Get Adventurous This Summer with A New Kind of Lemonade

With the blazing heat of the summer, nothing is more refreshing than having a cold drink while soaking up sun rays. Lemonade is a delicious go to, but summer is about being adventurous! So, here’s a fresh twist on the classic beverage using peaches and raspberries from The Chunky Chef

Image Source: The Chunky Chef

Image Source: The Chunky Chef

For this recipe we’re going to divide the ingredients by the three different components. So starting with the raspberry peach puree you’ll need:

  • 4 fresh and pitted peaches cut into large chunks
  • 1 cup of fresh raspberries
  • 1 1/4 cups of water

For the lemonade you’ll need:

  • 7 cups of cold water
  • 1 1/4 cups of fresh lemon juice (this should be roughly four lemons)
  • Ice cubes

Lastly, for the simple syrup you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup of water
Image Source: The Chunky Chef

Image Source: The Chunky Chef

Start by adding all  the ingredients for the raspberry peach puree into a blender or food processor and blend them until it’s the same consistency as a puree. Place a sieve over a mixing bowl and pour the raspberry peach puree on top. Then use the back of a spoon to push the puree around, making sure the liquid falls into the bowl and the seeds are left behind on the sieve. Discard the seeds on top of the sieve and leave the mixing bowl aside for a moment. Add the simple syrup ingredients to a small saucepan and heat on a medium heat until the sugar has dissolved into the water, make sure to stir occasionally! Boil this for around three minutes and it should start to become a syrupy consistency, then set it aside to cool. In a large pitcher add the lemonade ingredients and stir till combined. Then pour in the raspberry peach liquid and cooled simple syrup and stir again until everything is combined. Store in the fridge until you serve it, feel free to garnish it with raspberries, peach slices, or mint leaves for an added flair!

Spice Up Your Summer Tablescape with These Fab Looks

Summer is all about vibrancey and warmth. We’re always looking to liven up our table with pops of color, fruit, and greenery! Today, we wanted to share some of our favorite inspiration images that do just that. Many of these are quick and simple changes that make a big pop and will elevate your tablescape from drab to fab in no time. Happy decorating!

Make Sure You're Prepared for Your Summer Entertaining with These Essentials

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Image Source: @sgardnerstyle

We’re excited it’s summertime and we love entertaining! The beautiful summer weather creates the perfect atmosphere for a gathering, whether it be with family, friends, or a significant other.

If you’re hosting outside, create an ambiance with some fairy lights strung around the yard and a comfy blanket thrown on the patio furniture for when it gets a little chilly after sunset. To stay out all night stargazing with no worries, we love this DIY Bug Spray.

Image Source: Etsy

Image Source: Etsy

DIY Bug Spray

The smell of bug spray is almost as pesky as bugs, so here’s a DIY recipe for some spray that’s more enjoyable!

You’ll need:

  • 10 drops of rosemary essential oil
  • 20 drops of lemon eucalyptus essential oil
  • 20 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 30 drops of geranium essential oil
  • 30 drops of citronella essential oil
  • ½ cup of water or vinegar
  • ½ cup of natural witch hazel
  • 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol
  • 1 teaspoon of vegetable glycerin (optional)

Once you have all your ingredients start by putting all the essential oils in a spray bottle with the rubbing alcohol and shake. Next, add the witch hazel and shake again. If you decide to use vegetable glycerin add it now, if not no worries! Finish it off by adding the water and shaking once more. Voila! You have some homemade bug spray that smells lovely and is chemical free- just remember to shake the bottle before each use!

Even if you’re entertaining outside, that doesn’t mean your inside can’t be just as nice! In your bathroom you can create a little assortment of goodies for your guests to use when they have to make a pit stop. Include some room spray, mints, and individual face cloths rather than just one towel. These DIY summer soaps add the cutest touch to your bathroom!

Image Source: Baby Center

Image Source: Baby Center

DIY Summer Soap

These individual soaps are great to give as gifts or to keep for yourself! Plus, they’re 100% customizable.

You’ll need:

  • Cute soap molds (we think these flowers are perfect for summer!)
  • Clear glycerin soap
  • Soap colorant of your choice (can easily be found on amazon or your local craft store!)
  • Soap scent or essential oil of your choice

All you have to do is melt your glycerin soap in a glass container. Once it’s melted you want to mix in the colorant and scent you chose, then pour it in a mold. Once it hardens, your soap is ready!

BBQ 101: The Complete Guide to Your Summer Outdoor Entertaining

School’s ending and those summer feelings are starting to hit us… hard! We’re so ready for the warmer weather and all the outdoor entertaining over the next few months. It’s easy to fall into the same routine with your outdoor activities, which is totally fine, but sometimes it’s fun to switch things up and try something new. In the spirit of trying something new, we’re sharing our favorite ways to switch up your summer barbeque for you to try this year.

Food

If you’re hosting a BBQ, it’s pretty much assumed that there’s going to be grilling going on. While we love the classic combo of burgers and dogs, there are tons of other great meal options you can test out, too. Try some smokey ribs, or grilled shrimp! We love having a variety of sides too. Whip up some pasta salads, a nice garden salad, some corn on the cob and baked beans. Depending on the size of your crowd, make it into a potluck and have everyone bring their favorite summer side dish to take some of the burden off of yourself.

Entertainment

It’s not all about the food, you need activities too! We loooove activities. There are so many things you can do, even if you’re confined to a smaller space. We love yard games. Things like corn hole and ladder toss are classic favorites. Or go old school and throw around the football or frisbee. If you have plenty of space, play a little game of wiffle ball! There are so many options when it comes to the great outdoors. If you have a fire pit, get that fire started around dinner time. Not only does it give off some great ambiance, but who doesn’t love making some s’mores?!

Setting

An outdoor backyard event can still be set nicely. Maybe you don’t want to go all out with table linens, which is totally fine, and you can still set a nice spread without them! How about an upscale picnic feel? Set up some blankets in a general eating area for your guests to lounge on while they chat and eat that delicious food you’ve worked so hard on.