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Rosemary Citrus Spritzer

I think spritzer is just a fancy word for soda.  It is reminiscent of summer.  Sitting on a porch or in a backyard with a cool drink in hand is how summers should be spent.  I found this recipe while looking for something to serve friends at a dinner party.  It then morphed into a treat that I make for the kids on lazy summer days.  I don’t buy juice or sodas for the kids, so it’s definitely a treat at our house!


The original recipe from The Kitchn calls for oranges and lemons along with sugar and honey.  So feel free to switch up the ingredients to your tastes.  I think the oranges make it sweeter, so I was able to cut back on the sweeteners and just use honey.


Start with the juice of four oranges and stir in 1/2 cup honey.  Throw in four sprigs of rosemary.  You can either boil this mixture for one minute or microwave it if you’re in a hurry, like I generally tend to be.  Let the mixture cool and strain it into another vessel.  It will be a concentrated herbal scented juice, which is diluted by the club soda.

Pour 2-3 tablespoons of concentrate into each glass and top with soda water.  If you’re feeling fancy, you can top it with a rosemary sprig and a paper straw.  My kids like to be able to mix the glass themselves, watching the color crawl it’s way up to the top of the glass.

If you want to try another soda alternative, check out my watermelon cooler!


Homemade Pasta [In the Kitchen]

Every time they hear the kitchen aid mixer being taken out, the kids head for the kitchen, dragging stools and chair behind them.  Everybody wants a turn to add the ingredients and maybe sneak a taste or two!  This year for my birthday, my mother-in-law gave me a pasta maker for my birthday.  I recruited the kids to help and went to pinterest for a fresh and easy summer recipe for the sauce.

I actually used a mix for the pasta itself (part of the birthday present).  But next time, I’ll make that from scratch.  With just flour and eggs, how hard can it be?

The kids loved cranking the handle and once we got going, it was quite easy.  The pasta was delicious and tastes totally different from the dried pasta that you buy at the market.  I will say that cleaning the pasta maker was my least favorite part.  After soaking it, I was using a toothpick to get all the bits of pasta out of the nooks and crannies.  If anyone owns a pasta maker and knows a better way…fill me in!

Once we made the pasta, I covered it in plastic and put it in the fridge to wait while I made the quick and easy sauce!  I roughly chopped an 8 ounce package of sliced mushrooms…

Then cut up a half of a medium sized red onion.  I sauteed those both in a little bit of olive oil.

Then I added one cup of heavy cream and one cup of fresh parmesan cheese.  After the cheese melted into the sauce, I added a cup of frozen peas and seasoned with a bit of salt and pepper.  Mix with the pasta (that you’ve boiled in water for 2-3 minutes) and you’re done!

I recently ate dinner at my friend Allyson’s house and she served a simple sliced rustic bread brushed with olive oil and lightly toasted.  The simplicity of it was delicious and it was the perfect compliment to this meal!


Strawberries and Cream Cupcakes [In the Kitchen]

Strawberries.  Jillian just asked me this morning why people are selling strawberries on the side of the road when you can buy them in the grocery store.  I thought about it for a sec and was like…because they’re AMAZING.  Of course we need them sold on every other  street corner!

After buying a flat at Costco, I was looking for recipes to take advantage of my surplus.  I’m not ambitious enough to can…but strawberry jam!  YUM!  Anyway, back to the recipe…my friend told me about Our Best Bites and it happened to have a recipe for Strawberry Cupcakes.  It had a few more steps in the recipe than I care for, but it was worth it!!

The recipe for the cupcakes can be found here:

I changed things up and made a traditional cream cheese frosting instead of the frosting the website recommended…again too many steps.  I’m a dump baker…I need to be able to just dump all the ingredients and mix.  So, if anyone tries their frosting, let me know how it is!  I would’ve been happy to eat the cupcakes sans frosting.  The flavor was that good.

Oh and by the way, I made these about a month ago.  Soon after my friend Maggie challenged me to a month of healthy eating.  And truth be told, I’m a little grumpy when I can’t eat all the yummy things I like.  But, my body feels better when I don’t eat whatever I feel like, so there ya go.  YOU enjoy the cupcakes, because I won’t be having any for awhile!