WFMW-Summer Recipe Edition

For someone who doesn't possess the joy of cooking, I sure have been talking a lot about it this week!

It's necessary though, since the people who live with me hold up empty plates and give me puppy dog eyes.

I love the idea of not heating up the kitchen in the hot summer months! You can read some cool kitchen ideas (and enter to win free chicken and cookbooks from yesterday's post) here.  I'm a big salad person. Actually, my hubby is too and my kids will eat anything with Ranch dressing on it.

Here's my favorite summer salad:

Summer Strawberry Salad
Roman lettuce, chopped
A pint of fresh sliced strawberries
Crumbled feta cheese-3 tablespoons
Chopped pecans-1/4 Cup
Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette

I add grilled chicken on top if it's our main course!

My mother-in-law makes an unbelievable Boston Cream Pie. It's divine, easy and it's adding a thickness to my hips since we just polished one off today!

Boston Cream Pie
1 round yellow cake layer (8 or 9 inches) Cut into 2 layers
1 Cup cold milk
1 pkg Jello-Vanilla Instant Pudding, Pie filling
1 1/2 Cups Cool Whip (thawed)

Beat together (milk, pudding, Cool Whip) and spread on layer. Top with second cake layer.

Microwave on high 1 square Baker's Unsweetened Baking Chocolate and 1 Tablespoon butter.

Add 3/4 Cup Powdered Sugar and 2 Tablespoons cold milk.

Spread chocolate mixture over top layer and refrigerate.

You'll be glad  you did (except for the hip-thickening part).

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Works for Me Wednesday Participants
1. Erin @ Closing Time - Mexican Dips
2. Kate @ Which Proverbs 14:1 Woman? (We All Scream for ICE CREAM!!)
3. Bake at 350 (THREE ingredient Chocolate Sorbet!)
4. cool mum (trash can-free living)
5. Home School Dad (Newspaper Chicken)
6. Lauren @ Team Giles {Sweet Potato Fries}
7. It Feels Like Chaos (blueberry bread)
8. The Diaper Diaries (Asian Turkey Burgers-no really they are yummy)
9. Heather @ Just Doing My Best (Save time prepping coffee)
10. Key Lime Pie!
11. The Meanest Momma (Tutti Fruity Chicken Kabobs)
12. Aunt Mommy [first link BAD] (cousins' freezer jam)
13. JEN@Balancing Beauty and Bedlam(many 4th of July recipes)
14. Hoosier Homemade(4th of July Decorating)
15. Molly Green (different taco salad)
16. TrentTribe (Peaches 'n Cream)
17. PJ's All Day (Glops)
18. The Shabby Chic Cottage
19. Weird, Unsocialized HS'ers (2 yummy desserts)
20. Robin ~ PENSIEVE (Vidalia Onion Pie--YUM!)
21. Christine @ becomingp31 (Summer Express - Fresh and Easy Meal Ideas)
22. Frugal Girls! {4th of July Fruit Kabobs!}
23. The Happy Housewife ~ Quick and Easy Dessert
24. Homemaker Barbi (4th of July Party House Cleaning)
25. HomeGrownMommy (Cool Summer Recipes)
26. Hoosier Homemade(4th of July Cupcakes)
27. Muses of Megret (several recipes!)
28. ElizabethG (summer peach salad)
29. Beachbrights (Mango Lassie How-To Video
30. Mom of Faith (Youth Camp Edition)
31. Susan @ Practicing Thrift (being a SAHM)
32. Saving and Giving (Watermelon Ice Recipe)
33. A Maui Blog (Maui Book - giveaway)
34. Parent Wonder (Tips on finding quality time for children)
35. NerdFamily Food (Freezable Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread)
36. Amy @ Finer Things (Summer DESSERTS!)
37. Lee @ foodie plus 4 (summer soup)
38. This Side of Eternity (Fourth of July Menu)
39. Susana @ My Family My Forever (3 chocolate yummies!)
40. Beachbrights (Mango Lassie How-To Video)
41. Diane (cleaning with friends and challenge)
42. Just Mom (Not-Your-Usual Potato Salad)
43. Angie @ Many Little Blessings {Quick and Delicious Cucumber Sandwiches}
44. Mari (Teriyaki Chicken and Pasta Salad)
45. Laura @ Heavenly Homemakers (Make HOMEMADE Vanilla!)
46. Myra @ Happy Housewife Living Life (Pink Lemonade Pie)
47. Tara @ Feels like home (pesto primavera)
48. Amy Lynne @ Mom*s Balance
49. Green Baby Guide (Safer Sunscreens)
50. the BLAH BLAH BLAHger (best dang corn ever!)
51. Lisa @ Moore Minutes (Couch to 5k RUN OFF THE CALORIES)
52. My Frugal Adventures (Organize Your Car)
53. Rocks In My Dryer (Strawberry Pie)
54. Diann @ The thrifty Groove (Decluttering roll!)
55. Cara (Natural Baby Food)
56. Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates (Tortellini Chick Salad, No-Bake Desserts)
57. Effortless Savings (Orange Julius)
58. Karen @ Thrifty Mommy
59. Jai@wifeof1momof4 (Bacon, bacon, bacon)
60. kirwin @ graceful creative (portobello quesadillas with scallions)
61. your cool friend Cheryl (super easy cherry pie)
62. GROCERY CART CHALLENGE (eat out cheap!)
63. your cool friend Cheryl (practically fat free CUPCAKES)
64. Lisa @ Stop Eating All The Chocolates (Healthy Summer Recipes)
65. Julie From Inmates (Ice Cream Cake)
66. TRUTH ABOUT "FOOD INC." (Corrected link) - Kelly the Kitchen Kop
67. Michelle @ Steadfast@Home (Grilled Hot Wings)
68. Carolina Mama (Southern )
69. The Southern Mama-summer chkn salad
70. Lisa @Celebrate the holiday Cake
71. ORGANIC AND THRIFTY (easy grain-free cereal)
72. Holly@Homebody (Summer Salad w/ Blueberry Vinaigrette)
73. Sue (grilled jalapeno poppers)
74. Monica @ DailyDwelling (Banana Split Cake)
75. Life from the Roof (pre-chopping herbs for spontaneous gourmet meals)
76. Tara@Not So Perfect(Puff Pastries)
77. Simply Sweet Home (berry cheesecake)
78. Garibay Soup (TASTY, EASY TACO SALAD!!)
79. MrsM@I've Changed My Name To Mommy (Recipe Organization!)
80. Simply Sweet Home (11 recipes)
81. Here's The Diehl (grilled meatloaf)
82. Amy @ LivingLocurto (Fresh Blackberry Cake)
83. Jennie (summer kid tips)
84. Jackie @ Loving My Domestic Life
85. BusyMom (Jump Start program and giveaway)
86. BusyMom (oops - here's a Corn Dog Muffin recipe)
87. Lori @ The Book Lady (things that travel well)
88. Melissa @ Frugal Creativity (blueberry coffee cake)
89. Steady Mom (The One-Time Rule - jelly beans)
90. Beautiful Calling (23 Rainy Day Ideas)
91. Tracey @ Girls to Grow (Pretty Brownies)
92. Beautiful Calling (Yummy Spinich Salad!)
93. Kitchen Stewardship (4 Pasta Salad Variations)
94. Bonnie (Easy Couscous Salad)
95. Alana @ Good Girl Gone Blog
96. Megan @ Daily Essentials - Milkshakes and Slushies
97. Health Begins With Mom (Healthy Summer Treats)
98. JM (Four Bean Salad)
99. 867-5309 (Satay/cake)
100. Jolanthe {Chicken & Veggie Pizza Packets}
101. Moneywise Moms (Lemon & Dill Crockpot Chicken)
102. Simply Practical (from the garden)
103. rachel from springpad (grapefruit & strawberry granita)
104. Momma Roar
105. Everything Moms ( Smores brownies)
106. Bailey's Leaf (Hot Dog People)
107. Newlyweds (view through my lens)
108. Shannon (creamy peppermint shake)
109. Nourishing Days (turnip greens quiche)
110. Aunt LoLo (Mango Pudding)
111. chili pepper
112. Becky (easy smoothies)
113. Jackie @ Blessings Overflowing (Stroganoff Sandwhich and More Recipes)
114. Cage free monkeys (Natural Baby and Mom Product)
115. Iowa Expat (Summer Fruit Kuchen)
116. K@In The Lord's Path (kids healthy breakfast)
117. Joy in My Kitchen (lots of summer recipes)
118. ThriftyTeacherBlog(TwoDeliciousDips!)
119. Stockpile Recipe - Entire Menu
120. Chief Family Officer (Couscous Salad w/ Heirloom Tomatoes)
121. Camian Academy (Summer Tomato Pasta)
122. BandSP (Grilled Pesto Chicken Packets)
123. Cardamoms Pod (Favorite Blueberry Pie)
124. Carol-Friendship Bread Starter-Blueberry Pancakes
125. Moving Forward - Pineapple Cake
126. TidyMom (Summer in a Glass)
127. Sandy @Jesus & Dark Chocolate (EASY Grilled Ham Steaks)
128. April(My tips for baby gear)
129. TidyMom (Garlic Noodles & Shrimp)
130. Steph @ My Country Haven ( Sun Tea)
131. Nikke (gazpacho & pie)
132. Stephanie (Grilled Chicken & Pasta)
133. Stephanie (Southwestern Rice Salad)
134. Stephanie (Garden Vegetable Calzones)
135. Steph @ My Country Haven ( No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies)
136. Judy (double duty for kitchen cloth)
137. Mom of Faith (Blueberry Muffin Mornings)
138. Bloom Where You're Planted! (stay plugged in)
139. Amy @ CouponPsycho -French Dips
140. ET @ Titus2:3-5 (real fruit popsicles & home renovations)
141. Vanderbilt Wife (blueberry pie)
142. $30 Grocery Challenge: Organizing "memories"
143. Sonshine(no bake dessert collection)
144. Rachel @ Must Share (Asian Chicken Salad)
145. Traci (easy Mexican dip)
146. Steph @ My Country Haven ( Banana Pudding)
147. Superchikk (Oreo Ice Cream Cake)
148. The Nifty Newlywed (Summer Fruit Recipes!)
149. Anna at Purposely Parenting
150. Tanya (chicken tostadas)
151. kristen (homemade dill relish)
152. Lori (The Peterson Family)
153. Joesette @ S.A.H.M. I Am!
154. se7en (Se7en Tips For Bulk (Frugal) Shopping
155. Gretchen @ Extraordinary Ordinary Life (DIY Nursing Cover)
156. Beth @ Red and Honey (Camping Tips with a Baby)
157. Sara (skillet meals)
158. SWAP SAVERS (Healthy Meatloaf)
159. Beverly (easy blueberry cobbler)
160. Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet (Yummy Summer Recipes!)
161. MC (Blueberry Corn Bread)
162. Mama Koala (cheap, healthy recipes)
163. Houstonmom (morning moo milk alt)
164. Angie (Fru-Shi instead of Sushi)
165. Becky (foil dinners)
166. Condo Blues (tips for staycation fun)
167. FishMama (cheese tongs)
168. BerryMorins B & T - Dog Adoption
169. Memphis Mama
170. Kristi_runwatch (chicken wonton appetizers & a GIVEAWAY!)
171. Summer @ Wired For Noise (banana split cakes)
172. Mother Hen (Character Lesson & Recipes)
173. Kristen @ From My Tiny Kitchen (Chocolate Flourless Cupcakes)
174. Rookie Mom 101 (New Obesessions)
175. Perfectly Provident (Strawberry Mango Milk Tart)
176. Tracey@Be A Wonder (Crock Pot Fajitas & Guac)
177. Michelle @ Saving Some Green (Label Cloud)
178. angelina (yummy yummy!)
179. Penny Raine
181. Intentionally Katie (Crock Chicken Burritos)
182. songbirdtiff- (cucumber salad)
183. Charlene @ Secrets of a Southern Kitchen (no-cook blackberry jam)
184. Pages by Heather (Freezing Corn)
185. brittney @ back to the quarry - raspberry lemonade
186. Amanda (recipe book)
187. Girls in White Dresses (strawberry rhubarb pie)
188. Maria @ momof3litlbugs(Fruit and Nutty Tuna Salad)
189. mombrud (fabulous salsa)
190. Michele @ Frugal Granola (Homemade Garden Fertilizer Recipe)
191. Heather @ Drivel&Whatnot (Cookie Dough Pie!)
192. Wanda (Salads & Burrito's)
193. Cassandra-Noncooking ideas
194. Jerri @ Jerri's Journey (Summer Recipe Links)
195. amanda:)
196. Amy @ Tiny Blessings (simple strawberry pie)
197. Becky B (Raspberry Apple Crisp)
198. Grannyann-Turkish Salad
199. QAMom - Tomato Mozarella Salad
200. mary - keeping weight off
201. Milehimama (Salad Bar, Restaurant Style)
202. Pam (Southwestern Chicken Salad)
203. Donna @ Way More Homemade (Italian Sausage Skewers)
204. Fly Away Family (Australian Pavlova cake)
205. Harper @ Trial and Error-cucumber salad
206. Stephanie (Strawberry Smoothie)
207. Holly @ A Mommy's Blessings(chocolate carrot cake w/ choc cream cheese icing)
208. Amanda @ Faith Food and Family (Fiesta Salad)
209. Deedee (Loveys)
210. Life on 7th Ave (fav salad and sub)
211. 'Becca (spicy peanut salad, etc.)
212. Maria D. (Wedding Registry Advice)
213. Erin (The Grill)
214. Cooking Up A Family- Energy Green Smoothies
215. Cooking Up A Family- Summer Salad
216. Angie @ Sweetbippy (5 min. tortilla soup)
217. Mary Ann(delicous cole slaw)
218. Jill @ MoneySavinDiva's Love from the Kitchen (Grandma's Potato Salad)
219. Jennifer (watermelon lemonade)
220. Bless the Cook
221. Michelle @ Lollypops and Lizards
222. april(no bake cheesecake)
223. Alea @ Premeditated Leftovers (Carribean Taco Salad)
224. Niki @ Free 2 Be Frugal (Grilled Lime Fajitas)
225. ElCloud Homeschool (Easy Crockpot Dinner Recipe)
226. Michelle (summer salads)
227. The Desperate Cook
228. Jen (Chicken Tacos)
229. Britt from Mom's Kitchen and Stuff (No Bake Peanut Butter Pie)
230. Unfinished Mom (Whole Wheat Peach Muffins)
231. Kelly @ Fruit of the Womb
232. Lori (pasta salad)
233. Lauren @ Home with Olivia (Yummy Summer Desserts)
234. JenT
235. Melody@LovingLifeSouthernStyle (Easy Ice Cream)
236. Beth
237. Dawn@PSHelovesyou..(easy night out cassorole!)
238. Amyswandering (Best Ever Strawberry Cake)
239. Becky (summer bowtie pasta and chicken)
240. staci @ teaching money to kids (one grain of rice)
241. Rhonda in OK - reviving NonStick cookware
242. Jean Stockdale (Orange Soda)
243. Melissa Chocolate Popcorn
244. Patricia (Adobo marinade)
245. Creative2xmom (Tomato Basil Chicken Salad)
246. Kara(Best Peach Cobbler and give-away)
247. Mama Manifesto (smoothie recipes)
248. Intentionally Katie (Blueberry Pie with Graham Cracker Crust - YUM)
249. the animators wife (lemonade)
250. Veggiemomof2
251. Sharon @ Because I Must (Hooked on Math)
252. Grateful for Grace (breakfast)
253. Beth@(A Mom's Life) Easy Method for Husking, Silking and Cooking Corn on the Cob
254. Lesley
255. Cerissa (watermelon dessert salad)
256. Hip Mama (NO TV 4 ME)
257. Monica (cutest baby shower idea ever)
258. Clappy Shoes - yummy dips
259. Adventure Mom Janna~ MONKEY PANCAKES
260. back40life (spicy super pasta salad)
261. Momma Roar (Grilled Pizza)
262. The Prudent Homemaker (summer salads)
263. Laura @ Pink Like the Color
264. Jessie (Dorito Taco Salad)
265. Julie Stiles Mills (a few of my favorites)

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aunt mommy said...

That strawberry salad sounds delicious! Thanks for hosting (and sorry about the Onion link!).

Bridget said...

Yummy! :) I'll have to try that. And salad...? What is that?!? ;)

I feel like I hit the lottery...#3! Woo-hoo! OK, not as exciting as interviewing Robin Miller, but...

HomeGrownMommy said...

What a fabulous idea for a theme!! I had lots of fun posting my keep-your-kitchen-cool recipes and meal ideas! Thanks so much for hosting WFMW!! Keep up the great work!

Hoosier Homemade said...

Sorry if I linked wrong this week, after reading your post I wasn't sure if I was only suppose to link recipes. So I put 2 links in.
Thanks for hosting!

Robin ~ PENSIEVE said...

MMMMMMMmmmm on both your recipes :). My husband is a huge fan of Boston Cream Pie but I don't think I've ever actually made it.

A nice addition to my recipe for Vidalia Onion Pie (it's yummy enough for dessert, I tell ya!) is the Vidalia Onion "people" offered to host a giveaway! One lucky commenter will win a Vidalia Onion goodie basket valued at $40. Now, THAT should work for somebody!! :)

Susana said...

Never tried a Boston Creme Pie. I'll have to give this one a shot--the picture is too tempting:-)!

Susana @ My Family My Forever

Christy Bright said...

I am so stupid with these Mr. Linky's. Please delete #29. I linked to my blog's main page and not the specific post. Uuugh. Sorry.

Just Mom said...

Wow. Both sound absolutely yummy. I also like how uncomplicated the recipes are.

Rebecca said...

Everyone's recipes sound delicious. I am sad to miss the second themed carnival in a row. Somehow I failed to notice that tomorrow was the first of the month. Next month I will be ready with an organizational tip!

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

I've made that salad before and LOVE it! Now I have to try the pie recipe!

Wifeof1Momof4 said...

This is gonna be fun, filling and phat on my thighs.

{ L } said...

That Boston Creme Pie needs me! :)

Robin ~ PENSIEVE said...

What a bummer, I linked my WW picture instead of the post with the Vidalia Onion Pie recipe/Giveaway.

Sorry......and I tried again, just much later {{too tired to think}}.


Samantha said...

I was looking for a recipe that I would not have to cook. This sounds so yummy! Thanks for posting it!

Monica@DailyDwelling said...

I don't think I've ever made Boston Cream Pie....I'm going to have to try yours. It looks yummy!

FrugalinLA said...

I'm adding both of your recipes to my menus this summer. I can't wait to read all of the links, just the titles sound great!
I just linked my very first WFMW, yippie!

Groovy Mom said...

Yum that pie looks delicious.

My easy recipe for dinner was to go out to eat. :p

Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates said...

Yum!! That salad sounds like something I would love! And I know I would love the Boston Cream Pie, but I would have no willpower over such creamy chocolatey yumminess and would!

Anonymous said...

What a fun works for me Wednesday idea!

TidyMom said...

oooh, these both sound WONDERFUL!!!

Can you tell me how to remove a link I added? the first link I added has the wrong title/link - I reposted the 2 correct links but I should remove the first (of 3) that I posted! Sorry


Lori said...

My link #155 didn't work. I am not sure what happened with it. I reposted it and the last one I posted worked fine (#157). Crazy day for Mr. Linky I guess!!!!

se7en said...

We are stuck in mid-winter the thought of a summer recipe nearly killed me! And the thought of strawberries sends me reeling into heaven...

Kristi_runwatch said...

Yum - that strawberry salad sounds excellent!!

If you have a chance, stop by and enter my blogoversary giveaway with some great natural homemade spa products from Great Cakes Soaps!

Rona's Home Page said...

Have a terrific July 4th.

BeckyB said...

Thanks for the great WFMW post! I need all the help I can get! You're the best!

grannyann said...

I will probably gain 50 pounds just reading all those recipes.

Just Breathe said...

Sounds delicious.

'Becca said...

You are a big salad person, huh? I am picturing you with a lovely lettuce face, curly carrot hair, olive eyes...and ten feet tall...oh, that's not what you meant?

Alea said...

We love strawberry salad!

UnfinishedMom said...

I've always wanted a recipe for Boston Cream Pie - thanks! This looks delicious and easy!

Dawn @ P.S.He loves you.. said...

All these recipes look so yummy!

I have one that "tops the fat list"..promise!

I'll link later ;0)

Kara said...

My middle child will LOVE that salad!

Daniel and Cerissa said...

Your salad sounds d-lish!
Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

Jessie Geroux said...

so many delicious things to try and awesome tips too! Thx for this
(sorry for my double post on Mr Linky I accidentally put the link back to this blog in it as my copy feature wasnt working..fixed it for #268 so feel free to delete #265

Steph (My Country Haven) said...

The Boston Cream Pie looks and sounds delicious! I'm going to have to make that very soon! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

takemetomaui said...

Oh. My. That looks absolutely YUM!!! THanks for sharing :)


Southern Gal said...

Your recipes look divine. Can't wait to try the salad. Hey, try French vanilla pudding in place of the plain vanilla to make that cake taste even richer!

Nancy said...

Just made your delicious cake for a birthday for 2 of my kids..yes 2 out of 3-same date!7/11 they like different kinds of cake and the Friendly's Watamelon Roll! It becomes a whole weekend of party no matter how old they get!Thanks for the idea!