Steak and Sweet Pepper Salad

Summertime salads are delicious, especially when they call for fresh vegetables. This salad uses fresh spinach, sweet peppers, cucumber, red onion and steak, then is topped with a simple mustard vinaigrette! What’s not to love?

Steak and Sweet Pepper Salad | Summertime salads are delicious, especially when they call for all kinds of fresh vegetables. This salad calls for fresh spinach, sweet peppers, cucumber, red onion and steak, then is topped with a simple mustard vinaigrette! What's not to love?

Grilled meat lovers, listen up.

Yes, I realize that’s maybe a strange statement to make, especially when I’m clearly writing a post about salad, but I think this is something you need to hear. Especially if you’re like my family.

You following me now? Mmmkay.

If you’re anything like my family, chances are you sometimes have leftover steak after a night of grilling. And if you’re anything like us, you’re unsure what to do with said leftover steak.

You don’t want to toss it, but you don’t necessarily want to have steak and eggs every morning after grilling, especially if your steak was already cooked through a little too much. (Yeah, that totally happens. Please tell me it’s not just us.)

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Dairy Free Key Lime Pie

Summertime is here, and who doesn’t love a good ‘ol key lime pie for dessert as the days swelter? Surprise your dairy free friends with this delightfully creamy {Dairy Free} Key Lime Pie! It’s so good that folks who aren’t dairy free enjoy it, too!

{Dairy Free} Key Lime Pie | Summertime is here, and who doesn't love a good 'ol key lime pie for dessert as the days swelter? Surprise your dairy free friends with this delightfully creamy {Dairy Free} Key Lime Pie! It's so good that folks who aren't dairy free enjoy it, too! @speckledpalate for @mycookingspot

When I was a kid, my dad, sister and I wanted to surprise my mom for Mother’s Day with a homemade Key Lime Pie.

I remember slaving away in the kitchen. We juiced tons of key limes. We prepared the Graham cracker crust. We even made whipped cream.

And when that pie came out of the oven, it looked gorgeous.

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Orange Pound Cake

Bake your mama up a sweet surprise to start her Mother’s Day with this Orange Pound Cake. Simple, delicious, slightly sweet and perfect with her morning coffee, your mom will adore this baked good!

Orange Pound Cake | Bake your mama up a sweet surprise to start her Mother's Day with this Orange Pound Cake. Simple, delicious, slightly sweet and perfect with her morning coffee, your mom will adore this baked good! | @speckledpalate for @mycookingspot

I love me any kind of baked good, especially on the weekend… and especially for breakfast.

As I was thinking about Mother’s Day and all the recipes my family and I have made in celebration of my mom over the years, I realized something: We always made dessert. And our attempts at baking only worked about half of the time, even though our hearts were in the right place.

While I’m sure we made her breakfast, too, I have no recollection of this. At. All.

So today? Today, I’m talkin’ Mother’s Day breakfast and a pretty darn simple baked good that you can whip up in no time to celebrate your mama.

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Pesto and Sun-Dried Tomato Pinwheels

Pesto and Sun-Dried Tomato Pinwheels | Looking for a party app that feeds a crowd and is delicious? These Pesto and Tomato Pinwheels, stuffed with pesto (homemade or store-bought!), sun-dried tomatoes and parmesan cheese, are the perfect starter! @speckledpalate fo

It’s been a while, but I absolutely love hosting a good party.

Whether it’s a dinner party, a sports-related party or a get-together with friends, I love them all. I love opening up my home to entertain, and I love spending time with people I care about and making fun food to go along with whatever event we’re celebrating.

However, I’m not the best when it comes to making party-friendly appetizers and finger foods.

Main dishes? I’ve got those in the bag.

Dessert? I could probably bake something up in my sleep.

But starters? Umm…

I generally either forget about apps until the hour before my guests arrive and then frantically have to throw something together or tap a friend to bring a starter because that’s not really my forte.

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