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Chicken Wing Dip

Chicken Wing Dip

Alright let’s just cut to the chase here! This next recipe is called Chicken Wing Dip NOT “Buffalo” Chicken Wing Dip. You don’t call them “Buffalo” wings if you actually live in Buffalo. The Buffalo part is just assumed cause everyone knows that when it […]

Cornbread Waffle BLT Sandwiches

Cornbread Waffle BLT Sandwiches

Gimme a “B”…..Gimme an “L”…..Gimme a “T”. What’s that spell??? Well, the BEST sandwich of summer of course!!! I’ve gotta admit that Cornbread Waffle BLT Sandwiches took me by surprise. Waffles and BLT’s might not seem like the obvious pair, but oh my goodness they […]

What You Need To Know As A First Timer In New Orleans

What You Need To Know As A First Timer In New Orleans

With 18 million visitors in 2018 alone, New Orleans is easily one of the hottest vacation destinations in the US right now. Whether you’re here for the culture, the cuisine, or the nightlife, it all adds up to one heck of a good time! We had the pleasure of visiting the Big Easy as first timers this past spring and here are some tips that we picked up along the way. Planning a trip to NOLA? Here’s what you’ll need to know before you go!

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St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square

1.) You’ll do A LOT of walking! New Orleans is amazing because everything is totally walkable…but it’s still a lot of ground to cover. Skip the cute shoes and opt for something comfy instead. You’d be surprised how quickly you rack up the miles on those tootsies. No worries though, the city is covered with lots of fun bars and restaurants perfect for taking a break. You’ll also come across old, uneven, cobblestone streets so flats are a must! We don’t want anyone twisting an ankle on vacation.

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Hidden Courtyard at Crescent City Brewhouse

2.) The drinks are S-T-R-O-N-G!!!!! Tropical Isle may be home to New Orleans Most Powerful Drink, but really all the bartenders in this city are pretty heavy handed. So you’ll wanna pace yourself. The drink specials are pretty epic here as well. You won’t have to search very far to find a happy hour or a 2 for 1 drink special in this city. And just like Vegas you can walk up and down Bourbon Street with an alcoholic beverage in hand, just be sure to use a plastic to go cup.

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Huge Ass Beers NOLA

3.) Don’t miss out on the tours! There’s really something for everyone. Take a laid back stroll through the Garden District, a self-guided tour through an old cemetery, a spooky ghost tour of the city’s most haunted places, zip around the streets on motorized segways, or cruise through the bayou on an airboat as you hunt for alligators. NOLA’s got ya covered.

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Alligator Tour, New Orleans, LA
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City Segway Tour NOLA

4.) The Big Easy is a big city and with any big city comes petty crime, scammers and con artists, especially around Bourbon Street or heavily touristed areas. But don’t let that turn you off. A little common sense goes a long way. Don’t walk alone after dark. Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings and always have a good hold of your wallet or purse.

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Street Performer | New Orleans

5.) Allergy sufferers beware! Old oak trees make for breathtaking backdrops, but their high pollen counts put New Orleans at the top of the list of worst cities for seasonal allergies. You’ll also find flowers and ferns hanging from almost every balcony, which again is beautiful, but might make your sinuses go haywire. Make sure you come prepared with your Claritin, Allegra, Zyrtec, whatever it is that you need. It’s best to skip the “tourist” tax and pack your own. Of course if you get in a pinch, we did come across a Walgreens in the French Quarter that had literally EVERYTHING!

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Balcony | New Orleans, LA

6.) The dress code in NOLA is pretty causal even at night. Save the cocktail dresses and heels for Vegas or NYC and wear what you’re most comfortable in. (Think t-shirts, jeans, shorts, and sundresses). It can also get pretty hot, humid and sticky. If you need a break, head towards the Mississippi and enjoy the breeze that comes across the river. You’ll notice a pretty significant temperature change.

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Mississippi River | NOLA

7.) Don’t miss out of the seafood scene…even if it’s not quite your thing! With its ideal location on the Gulf of Mexico, it’s no surprise that New Orleans is home to some of the freshest seafood in the US. Take this as an opportunity to experience something new! My personal favorite is the chargrilled oysters from Acme Oyster House. Definitely worth the wait!!

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Acme Oyster House

8.) Make sure to venture out beyond Bourbon Street. Magazine Street and Royal are great places to explore as well as do a little shopping. Here you’ll discover one of a kind shops you can only find in NOLA. Head to the back of the Bevolo store on Conti street to see firsthand how the iconic gas lamps are made.

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Bevolo Gas Lights | Conti Street
Grilled Chicken with Peach-Cucumber Salsa

Grilled Chicken with Peach-Cucumber Salsa

Fire up the grill cause this next recipe is a keeper! Grilled Chicken with Peach-Cucumber Salsa is my favorite recipe of summer so far. I love that it’s not only ridiculously easy to make, it’s also low calorie and low carb. And since it cooks […]

Pina Colada Cake

Pina Colada Cake

If you like Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain…..then you’ll LOVE this cake!!! Pina Colada Cake is moist, delicious, and loaded with the same tropical goodness as the popular summer drink. Now you can sip your favorite drink and eat it too. This […]

Blue Lagoon Margaritas

Blue Lagoon Margaritas

Add a little tropical flair to your summer with Blue Lagoon Margaritas! This jaw dropping drink is a cross between a Blue Lagoon Cocktail and a traditional Frozen Margarita. There’s something about a margarita that instantly gives you those low key, laid back, summertime sort of vibes. Maybe it’s the tequila! This pretty drink makes a great summer sipper because it’s not only easy to make, it’s easy to drink. The perfect blend of both sweet and sour along with its astonishing electric blue color will make this cocktail an instant favorite. Best enjoyed poolside, lakeside, or on a boat, but even if you don’t have those luxuries, this tropical drink will make you feel like you do!

Here’s all you’ll need: lime, coarse sugar, lemon-lime soda, tequila, blue curacao, frozen limeade and ice.

Blue Lagoon Margaritas ingredients list

Let’s go ahead and rim that glass with a little sugar because sugar rimmed glasses are always better! Bonus points if your glass is a fancy shape like the one below. Place 1/4 cup of sugar on a plate or shallow bowl. Rub a lime slice around the rim to moisten and then roll the rim of the glass through the sugar. Discard any remaining sugar. Coarse sugar works best and will give you a more sparkly effect, but plain ole white sugar won’t disappoint either.

Cocktail glass rimmed with white sugar.

Next load up a blender with 4 cups of ice. Like a drink that’s less slushy? Then I recommend cutting it back to 2 cups of ice. Heck! You could even skip this step all together and serve Blue Lagoon Margaritas on the rocks. I give a big Hell yes to all three!!! Blender filled with ice.

Add 1/2 cup lemon-lime soda, 1/2 cup of your favorite tequila (Jose Cuervo is ours!), 1/2 cup blue curacao, and 1/3 cup of frozen limeade to the blender. Blue curacao is an orange flavored liqueur made from the dried peels of a bitter orange fruit called Laraha. It’s basically an ordinary Curaçao liqueur that’s been colored blue. I think the blue color adds that extra bit of oomph to this delicious drink.

Lemon-lime soda, tequila, blue curaçao, and limeade poured over ice into a blender.

Cover the blender and process on until all the ice is crushed and blended. The Blend and Grind settings on this Osterizer blender got me to right where I needed to be. I’m already feeling like I’m in Margartiaville!!! Kick off your shoes and grab a Hawaiian shirt cause we’re almost done.

Blue Lagoon Margaritas mixed together in a blender.

Pour into a sugar rimmed glass and garnish with a lime slice and maybe even a tropical umbrella! Finish with tan lines and Jimmy Buffet. I recommend serving Blue Lagoon Margaritas with our Tropical Fruit Salsa and Grilled Nachos. You’ll be glad that you did!

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Blue Lagoon Margaritas

July 25, 2019
: 2
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 2 lime slices
  • 1/4 cup coarse sugar
  • 1/2 cup chilled lemon-lime soda
  • 1/2 cup tequila
  • 1/2 cup blue curacao
  • 1/3 cup frozen limeade concentrate
  • 4 cups ice cubes
Directions
  • Step 1 Place 1/4 cup of sugar on a plate or shallow bowl. Rub a lime slice around the rim of the glass to moisten. Roll the rim the sugar. Discard any remaining sugar.
  • Step 2 Load up a blender with 4 cups of ice. (For a less slushy drink, use 2 cups of ice). Add 1/2 cup lemon-lime soda, 1/2 cup of tequila, 1/2 cup blue curacao, and 1/3 cup of frozen limeade to the blender.
  • Step 3 Cover the blender and process on until the ice is crushed and blended. Pour into a sugar rimmed glass and garnish with a lime slice. Enjoy!

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Tropical Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

Tropical Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

Raise your hand if you could use a little more fruit in your life. Well our Tropical Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips is here to help you with that. Fruit Salsa makes the perfect appetizer or snack for summer because it’s so light and refreshing. […]

S’mores Bars

S’mores Bars

I’m pretty sure S’mores are the official dessert of Summer. Well if you like S’mores then you’re gonna flip out over S’mores bars!! These deliciously decadent bars taste just like S’mores but without all the mess. Heck, you can even skip the bon fire which […]

Rhubarb-b-q Chicken Drumsticks

Rhubarb-b-q Chicken Drumsticks

Have you ever tried making your own barbecue sauce? Well it’s easier than you think! Rhubarb-b-q Chicken Drumsticks are the perfect place to start. Fresh rhubarb and apricot preserves pair perfectly to create this surprising and unique flavor profile. It’s tangy and sweet, with just the right amount of kick. Slather it onto some drumsticks for wonderfully moist chicken that’s finger-licking good right down to the last bite. Fire up the grill!! There’s plenty to go around.

Here’s all you’ll need: olive oil, onion, garlic, rhubarb, ketchup, water, apricot preserves, apple cider vinegar, molasses Dijon mustard, chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, barbecue seasoning, salt and pepper, and chicken drumsticks. Rhubarb-b-q Chicken Drumsticks ingredients list

In a large sauce pan, cook the chopped onion in oil over medium heat for 4-6 minutes or until tender. Stir in the minced garlic and cook for 1 minute longer. Now just the start of this recipe will make your kitchen sell amazing, but wait…it gets even better!

Chopped onions cooking in a sauce pan on the stove top.

Next mix in the sliced rhubarb, ketchup, water, apricot preserves, apple cider vinegar, molasses, Dijon mustard, chipotle pepper, 1 teaspoon barbecue seasoning, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Now it’s really starting to get fun! Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for 8-10 minutes or until the rhubarb is tender. If you’re not familiar with barbecue seasoning, you can find it in the spice aisle.

Sliced rhubarb, ketchup, water, apricot preserves, apple cider vinegar, molasses, Dijon mustard, chipotle pepper, 1 teaspoon barbecue seasoning, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper are added to the sauce pan.

Allow the mixture to cool slightly, then puree in a blender. Blend until smooth. My handy dandy Ninja was perfect for the job. I love that it doesn’t take up much space in the kitchen. Reserve one cup of barbecue sauce for serving.

Barbecue sauce blended together in a Ninja blender.

In a small bowl, combine In a small bowl, combine the remaining 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper and 4 teaspoons of barbecue seasoning. Sprinkle the mixture over the chicken drumsticks, then cover each drumstick with barbecue sauce. Slather it on real good!

Chicken drumstick being dipped into a bowl of barbecue sauce.

Lightly oil the grill rack and preheat the grill to medium heat. Place the chicken drumsticks on the grill rack over indirect medium heat.

Chicken drumsticks covered in barbecue sauce on a grill rack.

Grill the chicken drumsticks covered, over medium heat, for 30-35 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 170-175 degrees. Turn and baste, every 5 minutes or so during cooking time to avoid burning.

Chicken drumsticks cooking on a grill rack.

Serve with the reserved bbq sauce for dipping and enjoy!! I’m about to dive into these Rhubarb-b-q Chicken Drumsticks Fred Flintstone style. Serve with our Slow-Cooked German Potato Salad and Slice and Bake Watermelon Cookies for a picture perfect picnic! Rhubarb-b-q Chicken Drumsticks by Happylifeblogspot.com #rhubarb #chicken #grilledchicken #chickendrumsticks #grilleddrumsticks #barbequechicken

Rhubarb-b-q Chicken Drumsticks

July 7, 2019
: 6 servings
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped sweet onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 cups chopped fresh rhubarb
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup apricot preserves
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 tablespoon honey Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
  • 5 teaspoons barbecue seasoning, divided
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 12 chicken drumsticks (about 4 pounds)
Directions
  • Step 1 In a large sauce pan, cook the chopped onion in oil over medium heat for 4-6 minutes or until tender. Stir in the minced garlic and cook for 1 minute longer.
  • Step 2 Mix in the sliced rhubarb, ketchup, water, apricot preserves, apple cider vinegar, molasses, Dijon mustard, chipotle pepper, 1 teaspoon barbecue seasoning, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for 8-10 minutes or until the rhubarb is tender.
  • Step 3 Allow the mixture to cool slightly, then puree in a blender. Blend until smooth. Reserve one cup of barbecue sauce for serving.
  • Step 4 In a small bowl, combine the remaining 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper and 4 teaspoons of barbecue seasoning. Sprinkle the mixture over the chicken drumsticks, then cover each drumstick with barbecue sauce.
  • Step 5 Lightly oil the grill rack and preheat the grill to medium heat. Place the chicken drumsticks on the grill rack over indirect medium heat. Grill the chicken drumsticks covered, over medium heat, for 30-35 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 170-175 degrees. Turn and baste, every 5 minutes or so during cooking time to avoid burning. Serve with the reserved bbq sauce for dipping and enjoy!

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Slice and Bake Watermelon Cookies

Slice and Bake Watermelon Cookies

When I think of the Fourth of July, I think of hot dogs and hamburgers cooking on the grill, lots of yummy corn on the cob and tasty pasta salads, and of course, a big ole juicy watermelon. Well now you can add Watermelon Cookies […]