Category Archives: Recipes

Embrace Your Outdoor Space!

Photo Credit: M&CO

You heard it here first, it’s summer here in Minnesota! That means it’s the ultimate opportunity to make use of your outdoor spaces. Plant an herb garden, set up the patio furniture and fire table, hang the café lights, and you’re set for a season of outdoor relaxation and fun!

In our home, we believe in being hospitable, not entertaining, so our goal is to create a warm, comforting space for guests, and to provide easy, tasty food and drinks. We want to avoid spending too much time cleaning, preparing and cooking (because we have two littles and don’t have the time anyways!), but we love to spend time with friends and family, and doing so outside is just perfect!

Here are a few of our favorite summertime, outdoor-friendly recipes. Add a couple of bags of tortilla chips and you’re all set for an afternoon, outdoor hang!

Cowboy Caviar by the New York Times

Two-Minute Avocado Dip by Pinch of Yum

Minted Lemonade by the Food Network

Caprese Salad by the Pioneer Woman

What are your favorite summer recipes? We’d love to hear! Email us at

Guest Blogger: Katya Larsen, Stager, A Home Revival

Labor Day Hawaiian Roll Sliders

If you’re getting together with friends or family for one last cabin hurrah before school starts, here is a super easy and tasty crowd pleaser recipe for Ham & Cheese Hawaiian Roll Sliders that my family loves from

TWO WORDS: Hawaiian Rolls.  Yep!  Who doesn’t love those?  I always make at least one package of these, but you can do as many as you need for your crowd.  We also add in another type of meat (typically turkey) and bread & butter pickles.  Num!

Ingredients for Ham and Cheese sliders

Save this in your recipes, because it’s also great for an easy mid-week dinner throughout the year.  We like these in all seasons – summer, fall, winter, spring.  Hope you enjoy and have a safe Labor Day weekend!



Two Memory Busting Memorial Day Salads!

As I was searching for a new salad to try for Memorial Day weekend, I came across a couple that actually pulled me back into the past and brought a smile to my face.

I grew up in North Dakota in a town of maybe 40 people so let’s just say it was a rural environment. We grew most of what we ate and two things from the garden that seemed to be at every meal were cucumbers and dill. My Grandma was from Germany and her Cucumber and Vinegar cucumber salad was always on the table. Of course it had dill in it as well as the potato salad, the jars of canned dill pickles and on and on. To this day I love dill.

Photo Credit Platter Talk



So when I came across this salad I thought of my childhood and my Grandma. I cannot wait to make it this Memorial Day weekend and although it isn’t her recipe, I hope it is just as good and I know it will make me smile.

Creamy Dill Cucumber Salad

By Dan from Platter Talk


  • 2 large cucumbers thinly sliced
  • 1 sprig fresh dill washed and finely chopped
  • 2 green onions washed and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons light mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 1 handful cherry tomatoes halved and seeded (optional)


  • Place cucumber slices in large colander and toss with salt.  Place colander over kitchen sink and allow to drain for 30 to 60 minutes
  • In small bowl, combine mayonnaise, sugar, and vinegar, mix well and set aside.
  • Place drained cucumber slices in large mixing bowl.  Add mayonnaise and vinegar mixture, along with remaining ingredients.
  • Gently fold with large wooden spoon.
  • Refrigerate for one hour before serving, covered and sealed.
  • Makes six servings



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I wasn’t looking for a “fluff” salad recipe (you know those salads that are more like desserts than salads) but this one popped up and again it brought me back to my childhood. Oh how I loved Creamsicle ice cream pops from the little general store. And I truly think every fluff salad back then had mandarin oranges. They were such a novelty. LOL. I am showing my age. So in honor of my childhood and all fluff salads…..this one is going on my list. Consider it a bonus!

Creamsicle Salad


  • 1 small box orange Jell-O
  • 1 small box instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • ½ cup cold water
  • 1 (8-oz) tub Cool-Whip
  • 11 oz mandarin oranges, drained, reserve a few for garnish
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows, reserve a few for garnish


  1. In a large bowl, combine Jell-O and boiling water. Mix well to dissolve.
  2. Add cold water. Chill for 20 minutes.
  3. Whisk in pudding mix until smooth. Chill for 10 minutes, until thickened.
  4. Fold in Cool-Whip, oranges and marshmallows.
  5. Chill until set, about an hour.
  6. Garnish with extra oranges and marshmallows.

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Serves 4-6.

I hope you have a very blessed Memorial Day weekend creating new memories as well as reliving those from the past. A special thank you to military families who sacrificed so much and gave the greatest sacrifice. We love  you.