There’s plenty of sunshine here in Southern California and we are already approaching our 95-100 degree days. How does an over-worked party gal keep her cool? With delicious, cold, summer cocktails of course!
Sometimes I’m inspired to come up with my own new summer cocktail recipes (like this watermelon cooler), but typically I’m far too parched to go to such efforts. When in need for new recipes of amazing summer drinks … turn to Pinterest!
Here are my favorite summer cocktails. You must be 21 years old to read further (nah, just kidding).
Thirsty are you?
1. Frozen Vodka Slush – This is perfect for making a giant batch ahead and leaving in the freezer for when thirst sets in (or guests pop in). Recipe via ABCD Designs shared on The Grommet.
2. Spiked Blueberry Lemonade – a treat for the eyes and packed with dazzling flavor via Veggie Belly.
3. Lime Sorbet Margarita – These are AMAZING and simple. Just how I like it. Recipe via Real Simple.
I love mimosas, and so does my mom (actually… every mother probably does, right?) … so I wanted to put a simple gift idea together that would appeal to moms of all ages, styles, and with varying interests. Hence, the Muffins & Mimosas gift box was born.
I love that this gift took me just 15 minutes to put together and consists of entirely store bought items yet it really feels thoughtful (and looks amazing too).
Bring a bunch of fresh flowers and this muffins & mimosas gift box to any special woman in your life, and you are sure to make her smile.
-Place mini champagne bottles, oranges (for fresh squeezed juice) and bakery fresh muffins in whatever box, basket or crate you have on hand.
Optional: Print Mother’s Day tags and attach to the basket, tie around the neck of the champagne bottle, or glue to toothpick and poke into an orange. [You can download these free here]
Feel free to mix it up with the content of the gift box too! Think strawberries, bagels, jams, scones — the options are really endless.
For more Mother’s Day ideas, be sure to check out the posts below. And don’t forget to join me and many other entertaining gals on Twitter tonight for the #HolidayHQ Mother’s Day chat happening at 8pm EST. During the chat, we are giving away a Hamilton Beach Blender and Hamilton Beach Ice Cream Maker.
I love entertaining in the summer because typical summer get-togethers are mellow, laid back, and simple (just how I really like it). One of my go-to party foods in the summer are sandwiches. That’s right, simple sandwiches. I love how versatile they can be. From a simple kid-pleasing platter of pb&j sandwiches to something more grown-up like a new panini recipe — there are so many variations yet they are all still pretty easy to pull off. I’ve been gathering some of my favorite recipes and ideas on this sandwich Pinterest board.
Another trick is to order your sandwiches …. SIMPLE, right? My hostess tip is to order a platter of sandwiches and transfer to your own platter or make individual “lunch boxes” for guests. You’ll save time and energy which will result in your enjoying more of summer! My go-to caterer for affordable and delicious sandwiches is Subway. Here’s what I love about them:
Variety isn’t an issue – They offer Giant Subs, Sandwich Platters, SUBWAY to GO!™ boxed meals, drinks, sides and cookie platters.
Short lead time – Catering orders can be placed 24 hours in advance – in some cases less!
Small OR Large groups – They have options for as few as 5 people, a mid-size group of 25 people – or hundreds of people if you need it.
They can cover ANY Occasion – Whether you’re planning a birthday, anniversary party, sporting event, office meeting or other occasion for a meal, we can cover just about any type of gathering.
Customizable Options – Sandwiches can be customized with your favorite veggies and toppings just the way you like!
Great Value – Simply put – it is possible to feel groups well – without spending a lot!
Have I convinced you to have your sandwiches catered next time? Ditch the apron and prep and let Subway do the work ladies!
Want to give them a try?Subway is giving away one reader a $50 gift card! That can feed your crowd during your next pool party, right?
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I baked yesterday. Nutella Cookies. They ate them and the world rejoiced. Okay, maybe not exactly :)
Some people bake because it’s their passion, others bake for special occasions or when they’re entertaining. Personally, I do bake for birthdays and holidays but not really for entertaining. Perhaps I’m not a big baker because I worked in a bakery for many years ( sometimes the smell of buttercream or proofing dough haunts me). I love to entertain but I’m not one for a dessert course and if I serve it — I rather make homemade ice cream. I do however bake when I feel like my girls need a little extra mom-love. Like yesterday. They needed some love and sugar, I gave them a big does of both :).
It’s been a crazy week in our home… lots going on but nothing out of the ordinary. Work, school, soccer, dance … and I noticed I was a little “short” with my girls yesterday, the week was clearly wearing on me. We needed a sugar-love intervention. So, I told the girls to play outback with the pup for a bit and I whipped up these babies. Then, we ate cookies and painted our nails – girl time with mom. Then we all felt better. Love it when life is that simple.
1. Whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, and cocoa, set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the butter and sugars. Beat on medium speed until smooth and creamy, about two minutes. Add the vanilla and hazelnut extract and beat until extracts disappear. Add the Nutella and mix until batter is smooth.
2. Add the flour mixture in 2 batches, alternately with the milk in one batch, mixing well. Chill dough for at least 15 minutes before baking. You can make the dough a few days in advance, just wrap it in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator.
3. When you are ready to bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Take a tablespoon of cookie dough and roll it into a ball. Place on lined baking sheets and gently press down on the dough ball. Continue making dough balls until the cookie sheets are filled-leave two inches in between cookies.
4. Bake cookies for 10-11 minutes or until soft, but starting to set. Remove cookies from the oven and let cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack and let cool completely.
They’re delicious, make them now. Next, I have to try this avocado ice cream from two peas & their pod. THAT sounds ah-maz-ing.
Looking for a fun and simple idea for a festive St. Patrick’s Day breakfast? This idea for fun St. Patrick’s Day food I shared last year (green milk + Lucky Charms), has taken off on Pinterest! I am so tickled that everyone likes my super simple idea that I wanted to share another one with you. It will take you about 3 minutes to make and will put a big smile on your kiddos face.
You will need: A cup, a stir stick, and 6 pieces of Frootloop cereal
It’s as simple as it looks, really.
Make your green milk (just add food coloring), assemble a stir stick with your Frootloops. DONE!
Add a little special touch and print this little guy out to place near the glass. Simply, right click + save to your computer. Then, open in a word doc and print.
Looking for something cute and sweet to whip for your little Valentine or to serve at your Valentine’s Day party? We’ve shared several Valentine’s Day cupcakes (and even an adult only version) but today we’re loving these super simplecookie pops!
Aren’t they cute?!
Recently, the nice folks at Wrigley Candy Co. sent me a huge box of sweet surprises. Think… all the good stuff — Skittles, Starburst, Lifesavers, + gum galore! Besides snacking like crazy (someone please come take this candy away from me) I’ve been playing with fun new recipes like this one.
What I used:
-Mini sugar cookies (these are store bought even, see — simple!)
-Red & Pink Skittles
-White lollipop sticks
*note – you may have to eat all other colors of Skittles in order to isolate the red & pink. It’s okay, just go ahead and eat them all.
What I did:
-Used frosting to attach to cookies together, placing the stick in the middle (like a sandwich)
-Put more frosting on one top of the cookie
-Placed the Skittles on the frosting for the decoration
I placed my completed cookie pops in this perfectly sizes Blumebox and covered the pop insert with more Skittles.
What do you think, could cookie pops be the next cake pop? I’m a much bigger cookie fan, so I’d be okay with that ;).
I received candy from Wrigley to complete this post. However, all thoughts & opinions are my own.