black bean-pineapple guacamole

Do you want to know what I’m looking forward to this summer? Two words: Sangria slushies.

Oh, and sunshine and baseball games and cookouts and pool/beach lounging and farmers markets and sandals and neon nail polish and sunglasses and warm nights chilling on the balcony but ALSO: sangria slushies.

Oh, and guacamole and peachy French toast casserole and strawberry grilled cheese and caprese soup and pretzel nachos but AGAIN: sangria slushies.

But I’m getting ahead of myself.

If you’re anything like me in that you plan much of your life around food (let’s be honest, it’s how I plan vacations), here’s a handy-dandy recipe roundup of what I’ve been creating for the lovely Tablespoon, Betty Crocker and The Huffington Post — all of which you should put on your to-make list this summer. I know that between these things and probably some popsicles, I’m set for the season.

Get ready for a rumbly in your tumbly!

First up: Black Bean-Pineapple Guacamole (pictured above). Oh me oh my oh YUM, this stuff is good. Like, crazy-good. Like, you’ll-need-to-step-away-from-the-bowl-after-a-few-minutes-unless-you-plan-to-eat-the-entire-thing-good.

radicchio, watercress + fennel salad

Radicchio, Watercress and Fennel Salad. It’s so unique and crunchy and flavorful that you’ll probably fall in love with it and never eat another salad for as long as you live. I kid. But seriously, ’tis tasty.

caprese summer soup

Caprese Summer Soup. Creamy tomato soup with a balsamic reduction and a big ol’ slice of fresh melty mozzarella on top? FACE PLANT CITY.

white wine + elderflower sangria

I foresee a lot of summer sunset-watching sessions on the balcony with a glass or three of this light and fruity White Wine & Elderflower Sangria. SANGRIA SIPPING CITY.

strawberry-cream cheese grilled cheese + salted caramel sauce

Strawberry-Cream Cheese Grilled Cheese with Salted Caramel Sauce. I think I’ve said all I need to say about that.

chocolate-raspberry pots de creme

Chocolate-Raspberry Pots de Creme. This one, too.

peaches 'n cream french toast casserole

Peaches ‘n Cream French Toast Casserole is what Sunday brunches are made of. Or Saturday breakfasts. Or Monday morning second breakfasts (it’s a thing) (also, you can tell I really like these ramekins).

pretzel nachos

Do you know how to make Pretzel Bite Nachos? No? Well, now you do. You’re welcome.

sangria slushies

Remember that one time I mentioned sangria slushies? In case you don’t, SANGRIA SLUSHIES. Summer was made for these.

vanilla-glazed rhubarb oatmeal scones

And finally, a little baking roundup of seasonal recipes. For us crazies who actually like being in front of our hot ovens in the hot weather.

There you have it, friends! A fun summertime recipe roundup to kick off your week. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got a slushie to tend to.

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