers.
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