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Goodbye strict bedtimes, homework, and crazy schedules, Summer is here! My family is ready to relax and spend lazy days poolside, soaking up the sun and splashing our way to new memories. Living in beautiful Florida, having a swimming pool nearby is practically a necessity because the heat and humidity are overwhelming.
Once my kiddos hit the water, it’s impossible to get them out again, even to eat lunch! And honestly, I’m not thrilled about puddles all over the floor and sopping wet towels strewn about my kitchen so I’ve adapted and usually serve lunch poolside. One of the frequent requests is for pizza and my super easy Summer Fruit Dip. This is a winner for me because nothing could be simpler and it’s a meal, as a mom, I feel good about serving!
Our Summer schedule is quite a contrast from our school year one and I am thankful for that. I love all four of my kiddos at home, the house filled with laughter, and the freedom to schedule nothing but FUN! A normal part of our Summer routine is inviting friends over to splash away the day and even though none of the children want to get out of the water, I know they need to eat a balanced meal.
One of the most popular lunches I serve is simple and full of delicious, high quality ingredients. I start with a yummy Freschetta Pepperoni pizza that is always a hit with my swimmers. With 3 sun-ripened tomatoes in the sauce and 100% real provolone and mozzarella cheese, this is a pizza I feel good about serving. The convenience of popping a pizza in your own oven is a time and money saver, especially when you’re feeding a group of impatient kids!
Alongside our Freschetta pizza, I serve fruit kabobs and a nutritious, delicious fruit dip! Kids just seem to love dipping things and this little treat is no exception! I raid the fridge for ripe, juicy fresh fruit and quickly stick it on a plastic straw, making a kid friendly kabob. I fill silicone muffin cups with my easy fruit dip and voila, you’ll have a healthy, fun snack to accompany your poolside lunch!
Summer Fruit Dip
2 cups of vanilla yogurt 1.5 tsp. vanilla extract 1/2 cup of honey
Combine in a small bowl, serve alongside fresh, seasonal fruit.
The kids love the kabobs but I also serve this scrumptious dip at parties or potlucks as part of a fruit platter and it’s always a huge hit! Sometimes I’ll create a double batch of fruit dip and use the additional dip in our breakfast smoothies, yummmmmmmmmmy!
Keeping a few of our favorite Freschetta pizzas in the freezer means I’m always prepared when my pool is full of happy kiddos needing lunch with real taste. WalMart has a great selection(and price) on everything you need to help keep your Summer entertaining stress free!
What are your tips to keep entertaining an easy experience for you and enjoyable for your guests?
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