We’ve reached the part of summer where there are more hot days than not hot days. We’ve also reached the part of summer where it is just hot all the time. It doesn’t cool off once the sun goes down and just gets hotter the minute the sun comes up.
But hey, at least we don’t have to shovel snow.
When these days hit I quickly lose motivation to do most things. Moving in any way, shape, or fashion is just NOT appealing. Walk to the bathroom? I’ll just hold it. Change out of my PJ’s? Eh, they look good enough to pass for real clothes. Make a meal?
When it gets too hot to think about cooking, I usually start relying heavily on cold meals like salads or gazpacho as well as using my slow cooker more often. I know we always associate the slow cooker with cold weather but it is my unsung summer champ. I can cook a ton of meals in there that I would normally do in the oven and NOT heat up my entire apartment. Major bonus.
Alright, enough talking about the heat because it is just making me sweat more. Here are my go-to hot day recipes:
Quick & Simple Gazpacho
Slow Cooker Cauliflower Pesto Mac N’ Cheese
Vichyssoise with Garlic Chive Drizzle
Quick Lettuce Tacos
Avocado & Corn Gazpacho
Green Summer Rolls with Balsamic Reduction Dip
Slow Cooker Italian Beef
Toffee Pecan Ice Cream
In continuing with my bar theme (try these oatmeal bars or these even fancier oatmeal bars), I thought I would do one for those that maybe don’t want or can’t have grains. And we can all use more vegetables in our life, right?
Right. Continue reading
Adam and I finally had a down weekend where we didn’t have to go anywhere and it was glorious. Just absolutely fabulous. Life around here has been just a tad crazy and it’s still going to be crazy in the coming months, but for at least two days we had some calm. Continue reading
I hope you have an amazing 4th of July full of parades, BBQ, and fireworks! Continue reading
Ever since I made these oatmeal bars back in January, they have been a part of my weekly meal prep for Adam. It’s just much simpler to make a batch of these bars once a week than to sit there and make a bowl of oatmeal each morning. This way, Adam can get his breakfast together fast and get out the door even faster.
Now, while I’ve made oatmeal bars every week, I haven’t made them the exact same way each time. Because I like to experiment and because sometimes I’m not so good at checking what ingredients I have BEFORE making something and have to improvise.
This recipe is an improvised version of the original. Continue reading