7-11 Cherry Slurpee

7-11 Cherry Slurpee

I’ve always loved the slurpees at 7-11. Icees and other cold drinks are always yummy! Especially on a hot summer day. Nothing tastes better than a nice cold drink on a hot day!
This drink was pretty easy, although I had to pick up a few things not normally in my kitchen. You start by getting out your blender and mixing together 1 cup of chilled club soda, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 tsp cherry Kool-Aid powder and 1/2 tsp Grenadine. Blend it for about 10 seconds until it’s smooth.
Add in 2 1/2 cups of crushed ice and blend again till smooth. Pour your mixture into a pitcher, add in 1 cup of chilled club soda and stir it up.
This made 4 small servings. I think the next time I’ll add a little more ice. Our drinks were a little watery, but they were so very yummy. The kids, Tony and I all drank our servings really quick. It was after dinner when we made ours, so it was a little late to be loading the kids up on sugar!
I’m very excited that summer decided to come back out to play here in Ohio! It gives us a little more time to enjoy this drink before we have to wait for next summer! Give it a try and let me know what you think.
Original recipe can be found at http://www.budgetsavvydiva.com/2012/08/copy-cat-recipe-7-11-cherry-slurpee/

First Day of a New Grade

First Day of School

This whole site was a lot of fun pictures, mostly involving chalk. It was very cool. There was one picture of a little girl stretched out next to the word kindergarten. I was intrigued!
Sadly, my driveway was a little too beat up for this, but I remembered a previous pin that has already proved itself! Check out that blog about trampoline writing here
https://superstevied.wordpress.com/2013/06/16/chalky-trampoline/
I made my way outside before bringing Arthur out and went to town, writing in big, if not overly artistic, letters. I don’t claim to be an artist, but it worked for what I wanted! Arthur is always happy to be on the trampoline, and he’s usually happy to pose for pictures. I started out having him stretched out, arms behind his head, as it was in the original photo. It wasn’t really him though. I think when Chiara gets ready for kindergarten, that pose would look great. As you can tell, we ended up going with Arthur sitting up Indian style on top of the word.
After we took several shots of several poses, I chose this as my favorite one. Luckily I got my favorite shot before Chiara worked her way up to the trampoline. The words were smeared inside 5 minutes.
This was a quick and fun thing to do as soon as Arthur got home from school. Good end to his first day of school!
Original pin is included on this site: http://www.modernparentsmessykids.com/2011/09/jazzing-up-your-photos-with-sidewalk.html

Best Corn Ever

This is something I’ve had stashed on my Yummy board for a while now! I don’t buy corn on the cob very often so I haven’t had a chance to try it yet. A few days ago, our neighbor Jim gave us some from his garden. I had planned on fried chicken the next night, and corn on the cob goes great with fried chicken!

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You start off by preheating your oven to 350*. While you’re waiting for the oven, make sure you peel the loose pieces of husk off. Don’t peel it all, just make sure you’re not going to have anything hanging too close to the heat source that may catch fire. Once it’s up to temp, lay your corn on the oven grate and set your timer for 25-30 minutes.
Just a heads up, you will smell corn very strongly. Tony kept asking me what I was burning. I kept checking it too, worried I was burning it!
The original pin said to cut off the end and it’ll slide right out. I didn’t have too much luck with that, but the husk and silk peeled off very easily.

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Once we sat down for dinner, we slathered on butter, sprinkled a little salt and dug in! The corn was amazing! So crunchy and juicy at the same time. My son, who loves corn on the cob all the time, ate twice as much as usual. Chiara enjoyed it too, but as usual she made us cut the corn off the cob. Silly girl!
If you eat corn on the cob, you have to at least try this one time. I’ll never boil my corn again! It just doesn’t get easier and one of my favorite perks: no pot to wash afterwards!
Original pin can be found right here: http://foodpicsgo.com/?p=2235

Epic

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Well Blue Sky Studios has done it again! I loved all of the Ice Age movies, so they have yet to disappoint me. I loved the preview, mostly because of the amazing Snow Patrol song playing,  but I was a little worried it was going to follow the basic plotline of Arthur and the Invisibles. I could definitely draw similarities, but it managed to stand alone as an amazing story!
It begins with Mary Katherine, MK, voiced by Amanda Seyfried, dealing with the loss of her mom and moving in with her dad. Her parents’ marriage had fallen apart because of her father’s obsession with an advanced civilization of tiny people who live in the forest.
MK’s disbelief doesn’t prevent her from being drawn into the battle between the Leafmen and the Rot. The queen, voiced by Beyoncé, is choosing her successor, but the Rot intervenes and MK is forced to do her part to protect the forest.
Other voice talents include Colin Farrell and Josh Hutcherson. There are other great voices, but those were the highlights for me!

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Both kids were enthralled with the movie. They were laughing and yelling oh no. There is a scene where MK and Nod, voiced by Josh Hutcherson, are riding on deer antlers and Chiara just said, “wow, that’s beautiful.” The little world they created for this is just mind boggling. 
As stated before, you can draw similarities to other great ‘save the enviornment’ movies. Ferngully, Arthur and the Invisibles and even Avatar. They’re all movies thay make you want to rush out and plant a tree or flowers.

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The 3D BluRay set even includes seed packets! It’s a little bit of a mystery what they are, it just says they will be beautiful. I can’t wait to find out!
I’m not going to put any spoilers with this movie review, I’m just going to encourage you to buy, borrow or rent it. It’s a great movie, I would say for everyone, but I’ve been informed I enjoy kids movies a little too much. Tony enjoyed it too, and he is a little more discerning than I. So check it out and let me know what you think!
Original pin can be found at http://www.examiner.com/article/august-20-2013-dvd-blu-ray-and-3d-epic-with-amanda-seyfried-colin-farrell

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Who has been to Universal Studios in Florida? It’s an amazing vacation choice no matter what. If you’re a Harry Potter fan, this is Mecca! The first year we went, I spent half a day, to Tony’s dismay, in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

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As you approach, Hogwarts is all you can see. It seems larger than life, even though it’s obviously not a full size castle. The tips site I’m referncing says to make sure you take lots of pictures. You want to make sure you get at least one with the castle. I have probably 200 pictures taken in this one part of the park, and they’re all beautiful. Hogwarts is amazing, no matter the angle! Personal tip: best place for a picture with the castle is on the bridge heading towards Jurassic Park.

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Under the castle is the entrance to the best ride in this world. The Forbidden Journey of Harry Potter. They have two lines, one for single riders and one for groups. The single rider line may move quick, but the sites are much better along the group line! The group line takes you through Dumbledore’s study, the Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom and Harry, Ron and Hermione tell you they’re going to give you a secret tour though the castle.
Once on the ride, you may believe you’re on a broomstick! You see the whole castle, the forbidden forest, compete in a quidditch match and face a dragon! Wow!!
The other rides include The Dragon Challenge, formerly the Dueling Dragons and The Flight of the Hippogriff.

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Be prepared to spend time browsing the shops too! If you have some time, make sure you visit Ollivander’s wand shop. They select someone from the small crowd and take them through the wand selecting process, just like in the movie. It’s nothing earth shattering, but cute nonetheless.
You can visit the gift shops and buy your own wand or other amazing items.
                          

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The food is a must! Mainly the candy and most definitely the butterbeer! You can even buy it in a souvenir cup so you can make your own at home! Check out my homemade butterbeer, tried, true and delicious, recipe We did try the lunch at the Three Broomsticks and it was pretty good. A little pricey, but you expect that in a theme park.

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Something that wasn’t on this particular tip list was the shows! There are two shows they perform throughout the day. One is the Hogwarts choir. It features 4 students and their director, singing with giant frogs, just like in Prisoner of Azkaban!
The second show features the visiting students in Goblet of Fire. You get to see the Durmstrang guys jump around, like in the photo. You also see the beautiful Beauxbaton ladies twirl around. Neither show should be missed!
If you’ve never been, put this on your list because it is so much fun! It doesn’t matter if you’re 9 or 99, while you might not be able to ride the rides, you will love the atmosphere!
If you’ve already been, share your own experiences!
Original pin can be found at http://usa.amateurtraveler.com/tips-for-wizarding-world-of-harry-potter/

Work Intrudes

I was so proud of myself when I started my blog. I did over 100 posts, one a day for almost 4 months. Go me, right? Here recently, we’ve been prepping for inventory at work. Walmart inventory, especially at the Steelyard, is a study in frustration.
I have still been enjoying my Pinterest, but sticking to repeats for now. I’m building my repertoire back up, so don’t think I’ve bailed on it.
Consider this a mental health break! I’ll be back Monday night with a whole host of new completed or experienced pins.
A few weeks ago I had my very good friend Jenna as a guest blogger. I still think I’m going to do footprint bugs with my own kids too! Has anyone else completed any pins and want to share their experience?
Shoot me an email at stephanie_desantis@live.com if you are interested in maybe being a guest blogger.

Edible Margarita

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I figured this for a Fourth of July treat, but for some reason we never bought a watermelon. Complete laziness? Absolutley! When I mom brought the kids back after their week long excursion, she gave us a watermelon. It’s been sitting in the fridge for a bit, but I felt today was the day!
We’re leading up to inventory at work, so needless to say, I’ve been a little stressed out. After having a delicious dinner, prepared by Tony, I asked, ever so sweetly, for him to go get me some tequila and coarse salt. He’s a little soft on me, so he did. It was also an opportunity for him to resupply on Bud Light.
I sliced the watermelon a little goofy, but I always do. The kids who were so anxious for some, didn’t even want their’s. Silly kids.
Word to the wise. Cautiously add tequila! I over soaked mine and boy do I feel it! Then you dip your watermelon in coarse salt and bite! Yummy!!
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Watermelon margaritas have always been some of my favorite kinds. The taste is great, but again, don’t over-soak your watermelon!
Sadly the original pin doesn’t link to anything anymore, so I can’t share credit. Feel free to check the original pin on my ‘yummy’ board. Follow my Pinterest interests! Stephanie DeSantis