Monday, June 27, 2022

Fourth of July Sweet Chips and Salsa

Fourth of July Sweet Salsa + Chips

I know I share this exact same recipe every Fourth of July, but it's just too fun not to share. If you've had it before, here's a refresher. If you haven't, give it a try! It's so easy and always a big hit for Independence Day celebrations. 

Fourth of July Sweet Chips and Salsa
Serves 6-8

1 jar pineapple, mango, or any fruit salsa
1-1/2 cups blueberries
1-1/2 cups strawberries, sliced
3/4 cup white sweet corn
1 bag white corn tortilla chips 
2 limes
2-3 T sugar
2 T cinnamon

Combine the salsa, blueberries, sliced strawberries, and white corn in a medium bowl and stir until well blended. Mix cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl. Pour chips into a large serving bowl (or gallon food storage bag), and squeeze lime juice on chips. Mix well until evenly coated, then sprinkle chips with cinnamon and sugar and mix again.  

Red, White, and Blue Sweet Salsa + Chips

This recipe is so quick and simple but still (sort of) homemade. I hope you love it as much as we do. 


Thursday, June 16, 2022

4 Refreshing Summertime Cocktails

Orange Pineapple Summer Cocktail Spritzers

We've had record high temperatures here this week, and while I try to never complain about weather that isn't cold (I more than make up for any complaints all winter long), it's been pretty brutal. This kind of weather sure does make cold, refreshing cocktails even more delicious though. Here are a few recipes for my favorite summertime drinks. (Click on images or links below it for the full recipes.)

Fresh Lemonade Mimosas

Mango Lemon Prosecco Cocktails

Happy summer cocktail season!



Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Flower Cupcakes

Flower Cupcakes Recipe

I admittedly don't do a lot of baking in the summer, but every once in a while if there's a gathering or holiday, I will whip something up. We love to make these fun fruit flower topped cupcakes for summer events. for 4th of July, we top them with just the red and blue berries and they're instantly festive.

Flower Cupcakes Recipe

Flower Cupcakes
makes 12

1-1/4 cup Bob's Red Mill Organic All-Purpose Flour
1/2 tsp salt
1-1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup softened butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup half and half
fruit for decorating  

Preheat oven to 350 and line a cupcake pan with liners. Whisk the flour, salt, and baking soda in medium bowl. In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar for a few minutes until well blended, then add the eggs and vanilla. Mix in dry mixture a little at a time along with the half and half, then fill each cupcake liner to about 2/3. Bake for 20-23 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Transfer to a cooling rack, and when fully cooled, top with your favorite frosting (DM me if you need a good frosting recipe!), and then decorate with fruit to make flowers on the top. 

Flower Cupcakes Recipe

These are great for a rainy summer day treat too. Enjoy!


Thursday, May 26, 2022

Fun Last Day of School Questionnaire for Kids

Fun Last Day of School Questionnaire for Young Kids

It's mind blowing how much young kids change from school year to school year, which is why I started giving my little ones surveys at the end of each year to see how their interests and favorites have evolved. I'm sharing the questions I ask them below, in case your might want to do the same for your kids. 

1. What is your name?  
2. What grade are you in?  
3. How old are you? 
4. What is your favorite color?  
5. What was your favorite thing to do at school?   
6. What is your favorite activity outside of school?  
7. What do you want to be when you grow up?  
8. What is your favorite food? 
9. How old is your mommy?  
10. What is her job?  
11. What is mommy's favorite food?  
12. How old is your daddy?  
13. What is his job?  
14. What is daddy's favorite food?  
15. What do mommy and daddy like to do?  
16. If you have brothers or sisters, what are their names?  
17. How old is your brother(s) (and/or sisters)?  
18. What is your brother(s) (and/or sisters) favorite food?  
19. What is your favorite toy? 
20. Where do you live?  
21. What is your favorite thing to do?  
22. What is your favorite place you've ever been?  
23. Who is your best friend?  
24. What is your favorite animal?  
25. If you could have anything you wished for, what would it be?  

Happy summer break! (Chalkboard signs we used for our photos were purchased here.)