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Summer Cookout and Picnic Recipes Round Up

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I can't believe that the calendar is switching to August already! We are into the long hot days of summer right now. That means grilling, cookouts, and outdoor picnics are in full swing! Our group of bloggers has some terrific summer recipes to share with you this month. Check out the refreshing drinks, side dishes, main meals, and desserts to plan out some of your August meals and enjoy the rest of those summer days eating outdoors.

Don't forget to check back on the first day of each month to see our themed monthly recipe round-up for your menu planning inspiration.

~Drinks & Side Dishes~
Raspberry Peach Rose Sangria from Books n' Cooks
Cantaloupe Mint Lemonade from Palatable Pastime
Creamy Potato Salad from Blogghetti
Bread & Butter Refrigerator Zucchini Pickles from Savory Moments

Creamy Horseradish Grilled Shrimp Deviled Eggs from Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice
Balsamic Grilled Vegetables from Kate's Recipe Box
Creamy Cucumber …

Streusel Coffee Cake

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This post is sponsored in conjunction with Back to School Treats Week. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the #BacktoSchoolTreats Week recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

One of the reasons why I join in on events like these is it forces me to get out of my comfort zone and exercise some creativity.  One of the best sources of inspiration that I have are recipes from my grandmothers and my mom.  I found this recipe for Streusel Coffee Cake from my Gram O., and it immediately grabbed my interest because it starts with a pancake mix.


I added several teaspoons of a blueberry jam that I got at the local farmers market to the top of the batter, then gave them a light swirl with the end of a skewer.  It did extend the baking time by around 6 minutes.  Be sure when you test for doneness you don't hit one of those pockets.


This is perfect for breakfast, snack, or even dessert!  Thanks again to Dixie Crystals, Taylor & Colledge, Flahavan'…

Caramel Apple Iced Tea

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This post is sponsored in conjunction with Back to School Treats Week. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the #BacktoSchoolTreats Week recipes. All opinions are mine alone.


Here in New England we start school the last week of August.  Now, I'm sure a lot of you are saying, so what? We do, too! The wrinkle here is, our schools are not air conditioned.  Those first few weeks can be uncomfortable for the kiddos, so I like to make sure I have nice cold treats waiting when my son gets home from school.

There are lots of ways that you can make iced tea.  Some like hot brew or sun tea, but I prefer the cold brew method.  You want to use double the amount of tea bags as you do water, so I used 6 cups water, 12 tea bags.  Let it set for 30 to 45 mins at room temperature, and then move it to the fridge for about 4 hours.

You can make your own simple syrup, but using Torani makes it so much easier! They have regular or sugar free versions in a variety…

PB&J Overnight Oats

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This post is sponsored in conjunction with Back to School Treats Week. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the #BacktoSchoolTreats Week recipes. All opinions are mine alone.


Summer is winding down, and we are celebrating with #BacktoSchoolTreats hosted by Terri from Love and ConfectionsandChristie from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures. All week-long 30 bloggers will be sharing 100+ fantastic recipes for both parents and kids, with breakfasts, snacks, desserts, and drinks to get you back in the school routine.

I'm kicking things off with one of my favorite on the go breakfasts or snacks, overnight oats.  I'm not usually one to jump on a food fad, but I fell head over heels for this one.  They are just so simple to put together, easy to customize to accomodate different tastes, and absolutely delicious.


For this version, I wanted to capture the essence of the quintesential school day lunch, the PB&J sandwich.  The basic components a…