I’m in the midst of a panic.

So.

My two oldest boys are going to school this year. One in 2nd grade and the other in pre-k. Number 1 annoying thing is that they’re going to different elementary schools on post. Because the Army is all about efficiency.

And then, number 2. Neither school has school supply lists on their website yet! Kid #1′s school is… not my favorite. I don’t want to say that the vice-principal and I have had words but, it may have happened. More than once. (FOR THE LOVE OF EVERYTHING GOOD, LADY, TURN THE PAGE OF THE SHOT RECORDS SO I DON’T HAVE TO COME UP HERE EVERY QUARTER AND TELL YOU THAT YOU’RE AN IDIOT.) So I’m not really expecting them to have their supply lists posted anytime before November.

But then Kid #2′s school has every grade BUT pre-k listed on their supply list.

Geez people, c’mon.

I am obsessed with school supplies even though I am old and have no real use for them. I just love them. The highlight of my middle school years was getting a big paper bag of school supplies at the start of each year (because we all had to have the EXACT same supplies and the EXACT same color binder for each class) and obsessively sorting them out on my bedroom floor. Once a day I would unpack that bag and try to decide how many pencils I would put in the math pile and how many would go in German.

I still use a Lisa Frank notebook to make my grocery lists.

But anyway, I’m having a crisis because WHAT IF TARGET RUNS OUT OF EVERYTHING AND MY KIDS HAVE TO HAVE PUKE GREEN FOLDERS?!

Margaritas have come in handy during my obsessive website refresh sessions. These are peach margaritas and they’re my fave. The white peaches are extra good this year and I’m really enjoying eating them fresh or chopping them up for smoothies. And yeah, maybe a margarita every once in a while.

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Quick reminder: The blog will be down from Sunday night to Tuesday morning. If you need any recipes during that time, get them now!

And now we talk wine. Because it’s Friday! And I’m currently roadtripping with all 3 kids and a cockapoo. I’m almost positive that by the time this post goes live, I’ll be wishing that I was at the pool with a glass of wine in my hand.

(The husky was boarded. Because she sings in the car. And I couldn’t handle that for 19 hours.)

CK Mondavi recently sent me what may be the greatest box of goodies I’ve ever received. It was wine. All wine.

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With summer basically upon us, has your drink of choice changed?

I was all about the wine during fall and winter but now I want nothing but homemade fruity cocktails! And the occasional strawberry ale when I’m feeling too lazy to mix something up.

I’ve been obsessed with pineapple lately too. It’s so bad that when my store is out of the sliced fresh stuff (I’m lazy, remember?), I’ll buy the canned pineapple and put it on my salads. It’s really weird because I’ve never been a fan of pineapple.

Whatever, we’re going with it.

I made this cocktail over the weekend after a hike and a Target trip with all three kids. You just need a cocktail after that. Even if it’s only 1 pm.

For these guys, you make a syrup with water, sugar, and pineapple juice. And then you steep fresh basil leaves in the syrup. I know, pineapple and basil? But it works! I typically find pineapple juice waaaay too sweet but with the basil and then the gin, it was great. Perfect (kiddie) poolside drink!

Pineapple Basil Cocktai

from Southern Living

Ingredients

For the syrup:
2 cups sugar
1 cup pineapple juice
1 cup water
1 cup packed basil leaves
For the cocktail:
3/4 cup gin
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 cups sparkling water, chilled

Instructions

    To make the syrup:
  1. Bring sugar, pineapple juice, and water to a boil in a medium saucepan, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and add basil leaves. Allow to steep for 10 minutes. Pour through a wire mesh strainer (into a cup) and use the back of a spoon to press all the liquid out of the basil. Cool completely before proceeding.
  2. To make the cocktail:
  3. Fill a 2-quart pitcher with ice. Stir in 1 cup of the syrup you just made, the gin, and lemon juice. Stir to combine. Right before serving, stir in the sparkling water.
http://fakeginger.com/2014/06/05/pineapple-basil-cocktail/

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I worked at McDonald’s for a couple years during high school and college and Shamrock Shake season was always a fun one. I would have to walk through the door at 4:45 am and right after I turned off the alarm, I’d turn the shake machine on. If I got wrapped up in other stuff and forgot to do it, I’d have angry customers on my hands the minute we opened the doors. It was crazy!

It’s hard to believe but I never tried one during that time. The whole mint thing just didn’t appeal to me.

We went for Happy Meals last week and I saw the Shamrock Shake sign and ordered one without even thinking about it. I can’t believe I went so long without trying it! It was so good!

I wanted to recreate it at home for the kids and it turned out perfectly. It’s pretty dangerous that I can now make them whenever I want with ingredients that I always have on hand!

Four years ago: Chocolate Biscotti
Five years ago: Peppery Cheese Bread

Homemade Shamrock Shake

Ingredients

2 cups vanilla bean ice cream
1 - 1 1/4 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon mint extract
green food coloring
whipped cream and green sprinkles, for serving

Instructions

  1. Combine ice cream, 1 cup milk, mint extract and a few drops of green food coloring in a blender and blend until combined. Add remaining 1/4 cup of milk if the shake is too thick. Use more green food coloring to get desired color.
  2. Top with whipped cream and green sprinkles before serving.
http://fakeginger.com/2014/03/10/homemade-shamrock-shake/

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Happy almost Friday!

First up, I have to apologize for my blog being down most of yesterday and the day before. I have to tell you, a blog going down is one of the most annoying things that can happen to a blogger. You are completely at the mercy of your host. So if you went searching for a dinner recipe and couldn’t load the blog, I’m sorry.

Secondly, this smoothie!

My kids have been sick for the last week and a half or so. None of them have been eating much since their throats are bothering them so I started making smoothies for them. This Almond Avo-Nana Smoothie is one of my favorite smoothies and I know it sounds very strange but it is absolutely delicious. You can’t even taste the avocado! And instead of a nut butter, you add almond meal so you still get the good fats and protein but without added sugar that peanut butter or almond butter typically has.

My 4 year old is currently obsessed with the smoothie and asks for it at least once a day.

One year ago: Caramel Crown Coffeecake
Two years ago: Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Four years ago: Mango Avocado Salsa

Almond Avo-Nana Smoothie

1 - 2 servings

from The 21 Day Sugar Detox

Ingredients

1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/4 avocado
1 medium-sized banana
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons almond meal
handful of ice

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.
http://fakeginger.com/2014/02/06/almond-avo-nana-smoothie/

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