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Pin #34: Brazilian Lemonade

Brazilian LemonadeLemonade with a punch!

With the scorching summer temperatures, I was looking for a refreshing summer drink and luckily Pinterest was ready to help. A pin for Brazilian Lemonade caught my eye since we just returned from a trip to Brazil. (Which was amazing, by the way)

Even though this is called lemonade, it is made with limes!

Brazilian lemonade is really sweet, however, a shot of rum blended well with the sweetness.  When I make this again, I will most likely decrease the sugar by half.

I’m living in the South, but I still drink my tea unsweetened!

18 more pins to go before August 16th!  I think I will make it to my goal!  🙂

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Pin #33: Learning from my son and son-in-law: Why should I brine my chicken?

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We’re still eating healthy (the husband and I) and, frankly, I’m getting a little tired of chicken.

My son and son-in-law both like to brine their chicken but I have never tried it even though their food is always really delicious!  So, after pinning this pin for “perfect baked chicken breasts“, I decided to give it a try!

I brined the 6 breasts for about a half an hour, topped it with some seasoning along with rosemary from my garden, and then popped them in the oven.

I’m a little nervous about using a meat thermometer instead of slicing the meat open to check the doneness, but I restrained myself and the end result was “fully cooked and deliciously moist chicken”!

We’re having the leftovers tonight in a chicken salad.  Yes, the healthy eating continues!

Pin #32: I LOVE Yard Sales!

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My neighborhood recently had a neighborhood yard sale event.  Armed with my coffee and accompanied by my chauffeur (aka: husband/muscleman), we set out ready to find something spectacular.

I spotted the beauty above, much to my husbands dismay, and asked the price.  The nice gentleman said the words that made my husband cringe! “10 dollars”!  SOLD!

Now it was time to plan the renovation of this new item that would soon hold various supplies in my craft room, which until very recently was known as the Junk Room!

Chalk Paint is very popular now and I wanted to join the trend.  I found a helpful pin explaining the steps of this process.  I chose a new shade, Emperor’s Silk, which turned out to be just what I wanted for my new piece of furniture!

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I think it turned out really beautiful.  I also updated the hardware with new knobs from Hobby Lobby!

Pin #31: What’s For Dinner Dear?

menu This was actually so easy that I almost didn’t count it as Pin #31. I bought the frame which matches the little tiles in my kitchen wall.  I found the burlap “look” paper at Michaels, cut it and put it in the frame!

The hardest part of all of this will be holding myself accountable to actually cook what is listed on the menu!

Pin #30: Microwave Madness: Eggs in a Mug!

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Several years ago my microwave suddenly stopped working!  Within minutes, my children and I were in the car speeding to a nearby store to purchase a new one!  I knew we needed one and we needed it NOW!  How did we ever survive without these wonderful inventions?

This pin, for eggs in a mug, prepared in the microwave intrigued me and I wondered how they would taste.  Rubbery? Mushy? Slimy?  All of these adjectives ran through my mind.

Recently, the husband and I were discussing our dinner plan and the opportunity to try this microwave madness was finally here!  Luckily, I had the ingredients, followed the steps, and the above photo shows the results.

I didn’t want to eat it out of the mug.  It was dinner, after all!  I scooped it all onto a plate and we settled in to sample the results.  I’m happy to report that the eggs and other ingredients were delicious!

Try this for a relatively healthy, quick meal for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

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Pin #29: I’m sorry weeds!

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Weeds seem to grow no matter what the conditions!  Rain-No Rain-Sun-No Sun!  It just doesn’t matter.  They crop up everywhere!

Since I’m not a big fan of poisons (Sorry Round-Up), I wanted to try something more natural.  I was skeptical, at first, wondering how vinegar, salt, and dishwashing liquid could possibly cure the weed problem!  I found this pin for a natural weed killer and decided to try it out!

The picture above shows an example of a typical weed invader!  Cracks in sidewalks seem to cry out for some greenery and the weeds are happy to oblige.

I followed the directions carefully and mixed up the solution.  I decorated the spray bottle which isn’t really necessary but seemed important at the time.

After one day and one application, this is what those little invaders look like now!

after weed killer

For those of you who worry about your pets (I’m definitely one of them), I did Google the effect of apple cider vinegar on dogs and found that it is actually beneficial.  I can’t say the same for the Dawn dish liquid that is added to the mixture, but since it is such a small amount, I’m not worried!

If you are overrun with weeds, mix up a batch of this non-poisonous weed killer and be kind to the environment, your pets, and your wallet!  Vinegar is a lot cheaper than Round Up!

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