Strawberry Mint Bliss – A Delicious Summer Drink

It has been a few weeks since we last spoke, and I am sure you guys will be just as excited as I am about today’s drink recipe! The name says it all, Strawberry Mint Bliss, a blend of fresh strawberries with crushed mint and a couple other yummy ingredients. There is just something about Strawberry Cocktails and summertime to me!  It is everything you need on a hot summer day while sitting out under the shade of your patio umbrella, or while in the pool (which is how I plan to enjoy it over and over again).

Summertime Bliss Drink

I made this tasty drink for Mother’s Day this past weekend for my mom and pregnant sister (eee!) so of course I had to make one non-alcoholic, and it honestly tasted just as good. We all slurped them back pretty quick while we enjoyed our waffle bar brunch, and agreed that it is a winner for the hot days we have ahead. It is simply a gorgeous drink to look at with the combination of bright red strawberries and the green mint leaves and it is finished off with the addition of Italian Soda really makes it quite refreshing.

Now personally I enjoy my Strawberry Cocktail with Rum but you could easily do this with vodka, gin or any other alcohol you prefer! The fun thing with making your own drinks is the ability to customize them to your tastes and preferences! You can even add a splash of lemon-lime soda to give it a little tang. The possibilities are only as endless as your imagination.

Strawberry Mint Bliss

This summer drink combines bright red strawberries and fresh mint and it is finished off with the addition of Italian Soda to make it refreshing.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Cocktails, Drinks
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: Strawberry Cocktail with Rum, Strawberry Cocktails, Strawberry Drinks
Servings: 4
Author: Melissa

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle Strawberry Italian Soda 1 L
  • 1 bunch Fresh Mint washed
  • 1 pacakge Fresh Strawberries rinsed and sliced
  • White Rum adjust to your taste - I do 2 oz per glass

Instructions

Instructions

  • Pour soda into a drink pitcher and add rum to your preferred taste (I did about 1/2 c for the entire jug but you can do more or less).
  • Rip off about 1/3 c of mint leaves and gently "crush" between your fingers to release the oils, add to pitcher of soda.
  • Stir all the above ingredients together in the pitcher and add your sliced strawberries (I reserved a couple to place on the glass for added fun!).
  • Serve in mason jars with green straws to compliment the mint, and ENJOY
more drink recipes below! 

I mean really, could it be any easier to make? Be sure to buy double the ingredients if you are entertaining a larger crowd as it will be gulped back faster than you can make it. Also be sure to check out last years Mother’s Day drink, The Sparkling Unicorn here as well as other fun drink recipes on our Drinks Page. And let me know what your favorite Strawberry Cocktails are in the comments below! There is a fun drink waiting with your name on it!

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A super easy Summer Drink that can be made alcoholic or non-alcoholic to suit your tastes! Full of fresh strawberries and mint, it will leave your thirst quenched on a hot summer day!

A super easy Summer Drink that can be made alcoholic or non-alcoholic to suit your tastes! Full of fresh strawberries and mint, it will leave your thirst quenched on a hot summer day!

Valentine’s Treats – A Special Round-Up!

Hey guys!! Who is as EXCITED as I am that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner?! There is really something about this “holiday” that makes me want to eat sweets, and nothing is more fun that  some cute Valentine’s Treats…although if we are being honest, I don’t generally need an excuse to indulge!

I decided that it would be fun to put together a round-up for you guys with the BEST goodies from myself as well as some fellow bloggers who seem to love “love” as much as I do!

Be sure to PIN OUR EASY VALENTINES TREATS for later!

Oh, and don’t worry, if you aren’t into all that overly sweet, chocolaty goodness I have put some other fun ideas on here for you to make for your sweetie (although we can’t be friends if you don’t like chocolate!!). Enjoy! <3

easy nutella brownies: The Olive Blogger

Six nutella brownies, sliced

These are a GAME CHANGER guys! I posted them a couple of weeks ago, and if you didn’t check them out then, you will want to do that NOW! They are incredibly easy to make and their fudgey deliciousness will give you all the feels for Valentines Day. 

Click HERE for the recipe! 

copycat bounty bar chocolate hearts: from allergy girl eats

Chocolate bounty bar hearts on wooden table with red rose

Coconut and chocolate shaped into adorable little hearts…who wouldn’t love this treat?! I am a sucker for a Bounty Bar so I personally cannot WAIT to make this one!

Click HERE for the recipe!

champagne cupcakes: from simply made recipes

cake stand with cupcakes and strawberries

These adorable pink cupcakes are topped with a champagne frosting and finished off with a sweet raspberry drizzle! Mmm talk about show stopping treat! The best part? It uses a boxed cake mix making it perfect for a last minute goodie.

Click HERE for the recipe!

Love knot cookies: From you can eat now

whit plate with pink love knot cookies

A simple and delicious cookie you can make any time of year, but they are especially perfect for Valentines! Think about the symbolism with these cuties, I think they are the perfect Valentine’s treats for the kiddos to bring to daycare/class for their friends

http://www.youcaneatnow.com/love-knot-cookies/

valentine strawberry pop tarts: from kitchen counter chronicles 

white plate with heart shaped homemade pop tarts

Looking for the perfect way to start the day?! Start with these “Pop Tarts” in the shape of hearts! They look delish, filled with a strawberry jam and topped off with a simple icing! The kiddos can even get in on this one, finishing them off with fun sprinkles!

Click HERE for the recipe! 

chocolate cherry cobbler: from trisha dishes

Blue bowl with delicious cherry cobbler

Guys!! This is one decadent treat and it is probably one of the easiest to make (yay!). It is done in the slow-cooker, which makes it a “set it and forget it” kinda dessert (bonus points for that) so you can focus on your sweetie while this cooks away! 

Click HERE for the recipe!

black bottom raspberry vanilla creme brulee bars:from my kitchen love

slices of creme brule bars on wooden cutting board

This dessert features an Oreo crumb base topped with a vanilla creme full of raspberries, I mean c’mon it really doesn’t get any better than this!

Click HERE for the Recipe! 

dark chocolate mousse with candied kumkuats: from diversivore

glass bowl of mousse with red napkin

Here is a dessert that is sure to impress the love in your life! The mousse is “Smooth, airy, and chocolaty” and our friend Sean at Diversivore then adds another delicious element by incorporating candied kumkuats! Say what!? Simply put, they are a citrus type fruit that add a serious depth to this dish

Click HERE for the recipe! 

vegan chocolate covered strawberries: from 80 twenty nutrition 

chocolate dipped strawberries on plate

A true classic !! Who doesn’t remember at least one Valentines Day where your sweetie gave you some Chocolate Covered Strawberries?! This recipe is sure to please, and gets bonus points for being vegan, low in calories and having NO added sugar!

Click HERE for the recipe! 

cinnamon heart snickerdoodles: from lively mess

pink snickerdoodle cookies on baking rack

A truly adorable cookie that is light and fluffy and has a sweet and slightly spicy surprise…Cinnamon candy hearts! This update on the Snickerdoodle (a traditional Christmas cookie) has got me all excited!

Click HERE for the recipe! 

extra chocolate lave cake: From my organic diary

Chocolate lava cakes on table with chocolate chips

Another classic for us as far as Valentine’s Treats go…Chocolate Lava Cakes mmm! This is a super easy recipe, meaning even if you have zero kitchen skills you can make it for your sweetie. I even love the instructions provided to FREEZE some for later (you know, if you don’t eat them all at once)!

Click HERE for the recipe!

Are you feeling SWEET yet!? I don’t even know where to start with all the goodies above…I mean really, I can feel my waistline growing by the second! I thought I would throw in a few “extra” goodies for you guys to check out as well! These may not be your “traditional” Valentine’s Treats but they are sure to become a favorite to incorporate year after year!

Strawberry bacon roses: from the primal desire

chocolate covered bacon roses

Oh ya, you read that right!!! Strawberry Bacon Roses with a chocolate balsamic vinegar reduction to top it all off…are you drooling?? I know I sure am! I think these will make my hubby very verrryyy happy!

Click HERE for the recipe! 

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies: from fizldizl

Plate of fresh cookies with glass of milk

Yep  I went there!!! If you are traditional then this is the recipe for you! You can choose to “dress it up” with some vanilla bean ice cream and chocolate sauce served warm from the oven, or eat em straight up! You can even write cute little love messages on them and give them out to co-workers, friends or your kids! 

Click HERE for the recipe! 

sparkling unicorn drink: from the olive blogger

champagne flutes with hibiscus flowers

Here is something you don’t see everyday…a unicorn! Okay…maybe not, but it is just as interesting as one! I came up with this drink for Mother’s Day last year and have made it many, many times since then! It is super light and refreshing, and is the perfect way to add a special touch to your meal!

Click HERE for the recipe! 

warm figs with goat cheese and balsamic glaze: from 80 twenty nutrition

Looking to start the night off right?! Cook up this delicious appetizer and sit back while your sweetie praises your “hard work”…they don’t have to know how easy this one was to make!

Click HERE for the recipe! 

Ok guys, that is IT! I think that should be enough inspiration and deliciousness to get your Valentines Day started! Now get planning and let me know what goodies you choose to make!


Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate + Spiked Version!

Well, another month is upon us friends, and that means it is time for another Recipe Swap!!! This month I was given Simply Made Recipes, which you guys should recognize as Amber has been a part of our “Featured Recipes” section a couple of times, so it is no surprise that I knew exactly what I was going to make. With it being so close to Christmas, and the weather getting cooler, I chose to make her Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate recipe…and boy are you guys in for a real treat!!

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This is the perfect drink for you to enjoy after a day out on the toboggan hill (or ski hill if you are adventurous enough!). It only takes 5 minutes to make and is a big enough batch to serve 6, which is great for all the excited kiddos and adults alike. Now, with me being lactose intolerant I chose to make a couple of adjustments to the recipe and I can tell you it is still INCREDIBLY tasty and you will not miss out on the heavy cream etc if you choose to make it this way instead. I also have a curious hubby who thought it would be a good idea to “spike” his cup…and boy was I GLAD that he did! I mean YUM, a little shot of Smirnoff Fluffy Marshmallow Vodka will leave your taste buds dancing. Anyway, here you have it, the BEST Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Recipe you will try all year, with an adult version for those of us who like a little kick!

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate- the perfect drink to warm you up on a cold day!! PLUS a spiked version for adults Mmm!

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate- the perfect drink to warm you up on a cold day!! PLUS a spiked version for adults Mmm!

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate + Spiked Version!

A delicious drink for a cold winters day! It is an indulgent treat topped with whipped cream and caramel sauce, it's your new go-to Hot Chocolate Recipe!
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time7 mins
Course: Cocktails, Drinks
Cuisine: American, English-American
Keyword: Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Recipe
Servings: 6
Calories: 400kcal
Author: Melissa

Ingredients

Hot Chocolate

  • 2 Cups Milk Chocolate Chips
  • 3 Cups Milk we chose to use almond milk
  • 2 Cups Half and Half
  • 1/4 Cup Caramel Sauce
  • 1/2 Tsp Sea Salt

Topping

  • Coconut Whipped Cream
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Caramel Sauce

Instructions

  • Combine ingredients for the Hot Chocolate in a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Whisk constantly until all ingredients have combined and continue to cook over medium heat until desired temperature (about 5 minutes).
  • Pour into cups and top with whipped cream and desired add-ons!
  • *add in a shot of your favorite vodka for adult version! We used Smirnoff Fluffy Marshmallow.

tips and tricks for the perfect salted caramel hot chocolate
  • Keep the temperature no higher than medium when whisking together the ingredients (this will keep the chocolate and caramel sauce from burning)
  • Use less caramel sauce if you don’t like your drinks too sweet (this is a very sweet and indulgent drink) I think next time we make it I would use half the amount the recipe calls for
  • If you want to try something different, you can always use a semi-sweet or dark chocolate rather than the milk chocolate chips
  • You can use regular whipped cream, or even chocolate whipped cream (yep they make it!) if you don’t like coconut…but let me tell you it is DELISH!
  • Have fun with your toppings, let the kiddos have a choice from a few goodies they can add on. My suggestions? Chocolate Chips, Marshmallows, Toasted Coconut, Peppermint Chips, and anything else your heart desires!

Be sure to check out Amber’s original post here and browse her site for a ton of great recipes for any type of meal!

Strawberries- Farm to Table

Strawberry-RoundUp

It’s STRAWBERRY season! We live in quite a rural area, with many farms around us, and everywhere we drive the signs are up for “Pick Your Own Strawberries”  and I can’t tell you how excited that makes me! There is nothing better in this world than harvesting super fresh produce and bringing it home to make some tasty treats. A local blogger recently put up a fabulous post about picking your own strawberries, giving you a perfect starting point : Adventures in Picking Strawberries.

Now that you know the HOW, let’s take a look at all the goodies you can make with them! Prepare yourselves friends…you are going to want to make them all at once…my suggestion? Pick enough at the farm to do just that 🙂 (why would I try to tell you not to, that’s just silly!!). Remember, you can freeze strawberries to use later too…so what’s the harm in 6 baskets at once!?

Click for the Strawberry Round-Up and enjoy!

 

 

Father’s Day Drink Ideas

Hey ya’ll!! Today I have compiled a list of tasty and different “manly” drinks for you to make for your special dad (husband, brother etc) for this Father’s Day! I had the pleasure of working with some fellow bloggers to put together a list I KNOW will impress even the pickiest guy in your life! So, what are you waiting for, go check em out!

Father’s Day Drink Guide (click to see the full list!!!) 

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