Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade

Friday, August 29, 2014

Easy to make drink Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade that is light and refreshing. Perfect for company.

Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade recipe with a cocktail option is easy to make and perfect for 4th of July and summer bbq's.We made Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade last weekend because it's one of our favorite drinks since it's so versatile. Plus it's so easy to make and a favorite year around in our house.

Frozen Raspberry Lemonade just isn't the same, when you make homemade lemonade it's easy to control how sweet you like it and the fresh lemon and raspberries can't be beat.

The addition of sparkling water makes this a light and refreshing drink perfect to enjoy on a hot day. Sometimes we'll add a shot of vodka to the serving glasses for an adult friendly version.

If your feeling a little bit naughty soak additional raspberries in vodka for an hour for a spiked garnish.

Be warned those little soaked berries can be a bit dangerous! 

Coffee-mate® Girl Scouts® Thin Mints® Flavored Hot Fudge Sauce + $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

An easy life hack to make Thin Mints® Hot Fudge Sauce using Coffee-mate® Girl Scouts® Thin Mints® Flavored creamer + $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway! For those times when Girl Scouts® cookies aren't available.

Coffee-mate® Girl Scouts® Thin Mints® Flavored Hot Fudge Sauce
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To make Coffee-mate® Girl Scouts® Thin Mints® Flavor Hot Fudge Sauce all you need is 1/2 cup Coffee-mate® Girl Scouts® Thin Mints® Flavor Creamer and 1 cup Chocolate Chips.
Stir over medium heat until chocolate is melted and smooth.
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Hot Fudge Sauce
Recipe by Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
Coffee-mate Girl Scouts Thin Mint Flavored Hot Fudge Sauce #CMSmartCookie
Coffee-mate® Girl Scouts® Thin Mints® Flavored Hot Fudge Sauce. An easy Life Hack to make Hot Fudge.
Prep time: PT2M
Cook time: PT3M
Total time: PT5M
Yield: 5 Servings
  • 1/2 cup Coffee-mate® Girl Scouts® Thin Mints® Flavored Creamer
  • 1 cup Chocolate Chips
  • For Serving: Ice Cream
Cooking Directions
  1. In a small saucepan add Coffee-mate® Girl Scouts® Thin Mints® flavored creamer and Chocolate Chips.
  2. Stir over medium heat until melted and smooth.
  3. Serve over your favorite ice cream.

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Banana Brown Sugar Crumb Muffins

Sunday, August 24, 2014
Banana Brown Sugar Crumb Muffins
I'm so excited to let you know I am over guest posting today on Noshing With The Nolands these Banana Brown Sugar Crumb Muffins 
Tara and I became friends through Sunday Supper and I was more then excited to share one of our favorite muffins over on her blog so she could spend time with family.
She has tons of drool worthy recipes and photos to leave you satisfied! 
I took my favorite Moist Banana Muffins and added a brown sugar crumb to make them a little extra special to share with all of you! 
Let me warn you they are AMAZING! 
So make sure to take a moment and stop by Noshing With The Nolands for the recipe and peak around at all her other tasty creations! 


Blackberry Moscow Mules

Friday, August 15, 2014
Blackberry Moscow Mules recipe are easy to make cocktail with fresh blackberries, vodka, and ginger beer from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.
I can't get these Blackberry Moscow Mules out of my brain ever since Colt made them the other night.

Our sweet neighbors showed up at the door step the other morning and dropped off a huge tub of blackberries so when Colt came home from work and spotted the fridge full of berries he became a mixologist.

Blackberry Moscow Mules are my new fav must have drink.

Check out how gorgeous they are and the flavor flav is totally out of this world even as a mocktail.

Perfect for a cocktail night at home or with company, what's not to love.


Blackberry Crumb Bars

Thursday, August 7, 2014
Blackberry Crumb Bars | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch

One of my favorite things about this time of year is the abundance of blackberries. I adore these juicy little gems.

Blackberry seasons in full swing and LJ has been out picking a bumper crop for me daily and freezing them for future use. Have I told you how much I love that boy, he's great about helping out when I need him and guilting his brother and sister into helping him. He even went out early the other morning to come home with fresh Blackberries to make these Blackberry Crumb Bars that are out of this world.

Who can pass on a crunchy layer of pressed crumb filled with blackberry filling and then a crunchy crumb topping?

Totally worth a face plant into the pan.

They are amazing plain but a scoop of vanilla ice cream makes them an extra special treat. Be prepared.. I'm pretty sure more blackberry recipes are on the way with the way my kids been picking! 
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