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Strawberry Daiquiri

Red, white, and blue… Yup, I went there.

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I don’t always match my food with the appropriate holiday theme, but when I do, I go all out. ¬†ūüėČ ¬†Since the 4th of July is all about family time around the BBQ and having an iced beverage to cool down, I instantly had the idea of sharing a cocktail recipe with you to celebrate the occasion.

I wanted to make a red, white, and blue cocktail but that seemed to involve too many kinds of¬†alcohol and too much preparation. ¬†Who has that kind of time? ¬†It’s not that¬†you’re not worth it, but I like to make cocktails that are easy. ¬†I imagine you like that too so we both win. ¬†:)

I have to admit that I prefer gin or tequila over rum but those would be super weird in a daiquiri. ¬†I didn’t want to stretch the bounds of logical bar tending with this recipe so I used the booze it called for. ¬†In a daiquiri you really aren’t supposed to taste the liquor which makes white rum a perfect choice. ¬†It’s like drinking strawberry sorbet with a little kick.

So how I can I introduce white and blue with this red drink?  Fun straws!  I got lucky and found these at the T.J. Maxx store today.  Nothing like waiting until the last minute.

Have fun and be safe for the holiday!

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Strawberry Daiquiri Recipe
(1 serving)


  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 cup strawberries, roughly chopped and frozen
  • 2 ounces white rum
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1/2 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice


  1. Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend everything until it forms a slushy consistency.

Adapted from:  Epicurious



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Quinoa Salad

The 4th of July is like Thanksgiving in July, but with different foods.  You know what I mean, right?

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This coming weekend is BBQ weekend here in America. ¬†Almost everyone will be hosting one or going to one. ¬†There will likely be loads of fattening food choices for you to choose from. ¬†Everything from barbecued meats to baked beans to potato and pasta salads. ¬†You will pig out, you will feel sick, you’ll swear that you’ll never want to eat again, and then before you know it you are going for second and third helping. ¬†Sound familiar to Thanksgiving dinner? ¬†Instead of eating turkey and heavy side dishes, you’ll be reaching for a burger and five different cold salads full of mayonnaise.

This salad is a nod to the classic Italian pasta salad and I thought it was perfect to share as we head into BBQ feast weekend.  There are a bazillion pasta salad recipes out there.  Your mom has one, you have a slightly different one, and Pinterest has hundreds.  These are total crowd pleasers because there are so many varieties and everyone is bound to like at least one of them.

Quinoa Salad

I decided to skip the pasta and use quinoa instead. ¬†(I still love you, pasta.) ¬†I thought it would be different and make the salad more interesting. ¬†Or different at least. ¬†I was right. ¬†ūüėČ

You can really use whatever veggies you want in this quinoa salad because pretty much anything will taste great with quinoa and Italian dressing. ¬†I took all of the vibrant colored veggies that I had in my fridge and piled them on. ¬†If you have some broccoli? ¬†Go for it. ¬†Asparagus? ¬†Why not. ¬†(Besides the obvious reason that doesn’t happen until later.) ¬†Peppers? ¬†Totally on board with that too. ¬†I think you get the point. ¬†ūüėČ

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Salads can be fun to make. ¬†You unceremoniously throw some¬†ingredients into a big bowl, stir, and boom, you’ve got dish. ¬†That’s how this salad rolls and it’s one of the reasons why I love it. ¬†No muss, no fuss.

Are you hosting a BBQ? ¬†Going to one? ¬†What will you be eating? ¬†My husband and I are going to a family BBQ on Saturday. ¬†Sounds like the star of the show will be ribs and I’m super excited.

I guess I better make another batch of this quinoa salad to bring over! ¬†Or maybe I’ll bring some Fudgy Brownies because brownies are the best BBQ dessert dish ever! ¬†Oh, oh, or maybe my Corn Guacamole! ¬†Decisions, decisions!


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Quinoa Salad Recipe
(About 4 servings)

Ingredients for the Italian Vinaigrette Dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons¬†white vinegar
  • 3¬†¬†tablespoons oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Ingredients for the Salad:

  • 1 cup quinoa, dry
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 yellow¬†bell pepper, chopped
  • 15 to 20 grape tomatoes, chopped in half (I used orange¬†and red.)
  • 1/8 cup chopped green onions
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Directions for the Italian Vinaigrette Dressing:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, oil, minced garlic, and Italian seasoning.

Directions for the Salad:

  1. Prepare the quinoa according to the directions on the package using the water or broth.
  2. In a big bowl, mix together the cooked quinoa, chopped green and red bell peppers, chopped grape tomatoes, and chopped green onions.
  3. Pour the Italian Vinaigrette Dressing on top of the salad.
  4. Add salt and pepper, to taste.

Source: ¬†Tina’s Chic Corner



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