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Summer recipes and ideas

Little Girl Enjoying Ice Cream
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Summer is a time for salads, picnics, barbecues, ice cream, and all the things that go along with them. People head outside. They do not want to spend hours cooking in a hot kitchen. They want to be enjoying life, and socializing. Or spending quiet time sitting out on their back porch, observing nature.

These recipes and ideas will get you through a big part of your summer, and it is easy to come up with your own food ideas.

Salad Recipe Roundup Salads are tasty on their own, and go great with barbecued food. Easy to make, choose from a variety of fruit, and vegetable, based recipes.

Tasty Parfait Recipes Parfaits, both healthy and treat varieties, are great used as a dessert. They also make a good snack.

Delicious Smoothie Recipes Smoothies can also be healthy, and go well with breakfast. Sometimes, however, a smoothie is a sweet treat.

Refreshing Do-it-Yourself Beverages for the Warmer Months Discover healthy, refreshing beverages for the summer months, as well as some nifty ice cube ideas, and tips for getting your water in on-the-go.

Homemade Fruit Juice This juice contains only natural sugars.

Lettuce and Cabbage Bowls A great alternative to tacos or fajitas.

Flavored Sweet Tea Recipes Who doesn't like sweetened tea?

Foods for the Fourth of July What better way to celebrate than with delicious food.

Easy Burger Options Burger filling and topping options.

Easy Cracker Sandwiches These are quick to make before heading to the park.

Turkey Sandwich on a Roll A great addition to a picnic lunch.

Easy Vegetable Platter for a Crowd Have this on hand for your next get-together.

Easy Cheeseburger Toppings and Add-Ins More delicious burger options.

Eat Outside Day Another reason to celebrate summer!

Peanut Butter Sandwich Variations Keep these in mind when preparing for your next picnic.

Ideas for Using Blueberries There is a lot that can be done with this type of berry.

Easy Picnic Ideas Picnics are fun! Enjoy them while you can.

Easy Ways to Use Hotdogs What do you do with extra hotdogs after a barbecue?

Easy Sundae Ideas Quick ideas for enjoying ice cream.

Banana Cream Pie, Plus Variations A nice treat after a barbecue.

Share your favorite summer recipes in the comments.

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