Summer Feed

Lime Coolers

I stumbled upon these little lovelies and just had to share them with you. 

Lime Ice Cubes

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How perfect are these for summer?  Add refreshing citrus flavor to any beverage or cocktail and keep them cool.  I was thinking you could also use lemons, cucumber or oranges. 

RECIPE

Makes 42 ice cubes

  • 2  medium limes
  • 1  qt. cold water
  • 1/4  cup  fresh lime juice

1. Cut each lime into 1/4-inch-thick slices; cut each slice into 4 wedges.

2. Stir together 1 qt. cold water and 1/4 cup lime juice. Fill each compartment of 3 ice cube trays evenly with lime juice mixture. Place 1 lime wedge in each ice cube compartment. Freeze 8 hours or until firm.

(photo and recipe from myrecipes.com)


Reaching New Heights

I am constantly amazed by all of the different ways to arrange flowers.  Especially when they are arranged in easy to find, inexpensive containers like these little fishbowls.  I just love the simplicity of these arrangements.  Bonus-I have both zinnias and hosta in my yard.  If you don't have them in your yard they are available at most any nursery or hardware store.

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These fishbowls are filled 2/3 full of water.  A hosta leaf is then curled around the inside of the bowl.  Add any flowers you like.  They used three to five per bowl here.  Then stack at varying heights.  Now you have a bright summery floral display. 


(photo from myhomeideas.com)


Nifty Idea

Summer entertaining season is upon us!  As much as I like being outdoors this time of year, I hate BUGS!  Here is a way to at least keep them off of your food.   Pretty cute too.

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Fill single serving lidded jars with your favorite sides.  Lids keep the bugs off and all of the serving is done before your guests arrive!  Would look great on your table too.

Like the filling you see?  Get the recipe here.


(photo from countryliving.com)


Mystery Pops

Things are not always as they seem.  These "Watermelon Pops" are so cute and perfect for outdoor entertaining.  Oh wait...

Strawberry-Orange Pops

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Makes 12 pops

  • 2  cups  orange juice
  • 1/2  cup  low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • 1  cup  frozen whole strawberries, thawed

Stir together orange juice and yogurt.

Process berries in a blender or food processor until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides. Stir into juice mixture.

Hollow out lime halves, leaving rinds intact. Spoon pop mixture into lime rinds. Sprinkle with semisweet chocolate mini morsels, and freeze 8 hours. Cut frozen lime halves in half with a bread knife to make wedges.

How cool is that?!?!  I bet kids would love these.  They are perfect for a backyard bbq and definitely a conversation starter.


Don't forget to enter our Fancy Flours giveaway!  Today is the last day!


(photo and recipe from myrecipes.com)


Patriotic Cocktail

Here is a cool cocktail to serve this weekend at your Memorial Day gatherings.  Also, great for the 4th of July.

The All-American

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Makes one drink

Ingredients:

3 tbsp pomegranate liqueur, such as Pama

1 tbsp bourbon

Splash of lemon juice

Ice

Club Soda

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1. Pour the pomegranate liqueur, bourbon and lemon juice into a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake well. Pour into a rocks glass over ice and top off with club soda. Serve with a lemon slice.

(photo and recipe from Rachel Ray)


Vibrant Veggie Salad

This colorful salad caught my eye when I was searching for a new side to serve with our BBQ this weekend.  I think we have a winner!  Yum.

Corn, Tomato & Avocado Salad

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Makes 8 servings

For the dressing:

  • 1 1/2 cups packed fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup good-quality extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

For the salad:

  • 4 ears corn, kernels removed (about 3 cups)
  • 1 1/2 pounds grape tomatoes, halved (about 3 cups)
  • 1 pound fresh mozzarella, diced
  • 2 medium avocados, diced

Directions

Combine the dressing ingredients in a blender, using 2 teaspoons salt, and pepper to taste; process until smooth. Combine the salad ingredients in a large bowl and toss with the dressing. Let sit at least 15 minutes before serving, or cover and refrigerate for up to 4 hours.

(photo and recipe from foodnetwork.com)


TGIF

Well I'm busy putting the finishing touches on the Green Apple Wedding Shower for tomorrow so I leave you with this very refreshing cocktail to enjoy this weekend. 

Spiked Lemonade

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Makes 3 1/4 cups

Ingredients

  • 2  cups  lemon-flavored sparkling water or club soda, chilled
  • 1/2  cup  citrus-flavored vodka, chilled
  • 1/2  cup  fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4  cup  sugar
  • 1/4  cup  orange liqueur
  • Crushed ice
  • Garnish: lemon slices

Combine first 5 ingredients in a large pitcher. Serve over crushed ice. Garnish each serving with a lemon slice, if desired.

Be sure to check back next week for pics from the shower!  Have a great weekend!


(photo and recipe from myrecipes.com)


Patriotic Lighting

Memorial Day is just around the corner, can you believe it?  I can't.  Here is an easy way to make your plain candle holders look more patriotic for the occasion.  Also great for the 4th of July.

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Tools and Materials
Assorted cylindrical clear-glass containers
Glassine sheets in red, white, and blue
Tape measure
Rotary cutter or edgers
Double-sided tape
Glue stick

Patriotic Votive How-To
1. Measure the height and circumference of the container, adding 1/2 inch to the circumference. Cut a piece of glassine to these measurements. Wrap the glassine around the container, and adhere using the double-sided tape.

2. Use the remaining colors to create patterns and decorations on the votive, such as stripes of colored glassine. Cut the stripes with the edgers or rotary cutter to give them an added visual appeal. Affix the decorations to the votive using the double-sided tape or glue stick.

Watch a how to video here.

For even more patriotic flare check out Hostess Jo's Patriotic Section!  Get 15% off with coupon code "memorial" now through Memorial Day!

(photo from marthastewart.com)