Thursday, July 2, 2015

Recipe: Liberty Lemonade

Hey everyone--

Here is a refreshing, patriotic drink recipe just in time for your holiday weekend. It's super simple to make and perfect to share with your friends and family as you celebrate! Give it a try this weekend!

Have a very happy 4th of July everyone! 

Christina xx

Ingredients: Lemonade, Sugar, Frozen Strawberries, Frozen Blueberries 

Steps: 1. Start with lemonade. I used Minute Maid lemonade that I bought already made, but feel free to make your own lemonade to start with.

2. Sweeten the lemonade with sugar. For a punch bowl size of filled lemonade, I used 1 cup of sugar. You can put however much sugar in it as needed to get it as sweet as you want. 
(Skip this step if you don't want to sweeten it)

3.  Next add strawberries.

4. Then add blueberries.

5. Pour your lemonade into a glass and add a straw & enjoy! 

(P.S- Be sure to drink within 24 hours because the fruit can ferment
.. or just wait to add the fruit until you're ready to drink it!
P.S.S- This warning is here because I made this mistake!)

Thankful

Thankful for our freedom!

 Have a Happy 4th of July weekend everyone!

Christina xx

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Bomb Pops

Laughter is the fireworks of the soul!

Hey everyone--

Okay, so this dress is pretty much my favorite. It completely takes me back to my childhood summer days spent waiting for the ice-cream truck to swing by my Grandpa's house. I love it so much! <3 center="">

(Only 2 bomb pops were harmed for this post)

Oh, and Farfetch is having a Stars And Stripes styling contest!
 Be sure to check out this awesome brand!

Have a sweet day! & a Happy Happy holiday weekend!
Christina xx
Wearing:
Bomb Pop Print Dress- shein.com
Brown Sandals- debshops.com 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Pink Monday

Have a pink Monday everyone!

Christina xx

DIY: "Popsicle" Sponges

Hey everyone--

I first saw a "sponge" popsicle on The Jealous Curator Blog. I thought they were so cute and I knew I could make them myself! This is great if you're looking for a fun, fast and cheap DIY project for the summer!

Supplies: Sponges, Popsicle Sticks, Hot Glue Gun Sticks, Hot Glue Gun

Steps: 
1. Put a hot glue gun stick into your hot glue gun and plug it in.

2. Let the gun heat up for a couple minutes before use.

3. Take a sponge and at the bottom of it, in the center, gently pull the sponge in opposite directions to create a hole in the center.

4. Once the hole is there, pull apart the sides of the sponge in different directions (carefully!) and use your finger to make it a bit deeper.

5. Take a popsicle stick and put it into the hole that you created.

6. Continue to push it into the sponge until a good amount is left outside of the sponge to look more like a real popsicle.

7. Take the glue gun and place some glue along the inside edge of the sponge and press it down onto the stick for a few seconds.

8. Flip over the sponge and repeat step 7 to the other side.
(Step 7 and 8 are to close the openings and connect the sponge to the stick)

9. Set aside the sponge and let it dry for at least 20 to 30 minutes.

Once it's dry, you have an adorable popsicle sponge to make cleaning more fun!  

Have a sweet day!
Christina xx


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Recipe: Ooey Gooey Cookie Sandwiches

Hey everyone--

This yummy recipe is an adapted mix of two that I found on Pinterest:

I wanted to make cookie sandwiches but I wanted to fill them with a strawberry flavored buttercream because I was making them for my sweet boyfriend Fred! Strawberries are his favorite so I wanted to add some strawberry flavor to the sandwiches! I think these are a really yummy sweet treat for the summertime.

Note: These are very gooey and will melt in your hands! So keep some napkins close by!

Have a sweet day!

Christina xx

Ingredients:
Frosting: 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp strawberry puree, 1/2 cup unsalted butter, 1/4 cup salted butter, 2 1/2- 2 3/4 cups powdered sugar, 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
Cookies: 2 cups flour, 2 tsp cornstarch, 1 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt, 3/4 cup unsalted butter, 3/4 cup light brown sugar, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 1 egg, 2 tsp vanilla extract, 1 cup mini chocolate chips

Steps:
Frosting: 1. Put the strawberry puree in a small pan and heat mixture over medium-low heat.
2. Stir occasionally and continue to let simmer until it's been reduced by about 2/3 to 3 tsp. This will take about 10 - 15 minutes.
3. Then, pour the puree in a bowl and let freeze until cool.
4. In a bowl, whip unsalted and salted butter together.
5. Mix in 1 cup of powdered sugar.
6. Blend in the reduced strawberry puree.
7. Put in the vanilla extract.
8. Add 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar and continue to mix until frosting is fluffy.
9. Add an additional 1/4 cup of powdered sugar until you get the perfect fluffiness.

Cookies: 1. In a large bowl, mix the butter together until creamy.
2. Add in the brown sugar.
3. Add in the granulated sugar and mix all together until fluffy.
4. Mix in the egg.
5. Mix in the vanilla.
6. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt.
7. Add in chocolate chips and mix for about 5 seconds.
8. Cover dough with plastic wrap and let chill for at least 1 hour, 2 hours preferred.
9. Remove the cookie dough from the refrigerator and let sit at room temperature for 10 minutes.
10. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
11. Roll the dough into balls.
12. Bake the dough balls for 8-10 minutes, or until golden brown around the edges.
13. Let the cookies cool for at least 30 minutes.

Then: 1. Sandwich the frosting between two cooled cookies to create the sandwich!
& Enjoy!


Candy Striper

Hey everyone--
This dress has quickly become a summer favorite for me! It really reminds me of a candy striper which makes me think of candy which makes me happy.. Maybe that's why I love it so much?! 

I don't know, but I love it's contrasting colors and tie-bow around the waist! It's the perfect dress to throw on for a hot summer day or evening.
Have a sweet day!
Christina xx
Wearing:
Red + White Striped Dress: www.modcloth.com
Brown Sandals: www.debshops.com

All photos by:
Kylie Noelle Photography

Sunday, June 21, 2015