Summer Time and the food is good enough to share!

Wanted to share 3 recipes I made recently that were a total HIT at a recent party.
My daughter E. found 2 of the recipes and another came by on my Facebook page.

Smoked Mozzarella Dip

She is not lying when she says it’s amazing, creamy and tasty.
We served it with French bread.
Word to the wise…do not skip the non-stick spray in the pan, it’s a hot mess!

The other dish that was gone in no time was Lime Shrimp salad

Seriously using all the good stuff like avocados and shrimp makes a difference and it’s good for you!

And then there was the Mango Raspberry Rose Sangria my daughter found and was such a success we had to remake it 3 times!

INGREDIENTS per batch.

1 mango, peeled, pitted, flesh thinly sliced lengthwise
1 cup raspberries
5 tablespoons raspberry liqueur
1 bottle (750 ml) rose wine
4 cups (32 ounces) chilled lemon-lime sparkling water


In a pitcher or large bowl, combine mango, raspberries, raspberry liqueur, and rose wine. Stir to combine and refrigerate 1 hour.
Add ice cubes and sparkling water and enjoy!

Keeping it cool.

I need to drink water but it gets so boring and keeping the water cold is a task.
Here are some commercial ideas.


Music notes

Frozen Science


And here are two ideas I used last week.

H2O anyone?

For years I’ve had to take medication for a dead thyroid right at the crack of dawn.
I was very happy with my big 12 ounce glass with lid until DizzyIzzy my 85 pound Bouvier des Flandres decided to take matters in her thirsty paws and knock it off the bed side table.
I then started using a plastic cup with a straw. However we are experiencing the worst ant invasion in many years and I woke up one morning to many ants taking a dip in my cup.

At a recent shopping trip to Target I found this

With the cup taken off.

My love for Matrushka dolls dates back to my parents having one and when I was little I played with it and my Girl shares the same fondness.
So far I’ve used it for over 2 weeks and no swimming ants.

Here are a few more hydrating ways.

Poor snowman!

Love this one and might have to get it soon.

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Gadgets for the nerd in you (or someone else)

Mix a drink after a hard day at the lab!

For those of us who remember records!I’d cringe every time I’d put a drink on it.

Ps, today the blog powers to be would not let me properly caption the middle 2 pictures so here goes:
Lego Utensils for the kid in you, fully stackable.
Rubik’s cube salt and pepper shakers, wonder if my son would try to solve them?


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