16 Refreshing Drink Recipes and Block Party

It’s HOT!!!  It’s not uncommon for us to hit 100 degrees in the summer, so I found 16 different refreshing drink recipes that will help you stay cool this summer!
Beat the heat with 16 refreshing drink recipes. Great Summer drinks

Homemade Pistachio Ice Cream Recipe

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Pistachio gelato might be my favorite treat ever. I haven’t figured out how to make gelato at home yet but this homemade pistachio ice cream recipe is almost as good.

Hands down the best homemade pistachio ice cream recipe. We love this. Turns out perfect and creamy every time. Great dessert.

This is adapted from the Roasted Pistachio recipe from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams At Home cookbook. Which may be the best cookbook I own. For reals, if you are interested in making ice cream and like a combo of interesting and classic flavors go buy it it’s golden. I’ve made a few minor tweaks mostly out of convenience than anything else.

New family favorite. This homemade pistachio ice cream recipe is so yummy but easy to make. Perfect dessert. Love Jeni's spendid ice cream recipes


  • 1/2 C shelled salted pistachios (if using unsalted just ad 1/2 tsp fine sea salt)
  • 2 C whole milk
  • 1 TBS + 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 oz (3 TBS) cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 1/4 C heavy cream
  • 2/3 C sugar
  • 2 TBS light corn syrup
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract


  1. Process the pistachios in a food processor or blender until it becomes a smooth paste.
  2. Combine 2 TBS of the milk, the cornstarch to form a slurry.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk in cream cheese and pistachio paste.
  4. Cook the rest of the milk, cream, sugar, and corn syrup in a saucepan (at least 4 quart size as it will foam up a lot).
  5. Remove from heat and add the slurry.
  6. Return back to heat and cook until thicken about 1 minute. (The thicker it is the harder your ice cream will be).
  7. Whisk into the cream cheese mixture and then pour into a 1 gallon Ziploc bag.
  8. Submerge the bag into an ice batch and let it sit for at least 30 minutes. You might need to add more ice. I usually put it in the fridge too. I find it best to give yourself an hour or more to chill it in the fridge.
  9. Turn your Ice Cream Maker on and snip the corner of your fully chilled bag of mixture and pour it in to be processed.
  10. Transfer to a freezer safe container top with parchment paper and then freeze for at least 4 hours before serving.

It's a keeper. Best homemade ice cream recipe. Love this pistachio ice cream.

I love it served as is or with a nice thick hot fudge oh yum. Shoot I’m going to have to make some more of this pistachio ice cream this weekend. If you don’t have an ice cream maker. I absolutely adore my kitchen aid ice cream attachment that just fits on my regular stand mixer!

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Classic Hobo Foil Dinner Recipe

There’s just something awesome about a foil dinner whether it’s out camping, cooked on the grill, or prepared in the oven.

New family favorite recipe. Whether at home in the oven, camping or on the grill this is our favorite version of the classic hobo foil packet dinners

I’m so excited to be sharing a recipe for a Classic Hobo Foil Dinner from my friend’s awesome new book Foiled! It’s full of meals and treats that are cooked in foil. Dinners, breakfasts and even desserts.

It was so hard for me to decide which one to share but I thought I’d go with the classic.

Love this recipe for classic hobo foil packet dinners. Great for camping cooking on the grill or even making in the oven


  • Foil Paper
  • Spray Oil
  • 1 lbs. Ground Beef
  • Onion, sliced
  • 1/2 lbs. Mushrooms, quarted (the original recipe calls for carrots but I had mushrooms on hand)
  • 1/2 C Green Beens
  • 1 C Potato (about 1 medium potato), sliced
  • 1 can Cream of Chicken Soup

it's a keeper. Definitely our favorite version of classic hobo dinners. great foil packet recipe


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F or heat up stove or campfire.
  2. Prepare 4 pieces of foil about 18 inches long and spray with oil.
  3. Place a spoonful of soup onto the center of each piece of foil.
  4. Layer 1/8 of the potatoes on each piece of foil.
  5. Divide the beef between each packet.
  6. Top with mushrooms, green beans and remaining potatoes.
  7. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Top with the remaining soup.
  9. Bring the long edges of foil together and fold down twice to seal.
  10. Then fold over the short ends twice on each side.
  11. Cook 30-60 minutes check at the 30 minute point. For me using the oven this was the perfect amount of time.

Fun cookbook filled with camping food and recipes that can be cooked in foil. Breakfast, dinners, desserts and sides.

This is such a fun meal to do at home or out camping. It would be great for entertaining and just let guest make their own packets up. The kids will have a blast eating out of the foil and save yourself extra clean up. And really you need to check out Foiled! it’s such a great book full of all kinds of creative foods like Coconut Lime Halibut, S’mores Quesadillas and more.

My favorite version of the classic foil packet hobo dinners. Recipe is easy and so yummy


Check out the other bloggers on the book tour! One Sweet Appetite // Housewife Eclectic // The Baking Fairy // Like Mother Like Daughter // Life’s Ambrosia // Color Me Meg // Cupcake Diaries // Dessert Now Dinner Later // Among The Young // The Adventure Bite // Just Between Friends // My Fabuless Life // Rae Gun Ramblings // Tried and Tasty // Bombshell Bling // Creations by Kara // Clark’s Condensed // Our Thrifty Ideas // Cooking With Ruthie // The Creative Mom // A Bountiful Kitchen // A Dash Of Sanity // The Happy Scraps

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This buttermilk waffle recipe is the best. Easy to have breakfast ready in less than 15 minutes.

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My new favorite healthy side dish. This is perfect for a light lunch or vegetable companion to chicken dinner. Great broccoli slaw recipe

15+ Strawberry Recipes and Crafts and Block Party

There’s just something great about a super sweet strawberry. The ones at the grocery store have been calling to me so I rounded up 15 awesome strawberry recipes and projects!

Fabulous collection of Strawberry Recipes. Great desserts and treats as well as cute crafts based on strawberries
15 Minute Buttermilk Waffles | Personal Strawberry Pinata  | Spinach Strawberry Salad | Felt Strawberries

Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie | Dairy Free Strawberry Tart | S’mores Stuffed Strawberries | Fresh Fruit Popsicles

Strawberry Napoleons | Strawberry Pineapple Popsicles  | Strawberry Shortcake Cobbler | Strawberry Mint Lemonade

Strawberry Roll Scones | Felt Veggie Garden (they are technically radishes but they could totally pass for strawberries) | Strawberry Poke Cake | DIY Strawberry Jam

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Marissa here from Rae Gun Ramblings. We are are in full on Summer mode here in UT and to mean you can’t do Summer without strawberries. It seems you guys feel the same way because our last few link parties were chocked full of strawberry goodness. I hope you enjoy all the fabulous strawberry features and here are some more great posts to keep your Summer awesome!

Learn all about Facebook Live, nail stamping, sewing pillowcases and strawberry recipes

10 Minute Pillow Case VIDEO Tutorial | How to Do Nail Stamping | Everything You Need to Know About Facebook Live

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Making the World Cuter | Rae Gun Ramblings | Keeping it Simple Crafts | Pieces By Polly

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Tons of great recipes for strawberries and a few strawberry crafts too.

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20 Copycat Recipes for Your Favorite Restaurants and Block Party

We love eating out but sometimes you can make your restaurant favorites right at home for just a fraction of their menu price. Here are 20 awesome copycat recipes that will have you drooling

Great Copycat recipes such a good list of our favorite recipe knock off recipes

Kit kat Bars | Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Recipe | Hidden Valley Ranch Mix | Cafe Rio Sweet Pork Salad and Cilantro Dressing

Chili’s Salsa Recipe | Easy Beignets Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits | Cheesecake Factory Brown Bread Recipe

Texas Roadhouse Rolls | Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole | Chili’s Skillet Queso | Cheesecake Factory Macadamia Nut Cheesecake

Girl Scout Cookies Thin Mints | Starbucks Vanilla Bean Frappucino | Jdawg Sauce | Portillos Chocolate Cake

Olive Garden TOasted Ravioli | Gogurt | Lion House Rolls | Freezer Lasagna

 I can’t wait to try all of these restaurant knock off recipes they look SO good!

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Marissa from Rae Gun Ramblings here as this week’s Block Party host! In case you missed these here are a few of my favorite posts from last time I was host. But also I’ve become something of a Facebook Live addict. If you want to see my silly shenanigans including a full tour of my crafting space you can find them on my Facebook page!

great books recipes and crafts from Rae Gun Ramblings 15 Minute Pasole Recipe | 10 Awesome NEW Adventure Books | DIY Pop Up Card Tutorial

Now I’m so excited to see what YOU have been up to. Link up to the Block Party and be featured on all four blogs!
Making the World Cuter | Rae Gun Ramblings | Keeping it Simple Crafts | Pieces By Polly

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15 Minute Pasole Recipe Just 5 Ingredients

It’s hard to get a yummy nutritious meal on the table some nights but this 5 ingredient pasole recipe comes together in just 15 minutes and tastes sooooo good.
It's a keeper made this 15 minute pasole recipe last night for dinner and the whole family loved it. SO easy and just 5 ingredients.

This pasole recipe is so yummy and really all you have to do is dump everything in a pot and heat it up. If you’re feeling adventurous you can serve it with some fry bread but tortilla chips would also be a yummy side for this easy weeknight meal.

It's a keeper. 15 minute 5 ingredient pasole recipe.

This recipe is adapted from something my local Trader Joe’s was tasting one day but they didn’t use hominy (probably because they don’t sell it) and I was like wwwwhhhhaaat how can you call that delicious soup pasole if it doesn’t have hominy. So after buying all the ingedients for their pasole I picked up some hominy and it made it PERFECT, well after I added more broth ;)

A new family favorite. Love this 15 minute pasole recipe. So good and easy. Perfect weeknight meal.

15 Minute Pasole Recipe


I’m linking a few ingredients so you know what to look for but the price on amazon is WAY higher than the market for both! (aff links)

  • 1 Jar Trader Joe’s Cowboy Caviar (this is spicy for a less spicy version use just 1/4 to 1/2 a jar or Trader Joe’s Corn Salsa)
  • 6 C Chicken Broth
  • 5-10 oz Shredded Green Cabbage
  • 12 oz Carnitas (or your own leftover cooked pork (or chicken) perfect for crock pot leftovers)
  • 1 Small Can Hominy


  1. Shred Carnitas with two forks.
  2. Rinse and drain the hominy.
  3. Add all the ingredients except the cabbage and bring to a boil.
  4. Turn down and add in 5 oz of cabbage. If you want to add in more do so. I like to reserve some to sprinkle on the top as garnish but I add almost the whole bag.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

So stinking easy right? And as a bonus you could keep all the ingredients on hand except for the cabbage and you could throw it together on one of those days and spare your family some not so yummy not so nutritious drive-thru option!

we love this easy 15 minute pasole recipe. Only 5 ingredients and great for busy weeknight family dinner

What are some of your favorite fast and easy dinner meals? I’d love some more I feel like I need some new recipes I’ve been making the same ones over and over.

15 minute pasole recipe. Just 5 ingredients and you get a delicious soup perfect for dinner or lunch.

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19 Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas and Block Party

Any chance to eat tacos and break a pinata is a reason to celebrate for me! Cinco De Mayo is coming up and here are 19 Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas to help you Fiesta like there’s no manana!

19 Cinco De Mayo Party Ideas and recipes. Delicious Mexican food and more

19 Cinco De Mayo Party Ideas

Fiesta like there’s no Manana Printable | Invitation Printable for Cinco De Mayo Party | World’s Best Guacamole | Taquitos and Taco Bar

Spanish Style Cauliflower Rice | Smothered Burritos with Red Sauce and Queso | Easy Chicken Fajita Quesadillas |

Fajita Shrimp and Asparagus Tacos | Cheesy Bacon Taquitos | Easy Healthy Quinoa Enchiladas | Grilled Chipotle Shrimp Salad

Peachy Ranchero Chicken | Never Fried Refried Beans | Homemade Mango Salsa | Easy Chile Verde Enchiladas

Sweet Pork Tacos | Sweet and Spicy Shrimp Tacos | Taco Casserole | Cinco De Mayo Don’t Eat Pete Game

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16 Crock Pot and Easy Recipes

Now that it is spring things are getting busier around here.  So busy that it’s hard to plan for dinner some days.  So I wanted to share some easy and yummy recipes.  Some are crock pot recipes (which is great for the warmer days) and some are just easy.  Either way, they all look delicious!
16 Crock Pot and Easy Meal Recipes. Delicious ideas for weeknight family dinners
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3 Ingredient Crock Pot Ribs Recipe

Is there anything better than fall of the bones ribs? How about a crock pot recipe with just 3 ingredients that tastes amazing.

It's a keeper. Made this crock pot BBQ ribs recipe and it was so easy and delicious. Great dinner and perfect for entertaining.

This low maintenance easy peasy slow cooker recipe is one of my all time favorites. You pretty much throw everything in the crock pot and and you get some of the best ribs you have ever tastes.

New favorite way to make ribs. So easy and delicious in the slow cooker crock pot. Great recipe

It’s also super versatile since you can easily change up the flavor by changing your sauce at the very last step.

This is so good. Made this crock pot slow cooker ribs recipe last night for dinner and can't wait to make it again.

World’s Best Crock Pot BBQ Ribs Recipe


  • 3 1/2 lbs Ribs
  • 1/2 C Water
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper
  • 2/3 C BBQ Sauce (plus more for serving if desired)


  1. Cut the ribs into 2 or 3 rib portions.
  2. Place ribs into crock pot, sprinkle with salt and pepper and top with the water.
  3. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  4. Drain any excess liquid.
  5. Cover with your favorite BBQ sauce and cook for an additional hour. I gently stir or spread the sauce onto the ribs to fully to get the sauce evenly distributed.
  6. Serve with extra sauce if desired

We love this recipe. SO easy so delicious now we can have BBQ ribs for dinner even on a weeknight.

I usually use a sugar based cheap grocery store BBQ sauce and this turns out fantastic. But I have been doing Whole 30 and I’m planning on making these later this week with a cherry BBQ sauce that doesn’t any any added sugar. If it turns out good I’ll definitely share the recipe for that!

Hand's down the best rib recipe I've tried and this is so so easy. World's Best crock pot BBQ ribs. So delicious and easy with the slow cooker great for weeknight dinners or entertaining.

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This buttermilk waffle recipe is the best. Easy to have breakfast ready in less than 15 minutes.

No need to ever buy waffle mix this buttermilk waffle recipe is so easy and so good.

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Easter Cadbury Egg Snack Mix Recipe

My family begs me to make Chex Mix all the time so I decided to make a festive Easter version because the only way to make this recipe better is to add in the yummiest candy of all Cadbury Mini Eggs!

It's a keeper we love this chex snack mix recipe. Great for any holiday just swap out the cadbury mini eggs for seasonal candies!

Even though the appearance of those first purple packages of Cadbury Mini Eggs don’t seem quite as magical with you know them now having Christmas colored ones and putting Easter out right after the new  year you can’t deny the deliciousness is still just as strong.

Made this last week SO good. Love the Cadbury mini eggs but would be just as good as an any time snack mix recipe without.

Today I’m sharing an easy and fast Easter Cadbury Egg Snack Mix recipe. The base of the recipe is from my family’s favorite chex mix recipe but I’ve changed a few things and added some Easter flair including those delicious mini eggs to make things a little more festive!

Hands down the best Chex crispex snack mix recipe I've tried. Will be making it again


  • 4 cups Corn Chex or Crispix
  • 2 cups Pretzels
  • 3 cups Honey Teddy Grahams
  • 1/2 cup cashew pieces (optional)
  • Cooking Spray
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 6 TBS light corn syrup (Karos)
  • 3 TBS butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1C Cadbury Mini Eggs
  • Easter Sprinkles


  1. Preheat oven to 250 F
  2. Combine first 4 ingredient on a jelly roll pan (I like these because the lip keeps the stuff from falling off when you stir). I found it was easier too leave it mounded (not spread out) for the next step.
  3. Combine brown sugar, corn syrup, and butter in a small saucepan; cook over medium heat 2 minutes or until sugar and butter melt, stirring constantly. You don’t want to cook it so long that it thickens because then it’s harder to coat all the pieces. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla and salt. Immediately pour syrup mixture evenly over cereal mixture, tossing quickly to coat well.
  4. Bake at 250F for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
  5. Have your sprinkles open and ready when you pull the cookie sheet out as the mix cools fast. Sprinkle generously then spread warm snack mix in a single layer on wax paper to cool.
  6. Break cooled snack mix apart.
  7. When ready to serve or gift add in remaining ingredients.
  8. Store in an airtight container.

We're obsessed with this snack mix recipe. SO yummy make a double recipe to be safe.

Be warned this mix will go fast. If I’m making it for a party or road trip I usually double the recipe because people goggle it up.

Can't stop making this snack mix recipe. So good with the Cadbury mini eggs but would be just as yummy as an every day chex or crispix mix

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