Raspberry Bourbon Smash - delicious cocktail for spring or summer! Raspberry, fresh orange juice, and bourbon!

Happy Wednesday!

The week is half over!

That means we can have cocktails, right?

Guys, I have had a week.

And by a week, I mean all of 2016.

Is it over yet?

Raspberry Bourbon Smash - delicious cocktail for spring or summer! Raspberry, fresh orange juice, and bourbon!

Let me tell you about my new favorite cocktail.

I bought a bottle of bourbon months ago for a recipe and have been trying to get rid of it ever since. Which explains why I’ve only had bourbon cocktails on the blog this year (margaritas coming soon, I promise!) but omg, it’s the neverending bottle of bourbon.

Okay, so, this Raspberry Bourbon Smash recipe may look weird because it starts with jam.

Yeah, jam.

But I promise it works!

I was worried it would be super sweet but it really wasn’t. And the jam didn’t give it a weird texture or anything. I really enjoyed it and would totally make it again. I think this would be the perfect poolside drink and I bet you could even use fresh raspberries once berries are in season again!

(The cute little square ice cubes are made with these trays. I’m obsessed.)

Raspberry Bourbon Smash - delicious cocktail for spring or summer! Raspberry, fresh orange juice, and bourbon!

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You guys.

Meet my current favorite soup.

I’ve made it twice in the last few weeks.

I don’t even like soup. But I could eat this every day for a month and not be sick of it.

It’s supposed to be like the Panera Chicken and Wild Rice Soup but I can’t tell you for certain. I’ve never tried that one because I’m too busy ordering the broccoli cheese soup. In a bread bowl. With an extra baguette.

Because I really want to gain 20 pounds before bikini season.

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Samoa Bars recipe - just like your favorite Girl Scouts cookies! And so easy!

Originally published on February 19, 2011. 

It’s that time of year. You know what time I’m talking about.

Girl Scouts have positioned themselves outside every grocery store, drug store, ballpark, everywhere you could possibly need to go. I try, I really do – I try to walk past them without making eye contact. It never works. This year was no different. I ended up with a box of Samoas (what’s the new name? Caramel something-or-another?) that my children demolished within seconds.

These bars, which are meant to be like my beloved Samoas, have been on my must make list for years now and I am so sad that I’ve waited this long to make them! They are so easy, so quick, and taste exactly like the Samoas. Please don’t be scared of the 3 steps. I’m telling you, there’s nothing difficult about this recipe.

If you wanted to take these one step further, you could dip the bottoms of the bars in melted chocolate. I’m not a chocolate fan so I skipped that part but if you wanted to, just melt a bag of chocolate chips instead of the 1/2 cup that this recipe calls for. Once it’s melted, dip the bars one at a time and then place on parchment (or wax paper) to harden.

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One of my many passions in life – along with things like reading and potato chips – is dogs. I’m obsessed with dogs.

Oh, you didn’t know?

You must be new here.

I thought since it’s casual Friday and all, I’d do a post all about one of my pups. You guys probably remember that time I impulsively adopted a little grey, bearded mixed breed pup named Sofia a month after we moved to Texas.

And by impulsively, I mean I stalked the rescue group’s FB page for a week to make sure no one got her and then finally convinced myself to just do it.

Definitely one of the better decisions I’ve made in recent years.

10 Reasons Why My Mutt is Awesome

1. Sofia has the fiesty-ness of a doxie and the sweetness of… whatever else she is.

2. No one’s ever come up to us and said, “OMG My cousin/neighbor/childhood friend has a dog that looks just like her!”

3. She can grow a beard better than most men I know.

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Reuben Brats - so perfect for football season! Grilled brats topped with thousand island, swiss cheese, and sauerkraut!

This recipe is inspired by my weird obsession with sauerkraut.

You guys, I can’t stop.

I don’t even want to tell you how much I go through in a week.

Yep, straight from the package. It’s a problem.

Reuben Brats - so perfect for football season! Grilled brats topped with thousand island, swiss cheese, and sauerkraut!

I picked up some Johnsonville Beef Brats recently in preparation of the big game. These brats are my go to because they’re fully cooked, perfectly spiced, and so delicious. I really wanted to come up with a unique way to serve them and, of course, my first thought was sauerkraut.

Are you a reuben fan? I think that’s where my sauerkraut obsession started. I’ve been obsessed with those sandwiches for as long as I can remember and sometimes I can go an entire week eating nothing but reubens for every meal.

Yep, for breakfast. I have no shame.

Anyway, so like the classic sandwich these Reuben Brats have thousand island dressing generously spread on the bun and then a slice of Swiss cheese melted on top while they are still hot and then they’re topped with a good helping of sauerkraut.

So good. My new obsession. I may be going back to the store before the big game to buy everything again because I don’t think I’ll have any left by then!

Reuben Brats - so perfect for football season! Grilled brats topped with thousand island, swiss cheese, and sauerkraut!

If you are entertaining for the big game, these Reuben Brats would be perfect. You could put a couple packs of the Johnsonville Beef Brats on the grill and people could dress their brats as they please.

Johnsonville is the number one sausage brand in the US and they believe that bringing family and friends around the dinner table shouldn’t involve complicated meal prep. And that’s why I love all their products. Especially the fully cooked sausages – they make dinner prep really quick and really easy!

Let me know in the comments if you plan on spicing up your game day with some Johnsonville sausage!

If you’re interested in finding out more about Johnsonville or want some yummy recipes ideas, visit their Facebook or Pinterest pages!

Reuben Brats - so perfect for football season! Grilled brats topped with thousand island, swiss cheese, and sauerkraut!

Reuben Brats - so perfect for football season! Grilled brats topped with thousand island, swiss cheese, and sauerkraut!

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