Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Some Summer Tasty Recipes for Those Busy Days

 Yep - more foody ideas!  Now that summer is upon us (in our part of the world) - we all get busy, and it gets hot.  If you are like me, you hate heating the kitchen up for hours to prepare yummy bites.  Here are a few ideas on things that are just plain tasty and easy and again frugal for the most part!

1 C cheddar cheese, grated
1 C ripe olives, chopped
1 C dried beef - chopped (I use Buddig's)
Mix this all together.  Spread on party rye (or whatever small bread you choose).  Place under the broiler for about 5 minutes until bubbly.  Super easy for a quick appetizer or even dinner (yes I have) with a little salad!

2 rolls of crescent rolls
2 pkg. cream cheese (8 oz. ea.)
1 C mayo
1 packet ranch style dressing mix
1 head broccoli
1 head cauliflower
1 bunch green onions
1 large firm tomato
(this would be great way to use fresh garden produce)

Spread dough on a full size baking sheet and bake according to instructions on rolls.  Cool.  Beat cream cheese until fluffy.  Add mayo and dressing mix.  Spread over cooled dough.  Chop veggies in small pieces and spread evenly over cream cheese  Cover and refrigerate about an hour before serving. 
You could use about ANY type of fresh veggie you want for this.

(No Mayo)
2 - 3 (15 oz.) cans dark kidney beans (drained)
1/2 C - 1 C chopped onion
3/4 - 1 C sweet pickles (diced) or sweet relish (what I use)
3 - 4 hard boiled eggs - diced
2 Tbsp. cider vinegar
2 - 3 Tbsp. sugar
Combine all ingredients.  Keep refrigerated.
This keeps well in the frig for a long time.

1 - 8 oz. pack of cream cheese
1 small container Cool Whip
about 1/3 C sugar
Let cheese and Cool Whip softened and then blend all items together until very smooth.
Place in a premade graham cracker crust or a homemade crust.  If making your own - think about using ginger snaps or chocolate cookies for something different.
Top with whatever topping you desire.
I love this stuff! - I think I could sit down and eat and eat if I thought I wouldn't be sick!!!  So light and fluffy and super easy.

Good old stand by
1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese
topped with 8 oz. jar of your favorite jelly or jam 
Serve with crackers
Many use jalapeno jelly with this - but any type will do just fine.  Super easy and yummy
(great appetizer for that unexpected company!!!!!!)

NO BAKE COOKIES (Oatmeal Fancies)
2 C sugar
1/4 C cocoa
1/3 C milk
1/2 C butter/margarine
1 tsp. vanilla
dash of salt
1/3 C crunchy (or not) peanut butter
3 - 31/2 C - oatmeal (uncooked)

Cook sugar, cocoa, milk and butter for 1 minute after it starts to boil.  Remove from heat.  Mix in next 3 ingredients.  While still hot - pour over oatmeal.  Mix well.  Drop by teaspoon on waxed paper or greased cookie sheet.  Refrigerate for 1 hour.
Been making these all my life!!!!  Probably the first thing I ever 'cooked' by myself!!!!!

Just wanting to give a lot of reminders that we don't have to stay in the kitchen all summer if we don't want to.  Fun food is always a neat thing to have around in the summer.  Quick and cool bites are refreshing and filling.

Take care and ENJOY!


  1. Those all sound delicious, Cheryl. Thank you.

  2. Yummy ideas! Love no bake cookies. My girls still make them. I love a good bean salad. Saw a post about steaming eggs and they peel so much easier. Think I will try that method next time I hard-cook eggs. Picked strawberries in this rain this morning. They are too good to let them go to waste. We had an omelet this morning with peppers, onions and turkey sausage, and I cut some parsley, cilantro and chives to put in it. Makes a big difference.

    1. No other cookie like them - no matter how old we get!

      Mmmmm strawberries - no don't waste a one.
      Your omelet sounds very good minus cilantro for me please. I am one of those people who can't eat it.

  3. Some great recipes to try, for sure! Last night I was feeling lazy and didn't feel like a full dinner, so I made up a quick and easy light dinner. Sliced up some leftover chicken, sauteed up some sliced onion and peppers and removed from the pan. Placed a flour tortilla in the pan on low, topped it with some BBQ sauce, sliced chicken, topped with the onion and pepper mixture, a drizzle of BBQ on top, and topped with a mix of shredded cheddar and mozzarella. I put the lid on the pan and let it cook until the cheese melted. Kind of a 6" pizza, but with a tortilla crust. A good way to use up that leftover chicken from Memorial Day!

    1. Sounds delish for sure. I have something similar going for tonight only with pork and using up buns. I just love how everyone shares their neat ideas.
      It sure makes having a varied diet possible!

  4. I love cheese and olives on rye. In fact I love rye bread especially dark rye.

    1. It is such a good combo - especially heated. YUM

  5. I am definitely going to have to try out those sandwiches. I already do something similar with a can of tune...

    God bless.

    1. There are so many options one can use. Just a little imagination!!

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    1. I agree - especially in those hot months. I do just that often

  7. I'm definitely going to make the oatmeal fancies. Once it gets hot I don't like turning on the oven and these are made right on the stovetop. That's right up my alley. And they sound delicious too.

    1. Oh they are so yummy. I started making them as a kid - they just seem to be a favorite of anyone that has tasted them.

  8. Thank you for sharing! I have to try that cheesecake!

    1. I could eat a whole one! Seriously. So light and fluffy.

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  10. I have not made no bake cookies in a month of Sundays! Used to, every time I turned around Sarah and one of her buddies was making them. Sometimes they would have to go from our house to the other house to get the ingredients...but usually we had them.