After weeks of 50's and 60's, we're finally getting some real summer weather here in WA! :) We're not joining the rest of the country in their insane heat wave though; 80 degrees is toasty enough for me! ;)
Here are a few summer weather kitchen tips, adapted from this post:
Don't bake in the morning, heating up your house as the day heats up outside! Bake after dinner instead. Run appliances in the evening, so your house can cool off overnight.
Cook outside on the grill (or safely use an appliance like a crock pot in your garage or enclosed porch). I like a hot dinner even in hot weather, and the grill is my favorite tool for that! :)
Experiment with main-dish salad recipes! I especially like salads that have a bit of protein while still being easy and refreshing.
Make lots of ice (water is free, after all!) and let the kids enjoy it often. :)
For a lower-calorie meal, turn a burger into a salad instead of a sandwich. Pile a plate with the vegetable toppings you like (lettuce, pickles, sweet onions, tomatoes) and then add a burger, topped with a slice of cheese. Eat as a salad! :) I've been doing this lately as I still have some baby weight to lose. :)
My brother, sister-in-law, and nephew came over from eastern Washington last weekend and brought some peas from their garden. Early the next morning, my brother took the boys out to the deck and they shelled peas together.
The peas drew quite a crowd! Soon everyone but Channah was out there helping (and eating). I made omelets for breakfast while they did the peas. :)
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1. Using inexpensive canned salmon (Wholesome Homemaker)
2. Saving money on real food (The Local Cook)
3. Supper salad bar (Feel Good About Dinner)
4. Freezing bananas (Living So Abundantly)
5. How to tell when beans are done cooking (One Little Word She Knew)
6. Using cheese but cutting calories (Finding Joy in my Kitchen)
7. Fried eggs tips (Recipes Happen)
8. Tips for from-the-pantry nachos (Western Warmth)
9. Quick kid-feeding tip (Sunny Side of Life)
10. Cooking chick peas faster (Trial and Error Home Ec)