Saltwater Taffy Champagne Cocktail {Guest Post}

Hey guys – So, you know what I needed after vacation…another vacation to recover! Seriously…taking two kids to the beach for a week is hard work ;) Good thing Kelley is here to share her saltwater taffy champagne cocktail to help me ease back into the real world.

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Hey, it’s Kelley from Eat Drink Eat (dot com)! I’m so excited to be sharing one of my favorite cocktails with the Just Us Four readers.

Kelley EAT DRINK EAT (dot com)

HI! I blog all things food, drinks and parties at www.EatDrinkEat.com. I love balancing tasty treats from my husbands Southern side with the healthy Californian in me. And it really is 5 o’clock somewhere!

This is a super festive drink that for some reason reminds me of fizzy saltwater taffy. My friend Gina made a similar cocktail for our holiday cocktail party last year and I made this one with just a little twist. It’s perfect for any type of party you are having.

The best champagne cocktail that tastes list saltwater taffy from EatDrinkEat.com

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 oz. gin
  • 1 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • bottle of dry (not sweet) champagne

Directions: In a shaker, combine gin, lemon juice and sugar. Shakey shakey! Pour into a champagne glass and top with champagne. Each shaker makes one cocktail.

Champagne cocktail sugar recipe from EatDrinkEat.com

Champagne Cocktail Recipe from EatDrinkEat.com

saltwater taffy cocktail from EatDrinkEat.com

saltwater taffy champagne cocktail recipe from EatDrinkEat.com

Some of my other favorite drinks are:

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Saltwater Taffy Champagne Cocktail
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 oz. gin
  2. 1 oz. fresh lemon juice
  3. 2 tsp. sugar
  4. bottle of dry (not sweet) champagne
Instructions
  1. In a shaker, combine gin, lemon juice and sugar. Shakey shakey! Pour into a champagne glass and top with champagne. Each shaker makes one cocktail.
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Butternut Squash Risotto {Guest Post}

Wow…the first of September is here! It is still pretty hot here but that hasn’t kept me from dreaming of fall. Today’s recipe for butternut squash risotto definitely has me ready for a good pair of jeans and some fall temps.

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Hi everyone! My name is Angela and I’m excited to share a recipe today on Just us four. At my blog, Handmade in the Heartland, I share recipes, craft and DIY projects, parenting tips, home decor ideas, lots of dessert recipes and the occasional fashion post. I’d love for you to pop over and see my blog.

 
 
This recipe is one of our standard family favorites for dinner in the fall.  It may take a little more time than you normally spend cooking dinner but its totally worth it.  Risotto is typically served as a side dish so if you feel like you want to serve it up with a roasted chicken for a fancy dinner it would be a perfect pair.  We however love to just have risotto for dinner. :) I love fall foods and the flavors of fall and butternut squash just really tastes like fall to me. 
 
 
 
Butternut Squash Risotto

by Handmade in the Heartland
 

Ingredients
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh sage
  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and chopped (about 4 cups)
  • 1 large clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups Arborio rice
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
Instructions
Warm the broth in a small saucepan over low heat.
Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.Add the onion, salt, and pepper and cook for 4 minutes. Add the sage and cook for 1 minute. Add the squash and garlic and cook until the squash begins to soften, about 3 minutes. Add the rice and cook,stirring constantly, for 3 minutes. Add the wine and cook, stirring frequently, until the liquid is absorbed, about 3 minutes. Add the broth, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring occasionally and waiting until it is absorbed before adding more. It should take about 30 minutes for all the broth to be absorbed.
Remove from heat and stir in the Parmesan. Spoon into individual bowls.
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I love to be in the kitchen creating fun and delicious things for my family! Check out these other recipes that we love!
 
 
 
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Washi Tape Magnets {Guest Post}

Happy Friday! If you are looking for the Pinworthy Projects Party, don’t worry…it is still here! Just scroll down. BUT, be sure to check out these amazing washi tape magnets that Carrie has to share first. They are super cute and so easy to make.

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Hi, I’m Carrie and I blog about creating a lovely home for less at Lovely Etc.

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While I adore being a wife and mom, I also have an insatiable need to create! I love figuring out how to make beautiful things – even if it means firing up a few power tools. And I am all about finding ways to create exactly what I want for as little money as possible. I usually have at least five or six DIY projects going on at any one time and they are pretty much guaranteed to involve an awesome yard sale find, my trusty jigsaw, or my vast collection of turquoise paints.

I have a super simple, fast, and inexpensive project to share today – which is basically the best kind of project!

diy washi tape arrow magnets

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Pinworthy Projects Party

Happy Friday! I hope you’ve enjoyed all of the amazing things my friends have been sharing this week while I’ve been out with my family getting sand everywhere. They have done a fabulous job and I couldn’t be more thankful for their help. I will be back on next week and we’ll get back to our regularly scheduled programming :) Be sure to check out all of their posts from this week:
PicMonkey Collage
3 Ingredient Apple Cake // Fruit Cocktail Dump Cake // Lemon Poppyseed Muffins // Microwave Twice Baked Potatoes

This afternoon, we’ll also have an awesome about washi tape magnets that you won’t want to miss!

In the meantime, feel free to party without me…

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Fruit Cocktail Dump Cake {Guest Post}

I love recipes that are easy for potlucks and taste amazing too! Keri is sharing her fruit cocktail dump cake today and I think it is perfect for any upcoming fall event you have planned.

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Hi Just For Four readers! I am so excited to be here with you today! I am Keri and I blog over at Shaken Together where I am celebrating a creative life with easy recipes, seasonal crafts and fun gifts! Some of my favorites things are my hubby of almost 15 years, our two sports obsessed boys, our two quirky cats, chippy old wood, the color red, singing at the top of my lungs, lists and mason jars! And speaking of easy recipes, I can’t wait to share one with you!

Fruit Cocktail Dump Cake

Fruit Cocktail Dump Cake

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Caramel Apple Parfait

We are in the last few days of August and with the new month also comes one of our favorite seasons: apple season. As part of the #CreativeBuzz challenge this month, I used my favorite granny smith apples to create an amazing caramel apple parfait.  Seriously, this thing is to die for so just get ready to make it now because I know you won’t be able to resist.

This caramel apple parfait looks divine. I can't wait to make it! #CreativeBuzz
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Poppyseed Lemonade Muffins {Guest Post}

One thing that blogging has brought me is an introduction to lots of other blogs and even actually meeting some of the faces behind those blogs. I got to meet Katie this past April and she is super sweet and so amazingly talented. I am so thrilled that she is here sharing her Poppyseed Lemonade Muffins with you all today.

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Hi Just Us Four readers!  I’m Katie from Made to be a Momma. Over at Made to be a Momma you will find everything from diy sewing tutorials, home decor, kids crafts and recipes.  One of my favorite things to do is to cook and bake for my family.  In my life my motto is “keep it simple.”  I don’t have time every night to cook a full course meal or spend countless hours in the kitchen.  One of go to “must-haves” to make dinner a bit more special is homemade rolls or muffins.  I especially like making muffins because they don’t require any time to rise like some recipes for rolls do.  I love all the variety of muffins there are- you can have sweet, spicy and even savory.  They can compliment any meal.

Poppyseed Lemonade Muffins

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A Spicy Pepper Jack Snack

Compensation was provided by The Laughing Cow® via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of The Laughing Cow®.

I love to snack! I could probably skip meals all together and just focus on snacking throughout the day if my family didn’t rely on me to provide them with meals. I especially love The Laughing Cow® spreadable cheese wedges as part of my snacks because they are the perfect size and come in all kinds of flavors. Right now, The Laughing Cow® is on a mission to #ReinventSnacking and I am so excited to be a part of the movement. I like to have  a little spice in my snacks so I created a spicy pepper jack snack the other day that may be my brand new favorite.

Create the perfect snack by pairing Laughing Cow wedges with your favorite ingredients.

 

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A Glimpse: Safe Outdoor Playtime

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hot Shot® Insecticides.

So, as you can tell from recent posts, I have been spending a lot less time in the kitchen and craft desk and a lot more time hanging with family. In fact, right now, I am enjoying a glorious week at the beach with them {hurrah for being able to schedule posts}! One of our favorite things to do in the evenings is go into our backyard and enjoy our swing set.

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Microwave Twice Baked Potatoes {Guest Post}

Some nights, the microwave is our saving grace when it comes t getting dinner on the table. Today, Ariean is sharing an awesome recipe for making microwave twice baked potatoes!

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Hey there Just Us Four Readers!  I’m Ariean from One Krieger Chick and I am so excited Shannah let me pop in to share one of our favorite easy weeknight meals...Twice Baked Potatoes (made in the microwave!) Easy Weeknight Dinner-Twice Baked Potatoes in the Microwave! OneKriegerChick.com

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