Fresh Corn and Black Bean Salsa

Fresh Corn and Black Bean Salsa Recipe

Here is a super simple recipe that is perfect for summer.  I love to make this for parties or as a snack for long days at the pool.  This is also perfect for hot summer nights when turning on the oven and cooking is not something to get excited about.

You can customize this a bit to suit your tastes and what you might have in the fridge/garden.  Here is the basic recipe:

Fresh Corn and Black Bean Salsa
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Quick and easy fresh corn and black bean salsa
Ingredients
  • 15 ounces Black Beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 2 cups whole Kernel Corn (fresh, frozen or canned)
  • 1 large Tomato, diced
  • 1 small Onion, diced
  • 2 Tablespoons Lime Juice
  • Cilantro Leaves (finely chopped- optional)
  • Avocado (optional)
  • 1 small jalapeno (seeded and finely chopped- optional)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Mix everything together in a large bowl and squeeze fresh lime juice over the top.
  2. If you are using frozen corn, you will want to cook that first. Everything in the recipe should be at room temp.
  3. Enjoy!

This will make a large bowl of salsa and you can enjoy it with so many things— chips for dipping, quesadillas, with rice and shredded chicken….

corn salsa

Cilantro adds quite a bit of flavor to this recipe and I often kick it up with extra lime juice too.   I am not a huge jalapeno person but I know many of you will want to add that into the salsa as well.

If you have fresh avocado that adds a lot of creaminess to this salsa and really makes it a meal for me- I love this served over leftover rice with a tiny bit of cheese.  (Just like a burrito bowl)

Fresh Corn Salsa

And here are a few more recipes you might enjoy:

salsaFresh Blender Salsa

Guacamole RecipeFresh Lime and Cilantro Guacamole

Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe- plus a free printable labelHomemade Taco Seasoning

 

 

20 Fresh Ice Cream Recipes for Summer

20 Homemade Ice Cream Recipes

It is officially summer and where I live, it is supposed to hit 108 this week! That means ice cream is definitely on the agenda and I have 20 delicious recipes for you to try!

Many of these do require an ice cream machine, but I noted the no churn options below that do not require a machine. So something for everyone!

I just bet your kids love making ice cream and it is such a simple way to create family memories and traditions. A few years back we started going to an annual peach festival and coming home to make a peach ice cream with the fresh peaches we bought. Such a great way to really enjoy all the fresh, juicy fruit of summer.

So here are 20 recipes you might check out- if you give any of these a shot come back and let us know what you thought!

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Patriotic Swirled Cupcakes

Patriotic Swirled Cupcakes



I absolutely love these cupcakes!

I can’t wait to make them again and again in different colors and flavors.  It is really simple to make these pretty little swirly cupcakes – no fancy pastry skills needed.  And aren’t they just perfect for the 4th of July with the bright red, white and blue frosting?

You can make these in any color combo you like and it really is just a few extra steps to get this swirly wow factor for your cupcakes.

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Spinach and Berry Summer Salad

Spinach and Berry Salad

 

Here is a super easy and delicious salad recipe that is perfect for summer.  I love this salad and make it all the time- especially after a Farmer’s Market visit when we have gorgeous berries.

This salad can be served with roasted chicken or I just eat it alone with some crusty, french bread.  The colors are so pretty too for 4th of July- a perfect salad to serve at picnics and BBQs.

You can use any berries you like in this salad- strawberries or blackberries.  I try to use raspberries as often as possible because they are pretty low in sugar compared to other fruits.

Here is the simple recipe:

Spinach and Berry Summer Salad
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Fresh and easy spinach salad with juicy berries and creamy goat cheese.
Ingredients
  • 6 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 pint fresh blueberries
  • 1 pint fresh raspberries
  • ¼ cup almonds- sliced
  • 2-4 oz goat cheese (according to your preference)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Poppyseed Salad Dressing (homemade or store bought)*
Instructions
  1. Add spinach to a large bowl.
  2. Top with freshly washed berries.
  3. Next sprinkle almonds on top - as generously as you like.
  4. Slice goat cheese log into small pieces and sprinkle on top. (Feta would also work if you prefer)
  5. Lightly top with poppyseed dressing. A little goes a long way.
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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Really this comes together in just minutes.  *To be honest in summer I am usually looking for the fastest recipe possible and I don’t normally make the salad dressing from scratch each time.  My favorite store bought is this Brianna’s Poppyseed dressing.  If you prefer to make it from scratch, Paula Deen has a homemade poppyseed dressing recipe here.

Spinach Berry Salad

And here are a few other recipes you might enjoy:

Homemade Almond Butter Recipe- so delicious and so simple to make!Homemade Almond Butter

Easy Spinach Power SaladSpinach Power Salad

Fresh Raspberries with White Chocolate- so simple and absolutely deliciousWhite Chocolate Stuffed Raspberries 

 

Homemade Peanut Brittle {+ Father’s Day Gift Idea}

Easy homemade peanut brittle

 

My Father in Law, better known as Grandpa Joe, loves peanut brittle.  I make it for him every year on Father’s Day and it is always a sure fired hit.  He is a single man about town so doesn’t do a lot as far as homemade food goes and really I have found both my Father in Law and my own Dad just don’t really want a lot of stuff.  They tend to just buy anything they want and all the clothing, accessories and other items that people gift them tends to wind up in donation bins.

So I find the homemade stuff seems to work pretty well for both fellas in our life and I thought I’d share my favorite homemade peanut brittle recipe with you.  This comes together in seriously about 15 minutes and you can make it right in the microwave!

I like to put it in a mason jar with parchment paper and add a simple little tag and boom!  Father’s Day in a jar for very little money and something I know he will love.   This is just a classic peanut brittle recipe but you can use any nuts you like (cashews, macademia etc..) and you can add other flavors like shredded coconut to customize your brittle.

I do want to tell you that the cooking time for this recipe will vary according to your microwave.  Your brittle may not turn out perfectly the very first time you ever make it – it took me three tries actually to get mine down but now I can whip this up in just minutes and it is a fun homemade gift idea.  Try topping vanilla ice cream with fresh peanut brittle in summer- so good!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispies Treats

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Rice Krispies Treats

 

Some days I think I should make the tagline of the blog- Your Rice Krispies headquarters because I certainly have a lot of recipes for them here.

But my little baby girl loves Rice Krispies more than anything and I love to see that giant smile when I make a batch.  So here is yet another variation on Rice Krispies.

These are peanut butter and chocolately and so very delicious.  You can add butterscotch chips to this recipe for a little extra layer of flavor or stick with the traditional peanut butter, creamy chocolate and crunchy Rice Krispies.

I hope you decide to try this recipe and if you do, please come back and let me know what you think!

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Simple Red, White and Blue Jello Cups {Perfect for the 4th of July!}

red white and blue jello cups for 4th of july

We actually don’t buy Jello very often although my girls absolutely love it.  I couldn’t resist trying these Red, White and Blue cups for Fourth of July though.

They are just so pretty and in Sacramento it is HOT in July so I am usually somewhat limited with what types of desserts I can serve at BBQs and such.

So these are really easy to assemble and the colors are so vibrant and pretty.  If you have little ones, you might consider making these as well.  And if you are planning to take them to a BBQ or other outdoor festivities,  these are super easy to grab and go.  You can assemble them in any clear glass you might have or a mason jar would work perfectly.

So here is the super easy directions to make these cups.  If you like you can top them with fresh whipped cream and maybe even some red, white and blue sprinkles.

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Easy S’Mores Parfait Recipe

Smores Parfait Recipe- cool and creamy treat perfect for summer!

Here is a really fun recipe for summer that is so simple and the kids are going to absolutely love this.  This little parfait comes together in minutes and is perfect to make ahead in little mason jars and bring these on your summer picnics.

I happen to love S’Mores- really they are a perfect dessert but sometimes in summer we want something cool and creamy.  This parfait combines creamy chocolate pudding, gooey marshmallow fluff and crunchy graham crackers.

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