I’m not going to lie to you. Sometimes when a blogger is working on a post they choose things based on color. I knew a pink cocktail idea would go great with my girl’s night post so I grabbed a bottle of strawberry lemonade. I’ll tell you another secret. Sometimes we don’t add alcohol to the drinks we are shooting. For the most part, I shoot my recipes at 10 am. For me, at least, that is not prime drinking time, so the drinks usually go wasted. What I’m really trying to tell you is that this cocktail recipe started out as a sham and ended up being really delicious and something I think you guys need to make this summer. It’s a simple champagne float that is full of flavor and it is crazy easy to make. No measuring required!
Did your mom make tuna and noodles for you when you were a kid? Mine did and I LOVED it. I forgot about it for years but then remembered that it would be a fantastic meal idea for those super busy days. You know the ones. Where the last place you want to be is in the kitchen cooking dinner? This is totally different from a tuna casserole recipe and you can make it in one pan right on the stove top! You pretty much only need to boil pasta. Boom. That’s my kind of dinner. You’ll definitely want to pin this tuna and noodles recipe for summer nights! It doesn’t really get easier than this. It’s just elbow macaroni, mayonnaise and tuna. I’m gonna tell you right now. I HATE mayo. Like, super hate it. This is the only thing I eat it in. I have to totally plug my nose to measure it but I manage to get through it. Because this is so yummy! I’m not going to cross this super simple meal idea off my list just because mayo makes me want to vomit.
All you have to do is boil pasta. I love pasta based meals. You just turn on the water to boil and then leave the room and do something else. I love a meal that you don’t really have to hover over. This means you can throw on a pot of water the minute you come in (like after a long day at the beach) and have dinner almost done. Once the pasta is done to your liking, you just drain it and put it back in the pan. Then you add your tuna and may and stir it up. That’s all you have to do!
This tuna and noodles recipe needs salt to really be delicious. I like to add a little seasoned salt but that is totally optional. The one thing that is not optional, though, is corn chips. Corn chips are a MUST! The salt is perfect for this dish and the crunch adds another texture that you are sure to love! The best part about this meal? It’s great cold the next day for lunch leftovers! My youngest son loves this dish and so do I! It’s on our short list of quick weeknight dinner ideas.
- 16 oz. box of elbow pasta
- 2 cans of tuns (solid white albacore if possible)
- 1/4 cup mayo (or more if you want this a little more moist)
- seasoned salt, optional
- corn chips Not optional. Don't skip it.
- Cook your pasta like you normally would.
- Drain tuna and add to the pan.
- Add 1/4 cup of mayo.
- Stir well.
- Sprinkle on the seasoned salt.
- Place in a bowl and top with corn chips.
I’m not an apple juice drinker. I don’t love any juice really. I’m not in to sweet drinks and if I was forced to drink juice, it would be orange juice. Unless I’m at a legit juice place. Then I’ll drink anything. In college, I found a spot that made green apple juice (my apple of choice) and I drank way too much of it. Until I turned 21 then I drank other things, like mojitos…So no one was as surprised as I was when I tasted this Honeycrisp Fresh Pressed Apple Juice from Tree Top and fell in love with it. Tree Top was a sponsor of a recent conference I attended and they served this fresh pressed honeyscrip apple juice in their booth with fresh herbs. It doesn’t taste like regular apple juice. It’s SO much better. It’s the perfect amount of tart and sweet and the flavor is crazy amazing. So of course I had to make a cocktail with it. It just seemed right. I wouldn’t have thought that a mojito recipe could get even better with apple juice but it totally did.
I had never heard of a honeycrisp apple until a few years ago. I’ve always shunned red apples in favor for the tart Granny Smith. But there is something about the honeycrisp that I can’t get enough of. Unfortunately, neither can my sons. They currently aren’t in season as demonstrated by the $13! I just spent for 5 apples at my grocery store on my last trip. But I can’t quit them. This honeycrisp apple juice is easy to find at your store in the non-refrigerated juice section. Go get it. And then make a mojito with apple juice. When I set about wanting to work this juice in to a cocktail I tried a lot of different things. I mixed it with tequila. Nope. I tried some rum. Nuh uh. I didn’t want this cocktail to read too “fall”, which apple juice can easily do. A mojito? No, that would never work. Would it? As I was three cocktails in at this point, I decided to give it a shot. (I didn’t drink all of those first two cocktails, or did I???) But guess what? A mojito recipe with apple juice is AMAZING! It was super refreshing and an awesome summer drink. The recipe is really easy to make and the only specialty ingredient you need is the Tree Top honeycrisp apple juice (which I promise is not hard to find like some specialty items). Elderflower drinks were so hot a few years ago. I’m guessing you have a bottle of that already. If not, it is also not hard to find. You don’t have to make a mojito in a cocktail shaker, I like to because it gets everything super chilled which is what you want in a summer drink. Plus I skip the carbonated water so you won’t spray yourself with your drink if you do shake it up. Not that that has ever happened before… Squeeze in some fresh lime juice.
Add your fresh mint and muddle gently. Add the apple juice. Let me just pause here to tell you how hard I had to fight my kids off this bottle of juice. They were so in to it, based on our obsession with honeycrisp apples plus they like to be all up in my business when I’m trying to save things for blog posts. AND I wanted to make sure I got some of the rest of the juice once this post was done. Next I added the vodka and the elderflower liqueur.Then ice. Because cocktails are fantastic when they are icy. Shake well. And pour over ice. I know you can get more mint flavor if you muddle the leaves right in the glass you are drinking from but I still got the mint flavor this way too. I think the mint and the fresh lime juice really brighten the cocktail. The elderflower gives it a slight floral note and the result is this super delicious, flavorful but light and extra refreshing drink. I love bitters for finishing off a cocktail and adding a little more aroma. The one I used had flavors of grapefruit and hibiscus mixed with island spice flavors.Top it with fresh mint and drink up! I will be making these again for sure. And I’ll probably have a glass of the Tree Top honeycrisp apple juice every morning also. If you haven’t had it, go find it! A mojito recipe is a classic but this twist with apple juice is sure to be your new favorite summer cocktail.
- 4 oz Tree Top Honeycrisp Fresh Pressed Juice
- 1 oz vodka
- 1 oz elderflower liqueur
- Juice of half a lime
- 12 mint leaves plus some to garnish
- 4 drops flavored bitters (optional)
- To a cocktail shaker add your fresh lime juice and about 12 mint leaves.
- Muddle the mint in to the juice.
- Add the apple juice, vodka and elderflower liqueur.
- Add ice and shake well.
- Strain in to a glass of ice (I used a tall glass, but any will work. I think traditionally these are served in rocks glasses)
- Top with flavored bitters and garnish with mint.
- Drink up but enjoy responsibily!
*I was sent a few bottles of Tree Top Honeycrisp Fresh Pressed Apple Juice to create these cocktails.
This post was sponsored by a2 Milk® as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.I can’t quit milk and cookies. No matter how hard I try! There is something so relaxing about dipping a cookie in milk that makes all things right with the world. And I won’t give it up even though milk and my body are not BFFs. All signs point to me not drinking milk but the heart wants what it wants and I’m so glad I found a special milk that allows me to eat all the milk and cookies that I want! I can give up a glass with breakfast. I can find recipes that don’t require it. But give me my milk and cookies!
Over the years our family has had a love hate relationship with milk. My oldest son finally grew out of a milk allergy but for years we had to read labels to make sure that he wasn’t be exposed to the allergen in anything he ate. For me, I found that milk made me feel bad. Real bad. ‘Post Dairy Digestion Discomfort’ is a thing. And I have it. This means that drinking milk and a lot of times, eating ice cream, leaves me feeling awful. We tried all different kinds of milk alternatives (soy, almond, coconut) to find something milk-like that we could drink. Neither of us liked any of those so for years we did without, looking for our calcium through supplements and veggies. But all milk is not the same! a2 Milk® is real, farm fresh milk! The a1 protein is the reason milk can cause stomach problems and it is currently in all conventional milk and organic milks on the market in the U.S. Except a2 Milk® which comes from specially selected a2 cows. This is natural, not chemically created or modified. Which means I now have a milk option to dip my cookies in!While I love to create recipes and try new flavor combinations, my kids are very tame. My oldest doesn’t even like chocolate chip cookies! I’m thinking he may have been switched at birth since I have a wicked sweet tooth and he doesn’t like America’s favorite cookie. But there is one type of cookie they love. Snickerdoodles. My guess is they love the cinnamon and sugar all over the outside of it. But I make a small change to amp up the flavor. And they don’t seem to notice so now we all enjoy snickerdoodles. While my recipe for snickerdoodles is basic, I add a TBSP of orange zest to the batter before rolling in the cinnamon and sugar and baking. YOU GUYS! This gives it such amazing flavor! You can’t really tell that it is orange, but it brightens the flavor and goes so well with the sweetness. Shhhhhhh. Don’t tell my kids. They would frown on this modification. They like to keep things really plain. The other trick is that I use melted butter, which although I’m not a baker or scientist, I think it makes them a little chewier than normal. I love a chewy cookie! The a2 Milk® Company™ has partnered with some U.S. family dairy farms to expand the specially selected a2 herd of cows, who naturally produce milk free from the nasty a1 protein. Which means I can now have milk and cookies, again, and not feel awful after it! Huzzah! An independent study showed that 1 in 4 Americans have discomfort after drinking milk but only about 6% were clinically diagnosed with lactose intolerance. This means that there are many readers who struggle with drinking milk and are missing out on a lot of milk and cookie moments. But not any more! Milk and cookie moments are so special to share with the kids. They grow so fast and I know these moments are numbered. In fact the day I shared these snickerdoodles with my little one, my older kid was off at a drop off birthday party. My mama heart needed all those cookies.I ate (more than my fair share of) cookies, then went on about my day, with no stomach issues whatsoever. It was awesome. a2 Milk® was super easy for me to find at my local grocery store. Check their store locator to find it in your area. While it sits close to the nut and soy milks, it has much better nutritional value. Plus it tastes delicious with snickerdoodles.
- 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), melted
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1 TBSP orange zest
- For the outside coating:
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- In a large bowl combine the flour, white sugar, brown sugar, salt, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Add the egg, vanilla, melted butter and orange zest.
- Mix well.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- The dough will be really soft. You can chill for a minute if you need to but I don't because I'm impatient...
- In a small bowl, mix the cinnamon and sugar.
- Using your hands, grab small bits of dough and roll them in to balls.
- Roll the dough ball in the cinnamon and sugar mixture to coat.
- Place the cookies about 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
- Bake the cookies for 12 to 14 minutes watching to make sure they don't overcook.
- The cookies continue to cook a smidge once removed from the oven.
I had intended to take the rest of these cookies to a family birthday party…but we ate them all. SO GOOD! They were perfect and delicious, especially when dipped in a2 Milk®! Have you tried it yet? Milk and cookies are back, baby! I can’t wait to share batch after batch with my kids this summer (although if I’m honest, I will miss the excuse to have to go lay down an catch up on my reality television…)
If you’ve read this blog for any length of time you know that I love a good Moscow Mule. I’ve shared many varieties of this fine summer cocktail and today I have another vodka mule recipe to share with you.
A few weeks ago I went up to Los Angeles for the launch party for a delicious new flavor of Absolut. Oak by Absolut is full of flavors like caramel, cinnamon and vanilla but not in a flavored vodka kind of way. No, this vodka is aged in barrels and the flavor notes are picked up during that process. It adds a richness and warmth to the vodka that you would normally find in whiskey. It is the perfect ingredient to switch up a classic vodka mule recipe. And perfect for your summer imbibing.
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TriscuitSummer #CollectiveBiasWhy should the kids have all the fun? I say we should make a stand this summer and declare adult playdates a thing. Mom-ing is hard work and I think we should make some time to chill out with our friends and do whatever we want for a few hours. Let’s be honest, we really just want to sit still for a little while and not have to get anyone milk or step on Legos. So I say grab your best gals, have a girl’s night in and unwind. Don’t let hosting stress you out. Girl’s night food doesn’t have to be complicated. I’m sharing an almost all no-cook menu with you plus a super easy flank steak appetizer recipe. The idea of playdates takes on a whole new life when you look at them this way, doesn’t it?