How To Succeed At Your First Grown-Up Pool Party

Dos and Don’ts for an End Of Summer Pool Party are a must have. This may be the last time to really showcase how much you’ve grown and spread your wings over the summer.  Or maybe the last chance to redeem yourself from the last few parties where you may have a few too many Raspberry Daquiris and pizza rolls. So here key fool-proof tips to get you through this last HOORAH!

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18 Foods Made With The One Best Ingredient: Wine


Maybe I’ve been on recipe-finding binge lately, or maybe I’m in a wine-obsessed mood 🙂 But I wanted to show the world how you could find great tasting recipes using wine! Red and white (I don’t discriminate). Drink and eat your wine… what a world we live in. Enjoy these 18 recipes! (Psst, this weekend is perfect timing to try some of these out if you’re having a football pot-luck!)

1 – White Wine Cake

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2 – Red Wine Chocolate Cake

chocolate red wine loaf

3 – Red Wine Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese Tartlets

red wine carmalized onions and goat cheese

4 – Peach Wine Popsicles


5 – Red Wine Beef Stew

red wine beef stew

6 – Strawberry Moscato Cake


7 – Red Wine Truffles


8 – Red Wine Poached Pears

red wine poached pears

9 – Red Wine Cookies

red wine cookies

10 – Slower Cooker Red Wine Roast Beef


11 – White Wine Cheese Fondue

white wine cheese fondue

12 – Red Wine Hot Chocolate


13 – Red Wine Ice Cream

red wine ice cream

14 – Moscato Ice Cream

moscato ice cream

15 – Red Wine Brownies

red wine brownies

16 – Merlot Meatballs

merlot meatballs

17 – Cheesecake With Wine Gelee


18 – Wine Butter

wine butter

Stay Inspired!

nicole longendyke

13 Copy Cat State Fair Food Recipes

state fair Collage

The MN State Fair is the one thing we look forward to all summer! Now, i realize this means summer it coming to an end, but I can’t wait to stuff my face with all that Fair Food!! New foods every year, but the theme is common. We like our Fair Food on a stick, deep-fried, dipped in chocolate and filled-with or smothered-in cheese! Ever wanted to make some of that carb-and-calorie-filled deliciousness at home? OF COURSE! Here are some recipes to try!

1 – Cheese Curds

cheese curds

2 – Deep Fried Corn on the Cob

deep fried corn on the cob

3 – Deep Fried Oreos

deep fried oreos

4 – Fried Pickles

fried pickles

5 – Chocolate Strawberry Waffle Pops

chocolate strawberry waffle pop

6 – Funnel Cakes

funnel cakes

7 – Pineapple On a Stick

pineapple on a stick

8 – Pizza Cones

pizza cones

9 – Deep Fried Cookie Dough


10 – Chocolate Covered Bacon

chocolate covered bacon

11 – Classic Corn Dog

corn dog

12 – Deep Fried Tequila Shots

deep fried tequila shots

13 – Chocolate Covered Frozen Banana with Peanuts and Bacon

deep fried tequila shots

11 Bikini-Friendly Appetizers

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Time to move this party outside! Here are some great low-carb, low-calorie appetizers and snacks to share at your next get together.

1 – Crab Cakes


2 – Peanut Butter and Chocolate Apple Nachos

peanut butter and chocolate apple nachos

3 – Cucumber Greek Salad


4 – Tuna Cakes with Cilantro and Jalapenos

tuna cakes with jalapeno and cilantro

5 – Grilled Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps


6 – BLT Summer Avocado Rolls


7 – Pear Pancetta Goat Cheese Bites


8 – Salt and Vinegar Zucchini Chips


9 – Spinach Strawberry and Feta Bites

spinach strawberry feta

10 – Skinny Bell Pepper Nacho Boats


11 – Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

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Stay Inspired!

nicole longendyke