25 Refreshing Nonalcoholic Summer Drink Recipes

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Hot and Thirsty?  Check out these 25 Refreshing Summer Drink recipes for a change from your usual soft drinks. Nonalcoholic versions shown.  Use your imagination to spice them up for adults if you want to.

1. Pretty Pink Lemonade
2. Vietnamese Iced Coffee
3. Tropical Green Smoothie
4. Mango Milkshake
5. Green Juice
6. Pineapple Mint Iced Tea
7. Cherry Mint Juice
8. Orangeade
9. Honeydew Cucumber Detox
10. Lavender Lemonade
11. Starbuck’s Iced Passion Tea
12. Brazilian Limeade
13. Kumquat Squash Drink
14. Cantaloupe Mint Juice
15. Red White and Blue Layered Drinks
16. Banana Almond Paleo Smoothie
17. Strawberry Banana Apple Smoothies
18. Mango Lassi
19. Ginger Peach Soda
20. Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade
21. Sparkling Cucumber Limeade
22. Fresh Lemonade
23. Strawberry Basil Lemonade
24. Watermelon Agua Fresca
25. Dragon’s Breath Dawn

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Chocolate Coffee Cupcake Recipe

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These cupcakes pack a serious coffee kick!  They aren’t for the faint of heart.  If you like coffee, you’ll love these.  Mocha lovers rejoice!

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Chocolate Coffee Cupcakes

Ingredients

Devils Food Cake Box Mix + Ingredients called for on box
1 cup strong brewed coffee

1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/3 cup milk

Directions for cake

This recipe is super easy!  Simply mix up the Devils Food Cake Box Cake Mix, replacing the one cup of water with one cup of strong brewed coffee.

Bake according to directions.  Allow to cool completely before frosting.

Directions for frosting

With an electric mixer, cream together coffee, vanilla, and butter.  Add in cocoa powder.  Alternate adding milk and confectioners’ sugar until desired consistency is reached.

Optional: Top with cocoa coffee nibs.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake with Chocolate Ganache Filling Recipe

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake with Ganache Filling Recipe

This Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake Recipe is one I found on a recipe card a long time ago.  While searching for similar recipes for this post, I found one on All Recipes.  It’s almost identical, and tastes great!  The chocolate ganache filling really makes it amazing, so be sure to check below for that recipe as well.  Nothing beats the combination of peanut butter and chocolate, and this confection is to die for!  Have milk or coffee ready.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake with Chocolate Ganache Filling

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Line cupcake pan with paper liners.Combine brown sugar, shortening and peanut butter in a bowl until light and fluffy.  Beat in the eggs one at a time.  Stir in vanilla. Mix together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt.  Pour into other mixture.  Bake for about 18 minutes.  Allow cupcakes to cool before filling and icing.  Fill with chocolate ganache (I used this chocolate ganache recipe).  Use the same recipe for the topping.  After filling with ganache, top with peanut butter icing.  Then, top with chocolate ganache.  Serve immediately or store in an airtight container for up to 48 hours. 

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30 Frugal Date Ideas

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Dating does not have to involve a lot of cash.  Oftentimes the best dates are quality time spent doing things that you don’t normally do.  Check out some of these frugal date ideas, and add some of your own in the comments. 

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1. Visit a used book store.
2. Rollerblade together.
3. Spend the evening at the library.
4. Make your own ice cream sundaes.
5. See a play or musical.
6. Give each other a massage.
7. Create a treasure hunt.
8. Have a picnic together.
9. Visit a cave.
10. Go swimming.  Heck, go skinny-dipping!
11. Do some puzzles together.
12. Go bowling.
13. Play a sport together at the park.
14. Take an art or cooking class together.
15. Attend a free outdoor concert.
16. Learn to play an instrument together.
17. Volunteer together.
18. Stargaze.
19. Dinner & a movie – at home.
20. Walk on the beach – or around the lake!
21. Have a dessert only date.
22. Work out together.
23. Bird watch.
24. Have a water fight!
25. Go on a tour of a historical building in your city or town.
26. Wine tasting!
27. Play Pictionary, Scrabble, or Charades.
28. Try Frisbee Golf.  Or, regular golf! 🙂
29. Take a walk downtown and window shop.
30. Go on a hike together.

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25 Ways to Cut 100 Calories or More

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If you have any tips I would love to hear them.  Please leave me a comment or send me an email!

Also check out these 30 Snacks that are 100 Calories or Less

1. Choose nonfat milk instead of using whole milk.  Bonus:  Lower fat milk has more calcium!
2. Use a smaller cereal bowl.
3. Trade regular eggs in for egg whites.
4. Grill your food using nonstick spray instead of butter.
5. Don’t eat while distracted.  Eating in front of the TV or your phone can add more than 100 calories to what you eat!
6. Swap a bagel for an English muffin and save 300 calories.
7. Drink light beer instead of regular beer.
8. Instead of mayo, use mustard.
9. Split that piece of cake or dessert with two friends.
10. Use fat-free mayo in your chicken salad.
11. Eat slowly, concentrate on chewing and enjoying your food, and eat less.
12. Cut the amount of cheese you use in half.  You may not even notice the difference!
13. Use lettuce wraps instead of bread.
14. Remove the skin from your chicken.
15. If you must have soda, drink a a small can instead of a bottle.
16. Eat pizza with grilled chicken instead of pepperoni.
17. Use fat-free sour cream in recipes.
18. Freeze blended fresh fruit into a sorbet for dessert.
19. Try raw veggies, instead of chips, with salsa.
20. Eat canned fruit in water instead of syrup.
21. Instead of creamy soups, eat broth-based soups.
22. Skip the croutons and use half the cheese.  Add veggies instead.
23. Instead of butter, top whole grain waffles with 2 tablespoons of maple syrup or blueberries.  Antioxidant boost, too!
24. Try fat-free cream cheese instead of regular.
25. Dip your fork in the dressing and eat your salad, instead of pouring dressing on top.

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Craft Ideas for Kids to Stay Busy During Spring Break

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1. Dollar Store Nest Wreath
2. Tissue Paper Mosaic
3. Fabric Covered CD Covers
4. Bunny Boxwood Wreath
5. Bumble Bee Light Bulbs
6. Pastel Spring Vase
7. Mini Herb Garden
8. Fairy Dust Necklace
9. Candy Holder Craft
10. Heart Printed Jeans
11. Decorated Clothes Pin Crafts
12. Froot Loop Necklace and Bracelet
13. Fun Paper Flowers
14. Sock Bunnies
15. Color Block Pockets
16. Felt Bird House
17. Rubberband Wrapped Cuff
18. Easy STriped Neon Shirt
19. No Sew Hair Clips
20. Life Savers Flower Pops
21. Fun Easter Egg Dominoes
22. Spring Butterfly Wreath
23. Origami Bouquet
24. Fabric Spray Paint Dresses
25. Milk Jug Flower Pot

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25 More Awesome Easter Dessert Recipes

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1. Rice Krispies Flower Treats
2. Bunny Cookie Bark
3. Orange Coconut Cream Cheese Cookies
4. Carrot Cake Brownies
5. Smores With Peeps
6. Almond Butter Filled Chocolate Cookies
7. Easter Egg Cookies
8. Angel Lush Cake
9. Easter Parfait With Peeps
10. Coconut Lime Curd Bars
11. Caramel Almond Ice Cream Torte
12. Spring Chick Cupcakes
13. Butterfly Cupcakes
14. Nesting Baby Blue Birds
15. Peeps in a Nest
16. Easter Nest Cake
17. Mini Bundt Cakes
18. Angel Fluff
19. M & M “Carrots”
20. Cadbury Mini Egg Brownies
21. Peeps Popcorn
22. Easter Bundt Cake
23. Chocolate Birds Nest Eggs
24. Chocolate Funfetti Cookie Sandwiches
25. The Best Cheesecake Ever

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Watching what you eat? 30 Snacks that are 100 Calories or Less

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Delicious and satisfying snacks don’t have to ruin your entire day’s calorie count. Snacking on items that are 100 calories or less is a good way to stay full without gaining weight.

1. 8oz “skinny” latte (fat-free milk)
2. 10 animal crackers
3. 15 almonds
4. 1/2 cup low fat cottage cheese
5. 3/4 cup Kix or Cheerios
6. 40 goldfish crackers
7. 8 saltine crackers
8. 2 cups broccoli
9. 1oz beef jerky
10. 25 grapes or cherries
11. 1 apple, orange, peach, or pear
12. 1 1/4 cups watermelon
13. 2 tangerines
14. 2 graham cracker squares + 1 teaspoon peanut butter
15. 17 chocolate covered raisins
16. 2″ slice of angel food cake
17. 1 black bean garden burger
18. 1 slice raisin bread + 2 tsp honey
19. 1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt with cinnamon + 1 teaspoon honey
20. 3/4 cup Wheaties
21. 1 small banana
22. 1 grapefruit + 1 teaspoon sugar
23. 1 cup sugar-free jell-o
24. 1/2 cup chocolate soy milk
25. 1 hard boiled egg
26. 1/3 cup roasted pumpkin seeds
27. 3 cups air-popped popcorn
28. 4oz of chocolate pudding
29. 3 squares of dark chocolate
30. Mini Ham Sandwich — 2 slices ham, 2 teaspoons mustard, rolled in romaine lettuce

What’s your favorite healthy snack?

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25 Awesome Easter Dessert Recipes

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1. Adorable Easter Cupcakes
2. Sheep Cupcakes
3. Cinnamon Sugar Pull Apart Bread
4. Spring Sugar Icing Cake
5. Peeps Smores
6. Carrot Cupcakes and Lemon Bars
7. Easter Bunny Cake Topper
8. White Chocolate Easter Bark
9. Hot Cross Buns
10. Pink Oreo Cookie Pops
11. Rose Scented Cupcakes
12. Rice Krispies Chicks
13. Semolina Cake
14. Middle Eastern Cheesecake
15. Pastel Meringues
16. Heavenly Angel Food Cake
17. Malted Mousse Cake
18. Coconut Cream Pie
19. Rhubarb and Blood Orange Shortcakes
20. Peeps Sunflower Cake
21. Coconut Cupcakes
22. Carrot Cake Milkshake
23. Coconut Cookie Chicks
24. Key Lime Toasted Cupcakes
25. Easy Fruit Tart

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25 Satisfying Meatless Recipes

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25 Satisfying Meatless Recipes

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25 Satisfying Meatless Recipes — Perfect for Lent or anytime!

1. Simple Frittata
2. Pizza Alla Vegetariano
3. Zucchini Fritters
4. Tofu Nuggets
5. Cauliflower Fried Rice
6. Flatbread With Goat Cheese and Caramelized Onions
7. Kale Pesto Bean Dip
8. Freeze Ahead Lasagna Primavera
9. Mexican Stuffed Shells
10. Shipwreck Casserole
11. Goat Cheese Black Bean and Brown Rice Rolls
12. Kidney and Black Bean Burgers
13. Crispy Oven Roasted Potatoes
14. Tikki Burgers
15. Sweet Potato Creepes
16. Cheesy Baked Pasta with Eggplant
17. Tempeh Tacos
18. Vermicelli Biryani
19. Fennel Carrot Soup With Ginger
20. Chickpea Veggie Burger
21. Broccoli Slaw With Tahini Dressing
22. Pasta with Pecorino & Pepper
23. Easiest Veggie Chili Ever
24. Quick & Easy Apple Broccoli Salad
25. Hummus With Pine Nuts

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#Recipe | Gluten Free Brownie Hearts

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This recipe from Ghirardelli makes for some very fudgy, gluten-free brownies.

Gluten Free Brownie Hearts Recipe

Ingredients:

1/2 cup almonds

1/3 cup brown rice flour

1 cup Ghirardelli Chocolate Chips

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 eggs

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325°.  Line an 8×8-inch metal baking pan across the bottom and up two opposite sides with parchment paper.

If using whole almonds, add them to the food processor with the rice flour and pulse until finely ground.  If using almond flour, mix it with the rice flour and set aside.

Pour the chocolate, butter and salt in the top of a large double boiler over simmering water, stirring frequently until the mixture is melted and smooth.

Remove the bowl.  Cool for 5 minutes.  Stir in sugar, vanilla, and eggs.  Add in almond rice flour mixture and mix until combined.

Scrape batter into prepared pan and bake 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out moist but clean. Cool the pan on a rack.  Run a knife along the unlined sides of the pan to detach the brownies.  Lift the edges of the parchment paper to remove the brownies.  Cut into squares.  Frost** as desired.

Freeze and cut into heart shapes with a knife, not a cookie cutter.

**To get the perfect ridges on the frosting, cut brownies into squares and freeze.  Add frosting with a butter knife, spreading straight across the brownie.  Overlap each just a bit, and freeze again before cutting.

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The Grand Opening starts on 1/31 at 10PM CST and will end when her shop runs out of items! Her goal is to raise at least $100 to donate to anti-bullying campaigns.

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Save Up to 80% On Brand Name Kids Clothes From ThreadUp!

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Save up to 80% on your favorite brands, and turn outgrown clothes into cash (all from home)!

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Xbox 360 Live Subscription Gold Card 12 months for only $34.99!  The price is now $39.99, still a great deal!

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Baby Nail Clippers + Sing-A-Long DVD Only $5.49 Shipped!!

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