Wednesday, July 1, 2009

A Summer Time Drink, A Snack & An Award

First, this refreshing summertime drink - Raspberry Lemonade. It's only 3 ingredients and I love that it has fresh raspberries in it. Click here for recipe on Even my daughters loved this lemonade.

I doubled the recipe and it filled up this 2 quart pitcher. Perfect for a 4th of July barbecue or anytime this summer!


Mom's Cooking Club Lesson: Raspberries are low in fat and calories. They are a great source of Vitamin C as well as folate and iron. This refreshing beverage will add healthy benefits to your diet.

Next, comes a wonderful snack. When MyBlogSpark asked if I would like to try the new Nature Valley Granola Nut Clusters, I had to accept. We love nuts, granola & granola bars in our household. We've been eating Nature Valley Granola Bars for years. I always take some type of nuts to work as a snack. I couldn't wait to try them when we received our samples. The sample flavors are: Nut Lovers, Honey Roasted Peanut, Roasted Cashew & Roasted Almond. The granola and nuts in these round clusters are crunchy and very flavorful. They are fun to eat and perfect for a snack or your child's lunchbox. I found my husband sneaking handfuls from the pantry. My 2 daughters really liked the crunchiness and taste of these nut clusters. I've been enjoying them at work as a midday snack. I think they would be great in yogurt or even in ice cream.

How cool are these.

This is one of the Nut Lovers clusters.

Thank you MyBlogSpark for letting us enjoy these new snacks!

Last, but not least, I want to thank Kathy from Three on Food
for giving me the Kreativ Blogger Award. That was so sweet of her to think of me. Thank you Kathy!

Now, I just can't accept my award and be done with it. There are rules to this award that I will follow strictly.

The Rules:

1. Thank the person who nominated you for this award.

2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.

3. Link to the person who nominated you for this award.

4. Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting.

5. Nominate 7 Kreativ Bloggers.

6. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.

7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know they have been nominated.

Here are 7 things about myself that others might find interesting (or not)

1. I will be married 18 years later this year and it all started with a blind date. My sister, Paula, arranged this blind date. Way to go Paula!

2. I collect cookbooks. At last count I had over 40 cookbooks. This doesn't include all my food magazines and hundreds of printed copies of recipes.

3. I have twin daughters who will "officially" become teenagers towards the end of this year. (should I be scared?)

4. All 3 of our pets are black and white. Two black and white Boston Terriers and a black and white cat.

5. Something I don't like to do......exercise. I know it's something I should do regularly but I just can't get in an exercise routine. I have been trying to walk more so maybe it's a start.

6. I come from a very large family. I have 6 other sisters and brothers. What's funny is that my husband also comes from a large family and he has 6 other siblings as well.

7. I love to read. I read anything: books, magazines, newspapers, on-line articles, cookbooks :) I'm currently reading "Barefoot" by Elin Hilderbrand. It's a great summer read.

I am nominating this Kreativ Blogger Award to the following 7 bloggers:

Jamie from Life's a Feast

Bridgett from La Bella Cook

Julia from Sometimes Lucid

Thank you for all the wonderful blogs out there.


Jamie said...

Wow, Jamie, this has made my day and I can tell you that on a day like today that means a lot! I am thrilled and honored to receive this award! Does it come with a glass of that cool Raspberry Lemonade and a granola cluster?

And give your Bostons a tight squeeze for me!

HoneyB said...

Great looking drink! The granola clusters were really good and now I'm thinking about pulling that last bag out of the cupboard...

Julia@SometimesLucid said...

Thank you so much for the award :) I will post it on my blog this weekend :)

A World in a PAN said...

I had fun reading your post! Thank you for sharing teh lemonade pics, the recipe, and the comments about yourself.

Aggie said...

Congrats on your award Jamie!!!

We had an awesome time with you guys this weekend! That lemonade was yummy and so were the clusters!

Helene said...

That snack looks yummy. Congrats on the award!

Pierce said...

The review was great and that lemonade -'s so hot where I liove and I think I'd like to try that one.

Amy said...

Thanks for the award!

Bridgett said...

Oh wow, thank you so much for the award! You are so thoughtful!

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