Tuesday, June 30, 2015

July Eve

Happy July 1st eve! ;)  July has always been my favorite month of the year, so I'm pretty excited it's here.  Tyler took a couple extra days off this week to make an extended holiday weekend and to hangout with Ellie and I on my birthday.  We don't have much planned except to see our family a couple times, but I'm looking forward to having him home for a five day staycation.  We're hoping for some nice weather this weekend so we can take Ellie for her first swim at my aunt's house!  I'm so excited to see what she thinks of it.  Even if she ends up hating it, she'll look pretty cute sportin' her chubby legs in her bathing suit! ;)

I also have a couple projects I want to work on at some point.  One being a gallery wall in our living room.  We have a huge empty wall and I've had pictures printed for awhile but no frames.  I ended up ordering some cheap frames on Amazon (frames can be so expensive!) and they'll be here on Thursday.  I also want to paint the inside of our front door.  Right now it's just white so I'm thinking of painting it the same light blue-ish color as our coffee table to add some color to the room - it's currently fifty shades of brown.  The reality is that Tyler will be doing these things while I do laps around the house with Ellie.  But that's life, right? ;)  

With the 4th this weekend, I'll likely try to fit something red, white + blue into our menu.  I love getting a little festive with my food around a holiday!  Sometimes we (I) eat like five year olds but I don't care.  I can't wait until Ellie is old enough to appreciate my efforts though!  The Fourth of July is pretty easy to do this with.  There are so many red, white + blue options out there!  Even these waffles we had the other day look festive with just some whipped cream, strawberries and blueberries!  You might even be able to make the waffle look like a flag. ;)

Pinterest is always my go-to if I'm looking for any kind of recipe.  Last year, we had "star spangled sangria".  There are tons of recipes out there and I didn't follow any one exactly.  I think I ended up just mixing Pinot Grigio with Fresca until it tasted how I liked, then added strawberries, blueberries and star-shaped pineapple chunks.

Yes, I took the time to cut the pineapple into stars with a cookie cutter.  Yes, it was a giant pain in the ass.   Word of advice - make sure your cookie cutter is small enough that it won't be cutting into any of the core!

I also used the cookie cutter to cut watermelon for fruit salad.  This was definitely a lot easier than cutting the pineapple and equally as cute!

I've seen these layered drinks all over Pinterest and think they look so cool, but I'm not sure how they would taste.  Ridiculously sweet, I'm sure.  And maybe kind of gross?

Of course, a Fourth of July cookout would be perfect for a sundae bar like we had on Labor Day.  You could even include some red, white + blue sprinkles! :)

 And because no post is complete without my Ellie girl, I caught these two holding "hands" this morning in bed.  

Before Ellia was born, we totally thought Aubrey wouldn't like a baby.  Turns out, they're BFFs in the making. :)

 Hope you're all having a great week!

Post a Comment

© Life as a Noel. Design by FCD.