Rainbow Watermelon Pizza.

Did you know today was National Watermelon Day? To celebrate the occasion, we made a tasty little treat: Rainbow Watermelon Pizza.

This fun to make dish is perfect to take to cookouts or just to eat as a snack.

Plus… toddlers love to help decorate it too!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Watermelon
  • Fruit dip
  • Strawberries
  • Grapes
  • Pineapple
  • Kiwi
  • Blueberries

These are just the different fruits we used. You can use any that you like best!

First, cut all of your fruit into smaller pieces. I sliced the strawberries and kiwi, halved grapes, used pineapple chunks, and whole blueberries for ours.

Then, cut your watermelon into slices. Then you can make different shapes if your toddler would like. We used star cookie cutters for Mila’s.

After you figure out the shape of your watermelon pizza, spread fruit dip all over it.

You could also use whipped cream too!

Next, take the fruit and cover your watermelon. We ordered ours like the rainbow on Mila’s star and an inverted rainbow on my watermelon slice.

I absolutely love how these turned out!

It was such a tasty snack, but I bet they’d be a huge hit at family get-togethers or parties. I can even see it being an interactive station.

A melon-ion possibilities.

Yes. I absolutely had to throw a watermelon pun in the post somewhere. All of you would be disappointed if I didn’t after the Shark Week post! Which was just JAWesome.

No matter what you make these for, you won’t be disappointed with how they taste. And your toddler will love helping out with their snacks.

Let me know in the comments if you’ve ever made watermelon pizza.

OR

Comment your favorite fruit.

Christmas in July Snacks.

Christmas is officially SIX MONTHS away! I can’t believe 2021 is halfway over.

To celebrate the occasion, Mila and I made some Christmas inspired treats. Then, we cleared out some of her older things to give to others. ‘Tis the season of giving.

The three snacks we made were Strawberry Santa’s, marshmallow ‘Olaf’s,’ and frozen hot chocolate.

Each are pretty easy to make. They all include one of Mila’s favorite things: sugar.

For the Strawberry Santa’s here what you’ll need:

  • Strawberry’s
  • Whipped cream
  • Sprinkles
  • Food coloring

To make this little guy, all you need to do is cut a strawberry in half. Then, add whipped cream to the middle to make Santa’s face and beard and to the top to make the fluff on the top.

A face only Mrs. Claus can love.

I made his eyes with food coloring… I’ll admit, he looks like a creeper. But let’s just say Santa has some shades on. For his mouth, I added a red sprinkle.

Out of the three, this was my personal favorite. Yeah, I know I’m on a strawberry kick this summer.

Mila’s favorite was the Marshmallow Snowmen. she obviously named them Olaf’s.

All you’ll need for these are;

  • Marshmallows (2 per snowman)
  • Chocolate chips
  • Sprinkles
  • Toothpicks
  • Food coloring.

Honestly, these are just as easy to assemble.

I stuck the toothpick through both marshmallows to keep the snowman upright. Then, I pushed the chocolate chips in as eyes and buttons. Finally, an orange sprinkle made the perfect nose.

For his smile… I just painted on food coloring because that would have been too many chocolate chips.

I think I also wanted to showcase that I actually know how to paint on a circle to a face.

I think this was Mila’s favorite treat. Mostly because she loves Olaf and the nose made her giggle.

Last but not least, the frozen hot chocolate was so easy to make.

All I did was take a hot chocolate packet, milk, and ice to my blender and mixed it up. It turned o it really good. Then I put it in the Santa mug and topped it off with whipped cream.

After our little snack, we took the time to go through Mila’s old clothes, toys, and baby accessories. I think the sugar rush definitely helped Mila get through it.

It was nice to clear up some closet space for Mila and giveaway a few toys.

I told Mila she was Santa’s little helper. Then reminded her he’s always watching so to keep being a good girl!

Now she won’t take off her Santa headband! We’ve been reading Christmas books and watching Christmas movies too. I guess she’s already excited.

Mila and I had so much celebrating Christmas in July!

It’s always nice to make something special for Mila. AND I love teaching her early on that giving is important.

Ww have a little work to do for when Santa’s not watching, but it’s a start.

If you’re looking for more ways to celebrate Christmas in July or want to have a little party to celebrate, check out how these moms do it:

S’mores Banana Boats

After a weekend full of fireworks, bonfires, and food, I had to share my latest creation. This time I skipped the strawberries and used bananas instead!

Of course, it’s s’mores related.

Since everyone loved the Whole Strawberry S’more, I knew the S’mores Banana Boats would be a hit.

So, let’s talk about the obvious, the strawberry s’more looked a lot cuter than this.

It’s not easy taking pictures of bananas.

What you can tell from this picture is how ooey gooey this campfire favorite is. Once you have one bite, you’ll go back for more!

This campfire treat is perfect for those who don’t want to sit and hold a stick. Just have some tin foil handy, wrap it up, and throw it in the fire.

Here’s all you’ll need…

  • Bananas
  • Chocolate
  • Marshmallows
  • Foil
  • Tongs

One thing I’d suggest is to buy mini marshmallows. I thought I had some, but instead had the huge, flat ones. Don’t fret if you don’t have minis. You can easily tear them apart.

To start off, take your banana and slice it longwise down the middle.

You can stuff the chocolate and marshmallows in there tightly. I ended up taking some of the banana out to make some room.

This lessened the mess!

Then, I wrapped it in aluminum foil and placed it in the fire.

I’m not sure if the exact amount of time I had it in the fire because I kept checking it. It was probably around eight minutes.

Pretty much, you just want to make sure the chocolate gets melted and the marshmallow gets a little gooey. It probably would’ve taken less time if I hadn’t kept checking in on it!

Once it’s done, let the foil cool down, grab a spoon, and enjoy.

Like I said, it’s not the cutest thing to take a picture of, but this S’mores Banana Boat is absolutely delicious.

The next time you’re around the fire, try it out. You won’t be disappointed.

What’s your favorite campfire treat?

Before you go, check out what others moms across the Internet bring for their families to snack on while camping.

The Easiest Fourth of July Drink

It’s the weekend and time to celebrate. If you’re looking for the Easiest Fourth of July Drink, you’ve found it here!

All you need is two ingredients and you can make it kid friendly too.

This yummy drink doesn’t taste like a mouthful of alcohol and has the extra sweetness of the popsicles.

All you need are these two things:

  • Smirnoff Ice Red, White, and Berry
  • Popsicles (preferably the red, white, and blue rockets)

Yes! That’s it.

All you have to do it pour your Smirnoff Ice in a cup. Then dunk a popsicle.

It always makes me feel like a kid again when I incorporate parts of my childhood. This drink is NO different.

Believe me, the kids will want to join in too.

A perfect substitution is using Sprite or ginger ale with a popsicle. They won’t feel like they’re missing out at all. If your child is anything like Mila, she’ll want to do a cheers.

I figured I’d share a funny story about trying to make these and take pictures.

When I went in my freezer to grab the popsicles, the box was empty. Mila has been sneaking and eating them the last few days. Thankfully she’s thrown the wrappers away!

At this point in the game, it was impossible to find the right popsicles, but others taste just as good.

Just another instance in toddler life!

We hope you enjoy your Fourth of July weekend. I can’t wait to share our adventures with you all.

What’s your favorite red, white, and boozy drink?

Before you go, make sure to check out these other holiday drinks by my mom friends!

Whole Strawberry S’more Recipe

It’s campfire season and I had to add my strawberry summer twist. If you’ve liked all my other strawberry recipes so far, you’re going to love this.

I actually saw this on a Tik Tok video and had to try it. Two of my favorite flavors are strawberry and s’mores.

Honestly, I can’t think of anything that screams summer more.

To make these, you’ll need:

This recipe is pretty self explanatory.

All you need to do is dip your strawberry in the marshmallow fluff. This is a little more difficult than I thought. The best way was to deeply dip the strawberry and twist. You can adjust how much marshmallow fluff gets on there!

Then, roast it like a marshmallow.

Seeing a strawberry roasting looked hilarious to me. It felt like I was roasting the biggest marshmallow ever!

Roast to your preferred marshmallow done-ness. I like mine slightly burnt.

The next part is MESSY… well it was for me.

Drizzle chocolate sauce over top the strawberry marshmallow combo. It might have been easier to dip it, but I just drizzled over a plate.

Now you’re ready to eat it!

Although I didn’t take a picture of it, I added crushed graham crackers to this whole strawberry s’more. It gave it the crunch that I love about s’mores.

Here’s a bonus strawberry s’mores idea.

Since I was just making random s’mores, I tried slicing strawberries and adding them to a regular s’more.

It’s a real game changer!

I loved both strawberry twisted s’mores, but loved the chocolate bar taste on this a little more.

Either way you make it, I’m telling you, add strawberries to your s’more agenda. It adds such a fresh bite to a sweet, summer treat.

Do you add any extras to your s’mores? Let me know in the comments.

Mommy Recipe: Tequila Sunrise

When I think of summer, I think of the sun, pool, and occasional refreshments. One drink I’ve loved for years and looks like summer is the Tequila Sunrise.

Even if you’re not a tequila fan, this drink will win you over. The flavors from the orange juice and grenadine work perfectly together.

The only thing better than this drinks taste is how pretty it looks.

Now that I’ve sold you, here’s what you need:

  • 1/2 ounce of grenadine
  • 4 ounces of orange juice
  • 2 ounces of tequila
  • Ice
  • Maraschino cherries *optional

To make this beautiful drink, shake tequila, orange juice, and ice together. Then strain in an ice filled glass.

Next, use a spoon to pour grenadine over. This way it goes to the bottom. It somehow feels like an adult science experiment. I love seeing the layered look.

Before drinking or serving, lightly stir to create the sunrise effect.

Then you’re done!

You can garnish with maraschino cherries, orange slices, or fondant flowers. I sort of just got lucky to have the extra pretties.

It truly is such a beautiful looking drink and tastes so good too. Since it’s only three ingredients and not a lot of prep time, it’s one of my go to’s! Plus… it’s an easy way to drink tequila.

What’s your favorite pool side drink?

Make sure to check out these other summertime drinks that you’ll enjoy!

Strawberry Yogurt Popsicles

Looking for a cool treat this summer? Try this three ingredient Strawberry Yogurt Popsicle recipe. I promise you won’t want to share with anyone!

Before I go on… I know I’m hitting the strawberry game hard this summer. They’re just tasty.

This recipe is actually my favorite snack not frozen. It’s simple to mix up and has so many good flavors.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • I cup Vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • 1 cup Strawberries
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • Popsicle Mold

All you have to do is combine the three ingredients in a bowl. Then, mix them up.

Next, transfer to a popsicle mold. I got this cute one here. This part can get a little messy. Just make sure if you get it on the mold to wipe it off.

Last, pop them in the freezer and wait!

I left mine in the freezer for about six hours, but overnight would have taken the ‘hurry up’ feeling away.

This is quite the tasty treat. I love how refreshing it is. It also feels like an adult popsicle. I’m all for sharing with Mila, but there’s real ingredients and I can actually see the strawberries!

Hopefully, I’ll expand to using other ingredients this summer. If not, they’re still really good.

What’s your favorite popsicle flavor?

If you need some other popsicle recipes, check out these!

Boozy Root Beer Floats

Summer season is upon us! I can’t think of anything more nostalgic than root beer floats to drink on a hot day. The kids love it. To step it up a notch for the adults, I add one more ingredient to make Boozy Root Beer Floats.

One of my favorite things about being an adult is putting a twist on my favorite childhood drinks. It seems silly, but it’s a lot of fun to taste. I imagine this is what all the adults did when I was a kid too.

Plus, when it’s only one extra step, it makes it a lot easier to do.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Root Beer
  • Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Whiskey (I used Jack Daniels)
  • Chocolate sauce *optional
  • Maraschino Cherry *optional

All you have to do is make it like a classic root beer float. I add the whiskey in first, then ice cream, and then the root beer. It feels like it mixes up the whiskey the best!

I also like to add chocolate drizzle and maraschino cherries to the top of my root beer floats too. It tastes so good.

This Boozy Root Beer Float drink will be such a summer staple. Mila loves drinking root beer floats too. So, I guess she’ll be motivating me to make them all the time!

What kind of childhood drinks do you like to put an adult spin on?

If you’re craving some other root beer flavor try this one Root Beer Float Ice Pop by Mom Buns and Mayhem.

Strawberry Mint Sun Tea

One of my favorite summer drinks is sun tea. It’s so easy to make and even more refreshing. Since I’m still battling the mint take over, I thought I could combine my favorite flavors. Out of it came Strawberry Mint Sun Tea.

When I first got my house, my grandpa gave my my grandma’s sun tea container. It felt like such an honor. I usually put iced tea in there when I make it. Now it feels like when I make sun tea, I can connect with her.

Even though I used a different container for this batch (thanks toddler and dog!), it was magical seeing the transformation. Mila loved it too.

Here’s what we used for our Strawberry Mint Sun Tea:

  • Big glass jar with a tight lid
  • Tea bags
  • Strawberries
  • Mint
  • Water
  • A sunny day

Obviously I didn’t put specific amounts for the ingredients. There’s a reason why (there’s always a reason).

The size of your jar or container determines what you’ll need. I personally used six tea bags and then just eyeballed the strawberries and mint. Maybe around seven strawberries and a handful or two of mint!

It’s all about preference! But, I made a l it take cheat sheet in case you’d like some guidance.

The first thing you need for sun tea is a sunny day! With summer coming up, you’ll have no issues with that.

Honestly, all you have to do is fill up your container. Then, put all the ingredients in. We mixed it around to activate the mint leaves, but it’s not needed!

Once every thing is in there, shut the lid and stick it outside.

It’s truly that simple.

We let it stay outside for around seven hours. I could tell it was time to take it in by the color of the water. Again, this is all about preference and what you like in a tea.

To serve, I strained the strawberries, but let the mint leaves come through over a small jar of ice.

It was so refreshing. The mint made it taste so cooling.

Although it didn’t need sugar, Mila asked for it to be a little sweeter. So, you can add sugar if you’d please. Again, tea is all about how your taste buds like it!

Sun tea is so fun to make and your kids will constantly be checking the water. It’s like a little science experiment.

We’ll be making another batch of sun tea soon enough!

What’s your favorite thing to add to tea?

While you’re at it, check out these other amazing iced tea recipes!

Backyard Mint Mojito

One of my favorite parts of having a backyard garden is making new recipes! Since my mint is sort of taking over, I needed to find something quick.

A mojito sounded like the perfect drink for my little problem.

I’ve never made a mojito at home before, but I figured I’d try! After seeing how easy it was, I’ll definitely be making it again.

Here’s the ingredients you’ll need:

  • 10 mint leaves
  • 1/2 lime juiced or 4 ounces
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 2 ounces of white rum (I used lime flavored)
  • 3 ounces of seltzer
  • Ice

The first thing you need to do is collect your mint! You can get some at stores or in your backyard. This is what I’ve been working with lately…

My little garden smells so good, but it’s a lot of mint. I cut off two stems. They gave me the perfect amount of leaves and there’s still a ton of mint left.

After you figure out your mint situation, the fun begins.

The first thing you need to do is muddle your mint. I personally don’t have specific bar equipment, but I’m guessing it’d be easier. Honestly, I used the back of my spoon and it seemed to work pretty well.

Then, add your muddled mint, lime juice, rum, and simple syrup in a glass or cocktail shaker with ice. Again, I didn’t have a cocktail shaker, but I shook them with a glass and plastic cup.

It worked so I’m pretty impressed with my ingenuity.

Then, strain your mojito mixture in a glass filled with ice. Top the rest of it off with seltzer. After, you can garnish with extra mint or a lime wedge.

After you’re all done, enjoy it!

I love the taste of mint, so I added extra in there. It ended up tasting amazing, especially after letting it sit for a little bit before I drank it. It just tasted extra minty.

Hopefully I’ll be able to try and make a mint julep sometime this summer too. I have more than enough mint to experiment with! Once I find a recipe that I love, I’ll share it on here. Fingers crossed it goes as easily as this Backyard Mint Mojito.

Let me know what your favorite summer drink or refreshment is in the comments. If you tried this recipe, tell me how yours tasted too!

Enjoy!

Looking for some other tasty summer drinks, try these too!