5 Best Summer Barbecue Recipes

Summer is well and truly here, and families up and down the country are starting to light those barbecues.

The barbecue is arguably the most enjoyable mealtime of the whole year, filled with delicious food and drinks. That’s not to mention the family company and the music, making it an event that’s memorable for years.

And to make it even more so, the grub must be on point. If you’ve run out of ideas and need a little more inspiration, look no further than here!

Creamy potato salad



Barbecues are nothing without a healthy supply of side dishes. Sure, you can have a variety of delicious meats, but you need some sides too!

And potato salad is arguably the best side dish of the bunch, and I’d recommend you home-make it. Store bought potato salad usually consists of rock hard potatoes and gone-off mayonnaise, so do it yourself. For your homemade version, make sure the ingredients are as fresh as possible. That’s why store-bought tastes awful – it’s not fresh!

To do it, pre-cook your potatoes the day before and leave them to cool. On the day, mix them with a healthy serving of mayonnaise and some chopped spring onions, to give it a crunchy flavor. Then put it back in the fridge until needed!

The classic cheeseburger



Ah, the cheeseburger. It’s been a staple of family barbecues for years and years, and with good reason. To get the perfect burger, heat your bun for a few minutes until it’s golden brown. Add the burger, red onions and tomatoes, and slap on some cheddar cheese for that melty look.

In all honesty, you could use pretty much any kind of burger here. Lamb, steak, chicken, beef, etc. In fact, the main problem you’ll face here is finding enough cuts of meat to supply your whole family! Luckily, there are ways to combat this, though. A supplier like Donald Russell allows you to quickly buy meat in bulk, so you can ensure you have enough to go around.

Grilled sausage and apple subs



Sausage and apple? Preposterous, I hear you say! Well, before you dismiss the idea, give it a go. You’ll be surprised, I guarantee it.

You’ll want to buy some miniature subs, cut them open and butter them. Next, cook your meat and apple on the barbecue to taste, and slot them into the subs. Season with pepper, salt, or anything you desire. And there you have it! A delicious, healthy treat that I bet most of your guests have never tried.

Vegetable pizza




Another side dish, this vegetable pizza is a good idea for the non-meat eaters in attendance. You can either buy a ready-made pizza base, or make your own. Whatever the case, add some tomato puree and vegetables of your choice.

Think red onions, potatoes, carrots, leeks, and mushrooms. Whack it in the oven until the base has turned brown and crisp. Then serve up!

Buttermilk chicken



Buttermilk chicken makes the chicken taste ever so juicy, succulent and buttery. You’ll need to buy or make some buttermilk, pour it on the chicken and refrigerate it overnight until it sets. Then preheat the oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit, and bake until golden brown.

This usually takes a good 40 minutes, and is a good way to cook food while the barbecue is occupied. This way, you can have a constant supply of things to eat, rather than exclusively grilling things.


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Hummingbird Bird Cake Recipe



Well, I obviously love to bake and I enjoy it when I get to make something I’ve never made and to figure out what I would like to do different. I made this cake for my brother in law’s birthday by special request! It was quick, easy, and rather tasty! I started the cake (with both kids awake in the middle of making lunches/naps/ and whatever kids are always asking and needing mommy for which seemed to make baking almost impossible!) But I did it! I started the cake around 2pm and finished it (icing it and all) with dishes in between within 2 hours! It was that easy! And it was a real winner in the house! I will definitely be making it again! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Happy Baking!

Humming Bird Cake Recipe

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3 large eggs, beaten

1 1/2 cups vegetable oil

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, undrained

4 ripe bananas mashed

1 cup chopped toasted pecans


Cream Cheese Frosting

2 sticks butter softened at room temperature

6 cups powdered sugar

1 ½ tbsp. vanilla extract

16 oz chilled cream cheese cut in 1 oz cubes


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl.

Next add the eggs and vegetable oil until the mixture is nice and moist. Add vanilla extract, bananas, and pineapple.

(I toasted my pecan in the pan right before I added them to the batter) Add crushed pecans. Mix well.

Coat your 9inch baking pans pour batter into the pans evenly and bake for 20-25 minutes or longer.



Once done, cool completely. I took out butter for the icing while the cake was cooling down.

I made the frosting right before I iced the cake.

Take your softened butter and add the powdered sugar one cup at a time and blend completely. After you have added all 6 cups of sugar, add your vanilla. Next ad your 1oz chilled cream cheese one block at a time! (Yes it will blend just fine! I was amazed myself!)




Lauren Daly

My name is Lauren, I am married and have two beautiful children. My husband and I love to do Triathlons and are always looking for ways to challenge ourselves. I'm a stay at home mom that loves organizing and baking. I find baking as my stress reliever and when I have the down time I love to whip something up for my kiddo's and neighbors!

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Recipes for Cinco De Mayo #CincoDeMayo

Mexican food is my favorite. I could probably eat it everyday given the chance. Cinco De Mayo is May 5th and the perfect day to fill up on all of your favorites. Whether you’re headed off to a party that day, hosting a party or just want some yummy food with your family, the below list will surely satisfy all of your cravings that day!






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Traditional Mexican Guacamole: I recently just started eating Guacamole and I am addicted!! I have tried this recipe and it is delicious. Check out the recipe here.






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Layered Mexican Cornbread: This would be a fantastic recipe if you are hosting a party or bringing a dish to a party. It is ver different, and I am sure your guests will love it. Check out the recipe here.






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Mexican Rice & Beef Tacos: What is Cinco De Mayo without Tacos? Check out this yummy taco recipe here.







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Chicken Tortilla Soup: How about a classic Mexican soup, Chicken Tortilla! Check out the recipe here.









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Beer’Garitas: Can’t decide between having beer or margaritas? Well now you can have both with this awesome Beer’Garita recipe here! 








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Flan: Cinco De Mayo would not be complete without a famous Mexican dessert.  Check out this recipe for Flan here.

Please leave a comment and let me know how you are planning to celebrate Cinco De Mayo! 


My name is Marijean, I live in Sunny FL with my wonderful husband and 2 children. I love Disney, Coffee and Blogging 🙂

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Chocolate Oreo Cupcakes

Easy Oreo Cupcakes

I have added another contributor, Lauren Daly, who loves to bake! I’m so excited to share her wonderful creations.

Here is her latest, Chocolate Oreo Cupcakes:

1 boxed chocolate cake mix
1 box instant chocolate pudding
Oreo’s but I would recommend double stuffed (I used regular but will definitely use double stuffed next time)
Then for the frosting I used:
3 sticks of butter (soften at room temperature)
6 cups of powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
3 Tbsp whipping cream
12 Oreo cookies finely crushed(I used my food processor)

For the cup cake, follow directions on the box then add the instant pudding to the batter and mix well. Scoop in batter into cupcake linings filling half way, add Oreo cookies to each cup cakes. Use the rest of the batter to cover each of the Oreos. Bake cupcakes according to the box directions.

After they are done baking take out and let cool. Make your frosting while cupcakes are cooling. Remember, to make sure your cupcakes are completely cooled down before you frost!

Cream butter until smooth, add 3 cups of the sugar and blend the butter and sugar until smooth. Next add the vanilla and whipping cream, once that’s all blended together add the remaining 3 cups of sugar. Blend until nice a fluffy. Last add the finely crushed Oreos and mix into the frosting until blended. I used a simple ziplock bag with the bottom corner cut out to pipe the icing onto the cupcakes and then topped each one with a mini Oreo!

Oreo Cupcakes

Oreo Cupcake

Lauren Daly

My name is Lauren, I am married and have two beautiful children. My husband and I love to do Triathlons and are always looking for ways to challenge ourselves. I'm a stay at home mom that loves organizing and baking. I find baking as my stress reliever and when I have the down time I love to whip something up for my kiddo's and neighbors!

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Step Into Spring With Delicious New Flavors From Tastykake! #Review #Recipe @Tastykake




Spring is finally here! To me, it felt like winter would never end! I am ready for warmer weather and to enjoy some yummy spring goodies. Tastykake has come out with a spring line of delicious flavors to make you happy that spring has sprung!!




Spring Limited Edition Mini Donuts

  • Tastykake’s new Peach Cobbler Mini Donuts capture the mouthwatering taste of peach cobbler inside a peach flavored donut covered in a sweet cobbler crumble.
  • Strawberry Mini Donuts transform strawberry flavor into a mini donut form featuring a strawberry flavored donut with traditional powdered sugar coating.
  • Peach Cobbler Mini Donuts are available in 11.5 oz. bags and the Strawberry Mini Donuts are available in 10 oz. bags.
  • Both Mini Donut flavors have an estimated retail price of $2.99.
  • For added convenience, Tastykake Peach Cobbler Mini Donuts are also available in 3.4 oz. six-count single serve packages. Strawberry Mini Donuts are available in 3.0 six-count single serve packages. Both have an estimated retail price of $1.79.

Spring Limited Edition Kandy Kakes

  • Tastykake is bringing back it’s sweet Lemon and Strawberry Kandy Kakes just in time for spring. Lemon Kandy Kakes feature a white coated vanilla sponge cake with a lemon creme filling. Strawberry Kandy Kakes are white coated vanilla sponge cakes with a strawberry creme filling.
  • Both Kandy Kakes are available in 8 oz. six-count boxes and have an estimated retail price of $4.49.


I was able to sample some of their new flavors. TastyKake has always been a go to snack in my home, I am so excited about the new variety of flavors. My favorites are the Strawberry and Lemon Kandy Kakes. They have such a sweet and rich flavor to them. I love snacking on them while I am enjoying a cup of coffee.  Both of my children love the different flavored donuts. Powder sugar coated with sweet fruit flavors.  They have been asking every day for a week now if they can eat them for breakfast every morning! These are perfect to enjoy outside on your back porch during the beautiful spring weather. Definitely give these a try soon!




Peach, Strawberry and Orange Mini Donuts




Lemon and Strawberry Kandy Kakes




Tastykake has created a delicious and easy spring recipe to make with the Lemon Kandy Kakes!


Lemon Kandy Kake Cheesecake Cups


  • Lemon Kandy Kakes
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 cup confectionary sugar
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 jar of lemon curd
  • Whipped cream to top


  1. Combine cream cheese, sugar and whipping cream into large mixing bowl for the “cheesecake” filling.
  2. In a small jar, break up Lemon Kandy Kakes to form the bottom layer, or the “crust”. 
  3. Layer on about two spoonfuls of the cheese mixture and one spoonful of the lemon curd.
  4. Top with whipped cream and enjoy!


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***I was given product samples in exchange for my honest opinion. This review is based on my experience with the product. I am not affiliated with the company and everything in this review is my opinion.


My name is Marijean, I live in Sunny FL with my wonderful husband and 2 children. I love Disney, Coffee and Blogging 🙂

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