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These insanely delicious s’mores cookies are summer’s best cookie! Soft and chewy, the classic flavors of an already delicious chocolate chip cookie are emboldened with the delectable taste of graham crackers and marshmallows.

Wow, if I ever wondered how you felt about cookies vs. pie, you certainly cleared that up! Haha.

I promised you I’d post that lifechanging cookie recipe Monday (today!). And even though it’s almost midnight, it still counts, right?

Sorry it’s taken me all day long! I know many of you hoped to see it published, like, yesterday, but it was just one of those weekends and subsequent Mondays that conspired against me, and family matters took precedence.

But I promise, these s’mores chocolate chip cookies are well worth the wait.

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Almost two months since my last Friday Thoughts post? Say it isn’t so! Ha. Actually you probably didn’t notice, but I did! I’ve been storing up all these weird but necessary thoughts to share with you.

Today it’s somewhat light-hearted and random, but these are the thoughts burning a hole in my brain (and in my Evernote app which is where I jot them down when they come to me at 3 a.m.).

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Flavorful, smoky steak fajitas with hardly any work! This has been a family favorite meal for years – so customizable…delicious!

File this away as one of the meals I’ve been making (and loving) for years and am just getting around to telling you about.

Please forgive me?

Often when I rip recipes out of magazines that come in the mail, I’ll make notes on the page about what I liked, didn’t like, what I would change, etc.

When I first made this recipe way back in 2015, I wrote “GREAT!!” at the top. Double underlined. So, you know, I was kind of serious about these steak fajitas.

Then, as I continued to make them over the years, I added other exclamations, like: “company worthy!” and “best ever” and “so good I want to cry.”

Ok, not really on that last one, but I should have, because that’s how I feel about these fajitas! They are amazing.

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Get all of the tips, recipes, and inspiration you need to make feeding large groups or planning family reunion meals a success!

Well, there’s nothing I like to talk about more than how and what to feed a huge group of people.

No really, I honestly LOVE talking about it.

As in, if you don’t want to spend at least 37 (ok, 58) minutes of your precious time, you probably better not ask me any questions related to this subject.

Yeah, yeah, I need to get a life. But until then, let’s talk about feeding a crowd, shall we??

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Cherry pie in bar form! Yesssss! These cherry pie cookie bars are amazing!

I’ve waited my whole life for a cherry pie bar recipe like this.

It seems like fresh cherry season is here for a few fleeting moments each summer, and I try to take advantage of every second because I love fresh cherries more than life.

I actually despise cherry-flavored things, but fresh cherries? I can’t stop.

We live close-ish to several u-pick cherry orchards, and this year, in particular, we ended up with more cherries than we knew what to do with.

After eating so many, I thought we’d all be sick…and with bottled cherries still on the shelf from last year, I decided to do the only sensible thing and work on a perfect cherry pie cookie bar recipe (with a homemade cherry filling!).

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This cowboy caviar dip (a.k.a. shrapnel dip!) is literally thrown together making it one of the easiest…AND tastiest snacks/appetizers ever. It’s perfect for potlucks and BBQs!

It’s officially eat outside all day every day season around here. The months where BBQs and neighborhood potlucks are furiously frequent.

Nearly 97% of the time when we are invited to an outdoor BBQ at a friend/neighbor/family members house and I’m asked to bring “something” – I end up with this easy dip in hand.

Some call it cowboy caviar dip. I’ve always called it shrapnel dip.

No matter what you call it, it’s one of my favorite, favorite things to eat…summer eating season or not.

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The flavor of this tender, juicy grilled Hawaiian chicken is insanely delicious! I can’t stop making it (especially for company!)…and serving it with grilled pineapple and cilantro lime rice. YUM!

Ok, guys. Meet my new favorite summer meal.

Seriously…SO RIDICULOUSLY DELICIOUS. I can’t get over it.

My sweet empty-nester friend Dee and her husband Wilson, who knew Brian when he was a wee lad himself and they all lived in the Dallas, Texas area, were {very} brave and invited our whole family over for dinner a while ago.

The kids spilled gallons of bubbles in their immaculately curated back yard while Wilson grilled up this Hawaiian chicken. One bite and honestly, I wanted to die – it was the tastiest chicken I’d ever had.

After the kids and I cleaned up the bubbles (ahem, and the other back yard mayhem), I dared ask Dee for the recipe…and I’ve been making this grilled Hawaiian chicken right and left ever since, including for the last three out of four people who’ve joined us for dinner.

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Insanely delicious and insanely easy, this frozen hot chocolate is perfect for those hot summer months when drinking hot chocolate would be, well, insane.

I have a super quick and simple recipe for you today!

If it’s blazing hot where you live AND you have lingering hot chocolate mix from the winter months hanging around, you’ll want to take note.

Frozen hot chocolate is one of my favorite, favorite, FAVORITE summer treats to enjoy.

Three ingredients, it is a dump and blend recipe, which means it can be yours in less than 10 minutes. Way less, actually. (Let’s have a contest who can make it the fastest! That’d be fun.)

And it is crazy delicious.

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Dinner will be on the table in no time with this super easy Instant Pot spaghetti! Everything cooks together for a simple, flavorful, hands-off spaghetti dinner.

Hello my favorite friends! How is summer treating you so far?

I know we are mid-June and deep in the land of summery food. Grilling, BBQ’s, great salads.

But around here, some nights, the masses have to eat quickly without a lot of fuss, and truthfully no one cares whether dinner fits into the “warm, summery, lazily, eat-out-on-the-back-patio” theme.

They just want dinner. And they want it fast. And yummy. So do I, if I’m being perfectly honest.

Enter this Instant Pot spaghetti. It’s become a fast favorite. And it can still be eaten out on the back patio if that’s important to you (no one call the back patio eating police, ok?).

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There’s nothing quite as delicious as soft and chewy, old-fashioned oatmeal chocolate chip cookies! This simple, easy recipe is my tried-and-true favorite!

Years ago, back when I was young and carefree (you know, barely out of my 30’s and full of hope), I shared with you my favorite cookie of all time.

I’m happy to report that almost a decade later (barely out of my 40’s and happily still full of hope albeit with a few more wrinkles and saggy parts), it’s still a very, very favorite cookie of mine.

But there have been just too many cookies over the years blowing my mind and taste buds with deliciousness for that tasty coconut oatmeal chocolate chip cookie to remain the one and only.

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