Easy Peasy Spring Into Summer Refresher

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Summer is fast approaching, and I am always looking for creative ways to keep me hydrated and make my drink look pretty!

I’ve seen pretty drinks with flowers or herbs, but I wanted something much simpler than that!

Cue: Colored Ice Cubes…

There are a ton of variations on this drink, but I stuck with just using Sprite or 7Up and some Kool Aid to make this Spring Into Summer Refresher.

What You Will Need

-1 Pink & 1 Yellow Kool Aid Packs

-Sprite or 7Up

-2 Ice Cube Trays

Directions: Pour Pink Kool Aid packet into some water, mix, and pour into ice cube tray, and freeze for about 1hr (repeat same process w/ yellow packet).  Once ice cubes are set, place 2 cubes of each color into glass and fill glass with Sprite or 7Up.  Put a dainty straw inside, sip, and get ready to feel refreshed!

Of course you can always add a splash of vodka for some cocktail fun if you’d like 🙂

Enjoy!

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DIY: Halloween Cards

I’m a big Halloween freak! I anticipate it’s approach all year, and can’t wait to finally be able to play my Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack the whole month.  Yes, I’m a big dork, but it’s okay, hehe.

 I thought it would be nice to make my very own handmade hallmarks to some friends & family,  So with Ol’ Hallow’s Eve fast approaching, I needed to dust off my crafting supplies and make some cards.   With the help of Martha Stewart Crafts & Marshalls stationary isle finds, I made a total of 12 unique ones that were soon ready to be stamped and sent off.  Now all I need are some treats!

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Speed Up Your Grilled Cheese W/ An Unexpected Ingredient

When a comfort food craving hits, sometimes there’s just no time to waste, right? Last week my husband made a delicious grilled cheese sandwich! I know there is no real science to making it, but he said that what appealed to him about the recipe was that you grilled the sandwich with Mayo instead of butter!  So he decided to try this Food52 recipe out and find out if mayonnaise was better than butter.

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What You Will Need:

Sharp Cheddar Cheese (any brand could be used to get fancy, we just had the Costco house brand at that moment)

Mayo

-Sourdough or any rustic bread (we used sourdough)

Directions

The original recipe was intended to serve 10 people, so we modified it for just the two of us.  All you need is four slices of your chosen bread.  Shred about 4oz of the cheese or whatever stacks up well with the size of your bread.

Heat frying pan over medium to low heat.  Spread mayo on the outside of each slice of bread.  Sprinkle your desired amount of shredded cheese on the inside of one slice of bread, cover with second slice of bread and place in frying pan.

Grill for about 4-5 minutes on each side or until golden brown.

When done, place it on a pate, add some chips or fruit, and lunch is served!

Easy peasy, right!!?

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It was super delicious and it was equally as good as grilling it with butter.  No waiting for the butter to soften or tearing up bread, and the whole thing was perfectly crispy and melty! This is definitely a great recipe to make when you are in a pinch and don’t have lot of time or simply want to try a new twist on an old favorite.

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Ellie’s Summer Wine Spritzer

Ellie treated me to his fabulous self and came to visit a couple of weeks ago.  As the domestic goddess that he is, while hanging out at the pool, he made me a really refreshing drink that he just concocted spur of the moment.

What You Will Need

-White Wine (we used Stella Rosa Moscato)

-Ginger Ale

-Ice

– Halved Grapes

-Cubed Apples

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Put some ice in a glass, pour some wine, add a dash of Ginger Ale, add 4 or 5 halved grapes, and some cubed apples- easy peasy, right?!

Great drink to have as you get your tan on!

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