The Life of Jennifer Dawn

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Recipes for a Summer Potluck & Weekly Link Party

Summer is the perfect time to gather family and friends together for an outdoor potluck. Whether you are hosting or attending, these delicious recipes have you covered. From grilled chicken to salads and even desserts, you're sure to find a recipe that will wow your crowd! Get ready to fire up the grill, mix-up a salad, and sample a delicious dessert at your gathering this summer.

Oh, and happy first day of summer! I hope the season is filled with tasty dishes, sweet treats, and even sweeter memories.
1. Maple Dijon Grilled Chicken / Simply Stacie
No backyard barbecue would be complete without something cooked on the grill. Here's a tasty way to prepare grilled chicken.

2. Watermelon Feta Salad / Simply Stacie
Who else loves watermelon during the hot months of summer! This salad has the watermelon chopped right in, and it looks so good!

3. Potato Salad / Strength & Sunshine
Here's a classic potluck staple! And this version is gluten-free and vegan. That makes it a winning recipe for a gathering of guests with diverse dietary needs.

4. Vegan Chickpea Salad / All That's Jas
This quick and easy salad recipe is a healthy choice for a summer meal. It has it all--color, texture, and flavor!

5. Chocolate Raspberry S'mores / Simply Stacie
The classic summer treat takes on a new twist with the addition of raspberry jam. What a delicious recipe idea!

6. One-Minute Garden Fresh Salsa / Little House Living
During the months of summer, I'm always looking for recipes that can be made from the vegetables I have growing in the garden. This one first the bill! It's a fresh and easy recipe for summer snacking.

7. Strawberries and Cream Sugar Cookies / Lolly Jane
Fresh strawberries and sugar cookies come together to form this scrumptious treat. I can't imagine them lasting long at a summer cook out.

8. Chocolate Chip Pancake Ice Cream / The Simple Sweet Life
What's a summer gathering without some ice cream? And this no-churn version looks amazing!

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Frozen Treats for Summertime

Our summers get hot here in the south. Is that true for where you live? Keep cool all summer long with these fabulous frozen desserts! From ice cream and sorbet to popsicles and bite-sized treats, you're sure to find a recipe you and your family will love.

Summers are for slowing down to enjoy the simple pleasures in life. These treats are the perfect way to gather family and friends together to do just that. Which scrumptious treat are you wanting to try? Hey, why not just try them all?!
1. Frozen Peanut Butter Pie / Simply Stacie
Chocolate and peanut butter are always a winning combination! Enjoy this classic flavor combo in pie form with this oh so good recipe.

2. Strawberry Basil Frozen Yogurt Pops / Somewhat Simple
Theses pops look delicious! And the basil gives them a fun flavor surprise!

3. Sundae Party / Gluesticks
Gather family, friends, and neighbors together for a Summertime Sundae Party. It's sure to be a sweet time that everyone will enjoy!

4. Coconut Lime Ice Cream Bars / All That's Jas
Two summer flavors--coconut and lime--come together to make these delicious, tropical treats!

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Makeover Ideas for Every Room of Your Home & Weekly Link Party

I've stepped away from a bathroom remodel to put together this week's link party. I think being up to my elbows in paint and dust has me dreaming of beautiful finished spaces. I'll certainly be thrilled when the kids' bathroom remodel is complete. Hopefully it will look as lovely as these stunning spaces. Fingers crossed!

Are you wanting to give an area of your home a makeover? I'm sure these posts will give you as much inspiration as they've given me. From adding simple accessories to full renovations, here are several home makeover ideas that are sure to impress. There's something for each and every room of your home!

Although each of these ideas are unique, there is a common thread that runs through them. Each of the bloggers featured below combined the accessories, furniture, and spaces they already had with a little ingenuity and a ton of creativity to achieve beautiful results. Inspired yet? Don't worry! You will be! Just keep scrolling. Oh, and be sure to link up your own family-friendly crafts, DIY projects, recipes, and posts below.

I'm heading back to finish my own bathroom remodel. I'll be sure to share it when I'm done. Until then, enjoy this lovely inspiration!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Lavender Sugar Scrub

For a sweet smelling scrub that will leave your hands feeling soft and smooth, try this recipe that you can mix up at home. This Lavender Sugar Scrub makes a great gift, too!
I have been working out in the garden a lot lately. All of the digging and planting has not been kind to my hands. I looked down at them the other day when I was spreading some landscaping rocks and noticed how bad they were. I know! I know! I should be wearing gloves. I get busy tending to the garden and chickens and just forget to put them on.

Homemade scrubs are a great way to soothe and heal hard-working hands. Maybe you don't garden, but as a busy mom, I bet there are other things you're doing that take a toll on your skin. This scrub is an excellent way to help your hands and pamper yourself a bit. It's so relaxing to use, and you won't believe how soft and smooth your skin feels after using it.
Sugar scrubs can be made with any scent you prefer, but we're BIG fans of lavender here. Lavender is great for skin care, circulation, and relaxation--just to name a few of the health benefits. And the kids and I love the calming scent.

Ready to mix up a batch of lavender sugar scrub? Go ahead! Keep reading! You deserve a little pampering!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Quick & Easy Iced Coffee Recipe

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How do you prefer your coffee? During the steaming, hot months of summer, I love my coffee iced! If you're looking for an iced coffee recipe to enjoy this summer, here's a quick and easy version using Folgers® Coffeehouse Blend Coffee.
When I was growing up, I'd wake up every morning to the rich aroma of my dad's Folgers® coffee brewing in the kitchen. It's an aroma that takes me back to my childhood. He'd sit there with his newspaper and coffee and invite me to sit down and chat with him as he'd scoot the box of doughnuts he'd bought that morning over to me.

As I got older, this time together evolved into us both enjoying a steaming mug of hot Folgers® coffee over a shared newspaper, conversation, and laughs. Folgers® coffee really was the best part of waking up!
My dad passed away a few years ago, but the memories of those mornings spent together are still strong. My affinity for Folgers® coffee has remained strong, too. I have to confess that I veered off to some other brands for a little while. The next time I picked up a mug of Folgers® again felt like coming home. I know it sounds a bit cheesy, but have you ever had a taste or smell bring back a flood of memories for you? That's what Folgers® does for me. Here I am getting mushy about coffee, and you're probably ready to hear about this delicious and easy recipe for iced coffee. Well, let's get to it...