As y’all read this, Lady Baby and I are hitting the road and trekking to my hometown. We’re staying for an entire week and will be hanging out with family and friends.

It’s going to be a LOT of fun, and I’ve been looking forward to this trip since we started planning it a while back. Who knows what kind of trouble we’ll get into?

I’m hoping the good kind that involves spending some time by a pool with a drink that has a frilly umbrella on it.

She’s hoping it includes her toy piano and a place to jabber at the top of her lungs.

(Spoiler alert: Her kind of trouble always involves her narrating what’s going on. And yeah, before you say something about it, I know she’s just 4-months-old, but the girl likes to talk!)

So. It’s Saturday. We’re roadtripping. How about we throw in a giveaway for today, too?

$190 Target Gift Card Giveaway

I’ve teamed up with an amazing group of bloggers to bring you a $190 Target gift card. The giveaway runs from Friday, July 10th to Friday, July 17th, so get your entries in today!

Find out how you can enter to win below!

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These M&M Cookies are the perfect dessert! The miniature sugar cookies are sweet, fluffy and chock full of plain M&M

Y’all might remember a few weeks ago when I shared my Dr Pepper® Cherry Cupcakes with Grenadine Whipped Cream that I picked up some M&M’s at the store for snacking.

Well, I ended up with two ginormous bags of M&M’s, which I’ve been enjoying ever since.

This past weekend, we hosted Winston’s family for the Fourth. And on Saturday, I wanted cookies.

After surveying the kitchen to see what ingredients we had — spoiler alert: I always have ingredients to make cookies — I spotted the M&M’s and knew immediately that I wanted to whip up M&M Cookies, a favorite of mine since childhood.

These M&M Cookies are the perfect dessert! The miniature sugar cookies are sweet, fluffy and chock full of plain M&M

I found a recipe over at Pinch of Yum, which I adapted, and after pulling together the batter, I popped a tray of cookies into the oven. They came out 12 minutes later and were gorgeous, soft, chewy and absolutely scrumptious.

We promptly ate an entire baking sheet of them, then we prepared more cookies for later. (Because OF COURSE.)

If you’re an M&M lover like myself, you’ll probably enjoy these! I’m over at My Cooking Spot sharing my M&M Cookies recipe. I’d love for y’all to pop on over. I’d also love to know what you would make if you had an abundance of M&M’s at your house.

Toasted baguette rounds are dressed with a Feta/Greek yogurt/dill sauce, then topped with fresh sliced cucumbers. This Cucumber Bruschetta tastes like tzatziki and is the perfect appetizer to start any summer celebration.

Toasted baguette rounds are dressed with a Feta/Greek yogurt/dill sauce, then topped with fresh sliced cucumbers. This Cucumber Bruschetta tastes like tzatziki and is the perfect appetizer to start any summer celebration.

I’m sharing this lovely appetizer today because there’s a celebration going on!

“A celebration?” you ask.

Heck, yes, it is.

My friend, Erica, who blogs over at The Crumby Cupcake, is celebrating her blog’s first birthday! I wanted to make something special to bring to the party, which she’s hosting over there this week. She’s already shared three amazing recipes AND giveaways, and I hope y’all will pop over there and give her some blogoversary love.

… I’ll wait for a moment while you head over there for a sec.

Toasted baguette rounds are dressed with a Feta/Greek yogurt/dill sauce, then topped with fresh sliced cucumbers. This Cucumber Bruschetta tastes like tzatziki and is the perfect appetizer to start any summer celebration.

Since Erica is such a freakin’ incredible baker — no really, check out these gorgeous Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes she made for Lady Baby’s virtual baby shower — I wanted to make something for her blogoversary celebration that was a bit different.

Because while I love baking, Erica totally outclasses me with her skills.

But I’ve got skills, too.

Toasted baguette rounds are dressed with a Feta/Greek yogurt/dill sauce, then topped with fresh sliced cucumbers. This Cucumber Bruschetta tastes like tzatziki and is the perfect appetizer to start any summer celebration.

Specifically, I have skills of transforming a dish I love into something else.

Aaaaaaaaaand this bruschetta? It tastes like tzatziki sauce.

Which, as y’all might know, is one of my favorite things. Honestly, I could probably eat tzatziki on anything savory, including sandwiches, sides and even salad.

I am, after all, the lady who has been known to dip french fries in the Mediterranean sauce with gusto.

Yeaaaaaaaah. That’s how my tastebuds roll.

Toasted baguette rounds are dressed with a Feta/Greek yogurt/dill sauce, then topped with fresh sliced cucumbers. This Cucumber Bruschetta tastes like tzatziki and is the perfect appetizer to start any summer celebration.

So back to this Cucumber Bruschetta and away from my tastebuds.

Here’s how it goes: A baguette is sliced and toasted. Then you slice an English cucumber and mix up a combination of feta cheese, Greek yogurt and dill.

When the baguette is crisp, you slather the sauce onto the bread, then top with the cucumber slices. Then you sprinkle more feta cheese and dill on top and consume immediately!

Confession: I may or may not have eaten half a baguette in the making of this because, well, this bruschetta is darn delicious.

Interested in making this app? Check out the recipe below.

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Cucumber Bruschetta
 
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Toasted baguette rounds are dressed with a Feta/Greek yogurt/dill sauce, then topped with fresh sliced cucumbers. This Cucumber Bruschetta tastes like tzatziki and is the perfect appetizer to start any summer celebration.
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 French baguette, sliced
  • 1 English cucumber, sliced
Sauce
  • 6 tablespoons feta cheese
  • 3 tablespoons Greek yogurt
  • ¾ teaspoons dried dill
  • 1½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1½ tablespoons white distilled vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Toast the baguette slices.
  2. While the baguette is toasting, mix the feta, Greek yogurt, dill, olive oil, vinegar and spices in a small bowl, stirring until combined.
  3. When the baguette is ready, spread a dollop of the sauce onto each round.
  4. Top each a few slices of cucumber.
  5. Garnish with additional dill and feta cheese, and serve immediately.

 Toasted baguette rounds are dressed with a Feta/Greek yogurt/dill sauce, then topped with fresh sliced cucumbers. This Cucumber Bruschetta tastes like tzatziki and is the perfect appetizer to start any summer celebration.

What kind of dish would you bring to Erica’s blogoversary celebration?

  • Kristen @ A Mind Full MomJuly 8, 2015 - 7:58 am

    I LOVE traditional Bruschetta–but you may have changed my heart to want to only this version from now on–well, at the least in the summer :) looks great.ReplyCancel

  • EileenJuly 8, 2015 - 12:29 pm

    This bruschetta sounds fantastic! You have to love highlighting the best summer veg. I would absolutely eat a plateful of these for a quick lunch on a hot day. :)ReplyCancel

  • KrystenJuly 8, 2015 - 12:54 pm

    Atcha’s tzatziki sauce? UGH, so good. I am totally there with you on dipping fries in tzatziki. I’ll dip just about anything into it.ReplyCancel

  • Holley GraingerJuly 8, 2015 - 5:17 pm

    I LOVE simple and delicious appetizers! This one is perfect for a summer gathering. Definitely pinning and making soon! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole KeenerJuly 8, 2015 - 7:11 pm

    This reminds me of the cucumber bread I used to eat as a kid, really simple but super delicious!ReplyCancel

  • AshleyJuly 9, 2015 - 3:48 pm

    This bruschetta is so fun! I have been making tzatziki so often lately – this sounds delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Alex from Sew, Simmer, and ShareJuly 9, 2015 - 3:56 pm

    Um yes!! These little bruschetties look so delicious! I never thought to try cucumbers instead of tomatoes. Pinning for sure!ReplyCancel

  • Madison | Wetherills Say I DoJuly 9, 2015 - 5:58 pm

    This looks incredible, Erin! I looove bruschetta, but I’m always looking for a new spin on it!ReplyCancel

  • Erin- Sixth BloomJuly 9, 2015 - 7:26 pm

    GREAT recipe…I cannot wait to try this one…pinning it too!!ReplyCancel

  • Erica @ The Crumby CupcakeJuly 9, 2015 - 10:04 pm

    You already know how much I love you for this, right?? I have the best friends – thank you for being so awesome and making lil’ me a special snack! Now if only they’d hold over during shipping…<3 xoxoxoReplyCancel

  • Felicia@Ingredient1July 13, 2015 - 3:57 pm

    Such a beautiful recipe! Is cucumber bruschetta the new avocado toast?!ReplyCancel

    • ErinJuly 22, 2015 - 9:08 pm

      Thanks so much, Felicia! I don’t know if cucumber bruschetta is the new avocado toast, but I’d totally support it if it were!ReplyCancel

Sweet and spicy, this Tabasco Honey Butter Popcorn is the perfect afternoon snack for someone who loves a combination of flavors on their popcorn. Tabasco adds pepper to the popcorn, and the sweet honey butter drizzle balances everything out to make a lovely bowl of popcorn.

Sweet and spicy, Tabasco Honey Butter Popcorn is a perfect afternoon snack for someone who loves a combination of flavors on their popcorn. Tabasco adds pepper to the popcorn, and the sweet honey butter drizzle balances everything out to make a lovely bowl of popcorn.

I’m really excited, y’all.

It’s Popcorn Week! And I’ve teamed up with 14 other fabulous bloggers to share some innovative popcorn recipes with y’all, as well as bring you a popcorn-centric giveaway. We’re using the hashtag #popcornisforbloggers on social media this week, so be sure to follow that for all kinds of popcorn goodness.

But first? First, I’ve got a story to share with y’all about this recipe and where it comes from. View full post »

  • Susannah // Feast + WestJuly 6, 2015 - 9:34 am

    You know the way to my heart, Erin. This is a Texas-sized treat. I am in love! Cannot wait to try this. Thank you so much for being a part of popcorn week!ReplyCancel

    • ErinJuly 6, 2015 - 4:02 pm

      So happy you’re loving this popcorn, Susannah! Thanks for including me in popcorn week! I cannot wait to see what everyone else makes!ReplyCancel

  • BrittanyJuly 6, 2015 - 9:43 am

    This is so intriguing! I might have to try this this weekend!ReplyCancel

    • ErinJuly 6, 2015 - 4:02 pm

      Thanks, Brittany! If you give it a shot, let me know what you think of it!ReplyCancel

  • KrystenJuly 6, 2015 - 11:39 am

    You’re right, I did kind of hate you for that semester. ReplyCancel

    • ErinJuly 6, 2015 - 4:03 pm

      I KNEW IT! (Just kidding. But really… I think everyone hated me since I only was taking the capstone and didn’t have to do any balancing like everyone else did.)ReplyCancel

  • Amy | Club NarwhalJuly 6, 2015 - 6:33 pm

    Holy yum!! This sounds al kinds of delicious. Love the sweet and spicy you have going in here :)ReplyCancel

  • Linda@2 Cookin' MamasJuly 6, 2015 - 7:17 pm

    I love experimenting with different popcorn flavors! This one sound yummy and is definitely getting added to my list!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and VeggiesJuly 7, 2015 - 6:54 am

    So at first I thought this was going to be inspired by the spicy “honey” they have at Taco Bell — what’s wrong with me?! First of all, this sounds wayyyyyy better than any thing Taco Bell could ever hope to make (lol) and secondly my friends are all big fans of the sweet/spicy combo. I see this making an appearance on my table soon!ReplyCancel

  • Rachael @ Cabot CheeseJuly 7, 2015 - 8:14 am

    This looks amazing! I also LOVE the sweet & spicy combo… who doesn’t! I can’t wait to make this :) YUM!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah // The Sugar HitJuly 8, 2015 - 11:50 pm

    I am so into this. So so into it. I kind of want to eat this and then move straight onto the fried chicken, also with a honey and tabasco sauce And then for dessert a weird, honey tabasco ice cream. HONEY TABASCO EVERYTHING!ReplyCancel

  • Heather @ Sugar Dish MeJuly 9, 2015 - 8:56 am

    This looks DELICIOUS!!! It is really speaking to the hot sauce snack junkie in me.ReplyCancel

  • katelinJuly 9, 2015 - 3:17 pm

    All of this sounds delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Aly ~ Cooking In StilettosJuly 10, 2015 - 10:04 am

    I LOVE this snack and I always use Tony C (I can never spell it) seasoning whenever I can – I might have to sprinkle it on popcorn next – well, with the addition of a little honey butter too :)ReplyCancel

Looking for the perfect July 4th foods? Look no farther than this July 4th Recipe Round-Up, including summer appetizer, entrees, sides, drinks and desserts!

The Speckled Palate

I don’t know about y’all, but I find that even with the best intentions, I don’t get around to plotting our my holiday menu until the week before festivities.

Maybe you’re like me.

If you are, I’ve compiled some favorite patriotic (and summertime!) recipes for y’all to try out this July 4th weekend.

Ready for this huge list of recipe recommendations?

You sure?

Mmmmkay! Let’s do this thing!

Independence Day Drinks | Looking for the perfect July 4th foods? Look no farther than this July 4th Recipe Round-Up, including summer appetizer, entrees, sides, drinks and desserts!

Strawberry Lemonade | Blended Mimosas | Mint Lemonade

Kingston | Sweet Sunrise Mocktail | Strawberry Pineapple Agua Fresca

Tom Collins | Honey LemonadeStrawberry Honeysuckle Sparkler

Independence Day Appetizers | Looking for the perfect July 4th foods? Look no farther than this July 4th Recipe Round-Up, including summer appetizer, entrees, sides, drinks and desserts!

Black Bean Dip | Cucumber and Feta Salad | Pesto and Sun-Dried Tomato Pinwheels

Parmesan Pretzel Bites | Roasted Garlic and White Bean Hummus | Oven Fried Pickles

Oven Fried Okra | Roasted Tomato Salsa | Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta

Independence Day Entrees | Looking for the perfect July 4th foods? Look no farther than this July 4th Recipe Round-Up, including summer appetizers, entrees, sides, drinks and desserts!

Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Turkey Burgers | Memphis-Style Barbecue Ribs | Hot Dogs with Caramelized Onions on Homemade Pretzel Buns

BBQ Pulled Pork Shoulder Sandwich | Memphis-Style Barbecue Turkey Burgers | Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches with Mustard Coleslaw

Juicy Lucy Burgers | BBQ Turkey Burgers | Spinach and Feta Burgers

Independence Day Side Dishes | Looking for the perfect July 4th foods? Look no farther than this July 4th Recipe Round-Up, including summer appetizers, entrees, sides, drinks and desserts!

Spring Pea, Asparagus and Strawberry Salad | Sriracha Baked BeansHoney Mustard Coleslaw

Cucumber and Feta Salad | Spicy Sesame Kale ChipsHeirloom Caprese Panzanella Salad

Ramen Noodle and Clementine SaladParsnip Fries with Tahini SauceBlueberry Pecan Feta Salad

Independence Day Desserts | Looking for the perfect July 4th foods? Look no farther than this July 4th Recipe Round-Up, including summer appetizers, entrees, sides, drinks and desserts!

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream SandwichesApple BuddyRoasted Strawberry Cheesecake Pops

Strawberry and Blueberry Hand PiesBlackberry and Strawberry Yogurt PopsiclesMini Peach Pies

Dairy-Free Key Lime PieBerry Pound CakeM&M’s Red Velvet Brownie Pops

What do you plan to cook on July 4th?

  • Trish @ Well Worn ForkJuly 1, 2015 - 2:22 pm

    Oh my gosh!! What an amazing line up! Thanks for the killer resource. 4th of July is no sweat with this post!ReplyCancel

    • ErinJuly 5, 2015 - 1:24 pm

      Thanks so much, Trish! It took a looooooong time to pull this post together, but it’s so helpful and actually helped so much with our 4th! I hope you had a lovely holiday, too!ReplyCancel