Happy Things

I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th!  We spent it with some close friends and got some much needed rain, so it was a great evening.  Here are some highlights of my week! {Jon and I picked out 4 decadent … Continue reading

4th of July Recipe Round Up

Last year’s 4th of July recipe round-up was a huge hit, so I thought I’d do a new one this year!  Here are some guilt-free cocktails, appetizers and desserts that will make the perfect patriotic treat for the upcoming holiday.  And … Continue reading

4th of July Sweet Treat! Skinny Red White & Blue Lemon Cheesecake Cups!

The gorgeous ladies over at The Sorority Secrets asked me to share a patriotic dessert on their blog today!  Get the recipe for these berry lemon cheesecakes on their site!  Refreshing, guilt-free and perfect for 4th of July!  And check … Continue reading

Tequila Soaked Watermelon Wedges

Watermelon-good. Tequila-good. Lime-good. Salt-good. Mix all those things together and you get an absolutely delicious concoction that’s sure to be the biggest hit at any party. I saw this on Pinterest recently and just had to try it. I brought these delightful wedges to the 4th of July party we went to and the trays of watermelon slices were empty in minutes. Just make sure you keep the kids away from these! They look like plain watermelon because the alcohol and salt just absorb right into the fruit. It’s like eating a watermelon margarita, without all the calories of the sweet and sour mix. The sweetener in this is agave nectar so it digests in the body easier than sugar does. It has a really low glycemic index and, while it does have more calories than white sugar, it’s about 40% sweeter so you can use less. Read more about agave vs. sugar here.

You will definitely be glad you made these. 🙂

Enjoy!

Tequila Soaked Watermelon Wedges (serves 10-15 depending on size of watermelon)

Ingredients:

  • 1 seedless watermelon, quartered and cut into 1-inch-thick wedges
  • 3/4 – 1 cup agave
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup tequila
  • 1/2 cup Triple Sec
  • 2 limes, halved or cut into wedges
  • margarita salt (or any course salt will do)

Directions:

  • Arrange watermelon in a single layer in two 9-by-13-inch baking dishes.
  • Bring agave, water, tequila, and Triple Sec to a simmer in a small saucepan. Cook, stirring, until agave dissolves, about 30 sec – 1 minute. Let cool slightly. Pour syrup over watermelon wedges, and refrigerate for at least 45 minutes. The longer you let it sit in the tequila mixture the better!
  • Remove watermelon from syrup, and arrange on a platter. Squeeze limes over melon, and season generously with the course salt.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Happy Things

Happy Friday!  I’m been having a nice few days off, lounging at home, seeing friends and enjoying some much needed rain and gloomy weather!  I recently finished 50 Shades of Grey and was so massively dissapointed by the horrendous writing, lack of plot and the constant use of the phrases Jeez  and Oh my that I can’t couldn’t bring myself to buy the last two in the trilogy.  Instead, I whipped through Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn this week, one of my favorite authors.  I suggest all three of her books if you like thriller and crime novels. Her writing is outstanding.  I’m now onto Savages by Don Winslow, so I can read the book before I see the movie (can’t wait!).

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!  Here are a few things that made my week wonderful.  All photos are from Instagram (username: GourmetBeauty).

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{The great memories of my 10-year high school reunion from last weekend.  So nice to be reunited with my high school group of best friends}

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{Essie nail polish in Too Too Hot, the perfect coral red for the 4th of July}

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{Lazy mornings in bed}

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{A pretty statement necklace from Francesca’s that brightens up any simple summer sweater}

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{Jon and I spent the 4th with some great friends.  This is Paula and me enjoying the rainstorm, the fireworks and some beer.  A similar striped dress can be found here}

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{My tequila soaked watermelon was a HIT at the 4th of July party.  Simple and delicious recipe coming next week on the blog}

What are a few things making you happy this week?

4th of July Recipe Round Up

With 4th of July weekend right around corner, I’m sure many of you plan on attending BBQs and outdoor events.  Here is a round-up of my easy summery recipes that will make for the perfect 4th of July treat!  From healthy sides, skinny desserts and refreshing cocktails, you’re sure to bring a crowd pleaser!

Dijon Parmesan Green Bean Salad

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Caprese Skewers

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Loaded Sweet Potato Skins with Turkey Bacon & Cheddar Cheese

Skinny Pineapple Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting

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M&M Cheesecake Bars (Weight Watchers)

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Blood Orange Sorbet Champagne Cocktails with Fresh Mint

Basil Lime Vodka Freeze

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Flirtinis

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Watermelon Breeze Cocktails

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