I was recently asked by the folks at CustomMade to share some tips on “How to entertain outdoors this summer” and have been thinking a lot about one of my tips — play fun outdoor games! There is just something about an outdoor gathering that gets me in the mood to have a little fun and whip out the yard games. You?
One of my favorite games is Murbles (which is similar to Boccie but doesn’t require a court). Plus, the balls come in cute colors like pink, coral, and mint. Yard games are fun, but cute yard games? More fun.
Here are three other fun outdoor games that are perfect for your next picnic or backyard gathering:
Top:Buoy Bat — Ask my kids, this is my FAVORITE! We play at the park, in the street, but the best place? The beach! It is sooooo much fun.
Middle:Yard Dice — They look so nostalgic, and everyone can play. Perfect for all ages.
Bottom:Croquet — I almost forgot about this game! I used to love to play but haven’t in years. I think it’s time to invest in a nice set. Any tips on where to get one? Please share!
There’s still time to make that shopping list, run to the market and whip up something festive for the 4th! Looking for 4th of July recipes? Here are a few of my favorites this year that I spotted on Pinterest. Which will you make?
Last week was a week of poolside lounging and much needed down-time. I was eager to soak up the sun with the family and also super excited to test out 3 new poolside cocktail recipes that I’ve had my eye on. One cocktail really appealed to me because I have never had gin before. Gin cocktails? Okay, I knew I should try this because I have been eating a ton of cucumbers lately. It was a sign, right?
I picked up gin and the St. Germain ( I also have never had this but the guy at the liquor store said it has been flying off the shelves lately. Another good sign in my book).
Here she is …
The verdict? Gin is goooood. Who knew? This drink was super refreshing and crisp which made for the perfect summer sipping in 100 degree heat. Ahhhh summertime.
When I think of good food in the summer, I think about fresh and simple. Flavors that make you drool but minimal time in the kitchen. Are you with me? Who wants to be stuck indoors on a gorgeous summer day? Not this hostess.
One of my favorite new things to eat are cucumbers. I might be a little obsessed with them lately (I even made a cocktail highlighting them, recipe coming soon). If only they would produce in my garden (side note, anyone know a trick for growing good cucumbers?).
This appetizer/snack/lunch is one that I am eating almost everyday. The star? Cucumbers!
Thinly slice a cucumber and arrange on a plate or platter. Drizzle with a juice of a lemon. Sprinkle with a seasoning like Salad Supreme (you can also trying garlic salt and sea salt)
The next cucumber-recipe exploration is going to be this cucumber punch from Carla Hall. Carla is one of the super talented chefs rounding out the cast of ABC’s The Chew. Have you seen it? The Chew is your one-stop shop for everything food. Celebrating and exploring life through food, The Chew is an innovative daytime program co-hosted by a dynamic group of engaging, fun, relatable experts in food, lifestyle, and entertaining. Featuring celebrity chefs Mario Batali, Michael Symon, and Carla Hall, lifestyle expert Clinton Kelly and fresh face of healthy living Daphne Oz, The Chew is a leap forward into a delicious new kind of talk show. I’m digging it (and their yummy recipes).
I’ll be sharing some of my favorite recipes from The Chew over the next couple of weeks. The first couple that I’m dying to try are the cucumber punch and grilled cantaloupe. WHAT? I have no idea you could do that!
All summer-long, ABC’s The Chew is your one-stop shop for everything food. From grilling and outdoor entertaining to road trips and picnics, The Chew is dishing out the most sizzling, mouth-watering meals to satisfy your summer cravings!
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It’s the first day of summer! You know what that means? That’s right… dusting off those fun summer cocktail recipes friends! Tomorrow the troops and I are headed for a much anticipated week in Palm Springs (we’ll be staying in this poolside home, yay!) and in preparation I had to figure out just what we’d be sipping on poolside (can’t you tell I plan the important things first?).
I’m heading out to the market to pick up the fixings for these 3 poolside cocktails. What do you think? Don’t they look refreshing?
I hope your first day of summer is a great one!
3 poolside Cocktails to try this summer (or this weekend if you’re adventurous like me!).
Hostess Tip: When looking for several new cocktails to try, look for those that have similar ingredients so you can stock up and avoid buying too many 1x use ingredients. For example, these three drinks have mint, club soda and rum in common.
To see which is my favorite, be sure to follow along my cocktail-making journey this weekend on Instagram.
With my Summer Thyme beverage in hand, I’m daydreaming about all the upcoming summer fun there is to be had (you know, in between w-o-r-k that is). With our two girls almost out of school, a great Memorial weekend under our belt, and the sunny CA sunshine — we’re about ready to kick into that summertime gear!
First up on our agenda is a week long getaway to Palm Springs.
Is it time to go yet?
We’ll also see plenty of lazy beach days. When we have no plans on the weekend it’s pretty common that we just call decide to head to the beach (why not right?). This summer the Mr. and I are in the market for new beach cruisers so we can all go for a long Sunday beach strolls at the beach. And summer wouldn’t be complete without many casual backyard gatherings with family and friends — and of course, keeping up with our garden.
Here’s a new recipe that I’ll be serving up while we’re relaxing poolside in Palm Springs. What I love about it is that it tastes fresh and flavorful but it’s super simple to make.
Grilled Hot Dog Bites with fresh Jalapenos, Tomatoes & Avocado Dressing
Grill your Hebrew National Hot Dogs and lightly toast the buns.
Slice the hot dogs, buns, jalapenos and tomatoes. Assemble and hold in place with a toothpick.
Serve on a platter with a bowl of your favorite avocado dressing for dipping.
See? super simple!
What fun summer plans do you have?
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