June 30, 2016

Behind the Blog: Organization, Planning and Balance

Learn a little more about Erin Parker, the blogger behind The Speckled Palate, as well as more about her blog in this year-long Behind The Blog Series!

Happy Thursday, everyone! I’m excited to be sharing some more behind the scenes information with y’all today as we continue this year-long Behind the Blog series!

For the month of June, my fellow bloggers and I are talking about planning and organization. And I’ve been hyperventilating over this post a little bit this past month because planning and organization? Well, they’re not really my strong points even though I try really hard at them.

That said, I’ve got some tips and tricks, as well as other information, to share with y’all this month, so buckle up, and let’s get to talking!

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June 28, 2016

Blackberry Mint Spa Water with Mountain Valley Spring Water

Cool down this summer with homemade Blackberry Mint Spa Water, made with Mountain Valley Spring Water. This spa water is so simple to make any day this season. Bottles of Mountain Valley Spring Water are poured into a pitcher, then mint sprigs and sliced fresh blackberries are added. Stir, then refrigerate for at least an hour. This spa water is refreshing and the perfect way to stay hydrated on a warm summer's day! #ad #NaturalAmericanGoodness
Cool down this summer with homemade Blackberry Mint Spa Water, made with Mountain Valley Spring Water. This spa water is so simple to make any day this season. Bottles of Mountain Valley Spring Water are poured into a pitcher, then mint sprigs and sliced fresh blackberries are added. Stir, then refrigerate for at least an hour. This spa water is refreshing and the perfect way to stay hydrated on a warm summer's day! #ad #NaturalAmericanGoodness

June 24, 2016

Pimm’s Pops

Pimm's Cups are refreshing summertime cocktails that go down easy on hot days. Why not take a classic Pimm's Cup... and transform it into a popsicle? Pimm's No. 1, ginger ale, lemon juice and agave nectar are blended together to create the base of these popsicles. The mixture is then poured into popsicle molds! Add a slice of cucumber once the pops begin firming up, and voila! You've got the perfect boozy popsicles for summer AND #popsicleweek!
Pimm's Cups are refreshing summertime cocktails that go down easy on hot days. Why not take a classic Pimm's Cup... and transform it into a popsicle? Pimm's No. 1, ginger ale, lemon juice and agave nectar are blended together to create the base of these popsicles. The mixture is then poured into popsicle molds! Add a slice of cucumber once the pops begin firming up, and voila! You've got the perfect boozy popsicles for summer AND #popsicleweek!

June 22, 2016

Grilled Chicken Shawarma

Fire up the grill this summer and make Grilled Chicken Shawarma for the family! This Middle Eastern dish - which can be made with chicken, lamb, beef and more - is traditionally cooked on a vertical spit. This rendition, which is just as flavorful, spicy and delicious, can be made on the grill at home! The meat is marinated, then grilled. Served with fresh pita, Tzatziki sauce, salad, Grilled Chicken Shawarma is the perfect entree for any cookout!
Fire up the grill this summer and make Grilled Chicken Shawarma for the family! This Middle Eastern dish - which can be made with chicken, lamb, beef and more - is traditionally cooked on a vertical spit. This rendition, which is just as flavorful, spicy and delicious, can be made on the grill at home! The meat is marinated, then grilled. Served with fresh pita, Tzatziki sauce, salad, Grilled Chicken Shawarma is the perfect entree for any cookout!

June 20, 2016

Cherry Lemon Tea

Instead of making traditional and well-loved Southern Sweet Tea, cool down this summer with naturally sweetened Cherry Lemon Tea! Made with water, three of your favorite tea bags, frozen or fresh cherries, agave nectar and freshly squeezed lemon juice, this summertime flavored tea takes little hands-on time and stores beautifully in the refrigerator for days. This bright, slightly sweet and slightly tart iced tea is the perfect refreshment to sip on a hot summer's day!
Instead of making traditional and well-loved Southern Sweet Tea, cool down this summer with naturally sweetened Cherry Lemon Tea! Made with water, three of your favorite tea bags, frozen or fresh cherries, agave nectar and freshly squeezed lemon juice, this summertime flavored tea takes little hands-on time and stores beautifully in the refrigerator for days. This bright, slightly sweet and slightly tart iced tea is the perfect refreshment to sip on a hot summer's day!

June 17, 2016

Pineapple Blackberry Ice Cream Parfaits

Whip up Pineapple Blackberry Ice Cream Parfaits to enjoy before Finding Dory! A nod to the iconic blue and yellow fish, this dessert is tropical, refreshing and easy to make. Blackberries, vanilla ice cream and milk are blended, then mix the pineapple, vanilla ice cream and pineapple juice. Layer the two flavors into a parfait glass and garnish with berries. Light, sweet and loved by the whole family, this dessert is a perfect way to celebrate Dory's on-screen adventures.
Whip up Pineapple Blackberry Ice Cream Parfaits to enjoy before Finding Dory! A nod to the iconic blue and yellow fish, this dessert is tropical, refreshing and easy to make. Blackberries, vanilla ice cream and milk are blended, then mix the pineapple, vanilla ice cream and pineapple juice. Layer the two flavors into a parfait glass and garnish with berries. Light, sweet and loved by the whole family, this dessert is a perfect way to celebrate Dory's on-screen adventures.