Strawberry Whipped Cream Mocktail

This post is sponsored by Perrier® but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Spring is here and I couldn’t be happier. Our flowers are blooming, we power washed the deck and brought out all the outdoor furniture. The sun is setting later and later and the afternoons are just perfect on a Sunday to relax with the hubs and get in some quality time together while enjoying the beautiful weather.

Finding time to spend just the two of us is a bit harder these days with the kids. We definitely relish the time we can catch up together alone with a cold beverage, while the kids are playing in the yard or taking a nap. 

I recently received a beverage that has brought our small afternoon “dates” to the next level. I have always been a fan of Perrier® and I was recently introduced to my new favorite flavor. Not just any flavor, but my favorite flavor; Strawberry! 

I love strawberry anything and the fact that there is sparkling water that I already love and now has my favorite flavor? Win, win! 

Walmart.com and the Walmart app have been a lifesaver to me and my family. The convenience is amazing and it has saved me so much time not having to go grocery shopping. I just place my order on the app and go pick it up. Walmart has a special pick up area. I let Walmart know I am coming on the app and check-in when I get there. When I picked up my groceries, I think I waited under 3 minutes. 

The staff at Walmart are always so kind and helpful and it is super easy to do contactless pickup too. 

I have been drinking this Perrier® Strawberry non-stop. Because it is so yummy, I decided to make our little afternoon date even more special with a Strawberry Whipped Cream Mocktail. 

This recipe blew our minds with how good it was. It is super simple to make too and you won’t be disappointed. 

Strawberry Whipped Cream Mocktail

2 servings

Ingredients:

Directions:

Muddle the strawberries with sugar in a bowl. Add half of the mixture to each glass. Scoop 3-4 small scoops of strawberry ice cream on top. Pour Perrier® Strawberry on top. Top with whipped cream. 

We had our mocktails with pound cake with extra whipped cream and it was just like a strawberry shortcake dessert party (for two.) My favorite couple of hours on a Sunday have officially gotten a little sweeter. 

Healthiest Chicken Tenders For the Entire Family

This post is sponsored by CAULIPOWER but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

I am always looking for healthy alternatives for myself and my family. Especially for my 3-year-old. She loves, loves, loves chicken nuggets, chicken tenders, popcorn chicken, chicken, chicken all the chicken.

It isn’t always the healthiest, but she will never turn down some deep fried chicken. And as a toddler, she doesn’t always finish her food, so who ends up eating the scraps? Mom here!

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Giant Chocolate Chunk Peanut Butter Swirl Cookies

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I don’t want to brag, but my kids friends think I’m the greatest mom in the neighborhood. I think it has a lot to do with the fact that I bake cookies pretty much every week.

It’s kind of hard to keep coming up with new cookies to bake each and every week, and it’s not too often that I get to return to an old favorite. In fact, I remember one day when one son was gushing over the cookie of the week, and the other son commented, “Do you like that? Because you’ll never have it again.”

Having a cookie blog is a double-edged sword, my friends.

I decided to revive an old favorite this week, one I haven’t made for maybe 2 years. One that is extra large and extra chocolatey, just the way I like my cookies. I used an amazing recipe from Cookie Madness, though I did make one tiny little addition, one that is completely optional, but more on that later.

The recipe calls for 12 oz. of chocolate, chopped up into pieces. That equals 3-4 good bars of chocolate or 1 bag of chocolate chips. This go-round I used 2 Scharffen Berger Chocolate Bars, 3 oz. each, and half of a bag of Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Chips. Honestly, the chocolate chunks are kind of nice, because they get chopped into different sizes, so there’s really no uniformity to it. It’s cool, in a old-fashioned, rustic sort of way.

The addition I made was to add just a little swirl of peanut butter. I used only 1/2 cup for this small batch, and swirled it into the dough at the very last minute. I wanted some bites to be more peanut-buttery than others, kind of like the chocolate, I guess. If you’re not into peanut butter, though, just leave it out and no one will be the wiser.

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Pineapple Bourbon Cocktail

For most of my life (well, since I was of drinking age), I had a thing against dark alcohols. And not just one particular kind. It was all of them. I didn’t try them, and I didn’t think about trying them. I just knew I didn’t like them. They smelled strong, and they were the kind of thing old guys drank on the rocks in musty dive bars. That was my impression, and it stuck for many, many years.
 
But recently something changed. Call it one too many episodes of Mad Men…call it the  prevalence of speakeasy style bars…call it martini overdose. Call it whatever you like. The simple fact is I was lured to the dark side, and I like it. I can’t say I necessarily savor the taste of dark alcohols just on the rocks (not quite there yet), but mix it up with some fresh, light mixes, and I’m all over it. And that’s exactly what you get in this refreshing cocktail. Yep, can you believe it? Bourbon can be refreshing!
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The key to this drink is to use fresh pineapple juice. If you have a juicer, that’s the easiest way to do it. I don’t have a juicer so I opted for another method…blend the pineapple in a blender until fully pureed, then strain through a mesh strainer, and strain again with cheesecloth lining the strainer. It takes a bit of time, but the deliciously pure juice you end up with is well worth it. (And if all else fails, store bought juice will work as well).
 
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