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Layered Lemonade Ice Cubes

April 27, 2015

Not only do layered ice cubes make for a pretty presentation, they also make lemonade delicious! Click through to see what each flavor is.

Now that is starting to feel a lot like summer here in Florida, a glass of ice cold lemonade is starting to sound like a really good idea. After going on a long walk in the middle of the day, I walked in the kitchen and grabbed a bottle of my favorite lemonade. There’s nothing quite like freshly squeezed lemonade after being outside on a very humid ninety degree day! But I know some people are lemonade fans no matter the weather so I’ve created a way to make it even more delicious by serving it with layered ice cubes!

If lemonade is one of your favorite summertime drinks, then you have to try serving it with layered ice cubes!

These layered ice cubes make for a pretty presentation and would be great at your next party! Here’s how to make them:

Supplies: silicone ice cube trays / Natalie’s lemonade

Serve fresh squeezed lemonade over layered ice cubes for a refreshing treat! Click through for details about each flavor.

Mango Lemonade
Puree diced mango in a blender until smooth. Pour into ice cube tray filling each cube half way. Freeze for 30 minutes then top with lemonade. Freeze until solid or overnight.  Fill glass with ice cubes and top with lemonade.

Raspberry Lemonade
Puree raspberries in a blender until smooth. Pour into ice cube tray filling each cube half way. Freeze for 30 minutes then top with lemonade. Freeze until solid or overnight. Fill glass with ice cubes and top with lemonade. If you don’t like the seeds, strain the blended raspberries over a fine mesh sieve before filling the ice cube tray.

Black Currant Arnold Palmer
Brew black currant tea and lightly sweeten. Pour into ice cube tray filling each cube half way. Freeze for 30 minutes then top with lemonade. Freeze until solid or overnight. Fill glass with ice cubes and top with half lemonade and half black currant tea.

Natalie's fresh squeezed lemonade gets a makeover with these delicious layered ice cubes. A perfect treat on a hot summer day they melt into delicious flavored lemonade.

These layered ice cubes look so pretty and sound so tasty! Perfect for serving at a shower or summertime party.

This post was created in partnership with Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company. Thanks so much for supporting the brands that keep this blog going!

Links to Love

April 24, 2015

Get inspired to make something this weekend with one of these fun DIY projects. Click through for links to each tutorial.

This weekend I’ll be taking a breaking from DIYing because we’ll be visiting my brother and sister-in-law! Be sure to follow my Atlanta adventures on Instagram and please leave a comment with Atlanta recommendations. I’m excited to see (and of course eat) my way through the city.

If you’re looking for a fun DIY this weekend, here are a few of my favorites from this week.

1. This modern floral wreath is just perfection.

2. This painted retro suitcase gives me serious luggage envy.

3. Another great Ikea hack with a little bit of paint.

4. I’m pretty sure I need this fruit mobile in my office!

I’m also loving:

These brushstroke leather planters.

Confetti dipped champagne bottles.

These avocado fries with cheese dip. Hungry yet?

Sarah Hearts Orlando: The Strand

April 23, 2015

Blogger Sarah Hearts shares about one of her favorite neighborhood eateries in Orlando, Florida.

Our next #sarahheartsorlando stop is at one of my most favorite restaurants in town. The Strand is a farm-t0-table eatery in the Mills 50 neighborhood of Orlando that never disappoints. The serve up delicious, fresh southern-inspired fare for both lunch and dinner.

The Strand, a farm-to-table eatery in the Mills 50 neighborhood of Orlando serves a different fresh menu for lunch and dinner daily. Make sure you save room for dessert and try their daily grain.

Their menu changes daily but there are a few staples, like the Strand burger and the Porkzilla (a loaded pork sandwich) that are often featured. Like most restaurants I visit, I almost always order the daily special. They always have a featured salad that is absolutely delicious and often have a daily special that has fresh Florida fish. Many of their ingredients are locally sourced and they have a large chalkboard by the door that lists where all the ingredients used came from.

Loving the simple mid-century inspired decor in this neighborhood eatery in Orlando, Florida.

The Strand is a great neighborhood restaurant in Orlando, Florida. Their entire farm to table menu is delicious. Just make sure you save room for dessert!

The place is filled with simple, mid-century inspired decor. The walls are a perfect mint green! Though the seating area is small and you’ll often need to wait for a table when stopping in for dinner on a weekend, you can almost always grab a seat at the bar.

This salad is topped with blueberries and candied pecans and dressed with a bacon vinaigrette. Definitely stop in at The Strand next time you visit Orlando.

At our most recent visit, I of course, ordered the daily salad which was one of my favorites to date! The greens were topped with fresh blueberries, spiced pecans, and dressed with a bacon vinaigrette.

This salmon salad sandwich looks so good! It's from The Strand in Orlando. Definitely adding it to my must-visit Orlando list!

Loving the simple mid-century inspired decor in The Strand, a neighborhood farm to table restaurant in the Mills 50 area of Orlando.

The fried chicken sandwich is a lunch staple at the farm-to-table restaurant, The Strand, in Orlando.

Another one of their staples is a huge fried chicken sandwich topped with bacon and house made pickles. I always skip the fries (which I heard are good) and order their daily grain—this time it was a delicious pesto quinoa.

Always save room for dessert when visiting The Strand in the Mills 50 neighborhood of Orlando. This olive oil cake is topped with fresh citrus and whipped cream.

Photography by Amalie Orrange Photography

Next time you’re looking for a new lunch spot or want a new date night restaurant, stop in at The Strand. You’ll be glad you did and always make sure you save room for dessert! Their olive oil cake is moist and simply heavenly. It’s topped with fresh citrus and whipped cream.

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Paint Dipped Alphabet Magnets

April 22, 2015

Transform kids alphabet magnets by spray painting them bright white and dipping them in paint! (click through for video tutorial)

I’ve always loved those little brightly colored letter magnets. I know their supposed to be for young children, but that doesn’t mean grown ups have to miss out on the fun too. I gave mine a stylish and oh-so-simple update by dipping them in a perfect spring palette of paint. And now I just cannot stop making words with them!

They would be the perfect addition to any fridge or office cubicle. And if you don’t have a magnetic surface to place them on, you could always hot glue them onto any surface! Learn how easy they are to make in the video tutorial below.

Time: 30 minutes + drying time
Supplies: alphabet magnets / white spray paint / sample jars of interior latex paint / paper straws or popsicle sticks

Hola! These DIY paint dipped alphabet magnets are so much cuter than regular kids ones. Perfect for a playroom, an office or the fridge!

Make. It. Happen. Loving these paint dipped alphabet letters. Not just for kids, they would be so cute in an office too!

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