4th of July Grub

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Our 4th of July is looking like it might be a nice sunny hot one this year, so we’re thinking grilling, light apps, and cool desserts! The best part about enjoying a day outside with your friends and family is sharing food, recipes and stories.

And don’t forget the drinks! Chill out with a Watermelon Cucumber Cooler between beers.


Clockwise from left:
Grill Steak Kabobs
Greek Salad Skewers
Firecracker Ice Pops
Goat Cheese, Honey, & Fruit Crostini


 

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Happy Weekend, and July 4th!

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{image via – also the image is from a post with a fun 4th of July playlist}

Hello lovies! Are you lucky enough to have today off?! It’s a glorious day to celebrate our nation, especially with tomorrow’s weather not looking quite as nice. Enjoy the outdoors, hang with friends and wear as much red, white and blue as possible!

p.s. – and if you like fireworks, check to see if your city is on this best place to watch fireworks list.
p.p.s – also the sales are out of control this weekend, if tomorrow’s weather doesn’t look to great, hit the mall!

cct // Oh snacks from the 90s, you were so good to us…

rkv // Simply adorable scalloped planter diy

cct // This period ad is hilarious 

rkv // 20 summer-staple side dishes

cct // How amazing is this 4th of July cheese plate?!

rkv // 12 summer outfit ideas for people who don’t like shorts

cct // Secrets From The O.C., Gossip Girl, and More Favorite Shows From Executive Producer Stephanie Savage

rkv // I know Christa will like this one — how to tone up using nothing up a soccer ball

4th of July Food

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Seriously though, what is this weather?? We’re very much hoping that New England is just getting this rain out of it’s system before the weekend, because we want sunshine! We have activities on the brain, and rain just doesn’t go along with any of them. One thing, however, that we know that our weekends will certainly be full of is wonderful food. We’ve got the whole shebang here to inspire your kickoff to summer— apps, dogs, and dessert — woot!


4th of July Spiked Snow Cones
Food52’s Cookout Essentials
Dilled Cucumber Salad
Grilled Corn with Basil


And make sure to check us out on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter!

 

Happy {3-day} Weekend!

happyweekendHello lovies! Since today is our Friday and hopefully we’ll all be off enjoying the 3 day weekend, we thought today would truly act as our Friday – including Friday links! Enjoy, and have a wonderful holiday!

cct // Zara sales are amazing, I wish I had one closer to me – bc I am obsessed with this dress!

rkv // In a couple of weeks we’ll be heading to Christa’s family house in New Hampshire where they have tons of wild blueberry bushes. We’ll have to make these lavender blueberry muffins!

cct // My aunt showed me how to make the “skinny cuff” on my boyfriend jeans and I can’t get enough of it! I’m telling everyone – you probably already know – but if not, take notes! Scroll down to the “tilt & fold” and be amazed!

rkv // I have a couple of furniture pieces in my home in desperate need of a makeover, I love this clean black look!

cct // All of my favorite summer treats illustrated in one place – yes please!

rkv // 5 ways to prepare for an interview

cct // I’ve been wanting to make my own dry shampoo for awhile, and this recipe looks great! Loving the color variation – this dark haired girl needs something less chalky.

rkv // Christa and I are big thrifting fans — so I of course was happy when I saw these 10 common thrift store finds for diy projects

 

4th of July Outfits

Yup, summer is in full throttle right now. With the 4th of July long weekend ahead of us, and some seriously humid days, we’ve got some light and airy outfit choices to keep your holiday cool and easy.

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Beach – Aveeno SPF 50 // Target Sunnies // Madewell Bikini Top // Topshop Bikini Bottom // Madewell Sundress // H&M sandals

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BBQ – Ray-Ban Aviators // Star Tank (Christa has this tank and is obsessed) // Striped Clutch // Denim Cutoffs // Patterned Slip On Sneaks

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Fireworks – Star Studs // Denim Jacket // Navy Flowy Blouse // White Skinnies // Embellished Sandals

Boozy Popsicles Anyone?

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Boozy Popsicles (aka Poptails) are all the rage this summer and we want to get on these asap. These’ll be the perfect 4th of July weekend treat!

{ Clockwise from top left  // Mixed-Berry Pinot Pops // Sparkling Fruit Izze & Cream Cocktail Popsicles // French 75 Popsicles // Mudslide Poptail }

// Mixed-Berry Pinot Pops

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 bottle Pinot Noir
  • 2 cups water
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup raspberries
  • 2/3 cup blackberries

In a large mixing bowl, combine water, wine and sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Add berries, smashing some slightly with a wooden spoon and leaving some whole. Using a ladle, pour into popsicle molds (or just a paper cup!), making sure the berries are evenly distributed.

Note: If you’re using the paper-cup method, let the pops freeze for about an hour (until they’re slushy, but not totally frozen), then place the popsicle sticks in the center. Putting them in a partially frozen mixture will keep them stabilized. Don’t have popsicle sticks? Use spoons or plasticware. Done!

// Sparkling Fruit Izze & Cream Cocktail Popsicles

Ingredients:

Whisk together all ingredients in a large cup with a spout. Pour into pop molds. Let freeze undisturbed overnight. Carefully remove from molds & enjoy!

// French 75 Popsicles

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz. of champagne
  • 4 oz. of  gin
  • 4 oz. of simple syrup
  • 3 oz. of fresh lemon juice

Combine all ingredients together into a large measuring cup, then evenly distribute in your popsicle molds, leaving about 1/4 inch of room at the top. (You’ll have around 3 oz. left over after filling the molds.) After they’ve set for about an hour, put your sticks in. Allow to fully freeze then eat up!

// Mudslide Poptail

  • 18 oz. vanilla yogurt
  • 1 banana, medium size (2oz)
  • 3 oz. vodka
  • 3 oz. Kahlua
  • 3 oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • 3 tablespoons grated chocolate

Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and process until smooth, about 1-2 minutes.

Freeze for about 1 hour or until mixture starts to solidify enough to hold a popsicle stick upright. Insert popsicle sticks and finish freezing popsicles overnight. To release popsicles run hot water on the outside of popsicle molds for a 5-7 seconds

Enjoy!