Fall Punch Mocktail

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored in conjunction with Flavors of Fall Week . I received complimentary product from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the Flavors of Fall Week recipes. All opinions are mine alone. 

Welcome to a week dedicated to #FallFlavors! The weather here has officially turned to fall – the mornings are cooler, the days are shortening, and the leaves are starting to come down.

But, the afternoons? They still feel like summer.

This small-batch punch is perfect for these days. It includes the iconic flavors of fall in a refreshing sipper.

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Kids in the Kitchen: Sun Tea

Kids want to “cook” something but you don’t want to heat up the kitchen on the hottest days of summer? Sun Tea is such a fun, kid-friendly project!

Using the sun’s rays, you can brew up a batch of tea flavored any way you want. It’s perfect served over ice – and the kiddos will love watching the tea get darker as it brews!

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Strawberry Rhubarb Mimosas

It’s Friday. School is officially over. And, it’s my birthday! Today is just screaming for a celebratory cocktail.

I will fully admit I’m not a huge cocktail person – but mimosas? Mimosas are my jam.

Two stemless wine glasses are filled with a red, bubbly liquid. Strawberries, rhubarb, and bottles are in the background.

Made with homemade strawberry rhubarb simple syrup, this version is a perfectly seasonal treat. I couldn’t think of a better way to wrap up #BrunchWeek!

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Shark Punch Cocktail

Note: This recipe is intended for ages 21+.

Are you excited it’s shark week? My kids have been talking it up for the last week and have been pumped to watch “the shark shows” – until the realized they’re not cartoons… and could be quite scary. Watching their realization was both heartbreaking and hilarious.

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Suffice it to say, my kids are not fans of any of the tv version of shark week – but we have been celebrating with lots of plastic sharks in the baby pool, shark books, and blue jello with gummy sharks. This version of shark week is one they’re pretty excited about.

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Of course, Momma needed to get in on the fun too – so today I bring you a shark week-inspired cocktail. This tropical drink is perfect for summer – and looks perfectly festive garnished with a gummy shark.

Whether you want to mix up just one for yourself or a batch to share with friends, I’ve included directions for both below. Cheers to shark week!

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Shark Punch for a Crowd

Serves 8

4 oz. spiced rum
8 oz. blue curacao
16 oz. pineapple juice
4-6 cups ice
16 oz. ginger beer
Gummy sharks, for garnish

In a pitcher, stir together the rum, blue curacao, and pineapple juice until well combined. Add ice. Pour ginger beer over and stir once to combine. Serve garnished with gummy sharks.

Shark Punch Cocktail for One

Serves 1

1/2 oz. spiced rum
1 oz. blue curacao
2 oz. pineapple juice
1/2 – 3/4 cup ice
2 oz. ginger beer
Gummy shark, for garnish

In a cocktail shaker, shake together the rum, blue curacao, and pineapple juice. Add ice to glass and pour mixture over. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with a gummy shark and enjoy!

adapted from Captain Morgan

Shark Punch Cocktail

Mango Lemonade Cocktail #BrunchWeek

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #BrunchWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the #Brunchweek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

What’s brunch without a cocktail?! I love champagne cocktails, so I jump at every occasion to make one.

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And this one is so simple, you can mix it up for any brunch – and I’ve included the measurements to make just one glass or a bigger batch for a crowd.

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Peeptinis #SpringSweetsWeek

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #SpringSweetsWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to help in the creation of the #SpringSweetsWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

As a parent, I spend a good amount of time focusing on my kids.  Holidays seem to revolve around the tiny people now – but why should they have all the fun?

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This fun cocktail takes the classic Peeps candy and makes it a real grown-up treat.

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Grinch Cocoa with Peppermint Marshmallows #ChristmasSweetsWeek

This post is sponsored in conjunction with ChristmasSweetsWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the ChristmasSweetsWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

There are two things my four-year-old is loving this season: hot chocolate and the Grinch. I combined the two for him in this fun, festive treat.

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Cranberry Pear Mocktail Mules

I received complimentary products in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.

You know what I realized this week? For the last five Thanksgivings, I’ve been nursing or pregnant (or both). Five. In a row.

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Suffice it to say things have swung in the opposite direction this year and it’s making me obsess over the perfect Thanksgiving cocktail. But, as a woman who has (very recently) been there, I know I want to have a mocktail on the menu too – not only for pregnant and/or nursing crowd but also for the designated drivers, kids, and people who would just rather not have the alcohol.

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Shrunken Head Punch

We are in full Halloween mode here: decorations are up, costumes are in progress, treats have been purchased. And something I’m extra excited about this year: we’re having a trick-or treat party.

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Every year while growing up, our house was home base for trick or treating friends. We’d all meet up there, my parents would order lots of pizza, and we’d spend Halloween coming and going and eating too much candy.  This year, we’re having some friends over to do the same thing with our kids, and I’m totally geeking out about it.

If you’re hosting a trick or treat party – or other Halloween party – this is the perfect spooky drink to make. Leave it virgin for the kids, or spike it up with caramel vodka, vanilla vodka, or Fireball for the adults.  You can make the apples ahead and mix up the punch in less than five minutes when you’re ready for it.

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Carving the shrunken apple heads is the most difficult part of this, but the beauty is it’s Halloween – they can be perfectly imperfect. You can also make the faces to match the crowd – scarier faces for an older crowd while silly faces would be perfect for a preschool gathering.

We had a lot of fun with this – the kids especially got a kick out of “the faces floating in there”!

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Shrunken Head Punch
(a Kate’s Recipe Box original)
Serves 12

3-4 apples
1/4 cup lemon juice

6 cups apple cider
1 1/2 cups pear nectar
4 1/2 cups ginger ale

Optional: Vanilla vodka, caramel vodka, or Fireball, to taste

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.

Working with one apple at a time, peel and core the apples, then cut in half. Using a paring knife or other tool, carve faces into the apple halves and dunk in the lemon juice.

Lay the carved apples on a rack over a baking sheet. When they are all carved, transfer the baking sheet to the oven and bake for 1-2 hours, until the apples appear shrunken. Remove from the oven and cool.

Combine the apple cider, pear nectar, and ginger ale in a punch bowl or large pitcher. Add the cooled apple heads, and alcohol, if desired.

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Looking for more Halloween inspiration? Here you go! And check back on Thursday when we’ll have another round of Halloween goodies ready for you!

Roasted Peach Lemonade #farmersmarketweek

I’ve been waxing nostalgic lately about the summer before my senior year of college. I think a lot of it has to do with how easy life was then. I had cobbled together a few cushy jobs on campus – web design, the library – that were enough to pay my bills, but leave me with long weekends. I binge watched Sex and the City for the first time. Mark and I took our first real summer vacation. It was just a really laid-back time.

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And why have I been thinking about that summer? Because things here have been absolute chaos for months. I was overly hopeful that things would calm down once we’re in the new house, but the universe just laughed at that. I’ll be spending this afternoon home while the plumber fixes a leak from the kids’ bathtub (which involved cutting out the ceiling below it). And calling roofers, because the roof is leaking too. And did I mention I have a bubble in my tire that needs fixing? Of course, these are only the urgent things that have popped up in the last few days — the entire to do list is SO much longer.

But, back to that easygoing summer. One of the highlights was the fruit lemonades they served at the campus café. I randomly thought of their peach lemonade the other day, and decided I needed it asap.

This is a great recreation. Roasting the peaches brings out such a great flavor for really no effort. It’s the perfect addition for a barbecue or summer brunch!

Roasted Peach Lemonade

Roasted Peach Lemonade
(adapted from The Naptime Chef)
Makes about 4 cups

2 large peaches, halved and pitted
1 tsp. sugar
4 cups of your favorite lemonade

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Line a baking sheet with foil and place the peaches on skin-side down. Sprinkle the tops with sugar. Roast for 25 minutes.

Let them cool for a minute or two, then peel them (you should be able to easily pinch the skin off after roasting. Add the peaches to a food processor or blender, along with 1/4 cup lemonade. Blend until smooth and frothy. Stir into the remaining lemonade and serve.

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#farmersmarketweek wraps up today! Here’s our grand finale:

Friday #FarmersMarketWeek Recipes