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Friday, June 24, 2016

Life's Peachy with Chilled Peach Soup

*Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.

You ever hear that saying, "You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, but there's still somebody who hates peaches"? I hope I never come across that person who hates peaches, especially the ripe, juicy ones, because I don't need that kind of negativity in my life. Peaches in the summertime are like little kisses from Mother Nature. 

Last summer I tried a Blueberry Soup recipe from Golden Blossom Honey that was so good, I decided that I'd try their Chilled Peach Soup this year. And, just like last year's fruity soup recipe, I was not disappointed. My only issue is trying to figure out which recipe I like more.

peach soup

Chilled Peach Soup is perfect for morning breakfast, a light lunch, or as a refreshing snack. I'll have it out on my deck while I'm bird watching, or if I'm in a hurry, I'll pour it into a tumbler and sip it on the go.


Ingredients
1 cup water
1/2 cup GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
3/4 cup orange juice
6 cups fresh peaches, peeled and sliced
1/2 cup half and half
fresh mint leaves for garnish

CLICK HERE FOR FULL RECIPE

Chilled Peach Soup


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What's your favorite summertime fruit?

 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Season's Greetings at Holiday World

It's no secret that I love holidays. I celebrate every single one of them because not only are they fun, they are a great excuse to have a party! When we were coming back from our Smoky Mountain trip last summer, I demanded we make a stop in Santa Claus, Indiana. A whole town dedicated to Christmas? Yes, please!

Santa Claus Indiana

The family wasn't too keen on hitting up a tourist trap kind of town, but I am a sucker for them. I did end up selling them on the idea when they realized there was a theme park with roller coasters and a water park all rolled into one.



It's a holiday lovers paradise! Each section of the park represents a different holiday. Start off in Christmas World where you can take photos with an oversized Santa, a huge Christmas tree, and ride Christmas themed rides.

Holiday World

Holiday World

Holiday World

Holiday World

Then there's Halloween World...

Holiday World

Holiday World

Thanksgiving World will take you on a Mayflower voyage, ride some turkeys, and then swing into the cafe for a home cooked Thanksgiving dinner.

Holiday World

Holiday World

Holiday World

Just like Thanksgiving World, each section had their own themed eateries. Grab some Christmas Fudge, Star Spangled Ice Cream or a Goblin Burger.

Holiday World

Holiday World

Most of the rides were carnival type rides, but they did have about 5 roller coasters. I believe 4 were wooden and one was steel.




Included in admission, you also get to take advantage of the water park. The girls loved this area, spending most of the day here. There are several water slides, a few tide pools, and you can even float along the lazy river.

Holiday World

Holiday World

They even offer FREE sunscreen at the various sunscreen stations located though the water park.


Pro tip: bring some cheap flip flops. Most of the water park area is concrete and it gets HOT! You will definitely fry your feet walking from area to area here.

In addition to the free sunscreen, they even have FREE soda stations through the entire theme park. Stop by any Pepsi Oasis to quench your thirst with soda, lemonade, and sports drinks. I loved this freebie since every other theme park price gouges on beverages. There are quite a few stations, so you never have to wait long in line, either.

Holiday World Pepsi Oasis

Don't forget your photo with Santa on before you leave!

Holiday World

If you've been to Michigan's Adventure, Holiday World is a lot like that theme park. The girls did say they liked Holiday World better, but I thought they were both pretty equal in rides and the water park area. Holiday World does have an advantage for me since they do offer the free beverages and sunscreen and, well, Santa in the middle of summer! You can't beat that!

Do you visit theme parks in the summer?


Friday, June 17, 2016

Baked Italian Panini for Summer Picnics

*Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.


Who doesn't love a good picnic in the summertime? I know I do! We like to pack up a picnic and head to our local state park every now and again for lunch and trail hiking. We'll take light foods since we'll be walking a few miles after lunch, so we usually whip up sub sandwiches or turkey wraps. I thought I'd do something a little different for our next picnic and make some mini ciabatta sandwiches. Jason is a huge fan of ciabatta bread and Italian meats, so I knew he was going to LOVE these Baked Italian Paninis from Golden Blossom Honey.  

Italian Panini


Don't let these mini sandwiches fool you. What they lack in size, they more than make up for in flavor! Prosciutto meat, gooey melted mozzarella, tomato, and herbs makes this a fantastic picnic option.

Ingredients
Dressing:
1/3 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
1 large clove garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
salt and pepper, to taste

4 ciabatta rolls or 1 (16-ounce) loaf ciabatta bread, halved horizontally
8 ounces Italian ham, such as prosciutto or speck
1 (8 ounce) ball mozzarella fresca, thinly sliced
1 or 2 fresh tomatoes, sliced
12 large fresh basil leaves

CLICK HERE FOR FULL RECIPE

Baked Italian Panini

Mariah joined the Greenhouse Club last year and we ended up with quite a few herb plants. I was happy to be able to pluck some basil right from the pots on my window sill, all grown from my own daughter's hand, making this sandwich all that much more special.


You can find this recipe, as well as many more delicious recipes right on the Golden Blossom Honey recipe page! Be sure to follow Golden Blossom Honey on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on new products and promotions.





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Do you plan on going on a picnic this summer?

Monday, June 13, 2016

Don't Mess with Dad!

I'm starting to think I don't have a need for a television in the summer. My yard critters are so good at providing me with entertainment, I find myself captivated by their antics for hours on end.

Last year Momma Bird decided to make herself at home in one of my bird feeders building herself a cozy little nest, so I never got around to actually filling it with seed. Turns out that she loved her little hut so much, she came back again this year for round 2 of hatching her little baby birds.


She did it all on her own last year, so I was quite surprised that she either whipped her man into shape this year or kicked his sorry butt to the curb and finally found a male of worth to watch over her. And watch over her he did! He was on that branch for days on end, never straying far from Mama's side.


Although I was far away on my deck, he was giving me the stink eye, making sure the tone was set not to mess with dad.


Apparently this little birdy here didn't get the memo to stay away or was just itching for trouble because he couldn't resist hanging out on the fence a wee bit too close to Mama Bird.


So, dad did what he does best and opened a can of whoop ass on little birdy.



The show went on for a good 30 minutes until little birdy learned his lesson and flew away. Dad definitely had his work cut out for him! He was vigilant at watching over Mama Bird every day, and in the end was rewarded with 3 sweet little baby birds of his very own.


Who needs staged soap operas when you can tune into the animal soaps every day in your own back yard?

Kudos to all you hard working dads out there! May you be blessed with lots of love this Father's Day!


Friday, June 10, 2016

Breakfast Souffles with Fresh Blueberry Sauce

*Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.

Breakfasts during the school year in our house aren't big affairs. Cold cereal, oatmeal, yogurt. Easy and quick so we can get out the door without much fuss. I am not a morning person, so the thought of turning the stove on at 6am is absolutely revolting to me. June Cleaver and I would not be friends. 

Now that school is officially out for the summer and I can get a few extra hours of sleep every day, breakfasts can be more of an elaborate affair. Nothing too fancy and not every single day, but it doesn't bother me to put in a little extra effort for the girls to have a home cooked breakfast a few times a week during the summer. 

I think part of the reason I like summer breakfasts so much is the abundance of delicious fruits available to us this time of year. Lately, I've been stocking up on tons of blueberries, usually for waffles, but I found an amazing recipe for Breakfast Souffles with Fresh Blueberry Sauce on Golden Blossom Honey recently and couldn't wait to use some of them up on this recipe.  


This is such a delicious breakfast, it can almost be mistaken for dessert. Eat it for breakfast, brunch, or make a few extra and snack on them anytime throughout the day. 

Ingredients
Sauce:
1 (6 ounce) package fresh blueberries
1/4 cup apple juice
1/4 cup GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Souffles:
6 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
3 eggs, separated
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup flour
1 tablespoon cornstarch
pinch cream of tarter
1/4 cup sugar

CLICK HERE FOR FULL RECIPE

You can find this recipe, as well as many more delicious recipes right on the Golden Blossom Honey recipe page! Be sure to follow Golden Blossom Honey on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on new products and promotions.




If you like this recipe, be sure to come back every Friday, where I feature a new recipe from Golden Blossom Honey!

 What do you like to eat for your home cooked breakfasts?

 
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