Boozey Tuesdays – Blueberry Champagne Sparkler

blueberry champagne sparkler cocktail recipe - perfect for a summer brunch!

Happy Boozey Tuesdays! In case you’re new to this series, I’m sharing a summer cocktail every week this season for your sipping pleasure ;) Somehow I ended up playing with my kiddo outside in the rain after this one lol.

What would Boozey Tuesdays be without a yummy fruit infused champagne cocktail? This is a perfect alternative to the standard (but oh so good) mimosa we’re used to sipping on for brunch. Fresh blueberry puree and a squeeze of lemon and lime make this the perfect summer champagne sparkler.

Boozey Tuesdays – Blueberry Champagne Sparkler

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 Blueberry Champagne Sparkler

Boozey Tuesdays – Blueberry Champagne Sparkler

Ingredients

  • 1 lemon - cut into pinwheels
  • 1 lime - cut into pinwheels
  • 20 blueberries
  • champagne

Instructions

  1. In a large sangria glass, muddle together 15 blueberries, 1 lemon pinwheel, and one lime pinwheel. Fill glass with champagne and remaining blueberries, stir, and garnish glass with a lemon pinwheel.
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blueberry champagne sparkler cocktail recipe - perfect for a summer brunch!

blueberry champagne sparkler cocktail recipe - perfect for a summer brunch!

HAPPY BOOZEY TUESDAYS! What cocktails are you all sippin on this summer?

Manicure Mondays – My Butter London Favs For Summer

Butter London - My Favorite Cream Nail Polish For Summer - Cheeky Chops Slapper Snog Swatches

Butter London - My Favorite Cream Nail Polish For Summer - Cheeky Chops Slapper Snog Swatches

Butter London Favs For Summer

Butter London Favs For Summer

Top left to bottom - Cheeky Chops, Snog, & Slapper

Butter London Cheeky Chops

Butter London Cheeky Chops

butter LONDON Cheeky Chops is a beautiful bright pastel chalky yellow cream nail polish.

Butter London Snog

Butter London Snog

butter LONDON Snog is a deep hot pink cream nail polish.

Butter London Slapper

Butter London Slapper

butter LONDON Slapper is a deep teal blue indoors, and a bright aqua blue in the sun.

Happy Manicure Mondays! I hope you all had an amazing weekend!

I love short well manicured nails for summer covered in super bright cream polishes. Of all the seasons Butter London does so well, I think their summer shades are my fav! Their colors are always so unique and really seem to have some sort of glow built in to the polish. The shades just jump off of your nails!

This Manicure Monday also includes an indoor redeaux of my Butter London Slapper swatch that caused all that controversy ;) Check out the slideshow above for swatches of my Butter London favs for summer!

Nutella Icebox Cake

Nutella Icebox Cake Recipe

As most of you are aware from my Nutella Fruit & Pastry Cups dessert, I am so very ADDICTED to Nutella! We keep it on hand at all times, so when I came across this no-bake Nutella Icebox Cake recipe in the Food Network Magazine {great magazine, by the way!}, I ran out to the store to stock up on the remaining ingredients and whipped it up the next day. We ended up having a lot of company this week, which was perfect because I got to show off this dessert to my guests rather than eat it all myself lol. It got rave reviews from everyone that tried it!

Also, just a note to let you know that I doubled the recipe. I could barely spread the layers across the wafers with the amount made in the original recipe. They would have been very thin layers! I also used the Famous brand chocolate wafer cookies instead of chocolate grahams. SOOOOO good! My deviations are included in the recipe below.

Nutella Icebox Cake

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups cold heavy cream
  • 3 cups mascarpone cheese
  • 2/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cup chocolate-hazelnut spread (such as Nutella)
  • 2 packages chocolate wafer cookies

Instructions

  1. Beat 2 cups heavy cream, 1 1/2 cup mascarpone, the confectioners' sugar and vanilla in a bowl with a mixer on low speed until combined. Increase the speed to medium and beat until stiff peaks form, 1 to 2 minutes.
  2. Combine the remaining 1 1/2 cup each heavy cream and mascarpone with the chocolate-hazelnut spread in a separate bowl. Beat with the mixer on low speed until combined, then increase the speed to medium and beat until stiff peaks form, 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. Line the bottom of a 10-inch springform pan with chocolate wafers in a single layer, breaking them into pieces to fit and fill any big gaps. Spread half of the vanilla whipped cream over the wafers, then top with another layer of wafers. Spread half of the chocolate-hazelnut whipped cream on top. Repeat with another layer of wafers, the remaining vanilla whipped cream, then more wafers and the remaining chocolate-hazelnut whipped cream. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 6 hours or overnight.
  4. Uncover the cake and run a thin knife around the edge to loosen. Remove the springform ring; smooth the sides of the cake using an offset spatula. Put the remaining wafers in a large resealable bag; crush into fine crumbs using the bottom of a skillet. Press the crumbs around the side of the cake.
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Nutella Icebox Cake Recipe

Nutella Icebox Cake Recipe

Nutella Icebox Cake Recipe

Nutella Icebox Cake Recipe

Nutella Icebox Cake Recipe

Nutella Icebox Cake Recipe

nutella icebox cake – recipe at Food Network Magazine

Wishbone Chair Look For Less

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Ever since I saw the wishbone chairs in the pic below {via DomainHome.com}, I have been in love with their traditional meets eclectic style. This chair comes in a variety of colors and can be dressed down in a traditional home, or stand out amongst super clean modern decor.

The original wishbone chair is designed by Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn and ranges from $599 – $899 depending on the color you choose. I was shocked when I happened upon a nearly identical Baxton Studio Wishbone Wood Y Chair at Bed, Bath & Beyond for only $175. The look for less is still a little pricey, but is $425 less than the original! This is a chair that I’d love to have in our dining room as soon as we decide to give that space a makeover.

Wishbone Chair Inspiration

Wishbone Chair

Boozey Tuesdays – Sweet And Sour Cherry Sparkler

Summer Cocktail - Sweet And Sour Cherry Sparkler

Happy Boozey Tuesdays everyone! I’d planned on making a completely different summer cocktail this week until my husband came home with a batch of these beautiful cherries! I’m loving this sweet and sour cherry sparkler because you make your own DIY cherry infused simple syrup, which would also be perfect in a Coke or Sprite if you’re a cherry Coke or Shirley Temple fan! Vodka, a squeeze of lemon, cherry simple syrup, and soda water make up this perfectly delicious summer cocktail, garnished with a couple of basil leaves from my garden.

Sweet And Sour Cherry Sparkler

Yield: 2 Cocktails

Sweet And Sour Cherry Sparkler

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 ounce room temperature cherry simple syrup (Recipe below)
  • Club soda
  • Fresh basil for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a rocks glass filled with ice, add the vodka, lemon juice, and cherry simple syrup. Stir and fill glass with club soda.
  2. Garnish with fresh cherries and basil. Enjoy!

Cherry Simple Syrup

1 cup water 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1 cup ripe cherries, pitted

In a small saucepan heat the water, sugar, and cherries until the sugar has completely melted. Using a potato masher, smash the cherries. Strain through a fine mesh strainer and cool over an ice bath.

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Summer Cocktail - Sweet And Sour Cherry Sparkler

sweet and sour cherry sparkler recipe – slightly altered from thekitchn.com

HAPPY BOOZEY TUESDAYS!