ABC’s of Summer Fun {M is for Marshmallows}

M is for Marshmallow {ABC's of Summer Fun} @ AVirtuousWoman.org

M is for Marshmallows You can find the rest of the series here. We have this fire pit in our front yard - it's nothing fancy. Just a few large rocks in a circle. And we have two picnic tables plus a toddler size picnic table to accommodate our large family. We have family gathers on a regular {often weekly} basis in our yard during the spring, summer, and fall. We love to break open a bag of marshmallows and let the kids roast them on our campfire . Of course, the adults get in on the … [Read more...]

Peppercorn Ranch Pasta Salad

Peppercorn Ranch Pasta Salad @ AVirtuousWoman.org

This simple Peppercorn Ranch Pasta Salad is perfect for picnics, potluck, an everyday lunch, or light supper! Peppercorn Ranch Pasta Salad 1 box medium shells pasta or rotini 2 cups of broccoli florets 8 oz. grape tomatoes, halved 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained 1 bottle Peppercorn Ranch Dressing salt to taste Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain pasta and rinse with cold water. Lightly steam broccoli {frozen broccoli florets or fresh broccoli works fine} and … [Read more...]

Simple Black Bean Burgers

Your family will LOVE these Simple Black Bean Burgers! @ AVirtuousWoman.org

With summer just around the corner, so are backyard gatherings and picnics at the park. These simple black bean burgers are delicious, easy to prepare, and the perfect summer time fare! This recipe was adapted from the Happy Herbivore's recipe. Simple Black Bean Burgers 15 ounces black beans, drained and rinsed 1 egg 2 tbsp ketchup 1 tbsp yellow mustard 1 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp onion powder ⅓ cup instant oats 2 tbsp. flour Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a baking … [Read more...]

Mini Caprese Salad Bites

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This is a light and refreshing dish - perfect for a luncheon, appetizer, or light supper. Mini Caprese Salad Bites Mini Mozzarella balls Cherry Tomatoes Salt Pepper Italian Seasoning EVOO Fresh Basil Season your mozzarella and tomatoes separately with all the ingredients above to your liking. Let it sit in the bowl for about 10 minutes so it can marinate. You'll notice that your dish will have a bit of that leftover liquid on the bottom, don't throw that … [Read more...]

Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Butter Cream

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Who doesn't love a delicious cupcake? These Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Butter Cream Frosting are perfect spring time fare. Or summer for that matter. These would be wonderful served at a ladies luncheon or even a birthday party! Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Butter Cream Frosting Cupcakes 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt ½ cup sour cream ½ cup milk 2 large egg whites, at room temperature 1 stick (4 oz) unsalted butter, melted 1 cup granulated … [Read more...]