Sunday, June 30, 2013

Red, White and Blue Sparkle Spritzer!

by Jaelyn

Independence Day is almost here, and I know you are desperately wondering:  which tasty beverage best reflects the patriotic spirit?

Wonder no more, fellow Americans.  This drink combines the best of all things:  patriotic colors, the bounty of summer fruits (watermelon and blueberry), and the fireworks-like sparkle of a bubbly wine!

Photo courtesy of The Graphics Fairy

Red, White and Blue Sparkle Spritzer!

Here are the ingredients you will need for this bit of tasty Liberty-in-a-Glass:
  • Watermelon simple syrup (see recipe below)
  • Dry sparkling wine
  • Fresh or frozen whole blueberries

For the stripes:  put a small amount of watermelon simple syrup in a spoon.  With the spoon, touch the inside of the champagne flute and allow the syrup to drip down the interior wall of the glass.  Continue at evenly spaced spots in your glass until you have consistent stripes.    Fill the glass with sparkling wine, add 2-4 blueberries, and serve!  Drinkable patriotism!  *wink*

If you like this recipe, let me know in the comments below!  I also love to hear your tweaks and creative additions.  Happy Independence Day!

Watermelon Simple Syrup
1 lb. cubed watermelon
1/2 c. sugar
1 tsp. lime juice

Puree the watermelon in a blender or food processor.  Add to a med. saucepan over medium heat and bring to a simmer (not a full rolling boil).  Lower the heat to med-low and allow to simmer until reduced 25-30%.  Remove from heat, carefully strain through a sieve into a bowl to remove the pulp before returning to the saucepan.  Add lime juice and sugar, stir to dissolve.  Return to a simmer and reduce again by 25%.  Pour the syrup into a clean bowl and let cool. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Independence Day Inspiration!

Getting Ready for the 4th of July!

 It is getting hot outside, and I'm itching to do some summer celebrating!  Fortunately, the most summerish of all holidays is coming up - the 4th of July!  Or Independence Day, if being formal and/or correct is your thing.  :-)

It's all about the Red, White, hot and Blue this time of year - celebrating our freedom in the most American ways we know - with yummy food, drinks, parades, outdoor fun and of course, fireworks!  I scoured the interwebs (inside joke - hopefully this got a chuckle out of my husband) to find the best ideas to share with you.  Here they are!   Source sites are below the picture.  Please, share your inspirations with us as well!  Just leave a comment at the end of the post - we'd love to hear from you!

Love, Jaelyn
Happy 4th of July!  Independence Day Inspiration Source Sites and attributions at

 Inspired by (and photos attributed to) these sites:

  1. Midwest Living's Strawberry Buckets
  2. Martha Stewart's Firecracker Favors
  3. Tiny Pies' Waving Flag Pie
  4. Martha Stewart's Independence Day Parade
  5. Baker's Royale Fruit Pops
  6. Hostess with the Mostess' Red, White and Blue Water (and super cute nail polish)
  7. Martha Stewart's Patriotic Fans

Friday, June 7, 2013

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday!  I was feeling the need to be inspired, so I thought I would share with you all as well!
Here are a couple of great quotes to get you through the weekend.  First, from the amazing Conan O'Brien.  Second, from an unknown source.  I hope these help to start your weekend off right!

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