Celebrating Summer

Summer seems to be passing us by quickly, so don't forget to celebrate the season with some of these refreshing inspirational finds we have put together.

from left to right:
1.  Fruit Salad Ice Cream Cones Image via Bakers Royal
2.  Agua Frescas Image via Matt Bites
3.  Microwave Lime Cheesecake Image via Patent & The Pantry
4.  Urban Rooftop Picnic Image via Elizabeth Anne Designs
5.  Sauteed Summer Squash, Cherry Tomatoes & Fresh Basil  Image via Andrea Beaman
6.  Strawberry Margarita Jello-Shots  Image via Liv Life

Here is a quick and simple dessert perfect for a summer night after BBQ'ing

Cherry Cream Cheese Tarts by Paula Deen


  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 12 vanilla wafers
  • 1 (21-ounce) can cherry pie filling or other pie filling


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Place a paper cupcake liner in each cup of muffin pan. Beat cream cheese with a handheld electric mixer until fluffy. Add sugar and vanilla, beating well. Add eggs, 1at a time, beating well after each addition. Lay a vanilla wafer, flat side down, in each muffin cup. Spoon cream cheese mixture over wafers. Bake for 20 minutes. Allow tarts to cool completely. Serve with cherry filling on top, or pie filling of your choice.

Hope you are ready to warm up the grill and invite your friends and family over to celebrate summer! I think I may have to go make some of these tarts...yummy!