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5 Must-Haves for Sushi Night at Home

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After a whirlwind of complications and insane deadlines to meet, Adam and I finally managed to enjoy a date night after what seemed like far too long! 

Work has been quite rigorous lately for the two of us, and as much as we are happy we have the ability to work and save up our money, it has been frustrating when we find that we either do not have the time to go out for a date or the ability to muster up enough energy to try to  have a nice dinner at home together. Last week, I went out to Fry's and picked up a few items for us to have a sushi night at home. We had both been craving sushi from our favorite restaurant in town, but neither of us had the time or patience to get ready and leave the house to enjoy a night out. I figured what better way to bring date night home than by running out and grabbing everything I needed for a sushi date night at home.

Today, I'm sharing our sushi date night at home essentials! 

Best Spots in the East Valley to Grab an Ice Cream this Summer

Did you know that Sunday is National Ice Cream Day? That means this weekend is actually the perfect time to grab an ice cream treat! Today on the blog, we are sharing our adventures exploring the valley with the 2017 Toyota Prius in search of the best ice cream in the area!

Escape the Phoenix heat of summer and grab something delicious and cold to eat! 

Whether you prefer soft serve, gelato, ice cream sandwiches, froyo, or shaved ice cream (yes, that is a real thing I promise) there are a number of mom and pop businesses around the valley you can support with your business. Adam and I aspire to shop #azlocal whenever we can, and we enjoy having our date nights out of the house when we can afford it and want to leave our home office. Last week, we spent our date night scoping out spots around the valley on Yelp for some tasty ice cream treats to enjoy and drove our 2017 Toyota Prius to a few of these locations to share a few desserts from their menus!

With so many spots around the valley to grab an ice cream, it can be overwhelming to decide where to go. Today, I'm sharing a roundup of a handful of my favorite spots in the East Valley to grab an ice cream cone or ice cream sandwich!

Our Mini Linky Party | Week 132

Happy Saturday!

Good morning! Today is our 6th wedding anniversary! 

It is so hard to believe that we got married today exactly 6 years ago! It just goes to show you that time really does fly when you are having fun! ;-) 

We have plans after today to enjoy our anniversary away from our offices, but for the remainder of my morning, I'll be plugging away at my last-minute to-do list to get myself prepared to step away from the computer for a few days to enjoy my anniversary time with Adam. Be sure to check back on all of the tutorials and posts I shared this week--there are loads of new summer ideas for you to enjoy and use for the rest of the season (I mean, it's already partly through July but we still have plenty of summer left to enjoy!) Two of my favorite posts I shared this week include this  sparkling watermelon lemonade recipe, as well as this tutorial for  grilled ginger sesame chicken wings

Celebrating National Ice Cream Day!

Celebrate National Ice Cream Day with a free cone from McDonald's! Thanks to our friends at McDonald's for partnering with us to get the word out about this fun foodie holiday freebie!

Monsoon season is finally here, and with it comes the triple digit temperatures and intense humidity. Some days the heat is too much to bare and Adam and I wonder why we haven't decided to take our summers up north where it's cooler like in Sedona or Payson, but then we remember that any time we feel too hot and want to cool down we can always pump our air conditioning a little bit more and drive down to McDonald's and grab a cold soft serve or chilly McFlurry to enjoy while we beat the heat! 

Earlier this week, I learned that this Sunday is National Ice Cream Day! And we thought, what better way to enjoy this foodie holiday than to head down to our local McDonald's for some free cones!

In celebration of National Ice Cream Day, McDonald's is giving away a FREE soft serve cone this Sunday, July 16! 

Sparkling Watermelon Lemonade

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Nothing says summer like a fresh slice of watermelon (and a glass of lemonade!) 

With all of the cookouts we have been having this summer, it has been great to be able to have so many of our friends come over and host them for an afternoon by the pool while enjoying some barbecue (and even for some indoor game nights on those days when the weather has been in the triple digits and too hot to hang out together outdoors!) But no matter the occasion and where we are having our summer hangout, we always like to serve delicious food and refreshing drinks!

This sparkling watermelon lemonade has been a hit all summer! Made with freshly juiced watermelon, Minute Maid® Lemonade, and Sprite® it's packed with flavor and sweet enough to cool you down on the hottest of summer days! 

Exploring the Roosevelt Row Murals

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Adam and I had some fun travel plans in mind for the fourth of July, but we had a few circumstances come up that prevented us from going on a fun road trip through our beautiful state. We were totally distraught that our plans fell through and we had some family matters to attend to here in the valley, but after the holiday passed and everything at home was sorted out, we packed a day bag and decided to explore our city! We weren't going to let an opportunity to take a fun day trip slip away, even if that meant we had to stay a little bit more close to home than we had hoped. 

We decided to spend our entire day exploring in and around Roosevelt Row, and we wanted to check out all of the beautiful and inspiring murals all around downtown Phoenix!

Today, I'm sharing some of the photos Adam and I took from our day exploring the Roosevelt Row murals and our day trip we took downtown! 

Grilled Ginger Sesame Chicken Wings

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Summertime and the grillin' is easy!

This weekend, Adam and I had a few friends over for a barbecue by the pool while we watched the monsoon start to roll in over the valley. It finally cooled down just enough to enjoy some early afternoon wings and cool drinks out at the grill, so we took full advantage and grilled some delicious brats, hamburgers, and these grilled ginger sesame chicken wings!

These grilled ginger sesame chicken wings are perfect for your summer gatherings, weeknight dinners, summer cookouts, or even if you just need a good excuse to enjoy a tasty chicken wing!

10 Hot Dog and Brat Recipes for Summer

Enjoy these ten hot dogs and brats recipe ideas all summer long at your weekend cookouts!

This past weekend, we enjoyed a variety of hot dogs packed with chili, salsa, ketchup, mustard, relish, and jalapeños while we sipped on cold beer and watched the fireworks over the lake. We definitely had a Fourth of July weekend filled with delicious food and had our fair share of cookout goodies, but even though the holiday is over, summer is still in full swing and that means plenty of time to enjoy tasty cookout bites every weekend by the BBQ!

Today, I'm sharing ten different brat and hot dog recipe ideas for you to try all summer long (including these delicious,  pad thai fry dogs from Taste and See blog shown above!) 

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