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3 Great Summer Reads

22 Jun

It’s officially summer!  Time to hit the beach or pool and fit in some great books while relaxing.  I am in a book club and get the chance to read books I might not otherwise have picked on my own. And being busy with 3 active kids, I look forward to the times I can read which I consider “me” time.  I wanted to share three of my favorite books from the last few months that are great summer reads.

GirlontheTrain

Everywhere I go, people are talking about The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.  This is really the perfect summer book.

AlltheLightWeCannotSee

I just finished All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. This was a very well written book that really draws you in.  It’s one of those books that will stay with you for a long time.

Orphan Train

I read Orphan Train by Christine Baker Kline over Spring Break.  This was such a great story and another perfect pick for summer.

What books have you read lately that would be perfect picks for summer reading?  I would love if you would add your favorites in the comments below so I can find some new reads for summer! And if you do read any of my picks, tell me what you think of them!

Happy reading!

Cheers,

Jennifer

 

Book images from Amazon.com

 

 

3 Fabulous Summer Salads You Need to Try

11 Jun

Warm weather is finally here.  With it comes an opportunity to lighten up with our food (and mood!).  I love making salads for dinner and parties.  I happen to grow a few varieties of lettuce and spinach in my garden, so any opportunity to use them in a salad is a bonus.  Here are 3 summer salad recipes I can’t wait to try this summer.

southwesternsalad2

I found this Southwestern Chopped Salad with Cilantro Dressing on Pinterest.  I think this would be the perfect salad for a warm night with a glass of white wine.  Or the perfect salad to make for a backyard BBQ.   The recipe is in the link.

SrirachaLimeChickenChoppedSalad2

This salad is a meal in itself!  For those who like to kick up the heat, this Sriracha Lime Chicken Chopped Salad looks delicious.  So many flavors in one bowl.  Recipe in link.

portillos-chopped-salad-plate

Now this salad happens to be a staple in my home.  My friend Michele has made this for years and it’s a knock-off from a popular restaurant in Chicago called Portillo’s.  I make this salad all the time for parties and people ask me over and over to make it again (and for the recipe, too!).  Portillo’s Chopped Salad makes a fantastic side dish at a party … or you can add some diced chicken to make it a meal on it’s own.  Recipe in link.

What salads do you make that just scream summer?  Or do you have a favorite recipe that you’re known for?   Share with us in the comments below.

xoxo,

Jennifer

 Photo credits:  thegardengrazer.com, lexiscleankitchen.com, the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

 

Summer Bucket List for Kids

4 Jun

Kids everywhere are gearing up for Summer break.  Sleeping in, hanging out with their friends, and the inevitable “I’m bored!” that makes Moms cringe.  A few years ago a friend of mine shared something with me that my kids loved.  She put together a poster board titled “Summer Fun Checklist” with ideas of things to do/accomplish over the summer.  She asked her kids for some ideas and put some of her own on it.  The goal is to complete the checklist by the end of summer.  Some people call this their “Summer Bucket List” and either way, it’s a fun way to check-off things to do with your family.

BucketList

All you need to do is search Pinterest or Google for ideas – there are plenty out there!  I like the simplicity of this one I found on howtonestforless.com.  Have you ever done a summer checklist or summer bucket list with your kids?  What “must have” activities did you include on yours?  Share in the comments below.  I’d love to hear what you and your family includes!

xoxo,
Jennifer

 

 Image source:  www.howtonestforless.com