Thursday, October 17, 2019

Halloween Snack Mix

We just love this time of year and all of the yummy treats that come along with it.  When I was little I remember my mom always had a dish of candy out and around holidays it was always themed candy.  Candy corn for Halloween, conversation hearts at Valentine's Day and I have found myself doing the same thing for my kids.  The candy corn dish doesn't still filled very long with lots of little hands dipping into it, but I let it slide!  I used to like candy corn, but now I only like it in this simple snack mix. There is something about the sweet and salty tastes that makes this snack mix one of our favorites.


We made a batch last week and I'm sharing the simple steps to make your own over on Savvy Sassy Moms today!  You can check out the recipe HERE!


This is great to have at home to munch on when you want a treat, but also perfect to package up and hand out to teachers, bus drivers, friends, coaches and neighbors!  I've even packaged this up for our school's fall bake sale and it was a hit with all of the kids.


What is your favorite Halloween treat?  

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Monday, October 14, 2019

Harvest Punch Recipe


A few weeks ago we co-celebrated our five year blog-iversary with the ladies of Findlay Rowe. At the event shared this yummy Harvest Punch with everyone.  We mixed both an alcoholic and non-alcoholic version, and apparently it was a huge hit because we've had all the questions about it. So today we're sharing the secret, not-so-secret recipe with y'all. 

It's been one of our favorite Fall drinks to pull out during parties and showers for years, and we can't believe we've never shared it before. It's super easy to make and with one simple step it can be made as a mocktail or a cocktail. 


HARVEST PUNCH RECIPE

Serves: 20-25
Prep Time : 2 mins
Total Time: 2 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 64 oz bottle of apple juice
  • 3 cups of orange juice (or you can do one 1 12 oz can of orange juice frozen concentrate)
  • 16 oz of cranberry juice
  • 1 cup of pear juice
  • Half a liter of ginger ale or lemon lime soda
  • Optional garnish: Sliced apples or frozen cranberries


Instructions
  • In a large punch bowl or drink dispenser (this cute galvanized one is from Findlay Rowe) pour all juices.
  • Top with garnish. 
  • Serve and enjoy! 

To make the alcoholic version: 
We've done this several different ways but for the event we added Caramel flavored Vodka. Other great options are Spiced Rum, Hard Cider, or Vodka. Just add approximately 16 oz of your desired choice to your juice mixture (or a little more if you're feeling like you want to take your Fall frolicking to the next level).  



Cheers friends! Happy drinking! 


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Friday, October 11, 2019

Halloween Home Tour

Happy Friday!!!  We are all so excited around here because it FINALLY feels like FALL!!!!  The air is cool and crisp in the mornings and evenings and I'm able to go outside without sweating. That was my only wish!  

We had been so busy that I hadn't even had time to get out my Halloween decorations yet, but since it feels like fall now I rushed to get everything out.  I saw this the other day and laughed so hard.  Funny because it's true. 


I like to keep everything more pretty pumpkin than scary skeleton, but I don't know how much longer I'm going to be able to last without adding some spooky things because the kids are asking.  We did have one new addition to the Halloween decor this year.  Here's a funny story...

Our neighbors have older kids and always have fun inflatables in their yard for each holiday. Well we admired it from afar and never gave it another thought.  Their kids have all grown up so they passed on their inflatable collection to us.  I was hoping everyone would forget about them sitting in the corner of the garage, but not such luck.  Last weekend we were in divide and conquer mode so I was gone with the girls most of the day and the Mr. had our son at his games.  I talked to them on the phone a few times and every single time my little guy asked if I had been home yet.  When I finally pulled into the driveway later that day I realized just why he was so excited for me to come home. 


He asked me if I liked it and I said, "no." Haha!  He had a friend coming over that evening and he told told me he didn't care because he knew his friend would love it! 

I don't go crazy outside because we don't even trick-or-treat in our neighborhood, but I put out my DIY burlap pumpkins, add some fun Halloween pillows and tie coordinating ribbons around lanterns to tie it all together. 




Inside I fill my dough bowls and trough with pumpkins, pine cones and other fall feeling fillers.  



My letter board gets an update!  I always put my kids in charge of this task and they have fun picking out what it will say each month. 


The fireplace in our keeping room gets adorned with some fun orange and black decor...most of which came from the Dollar Spot at Target a few years ago. They always have the cutest holiday decorations so I like to grab a few new things each year. 


My console table and antique wash stand in the entry way have touches of fall added, too. 




When I was a kid I remember my mom putting out holiday specific candy for each holiday so I always do that in our home, too.  That little dish of candy corn doesn't last too long with lots of hands digging in, but I let it slide and I'm just thankful I don't really like candy corn or I would be eating it all day, too!  

I hope everyone has a great weekend and we'll see you back here next week.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Weekend Getaway in Key West

A few weeks ago the Mr. and I made our way to Key West for the 5th or 6th year in a row (I've lost count) and had a great weekend getaway. We got with the same group each year and have the best time!  I just love flying in and seeing that beautiful water! 


We always stay at the same house which is amazing. It's actually two separate houses, but one has a living and kitchen area and the other is just bedrooms. There is a pool in the middle, a ton of tropical plants and less than a block to the marina and only a few blocks away from the nightlife and restaurants Key West is known for. 


Our flight didn't arrive until late afternoon and I knew we would be heading to dinner shortly after so I wore my favorite Amazon Maxi Dress on the plain because it is so comfortable and I knew it could take me straight to dinner that night.  



After settling in we took the golf cart to dinner since reservations on this night were a bit further than walking distance. 


We at at a new restaurant we had never been to before called Firefly and it was amazing! 


It was southern food with a twist and so, so yummy! Our server said they were known for their fried chicken and we got a ton of appetizers to share and they were all delicious!  



We were all gushing over this biscuit.  This picture doesn't do it justice.  It was HUGE and melted in your mouth.  



The weather wasn't great on the weekend we chose to visit.  It was very windy and there were a lot of storms here and there.  Our first full day was going to prove to be the best so we got up early to go fishing.  


It was pretty choppy out there, but still fun and we were able to catch a pretty good amount of fish! 



Yellowtail was mainly what we caught and it as fun coming back to the docks because there are always tons of people walking around wanting to see what you bring back. 


After a quick regroup we went back out to do a little lobstering. And by "we" I mean the Mr. dives for the lobster...


...while I stay on the boat and relax with a drink.  :-) It's a win-win for both of us. 


This year the lobstering wasn't great earthier because most of them were too small, but they did manage to catch a few for us to bring home! 


That night we ate on Bourbon street and did the Key West thing...bar hoping and drinks before calling it a night.  

The next morning the weather was pretty overcast so we slept in and grabbed a quick lunch before heading back out on the water.  We ate at one of my favorites, Conch Republic Seafood Company.  


It is literally across the street from our house and right on the water. It's open air, they generally have live music and just a fun, laid-back atmosphere. 



There are roosters and chickens all over Key West that just roam the streets and I have gotten used to them over the years.  This was the first time I had ever seen one INSIDE of the restaurant though! 


After lunch we went out on the boat for a little while, but they had to drag me away from this sweet Manatee.  He was drinking from he hose that was at the dock and just hanging out there for the longest time.  



That night we got all decked out in our UGA stuff to watch our Dawgs play Notre Dame. It was such an exciting and fun game to watch!  


The next day the guys went out on the water again and I decided to stay back with a few of the other ladies since the water wasn't great and it was drizzly . I read, relaxed, did a little souvenir shopping for the kids and then we got all dolled up for dinner on our last night. 


We ate at Prime Steakhouse for our last night there and it never disappoints.  Such delicious steaks and family style sides with amazing wine.   


None of us wanted to call it a night so we made our final stop in Key West at Smoking' Tuna for drink and live music.  I had the frozen Moscow Mule and it was so good! 


It's always fun to get away, but I also love coming home. This time it was much easier to leave knowing we were going to be heading on a trip with our kiddos the very next day! I'll share about that next week! 

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Bourbon Black Raspberry Cocktail Recipe

This post is sponsored by Sparkling ICE but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.


Fall, tailgating, and all things football have been happening around here for almost two months now. We aren't mad about it one bit. This is the South and football season is the true season Southerners wait all year long for. And if things keep going the way it looks like for some of our favorite teams, we'll be enjoying football season well into the new year. 

And...


What goes better with Fall, tailgating, and football than a nice crisp cocktail? Better yet...a bourbon cocktail. Because, again, this is the South. Is a cocktail really a cocktail if bourbon isn't included? 


A few weeks ago we came up with this Bourbon Black Raspberry Cocktail recipe, and it's been on game day repeat ever since. It has just enough mixture of crisp and sweet, with that infamous bourbon bite. It also is pretty low on the calories and sugar thanks to one of our favorite multi-purpose ingredients. 


We love Sparking Ice sparkling waters, and drink at least one every single day. They come in tons of great flavors so there is always something for everyone, and they are naturally flavored with zero sugars added to them. Added to our carts lately has been this pink variety pack


Not only does it contain some of our favorite Sparkling Ice waters, we also have found they are a great go-to when it comes to crafting cocktails. Their flavorful taste has allowed us to eliminate the need to blend fresh fruits or grab a ton of different mixers. One Sparkling Ice water makes up for the same great taste for many drink recipes. Such a great bar hack, especially when we are tailgating and we don't want to pack our entire bar to set-up outside of our car. 

Give this recipe a quick try and see if you become a Sparkling Ice cocktail convert!



Bourbon Black Raspberry Cocktail Recipe


Serves: 2
Prep Time: 2 mins
Total Time: 2 mins


Ingredients

  • 1 Bottle of Black Raspberry Sparkling Ice water
  • 4 oz. of Bourbon (unless you're feeling a little more Southern, which in that case make it 6oz.)
  • 1 oz. of lime juice
  • optional garnish: sugar for rim, lime slices or raspberries



Instructions

  • Measure and pour bourbon over ice cubes in a glass. 
  • Add 1/3 of the bottle of Black Raspberry Sparkling Ice to the bourbon. 
  • Stir slightly, garnish, and enjoy! 


Quick and easy cocktail drink for the win! 


The Bourbon Black Raspberry Cocktail isn't the only drink you can mix with Sparkling Ice waters. The Sparkling Ice website actually has a ton of great drink recipes! We've loved trying JJ's Tropical Fizz, and the Peach Nectarine Shandy.


We made some low calorie holiday cocktails that were a huge hit amongst holiday guests, and Carrie Beth also has an awesome Sparkling Spiked Peach Tea that is out of this world - both using Sparkling Ice waters.  


Check out the Sparkling Ice locator to see where you can find some to make your own tailgate worthy cocktails!  


Cheers friends! 




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