Apple and Cucumber Cooler Recipe by Girl Cooks World

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Nothing is better on a warm summer day than a light and refreshing beverage. The Apple and Cucumber Cooler by Cate of Girl Cooks World is a healthy and incredibly easy way to quench your thirst. Cate’s been kind enough to share the recipe for this delicious two ingredient wonder with us and I can already hear your taste-buds thanking her!

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Strawberry Spinach Salad with Sweet and Spicy Walnuts Recipe by Cookie + Kate

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Sweet and Spicy Walnuts (Image Credit: Cookie + Kate)

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Sweet and Spicy Walnuts (Image Credit: Cookie + Kate)

I dare you to look at that salad and tell me it doesn’t look delicious. On a hot summer day, a light refreshing salad is my go-to lunch (for some reason the thought of eating anything heavy with the heat bearing down on me makes my tummy very unhappy) and this Strawberry Spinach Salad with Sweet and Spicy Walnuts from Cookie + Kate tastes even better than it looks. Continue reading

Infused Water Recipes to Get You Enthused About H2O!

Infused Water Recipes to Get You Enthused About H2O!

As the summer heats up it’s easy to reach for a carbonated or sugary beverage to chill the parch, but there’s a much healthier option that’s just as tasty. Infused water. So what exactly is infused water? It’s water that’s had fruits, vegetables, extracts and/or spices soaked in it for a long period of time to infuse it with the flavors they provide. The resulting drink is a beverage that will make your tastebuds do cartwheels without all the sugar and chemicals of store bought beverages. And before you ask, no you don’t need a Magic-Ninja-Keurig 5.0 to make it. All you need is fresh ingredients, a pitcher (or some other water holder device type thing), and the patience to let the infusing happen. Continue reading

Celebrate National Cheese Day with a Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese by FoodieCrush!

Jalapeno-Popper-Grilled-Cheese-foodiecrushIt seems like there’s a day for just about anything nowadays, but this is one I can get behind. National Cheese Day is June 4, and I’m pretty excited to finally find one that speaks to me on a spiritual level. With so many delicious recipes that include cheese, you might be wondering where to start on your tasty journey, but look no further. FoodieCrush has you covered with their Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese Sandwich, the only dish you’ll need this National Cheese Day. Check out the full recipe below! Continue reading

3 Summer Mocktails (or cocktails) for Each Time of Day

Lemon Berry Dreamsicle (Image Credit: Brailey Lisath)

Lemon Berry Dreamsicle (Image Credit: Brailey Lisath)

There is a lot to love about summer. The sun is finally out, you can enjoy an array of outdoor activities, and it’s the season for vacations. However, one of my favorite things about summer is that it’s also the season to get fancy with your drinks. Because, let’s face it, who doesn’t love a nice morning, afternoon AND evening pick-me-up? Here are three mocktails (or cocktails if you’re a bit more adventurous like me) to try this summer, and the time of day they are best received.
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Italian Drunken Noodles (Image Credit: The Cozy Apron)

Italian Drunken Noodles Recipe by The Cozy Apron

Italian Drunken Noodles (Image Credit: The Cozy Apron)

Italian Drunken Noodles (Image Credit: The Cozy Apron)

If you have never tried Thai Pad Kee Mao, better known in the United States as “Drunken Noodles,” you have no idea what you have been missing. I’ve taken trains and subways, walked in the rain, and as a poor college student, scoured for loose change in my room to be able to pay just to get my hands on this dish. To say I like this spicy Thai chili and basil noodle dish, is a very large understatement and sitting here writing this article is making my contemplate scrapping what I’m doing to drive two towns over to get some Drunken Noodles right now. So when I saw Cozy Apron had an Italian Drunken Noodle Recipe, I had to check it out.

 

I admit, the idea of an Italian version of this very Thai dish had me a little skeptical at first, but even more curious. I love Italian food, but I wasn’t sure how it would translate to the Drunken Noodle experience. But after checking out the recipe, it really makes sense. The biggest switch up to the dish is the use of tomato based sauce in place of soy and fish sauce, but otherwise it’s a very similar Drunken Noodle experience. The Spicy Italian Sausage replaces the kick of Thai Chilis, and although it’s a different type of basil used here, it along with the use of the very same Thai noodles adds familiarity to the dish.
If you would like to mambo italiano your way into some Drunken Noodle, check out the Full Recipe over at Cozy Apron!

Featured Recipe: Mini Cherry Pies by Adventuress

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(Image Credit: adventuressheart)

After seeing Adventuress’ recipe for Mini Cherry Pies, I wanted to declare them the official dessert for Netflix’s Orange is the New Black. And here’s why:

If orange is the new black, then pie is the new cake.

These little pies are made in a cupcake pan, but defy the conventional cupcake and create a hybrid – the cup-pie.

Just as their name suggests, they are absolutely adorable and look delicious! And, let’s be real, guys… Everyone has looked at a freshly baked pie and wanted to dig their fork right into the center of it, not stopping until all that’s left is the tin it was made in. Of course, few of us have actually done this (stop looking at me), but we have all wanted to at some point or another.

Well, with Adventuress’ recipe, you finally can – and with zero regret! (And with far less bloat, too.)

So next time you’re watching Piper Chapman (although you’re really watching because you love Taystee), get into the Orange is the New Black mindset with these Mini Cherry Pies! Let’s make this a thing.

Please check out the full recipe to learn how to make these awesome little treats or just to gawk at the pictures.

Chewie Wookiee Cookies from Diamonds for Desserts

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(Image Credit: Diamonds for Dessert)

I was a Star Wars kid. I loved the original trilogy and saw every single one of the prequel movies in theaters. If I had to pretend to be a princess – not my favorite game – I was Princess Leia. Now, with Star Wars: The Force Awakens primed to hit theaters soon, it’s once again time to celebrate all things Star Wars, which is where Diamonds for Desserts’s recipe for Chewie Wookiee Cookies comes into play.

These cookies get their name from our favorite Wookiee, Chewbacca, because they’re designed to look like him – or at least a super cute illustration of him by Philip Tseng. But there’s another reason that Diamonds for Desserts dubbed these cookies “chewie.” The cookie dough used is a Diamonds for Desserts classic, and it makes thick and chewy chocolate chip cookies.

After you have your chewy chocolate chip cookies, it’s time to make them look like Chewie! What I really like about the Diamonds for Desserts recipe is that the Chewie decorations aren’t icing: they’re more chocolate, of both the semisweet and white varieties.

The full recipe at Diamonds for Desserts makes the decorating look easy, but I suspect if you’re not used to doing that kind of thing, it might make you as angry as Anakin Skywalker. But don’t turn to the dark side yet! Remember the cookies don’t have to be perfect the first time. You can always make them again, which means more cookies. And that can only be a good thing.

The Best Hot Chocolate Recipes for Fall

The Best Hot Chocolate Recipes for FallScarves, boots and hot chocolate. That’s what fall is made of. If you’re like me and live in a place that doesn’t always recognize the gloriousness of autumn, sometimes you have to make it happen yourself.

And what better way to make it happen than with a delicious cup of cocoa? I mean, yes, I drink coffee and tea and chais and lattes and all that jazz, but one thing that always feels like home: hot chocolate. With that, here’s one of my favorite simple recipes:

  • 1 Cup of Milk
  • ¼ Cup of Chocolate Syrup
  • ¼ Teaspoon of Cinnamon
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Whipped Cream

Stir together chocolate syrup and milk in microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 3-4 minutes, until hot. Add in cinnamon. Top with whipped cream and chocolate chips (go crazy with it!).

 

And if you’re feeling adventurous, give these recipes a try as well:

Vanilla Hot Chocolate via The Cooking Spot

Banana Hot Chocolate via We Are Not Martha

Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate via One Sweet Mess

Gingerbread Hot Cocoa via The Hopeless Housewife

Peppermint White Hot Chocolate via The Tasty Kitchen

Magic Cocoa via Real Simple

Featured Recipe: Amazing Lemon Cupcakes from Zoom Yummy

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(Image Credit: Zoom Yummy)

With summer coming to a close, I’ve been searching for one last taste of sunshine and these lemon cupcakes from Zoom Yummy just might do the trick! Continue reading

Chrissy Teigen Shares Her ‘3 Freaky Facts’ and ‘Freaky Teigy’ Cocktail Recipe!

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Model Chrissy Teigen partied it up with the widely known alcohol beverage Captain Morgan in Miami to throw, what looked like, a completely fun Sunday RumDay bash. Guests and bartenders at the event were even in on a Teigen’s not-so-secret signature cocktail, the Freaky Teigy! Okay, so we all Teigen as John Legend’s wife, a stunning model or one who does not have a filter on anything! But, check out the video below for “3 Freaky Facts” you may not have known about the star. (I know, we couldn’t believe the Star Wars thing either.) Continue reading

Featured Recipe: Berry Mint Gin Smash by We Are Not Martha

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(Image Credit: We Are Not Martha)

Summer is here and what better time to try out a new cocktail? Well, We Are Not Martha has just the drink that I can’t wait to try, the Berry Mint Gin Smash. I have to admit, I’m not a big gin drinker – like, at all. I pretty much only stick to wine, the occasional mimosa and margaritas. Every now and then I’ll give a new cocktail a try, but I pretty much stick to the basics.

However, when I came across this recipe back in April, I knew it was the perfect drink to try out this summer. Berries!? Count me in. I love berries, I mean, who doesn’t? And when gin is masked by other flavors like berries and simple syrup, I’m totally on board. This drink will be perfect for a summer BBQ with friends or even an afternoon brunch.

Check out the full recipe over at We Are Not Martha, as well as all of their other amazing recipes and Happy Summer everyone!

Cheers!

Featured Recipe: Frosted S’More Cups by Easybaked

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(Image Credit: Easybaked)

It’s not officially summer yet, but it is just around the corner. What better way to kick it off than with a fun twist on a summer campfire favorite, s’mores!

Easybaked’s Frosted S’More Cups combine classic s’mores ingredients – graham cracker, chocolate, and marshmallows. But instead of mixing them into  a hot, sticky (though admittedly delicious) mess, Easybaked has worked them into a cool and refreshing frozen treat, no sticky marshmallow fingers required!

These single-serve cups look very easy to make in a mini-muffin tin, and with just a handful of ingredients and minimal prep time, they are a perfect make-ahead potluck dessert. As an added bonus, these no-bake cups won’t force you to crank up your oven on an already hot summer day.

You probably thought s’mores couldn’t get any better, but Frosted S’More Cups definitely give the classic version a run for its money. Be sure to check out the full recipe at Easybaked!

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Featured Recipe: Capri Sun Vodka Coolers by Cooking with B.S.

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(Image Credit: Cooking with B.S.)

Long gone are the days of your sweaty soccer games on the elementary school field, when Mom’s cooler of Capri Suns was almost sweeter than the victory of a scrimmage match. But you can get that feeling of sweet victory again – this time with an alcoholic twist. Capri Sun vodka coolers, created by Brian Staffield of the blog Cooking with B.S., are just the fix.  And just to be clear, Staffield would like to clarify that he does not endorse “childhood drinking.” Check out his blog for more recipes! And remember, you’re an adult now, so drink responsibly.

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