Monday, July 22, 2013

Weekend food celebrations

Friday night I made Cellentani alla Caprese with basil from the garden, banana coconut and peach basil daiquiris for National Daiquiri Day.
Saturday was National Ice Cream Soda Day.  I created a blueberry ginger ale concoction that was super light and refreshing. Perfect for a hot summer day.
And Sunday rounded it out with National Ice Cream Day.  I made some peach syrup to go with the store bought ice cream.  It even was delicisous on my pancakes this morning. 

Friday, July 19, 2013

Butterflies and daiquiris

The heat has brought the butterflies out.  I grabbed my camera and ran out to snap a few pics.  In a previous post I showed the plans for the Better Homes and Garden butterfly garden that we planted.  We spent a pretty penny on the plants required.  On the other side of the house we planted some random flowers after a large bush was removed.   Of course they love the random plantings.  Oh well, I'm going to enjoy them wherever they are!

Today is National Daiquiri Day.  I will be making both banana coconut and peach once it hits 5:00!  Maybe sooner since I took today off.  I hope y'all are staying cool.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

100 degree errands

100 degree errands

Let's face it, running around when it feels like over 100 degrees with the heat index is for the birds.   The hubs and I went out for a quick bite to eat (Indian) then to a few local stores.   This is pretty close to what I wore, my shorts were Tommy Hilfiger and these are close enough.   A woman kept on looking at me while we were eating dinner.  I know I did not have any food on my face, the hubs would have told me.   Makes me wonder why....

I hope y'all are staying hydrated in this heat!

100 degree errands by blondegigi featuring a beach tote

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Tropical thinking

Tropical thinking
I think a tropical getaway would be perfect right now.   I'm so over having horrible allergies and I know the sun, sea and sand would make it all go away.   I would love to be able to surprise the hubs with a getaway, but he hates the beach...  I will just have to keep dreaming.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

July 4th weekend recap

My mani for the 4th.  The hubs had to work so I hung out with my parents.  My Tommy Hilfiger sundress was a gift from my Mom. 
The hubs and I hosted a block party on Saturday.  I was the only one that wanted to go to the lake for the fireworks and this was my consolation.  At least it was a fun party.
The new tube works great.  Sunday was spent with family on the lake. 

I can't believe it is only Wednesday.  This week is dragging for me.  I hope y'all enjoyed your 4th and the weekend.  I know I'm already looking forward to Friday night...and maybe hitting some sales.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Biscotti, red, white and blue

I made biscotti this weekend and here is a picture after the 1st baking.  Don't let the small size of the dough fool you, it doubles in size in the oven.  Keep an eye on the second round when you are toasting it in the oven.  I brought some to my friend Lisa (100% Italian) today and she said it is the better than what she buys in the store.  I will try pistachio next.
We are hosting our neighbors on Saturday for a cookout prior to the fireworks on the lake.  I'm thinking this may a fun drink to serve.  I think I will make it with more lemonade and less alcohol to make sure everyone is not too inebriated.  Now to find some patriotic straws or swizzle sticks.

Frozen Blue Lemonade

1½ oz. white rum
1 oz. blue curacao
3 oz. Lemonade Sparkling ICE
Garnish: blueberries

Combine all ingredients with ice in a blender. Blend on high until it becomes slushy. Pour into a glass and garnish with blueberries. 

photo via Ice