Sparkling Sangria with Cascade Ice

The kids are finally in school and it looks like summer is hanging on. For the next ten days, our temperatures, here in Michigan, are in the mid 80’s! That’s crazy! Though, being Michigan, it could totally snow tomorrow! Not even joking. Our weather is crazy here sometimes! While we are having these amazing temperatures, take advantage of it and continue grilling out (again, who am I kidding…we grill in the dead of winter too) with friends and family. This sparkling sangria recipe is perfect for any occasion. Especially while we enjoy these final moments of summer that are hanging on.

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sparkling sangria

Sparkling Sangria

Ingredients

  • White Wine of choice
  • 2 cups Club Soda
  • 1-2 bottles of Pink Grapefruit Cascade Ice
  • Slices of grapefruit and strawberries

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Directions

  1. Pour the white wine and club soda into your punch bowl or glass pitcher.
  2. Start by pouring one bottle of the Pink Grapefruit Cascade ice. Taste a little and see if you need the second bottle.
  3. Add slices of grapefruit and strawberries. Save a little to garnish each glass, if you choose.
  4. Chill in the fridge for a few hours and enjoy!

If you have trouble finding the pink grapefruit Cascade Ice for your sparkling sangria, play around with the other flavors that Cascade Ice has to offer. The peach mango flavor would be really good with slices of peaches and strawberries! This sparkling sangria recipe is one of those that you can change depending on your mood, produce that is available, etc!


Having friends and family over for a brunch, serve this orange mango mimosa! I know when we have my mom over for Christmas morning, orange mango mimosa’s will be on the menu! Who doesn’t love a delicious mimosa?!?

What’s the weather like where you are? Are you getting an extended summer like we are?

Orange Mango Mimosa Recipe

While most of the country is already back in school, I am still waiting for my kids to start. Thankfully I don’t have to wait long. They go back the day after Labor Day. As most moms will understand, we have reached that point in summer where they are sick of being around each other and they are begging for the more structured routine that school provides. And trust me, I am begging for it too! We’ve all seen those videos of moms dancing at the bus stop on the first day of school. Me…I will be celebrating with this yummy orange mango mimosa recipe!

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orange mango mimosa

Orange Mango Mimosa

Ingredients

  • Champagne, chilled
  • Cascade Ice Orange Mango
  • Splash of Orange Juice
  • Orange Slice, for garnish

Directions

Put everything in a pretty champagne glass and enjoy!

 

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Aren’t those momosa champagne glasses for your orange mango mimosa just the cutest? Invite some friends over and toast to the kids finally going back to school! Make a fun morning out of it. Have everyone bring some sort of breakfast food and enjoy some quality kid free time just talking about anything and everything that does NOT include the kids! We all know you love your kids, but after a long summer of bickering between siblings, an orange mango mimosa and a morning with friends is exactly what every mom needs on the first day of school (or the 10th, 15th, 45th…we aren’t judging)!

If you are inviting some friends over for a little informal “the kids are back in school” celebration, then you NEED to make this orange cream loaf. It is to die for. The nice thing is, you can make it gluten free, if need be. I really like this gluten free flour brand. My kids, who are extremely picky about things, never know when I make something gluten free!

15 Summer Chicken Recipes

My kids have about two weeks of school left and they are beyond excited. Me…I’m excited to not have to make lunches for the next two and a half months or having to set my alarm for 6 am. Another thing I am looking forward to are all the BBQ’s we will be having. There is nothing better than a good BBQ with family and friends! I’ve scoured the internet to put together the top 15 summer chicken recipes. You will want to check these recipes out! All of them can be made on a grill, or in the house in the oven or stove. Your choice!

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Pro Tip…you will want to get a good grilling brush and replace it each summer. I do not recommend getting a cheap one at the Dollar store. I’ve read too many horror stories of people getting bristles stuck in their throat and having a lot of problems from that.

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The first chicken recipe you should check out is the number 1 chicken recipe on this site. With this recipe, I’ve only actually made it in the oven, but I don’t see why you couldn’t make it on the grill! If you decide to make it in the oven, I highly recommend this baking mat.

Baked Chicken to Die For!

If you are looking for a summer chicken recipe that, not only sounds delicious, but is a little different than what you usually make, then you need to try these recipes:

Salted Coffee Chicken Wings

Sweet and Savory Apricot Chicken

Chicken Thighs in Turmeric Greek Yogurt Marinade

Sour Cream and Onion Crusted Chicken

Lemon-Thyme Chicken Breasts

BBQ Beer Can Chicken

Bacon Wrapped Brown Sugar Glazed Chicken

Nothing screams summer BBQ than chicken on a stick! These summer chicken recipes on a stick are perfect for your next BBQ!

Ranch Rosemary Chicken Kabobs

Chicken Satay with Peanut Dipping Sauce

Grilled Buffalo Chicken Bites

The next set of summer chicken recipes are my favorite and ones I would recommend to anyone. Seriously, you need to check these out and add them to your summer BBQ menu! You won’t be disappointed!

Catalina Crunch Chicken Fingers 

Grilled Chicken Feta Burger

Spicy Chicken Thighs

Grilled Stuffed Chicken Italiano

What is your favorite Summer Chicken recipe?


Key Lime Bars Recipe

Memorial day is coming up quick, which means the official BBQ season will be in full swing. BBQ’s are one of my absolute favorite part about summer. Typically the foods are all the same, but there is nothing like a burnt hot dog or a big cheeseburger with bread and butter pickles. While watermelon or strawberry shortcakes (what we usually have at BBQ’s for dessert) are great for dessert, surprise your guests with these delicious key lime bars! Like lemon bars, the tartness of the lime will be the perfect end to your BBQ meal!

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Key Lime Bars Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 C Flour (or this gluten freekey lime bars)
  • 1/2 C Powder Sugar
  • 1 C Unsalted Sweet Cream Butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 4 Eggs
  • 2 C Sugar
  • 2 tsp Key Lime Zest
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/3 C Lime Juice
  • 1/4 C Flour (or this gluten freekey lime bars)

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350° and spray your 9×11 baking dish with your favorite non-stick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the 2 C of flour, powder sugar and salt.
  3. Using a pastry cutterkey lime bars or a fork, cut in the butter until the crust mixture looks like crumbs.
  4. Pour the crust into the pan and pat evenly into the dish.
  5. Bake the crust for 10 minutes. While the crust is baking, begin making the filling.
  6. In another large bowl, whisk together the eggs, lime juice, 1/4 C flour, sugar, key lime zest and baking powder. Whisk until fully incorporated.
  7. Pour the mixture onto the crust and return to the oven and bake for 25 minutes or until set.
  8. Once the bars are cooled, sprinkle with powder sugar and cut into squares. Top with a key lime slice and enjoy!

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Don’t they sound delicious?!? Make them and tell me what you think! Be the hit of your next BBQ. Your guests will absolutely love them!

What is your favorite, must have BBQ food?


Honey Dijon Pork Loin Recipe

It’s been awhile since I’ve made a pork loin. The last one I made was a huge hit. Everyone, including the kids, devoured it. Before you keep reading, I suggest you check that recipe out and put it on your menu for next week. You won’t regret it! This new Honey Dijon Pork Loin recipe is the same way. Once you make it, you will want to make sure it stays on your short list of recipes to make over and over. Before you go any further, be sure to pick up this menu planning padhoney dijon pork loin. It is magnetic, so you can put it on your fridge and quickly plan out your meals for the week. Makes shopping easier and a lot less stress in the evening!

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Honey Dijon Pork Loin Recipe

Ingredients

  • One 3-5 lb Loin Pork Roast, center cut
  • 1/2 Cup Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 TBSP Minced Garlic
  • 1 Cup Honey
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°.
  2. Season your pork loin with salt and pepper.
  3. Place your pork loin in an oval roaster panhoney dijon pork loin (I like this one and it’s on a super sale!).
  4. Remove the pork loin from the oven and reduce the heat to 375°.
  5. Brush the entire surface of the roast with the dijon mustard using your Silicone Basting Brushhoney dijon pork loin (another super sale!!). Sprinkle the minced garlic on top and then press some of the brown sugar into the mustard, all over the roast.
  6. Return the roast to the oven. Continue to roast for another 30 minutes.
  7. Pull your pork loin out of the oven and sprinkle the rest of the brown sugar on top and then drizzle honey over the top.
  8. Place back in the oven for 1 hour. Baste the roast in the drippings/sauce several times during the cooking time.
  9. Let the roast rest for 10 minutes before carving and serving.

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Doesn’t this honey dijon pork loin look delicious?!? Pair this a nice salad or this creamed spinach recipe or my famous whiskey carrots and you have yourself a delicious meal!

Do you have a favorite recipe that people ask you to make over and over?