August 15, 2016

Summer Watermelonade and Let's Support Team USA!

This summer we, as a family, have excitedly watched the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. We are a patriotic military family and we love cheering on Team USA in every sports category. 
Ava's favorite sport is swimming so naturally she loves watching Team USA compete in the swimming category. Her favorite Olympian is swimmer David Boudia and since she started watching him compete this year she has learned about teamwork, determination, and setting goals. Ava has been swimming since she was a baby and now she has decided she is going to compete in the Olympics one day too!

Since we are out in the Louisiana summer heat, it is important to always stay hydrated, even when swimming! So I made a delicious Watermelonade for the girls and I to sip on during our pool days. Not only is it tasty and a fun bright color that my girls love, but it also cools you down and the mint ice cubes mixed with the lemon and watermelon are a delicious flavor combo. 
We love it and so will you!
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This summer Ava swam in the pool every chance she got.
The excitement of watching the Olympics, especially her favorite sport, swimming, made her want to get out and "practice" as she calls it. 
Watch for my girl in the Olympics in the near future!
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Ava's first time in the pool at age 5 months 
during our vacation to Florida!
She quickly started loving the water and always wanted to be in the pool!
My water babe is one cool girl!
Daddy helped her learn to float and kick her legs.
Ava was swimming in no time!
We may have a future Olympian here folks!
She even does tricks!
All summer long we play and swim in the pool.
Ava loves watching the Olympics at home with her Daddy and her favorite sport is, you guess it, swimming!
Ava's little sister Stella is following in her big sister's footsteps.
She loves the water and will be swimming like a fish soon too!
Where do my water babies get their love of water?
From their Mama!
{Here I am in my itty bitty bikini with my Dad circa late 80s}.

Summer Watermelonade

Ingredients: 

Makes 4 mason jar drinks
  • 5 cups cubed watermelon, about 1/2 a watermelon 
  • 4 slices of thin watermelon wedges, for garnish
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 cups water
  • 2-3 springs of fresh mint, finely chopped

Directions: 

  1. To make mint ice cubes, add finely chopped mint to two ice cube molds. 
  2. Fill with water and place in freezer until solid.
  3. In a medium saucepan, bring 2 cups water and 1 cup sugar to a boil.
  4. Stir until sugar dissolves completely then pour into a pitcher.
  5. Stir in lemon juice and additional 4 cups of water. 
  6. Add watermelon to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  7. Push the watermelon though a mesh strainer and discard watermelon "meat". This is optional if you like a chunkier fruit filled lemonade add all the watermelon. 
  8. Add watermelon juice to the pitcher and stir.
  9. Chill until ready to serve.
  10. To serve: fill glasses with a hand full of mint ice cubes and pour chilled watermelonade on top. Add a straw and top with a thin wedge of watermelon.

I use about 3 large springs of fresh mint to make the ice cubes.
Finely chop the mint.

Add chopped mint to two ice cube molds.
Fill with water and place in freezer until solid.

Once frozen you have cute fresh mint ice cubes to chill and flavor your summer drinks.
Time for watermelon! We bought a medium sized watermelon and cut in half.
Chop half of the watermelon into cubes - you should have about 5 cups.
For the remaining half I slice 3-4 thin wedges for garnishes then my 
husband cut the rest into sticks for easy holding and eating for the kiddos. 
Add watermelon to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
Push the watermelon though a mesh strainer and discard watermelon "meat". 
*This is optional if you like a chunkier fruit filled lemonade, add all the watermelon. 
To make the simple syrup bring two cups water and one cup sugar to a boil.
Stir until sugar dissolves completely then pour into a pitcher.
Squeeze 1 cup of fresh lemon juice.
Stir in lemon juice and additional 4 cups of water. 
Pour the lemonade and the watermelon juice into a pitcher and stir.
Chill until ready to serve.
To serve: add a handful of mint ice cubes to a small mason jar or cup.
Pour chilled watermelonade on top.
Add a straw and top with a thin wedge of watermelon.
 This fun drink was a hit with my little foodie 
and cooled her down on those hot summer days! 
 Watermelonade is the perfect refreshing drink for a day at the pool.
Happy summer and go Team USA!

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks and P&G. All opinions are my own.


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August 12, 2016

Dragon Fire Chicken Wings

Chicken wings have always been a favorite appetizer {or meal for that matter} for my husband and I.
We love them baked or fried, traditional or boneless, and coated in just about any sauce.
But wings are a messy indulgence that we usually order when we go out to a sports bar and not something we make at home. However, since we are trying to eat in more, I decided to make my husband's favorite sweet and spicy wings at home. My version is baked until crisp and then tossed in a fiery sweet and spicy sauce.
These chicken wings are inspired by the new Disney movie, Pete's Dragon, that comes out today. I remember watching the original movie over and over as a child and I am excited to see the new version with my kids this week. These Dragon Fire Chicken Wings are spicy hot and bright red, just like dragon fire and taste pretty darn finger lickin' good too!

Scroll down to check out more Pete's Dragon inspired food and crafts from my blogger friends!


Ingredients:

  • 3lbs chicken wings, thawed
  •  Tabasco Spicy Salt {or similar spicy seasoning}
  • 1/2 cup apricot or peach preserves
  • 1/4 cup Sriracha hot sauce

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease two large baking sheets.
  3.   Rinse and then dry the chicken wings thoroughly with paper towels.
  4. Place the chicken wings in a large bowl and season with seasoning. I used Tabasco Spicy Salt. Toss to coat.
  5.  Spread the wings in a single layer on the two baking sheets.
  6. Bake the wings until browned and crispy, about 45 minutes.
  7. When the wings are almost done baking, make the sauce by mixing together apricot preserves and Sriracha in a small saucepan.
  8. Heat over med low and stir until smooth. Remove from heat.
  9. When the wings are done in the oven, carefully remove the wings from the baking sheet and transfer to a large, heatproof bowl.
  10. Pour the warm sauce over the wings and gently toss to coat.
  11. Serve warm with lots of napkins!


I used a 5lb bag of frozen chicken wings. 
For this recipe I used a little over half this bag.
Thaw the chicken wings and rinse under running water then pay dry.
Grease two large baking sheets and preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
I use Tabasco Spicy Salt for this recipe but you could use any seasoning blend you like. 
Sprinkle the dried wings with 2 tbsp seasoning.
Toss to coat.
Spread out on the baking sheets and place in the oven. 
Bake the wings until browned and crispy, about 45 minutes.
For the sauce I use just two ingredients: apricot preserves and Sriracha hot sauce.
Add both ingredients to a saucepan.
Heat over med low and stir until smooth. Remove from heat.
When the wings are done in the oven, carefully remove the wings 
from the baking sheet and transfer to a large, heatproof bowl.
Pour the warm sauce over the wings. 
Gently toss to coat.
Serve piled high on a platter for serving at a party or potluck.
Make sure you have lots of napkins. These wings are messy but good!
Ashton loved them but we made sure to both have a big ol' glass of milk to cool our mouths down. 
These Dragon Fire Chicken Wings are spicy!

Check out these Pete's Dragon inspired food and crafts from my blogger friends!

Dragon Fruit Salad from Around My Family Table 
  Dragon Noodles from Loves Bakes Good Cakes 
 Dragon Berry Punch from Celebrating Family 
  Dragon Feet Cookies from Home.Made.Interest. 
  Dragon Fire Wings from For the Love of Food
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