Perfect Picnic Salads

 Summer is in full swing!  It's time for picnics in the park.  For this post, I teamed up with 11 amazing bloggers to bring you a collection of 12 Perfect Picnic Salads.  From pasta to fruit, savory to sweet....we've got your cravings covered!!

But first, before we get to the recipes, I want to share with you 2 of my favorite picnic accessories.  The first one is this beautiful Peterboro Family Picnic Basket for 4.  The Peterboro company was founded in 1854 and is the oldest manufacturer of baskets in the US.  It is a great size to pack all of your picnic needs.  With multiple finish options, you will be the talk of the park.  Simply perfect!  Go check out this historic company and shop all of their basket options. #picnicbasket #madeinamerica

My other favorite accessory are the containers from SubSafeThe Value 4 Pack is the perfect way to pack multiple food items without them getting soggy in the cooler.  I love using them for sandwiches, cheese, fruit, veggies, desserts, etc...  Plus, you can easily bring home any leftovers.  These are a picnic, lake getaway, BBQ must have! #subsafe #subsafenotsoggy #sponsored

 Now, on to the recipes!!
Italian Dressing Pasta Salad from The Mandatory Mooch

Edamame Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing from Peas and Crayons

Creamy Macaroni Salad from Mooshu Jenne

Creamy Fruit Salad from Cincy Shopper

Corn & Quinoa Caprese Salad from Urban Bliss Life

Snicker Apple Salad from Mom Foodie

Easy Feta Apple Salad from Smart Party Planning

5 Minute BLT Coleslaw Salad from Plating Pixels

Cheeseburger Salad in a Jar from Finding Zest

Watermelon, Cucumber & Jicama Salad from The Rising Spoon

Pimento Pasta Salad from Lori's Culinary Creations
Tuna Macaroni Salad from Courtney's Sweets

Thanks ~ Nichi

 I like linking my posts to THESE GREAT PARTIES!!!!

Watermelon Themed Cake and Cupcakes

Today is #CupcakeLoversDay!  To celebrate, I have teamed up with a great group of bloggers to bring you new recipes and posts all about cupcakes.  Special thanks to Valentina at The Baking Fairy for organizing this event.

I'm sharing my Watermelon Themed Cake and Cupcakes.  They are the perfect treat for your summer parties!  Follow my instructions below to make your own!

Since today is all about cupcakes....let's start with those instructions.  Here is what you will need:

1 batch of chocolate cupcakes - recipe or box mix that you prefer
1 recipe of vanilla buttercream frosting
green food coloring
pink food coloring
mini chocolate chips

  1. Color half of the frosting recipe with green food coloring.  
  2. Color the other half with pink food coloring.
  3. Pipe a ring of the green frosting around the top of the cupcake.
  4. Fill in the rest of the top of the cupcake with pink frosting.
  5. Sprinkle with mini chocolate chips.

Now for the cake.....

4-layer cake (I made mine with 2 boxed cake mixes), leveled
the rest of the green and pink frosting from cupcakes
mini chocolate chips

  1. Layer the cakes with green frosting spread between each layer.
  2. Pipe green frosting around the outer edge of each layer, bottom, and top.
  3. Fill in top of cake with pink frosting.
  4. Sprinkle with mini chocolate chips.

Please take a moment to visit all of the other amazing cupcake posts from my blogger friends!!

Cupcakes for Cupcake Lovers Day!

Hosted by Valentina | The Baking Fairy

Vegan Birthday Cake Oreo Cupcakes by The Baking Fairy  
Avocado Cupcakes with Lime Frosting by A Day in the Life on the Farm  
Brown Cow Cupcakes by Palatable Pastime  
Brown Sugar Cinnamon Cupcakes by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks  
Busy Bee Honey Vanilla Cupcakes by For The Love of Food  
Butter Pecan Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting by A Little Fish in the Kitchen  
Cheesecake Cupcakes by Walking on Sunshine Recipes  
Cherry Limeade Cupcakes by That Recipe  
Cherry Vanilla Cupcakes by The Freshman Cook  
Chocolate Cupcakes with Dulce de Leche Frosting by Cooking for my Soul  
Chocolate Irish Cream Cupcakes with Irish Cream Frosting by Daily Dish Recipes
Cookies & Cream Cupcakes by Karen’s Kitchen Stories  
Creamsicle Cupcakes by Red Cottage Chronicles 
  Gluten Free Rocky Road Cupcakes by Frugal & Fit  
Honey Lemon's HoneyBee Cupcakes by Simply Inspired Meals  
Lemon Cupcakes with Coconut Frosting by The Olive Blogger
Lemon Lavender Blackberry Cupcakes by Culinary Adventures with Camilla  
Lost Princess Cupcakes by Seduction in the Kitchen  
Orange You Glad Cupcakes by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings  
Peanut Butter & Jelly Cupcakes by The Beard and The Baker  
Pineapple Coconut Cupcakes by Crumb Top Baking  
Pink Lemonade Cupcakes by Bowl Me Over  
Pudding Pop Cupcakes by Nik Snacks  
Small Batch Chocolate Cupcakes with Cookie Dough Frosting by Join Us, Pull Up a Chair Strawberry Basil Cupcakes with Chocolate Balsamic Frosting by The Spiffy Cookie
Strawberry Cupcakes by Confessions of a Baking Queen
Strawberry Jello Cupcakes by Kelly Lynn’s Sweets and Treats  
Sweet Summertime Cupcakes by Cooking with Carlee  
Vanilla Bourbon Bacon Cupcakes by Our Good Life  
Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes by Simple Family Crazy Life 
White Chocolate Truffle Cupcakes by Triple Chocolate Kitchen

Thanks ~ Nichi


 I like linking my posts to THESE GREAT PARTIES!!!!

Hot Chicken Salad Dip for #SummerGrilling

Today's #SummerGrilling recipe has been sponsored by Farmer's Pantry, however, all opinions are my own. #ad #SPONSOR #SummerGrilling #CornbreadCrisps 

This week, we're sharing the best grill recipes and celebrating the start of summer with an amazing giveaway, sponsored by BBQGuys, Farmer's Pantry, Joy Jolt, The Spice House, and Torani. Learn more about our sponsors HERE

My last contribution is this Hot Chicken Salad Dip.  It is a cheesy, creamy, warm, yummy appetizer that you can't resist.  Combined with many unique flavors, you will want to take it to all of your family gatherings and backyard BBQs this summer.  

I served it with Farmer's Pantry Cornbread Crisps.  Do you love cornbread?  Then, these crisps are what you are craving.  All of the taste of cornbread baked into a buttery treat.  And they have 4 amazing flavors.  Go check them out!  

2 large cans  (12.5 oz) of chicken breast drained
1 can (8 oz.) sliced water chestnut, diced
1 c. mayo or Miracle Whip
1/2 c. sliced almonds
2 T. lemon juice
1 1/2 c. cheddar cheese
crushed plain potato chips

  1. Spray 9x13 pan with cooking spray. 
  2. Spread potato chips on the bottom of pan. 
  3. Mix all other ingredients together using only 1/2 cup of cheese. 
  4. Spread over potato chips. 
  5. Top with remaining cheddar cheese. 
  6. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.  Serve with crackers or cornbread crisps.

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  • Best Seller Collection from The Spice House
  • 1 Year Supply of Syrups from Torani
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Thanks ~ Nichi

 I like linking my posts to THESE GREAT PARTIES!!!!