- 1 oz Malibu Rum
1 oz mango rum
1.5 oz cranberry juice
1.5 oz orange juice
1.5 oz pineapple juice
1 splash of grenadine
Gold sanding sugar
3 C flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 C soft unsalted butter
1 C granulated sugar
Cookie Cutter: Pirate parrot cookie
-Add eggs…Continue to mix.
-Add the vanilla.. Continue mixing.
-Sift the four, baking soda, and salt together.
-Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture.
-Continue mixing to make sure all ingredients are thoroughly blended.
-Make the dough into a ball, wrap it in cling wrap completely covering the entire dough ball.
-Put in the refrigerator for about 6 hours or overnight. Check to see if the dough is firm.
-Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
-Pull the cookie dough out of the refrigerator and sit it out to soften up a bit.
– Put flour out on the cutting board, rub flour on the rolling pin, and work some flour into
the batter. (if needed).
-Roll the dough out on the cutting board and using the cookie cutter begin to make your cookies.
-Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper.
-Using a metal spatula move the cut cookies to the parchment lined cookiesheet.
-Bake at 325 degrees for 8 minutes. Check to see if the cookies are thoroughly baked.
-Take the cookies off of the cookie sheet and put on a wire rack to cool completely.
(About 10 minutes).
1 C powder sugar
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp vanilla
black, red, green and golden yellow gel colors
4 piping bags with a number 2 tip
5 bowls to mix colors in
black edible marker
-Combine all ingredients except the colors into a standing mixing bowl.
-Mix on medium speed onto stiff peaks form
-Divide the icing into the 5 bowls
-Add a color into 4 bowls and mix them until they are the shades you want
-Scoop the color into the piping bags
-Using the black edible marker, outline the shape of the parrot like shown in the picture
-Using the black icing, go over the outlines.
- 6 c chocolate rice krispie cereal
10 oz mini marshmallows
3 tablespoons butter
- 1 C unsalted sweet cream butter
- 2 1/2 C powder sugar
- 4 tbsp heavy whipping cream
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1-2 drops of green food coloring
- piping bag with a number 66 tip
- 1 bag of edible grass (found at Walmart in the Easter section also can be ordered online)
- 1 small bag of edible pearls
- 1 small bag of gold rock gum
- 1/2 pound of chocolate rock candy
- 2-4 sticks of clear rock candy
- 1 package of pirate flags (found at hobby lobby)
Growing your own fruits and vegetables can be beneficial to your family in countless ways, here I am going to address just a couple of those benefits…
We all know that adding more fruits and vegetables to our diets is crucial for maintaining health. Fruits and vegetables are both packed full of vitamins and nutrients. Vegetables especially are great because many are high in fiber and can leave you feeling fuller longer, causing less snacking and leading to less runs through the drive through for fast food.
If you have space for a garden, I say get to planting! Growing your own produce can be a great way to save money! You can buy an entire pack of seeds for less than $1.00. That $1 investment can lead to a season’s worth of that particular plant. Zucchini is one such plant. I’ve never had a zucchini plant not produce extensively throughout the gardening season.
There is the added expense of fertilizer and water, but depending on the size of your garden, those costs can be relatively minimal. (You can buy a bag of chicken manure fertilizer at walmart for about $4).
It Tastes Better!
Growing your own produce produces vegetables and fruits that are much higher quality. I have never heard anyone claim that store bought produce tastes better than fresh grown.
You know what you are getting!
When you buy produce at your local supermarket, the fact is that you have no idea where it has come from. Okay, so technically you can look at at the little sticker that tells you the country of origin, but the reality is that you have no idea how the produce was grown or what kind of chemicals or pesticides were used in the growing process. Plus, if you have any qualms about the labor used in picking your fruits and vegetables, there is simply no way of knowing this either, which is bothersome to many.
Planting a garden and growing your own produce may seem like hard work, but it really is a lot of fun and a great family activity. The entire process from digging in the dirt to planting to watching your crop grow is exciting to kids! For them to plant a seed, nurture and water it and then watch it sprout is a wonderful learning experience. Plus, there comes comes a sense of pride.
So, in short, growing your own produce is a fun, easy way to eat healthy, local food that will save you money!
Date night is scheduled, but you don’t want to do the same old boring dinner and a movie routine. Madison, Wisconsin has so much to offer when it comes to going out with your sweetie. From beautiful scenery to romantic dining, here are some unique date ideas in Madison, Wisconsin that you’re sure to fall in love with!
Stop and Smell the Roses
Olbrich Botanical Gardens is not only rated one of the most inspiring gardens in North America, it’s also the #1 attraction in Madison on TripAdvisor.com. This is a perfect place to see some gorgeous perennials with your significant other, no matter the weather. With indoor and outdoor gardens, you’ll be able to explore and have some beautiful photo opportunities! Olbrich features several gardens including a sunken garden, perennials, roses, rocks, herbs, wildflowers, and a tropical conservatory.
Pass the Mustard, Please
Planning your date around condiments doesn’t sound normal, but it sure tops the list of unique date ideas in the Madison, Wisconsin area! Located in Middleton, the National Mustard Museum is a perfect place to learn, taste, and shop for your favorite sandwich topping. Dubbed the “Condimental Divide”, the triumphant piece in the museum is the display of more than 5,566 jars, bottles, and tubes from every U.S. state and more than 70 countries. Learn cooking tips that you can use when you return home with your darling. Find your favorite mustard with non-stop tastings from wasabi to chocolate (yes, chocolate!) mustards. Laugh with the staff as they perform Shakespearian mustard soliloquies and mustard-themed parodies. Take home some of your favorite varieties of mustard and souvenir gifts. This is the perfect unique date for you and your honey (mustard).
Revisit Your Childhood
Have a bite to eat and witness the animated displays at Ella’s Deli. From a working, full-sized 1927 carousel to model trains chugging through glass table tops, there is something mesmerizing in every corner of Ella’s. Flying superheroes hang from the ceiling. Decorations hang from wires or pop out of trap doors. The young at heart love Ella’s just as much as children do, and it’s a unique way to connect with your love and reminisce about your own childhood toys and memories. Not to be outdone by the decor, the food is off-the-charts at Ella’s! Try the world famous french fried pickles as an appetizer to one of Ella’s outstanding deli sandwiches or Roundhouse Burgers, filled with deli pastrami and corned beef bits. Yum! Finish off your visit with dessert from iced coffee drinks to dozens of sundaes and fresh baked desserts. If you are going on a group date (or just REALLY hungry), try The One! The Only! Sparkled Kazoo, a 32 scoop sundae! Try out Ella’s for unique food and fun on your next date.
A Night at the Museum
Take in some culture at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. MMoCA Nights are held throughout the year to coincide with exhibition openings, film screenings, and other special events. Talk about culture, have some free hors d’oeuvres (included with the $10 admission or free for members), and have a drink at the cash bar. Check out the latest offerings at the museum, often accompanied with music and always with unique fun! Take in a film at the MMoCA Cinema, where you’ll screen critically acclaimed films from festivals like Cannes and Sundance. Not a night owl? The museum is open with fresh, contemporary exhibits during the day as well. After touring the museum, have a bite at Fresco, the museum’s rooftop restaurant.
Discover Buried Treasure
If you’re looking for something truly unique to do on a date night, check out National Natural Landmark, Cave of the Mounds, in Blue Mounds (just 25 miles West of Madison). Daily tours are available of the historic cave, but for a perfect date night, check out Cave After Dark! These events are made for romance with various themes of music, dining, and cocktails (one free drink per reservation) inside the cave. Events sell out fast, but you can book online to reserve a spot. Tickets are only $25 plus tax per person. Hiking and biking trails also make Cave of the Mounds a special day date destination as well!
There’s no way to get in a dating rut with all the unique date ideas in Madison, Wisconsin! Enjoy an experience with your sweetie that you’ll never forget!
- 4 cans fire roasted tomatoes
4 tbsp. dried onion powder
1 tbsp. of diced garlic in a jar
2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tbsp. of minced basil
1 tbsp. unsalted butter
4 cups vegetable broth
Over time, most people fall into what is referred to as their comfort zone. In other words, you are satisfied with where you are in life and you don’t want to do anything that might upset things. It’s hard to get out of your comfort zone but you miss out on a lot of good opportunities if you don’t. One way to make this difficult task a little easier is by making it fun.
Here are three fun ways to get out of your comfort zone and move forward in life:
- Spend more time with friends that do the things you want to do outside of your comfort zone. It’s easier to take that leap and do things you’re uncomfortable with when you have a friend or two helping you out.
- Make it a challenge or competition. Find a friend or family member that’s settled into a comfortable routine and challenge them to see who can step out of their comfort zone first. Friendly competitions are a lot of fun and very motivational.
- Think about what you could gain by stepping outside of your comfort zone. When you stop focusing on the fear and start thinking about what you could gain by pushing yourself a little harder, you’ll gain a whole new perspective on things.
Discovering that you can do more and enjoy things that you once thought was out of reach will be life changing. When you step out of your comfort zone, you’ll discover there is a whole new world just waiting for you to make that first move and these tips can help. You’ll be happier and feel more accomplished than ever before.
- 1 bottle of Not Your Fathers Rootbeer
1/2 oz Fireball Whiskey
1oz Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
Gold sanding sugar
Going on a camping trip is great, how could it get any better? Well, the answer is going camping at a National Park. The scenery at any National Park is unbelievable and almost untouched. They are without a doubt the best place to pitch your tent. Whether you are looking to camp at a beach, isolated camping areas, or just the good old forest. These are the best National Parks to Go Camping at, so get ready to start planning your next camping trip.
Bryce Canyon National Park
This park is known for its giant rock spires called hoodoos and has three unique forests, filled with Ponderosa Pines and Spruce trees as the park heightens in elevation. This National Park has two different campgrounds to choose from, the best being the Sunset Campground, just a little ways from the parks amazing and easy hiking trails. This is definitely one place to put on your camping list.
Yosemite National Park
If you are a person who likes laid back camping in your RV or car this one is for you. This National Park has ten different campgrounds to choose from and is filled with gorgeous scenery and view of the huge rocky formations. There are also some easy to access and navigate hiking trails that are definitely not a letdown.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
In this National Park, you will find the Deep Creek Campground which is full of natural fresh water. If you are one for swimming or viewing lovely waterfalls this is the place for you. Just from your tent, you are a short hike away from three different waterfalls that are all equally spectacular. This is especially a great place if you are and avid fisher, as there are a lot of places to fish here.
Capital Reef National Park
If you are looking for a desert oasis, look no further. Capital Reef National Park is your answer, surrounded by its signature red rock cliffs this National Park is home to historic orchards planted by Mormon pioneers in 1880 and during the harvesting season you can pick nice fresh fruit to enjoy and take home. This park is also home to historic sights such as an old one roomed school house, the Gifford Homestead where you can buy fresh baked fruit pies, and an old blacksmith shop.
Big Bend National Park
In this lovely National Park, you will find the Chisos Basin Campground fully surrounded by huge rocky cliffs.If you are big into bird watching, this place is a popular nesting site for migratory birds and if you are up for a hike you can the Window Trail which will lead you to see the entire beautiful V-shaped canyon. Kind of a tough treck but well worth it and you have a nice scenic walk filled with dragonflies and butterflies.
America is filled with beautiful National Parks that preserve the scenic nature. You have never camped in a quite a gorgeous place if you have never camped at a National Park. These are the best national parks to go camping and believe me, there are much more out there that are just as scenically amazing. Have you been to any of these National Parks? Do you know of any that should be added to this list? Share in the comments!