Homemade Cherry Pie

Homemade Cherry Pie | The Suburban Soapbox

Real Cherry Pie....made with fresh cherries, not from a can.  This pie is as American as pies get and the flaky crust is super easy....almost fool-proof!  So.....I did it.  I made a double crust pie.  My first ever on the blog.  It looks beautiful....with all it's flaws and shrunken crust.  I have never been so proud of a pie.  Ever. It wasn't without it's challenges.  Challenge #1, that crust.  It still shrunk up a bit and I have trouble with getting everything centered and … [Read more...]

Spicy Corn Chowder with Bacon

Spicy Corn Chowder with Bacon | The Suburban Soapbox

Sweet corn and jalapeños give this summertime chowder an extra spicy kick.  Salty bacon and Cojita cheese take it over the top.  Pair with a side salad and dinner is ready in under 30 minutes.  There's nothing better than summer corn.  Like tomatoes and peaches, sweet corn is one of those things that I wait for all year.  Inevitably, I get impatient when I start seeing it in the store.....already shucked and wrapped in plastic.  All signs point to "Don't you dare put that in your cart" … [Read more...]

Tomato and Goat Cheese Crostata

Tomato and Goat Cheese Crostata | The Suburban Soapbox

Ripe, juicy tomatoes and creamy, tangy goat cheese top a flaky pastry dough to create a savory crostata.  An easy and light summer dinner ready in minutes.  Pair with a green salad and this dish is great for entertaining. Summer tomatoes are here.  In all their perfect glory, they are finally here.  This is the only time of year I will eat a fresh tomato and I definitely try to get my fill.  Tomato sandwiches.  Check.  Tomato Bisque. Check.  Tomato and Goat Cheese Crostata.....checkity … [Read more...]

Toasted Marshmallow Ice Cream and 11 More Chilly Treats

Toasted Marshmallow Ice Cream | The Suburban Soapbox

Chill out with a dozen cool concoctions! Creamy, frozen, fruity and even healthy! I've rounded up 12 of my favorite chilly treats to help you stay cool this summer. The dog days are here, my friends. Seriously...we got a dog. I'm seriously thinking I'm insane right now because in the midst of trying to potty train a toddler I'm now trying to housebreak a dog. And it's hot outside so the dog doesn't want to hang out there longer than a nanosecond. It's going to be a long week. Or month. Or … [Read more...]

Campfire Quesadillas

Campfire Quesadillas | The Suburban Soapbox

Ooey, gooey, crispy quesadillas filled with chocolate, marshmallows and graham crackers.  The perfect twist on an old favorite summertime snack! I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to join We're Parents and over 15 other bloggers to bring you Let's Grill!, a Grilling Extravaganza. We're bringing you tons of recipes, grilling tips and tricks, and more! And we're making this post even HOTTER because we partnered with a host of incredible sponsors to make three of our internet friends big … [Read more...]

Easy Salads for Outdoor Entertaining

Blueberry Feta Quinoa Salad | The Suburban Soapbox

Picnics, barbecues and cookouts don't have to be gut busting.  Offer some healthy, light salads at your next gathering to give your guests options or to keep your own waistline in check.   When the weather gets hot, I lose my appetite.  I just don't have a hankering for heavy pasta dishes or a giant slab of grilled ribs. As tasty as they sound and as delicious as they are (I DO LOVE ribs!!!), when the temperatures creep into the 90's....I crave something light and refreshing.  Fruit … [Read more...]

Grilled Honey-Habanero Chicken Wings

Grilled Honey-Habanero Chicken Wings | The Suburban Soapbox

Crispy, grilled chicken wings smothered in a sticky, slightly spicy sauce will help you kick off grilling season with a bang.  Don't be afraid of the Habanero in this recipe....it's the perfect amount of heat! I'm kicking off grilling season now.  I think the "official" start is Memorial Day weekend but why wait?  The weather is warm, the sun is shining, the birds are chirping and the Pollen Vortex has landed smack dab in the middle of my yard.  Itchy eyes will not keep me from my grill. … [Read more...]

Peach Shortcakes with Lavender Biscuits

Peach Shortcakes

My fixation with lavender continues.  I'm running low on culinary lavender after making this recipe so I will probably give it a rest unless I raid my underwear drawer.  I'm pretty sure the lavender sachet would add nothing good to any recipe so I'll try to refrain from the temptation. I've been buying peaches at a freakish rate the past couple weeks, mostly because I know the good ones will be gone very soon.  I love fresh peaches this time of year....they are perfectly heavenly all on their … [Read more...]

Toasted Marshmallow Ice Cream

Toasted Marshmallow Ice Cream | The Suburban Soapbox

I have been trying to make this recipe for weeks.  One attempt lead to plain vanilla ice cream because after I started the base I realized the kids had eaten all the marshmallows. The second attempt I went all in and made S'mores Ice Cream.....but I threw away my notes during the move and everyone ate the ice cream before I could snap a few photos.  I left a pint of that for the new owners but when I excitedly showed them the pint in the freezer during the walk-through they didn't seem … [Read more...]

Lavender Lemonade Bars

Lavender Lemonade Bars

If you follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, you are aware that I just moved and updated my kitchen.  I was unable to bake anything for quite sometime and was slacking on the Soapbox posts a little for that reason.  (I also threw in a beach vacation WHICH I did make a few things and will be sharing those recipes very soon!) Once I had a working oven in place I decided to christen it with something summery.  I recently tried, for the first time, Lavender Lemonade.  It was dreamy.  I … [Read more...]