June 28, 2016

Firecracker Popsicle White Sangria

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It’s almost Fourth of July! BBQ’s… swimming… fireworks… and most importantly, a long weekend. Here at LMP, we have a lot of big plans for the long weekend, and we will definitely be eating some delicious food and sippin’ on some refreshing cocktails throughout the whole 3 days.

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I’ve been noticing a trend in people combining cocktails and frozen treats, so I decided to make a festive version for this upcoming Holiday Weekend.  This beautiful concoction combines two summer faves – white sangria and popsicles.

Here’s what you’ll need:

-1 bottle white wine
-1 cup raspberries
-1 cup blueberries
-1 bottle of prosecco
-firecracker popsicles

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Here’s what to do:

1) Pour bottle of white wine, cup of raspberries and cup of strawberries into a pitcher.
2) Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

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3) Remove from fridge, uncover, and stir in bottle of prosecco.

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4) Pour sangria into your wine glasses.

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5) Place one firecracker popsicle in each wine glass to garnish.  The popsicle will also act as an ice cube alternative!

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It’s that easy! You’ll notice when you place a popsicle in each glass, your sangria will fizz, just like a firecracker. Also, as the popsicle melts, your sangria will turn different shades of red, white and blue… how much more patriotic could a cocktail get?!

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We hope you enjoy, and also have a WONDERFUL weekend… Happy 4th everybody!!

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See ya next week!

xx, Abby
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June 27, 2016

DIY with LMP: Poppin’ Pink Popcorn Bar

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Okay, let’s be honest here, popcorn is totally the new “it” snack. These days, we’re all looking for the healthier option than chips and dip at the party table, and I’m not talking about the raw veggie platter (does anyone actually touch that thing?!). Well, various forms of guilt-free popcorn have become my new favorite. I think this adorable popcorn bar is just what you need the next time you have all the girls over to watch a rom-com.

All you will need is:

plain white take-out cartons (or another take-home vessel)
popcorn (we chose Skinny Pop!)
pretzels
M&Ms
marshmallows
white chocolate chips
baking sparkles

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Step 1: Set up your bar so your guests can easily access each ingredient to mix themselves.

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Step 2: Start with popcorn as the base, filling only halfway, and add each ingredient that you desire.

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Step 3: Finish adding each ingredient, leaving plenty of space below the top to be able to shake it up.

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Step 4: Close the top, shake it up!

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Step 5: Enjoy!step8

Make sure each guest takes some extra home with them. A perfect party snack AND party favor!

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xx, Maggie
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June 24, 2016

Ready, Set, Weekend with Simply Beautiful Eating

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Let’s talk about watermelons. First of all, I don’t mind if it’s seedless chuck full of seeds. It just has to be ripe, red, sweet and beautifully refreshing. When I think of summer I automatically think of watermelon. The difference between buying these melons in the summer or the winter is simply this: Off season you will pay upwards of 15 bucks for a watermelon. STUPID. In the summer, it’s a free for all. They are anywhere from 2 to 5 bucks which is more like it.

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A perfect example of a watermelon bargain was at my local Walmart last week. I was walking towards the produce section and there were giant bins of watermelons set up near the front of the store. All I could see was butts. Yes, butts.

Shoppers were literally diving into these bins head first. That being said, there upper bodies were swimming amongst the watermelons while their butts were sticking up and OUT of the bins.

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Reminiscent of a bridal shower game I once got myself sucked into, I thought why not? As I approached the bin, I noticed that this wasn’t the kind of challenge I was comfortable playing in the middle of a Walmart store. Mostly because these “watermelon” divers had their game faces ON.

They bobbed in and out of the bins coming up with different sizes of melons. Once they grabbed a melon they didn’t stop there. They cradled, thumped, shook and measured their melons up against other divers finds. I started stepping away quickly when one diver decided to throw his melon back in the bin while someone’s butt was still sticking out. That meant, his head was clearly a target in the melon toss.

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YOU

BOB

I opted for a baby sugar watermelon instead. It was twice the price of the melons that were on sale in the bin. I weighed the risks of getting a watermelon thrown on my head and was satisfied with my decision.

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Now. How to choose a watermelon. There are tricks ya know. Mine usually involves asking the produce guy at my regular market to pick a perfect one for me. It works every time. The other trick is to let Steve pick one. He’s a watermelon aficionado. He knows how to shake, thump, rattle and roll his melons.

I held my baby watermelon gently in my arms. Gave it a little thump. Heard nothing and proceeded to do the rest of my shopping without giving it another thought.

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When I arrived home I unpacked my melon and placed it on the table. Steve looked at it with a raised eyebrow.

“You picked a watermelon by yourself”? He asked.

“Yes, I know how”. I answered.

Then I got that Skeptical Steve look. You know the one. It’s when he looks at you and THINKS to himself that there is no way on earth I could possibly pick a perfect melon without all the tricks.

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Well Steve?

Well?

I did.

And then, I put these watermelon wedges on pops and called it a day.

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Watermelon Pops with Yogurt, Feta and Pistachios

-10 – 12 watermelon slices cut into triangles
-Plain Yogourt
-Honey
-3 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese
-1/2 cup crushed pistachio nuts
-Popsicle sticks

1) Cut a small slit in the watermelon rind and insert a Popsicle stick in.
2) Drizzle with your choice of Yogourt, honey and sprinkle with pistachio nuts.
3) Could this be any easier? I don’t think so.

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See ya next week!

debi @simplybeautifuleating
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xx, Debi
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June 23, 2016

DIY with LMP: Easy Selfie Backdrop

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Here at LMP, we’re always looking for a good spot to take a quick picture. Whether some new confetti arrived or we just bought the cutest cupcake, we absolutely love to document our best party moments. Jazz up a wall of your own with this easy DIY backdrop for your next party, and we promise it will end up all over Instagram.

You’ll only need a few supplies:
-cute paper (we love a little glitter!)
-string or cord (coordinate the color to your paper)
-tape

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Step 1: Cut your paper into strips, about 2″ wide.

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Step 2: Cut the strips into small triangles.

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Step 3: Cut the string into 10 pieces that span the height of a door frame. Find a plain wall close to a window (for the best natural light!) and tape each string evenly across the width.

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Step 4: Tape the triangles to the string, spaced out enough so that no piece is right next to each other on neighboring strings. Also make a decision about your color placement. We liked our colors to be well dispersed.

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Step 5: Keep taping those triangles up until they run out! Fill each string with about 8-10 triangles to leave a nice amount of negative space.

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Step 6: Take a selfie and test it out! We know it will be super cute.

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That’s it! To see it in use on the regular, you can follow Seri on Snapchat; she loves to use the selfie backdrop! Best part is, it will last as long as that tape can stick. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

xx, Maggie
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June 22, 2016

Makin’ Cheesy Meatball Subs with Hello Fresh

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Ok so here’s the deal… I love good food, but the whole cooking thing? Not really for me. Once in a blue moon I will be inspired to cook something new and exciting, but for the most part I heat up frozen Trader Joe’s meals, or order takeout.  Living in New York City makes both of these options WAY too easy, so I have become lazy.

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This laziness about cooking is a trait that I am trying to alter, so that’s why when Hello Fresh reached out to LMP about letting us test out their service, I was excited to give it a go.

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Hello Fresh is a meal subscription service that delivers a minimum of 3 meals to your door every week. Their meals only include the freshest ingredients, with the exact amount of each ingredient that you need to make each dish.  They provide detailed instructions for each recipe so even a cooking novice like myself can make something delicious!

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In addition to working at LMP, I also babysit Seri’s kids, Gavin and Luke VERY frequently… we are talking 2-3 times a week. I decided to make a one of their recipes for the boys for dinner last week, and boy was it a hit! I made them the Cheesy Meatball Subs with Herby Marinara and Crispy Broccolini, and they ate every last bite.  I snuck myself a few bites as well and was blown away… I couldn’t believe that I had made something so delicious, and without messing anything up!

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The recipe was simple and easy to follow, with clear instructions and realistic prep time estimates.  The meal was healthy and the ingredients were super fresh. The boys literally gave me a thumbs up because they loved the subs so much! Gavin and Luke eat very well for a 6 and 3-year-old, but I’d still say that was a success.

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Here is the recipe card:

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I love how the nutritional info is listed on the recipe card… you can see how truly healthy each dish is! You can also check out Hello Fresh’s blog for fun more fun recipes and ideas for healthy ways to cook for your friends and family.  Our favorite? This patriotic cake recipe which you can serve for Memorial Day OR the 4th of July! They even mentioned us in their post.

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Thanks to Hello Fresh for working with us… we can’t wait to try more of your delicious meals!

xx, Abby
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