Sparkling Cherry Lemonade

Sparkling Cherry Lemonade

Oopsie. I made this stuff and then got ADDICTED. Fully addicted. If I could drink sparkling cherry lemonade all day every day I totally would but I have a feeling doctors…

Sparkling Cherry Lemonade

Sparkling Cherry Lemonade

Oopsie. I made this stuff and then got ADDICTED. Fully addicted. If I could drink sparkling cherry lemonade all day every day I totally would but I have a feeling doctors would frown on that sort of thing. I had been wanting to try to use our SodaStream to make some fun concoctions for a while and this one paid off! It must be said, they don’t recommend using it for anything other than water but I did a bunch of research and decided to take a walk on the wild side. Also, I have to admit that this recipe took a couple of fails before it worked well! So learn from my mistakes, lovelies, so that you don’t end up with sparkling cherry lemonade all over your kitchen. 😉

Watch our video and then read a couple of detailed tips down below! Cheers! xoxo

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup water plus about 1 cup water
  • 2/3 cup fresh lemon juice (about 6-7 lemons)
  • 1 Tbsp maraschino cherry juice
  • maraschino cherries for garnish

Step 1: Combine sugar and 2/3 cup water in a pot and place on the stove over medium high heat. Heat until the sugar dissolves completely to create a simple syrup; set aside to cool.

Step 2: Once cool, combine simple syrup, lemon juice, 1 cup water, and maraschino cherry juice in your Soda Stream bottle. Note: We recommend leaving a bit more space in your bottle than usual; leave about 1/2″ of space below the liquid line.

Step 3: Place your bottle on the Soda Stream and add carbonation. Note: We recommend only depressing the carbonation button for about 2 seconds. Otherwise the liquids in the bottle will overflow.

Step 4: Allow the fizz to settle in the bottle before removing. Pour over ice, add a cherry for garnish, and enjoy.

Sparkling Cherry Lemonade

Sparkling Cherry Lemonade

**Please note! The Soda Stream instructions do state that it’s not recommended to carbonate any liquids other than water. Please use safe practices when in the kitchen; Lovely Indeed assumes no responsibility and shall not be liable for any damages in connection with this recipe.

Waffle pizza

How to Make Waffle Pizza

My waffle iron strikes again! I don’t know what the heck it is about cooking random things in the waffle maker — for some reason it adds a little extra…

Waffle pizza

Waffle pizza

My waffle iron strikes again! I don’t know what the heck it is about cooking random things in the waffle maker — for some reason it adds a little extra flavor boost that is just. so. good. We’ve started making waffle pizzas for a quick lunch or dinner when we’re running short on time or just want something simple and fun. Each person can choose their own toppings so everybody gets what they want, and they’re so fast to make. Check out the video and see! xoxo

Waffle pizza

Waffle pizza

Ingredients

  • 1 package Pillsbury Pizza Dough (or your favorite pizza dough)
  • pizza sauce or tapenade — we used this olive tapenade!
  • shredded cheese (about 1/3 cup per pizza)
  • your favorite toppings

Make Time: 8 Minutes Per Pizza

Step 1: Roll out your dough and flatten it evenly. Cut into sixths (or pieces that are about 5″ square). Roll the edges of the squares inward to help contain the pizza toppings.

Step 2: Heat your waffle iron. Place one rolled dough square on the iron with the dough rolled upward. Spread a thin layer of sauce or tapenade. Top with a light sprinkle of cheese, a few toppings, and a bit more cheese. Be careful not to overload with too many toppings or the pizza will be too thick to cook.

Step 3: Place another dough square on top with the dough rolled downward. Pinch edges together as best you can.

Step 4: Close waffle iron and let the pizza cook about halfway through a regular cook cycle (about 2-3 minutes, depending on your iron). Open the iron, rotate the pizza 180°, and close the iron to cook for another 2-3 minutes. Once cooked through, remove from the iron and enjoy!

How to Make Spiked Jello Stars for a Fourth of July Party!

Fourth of July Spiked Jello Stars

Maybe it’s just my pregnant prohibition phase, but all I can think of are the fun cocktails that I want to try after this little nugget is born! Even though…

How to Make Spiked Jello Stars for a Fourth of July Party!

How to Make Spiked Jello Stars for a Fourth of July Party!

Maybe it’s just my pregnant prohibition phase, but all I can think of are the fun cocktails that I want to try after this little nugget is born! Even though I’m abstaining these days, it’s not stopping us from hosting a shindig here and there so I decided to test out a recipe for the Fourth of July — booze-spiked Jello stars! It’s like the Jello jigglers of our youth but with a grownup twist. They’re quick and simple to make if you’ve got the right molds and you can make a whole bunch of them at a time. And if your party is more kid-friendly, leave out the alcohol and they work just as well! xoxo

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Materials

  • silicone star mold
  • Jello packages in red and blue (6 oz packages)
  • cooking spray
  • water
  • alcohol (vodka or clear rum work well)
  • measuring cups
  • pot

Make Time: 15 Minutes Prep; 2-3 Hours Chilling Time

Step 1: Boil 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup of your choice of alcohol (if you want to make them non-alcoholic just boil 1 cup of plain water). Once boiling, remove from heat and add in a 6 oz package of Jello.

Step 2: Stir for 2-3 minutes or until the powder is completely dissolved.

Step 3: Spray the interior of the molds lightly with cooking spray.

Step 4: Transfer liquid to a measuring cup or similar vessel with a pour spout and carefully fill your star molds with the liquid. One 6 oz package of Jello made approximately 22-24 stars for us; it helps a ton to have multiple molds if you want to make big batches.

Step 5: Place molds in the refrigerator, checking for firmness after 2-3 hours. Once chilled, remove and set out for guests to enjoy! These will keep overnight as well if you’d like to make them ahead of time.

How to Make Spiked Jello Stars for a Fourth of July Party!

How to Make Spiked Jello Stars for a Fourth of July Party!

How to Make Spiked Jello Stars for a Fourth of July Party!

Funfetti Waffle Cake

Funfetti Waffle Cake

It’s Wednesday, and that calls for a celebration! How about waffle cake? After Mr. Lovely asked for a good ol’ fashioned Funfetti cake for his last birthday, I got to…

Funfetti Waffle Cake

Funfetti Waffle Cake

It’s Wednesday, and that calls for a celebration! How about waffle cake? After Mr. Lovely asked for a good ol’ fashioned Funfetti cake for his last birthday, I got to thinking that it might be delicious in waffle form. And lucky for us all, I was riiiiiight! This Funfetti waffle cake is like a breakfast and a birthday party got married and had the most delicious baby you could imagine. And I secretly love it because it’s like an instant-gratification baking project — you don’t have to wait for cakes to bake and rise and worry whether they’ll stack right. You can’t mess it up!

Watch our video and go get your Funfetti on! xoxo

Funfetti Waffle Cake

Ingredients

Make Time: 20 Minutes

Step 1: In a bowl, combine the cake mix, water, oil, and eggs. Beat until smooth.

Step 2: Heat your waffle iron and spritz with cooking spray. Spoon in the cake mixture until the waffle iron is about 2/3 covered. Close the lid and let the waffle cook. Once cooked, remove carefully with a spatula and fork.

Step 3: Repeat Step 2, making about 6-7 waffles.

Step 4: On a cake stand, place your first waffle. Spread a thin layer of frosting on the top. Stack another waffle and frost. Continue stacking and frosting until your final waffle is on top; leave this one unfrosted.

Step 5: When you’re ready to serve, cover the top of the cake with whipped cream and sprinkles. Cut into slices and enjoy!

Funfetti Waffle Cake

Funfetti Waffle Cake

Salty dog cocktail recipe

Salty Dog Summer Cocktail Recipe

One of the best summers of my life was spent in Sarasota. That town knows how to have a good time, I tell ya. I was there doing a show,…

Salty dog cocktail recipe

Salty dog cocktail recipe

One of the best summers of my life was spent in Sarasota. That town knows how to have a good time, I tell ya. I was there doing a show, and Ryan was with me, and because we were only performing the show at night we had all day free to explore, adventure, and hang out on some of the best beaches in the whole world (in my humble opinion). You know what I mean if you’ve ever been to Siesta Key! Hidden beaches, soft white sand, turquoise water, and a town with a beach mentality that just makes you never want to leave. We would go with friends down to the beach for the day and end up at The Old Salty Dog, sitting on the porch with burgers and coconut shrimp and drinking Salty Dogs. It’s a cocktail that is now forever entwined with happy summers for me, and I wanted to share it!

Ingredients

  • fresh grapefruit juice
  • vodka or gin
  • salt
  • ice

Start by juicing your grapefruit. Fill a small plate with your salt. Dip the rim of an empty glass into the grapefruit juice, shake off any excess, and then dip directly into the salt to create a salt rim.

Salty dog cocktail recipe

Fill the glass 2/3 full of ice. Pour in an ounce of vodka or gin — either works, just use your fave! Fill the glass with grapefruit juice.

That’s it! It’s so pretty and so refreshing and just perfect for a summer shindig. And a little bit of trivia: a Salty Dog is just a Greyhound cocktail with salt on the rim. Get it?! Fun fact. Use it at your next cocktail party to impress everybody. Cheers! xoxo

Salty dog cocktail recipe

Salty dog cocktail recipe Salty dog cocktail recipe

How to Stock a Home Bar

How to Stock a Home Bar

There’s a little running joke on our street that our house is the place to come when you need a happy hour. It’s no secret that we like to entertain,…

How to Stock a Home Bar

There’s a little running joke on our street that our house is the place to come when you need a happy hour. It’s no secret that we like to entertain, and over the years Mr. Lovely has become quite the mixologist. At this point, we’ve stocked ourselves pretty well to be ready for any necessary celebrations (even non-alcoholic ones like I’m having these days!). But it doesn’t take years or even a ton of money to stock a home bar — you can stock yourself up with a few simple bottles, mixers, and tools. Read on for our simple home bar checklist!

How to make homemade orange bitters

How to Make Homemade Orange Bitters

Who’s got a dude to celebrate this Father’s Day?! Maybe it’s your dad, or your husband, or just a fella who means a lot to you, but whoever it is,…

How to make homemade orange bitters

How to make homemade orange bitters

Who’s got a dude to celebrate this Father’s Day?! Maybe it’s your dad, or your husband, or just a fella who means a lot to you, but whoever it is, we gotta make him something special! If the guy likes a good drink, have I got a perfect project for you. This little concoction is crazy easy to make and takes almost no time to put together, but it does need to marinate for a few weeks, which is why we’re sharing the idea a little early. You can mix up a batch of these homemade orange bitters for Dad and use them to make the most delicious cocktails (everything from an Old Fashioned to a Rob Roy) on the block while you’re celebrating him on Father’s Day!

For the full recipe, see our post over on Momtastic, and get ready to play mixologist! It’s a really fun one to put together because you can put your own flavor spin on it and tailor it especially to the recipient. Go get a jump on your Father’s Day gifting right here! xoxo

How to make homemade orange bitters

How to make homemade orange bitters

How to make homemade orange bitters

Summer essentials for a backyard party

The 5 Things You Need for a Perfect Outdoor Summer Party

May is here and temperatures are hitting the 80’s and I got out all of my shorts and that means I’m in full-on summer mode, y’all! We’re planning some fun backyard…

Summer essentials for a backyard party

Summer essentials for a backyard party

Summer essentials for a backyard party

May is here and temperatures are hitting the 80’s and I got out all of my shorts and that means I’m in full-on summer mode, y’all! We’re planning some fun backyard parties for this summer (hellooooo, BBQ and backyard movie nights!) and last weekend we tested out our fire pit for the first time this season. We had a few of neighbors over for the test run and put a simple little shindig together. It doesn’t take much, folks! In fact, I boiled it down to 5 things that you need to put together the perfect outdoor summer party, just in case you get overwhelmed and try to find an excuse not to party all summer long.

Drinks! And don’t see that and just read “booze!” Because this pregnant lady likes to sip a little something special too. We teamed with Duraflame to mix up some cocktails that are just as easily mocktails — and super refreshing to boot. To make this pretty little Cranberry Lemonade Spritzer, mix equal parts cranberry juice, lemonade, club soda, and vodka. Chill it and serve with lemon rounds! To make it a mocktail, just leave out the vodka and you’re good to go.

Summer essentials for a backyard party

A Backyard Campfire I don’t know what it is about a fire pit with a good fire blazing in it but it just makes an evening so cozy! I feel like people always get comfy and linger at the party longer when there’s a campfire. We lit up some of Duraflame’s roasting logs, which kind of stack up to feel like an actual campfire. Ahhhh so good. I was totally flashing back to all of the campfire songs we sang in 4-H camp when I was in elementary school. These babies are also perfect for cooking or roasting, in case you don’t have a BBQ. Which brings me to my next point.

Summer essentials for a backyard party

Duh… S’mores You guys. Don’t have a fire pit without s’mores! And while you’re at it, make ’em special. We used maple marshmallows with shortbread graham crackers and oh. my. gosh. Ryan likes to dub himself the s’more master and takes charge of the marshmallow roasting. Which is probably a good thing because I’ve been known to lose my marshmallows into the fire on previous occasions. Hey, we can’t be great at everything.

Summer essentials for a backyard party

Summer essentials for a backyard party

Seating Ever been to a party where there just aren’t enough chairs and everyone’s sitting and you’re standing and you’re thinking, “Well, I could either sit on the ground, or… leave.” The worst! Nobody cares about fancy matching chairs — just get lots of seating around so people can be comfortable and enjoy that fire long into the evening.

A Few Simple Extras I always, always have a playlist going when we’ve got people over, so don’t forget the tunes! Music is a great equalizer, a conversation starter, and sets the mood (not to mention it helps fill in awkward silences…). And if you’re gonna have a party, set out a few fun decorations! They can be super simple like our paper lanterns and tassels, or just use what you have around the house. A few flowers or some potted plants go a long way, too.

Summer essentials for a backyard party

So. When’s your next party? And more importantly, when are you coming over for s’mores?! xoxo

Summer essentials for a backyard party

Summer essentials for a backyard party

This post is sponsored by Duraflame. All opinions are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

Waffle quesadilla recipe

Waffle Quesadilla Recipe

Okay! So we know what you’re drinking and playing at your Cinco de Mayo parties, but what are you gonna eat?! That, my friends, is pretty much what is always…

Waffle quesadilla recipe

Waffle quesadilla recipe

Okay! So we know what you’re drinking and playing at your Cinco de Mayo parties, but what are you gonna eat?! That, my friends, is pretty much what is always on my mind these days. When do I get food again? #alwayshungry But I digress. I have the perfect food idea for your fiesta, so nobody has to do a ton of prep work or be in the kitchen all night. Waffle quesadillas!

Ingredients

  • waffle maker
  • butter
  • tortillas (no larger than your waffle maker)
  • shredded cheese
  • add-ins like chicken, beans, chiles, veggies, whatever you like
  • salsa and sour cream for dipping

This recipe is hardly a recipe it’s so simple, and if you want you can put guests in charge of making their own — like a quesadilla bar! Just butter one side each of two tortillas. Set one buttered-side-down, and on top of this tortilla sprinkle cheese and add any special ingredients you’d like (I stuffed Henry’s with zucchini to sneak him some vegetables). Then place your other tortilla buttered-side-up on top of all the ingredients and close the waffle maker. Once it looks like all your cheese is melted, pull that bad boy out and you’re done!

These are so easy, and make almost no mess at all — my favorite way to cook. And they’re insanely good! The cheese gets perfectly, evenly melted all the way around. Henry snuck in and grabbed some while we were shooting, and apparently he wanted to dip in the sour cream. I’ll have to teach him about double-dipping etiquette soon…

Waffle quesadilla recipe

Okay everybody, have I convinced you to get a waffle maker yet? More waffle fun coming up soon, and lots more in the archives here. Happy waffling! xoxo

Waffle quesadilla recipe

How to Make Moscow Mule Mug Tassels

DIY Moscow Mule Mug Tassels

Didja try our Mezcal Mule recipe from yesterday?! No matter what you like to put in your mule mug, we’ve got a rad project today so that you and your…

How to Make Moscow Mule Mug Tassels

How to Make Moscow Mule Mug Tassels

Didja try our Mezcal Mule recipe from yesterday?! No matter what you like to put in your mule mug, we’ve got a rad project today so that you and your guests can keep track of which drink is which at your Cinco de Mayo shindig! I’m loving these DIY mule mug tassels, especially organized in a pretty rainbow. Why is rainbow order so dang satisfying?!

Materials

Make Time: 5 Minutes Per Tassel Set

How to Make Moscow Mule Mug Tassels

Step 1: Cut a piece of cardboard about 3″ x 10″. Wrap your embroidery thread around it in different colors, about 20 wraps per color.

Step 2: For each color, cut two additional pieces of thread about 10″ each.

Step 3: Remove one color from the cardboard, keeping the loops intact. Fold the loops in half over one of the extra pieces of thread.

Step 4: Take the other extra piece of thread and loop it over itself, laying the loop on top of the folded threads. Tightly wrap the long end of this thread around the folded threads and over itself multiple times.

Step 5: Tuck the end of the thread through the loop you made.

Step 6: Pull the upper end of that thread to tighten the loop and lock it into place.

Step 7: Trim the top of the thread and snip through all of the loops on the bottom of the tassel. Trim to even them out.

Step 8: Take the long thread from which the tassel is hanging and tie the tops together. Trim the ends.

Step 9: Repeat all of the steps to make an additional tassel in each color. When you fold these loops over, fold them over the knot in the long thread so that you’ll end up with two tassels hanging from that same loop.

Tie the tassels around mugs as you hand out drinks at your Cinco festivities and your guests will never lose track of what they’re sipping! I also just think they’re pretty fun as an extra little decoration — hang them from cabinet doors, keychains, anywhere! xoxo

How to Make Moscow Mule Mug Tassels

How to Make Moscow Mule Mug Tassels

How to Make Moscow Mule Mug Tassels

How to Make Moscow Mule Mug Tassels

How to Make a Mezcal Mule

How to Make a Mezcal Mule

Mules for everybody! I may be pregnant but it doesn’t stop my deep longing for a mule cocktail of just about any kind. And since Cinco de Mayo is coming…

How to Make a Mezcal Mule

Mules for everybody! I may be pregnant but it doesn’t stop my deep longing for a mule cocktail of just about any kind. And since Cinco de Mayo is coming up, we’re celebrating by teaching you how to make a legit mezcal mule. I’m not currently partaking but word on the street is that these babies are delicious and strong! So add these to your Cinco celebrations (responsibly, duh!) and impress people with your mule making skills.

Ingredients

Watch our video for the full recipe!

Now cheers, y’all! Add a photo backdrop and some garlands to your party and you’ll be the most festive house on the block. Happy Cinco! xoxo

How to Make a Mezcal Mule

How to Make a Mezcal Mule