Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Orange Pineapple Summer Cocktail Spritzers


Orange Pineapple Summer Cocktail Spritzers

I have been meaning to share this summer cocktail recipe again for a few weeks, and with the holiday weekend approaching, I decided I couldn't wait any longer. This combines juice from my favorite fruit (pineapple) with orange juice and vodka, and a splash of soda gives it the perfect refreshing kick.

Orange Pineapple Summer Cocktail Spritzers

Orange Pineapple Summer Cocktail Spritzer 
Servings: 1

1.5 fluid ounces vodka
2.5 fluid ounces organic pineapple juice (chilled)
2.5 fluid ounces organic orange juice (chilled)
splash of soda
ice cubes
pineapple slice (for garnish)
orange slice (for garnish)
fresh mint sprig (for garnish)

Fill a glass about half full of ice cubes. Pour in vodka, pineapple juice, orange juice, and stir. Top with a splash or two of soda. Garnish with a pineapple slice, an orange slice, and a sprig of fresh mint.


Cheers!



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Monday, June 22, 2020

Black Bean, Avocado, and Rice Burrito Bowls


Black Bean, Avocado, and Rice Burrito Bowls

This is an old favorite I shared years ago with some updates that make it even more delicious. We've been eating it a lot around here. It's actually really good cold too, almost like an ultra flavorful salad.

Black Bean, Avocado, and Rice Burrito Bowls
Black Bean, Avocado, and Rice Burrito Bowls

Serves 2-4

INGREDIENTS
3-4 cups rice, cooked (we like jasmine or brown)
1 can black beans, drained
1 avocado
1 cup cherry tomatoes
handful baby greens
lime
salsa verde
salt to taste
cilantro (for topping)
hot sauce (optional)


Cook rice according to package directions. In a small sauce pan, heat black beans until hot. Slice avocado and cherry tomatoes. Pour rice into individual bowls, and top with beans, avocado slices, tomato, and baby greens. Throw on some green salsa and, if you like it (I go back and forth) chopped cilantro, Squeeze a little lime juice on the top, along with sprinkle or two of salt and a dash of hot sauce. Simple and so very good!

Black Bean, Avocado, and Rice Burrito Bowls
Black Bean, Avocado, and Rice Burrito Bowls

I hope you love these burrito bowls as much as we do! They're also great all rolled up in a tortilla.



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Thursday, June 18, 2020

Scenes from Summer



I don't post a lot of random personal content on the blog these days, and usually reserve that for Instagram. But today, I just sort of felt like it. Here are some scenes from our summer so far. We're trying to make the best of what is an unusual summer for everyone.

Having my husband home has been such a silver lining to all of this. He is almost never home on weekends in the summer, but now that the band isn't touring he's here every weekend. In just a few weekends, we have done more in our yard (landscaping, planting, gardening, etc.) than the in the combined two years we've lived in this house, since we have real weekends now. And the kids getting to spend time with their dad during the summertime is such a treat. He was also supposed to be playing Red Rocks this weekend, but now we get him home for Father's Day.


Other than that, it's been a lot of backyard play time in the inflatable pool and on the play set, neighborhood bike rides, forest preserve exploration, Zoom activities (dance and basketball), and movie nights. We had to make the difficult (but safe) decisions to cancel (or hopefully just postpone) our annual trip up to Lake Geneva in Wisconsin and our trip to Florida (including our first time at Disney), but we are safe and healthy and have nothing to complain about.

I hope your unusual summer is going just as well!



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Monday, June 15, 2020

Strawberry Ice Cream Floats


Strawberry Ice Cream Floats

It's officially ice cream float season! Okay, so I made that up. But if you ask me, once June arrives, summer is here, and summer is the season of all things ice cream. As a kid, my favorite float was cola with vanilla ice cream. But my little ones prefer strawberry, so in our house, the strawberry float is queen. Our recipe for this delicious summertime treat is below!


Strawberry Ice Cream Float
makes 1 serving

2 scoops strawberry ice cream (we also love it with spumoni ice cream, as pictured here!)
1 cup strawberry soda, chilled
1 cup cream soda, chilled
strawberries for garnish

Place ice cream in a glass. Pour chilled strawberry and cream soda over ice cream. Garnish with strawberries. We love them topped with whipped cream too.

Happy ice cream float season, friends!


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