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Hawaiian BBQ Ribs – oven baked ribs with a sweet and spicy Hawaiian-inspired sauce made with hoisin sauce, soy sauce, pineapple juice, fresh ginger, and sriracha. They are so tender and delicious!

Hawaiian BBQ Ribs - oven baked ribs with a sweet and spicy Hawaiian-inspired sauce made with hoisin sauce, soy sauce, pineapple juice, fresh ginger, and sriracha. They are so tender and delicious!

Hi guys, how was your weekend?

We went to the lake, of course, and now I am quite sunburnt but it was worth it. And then I made ribs! And that’s always exciting. 

I’ve realized just how much I love ribs recently. I never loved ribs covered in thick globs of barbecue sauce and now that I’m making my own and saucing them how I want, I’m really loving them. The taste of fresh pork alone is so delicious – it doesn’t always need all that gloopy barbecue sauce. 

Okay, yeah, I know, I called these Hawaiian BBQ Ribs but it’s not your typical barbecue sauce! The pork is still the star here. 

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Melon Ball Sangria – the perfect summer cocktail! Watermelon, honeydew, and cantaloupe balls with fresh mint, white wine, vodka, and ginger ale. So refreshing, so simple, and great for a party!

Melon Ball Sangria - the perfect summer cocktail! Watermelon, honeydew, and cantaloupe balls with fresh mint, white wine, vodka, and ginger ale. So refreshing, so simple, and great for a party!

Hi guys, I haven’t shared a cocktail in forever! (Seriously, it’s been over a year! Who am I?!)

I bought these melon balls months ago with the intention of making this sangria with them and then almost immediately lost them in my freezer. But my children have eaten through our stash of Hot Pockets and the melon balls have been found! 

I just love sangria, especially if I’m making drinks for more than a couple people. It’s a great way to stretch a bottle of wine and also not be making drinks one at a time all night long. 

This Melon Ball Sangria is one of my favorites for summer. You have to try it! 

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Sloppy Joe Sliders – an easy way to serve sloppy joes to a crowd! Sloppy joe meat and cheddar cheese on Hawaiian rolls and covered in the most delicious glaze. Great for a weeknight dinner, a party, or tailgating! 

Sloppy Joe Sliders - an easy way to serve sloppy joes to a crowd! Sloppy joe meat and cheese on Hawaiian rolls and covered in the most delicious glaze. Great for a weeknight dinner, a party, or tailgating!

Hi guys! 

We had our first lake weekend this past weekend. I can’t believe it took us almost 2 weeks into June but it’s been weirdly cold and it’s rainy and cloudy and just not lake weather. But we finally got out there and it was great, as always. 

We did had to leave early after one of my children sliced their leg open and in an absolute panic, I couldn’t remember the name of my insurance company to figure out which urgent care near the lake accepted it. So I drove alllll the way back to the one by our house because I know they take it (thanks to a head injury a few months ago) and by the time we got there, it had basically stopped bleeding. But ugh, it was gross. 

You guys, I am not cut out to have boys. When I tell you I panicked, I mean I panicked hard. 

Anyway. I have these Sloppy Joe Sliders for you today because who doesn’t love a Hawaiian roll slider?! I love that they can be an easy weeknight meal or you can totally serve them at a party! 

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 Key Lime Cheesecake Bars – creamy cheesecake bars filled with key lime juice and fresh lime zest on a graham cracker crust. Top them with whipped cream and a lime slice for the perfect summer dessert. 

Key Lime Cheesecake Bars - creamy cheesecake bars filled with key lime juice and fresh lime zest on a graham cracker crust.

Hi guys! 

I am having a week and it’s only Thursday. My week started with having to buy a new tire because my Jeep has been flashing “low tire” for literally ever and I was worried I wouldn’t pass inspection with it flashing. And I was already 3 days late on renewing my car registration because hashtag single mom. 

My 7 year old went to the gym with me first thing in the morning (he likes the snacks they have) and I was all excited to get the tire done right after and get inspected and get the Jeep legal again. I was gonna get it all done before 9 am (!!) and have a super productive start to the week!!!

Did not go as planned. 

We walked around [insert big box store that has tires] for an hour after being quoted a price for the tire and told they’d have it done right away. And then they call my name and tell me that… they don’t have the tire size I need. 

Oh. But…wait. I walked around the toy aisles FOR AN HOUR with a 7 year old boy and there’s no tire?!

Anyway. I got a tire. It took most the day, cost twice as much as the original store had quoted me, and required a trip to a subpar Mexican restaurant because it was the only thing within walking distance of the tire shop.  

That was my Monday. It’s fine. At least I have cheesecake bars. 
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Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Salad – the perfect side dish for all your summer barbecues! Pasta tossed with mini pepperoni, black olives, green bell pepper, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and Italian dressing. 

Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Salad - the perfect side dish for all your summer barbecues! Pasta tossed with mini pepperoni, black olives, green bell pepper, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and Italian dressing.

Hi guys!

This is our first full week of summer break and after a crazy last month of soccer, 7-on-7, exams, giant projects, and school events that required me to put actual clothes on… I’m so happy it’s summer. 

My children have finally listened to my request to make friends with someone with a pool so we’ve been there every day for the last week. We’ve ordered pizza more times than I want to admit. I don’t remember the last time I got in my car.

I love summer. 

I also love this pasta salad that I’m sharing today! It’s everything you love about pepperoni pizza in a cold pasta salad and it’s perfect for all your summer barbecues or parties or just making and keeping in the fridge on days when you don’t feel like standing over a stove. 

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