Lemon Dip

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Creamy Lemon Dip served with fresh berries, graham crackers, or shortbread cookies is a light summery dessert that is perfect for sharing with friends.

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Lemon Fruit Dip

I made this dip for a pool party with friends a while back and it disappeared lightning-fast. Kids and adults happily scooped it up with the dippers and then nearly licked the bowl clean.

The fluffy sweet fruit dip is tempting enough straight off the spoon, but when you serve it with graham crackers, fresh strawberries, or shortbread cookies? I can tell you for a fact that no one is able to resist it.

For the lemon curd in this dip, I used my 5-Minute Microwave Lemon Curd. It turns out perfectly every time and it’s honestly easier than going to the store to buy lemon curd.

That recipe will make more than you need just for this lemon dip, but you won’t be sad about that.

Easy Fruit Dip Recipes

Fruit dips and plenty of fruit to dip into them are some of my kids’ favorite snacks. I’ll happily find any excuse possible to make and eat all of these dips.

Thick and creamy, cinnamon spice yogurt takes about 10 seconds to stir together and it makes a great dipping sauce for apples. It’s also a terrific breakfast with a sprinkling of granola and berries.

Crunchy peanut butter apple dip is simple and slightly sweet, perfect to enjoy with apples, pretzels, or about anything else you might want to dip into it.

This creamy cranberry jalapeno dip is lightly sweetened and balanced with just a hint of heat from the peppers. Served with crackers and pretzels or spread on toast, this is an unforgettable holiday treat.

This peanut butter and honey yogurt dip was “officially” named a favorite snack in our house when my boys were little. I made it on repeat for months! Who knew that yogurt would be such a great match for peanut butter? It makes the dip smooth and creamy and adds a slight tang that is balanced nicely by a bit of honey.

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2023 Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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Sharing some gift ideas for all of the ladies in your life! Moms, grandmas, nanas, friends, mom figures, new moms, whoever you want to shower with something special this Mother’s Day. I also wanted to recognize here that I know Mother’s Day can be hard and sad for various reasons; please know I’m holding you in my heart. 

Hi friends! How was the weekend? I hope you had a wonderful one. Things are looking up over here on the conjunctivitis front. Thanks to some steroid drops from the eye doc, I don’t look like a demon anymore. I’ve never seen anything like this in my life, but will be so glad to have it behind me. We hung out at home this week – the Pilot ended up getting sick, too – but I hope that you enjoyed the weekend and had some fun!

For today’s post, I wanted to share some Mother’s Day gift ideas. I’m not requesting a lot gift-wise this year – let’s be real, I’ve been online shopping a little toooooo much since I’ve been cooped at home lol – but am absolutely looking forward to celebrating all of the women in our family we love so much.

I thought I’d share some ideas if you’re shopping, and I’d love to hear your gift guide picks, too!

Flowers and plants:

Venus et fluer flowers. I get ad-targeted for these on Facebook ALL THE TIME and they’re SO GORGEOUS. The roses last an entire year!

Heart shaped succulent planter. Love succulents, and since they’re so hardy, it doesn’t matter so much if you have a black thumb.

This customizable concrete planter with a little air plant.


Personalized + jewelry:

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Citrus Jicama Avocado Salad

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a photo of a large white serving bowl full of sliced orange wedges, sticks of jicama, and slices of ripe avocado.

This citrus jicama avocado salad has all the textures you want in a salad and the homemade salad dressing is so fresh and flavor packed.

We just made the yummiest salad with leftovers! I wanted a side to go with our carne asada tacos, and I didn’t want to make black beans or spanish rice like we usually do. So I decided to make a fresh salad with some leftover produce in the fridge. I love the crunch of the jicama and the creaminess of the avocados! And the homemade salad dressing is bright and so citrus-y!

I had seen a few similar recipes by simply recipes and Jessica Gavin but didn’t have mango so I decided to wing it with the produce we had. We ate it fresh but found it tasted better at the end of the meal so letting it sit is key!

Ingredients for Jicama Avocado Salad

You’re going to be hitting the produce section hard for this one, and the rest of the ingredients you probably already have at home. Here is what you will need:

For the Salad

  • Jicama – slice it thin and then julienne it
  • Avocados – sliced thin
  • Oranges – remove the peel with a knife and then cut slice it into wedges
  • Red Onion – I go back and forth on whether to include this. If you’re an onion lover, then keep it, but if you don’t have one on hand, it’s ok to leave out.
  • Cilantro – give it a good chop
  • Feta – adds a nice salty taste and really amps up the flavor of the salad

For the Dressing

  • Orange Juice – fresh squeezed is preferred
  • Lime Juice – fresh is best, of course
  • Olive Oil – the base for the dressing
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – adds some extra tang and zip
  • Salt – boosts the flavor
  • Cayenne – adds the tiniest bit of heat

The measurements for each ingredient can be found at the end of this post in the recipe card.

What is Jicama?

Jicama is a bulb shaped root vegetable that is actually in the turnip family. It has a brown papery exterior that usually gets peeled and the interior is starchy and white. It has a similar taste to an apple but is less sweet and it’s texture is super firm and crisp like an uncooked potato.

How to Julienne Jicama

Peel the entire bulb with a vegetable peeler and then cut it in half . Place half of the jicama so it’s flat side down, and then slice it with a very sharp knife into 1/4 inch slices. Then take 2 or 3 slices and slice them the opposite way into 1/4 inch slices so

Microwave Lemon Curd

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Sweet, tart, smooth, and creamy, microwave lemon curd really is possible in just minutes!

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When I first saw a recipe for microwave lemon curd, I will admit that I was skeptical. I adore lemon curd, but I am such a slacker about making it. I never want to stand by the stove and stir it for the requisite 15 minutes.

Having tried this now, I may never make lemon curd on the stove again. Microwave lemon curd really works!

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Microwave Lemon Curd

This recipe is SO simple, the hardest part is juicing the lemons. And if you’re lucky enough to have a kid who thinks juicing citrus is fun, it’s a total win. (Just don’t tell them it’s work, okay?)

Whisk everything together, microwave for a minute, whisk again, and repeat a couple of times. Try to refrain from drinking the warm lemon curd as it cools.

Did I mention that lemon curd is a weakness of mine? Eating it with a spoon is showing self-control in this house.

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Maple Mustard Grilled Chicken Thigh Marinade

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a photo of a several grilled chicken thighs sitting on a baking sheet covered in a juicy maple mustard marinade.

This chicken thigh marinade is the perfect blend of mustard (2 kinds!), garlic, maple syrup, brown sugar, vinegar and seasonings. It is so simple and so good, it could be used to marinate socks!

This is one of those marinade recipes that’s wonderful on every single kind of meat you could consume — salmon, steak, pork tenderloin, chicken in all its varieties, etc. I love when when I find a fail-proof marinade recipe like that! We used to make this chicken all the time when the blog first began, but over the years you slowly start to try new things and before you know it, without even meaning to, you’ve forgotten some of the things that you love the most. 

Boy, if that’s not symbolic of life, I don’t know what is!

This chicken thighs marinade recipe is one that is simply whisked together, can easily be adapted if needed (see notes below) and works just as well marinating 30 minutes as it does for hours. But beware, not all meats can handle it the same, so check out the entire post. 

And if you haven’t already, you absolutely must take a second to pin our other marinade recipes like:

Family Dinners

We are about to send our first off to college in a year, another is deep in the waters of Jr High and still our caboose is entering the battlefield of the elementary school playground. If there’s one thing I know for certain it’s that family dinners are an absolute must to stay connected to one another. I would bet that it’s even life-saving for families. But with three kids at three different schools and totally different needs I can easily feel like I’m running around and never slowing down. This recipe is loved by everyone around the dinner table!

Ingredients for Chicken Thigh Marinade

The best marinades have a little salt, a little sweet, a little acid, and a little spice. This marinade recipe checks all the boxes. Here is what you will need:

  • Chicken Thighs: boneless, skinless
  • Dijon Mustard: pale yellow in color but bold in tangy flavor
  • Stone Ground Mustard: adds texture to the marinade and the teeny tiniest bit of heat
  • Garlic: adds flavor
  • Dark Brown Sugar: light brown can be used, dark brown just has a richer flavor
  • Maple Syrup: be sure to use the real stuff, Grade A
  • Oregano or Marjoram: I used dried herbs for this recipe, but you can use fresh if you want. You’ll want to half the amount down to 1/2 teaspoon.
  • Rice Vinegar: add