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Dad's Day BBQ & Brews

We thought it would be fun to have the family over for a beer tasting & to celebrate Dad's Day! The theme was bbq & brews! The centerpieces were made with beer mugs from the 99 cent store, Sunflowers and custom beer labels that said "It's Dad's Day!" We bought these cool wood ledges at IKEA a while back and instead of hanging them on the wall we use them often down the centers of tables to contain things like corks, candles and in this case for Dad...PEANUTS! It was a potluck of Homemade BBQ Sauce, my Mom's amazing homemade pies {Apple, Cherry & Rhubarb} a recipe that has been passed down for generations and I am afraid to say that I think my sister and I are next in line to learn how to make that flaky crust and some other delicious dishes! Another guest at the party was Alpine Brewery! My mother-in-law had picked up 4 growlers of their most amazing brews! We lined them up on the drink table along with little descriptions of each and gave them each a taste! It was a lot of fun! Thanks to everyone who participated and much love to all the Dad's!


Chicken Robot Party...Grayson turns 3! 

So I know that I posted some pictures of Grayson's invite to his Chicken Robot Party aways back. Here are the pictures of the actual event! We hosted it at the Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano! It is the coolest place for anyone who hasn't checked it out!  

Basically, we went with the "In a Perfect Day for Gray" theme. He had told me that there were some very important things that he wanted for his third birthday party...1. Chicken's 2. Robots 3. Chocolate Milk 4. A Big Hill  5. Control-Mote Cars (remote control cars) and 6. Cashy-bear (our Chocolate Lab). We set out to attack this one and tried our hardest to make this little man's dreams come true! The only thing that we missed was the big hill & the dog! Other than that we managed to handle the rest and it turned out to be the best party ever! 
Thanks to everyone who made Grayson's third so much fun! Many thanks to Bryan Oster Photography for the great photos too! 


Thanks to all our Dads! 


We are throwing a Beer Tasting Party! 


Spiked Popsicles! 

I can't wait for Summer break! No homework, backyard dinners, and spiked popsicles. Bella of Bella Eats has my heart with these special Adult Only popsicles. I have never heard of Aperol until now but it sounds like a perfect summer indulgence on its own. Just look at the ingredients...

APEROL, an italian aperitif similiar to Campari, but with more sugar and less alcohol. It is a blend of bitter orange, gentian rhubarb, and an assortment of herbs and roots. 

Aperal Citrus Popsicles: 


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water 
  • 3 cups grapefruit or orange juice 
  • 1/2 cup Aperol




  1. Mix the water and sugar together in a small pan over low heat until sugar dissolves. Allow Simple  Syrup to boil for 4 minutes. Take off heat and cool. Makes 1 cup 
  2. Combine Citrus Juice with 1 cup Aperol and 1 cup Simple Syrup . Remember, the mixture will taste sweeter in liquid than frozen. 
  3. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze for 8 hours or overnight! 
  4. ENJOY!