Watermelon Mint Margaritas – the most refreshing summer cocktail! Fresh watrmelon is blended with tequila, lime juice, and an easy homemade mint simple syrup. These margaritas are so pretty and so delicious!

Watermelon Mint Margaritas - the most refreshing summer cocktail! Fresh watrmelon is blended with tequila, lime juice, and an easy homemade mint simple syrup. These margaritas are so pretty and so delicious!

I feel like I’ve been so behind on holidays this year. I didn’t post a single Mardi Gras recipe, I think I posted one for Easter, and I can’t name another holiday that’s passed to save my life.

It’s safe to say that if there were more, I definitely missed them.

But I will not miss Cinco de Mayo! We’re starting a couple weeks early so I can squeeze in all the margaritas and melted cheese I can come up with.

(I’ve also started planning for National S’mores Day. I may miss all the other holidays but you know I’ll be here for margaritas and s’mores.)

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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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Happy Monday! I hope you had an amazing weekend and your week is off to a great start!

We’ve been having crazy storms recently that have made us cancel most of our outdoor plans. So when our local frugal blog posted about free military admission to the county fair on Saturday, I jumped at the opportunity to get out of the house.

It was free! We had to go!

And then we spent $80 to ride the rides. You got me, El Paso County Fair.

You got me good.

Buuuuuut, it was totally worth it to watch my 7 year old almost poo his pants on his first upside-down ride after insisting that he wouldn’t be scared at all.

But anyway, yesterday we had homemade popsicles while we (they) played in the mud that all these storms have created.

I finally broke down and bought popsicle molds after seeing so many great recipes this summer. And the first one was Strawberry-Watermelon Popsicles because I have been obsessed with all things watermelon this summer. Except actual fresh watermelon. Bleh.

These popsicles are just watermelon, strawberries, lemon juice, and a tiny bit of sugar. My kids loved them and I liked knowing where all the ingredients came from. Win all around!

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Watermelon Cake Mix Cookies - the cutest cookies for summer!

It’s Cinco de Mayo and I’m posting cookies.

I failed you.

I’m sorry.

But you better believe that I will be buying a Mango-Rita on the way home from soccer and I will be drinking it while watching Blacklist because omg, I need to know what Reddington and Tom are really up to.

Are you watching that? Because you should be.

Even my husband is into it. And he doesn’t like any show I like.

About the cookies! Aren’t they adorable?! If you can find that watermelon cake mix that I have never seen but I know exists, you should definitely use that for this. I used strawberry cake mix but I also spotted a pink velvet cake mix that would work if you aren’t a fan of strawberry.

My kids have been obsessed with watermelon for the last few weeks so they were pretty impressed. And then the neighbor kid spotted them and shouted “OMG YOUR MOM IS THE BEST COOK EVER!”

So yeah. Make them.


Watermelon Cake Mix Sandwich Cookies
Cookies from Taste and Tell, Frosting from Tasty Kitchen
Servings: 12 sandwich cookies
  • 1 box strawberry cake mix or other pink mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
For the frosting:
  • 5 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • 1 cup 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • green sprinkles
To make the cookies:
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Beat together strawberry cake mix, eggs, and oil until no lumps remain. Stir in mini chocolate chips.
  3. Drop by tablespoonsfuls onto the baking sheets. Bake 8 - 10 minutes, rotating the sheets halfway through. Cool completely before frosting.
To make the frosting:
  1. Whisk flour into the milk in a small saucepan over low heat. Continue whisking as it thickens to about the thickness of brownie batter. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Cool completely before proceeding.
  2. Beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add cooled flour mixture and beat until everything is combined and it looks almost like whipped cream. If it separates, you just haven't beaten it enough - keep going!
To assemble:
  1. Use an offset spatula to spread the frosting on a cookie and top with another cookie. Roll the cookie in sprinkles to cover the frosting.

Things you may need for this recipe:


Want more cake mix cookie recipes?

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Did you watch Honey Boo Boo last night?! Tell me you had your scratch & sniff card! Because I know I did.

We actually made a family grocery store run a few days ago to get the scratch & sniff card and ended up with a ginormous watermelon too. Normally when summer rolls around and I crave watermelon, I just buy one of the tiny ones or even some some packaged slices because I know no one else will eat it. But we ended up with that huge one and then it sat on our counter for 24 hours before I gave up on anyone else eating it and made a cocktail.

This is probably one of my favorite drinks I’ve ever made. It was sweet but still tart and the cubes of watermelon on top made it super refreshing. It’s the perfect summer drink! Better make it before the watermelons disappear!

Nicole made a banana daiquiri! I’m kind of obsessed with both bananas and coconut milk right now so I’m thinking that daiquiri will be how I use the rest of my rum.

One year ago: Butter Brownies
Two years ago: Baked French Toast with Pralines
Three years ago: Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Watermelon Daiquiri
  • 1/2 cup diced watermelon seeds removed
  • 1.5 ounces fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1.5 ounces rum
  • ice
  • watermelon cubes and lime wedges for garnish
  1. In a shaker, muddle watermelon, lime juice, and sugar until watermelon is mostly crushed and sugar is dissolved. And rum and ice; shake vigorously.
  2. Strain over ice and garnish with watermelon cubes and lime wedges.