gatherings

fourth of july cocktail with spodee

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Fourth of July is hands-down my favorite holiday. It almost always involves summer sun, being close to the water, fireworks, friends and family, and delicious food.

Oh, and of course, libations are typically present as well ;) With the help of one of my favorite drinks around, Spodee, I whipped up a delicious summer Fourth of July cocktail for everyone’s weekend celebrations.

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Spodee Summer Cocktail

  • Blueberries
  • Peaches (I used white peaches, but any peach will do)
  • Spodee White
  • Ginger Beer

Simply combine the ingredients and enjoy! With fruit, I find it’s best to let it sit for a few hours, so I suggest making this early in the day or the night before. Spodee White has the yummiest hint of coconut and pineapple, so it’s my favorite for summer time.

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You can find out where to buy Spodee here, and check out my other yummy Spodee concoction.

Are you a Spodee fan??

fridays are for margaritas

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Fridays are pretty great and deserve celebrations. Summer Fridays deserve parades and specialty cocktails and feasts in their honor. My contribution to said hooplah? The best and only margarita recipe you’ll ever need.

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Not all margaritas are created equal. I try to avoid the super sweet mixes. My favorite NY friend, Erin, always orders her margaritas with ZERO sour mix, which essentially is lime juice and tequila. She’s brave. Brand of tequila is everything. I learned quickly freshman year of college that drinking cheap tequila never ever ends well. I am shuddering writing the words “cheap tequila.” Jose Cuervo is my go-to tequila every time, it was the first tequila after all. It’s smooth, it’s tasty, and it doesn’t leave you with regrets Sunday morning. Okay, that’s debatable. ;) I’m a big fan of Jose Cuervo Tradicional Silver-it’s 100% agave tequila, and oh so perfect for my margaritas.

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So here it is folks. The margarita recipe that will turn your already amazing summer friday into the summer friday of all  summer fridays (or your manic monday into an acceptable day of the week).

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As you’re enjoying your best-ever-summer-Friday, download the Jose Cuervo augmented reality app. You might say, isn’t drinking tequila on it’s own an augmented reality app? And I’ll say yes, but the Jose Cuervo History in a Bottle app is pretty darn cool. The video below introduces the app, but essentially you can point the app to your Tradicional bottle and see it come to life. If you’re four margaritas in, this might get trippy folks.

 

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Pretty cool right? And you can be the coolest kid at your memorial day weekend parties and spew out trivia know one else knows like “Did you know Jose Cuervo invented the margarita (the most important invention ever obviously)??”

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So check out the app, watch the video, and pour yourself a margarita or 3 because it’s only the beginning of summer fridays. Drink up friends! peach-margs-jose-cuervo

This post was sponsored by Jose Cuervo in celebration of Jose’s 219 year history, however my love for tequila, margaritas, and Jose Cuervo is completely on my own accord. Many thanks for supporting the wonderful sponsors who help this blog out. Without them, how would we know what to put in our margaritas?? 

game night double date

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While Josh and I are staying with my sister and her fiancé for the next three weeks, it’s actually really great having company with another couple. We don’t typically get the opportunity to carve out time for double dates, but living here, they come naturally considering all we need to do is walk to the kitchen :) Personally, I believe there are two requirements to a good double date night: card games and delicious snacks.

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Josh handled the card games (he undoubtedly knows them all), and I picked up my new favorite treat: popchips. So while J explained the rules to Spades and President, we munched.

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popchips are those kind of chips that you go for when you’re craving the worst (Doritos, Nachos, everything bad), but then you realize what you’re eating is better than all of that terrible stuff in the first place. They’re healthy, they’re crisp, and oh my goodness they are just so good. The four of us tore through a bag in less than 10 minutes. Lucky for us, they just introduced their 15% more to love bags-aka 15% more in every bag. Completely worth it when you go through a bag as quickly as we do.

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It really is the most casual evenings that turn out to be the most memorable to be. Good food, good people, and good, simple entertainment.

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So now it’s your turn to tell your popchips love story for a chance to win a pop-worthy date night. Hop on over to popchips to enter-there are 6(!) weekly (!!) drawings for a date night prize pack, but just enter in, and you’ll receive a popchips coupon.  Sharing the love with everyone :)

 

This post was sponsored by popchips, however all my thoughts, opinions, and satisfied cravings are my own :) 

 

kentucky derby

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The Kentucky Derby is one of those rare spectacles we Americans get all hyped up on. The mint juleps in silver cups, the ornate hats atop every woman’s head, oh and I hear there are horses too ;)

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I’ve never been to THE Kentucky Derby, but  I have attended Steeplechase a couple years ago. The energy at a horse race is indescribable, I can’t even imagine how amazing it would be to experience it all in Churchill Downs.

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I may not be headed to the races this year, but I sure can dress up like I am. And drink mint juleps. And even try my hand participating in the races from home thanks to Cottonelle.

Cottonelle is joining in on the Kentucky Derby fun with “The Cottonelle Great Finish,” a giveaway that will reward up to 15,000 lucky ducks with a year supply of Cottonelle products should the No. 1 and No. 2 positioned racehorses finish the race in that order.

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As all big wagers go, the odds are risky, but not actually risky, because you don’t even have to open your wallet. Just a click of a few buttons, some fingers crossed on race day, and you’ll have more Cottonelle products than you know what to do with

So go pour yourself a mint julep, put on your big derby hat, and head on over to enter in The Cottonelle Great Finish.

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Dress: Lulu’s | Wedges: Target | Hat: Target last season, similar here | Earrings: Tiffany’s

This post was sponsored by Cottonelle, but all opinions are my own. I really do love mint juleps, large hats, and I especially love a good wager that ends in a year supply of Cottenelle products. Thank you for taking the time to support my sponsors. 

 

easter brunch

In a dream world, I would be sharing a wonderful, beautiful brunch that I whipped up in my kitchen and photographed for you all to enjoy. Alas, half of the kitchen is packed up in preparation for the move.So instead, I’m sharing some drool worthy Easter brunch ideas from around the interwebs.

The Easter Regulars:

overnightcinnrolls-27overnight cinnamon rolls via averie cooks 

southern_deviled_eggs-291x437deviled eggs via paula deen 

GoatCheeseQuicheGoat Cheese Quiche with Hashbrown Crust via Cafe Sucre Farine (okay this photo is a bit bizzaro, but omg this recipe is amazing. a friend made it for a work gathering once, and I dreamed about it for weeks. I mean…hashbrown crust…)

cream cheese biscuitssouthern biscuits via sandy nawrot 

The Nontraditional Route: 

Strawberry-Nutella-Stacked-French-Toaststrawberry nutella baked french toast via recipe by photo (I mean….)

peach piewhole peach pie via style me pretty  (I’ve been dying to try this forever! has anyone-other than SMP- ever attempted this recipe?)

honey cloud pancakeshoney cloud pancakes via things we make 

Spinach-cups3egg muffins via simply stacie (these are seriously SO easy and perfect portions for a big gathering) 

Libations:

grapefruit mimosagrapefruit mimosas via the flair exchange 

DLF_AlmondMilk-Shake6-2mint mocha shake via designlovefest

What are you whipping up for Easter this year?