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Beat the heat!4 Tuesday, July 19, 2011
When the temperature heats up, it's time to start looking for ways to cool down. For me, there's nothing better than an ice cold beverage with beads of condensation dripping down the side. A glass of ice water does the trick, but I like to do something special when I have the ladies over.. Let me share with you some easy ways to make hydration more alluring!

● Add slices of cucumber to a pitcher of water or individual glasses. It's very refreshing and looks like fancy spa water!

● When filling your ice cube tray, drop blueberries, raspberries, grapes or mint in each slot for the prettiest ice cubes.

● Freeze your favorite kind of fruit spaced evenly on a rimmed baking sheet. When they're fully frozen, add them to a plastic bag and store in the freezer. They work like ice cubes, but will not water down your drink.

● I love a good Arnold Palmer. Pour half a glass of iced tea and fill the rest with lemonade. Yum!

● Use adorable and inexpensive mason jars as glasses for your cold beverages.

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Hooray For Summer4 Tuesday, July 5, 2011
I love the season's first strawberries, the feeling of grass on my bare feet, holding onto my red hat as a breeze fills the air, and playing outside with the grandkids. Recently I took my love of summer to the next level and had the ladies over for a red hat barbecue! Red gingham table cloths are a must for a picnic and also fit right into our favorite colors. I picked up lovely purple napkins and utensils at the party store to jazz things up.

My husband grilled the burgers and the hot dogs in his red apron, so I could enjoy a great time with my ladies. We put it together on a whim and everyone brought their favorite dish to pass. We had dessert first, but made sure to leave room for the delicious sides and goodies from the grill.

We dusted off the bocce ball set while other ladies dipped their toes in the kiddie pool we keep for when the grandkids visit. We laughed so hard that my voice was almost gone the next morning. I think we'll have to make this a tradition!

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