Hot Eats and Cool Reads: June 2016

Jun 29, 2016

No Bake Creamy Strawberry Pie Recipe plus 9 Other No Bake Desserts!

Perfect summertime dessert! Also great with peach, orange, raspberry, lime, lemon and cherry!

Perfect summertime dessert! Also great with peach, orange, raspberry, lime, lemon and cherry! No Bake Creamy Strawberry Pie Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads



Summer is my favorite foodie time of the year!

We are HUGE berry lovers at our house, and the abundance of fresh garden berries is my idea of heaven!

Jun 27, 2016

Tuna, Rice and Veggie Burger Recipe

Budget friendly and delicious! These burgers are SO easy to make and are great for lunch or dinner!

Budget friendly and delicious! These burgers are SO easy to make and are great for lunch or dinner! Tuna, Rice and Veggie Burger Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads



Happy Monday evening, or for those of you who are email subscribers... happy Tuesday morning!

I hope the week is going great so far for all of you!

Jun 23, 2016

Cheesy Ham and Green Olive Pizza Dunkers Recipe

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An easy lunch for the kids or appetizer for any occasion! Customize for even the pickiest eaters with any ingredients you like!

An easy lunch for the kids or appetizer for any occasion! Customize for even the pickiest eaters with any ingredients you like! Cheesy Ham and Green Olive Pizza Dunkers Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads



Our summer vacation has finally started!

My daughter goes to a school that's considered year round, so we only have about 6 weeks off during the summer before we head back to school in August!

Book Review: Pretending to Dance by Diane Chamberlain

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Y'all have no idea how happy I am to be typing this post!!

Pretending to Dance by Diane Chamberlain goes over family issues and secrets, adoptions, teen and adult dilemmas and so much more!



Finally after a couple years, I'm able to squeeze some reading time back into my life again! What does that mean for you? BOOK REVIEWS! Let's get the "Cool Reads" back into Hot Eats and Cool Reads again!

Jun 20, 2016

31 Easy and Delicious Italian Recipes

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It's no secret. I'm a pasta lover. Well, anything Italian to be honest!

My love of Italian food first came from my Mom's stuffed shells recipe she made growing up. The sauce is flavorful and it makes enough to feed the whole family, and the neighbors too!

Simple to make and delicious! Great for lunch or dinner and something for everyone including pasta, bread, salads and more! 31 Easy and Delicious Italian Recipes from Hot Eats and Cool Reads!



Today I'm reintroducing my version of Mom's stuffed shells with updated post and photos! Still the same great recipe, but prettier!

Jun 16, 2016

Cheesy Spinach Rice and Orzo Recipe

A delicious and easy side that's great served with chicken, beef or fish! Tons of flavor and ready in less than 20 minutes!


Cheesy Spinach Rice and Orzo


A delicious and easy side that's great served with chicken, beef or fish! Tons of flavor and ready in less than 20 minutes! Cheesy Spinach Rice and Orzo Recipe


I recently started a new job at a really great non-profit called Promise Neighborhood of Central Minnesota!

Jun 12, 2016

Blueberry Rhubarb Sorbet Recipe

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Amazingly delicious spring or summertime treat! Perfect for those hot days when you need to cool off! Add to soda or wine for a delicious beverage!

Amazingly delicious spring or summertime treat! Perfect for those hot days when you need to cool off! Or add to soda or wine for a delicious beverage! Blueberry Rhubarb Sorbet Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads



Rhubarb season is close to winding down, but there's plenty of time to squeeze in another rhubarb recipe, or two!

I'm not much of an ice cream fan. Popsicles, freeze pops or sorbet are more my style! I've never actually made homemade sorbet from fresh fruit like this before, so I was very excited to see how it turned out!

Jun 6, 2016

Pineapple Avocado Salsa Recipe

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A fresh and delicious combo of sweet and savory flavors! Great with chips or a topper for tacos, shrimp, chicken or fish! The perfect addition to any Mexican themed meal!

A fresh and delicious combo of sweet and savory flavors! Great with chips or a topper for shrimp, chicken or fish! The perfect addition to any Mexican themed meal! Pineapple Avocado Salsa Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads!



We're expecting our first 90 degree day of the summer this weekend here in Minnesota! Since the weather will be feeling a little tropical, I figured what a better recipe to post than a fruity, savory salsa recipe!

I first made this recipe back in February with my Shrimp Sliders! It was a big hit then, so I decided to post just the salsa recipe for those of you who want to use it with tacos, chips or anything else!

Jun 2, 2016

Rhubarb Dump Cake plus 14 Other Fantastic Dump Cake Recipes

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Who doesn't love an easy and delicious dump cake for dessert?





I can't believe I'm coming up on my 5 year blogging anniversary. Where does that time go? I honestly have no idea!

Four years ago, I blogged our family favorite Rhubarb Dump Cake recipe. 

Back then, my pictures weren't the best, so this recipe was due for a much needed update. 

Since rhubarb season is in full swing here in MN, I thought it would be a perfect time for a revamp!

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