Summer Fun: Group Activities & To-Go Foods To Kickstart Summer

Summer Activities & Delicious 'On The Go Recipes' that Pair Perfectly Together

Nothing says summer quite like days at the beach or BBQ dinners with a group of friends. But don’t let the fun stop there! We took a cue from the latest episode of Haylie Duff's 'The Real Girls Kitchen'for activities & 'on the go' recipes that will guarantee a good time!



Get your pals together & form your own teams to play ball! We’re not talking major league baseball or anything, but a softball team, a dodge ball team, or maybe even a bocce ball team are all perfect low-key activities to get a group together for a little non-competitive (or in Haylie’s case, maybe just a tad competitive!) fun.

Haylie Duff Softball



Another fun group activity is a cook-off. You can do it between groups of friends, between couples, or, like Haylie and her friends, a 'Guys vs. Girls' show-down. Pick a theme (such as Mexican food), or a food group (such as sandwiches) and let the cooking battle begin!

Summer Fun: Host a 'cook-off' 


Need a few recipes to get you inspired for some 'Summer Fun'? Try some of Haylie's favorites:

Strawberry Shortcake in a Jar


  • 2 Pounds Strawberries, de-stemmed, thinly sliced
  • lemons (juiced)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • Store bought angel food cake
  • 1 carton heavy whipping cream
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 4 16-ounce mason jars


  1. Mix Strawberries, lemon juice, and 1 cup sugar in a bowl.
  2. Mix all dressing ingredients together in a jar.
  3. Trace a mason jar with a knife to cut a round piece of angel food cake
  4. Press the cake into bottom of the jar
  5. Layer strawberries on top
  6. Add whipped cream
  7. Whipped Cream: In a cold metal bowl, slowly mix the cream, a cup of sugar, and a lime zest using a hand mixer for a 7 minutes. The mixture will first turn into a bowl of tiny bubbles, then it will slowly turn into a thick, zesty whipped cream.

Grape, Pecan & Chicken Salad Sandwich

Grape, Pecan and Chicken Salad Sandwich


  • 1 boiled & chopped Chicken Breast
  • 1 Tablespoon of Mayo
  • 1 Tablespoon of Dijon Mustard
  • 1 handful Crushed Pecans
  • 1 handful halved Purple Grapes
  • 2 stalks finely chopped Celery
  • 2 sprigs chopped Tarragon
  • 1 Loaf of Bread (any type)
  • 1 Roll of Wax Paper (To Wrap Sandwiches In)


  1. Mix all ingredients except bread in a mixing bowl.
  2. Toast Bread
  3. Layer mixture onto toast bread.
  4. Wrap each sandwich in wax paper & enjoy it on the go!

Don’t forget to watch all the fun guys vs. girls action in the latest episode of Haylie Duff's 'The Real Girl's Kitchen'!

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