Friday Favorites – Week 214 – With 5 COOL Drinks

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I’m so happy things are finally warming up around here. That means it’s time for warm weather desserts, especially ice cream, shakes, and other frozen delights! In anticipation of the hot summer months, I’m featuring 5 COOL Drinks!

Guest Post Opportunity!!  Speaking of the hot summer weather, last year I hosted a series of guest posts featuring summer recipes from our bloggy friends, and I’d love to continue that tradition this year!  Your summer recipe could be a dessert (ice cream, pies, cakes, etc.) but it doesn’t have to be.  Summer salads, barbecue recipes, and anything else summer related is also welcome.  If you would like to be a part of my summer recipe series, please send an email to simplysweethome@hotmail.com and I’ll be sure to add you to my invite list! [Read more...]

Oreo Icebox Cake

Oreo Icebox Cake

Today I’m really excited to present this recipe featuring one of my favorite cookies: Oreos.  I got the idea for this Oreo Icebox Cake from this recipe for Chips Ahoy Icebox Cake by Spend with Pennies.  I made a few tweaks, including the use of pudding, and all in all, it made a pretty tasty (and super easy!) dessert.  Hope you like it! [Read more...]

Summer Recipes with Carapelli Olive Oil

Olive Oil Recipes

 

The summer will soon be drawing to a close, but it’s not too late to get in to some summer recipes for those of end of  summer and Labor Day barbecues.  Recently I received a sample of Carapelli Olive Oil, and they also sent me some great recipes for the summer time, which I’m happy to share with you today.

By they way, olive oil also has a lot of health benefits and has a lower fat and calorie content in comparison to vegetable oil, so if you were looking to start off the school year a little more healthy, the addition of olive oil to recipes would be a simple place to start. [Read more...]

Banana Pudding Milkshake

Banana Pudding Shake with Blue Belle
Today I have an amazingly simple treat for you!  Growing up, I absolutely LOVED banana pudding in the summer time! Last year I tried Chick-Fil-A’s Banana Pudding Milkshake and was absolutely in love, but of course, they only had it for a limited time.  So this spring I found myself basking in the glory of Zaxby’s Banana Pudding Milkshake, which is just as equally delicious!  I now hear that it will be a permanent menu item at Zaxby’s….and indeed, they’ve just now brought back the shake at Chick-Fil-A (again, for a limited time).

But the other day I decided that I wanted to make my own.  I remembered trying some banana pudding ice cream by Blue Belle years ago, so I went to Wal-Mart with high hopes and was very excited to find this ice cream in my freezer. Yay!  Now I can have a banana pudding milkshake any time I want, and I get a lot more shake for my buck!

By the way, I made this shake using my Ninja! That thing is awesome!

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Guest Post: Turkey Burgers from Spindles Designs

This week we have another guest recipe!  These turkey burgers are brought to your by our friends over at Spindles Designs and are sure to be a hit at your next backyard barbecue. Take it away ladies! [Read more...]

Guest Post: Strawberry Yoghurt Ice-Cream (No Machine) from Linda at With a Blast

Are you guys hungry for something cool and sweet? If so, you have come to the right place!  This week we have another great guest post.  This one come to us from Linda over at WITH A BLAST.  And she is sharing her Strawberry Yoghurt Ice-Cream (No Machine).  Sounds great to me! Check it out!

Guest Post: Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade from Melissa of Melissa’s Cuisine

I’m very excited to present some guest recipe posts this months from some of our Friday Favorites bloggers!  If you wish to share one of your recipes as a guest blogger, I’d love to give you the opportunity. Just shoot me an email.  This month, our guests are sharing some favorite summertime recipes.  We are starting with Melissa from Melissa’s Cuisine.

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Old World Gourmet Review & Giveaway

OWG Patriotic

Do you love frozen cocktails?  Old World Gourmet makes it easy and convenient for you to serve frozen cocktails at your next party.  Simply add their drink mix to wine or the specified liquor and some ice, and then blend you’ve got delicious pitcher of drink in seconds.  Or mix everything together and chill in the few for few hours to get the perfect slushie consistency!

Their Wine and Cocktail Mixers come in a variety of flavors including Margarita, Sangria, Cosmopolitan, and more!

 I received their Margarita Mix and Vodka Lemon Mix. Each 12 oz. package comes with 2 pouches, and each pouch will make a pitcher of the cocktail. [Read more...]

Creating a Stylized Outdoor Space – Part 2 #Digin

 

Stylized Outdoor Space This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot.

It’s time to #digin to part 2 of our series on Creating a Stylized Outdoor Space!  This week we will be talking about the things that people should take into account when determining what furniture best fits their lifestyle, and we will talk about how and why different sets work better in different outdoor living spaces.

When buying outdoor furniture, there’s a lot to think about.  Obviously you should think about what kind of space you have.  Is the furniture for a deck? A gazebo? The yard?  You should also think about what kind of environment the furniture will be in.  Will it be exposed to rain or covered?  What kind of sun exposure will it have?And of course, you want to think about what you will be using the space for. [Read more...]

Lawn & Garden Care 101 with Pennington Smart Seed and a $50 American Express Giveaway

Lawn & Garden Care 101 with Pennington Smart Seed

As we all get ready to work out in the yard for the spring and summer seasons, I am happy to partner with Pennington Smart Seed to bring you some lawn maintenance tips.  A few years ago we had some grass seed sown in our yard, and it didn’t come in quite as nicely as we would have liked.  Not to mention, we still had a ton of weeds!  Fortunately we’ve been introduced to Pennington Smart Seed and have been provided with all the information we need to get the job done right this time! [Read more...]