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

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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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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!

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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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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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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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Healthy Chocolate Pudding {Guest Post}

You all know that I have a major sweet tooth. I also don’t have a desire to weigh 3000 lbs either though. Today’s post mixes satisfying my sweet tooth with being smart about my choices. Enjoy Tracey’s healthy chocolate pudding.
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Hello readers of Just Us Four! My name is Tracey and I blog over at  Just a Trace. I’m here taking over Shannah’s blog today to bring you one of my favourite healthy snacks. Before we get into the recipe, let me share a little bit about me. I’m a lifestyle blogger located in Canada, and I write a lot about weddings, dating and my random daily encounters with all things weird. So whether you’re looking for a DIY project, a healthy muffin recipe or you just want a good laugh, I hope you will stop by my corner of the internet and say hello. I’m a complete social media junkie, so you can also find me on Facebook, Twitter Instagram and Pinterest.

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Blueberry Lemon Poke Cake {Guest Post}

Are you craving cake? I am after looking at this amazing recipe from Sarah at All Things with Purpose. She’s here to share her blueberry lemon poke cake recipe today.

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Hi there! I’m Sarah from All Things with Purpose and I’m joining you today to share a fun dessert! I love simple, easy
recipes that can be thrown together in a pinch. Stop by sometime to see what we’ve got going on at All Things with Purpose. Maybe you’ve seen us around Pinterest.

Here are a few of our
popular posts…

 
Here’s a variation of one  of my all time favorite cakes… the poke cake.
It’s moist, it’s  fruity, it is versatile. You can use different flavors of jello or  food coloring to fit any occasion. Here’s how I made this one,  combining two Summer favorites: Blueberries and Lemonade.

Blueberry Lemonade Poke Cake from All Things with Purpose for Just Us Four

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Stenciled Tea Towels {Guest Post}

There are few projects on my list that I been there forever. For some reason, they just never make it to the “to do” stage. Meredith tackles on of them by sharing all the details of how to make stenciled tea towels.

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Hello, lovely readers! My name is Meredith, and I am thrilled to be visiting you today from unOriginal Mom.  Just Us Four is one of the first blogs I stumbled upon as a brand new blogger and I have been following Shannah ever since!

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Chalkboard Menu {Guest Post}

I am so excited about today’s post! You see, Sarah {from Little Red Brick House} and I have something major in common: a love for chalkboard paint. Combine that with a love of staying organized and menu planning and we might as well be sisters. She is sharing her awesome chalkboard menu here today.

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I’m so, so excited to be guest posting here today on Just Us Four! Thank you so much, Shannah, for having me! My name is Sarah and I blog over at Little Red Brick House about all things creative, with an emphasis on DIY and home decor.

I have a small obsession with chalk boards. I mean, there’s one on my Wall Organizer in the front entry, one as a Calendar/Memo Board in my dining room/schoolroom (we homeschool) and now one in my kitchen! I would probably paint everything in chalkboard paint if my husband would let me. ;)

I like to plan my meals for the week ahead and I got tired of searching for my meal planning notebook every time I needed to know what was for dinner. Not to mention, an old spiral notebook isn’t very inspiring! I decided to make a chalkboard menu for the wall so I could just glance over at it when needed. It was such a simple project but it’s been super functional for me and I’m loving it so much!

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