Hi, everyone!  I hope you’re enjoying your summer!  I’m loving the relaxed pace and late mornings.  🙂 

If you’re like me, you like to keep things as simple and easy as possible in the summer to allow for optimal laziness – especially when it comes to cooking.  Following are a couple of quick and easy food ideas for meals or snacks.

I’ll start with the fun stuff – snacks!  Have you tried the new strawberry marshmallows from Kraft?  They’re so yummy!  And they make EXCELLENT strawberry rice krispy bars! (Find the recipe on rice krispy boxes or the marshmallow bag.) They’re also great for strawberry s’mores.  Honey Maid makes graham crackers packaged in squares (instead of rectangles) to make s’mores easy.  We haven’t had any campfires so we made our s’mores in the microwave on paper plates.  Just load your graham cracker square with a strawberry marshmallow, a square or two from a chocolate bar, and top with another graham cracker square.  Cook in microwave for 20-30 seconds.  Try not to let it get too hot for smaller children, or the melted marshmallow might burn their mouths. 

For dinners:  BBQ, anyone?  Tonight I have pork simmering in BBQ sauce in the crock pot.  It’s been cooking on low all day.  Just line your crock pot with one of Reynold’s liners for easy clean-up, put in 2-3 lbs of pork (I use whatever cut of pork that is on sale), cover it with McCormick’s crock pot bbq pork mix (mix according to package directions) OR your favorite prepared bbq sauce.  Cover and cook on low for at least 8 hours.  Do you have a ‘plain’ eater in your family?  If so, cook a serving of pork, sprinkled with salt, separately in a foil pouch in the crock pot or in your oven.  If oven, bake at 400 degrees for 30-45 minutes. 

Serve with slaw made from the cole slaw kits in the produce dept, baked beans, corn or fruit and you have a great meal!  I’m baking yeast rolls from the freezer dept that you pop into the oven right from the freezer.  No prep, no mess!  Just yummy rolls to eat!

Another dinner idea:  Cook burgers and hot dogs on the grill – and cook two or three times more than you need.  Save the leftovers for lunches or another dinner or two in the following days.  The extra grilled burgers can also be chopped for use in casseroles or mexican dishes calling for cooked ground beef.  

There’s a few ideas for starters.  I’d continue but it’s time for me to get our dinner on the table!  If you have easy summer food ideas that you’d like to share, please do so!  Just click the word ‘comments’ under the title above (Simple Summer Suggestions).

Check back for an easy frozen Lemonade Pie recipe!