Spiked Watermelon Lemonade - the perfect summer drink! A quick and easy lemonade with tequila!

Happy almost Friday! I’m pretty excited for the weekend because I need a vacation after my vacation! Don’t you hate that?

We’re wrapping up our summer roadtrip today with an 8 hour drive from New Orleans back to Fort Hood. And by 8 hours, I probably mean 10 because I anticipate lots of stops along the way. I see doughnuts, Happy Meals, lots of Starbucks, and probably an ice cream cone in my future. Hey, I’m gonna live it up on my last day of vacay!

To get you ready for the weekend, I’m sharing this Spiked Watermelon Lemonade! I made it last week before we left for our trip because I knew I needed to cut the grass but I didn’t actually know how to cut the grass. Yes, I know that’s ridiculous.

I knew some lemonade would help. I knew a spiked lemonade would really help.

I’m obsessed with all things watermelon this year (every year, really) and this was so perfect. You know that watermelon lemonade candle from Bath and Body Works that you currently have 7 of? Just me? Anyway, this tastes like that smells. But better.

Because tequila. Duh.

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Tracking PixelDelicious Pineapple Snack Cake made with DOLE Crushed Pineapple in 100% Pineapple Juice is perfect for any occasion.


 
If there’s one thing I love, it’s a cake that can be eaten for breakfast.

I mean, I can justify pretty much any cake for breakfast (leftover birthday cake? Duh.) but I love a coffee cake or a fruity cake because no one can judge me.

This Pineapple Snack Cake was my breakfast for several mornings last week. And before you start thinking it’s not a breakfast cake, let me assure you that it’s doubley breakfast-y.

Because pineapple, of course. Fruit = breakfast. That’s just a fact. Aaaand it has a cream cheese frosting. What is cream cheese? Breakfast food. See? I can justify anything for breakfast.

I love using DOLE Canned Fruits in recipes (you guys know I am the worst at cutting pineapples and mangoes!) and the DOLE Crushed Pineapple in 100% Pineapple Juice was perfect for this cake.

DOLE Canned Fruit is naturally fat free, cholesterol free, and contains very little sodium. They are also rich in vitamins A and C. I am forever using the DOLE Canned Fruit varieties in fruit salad because they are so convenient. It’s perfect for all your summer desserts or for healthy snacks. Mandarin oranges mixed into cottage cheese is a one of my favorite snacks! DOLE Canned Fruit is available at your local grocery store or super center in the canned fruit aisle. For more information on the DOLE Canned Fruit and to see all the varieties they offer, visit DOLE.com.

This cake stays so moist thanks to the crushed pineapple and it is absolutely delicious. The cream cheese frosting and the toasted coconut is perfect on top.

And remember, it totally counts as breakfast food.

Pineapple Snack Cake

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Happy Friday! Ready for the weekend?!

This morning I’m headed out on a 10 hour roadtrip with 3 kids and 2 dogs. And I’m pretty excited about it.

I love a roadtrip. I always thought everyone loved roadtrips because my parents always seemed chipper at 5 am on Christmas morning when we’d get up to make the drive to New Orleans but I’ve learned in recent years that not everyone loves them.

My husband hates them which is really a shame because he’s so good at keeping me entertained on a roadtrip. I’m sure he’s grateful that he has to stay behind for work this time around.

As much as I love a roadtrip, a drink is always required at the end. Because stopping to pee every hour is only fun for the first… well, it’s really not fun at all.

I’ve made SO many sangrias this summer and I think this Tropical Sangria may be my favorite. It’s fresh squeezed orange juice and white wine with fresh pineapple, mango, and limes thrown in. And then right before you serve it, you add in some sparkling water. This is going to sound crazy but something happens to the mango once you add the sparking water – it’s almost like it becomes bubbly. It’s so yummy.

You have to make this before summer ends! I promise you won’t regret it!

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In typical me form, I’ve allowed Big Brother to take over my life.

I am watching the feeds for hours every day (although I’m currently marathoning the Heroes vs Villains season of Survivor – random, much?), I listen to Big Brother podcasts while I cook, I watch and rewatch the episodes.

In other words, I have a problem.

I didn’t think it was a big deal until the other day. Clementine woke me up in the middle of the night to go outside and as we’re going down the stairs, I say to her, “See Clem! This is why no one wants to be in an alliance with you! You wake everyone up 30 minutes after they fall asleep!”

I mean. What? Where did that even come from?

So if I’m not cooking or blogging much this summer, it’s because I’m too busy yelling at my dogs that I’m not taking them to the final 2 with me and even if I do, no one’s going to vote for them.

It’s probably time to back away from the Big Brother, huh?

Anyway, I made brownies twice this week because the first time someone poked their little fingers all over the pan of fresh out of the oven peanut butter brownies.

Ugh. Who does that?

The second time…well, someone stole a corner as they were cooling.

Seriously though, a girl can’t take a shower without having to worry about her brownies?

I managed to salvage most of the second batch though and force fed them to my husband and his friend when they came home for lunch. These Classic Brownies are DANGEROUS. So rich and fudgy with just the right amount of crunch from the pecans. I knew if I didn’t get rid of them fast, I’d eat the entire pan.

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Guys!

I have the BEST giveaway for you today. I’ve teamed up with a bunch of your favorite (and mine, too!) bloggers to bring it to you and I’m so excited about it.

The winner will get their color choice of the 5 quart KitchenAid Artisian Mixer! And because it’s summer and you should be eating your weight in delicious homemade ice cream, the winner will also receive the ice cream maker attachment!

Make sure you enter below using the Rafflecopter widget – and there’s lots of chances to enter so make sure you get ’em all! And then keep scrolling for a list of 10 of my favorite ice cream recipes that you HAVE to make this summer.

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Thanks to all the lovely ladies hosting this giveaway with me!

Kristin | Yellow Bliss Road
Jen | Yummy Healthy Easy
Cate | Chez Catey Lou
Jaren | Diary of a Recipe Collector
Nicole | Or Whatever You Do
Sandra | A Dash of Sanity
Tonia | The Gunny Sack
Sara | Bitz & Giggles
Jessica | Sprinkle Some Sugar
Christine | I Dig Pinterest
Serene | House of Yumm
Mandy | Mandy’s Recipe Box
Megan | The Housewife Training Files
Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor
Danae | Recipe Runner
Jenn | Deliciously Sprinkled
Maggie | The Love Nerds
Sarah | High Heels & Grills
Laura | Petite Allergy Treats
Mariah | Mariah’s Pleasing Plates

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