The Weekend Dish: 5/26/2012

Happy weekend, everyone! It’s an extra-long, holiday weekend at that! The (un)official start to summer, and it certainly feels like it, too! We’re looking at temperatures near 90 all weekend; time to bust out the sunscreen! Will you be grilling this weekend? I’d love to hear what you’ll be eating!

The start of a new season always seems to usher in new plans, new goals, and a general re-setting. I thoroughly enjoyed this 2012 Summer Bucket List for Kids by Kristen over at Dine and Dish. I don’t have kids, but I loved the idea of making a list of all the things she hoped to do during the summer. I’ve seen the Day Zero Project (101 things in 1001 days) in a lot of places, but I really like Kristen’s approach of a shorter list and a shorter time period for a dedicated season. I’m thinking that I may have to create one of my own! I’m also thinking that I might create an additional one solely for summer recipes. I love the My 100 list that I’m still working my way through, but am really smitten with the idea of creating a list just for the summer. I think I just gave myself something to do over the long weekend!

How about you? Do you already have some fun plans in place for the summer?

On Brown Eyed Baker This Week

Bacon and Cheese Quiche Tart – Pastry crust, bacon, and cheese. Living in a bubble. And Ron Swanson. All in one post.

Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce – Step-by-step photos with instructions on how to make the most amazing salted caramel sauce. You’re going to want to pour it over everything!

Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcakes – Putting the homemade salted caramel to good use by topping chocolate cupcakes with a salted caramel buttercream frosting.

Grilled Chicken Drumsticks with Spicy Apple Glaze – Chicken drumsticks that have been brined, coated with a smoky paprika rub, and then smothered in a spicy apple glaze. Perfect for grilling over Memorial Day weekend!

Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Bars – Creamy cheesecake bars with a graham crust, infused with lemon, and topped with tons of strawberries

Most Viewed Post This Week: Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce

What I Bookmarked This Week

Recipes and posts from other blogs that I thought looked especially delicious and that I thought you would like too:

50 Tips for Baking Better Cakes (Sweetapolita)
A fantastic list of tips to put to good use when you’re whipping up a cake.

Fully Loaded Beer Bread (Evil Shenanigans)
I love a good beer and cheese, but throw in bacon and other goodies, and I’m all over it.

Homemade Nacho Cheese Sauce (Kitchen Simplicity)
The smell of nacho cheese sauce will forever remind me of being 7 years old and sitting in the orange seats of the Civic Arena watching hockey. I can’t wait to try this homemade version!

Nutella Captain Crunch Milkshake (burgh baby)
I say this often, but there aren’t nearly enough milkshakes in my life. I must start making them more often, and this looks to be as good a place as any!

Toasted Coconut Ice Cream with Fudge Ripple (Life {Made} Simple)
Nothing says summer like the taste of toasted coconut. I love the combination with a fudge swirl in this ice cream!

Have a delicious (and safe) holiday weekend!