Cool Summer

Cool off with a light and easy summer dinner. From a refreshing gazpacho to cool summer sides and salads, these dinner recipes are made in the shade.

Lemon Chia Fresca

Parents

Serve this bubbly and refreshing Mexican beverage the next time you make tacos, enchiladas or burritos.

Chocolate Toffee Crunch Ice Cream

Better Homes and Gardens

Having homemade ice cream ready and available is simple. Aficionados choose an electric ice cream maker that uses ice and rock salt to freeze the milk and cream mixture.

Total: 30 mins

Pumpkin Ice Cream

Better Homes and Gardens

The spices that infuse this ice cream are the same ones found in the best pumpkin pies. Splendid as an accompaniment to cake, this ice cream is spectacular on its own too.

Marigold Sipper

Better Homes and Gardens

Serve this orange-flavored drink with Signet marigold sprigs to accompany summer snacks.

Coconut Lemonade

Better Homes and Gardens

Take lemonade to the tropics with a touch of coconut syrup and fresh berries. It's a refreshing summer drink for outdoor parties.

Electric Lemonade

Better Homes and Gardens

Bright, sweet, and aromatic, this effervescent cocktail will help you cool down and relax on even the hottest of summer days. When buying lemons, choose those that are firm, plump, and heavy for their size. Skin should be smooth and vibrant, with no tints of green (a sign that the lemon is underripe).

Total: 25 mins

Easy Topped Cupcakes

Better Homes and Gardens

Butter pecan ice cream becomes the frosting on simply made cake mix cupcakes. It's an easy summer dessert that is dressed up with your favorite sundae toppings.

Cardamom Ice Cream

Better Homes and Gardens

The aromatic spice, cardamom, adds a flowery sweet taste reminiscent of ginger but more subtle to this custard-style ice cream.

Lemonade

Family Circle

There is nothing like a pitcher of refreshing lemonade on a hot summer day. Garnish this kid-favorite recipe with lemon slices.

Melon Icebox Cake

Better Homes and Gardens

We paired cantaloupe and apricot flavored gelatin; honeydew with Melon Fusion gelatin; and for a pink color use tropical fusion gelatin and top with watermelon.

Crunchy Buttermilk Ice Cream

Better Homes and Gardens

Homemade ice cream is topped with crunchy caramel corn in this fun summer dessert recipe.

Banana Split

Parents

Bananas, ice cream, fruit toping, and fudge topping are layered into a frozen dessert that won't melt as fast as the classic version.

Strawberry Lavender Ice Cream

Better Homes and Gardens

Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade

Midwest Living

Enjoy this chilled lemon, orange, and lime drink with or without alcohol.

Chocolate-Dipped

Parents

Put ice cream into molds, freeze, and then decorate your frozen snack with melted chocolate and sprinkles.

Melon n Salami on Rye

Better Homes and Gardens

Make these meat and cheese sandwiches ahead and chill up to 6 hours.

Cornbread and Pineapple Sundae

Better Homes and Gardens

Crusty corn bread is a wonderful contrast to the sweet pineapple in this ice cream dessert.

Total: 25 mins
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