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Day 13: A Fresh Start (with something Tart!)

I disappeared. I know it…. and I’m sorry!!!!

Life just got the best of me. We have a lot of stReSs occurring in our home…… and I took a break from blogging BUT NOT pinning and definitely, NOT creating (is it just me or is crafting & creating an escape for others besides just me????). My break seemed to be Just from blogging….. maybe because it hadn’t yet become a “regular” thing in my life yet, maybe because computers & I don’t always get along and it just seemed like  “another” potential  form of frustration…..

ANYWAY You look at it…. I’m back and I PROMISE …I’m newly committed!!!!!

And YES, I’m starting back up at Day 13 because it’s MY blog  🙂  and it’s what I wanna do for 2 reasons:

1. wouldn’t it be MORE confusing if I skipped from Day #12 to  Day #20 27 (WOW! Has it really been thaaaattttttt long….. I’m sorry!!!)

and

2. I’d just be CONTINUOUSLY rubbing it in my own face that I flaked, BIG TIME, over the last week….errrrrrrr 2 weeks………

SO, enough said about that……

Today I was ready for A FRESH START & SOMETHING TART!:

(and this, my friends, is what I made… and what I drank…… and then made again…. and then drank again (yep 2 glasses of this ice cold -refreshing- tart -calorie laden- yumminess…..)

(don’t mind the blue paint drops that I got all over our picnic table.. oops… from another “Pin”spiration I’m currently working on…)

I saw this drink on Pinterest (thanks Jillee! http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2012/06/brazilian-strawberry-lemonade-summertime-in-a-glass.html) when I was exploring “Fogo de Chao”. I had NEVER been there and our family took a much needed mini vacay to Dallas for the weekend. When my husband sent me an email stating that he had made us a reservation, I was so excited. And so, of course, me being me…. pulled out the ” ‘ol reliable Iphone” to see what I just HAD to have when I went there. Brazilian Lemonade was at the top of the list, and it was DE.LIC.IOUS.  While my husband drove home from Dallas and I kept him company with my stimulating conversation all while playing fun Road Trip games with our daughter and I turned the radio up so that I could  “Pin” away,  I stumbled across Jillee’s recipe for “Brazilian Strawberry Lemonade”.

Today it was 109 degrees outside (Ridiculous, I know…… ) and it was the perfect day to try the recipe out. BUT, I was feeling hot & lazy and didn’t want to go through all the steps that Jillee took! So…. here is my simple version of

TOO. HOT. TO. MOVE. OR. BREATHE. BRAZILIAN STRAWBERRY LEMONADE (THAT’S REALLY MADE OUT OF LIMES):
1 cup Simply Limeade

1 TBSP Sweetened Condensed Milk

Diced Frozen Strawberries

Crushed Ice ( I filled my glass up about 1/3 with crushed ice and then 1/3 frozen strawberries)

I mixed these all together and enjoyed. Then I mixed another glass together and enjoyed again! Yum! Refreshing! Tart! Simple!

Until tomorrow…. Happy Pinning!,

Kirsten

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Day 12 : Summer Checklist

I can’t believe that Summer Break is already more than 1/2 way over! Where, oh where, does the time go?

I am one of those Moms that LOVES Summer Break. I miss my kiddo when she’s at school and I love having the summer to hang out with her and just get to know her better.

This summer I saw a free, over-the-top stinkin’ adorable, Summer Checklist that I could fill out. We moved to the Oklahoma City area 1 1/2 years ago from California and we still have SO MUCH to explore! We REALLY love it here: the people, the accents, the slower paced life, our church, our neighborhood, the prices, the friendliness, etc etc etc (and yes, I could go on & on &on) , and summer, although a tad too warm for my liking, is the perfect time to take in some of the sites & sounds that are unique to this sweet place we now call OklaHOME.

Here’s our list on the free printable from this FANTASTICALLY AWESOME blog (found on Pinterest, of course): http://thecraftingchicks.com/?s=summer+fun+chart+2012

Isn’t this FUN & CUTE???!!!

As you can see, I mixed in some “easy to do” items and some “go out & explore” ideas.  Ella uses a dry erase marker to circle out each thing that we do as soon as we get home!

I love that it helps with those “What should we do today?” moments….

I would LOVE to know if you and your family are utilizing a Summer Checklist and if so, what method or printable (If any?!) are you using?

With that,  we’re off to enjoy something NOT on the list: we’re BEACHBOUND (since we ARE in San Diego right now visiting family)…..

Hope your day is beautiful,

Kirsten 🙂

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