Backyard BBQ and Picnic Roundup


I am super excited to share this backyard bbq and picnic roundup.Do you bar-b-que or picnic at your house?You are sure to find something your family will love here.I have compiled a great list from some amazing food bloggers.I love a good outdoor meal with family.It is always fun to get together and most dishes are potluck style so no one is financially bogged down.

BBQ -Picnic Roundup





Cucumber & Lime Fresca  By Emily at Recipes That Nourish 

Strawberry , Cucumber , Lemon Water  By Emily at Recipes That Nourish

Cherry, Mint-, Lemonade Honey Sweetened  By Emly at Recipes That Nourish
Homemade Strawberry Lemonade  By Michelle at Dishes and Dust Bunnies






Summer Kale Salad  By Rebecca at Strength and Sunshine

Summer Veggie Pasta Salad  By Rebecca at Strength and Sunshine
Tahini Cleriac Potato Salad  By Rebecca at Strength and Sunshine
Smokey Sweet Peanut Slaw  By Rebecca at Strength and Sunshine
Modern Macaroni Salad  By Rebecca at Strength and Sunshine
Wild Rice Cashew Salad   By Lydia at Divine Health
Summers End Cherry Tomato Salad   By Lydia at Divine Health
Potato Salad with Bacon and Chives   By Marjorie at This is so Good Home
Creamy Parmesan Coleslaw   By Raia at Raia’s Recipes

Homemade Potato Salad   By Emily at Recipes That Nourish
Citrus Pasta Salad with Grapes- Walnuts   By Renée at The Good Hearted Woman
The Perfect Pasta Salad  By Tiffany at Don’t Waste the Crumbs
Spring Greens with Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette  By Tiffany at Don’t Waste the Crumbs
Southwestern Salad  By Tiffany at Don’t Waste the Crumbs
Insalata Caprese Tomato Mozzarella Basil Four Ways By Tiffany at Don’t Waste the Crumbs
Broccoli Salad  By Tiffany at Dont Waste the Crumb
Creamy Potato Salad with Bacon  By Michelle at Dishes and Dust Bunnies
Thai Mango Salad   By Michelle at Dishes and Dust Bunnies
Coleslaw   By Michelle at Dishes and Dust Bunnies
Pineapple Salsa   By Michelle at Dishes and Dust Bunnies
Creamy Cucumber Salad   By Michelle at Dishes and Dust Bunnies

Main Dish




Spicy Crispy Chicken   By Stacey atStacey at There’s a Cook in My Kitchen
Seafood Salad with Garlic and Oil   By Stacey atStacey at There’s a Cook in My Kitchen
Chicken Sandwich with Mango Salsa   By Stacey atStacey at There’s a Cook in My Kitchen
Clams and Corn on the Grill    By Susan at Learning and Yearning
Grilled Chicken Fajitas    By Susan at Learning and Yearning
Buffalo Chicken Casserole     By Jessica at Delicious Obsession
Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta    By Michelle at Thrifty DIY Diva
BBQ Spicy- Lime Pork Tenderloin    By Linda at The Organic Kitchen
Easy Chicken Greek Salad Wrap Sandwich    By Lisa at Snappy Gourmet
Buffalo Chicken Bacon Ranch Salad    By Tiffany at Don’t Waste the Crumbs
Grilled Peaches with Burrata and Prosciutto    By Linda at The Organic Kitchen
Tri-tip with Pomegranate BBQ Sauce and Caramelized Onions    By Linda at The Organic Kitchen





Spicy Spiralized Sweet Potato Fries    By Rebecca at Strength and Sunshine

Spicy Orange Sweet Potatoes    By Marjorie at This is so Good Home
Gluten-Free Buttermilk Cornbread    By Raia at Raia’s Recipes
Homemade Refrigerator Pickles   By Emily at Recipes That Nourish
Easy Instant Pot Deviled Eggs   By Emily at Recipes That Nourish
Cilantro Pesto- Pasta Black Bean Salad    By Alissa at Connisseurus Veg
Low Fat Pasta- Salad with Vegetables    By Emily at Nap-Tme Creations
Creamy Homemade Guacamole- with Best way to Keep it Green    By Tiffany at Don’t Waste the Crumbs
Simple Rice Pilaf    By Tiffany at Don’t Waste the Crumbs
Veggie Chips    By Andrea at It Takes Time





Strawberry Lemonade Bars    By Wendy at The Monday Box
Chewy White Chocolate Lemon Bars     By Monday at The Monday Box
Key Lime Pie Bars    By Jessica at Delicious Obsessions
Super Fudgy Chocolate Walnut Brownies Gluten and Grain-Free     By Jessica at Delicious Obsessions
Luscious Lemon Bars Gluten-Free      By Lydia at Divine Health
Chocolate Brownies    By Raia at Raia’s Recipes
Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal Cookies    By Raia Raia’s Recipes
Gluten-Free-Plum-Cobbler     By Emily at Recipes That Nourish
Summer Berry Cheesecake Salad       By at The Slow Roasted Italian



I hope you found some exciting new dishes for your next BBQ or picnic.Be sure to pin this on Pinterest  and follow the board with all of these great recipes at:Summer BBQ and Picnic Pinterest Board . What are your go to outdoor dishes?


Birthday Strawberry Shortcake

    Birthday Strawberry Shortcake   I am not a big sweets fan , but it was recently my birthday. That meant I needed a birthday cake.My wife is not a cook and doesn’t pretend it be one.She used a store bought angel food cake and whipped up some homemade whipped cream.It is super easy to make and doesn’t take a lot of your time.Strawberries are in season so are cheap and plentiful.She cut them up and tossed in a little-granulated sugar and let it sit until juices were in the bottom and the sugar was broken down.This is one the children can easily help make and if you are not a cook then this one is for you! You can impress the ones you love with your new “no bake” dessert skills.

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I’ve partnered with Angie of My So-Called Chaos this month for this fabulous giveaway. If you’ve seen Angie’s previous monthly giveaways, you’ll know that she likes to ask all the sponsors who helped contribute to the prize to answer a question, and then she likes to share that answer with you so you can get to know them better. April is Angie’s birthday month, and she just turned thirty years old. Here’s what she asked her Sponsors this month…

If it were your birthday, what would be on your birthday list?

“I had an interesting revelation recently: I have no clothes. Okay, fine… that’s not fair. Obviously, I’m not running around naked or anything. But going through all of our clothing and sorting them into piles of Keep, Donate, or Trash made me keenly aware that I don’t have much clothing that I would wear in public. It’s all a lot of t-shirts that I’d only wear around the house and I’d almost never be caught dead in. I worked retail for many years and wore a uniform or job specific clothing. Hence, I ended up with only a few outfits for the few days I had off from work. Long story short: All I want for my birthday is clothes!” – Kimi from Kimi Who.

A sushi dinner, because I have been in the Southwest for four months and I want seafood! – Andi from Misadventures with Andi.

“A vacation somewhere tropical because it has just been one of those years where I would love to get away!” – Alexis from Chemistry Cachet.

Either a vintage Shasta camper or an all expenses paid Mediterranean cruise! I’ve always wanted a little camper and visiting the Mediterranean is high on my travel list right now.” – Natalie from Cosmos Mariners.

“An all expenses paid spa day, because I really need to relax and chill.” – Sara from The Perfect Storm.

“A new lens of my camera! I’m really looking to upgrade some of my lenses to use in blog photography as well as for weddings.” – Hannah from The Perfect Storm.

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“Oh I’d love some jewelry I have been lusting after something with an opal in it for a while now.” – Sarah from Life in a Breakdown.

I would add a pair of investment heels to my wardrobe, specifically Christian Louboutin’s So Kate Patent Leather Point-Toe Pump in Black. They are pricey but a classic pump in black never goes out of style and goes with everything!” – January from The Bouncy Ponytail.

It is my birthday month too and on my wish list is a vacation to Disney World. My husband and I share the same birthday and he has never been so it would be an exciting event!” – Amanda from Green Tea and Cotton.

I’m dying to get a Polaroid ZIP Mobile Printer so that I can easily snap and print photos to add to my food and travel journals while I’m on the go.” – Heather from All Roads Lead to the Kitchen.

“My birthday month is in May and I’m DYING to get my hands on a new Kate Spade bag! Spending so much time on Instagram has certinainly magnified my love for KS.” – Lindsay from Paperclips and Pacis.

The older I get the more I realize the importance of the little things. As long as my loved ones are healthy and happy I’m good.” – Tish from The Veganista Foodie.

Barefoot Dreams Blanket.” – Christia from Faith Filled Parenting.

The #1 thing on my birthday wishlist would be a Letterfolk board! I’d use it to take snarky quote board pictures.” – Meg from Snap Happy Mom.

This is my birthday month too! It is so hard to pin down just one birthday wish.I would love a gourmet kitchen make over or a new car , but really I just want to spend time with my family.The older I get the less material matter and the more I just want time with the ones that matter most to me.” – Howard from Thyme to Save.

I would Love a weekend getaway with my wife! We never have time to spend quality time together, so just getting sushi, staying at a nice hotel would be my wish…” – Erik from Erik’s Core Fitness.

I’d just wish to be less stressed about university and money problems! And maybe loads of Reese’s cups.” – Thomas from Thomas Crawshaw.

This spring I will be celebrating my 30th. I like to keep things simple, so a good home cooked meal and quality time with my husband and newborn daughter will make me one happy girl.” – Mar from T.O. and Fro.

Kendra Scott–LOVE the jewelry!” – The Ashleys from Naptime Tales.

An album of Polaroid to reunite in one place all the happy and funny memories.” – Caterina from Kate

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Hello lovely people, can you believe March is over already? I can’t, sheesh! But I can believe it’s time for a HUGE giveaway, because I’m SO excited to share this prize with you! This month I’ve teamed up with Angie of My So-Called Chaos to offer a fun giveaway for a Wii U prize pack! One lucky winner will take it home! How fun is that?

Angie talks about how some of her fond memories revolve around playing Nintendo, so we’re thinking that you can make your own memories with Nintendo if you win this Wii U! Or you can just take the cash, we wont judge. 😉 Since we’re on the topic of childhood memories, Angie asked us all to share some of our fond ones. Here’s what we came up with…

Our Favorite Childhood Memories

“Raising orphaned farm animals that my grandpa would send to us. They had to be fed several times a day and included getting up really early to bottle feed them. It was so neat for a “city” girl and animal lover to be able to take care of these baby animals and the strong bonds that formed.” – Melissa from Deux Bella

“I loved performing in dance because I was able to dance with my sister and my best friend. I did everything from, tap, ballet, jazz and …… Hate to admit but clogging (Which we happened to win Western Nationals).” – Deynece from Deux Bella

When I was a kid I used to roller skate almost every day. My parents would move the cars out of the carport so we could use that space. My sister and I would put some music on the boombox and skate in a circle like we were in a skating rink. Fun times.” – Tish from The Veganista Foodie

Christmas was always the favorite. It wasn’t just about the gifts – sure, those were always welcome and nice. But the real memories came from spending time with my family during the holidays… back when they were still around. I had one of those Grandmothers who always cooked just in case people showed up (and oh, they did). Most of my family is much older than me and passed on in my teenage years. Those memories are my favorite because they were of a much more simple time.” – Kimi from Kimi Who?

“My favorite memories are being at my grandparents house, and playing in the woods around there. I always had such fun and I felt safe with my grandparents around.” – Hannah from The Perfect Storm: A Blog by Two BFFs

“Riding bikes around with the neighborhood kids in the summer because I had no responsibilities except have fun.” – Sara from The Perfect Storm: A Blog by Two BFFs

Traveling with my family! It was so nice to travel before social media was really a thing, because you really lived in the moment and experienced life abroad!” – Mattie from Mattie’s Makings

When I was about 10, my family and I went on a road trip to Canada from South Carolina. It was a long journey to and from Nova Scotia, but we had the best time! We also went to Prince Edward Island, where L.M. Montgomery, the author of the Anne of Green Gables series lived, which made my little book nerd self so happy! I’ve loved to travel for as long as I can remember, and this memory is one that I love since it combines exploring new places, learning more about literature, and spending time with my family.” – Natalie from Cosmos Mariners: Destination Unknown

Riding my bike without training wheels for the first time. I definitely ate it and ended up missing some teeth, but it reminds me of how fearless I used to be as a kid.” – Esther from Local Adventurer

Rolling skating in my best friend’s basement to Donna Summer music. I felt so free!” – Andi from Misadventures with Andi

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My favorite childhood memory is cooking in the kitchen with my dad.There were lots of happy memories made in the kitchen.”Thyme to Save

I think it has to be walking down the beach and not seeing a wave coming so getting my wellies filled with water and my uncle tipping me upside down to get it all out.” – Sarah from Life in a Breakdown

My favorite childhood memories are long afternoons spent out and about in the neighborhood – we roamed from house to house and rode our bikes all over. Very different from the life my own kids lead!” – Megan and Wendy from Long Story Short with Megan and Wendy

I loved piling the whole family into the car and taking a road trip. I loved watching the world go by to the music pumping from my Walkman. I also loved road snacks.” – Heather from All Roads Lead to the Kitchen

My favorite childhood memory is visiting Disney World with my family. I love everything Disney and getting to see where Mickey Mouse lives was amazing to me. It started a lifelong obsession with Disney that still continues today.” – Jen from Injenious Life

So many memories I love, but I would have to say summer nights as a kid is the best memory. It was so full of mystery and adventure. The possibilities were endless. All night slumber parties, catching fireflies, sleeping out on the trampoline, camping….” – Alexis from Chemistry Cachet

Playing ball with my grandfather. No matter how far I would throw the ball, he’d run to go get it.” – Amanda from Green Tea and Cotton

Going bowling with my Dad. My parents divorced when I was young but every Tuesday he would pick my sister and I up from school and take us bowling. It didn’t matter if he lived 30 minutes away or 4 hours, every Tuesday we bowled.” – January from The Bouncy Ponytail

Going to see A1 with my friends and Ben waving at me. I nearly fainted!!” – Louise from With Love From Lou

Our annual week on the lake and it still continues today!! It is a week of family, friends, boating, sun, relaxing, good food and drink and just making memories that will last a lifetime!” – Becky from Becky’s Best Bites

I grew up in Boise, Idaho and my favorite memory was going to every single Boise Hawks baseball game each summer! We loaded up on candy, soda, and hot dogs and because my dad worked there, we were able to stay after the game and go out onto the field! Good memories with my siblings that gave me a love for baseball.” – Jessica from Together as a Family

Halloween 1986…my mom took us trick or treating while my dad handed out candy at home. He thought he would be sweet and making peanut butter cookies to hand out (my favorite!). He used salt instead of sugar though! I remember chasing kids down the street telling them not to eat the cookies. My father passed away the next year, so that’s why it’s one of my favorite memories.” – Michelle from My Simplified Life

Weekends at our family cabin. Love being with family.” – Erik from Erik’s Core Fitness

My dad used to work a lot, so when new Star Trek movies came out my parents always checked us all out of school and we went together in the middle of the day. It was a fun way to make us all feel special!” – Debra from Housewife Eclectic

Curled up in bed, in my old bedroom, reading book after book.” – Laura from Petit Moi: Big World

Riding bikes around the neighborhood all day and night with all our friends in the beautiful CA weather.” – Kim from The Lavender Ladies

This is a hard one! I think maybe when my dad would turn up the volume on the TV really loud and play the Star Wars or Superman theme song (from the beginning of the movies) so that my sister and I could hear it from our bedroom. It always made us come running to watch whichever movie he had on. Even now his ringtone on my phone is the Imperial March!” – Scarlet from Flight & Scarlet

Going to Disneyland with my grandparents. It was our first time staying at the park and they made it so special!” – Katie from All Things Lovely


What’s your favorite childhood memory?

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