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Backyard Cookout Ideas to Try this Summer

The warmth of summer has rolled into the valley of the sun, and as the temperatures rise in Phoenix, we cannot help but get excited to fire up the grill and have some friends over for a cookout! Check out these backyard barbeque cookout ideas to enjoy this summer!



Warmer weather in Phoenix means grilling, and for most of the country that means summer time! 

For us Phoenicians, right now is the ideal grilling time. It's still getting a little bit cooler at night, but it's  comfortably warm throughout the day. April and May are my favorite months to grill outside. 

We like to enjoy spending our weekends with friends by the pool and relaxing through the morning and afternoon, and then once the sun starts to set, we grab the charcoal and sit on the patio while Adam gets his grill on. He says it's therapeutic for him, so I leave the grilling job to him since he loves it so much! We have a few drinks, play some card games, listen to Spotify, and then enjoy a smorgasbord of grilled meats and veggies! 

Today, I am sharing some backyard cookout ideas that we have tried and had a lot of success with over the last couple of years! Give a few of these grilling recipes ideas a try this summer!

Keto-Friendly Low Carb Cheesecake with Almond Flour Crust

This low carb cheesecake is the perfect keto diet dessert for entertaining! Whip up this straightforward keto cheesecake with your everyday keto diet ingredients including Swerve Sweetener (thanks to Swerve for sending us a fun gift in the mail to try their ingredients, and for hosting a reader Swerve Sweetener baking kit giveaway!)


This may not be the sexiest-looking cheesecake I have ever seen, but after a month of adjusting to a keto diet, this low carb cheesecake dessert was happily welcomed with open arms in our home!

For 5 weeks, Adam and I have been on a strict low carb, high fat, moderate protein diet. The biggest challenge for us has been finding foods that we can enjoy that are lower in carbs--when we began researching ketosis and the keto diet lifestyle change, we were shocked to see how much of an impact carbs and sugar have on ketosis (and why it is essential for us to keep a close eye on our carb and sugar intake now). 

We've begun switching out some of our normal pantry staples to keto-friendly choices. We switched out the cake flour for almond flour, went from milk to heavy whipping cream, and switched from sugar to erythritol. This has had the biggest impact on baking, and I have been experimenting trying to find a way to combine these different ingredients I am not used to having in my pantry into something Delicious that I can enjoy without having the guilt and knowing that having it in moderation will keep my body in ketosis, so I can continue to burn fat for fuel!

This keto-friendly cheesecake may not be as glamorous as traditional New York Cheesecake, but when I close my eyes and take a bite, I can savor and enjoy the indulgence without the guilt that comes with 'cheating' on my new lifestyle change. This low-carb cheesecake is a must-try for anyone who is on the keto diet or someone who is looking to cut carbs while still enjoying dessert!

Our Mini Linky Party | Week 171


Happy Saturday!

Breakfast in bed sounds amazing right now, doesn't it?! 


I wish nothing more than to be able to spend my weekend relaxing, but this weekend, Adam and I are in serious need of catching up on household cleaning, errands, and are needing to put the final touches on a handful of projects we have been juggling. We had a nice week test driving a car (you can see more about that on this blog post), and we were able to go to our local farmer's market to stock up on all kinds of fresh produce and Arizona-local goods! We had a productive week, and this weekend will be no different!

Date Night Idea | Weekend Farmer's Market

Enjoy a day-date with your significant other and take in the sights at your local farmer's market! This affordable, fun date night idea is inspired by our recent 2017 Mazda6 Grand Touring test drive around Greater Phoenix!


Date night isn't just for going out after work--sometimes, it means getting up early and enjoying a Saturday morning at your local farmer's market with your soulmate!

This week, Adam and I had intensive work schedules throughout the week so we made time for our "date night" over the weekend and enjoyed a lovely morning at the Gilbert Farmer's Market! With so much to do at night on the weekends and a busy work week, we didn't want to completely miss out on our weekly date and opted to drive in the 2017 Mazda6 Grand Touring down to Gilbert to enjoy a day-date at the farmer's market and picking up a few things we needed for our meals this upcoming week!