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Good gravy, it’s July! One month of summer fun already under the bridge and sealed up in your life history book, never to be lived again.

Amazing how that happens, isn’t it. 

I started this summer full of wonderful intentions. My kids were going to read 20 minutes every day, practice a musical instrument 20 minutes a day and have fun for at least 20,000 minutes every day. This seems like a very fair, reasonable and fabulous plan, would you not agree? 

Kids need a little bit of structured time, even in the summer…is what I told them. 

One morning early in June all of my kids (excepting the 14 year old who gets a real kick out of sleeping in) were busily engaged practicing their varius musical instruments. I was feeling oh-so-productive and proud of us for sticking with our plan and meeting our goals. (It was the second day of summer.) 

My house was one rockin’ place. I can tell you that. One very loud indian drum song was being pounded out on the living room piano, one small boy was screeeeeeeching out some painfully beautiful notes (if you could only hear just how painfully beautiful they were….) on his little violin, my oldest daughter was in the basement practicing The Entertainer at full volume, twice as fast as she should and my other small boy had his electric keyboard up full blast and was jamming it out, man.Um. 

It was…really, really breathtakingbest described by my 14 year old son who stumbled up the stairs in a sleepy stupor, found me doing the breakfast dishes and whispered in my ear…

“I think this is what hell sounds like.”

I could have reprimanded him for saying hell, but what can an old girl do when the truth is spoken so plainly. So I simply said,

“It sure does, now go and find your guitar and get busy with your 20 minutes of practice.”

Then I put the cotton balls back in my ears…

and finished up the dishes. 

I have my monthly menu plan for you today. As usual, colored titles are previously posted recipes. Black titles are recipes I’m working on and hoping to post in the future. Hope you find something to love. Have a great and safe Fourth Of July, everyone. Hope to see you back here soon, more new recipes lay in wait just for you and your screechy violin. 🙂

Creamy Chipotle Black Bean Chicken, Tortillas, Lettuce, Tomatoes
Sloppy Joes, Green Salad and Watermelon
Grilled Turkey and Swiss, Chips and Fresh Fruit
BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad and Watermelon


Smokey Honey BBQ Grilled Pork Ribs and Baked Potatoes
Grilled Parmesan Shrimp with Grilled Vegetable Medley and Rice
Grilled Chicken Salad with Berries and Raspberry Vinaigrette
Creamy Pesto Pasta, Grilled Garlic Bread and OG Salad
Simple Southwest Chicken Quesadillas
Cilantro Lime Chicken (Crock Pot)
Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas
Ginger and Cilantro Baked Tilapia

Rocky Road Brownies
Pink Lemonade Cupcakes
Breakfast Cinnamon Sticks with Cream Cheese Glaze
Grilled Pineapple with Ice Cream and Caramel Sauce
Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cake with Broiled Coconut Frosting
Frozen Raspberry Lemonade
Fresh Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Dressing 
Sweet and Crunchy Broccoli Salad
Homemade Yeast Scones and Cinnamon Maple Honey Butter

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  1. I was interested in the crispy cheddar chicken, but the recipe is no longer available. Could you send it to me? Thanks 🙂