Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies #SummerDessertWeek

Imagine the best cookies you’ve ever had- light & fluffy, and studded with semi sweet milk chocolate chips. Then picture them also swirled with chunks of fresh strawberries. These Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies are a must have!

This post and recipe was created for #SummerDessertWeek! I was sent samples by some of the sponsor companies, but as always the opinions are 100% mine.

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Peaches & Cream No Churn Ice Cream #SummerDessertWeek

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #SummerDessertWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the recipes, but as always all opinions are 100% mine alone.

A rich and creamy dessert, this Peaches & Cream No Churn Ice Cream features the perfect pairing of fresh sweet fruit and indulgent cream in one irresistible, frozen treat.

Peaches & Cream No Churn Ice Cream

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Blackberry Lemonade

As a kid, I remember there was nothing better on a hot Summer’s day than an ice-cold glass of fresh lemonade. As an adult, I still crave a glass whenever the heat arrives, and this blackberry version is my favorite new twist on the classic version. It’s simple, sweet, and just a bit tart. It’s my new favorite Summer sipper. Make it as-is, or add in a splash of vodka for a tasty cocktail, because (let’s be honest) nothing quite beats the heat like a bright, refreshing, and flavorful adult beverage.

Blackberry Lemonade

Blackberry Lemonade

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 1/4 cups lemon juice, fresh squeezed or store-bought
1 cup blackberries, plus more for garnish if desired
1 3/4 cups water
mint leaves for garnishing, optional

Directions

1. Prepare a simple syrup by combining the cup of sugar and the cup of water in a small pot on the stove. Bring to a boil and stir to dissolve the sugar. Allow to cool completely and then set aside.
2. Add the blackberries and lemon juice to a blender and blend until the blackberries have pureed.
3. Strain into a clear pitcher. You’ve got to strain it to remove any chunks of blackberries left and seeds.
4. Add the remaining amount of water to the pitcher. Stir to evenly combine.
5. Add simple syrup, to taste.
6. Serve over ice, or chilled, and garnish (if desired) with mint leaves and a blackberry.

Squirt Gun Art

Late last month a whole new crop of pool toys and water guns have popped up at stores, nationwide, overnight. I’ve already noticed most of the pool sections have been ransacked and what’s left picked over. This is the perfect time to start looking out for deals. If you come across a package of squirt guns on sale, don’t hesitate to snag them. Beyond the pool, they’re great for making some really neat artwork. The sons couldn’t believe I’d handed them squirt guns full of paint. Yes, paint. It really was an exercise in trust. But, we were outside so I figured what’s the worst that can happen? Pictures completed they’ll cease squirting canvas and turn their weapons on each other. When they’ve run out of ammo, I’ll just hose the warriors down. (I had the forethought to use washable paint at least) Problem solved and great, healthy fun was had by all. Plus, they left me with some pretty snazzy art work to hang on the walls!

If you are looking for a fun, yet inexpensive, art project this summer then look no further. This water gun painting project was a blast and such a nice change of pace from the regular painting that we usually do! For the painting here, I used cheaper guns that I found in the dollar spot at Target, but don’t fear using the more expensive ones because from my experience the paint will not ruin the guns, it rinses away easily with water.

Squirt Gun Art

4 Sons 'R' Us: Squirt Gun Art

Tempera paint
Squirt Guns
Water
Canvas
Painters Tape (optional)
drop cloth or old sheet or even an old towel

Directions

1. Mix the tempera paint with a little water (a 50/50 mixture).
2. Use a measuring cup with a pour spout and slowly pour in the paint/water mixture.
3. Use the painters tape to make  a design on the canvas or just use the entire blank canvas, as is.
4. Go outside and go to town!
5. Lay the canvas out and wait for the paint to dry before taking the tape off or moving.