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Break out your finest bottle of tequila — it’s time to celebrate! And we’re not just talking margaritas.

It’s just another tequila sunrise, thanks to these icy pops from Real Food by Dad. All you need to make them: pureed pineapple, tequila, pineapple juice, and grenadine.

Forget the store-bought stuff. Look to Gimme Some Oven for a fresh fix of your favorite party snack. This Tequila Lime Chex Mix gets its island vibes from coconut oil and a squeeze of lime.

No vodka here! Mule over this strawberry Mexican cocktail from Domesticate Me, starring tequila, lime juice, strawberry puree, and ginger beer. Delish!

Take those chicken breasts hiding in your freezer and turn them into a salad made for paradise. Half Baked Harvest soaks hers in a zesty blend of tequila, soy sauce, garlic, and jalapenos. Fork, please!

The state fair has nothing on these fried pockets of goodness. Lemons for Lulu starts by dunking cubes of angel food cake in tequila and lime juice, then frying away. A quick powdered sugar glaze made with lime juice and milk is the perfect finish.

Who’s up for nachos? This cheesy plate from The Cookie Rookie calls for tequila-lime chips, queso blanco, and a whole lot of Tex-Mex love — all made in one easy sheet pan. Game day just got even better.

Come on, you didn’t think we’d forget the margs, did you? Clink away to a pitcher of spicy cucumber margaritas from Gimme Some Oven. Use chili powder, sugar, and salt to rim the glasses.

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Strawberry Water Ice

Fresh strawberries are one of our very favorite things. And when we find them in abundance at the market, we love to turn them into simple, yet flavorful desserts like this Strawberry Italian Ice. It’s incredibly quick to make, features only a handful of simple ingredients, and tastes so fresh—and refreshing—that it might just be a perfect summer dessert.

Strawberries

Growing up in South Jersey, I ate a lot of Italian ice (often called water ice). It’s a staple in that region (and in Philly, where I spent a lot of time with my grandparents), so even the idea of it brings back memories of scraping sweet icy treats with little wooden spoons. This homemade version tastes more like real fruit than the lemon and cherry flavors of my youth, but it’s no less enjoyable.

I started with the best tasting strawberries that you can find since they are the primary ingredient in this recipe and then simplified the original recipe—in an effort to rely less on sugar for the sweetness and to make it slightly less complicated. I simply used the berries and the lemon juice (which adds a nice note of tartness), and added about 2 tablespoons of honey. (You might need a bit more if your berries aren’t super sweet on their own.) I added these ingredients to a blender and continued with the recipe as directed.

Side note: If you think your kids would prefer this mixture as freezer pops, go ahead and do that! The mixture would be wonderful frozen that way.

Strawberry Italian Ice

We served up this summer dessert after dinner one night and all loved how vibrant the flavors were. I also love how the texture was so smooth and rich, despite not containing any dairy. I can’t wait to make this again (and again!) throughout the warm summer months to help us stay cool—and really happy.

Get the original recipe for Strawberry Italian Ice here.

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Muddled fresh pineapples mixed with amaretto vodka, lemon juice and fruit punch

This cocktail is another experiment that my husband created and we love the flavor! It starts off very tropical but the amaretto flavor adds this wonderful warm smell and taste to the cocktail. It’s very easy to make as a single serving or as a full party punch. It has a large serving of vodka, so be careful — it’s easy to sip too much.

Muddled fresh pineapples mixed with amaretto vodka, lemon juice and fruit punch

Ingredients (one serving)

  • 3oz amaretto vodka (that’s about two shots!)
  • 1/2 cup fresh pineapple cut into cubes
  • 1/2 fresh lemon
  • Favorite fruit punch

Muddled fresh pineapples mixed with amaretto vodka, lemon juice and fruit punch

Start by adding the pineapple to a glass and gently smash the fruit cubes. I like to use very ripe pineapples that are soft and easier to smash. Canned pineapples work as well and you can purchase pre-crushed pieces. Get as much of the pineapple juice smashed out as you can.

Muddled fresh pineapples mixed with amaretto vodka, lemon juice and fruit punch

Next add the amaretto flavored vodka to a cocktail shaker with ice. I was such a skeptic of this flavored vodka at first because actual amaretto liqueur is so good. This is actually a great base for a lot of tiki cocktails, which are my fave! It adds that vanilla-like flavor that is a nice balance for citrus and fruit flavors. Pour the chilled vodka over the pineapple.

Muddled fresh pineapples mixed with amaretto vodka, lemon juice and fruit punch

Squeeze juice from half of a lemon and give the drink a stir. I like to taste the cocktail at this point and add a little more pineapple if I think it needs more. It depends on the freshness and sweetness of the pineapple. Next pour in the fruit punch, I used Simply Juice brand, but definitely pick your favorite. I only fill up the glass just past half way so that the fruit punch doesn’t overpower all the other flavors. Definitely taste as you add the punch and adjust to your desired sweetness.

Muddled fresh pineapples mixed with amaretto vodka, lemon juice and fruit punch

I definitely recommend this cocktail for the summer! It’s perfect for poolside lounging and tiki parties. You’ll forget you’re stuck on the mainland and dream of Hawaii beach vacation. Cheers!

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Between pizza, pasta, and gelato, there’s not a lot Italy can’t do — caprese, included. One up the classic summer trio — basil, tomatoes, and fresh mozzarella — with recipes that defy the salad quo.

Little Broken gives zucchini boats a whole new meaning. Toss them on the grill, then layer on all your favorite caprese flavors for the side of the summer.

Did someone say mac and cheese? Fancy up the childhood favorite (and let’s be honest, adult favorite, too) with heirloom tomatoes, homemade basil pesto, and a boat-load of cheese. Half Baked Harvest, we couldn’t have done it better ourselves.

It’s not summer unless burgers are making a weekly appearance at the dinner table. The Stay At Home Chef switches up the summer staple by pairing it with fresh, caprese favorites like balsamic onions and a gooey mozzarella filling.

Party trays don’t mean a thing until you’ve tried this revamped caprese salad from The Pretty Blog. It’s made with all the cheese and veggies you could ever want — and then some.

Forget ordering in. This basil-smeared pizza is all you need for a summer movie night. Feasting At Home piles hers high with cherry, grape, and yellow tomatoes. A sprinkling of Romano doubles the cheesy goodness.

Crostini — aka things on toast — is everything these days. Cafe Delites tops her grilled version with lush avocado slices and the caprese basics. Patio nights will never be the same.

Say hello to the perfect party skewer, from Floating Kitchen. Simple yet delicious, she keeps the mozzarella and basil, but swaps tomatoes for something sweeter: watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew. Who knew a skewer could be so refreshing?

Grilled cheese just got way better, thanks to Dinner At The Zoo. The mommy blogger sandwiches classic caprese ingredients between two slices of buttery, grilled toast for one genius combination. Avocado makes it all the more enticing.

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Strawberry Lemon Olive Oil Cake

I immediately bookmarked this lemon olive oil cake with lemon cream when I first saw it in the Better Homes and Gardens magazine a few months ago. As a fan of olive oil cakes, I knew I had to give this one a try.

During the summer months, I can’t get enough of strawberries. To make use of all the sweet ripe local California strawberries, I substituted strawberry puree in place of the lemon juice to make the cream frosting. Not only does it taste great, but the strawberry puree adds a natural pastel pink color to the frosting- making it look so much more magical. Best of all, strawberries and lemons are destined best friends. Just think- there’s a reason why strawberry lemonade is so tasty and addicting!

Similar to strawberry lemonade, the sweet strawberries complements the tart and bright lemony flavors of this olive cake. It’s so clean and refreshing, making it the perfect summer cake for all your gatherings, parties, and weekends.

Strawberry Lemon Olive Oil Cake

I like to keep summer cakes simple. No need to load on buttercream or chocolate to make this cake pretty. I simply used fresh strawberries and a few sprigs of mint to garnish the cake. During the summer, I totally believe that less is more.

Over the years, I’ve become a fan of using olive oil in cakes instead of butter. Unlike most butter based cakes, this olive oil cake retains a great deal of moisture after baking. It also lends to a sturdier cake, that’s easy to stack, yet still light and airy in texture. While I used the recipe to create three 6-inch cake rounds, this recipe also works to make two 8-inch cake rounds.

Strawberry Lemon Olive Oil Cake

Strawberry Lemon Olive Oil Cake

This is link for the original LEMON OLIVE OIL CAKE WITH LEMON CREAM

I followed the directions for the cake exactly as instructed in the link above.

HERE ARE THE CHANGES I MADE TO THE FROSTING:

Instead of the ingredients listed in the LEMON CREAM, I used:

  • 1 cup heavy cream, cold
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 5 Tbsp strawberry puree

For the full list of ingredients and directions for the cake, visit the original recipe here

Strawberry Lemon Olive Oil Cake

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Summer’s in full swing, which no doubt means weekend trips to the farmers market. If you’re like me, you go from stand to stand, purchasing just about everything you lay eyes on because it all looks so.darn.good! If you find yourself with too many berries and too little time, we’ve gathered delicious recipes so you can gobble up your bounty of berries before they spoil.

Triple Berry Whipped Goat Cheese Bruschetta

Perfect for brunch or as an appetizer, this beautiful and simple Triple Berry Whipped Goat Cheese Bruschetta from The Cookie Rookie strikes the perfect balance between sweet and savory. Honey and soft cheeses form a delicious creamy base, while fresh berries add a juicy burst of flavor. Drizzle with balsamic glaze, sprinkle with chopped basil and enjoy!

Berry Lemonade Popsicles

For a refreshing treat that’s also healthy, Creme de la Crumb has you covered. These Berry Lemonade Popsicles combine sweet berries and tart lemonade for an icy summer snack that’ll cool you down during the heat of the season!

Berry Stuffed French Toast

Creamy, berry-filled goodness oozes from the center of Inspired by Charm’s Berry Stuffed French Toast. From the first bite, you get the delicate sweetness of drizzled syrup, mixed with the mild tang of cream cheese and juicy fruit, all wrapped up in wonderfully crusty French bread. This update on a classic will take your breakfast from dull to delicious!

Blackberry Balsamic Glazed Chicken

Now, you can perk up your protein with The Food Charlatan’s Blackberry Balsamic Glazed Chicken – just in time for grilling season! Place the chicken and mashed blackberry mixture in an air-tight storage baggie, then refrigerate and let marinade for at least four hours. Top with warm blackberry glaze after grilling and serve with standard summertime staples, like corn-on-the-cob or potato salad.

Triple Berry Pretzel Dessert

This three-layer salad from Miss in the Kitchen is better than the strawberry pretzel dessert you grew up with. The traditional pretzel crust and fluffy Cool Whip middle are the same as you remember, but the difference is in the topping. This Triple Berry Pretzel Dessert is a tasty make-ahead treat, perfect for backyard barbecues and summer parties!

Glazed Mixed Berry Scones

All you need is one mixing bowl and a little bit of prep work to make these rich Glazed Mixed Berry Scones from Averie Cooks. The flaky pastry dough is a great base for adding a variety of sweet or savory mix-ins – the sky’s the limit! – but ripe, juicy berries add a beautiful wash of color in this particular recipe. Drizzle with a scrumptious glaze, grab your morning coffee and enjoy a leisurely breakfast.

Summer Berry Fruit Salsa

I’m addicted to pineapple salsa, but this Summer Berry Fruit Salsa from The Slow Roasted Italian might just be the next best thing! Loaded with fresh fruit and swirled in a tantalizing raspberry sauce, this mouthwatering salsa can be served with toasted cinnamon pita points, in oatmeal, or even scooped up by the spoonful!

Rhubarb and Mixed Berry Galette

Baking a galette is easy as pie – easier, actually, and the Pint Sized Baker shows you how! Start with a premade pie crust disk, then add fresh fruit, sugar, flour and cornstarch. Brush the crust with an egg wash and pop your Rhubarb and Mixed Berry Galette in the oven! Serve warm with vanilla bean ice cream.

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