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XO Rice Krispies

Hey y’all so that special time of year is coming and for all of you who are excited for Cupid and all the love and romance he brings, I have a recipe you’ll love. It’s super easy and super cute, making it perfect for Galentine’s Day, a romantic date night, or preparing a snack for the kids’ school. XO Rice Krispies are a delicious and fun treat anyone will love.

You’ll Need:

Pink and/or red food coloring

1 box Rice Krispies cereal

1 bag of marshmallows

XO cookie cutters (Not necessary, you can form these by hand)

How To:

  1. In a medium sprayed or buttered sauce pan, melt the marshmallows over low-medium heat until fully melted.
  2. Add in the box of cereal.
  3. Mix well.
  4. Spread out into a wax-paper lined pan.
  5. Use cookie cutters or your hands to create XO shapes.
  6. Enjoy!
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Beat the Summer Blues

Summertime is a wonderful time of the year, the kids are out of school, teachers are on break, the sun is shining, and there is always so much to do. The downside is if you work full time, you can feel like your summer is passing you by! The summertime blues are a real thing, but luckily, I’ve got some tips to help you beat the summer blues, even when you work a full time job and don’t have a lot of vacation time.

Let’s face it, seeing everyone living their best life on a tropical island while you’re in the office can be downright depressing. Seeing kids at theme parks while you can barely afford a walk in the park isn’t fun either. But, before you stay down about it the rest of the summer, check out these options for beating the summer blues.

  • Schedule a “me” day. This involves no friends, unless you want to try coordinating with someone you’re close with, and it’s focus is everything you want to do. Take a sick day, we’ll call it mental health day, and go out for a manicure or pedicure, get a massage, sit in the tub for a while, whatever it is you want to do and enjoy to do, make time for it. This is a perfect tip for those working a full week or moms or dads running around doing everything for their kids and not having much time for themselves. Make “me” time and chase those summer blues away.
  • Create a new tradition. Plan ahead and set a weekend, maybe Labor Day weekend, to create a new tradition with your friends or family. It can be a family BBQ or one last pool party to celebrate the end of summer and the beginning of fall.
  • Get outside. We all need Vitamin D to stay happy and healthy, so make sure you’re getting some of it, even if you work all day. Take a bit of time during lunch to head out or take a walk in the evening or morning before you head in. You’d be amazed what a good walk can do for your mood.
  • Make plans with friends. Yes, I know, I know, you’re super busy with catching up on everything on the weekends, but trust me, those chores can wait. If you can plan a day during the weekend with your friends to head out to a water park or check out a local waterfall, DO IT! Have some outdoor fun, and enjoy the season.
  • Look ahead to fall. If you love fall weather and are just trying to get through the summer, don’t fret, it’s almost there. Plan ahead your fall decorations and maybe start putting together some fun fall activities for you and the family to participate in.
  • Try a stay-cation. I wish we all could afford to jet off to Bermuda for a week in the summer, but if like me, that’s just not financially possible for you right now, then try something a little bit cheaper. A stay-cation is a great way to get away for the night, while not leaving your town or only going an hour or two away. You won’t have to buy a plane ticket, and you can likely get a deal for being a local. If you don’t belong to a reward program with a hotel, now would be the time to start, those points can add up and help you with your stay-cation for next year.
  • Take yourself out for ice cream. It’s a simple thing, but nothing says summer like fresh ice cream. Whether you prefer the rolled kind, the fro yo filled with toppings or a fancy artisanal flavor that you can only get at this little hole-in-the-wall place, go ahead and treat yo self! You deserve it, and even if you’re focused on health goals and keeping up with your beach body, one ice cream cone isn’t going to hurt. Enjoy the summer vibes.
  • Spend a day at the beach. Nothing says summer like the beach, and if you’ve been struggling to get that summer time feeling, go out to the water. The beach is one of my happy places, and there’s nothing better than hearing the sound of the waves. Everything is so much clearer out near the water.

I hope these tips on how to beat the summer blues help, and that you can find some fun activities to help get your spirits up. Don’t forget, a fun activity can be seeing a movie or reading a good book. My suggestions for a good movie are Spiderman: Far From Home and the Art of Racing in the Rain comes out in a few weeks, it has Milo Ventimiglia and dogs, why wouldn’t you go see it? As for a good book, I’ll be putting out a list of my favorite summertime reads that I’ve gone through this summer in a couple of days, keep an eye out for it!

Rum Balls

Enjoy this boozy treat 🙂

You’ll Need:

4 cups graham cracker crumbs

1 cup nuts finely chopped

1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1/3 cup light Karo syrup

1/4 cup rum

Prepare:

Stir everything all together, create little balls, then roll in powdered sugar.

Ta da! Was that easy or what?

Watermelon and Lime Popsicles

These watermelon and lime popsicles are the perfect summer treat. They’ll cool you down during a heat wave, while tasting delicious, and being easy to make. Check it out!

You’ll Need:

  • 8 ounces of coconut water
  • 2 cups watermelon juice
  • 1 lime, zest and juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey

How To:

  • Add all ingredients into a high speed blender, and blend until smooth. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze for about 4 hours or until solid. Enjoy before they melt!

Easy Coffee Cake

For this easy coffee cake, you’ll need:

1 package of yellow cake mix

1 box of instant vanilla pudding (sugar free)

3/4 cup of water

3/4 cup of vegetable oil

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon butter extract

4 eggs

Topping:

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup chopped nuts

2 teaspoon cinnamon

 

To Prepare:

  1. Blend first 6 ingredients together. Add eggs one at a time, beating between each egg.
  2. Mix ingredients for topping in separate bowl.
  3. Pour 1/2 of batter into greased rectangular 13×9 inch pan.
  4. Add 1/2 topping, then rest of batter.
  5. Sprinkle on remaining topping evenly.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

Try Holiday Recipes Out Beforehand

Don’t wait till Christmas to try something new! Test it out first, to make sure it’s up to par and that you get any kinks out before everyone is at your house for the big day.

Christmas Mimosas

For Christmas morning, or any time this holiday season, treat yourself to a Christmas mimosa. This is a bit of a twist on the traditional.

Pour two half glasses of champagne, or however many you are serving, and fill almost all the way with cranberry juice. Add some sugared cranberries to the top and add a sprig of rosemary as the final garnish.

Quick, easy, and super festive!

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