It’s hard to believe that summer vacation is quickly coming to an end. We have done so much this summer outside – from s’mores around the fire pit to front yard picnics to one big birthday party complete with a bounce house on the lawn. As we gear up for a new school year, I always like to celebrate the end of summer with my family. We will be enjoying dinner on the deck for as long as the weather permits!
Here are two easy recipes to close out the season:
Chopped Cucumber, Olive, Sun-dried Tomato, and Feta Salad
It’s made with chopped romaine, hearty sun-dried tomatoes, tart kalamata olives, salty feta cheese, and crunchy cucumbers. The dressing is simple – olive oil, sun-dried tomato marinade, and salt! This chopped salad can be enjoyed alone or alongside any of your favorite summertime grilled dishes.
2 heads romaine lettuce washed, dried, and chopped
sun-dried tomatoes the best are sliced sun-dried tomatoes in oil (in a jar). Dice these if they are whole and reserve some of the delicious oil for the dressing.
olives Make sure you use pitted kalamata olives, but you can also add black olives.
feta cheese make sure to use fresh feta crumbles
cucumber English cucumbers have the least amount of seeds – peel and slice into small cubes
For the dressing you will need:
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp sun-dried tomato oil
1 tbsp Jan’s Krazy Mixed Up Salt check your seasoning aisle at the grocery store
freshly ground pepper to taste Whisk together ingredients in a small bowl before assembling the salad.
Wash and dry your produce. Chop the ingredients.
Toss the salad well – adding feta cheese last.
Drizzle the dressing over the top of the salad, then toss to coat.
Enjoy! I love to eat my salad with a side of crispy naan, grilled chicken, or fresh bread!
Four ingredient Blackberry Blueberry Cobbler
This is NOT a guilt-free recipe. However, if want to make a simple Berry Cobbler, my four ingredient Blackberry Blueberry Cobbler dessert is the best! My mother-in-law has been making this easy 4 ingredient berry cobbler recipe for years. You can use whatever fruits you like most – it's always absolutely delicious.
2 cans Blueberry Comstock Pie Filling Duncan Hines brand
1 quart Fresh Blackberries
1 box White Cake Mix
2 sticks Salted Butter
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Spray the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray.
Spread 2 cans of Comstock Bluberry Pie filling (or any flavor you want to make) in the pan.
Sprinkle 1 quart of fresh blackberries (or any fruit you want) over the filling.
Evenly pour 1 box of white cake mix over the top.
Melt 2 sticks of salted butter in the microwave and drizzle over the top of the cake mix.
Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes (or until brown on top).
Caitlin Houston is a Wallingford blogger and mom of two who loves sharing all of her favorites on the Caitlin Houston Blog. Learn about fun activities at home, family friendly travels, easy recipes and more.