Blueberry Mint Lemonade

Every year I host a summer party. Well actually this is the second year, but I plan to do one every summer. 😊 Anyway…with trying to make my guests happy I am always trying out easy recipes to serve at my summer gathering. I love blueberry & lemon pound cake so I figured blueberry lemonade would be good too. And it is! It’s such a refreshing summer like drink. Bonus, if you want it to make it an adult beverage, just add rum. It’s basically like a blueberry lemonade mojito. Yum!

So if you are wanting to make this refreshing summer drink follow the recipe below.

Ingredients:

4 lemons (1 for garnish)

1 cup of sugar

1 pint of blueberries (1/2 for garnish)

2-3 sprigs of fresh mint

2.5 cups of Country Time Lemonade mix

Note: This recipe makes 3.5 quarts

Instructions:

Step 1: Pour the Country Time Lemonade mix into your pitcher.

Step 2: Cut three of the lemons in half and remove the seeds. Then squeeze all the juice into the pitcher with the mix.

Step 3: Muddle 1/2 of the blueberries. Add 2-3 mint sprigs and the sugar to the muddled blueberries and muddle until mixed well.

Note: if you like your lemonade really sweet add an additional cup of sugar. 

Step 4: Using a strainer pour the blueberry mix into the pitcher.

Tip: To make sure I got all the blueberry mix into the pitcher, I used a wooden spoon and pressed down.

Step 5: Add 3.5 quarts of water and stir. Then put the remaining blueberries along with a few lemon slices in the pitcher.

Step 6: Pour into a glass and garnish with a few blueberries, a mint spring and a lemon slice. Enjoy! 

If you want to take it a step further, make blueberry and mint ice cubes. I bought these ice cube trays at Amazon when baby K was born so I could make all his food. I knew they would come in handy again. Click HERE to purchase them.

All you do is add 2-3 blueberries and a small mint sprig to each ice cube. Fill the trays with water and freeze. Easy peasy lemon squeeze. See what I did there.

This drink is so refreshing, isn’t too sweet, and looks pretty. What more could you want in a summer-y drink?!

Well that’s it friends. I hope you enjoyed my post. Feel free to leave a comment or come say hi on Instagram! My handle is @acarriedaffairdesigns

Cheers! Xo

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Habanero & Grapefruit Margarita Recipe

I love margaritas! Especially in the summer and always on Cinco de Mayo. 🇲🇽 Usually I find a recipe on Pinterest, but most of them have a TON of ingredients. Some that I’m not even familiar with. For me, I start to lose interest with recipes when there is a long list of ingredients involved. Anyone else feel that way??

So I decided to make up my own recipe that has minimal ingredients. What’s crazy is my simple concoction actually tasted good! So good, that I am sharing it with you. I will warn you that it is spicy. I mean Habanero is in the title. Even though it has a kick to it, it’s still refreshing.

After pilfering through the spices in our cabinet I found Habanero Lime seasoning. Hence the name. I love it on corn on the cob, so why not try it on the rim of a margarita?? I found the seasoning at Walmart, but if you can’t find it, you can mix a little bit of cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes. Basically the same thing without the lime. I also provided a direct link under “Shop This Post” at the bottom if you want to buy the seasoning.

Ok enough talking, now for the recipe.

Please note, this recipe makes 2.5 – 3.5 drinks (depending on your glass size). I used juice size glasses so it made a little over three. If you are using traditional margarita glasses you’ll want to double the recipe.

Ingredients:

3 shots of tequila silver
2 cups of grapefruit juice
2 red grapefruits
1 jalapeño
Margarita salt
Habanero Lime seasoning

Step 1: Mix some margarita salt and habanero lime seasoning on a plate. This is for the rim.

Step 2: Dip the rim in water then the margarita salt mix.

Step 3: Thinly slice the jalapeño. Muddle half of the jalapeño. You’ll use the other half for garnish.

Step 4: Pour the tequila & concentrated grapefruit juice into a shaker over ice.

Step 5: Cut both grapefruits in half. Set one of the halves to the side. That is for garnish. Squeeze the remaining grapefruits into the shaker then add the muddled jalapeño.

Step 6: Shake the mix and pour over ice. Then garnish with a grapefruit wedge and slice of jalapeño.

Step 7: Enjoy!


Super quick and simple! Bonus, you don’t need google to figure out any of the ingredients.

Well friends, that’s it for this post. If you end up trying this recipe, I would love for you to tell me what you think! Please feel free to comment below or message me Instagram. My handle is @acarriedaffairdesigns

Thanks for stopping by! Xo

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Our Easter Brunch 2017

Our Easter brunch this year was a huge hit and honestly, I must give a lot of credit to my good friend Julianne for letting me borrow most of the decorations (props of having a friend that is a catering manager) and my hubby for cooking a smorgasbord of amazingly tasty brunch items! Without them, the brunch wouldn’t of been nearly as wonderful.

 

I love whimsical accents, so a garden party theme was in order. I also LOVEEEE tea sets. I actually am trying to collect a set from every country. Right now I have three. 😂 So basically, I need a lot more.

 

 I scoured local goodwill stores  and the Salvation Army for inexpensive tea sets, but to no avail, I found none. 😭  I was thinking I would have to go with plan B, until my friend told me she had several sets I could borrow from her work. I was so excited!! Good thing because I didn’t have a plan B. 😂 So I packed up baby K and went on a {free} shopping spree! The amount of tea sets she had was insane. I loved all the patterns, so I borrowed a little from each set.

 

You can see all the details of where I purchased everything on my Easter Brunch Tablescape post HERE. You can also shop the sources at the bottom of this post.

 

Because I already blogged about my Easter brunch tablescape, this post will be less wordy and more pictures. 😊

 


The table setting

 

 

The food

 

My husband made all of the food with the exception of the bread. It was my first time baking bread from scratch and I think it turned out good. I didn’t get to taste any, it was all gone before I had the chance. 😂 So I’m assuming it was good. 😉 I used THIS recipe I found on Pinterest.

 

 

For the deviled eggs I wanted them to be different and I love spicy food so I asked my husband to make them with Siracha. He didn’t disappoint! 😋

 

 

The recipe for the Siracha deviled eggs is at the end of this post.

 

For the drinks we served mimosas. To put a spin on it, we froze concentrated orange juice in ice cube trays. Then topped them with champagne. I knew those trays would come in handy again after baby K went to table food. 😉

 

 

Super simple and a fun twist on the traditional mimosa. I got the idea from Pinterest. Click HERE for more ice cube ideas.

 

The desserts

 

We served carrot cake, egg shaped sugar cookies with homemade royal icing & luster dust, and garden carrot cupcakes. 🥕

 


I made bunny ears out of gold pipe cleaners for the cake. 🐰 Then topped it with white flowers. Quick and easy!

 

We also made raspberry and strawberry parfaits made with homemade whipped cream. My husband made the whipped cream. It was 12am the night before when I was attempting to make it and it wasn’t turning out right, so I let him take the lead on that.

 

 

I found the recipe for the garden carrot cupcakes on Pinterest HERE.

I didn’t get a good picture of the cupcakes at the actual brunch, so I used a picture from my Easter Brunch Tablescape post.

 

Aren’t these egg shaped sugar cookies so cute?!?! I simply brushed luster dust on them. Super simple. For my royal icing recipe & how to use luster dust click HERE.

 

After all the decor and food was taken care of, I needed to figure out what I was going to wear. I decided on a tulle skirt I purchase from Space 46 Boutique a couple years ago with a white camisole and floral headband.

 

 

I made the floral headband using some of the flowers I bought for the tablescape. It was super easy. The tutorial is below.

 

DIY Floral Headband

 

Materials:
Flowers
Greenery
Floral tape
Floral wire
Wire cutters
Scissors

 

I used ranunculus as the main flowers then 2 types of greenery, and two types of flower spray. I don’t know the names of them. I should of asked the florist, but I forgot!

 

Once you have all your flowers/greenery and materials gathered follow the steps below.

 

 

Step 1: Cut enough wire to fold in half three times. Then bring the two ends together forming a circle.

 

Tip: Before cutting the wire, make sure it lays on your head how you want it.

 

Step 2: Cut the stems off of all the flowers, leaving about 1.5 inches of the stem to tape to the wire.

 

Step 3: Put two to three stems together and use the floral tape to adhere them to the wire.

 

 

Tip: I used the flower spray all the way around and bunched all the ranunculus together in one place.

 

Step 4: Overlap the flowers about half way up each time you adhere a new section. Doing this will give the headband more volume and it will hide the floral  tape.

 

 

Step 5: Repeat step 4 all the way around the headband leaving about 3 inches for the flowers or ranunculus in my case.

 

 

You’re done!

 

Tip: I would suggest putting it in the refrigerator until you plan to wear it if you make it ahead of time. I made mine an hour before our brunch. I didn’t want to chance the flowers wilting.

 

Bonus, it only took me about 20 minutes to put this together. 😊

 

Well friends, that’s it! I hope you enjoyed it and leave here feeling inspired for the upcoming holiday. If you have any questions please feel free to comment on this post and I’ll get back with you as soon as I see it. You can also message me on Instagram. My handle is @acarriedaffairdesigns

 

The Sriracha deviled egg recipe is below as well as the source details to shop this post. Have a lovely holiday!

 

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Sriracha Deviled Egg Recipe


This recipe will make approximately 1 dozen or 24 eggs cut in half.

Filling:

1.5 cups of mayonnaise
1.5 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
Hard yolks from 1 dozen eggs
1/3 cup of Sriracha
1/2 cup Dijon mustard
2 fresh jalapeños (sliced)
2 slices of bacon 🥓 (diced)
A dash of cayenne pepper

 

Step 1: Boil the eggs and then blanch them i.e. run cold water on them after boiling. I put my eggs in a strainer and let the water run over them for about 2 minutes.

 

Tip: let them cool completely before removing the shell. Doing this will make it easier to remove it without making indentions in the eggs.

 

Step 2: Remove the shells. Bonus, I used some of the shells for my centerpiece. 😊

 

Step 3: Cut the eggs in half and remove the yolks.

 

Step 4: In a large bowl mix the yolks, mayonnaise, 3/4 of the shredded cheddar cheese (the remaining will be for garnish), Sriracha, Dijon mustard, and the cayenne pepper. Mix until smooth.

 

Step 5: Put equal parts of the mix in the eggs.

 

Step 6: Garnish the eggs with the remaining shredded cheddar cheese, a few pieces of diced bacon, and one slice of fresh jalapeño.

 

Step 7: You’re done! Serve immediately or refrigerate.

 

 

 

Easter Brunch Tablescape 

If you have been following along, then you know how much I love to host. I get all the feels when I get the chance to entertain friends & family. Like literally, my heart feels like it’s going to burst. 😬 This year I decided to host an Easter brunch. My goal was to create a whimsical garden party table setting. To do that I needed lots & lots of flowers. I think the types of flowers you use really sets the tone and brings a tablescape together. But that is just my opinion. I might be biased. 🤔 I do love flowers though!

So to get this look, I first laid moss down the center of the table. It was a little messy so I would encourage you to do this before putting anything else on the table. I bought the preserved moss at Joann Fabrics. The large bag was only $4! 🙌🏼

Next, I added the teapot with the floral arrangement I put together. Since the tea set has blue details, I went with blue hydrangeas, then added white flower spray and touches of greenery. The hydrangeas and flower spray was under $10 at Trader Joe’s!

Then I put moss in each teacup as I stacked them. I have 5 teacups, so I did a stack of 3 and then a stack of 2. I added fresh flowers to the top then placed a stack on each side of the teapot.

Side note, this tea set was passed down to me from my grandma. It was given to her by her husband. A gift he brought back with him from when he was stationed in Germany. It is one of my most favorite possessions. 💙

Okay, now back to tablescaping…

Once I had the tea set all floral-y. That’s a word right? No, it’s not. But now it is. 😂 I randomly placed {real} broken egg shells on the moss along with faux eggs.

After putting the centerpiece together I laid out the plates, silverware, and mason jars for the glasses. For the napkin I did a bunny fold. The fold is simple. Trying to secure it was not. 😤 So I used a straight pin to secure the napkin in the back. You can’t even tell. I will have to remember to tell my guests though. 😬

Here are the step-by-step instructions for the napkin bunny fold. Please note, this fold works best with a large dinner napkin.

After step 8, you’ll need to flip the napkin over to complete steps 9 & 10. Then you’ll flip it back over for step 11.

To secure the fold, I put a straight pin in the back (after step 13).

See…easy peasy! Well, with the straight pin. 😂
Ok,now dessert!

I found a recipe for mini mason jar garden carrot cupcakes on Pinterest via My Cup of Cake and knew that’s what I wanted to make for a dessert. They are so dainty and thought it would fit my whimsical woodland tea party theme perfectly! My favorite part are the mini mason jars though. 😍

Before I give you the link to the recipe I do want to tell you that I didn’t follow the recipe, more like used the idea. Instead of making the frosting and cake from scratch I used store bought. My oldest son had one and he loved it, store bought and all. 😊 That was all the confirmation I needed.

Note, I did follow the recipe in regards to length of time to cook and how to make the strawberries. 🍓 Ok, I think that’s all I wanted to tell you about the cupcakes so click here to get the full recipe.

For the final touch I used individual cupcake stands I found at Target for $1 each and placed one in front of each table setting. Hold on…can we go back to the $1 cupcake stand?!? Is that not crazy? $1 each! 😱😱 Target dollar spot for the win! 🙌🏼

Well friends that all for this post. I hope you enjoyed it and leave here feeling inspired to create your own tablescape for the upcoming holiday. Until next time. Xoxo

 

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