Patriotic Summer Fruit Salad with Honey, Lime, & Mint


July is here and summer is officially in full swing! Our weekends are jam-packed with family get-togethers and BBQs with friends. Plus, it’s almost my birthday, and I love birthdays (and birthday cake).

Yesterday, we celebrated a friend receiving his American citizenship. And what better way to celebrate than with food and beer? There were various meats – smoked, fried, and grilled. Laura made her famous bacon-cheddar meatloaf. Tina made homemade apple pie and vanilla ice cream. We went through three cheese and cracker platters – how frickin’ American is that?

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Croissant French Toast Casserole


Raise your hand if you love brunch! And there are so many things to love about brunch… savory egg dishes, sweet baked goods, fried or roasted potatoes, and mimosas. Can’t forget mimosas.

My mom relinquished holiday-hosting duties the year Chris and I bought our first house. I already loved to cook, so I thought it would be easy to host. I picked out all the recipes I wanted to try, and imagined all the delicious food we would eat. I went overboard, declined help from others, and quickly realized how stressful hosting can be. Trying to make all those dishes from scratch left me completely frazzled. I would be stressed and exhausted before the party even started! My advice is to simplify your menu and make as much as you can ahead of time. One dish that fits the bill is this Croissant French Toast Casserole.

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