Summer time is for lazy days and great food. Okay…so I would love that any time of year, but somehow things just seem to slow down and feel less rushed during the summer. Many homeschoolers take a break from their studies or at least do an abbreviated course load.
For many, their summer days are filled with pool time swimming with friends, riding bikes and playing outside with anyone and everyone from the neighborhood until the sun goes down. As a parent, I love that they are active and outside enjoying not only friends, but nature too.
But with all the time outside, it can be tricky to schedule meals, especially dinner. When my kids are outside playing and having fun, it is difficult to get them inside for a sit-down meal. That’s what I love about slow cooker meals or no-bake meals – they are always ready to go!
With summer quickly approaching and warmer weather on the rise, I thought it was a great idea to combine some of our favorite Summer recipes all together in one place. These recipes are perfect to cool you down on a hot day, give you some easy and healthy recipes to keep your energy up and you going for the longer days.
You’ll also find some amazing grilling recipes to give your patio and grill a workout, plus these summer salads are the perfect side dish. And you can’t forget the dessert, so we’ve got you covered!
If you’re looking for some delicious Summer inspiration, check out these refreshing and yummy recipes!
A fruity-slushy drink on those hot summer days is the perfect way to cool down! We’ve gathered some of the best and most delicious recipes in this post! Start browsing and make your shopping list today!
Smoothies are a great source of nutrition. They can be full of fruits and/or vegetables that will give you energy, while providing you some much needed nutrition to boost your day. You can use them as a meal replacement or a cool pick-me-up any time of day.
A nice, cool, crisp drink can hit the spot on a hot summer day! Lemonade is delicious, but have you ever tried Kiwi Lemonade or a fresh Strawberry Limeade? They are absolutely delicious and refreshing. You can mix these up in a matter of minutes and take it outside to sip by the pool or stay inside and cool down.
Salads are a great meal option on a hot summer day. Some of them don’t even involve cooking, which will also keep your house cooler. Salads also offer a great deal of nutrition depending on your ingredients. These summer salad recipes are great as a quick meal or a side dish with your favorite summer treat!
Even though you have to heat the stove up to cook these noodles, after a bit of chill time these Macaroni Salads are a great option for a cool treat. Don’t get stuck with boring salads, these recipes use fresh veggies and even some fruit!
There’s nothing better than fresh fruit on a hot summer day. And while I love salsa, the heat can get to me, especially on a sunny day. These fresh fruit salsas are the perfect solution. Mixing heat with a little sweetness is just the ticket!
Summer is the perfect time for grilling everything from meat to vegetables and even fruit. And these mouthwatering burger recipes will not disappoint! With a few added toppings, the burgers are sure to be the highlight of your next outdoor gathering!
Do your kids love hot dogs? Mine would eat them every day if I let them. However, sometimes they want to change it up a bit. With the grill already fired up, now is the perfect time to try some new and yummy hot dog inspired recipes!
If you’re a seafood lover, grilling season is the perfect time to try out some new twists on your favorites. These seafood grilling recipes are perfect for a romantic night in, a cajun themed party or just because!
Grilling season is my absolute favorite time of the year. I love marinating our meat of choice or trying a new sauce to top it off after being grilled. Whether you’re looking for a new recipe to try at your next family gathering or a meal to feed the masses, you’ll find just what you’re looking for in this post!
The last thing I want to do on a hot summer day is fire up the oven and add more heat to the house. These slow cooker dinner recipes are the perfect solution! You’ll find soups, oriental inspired foods, spicy foods, savory meals and much more!
One of my kids’ favorite ways to cool off on a hot summer afternoon is with a homemade popsicle. And my favorite part – they are usually much cheaper (and healthier) than the store bought versions. This post has enough recipes to cover nearly every single day of summer with a different treat!
Growing up, I remember making gallons and gallons of homemade ice cream on my grandparents back porch. There’s just something about homemade ice cream. For some reason it just tastes better, doesn’t it? If you’re looking to change things up from the traditional vanilla or chocolate options, these homemade options will not let you down!
Ice cream sandwiches are the perfect combination of cool and sweet treats. If your kids love making cookies, they will love creating their own ice cream sandwich cookies combinations too! Check out these delicious combinations to give you some inspiration.
Freezer meals are a life-saver in our family. These summer freezer meals are perfect for those days when your kids spend every last minute outside soaking up the daylight or when you just need something quick and easy ready-to-go. Some of these can be made in the slow cooker, while others will go straight to the grill for an easy meal.
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Annette has been married to her husband and best friend since 2003. Together they are raising their six children to follow the Lord’s will, no matter what. Annette longs for the day when she will meet her angel babies who have entered heaven before her. She enjoys creating UNIT STUDIES and FREE PRINTABLES for homeschool families. You can follow her crazy life at In All You Do where she blogs about homeschooling, homemaking and marriage while trying to maintain her sanity. She is also the owner of Thrifty Homeschoolers where she shares her tips on homeschooling without breaking the bank.