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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Grilled Pineapple Recipe

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The last couple days the weather was insane. It will be one hundred degrees outside and then it starts raining? I don't understand it but we do need the rain. With the weather being so miserable we have decided to start cooking outside on the grill. We found a great deal on Kingsford Charcoal at The Home Depot and I have found some really delicious recipe inspirations here! One of my favorite grilling recipes is to grill pineapple. The flavor of the pineapple is intense when you add cinnamon and brown sugar. But first thing first you need to prepare your grill.
You can find Kingsford Charcoal in bulk at The Home Depot. They have a great price happening until July 6th!
I got my hands dirty first and preheated the grill so it was nice and hot before I placed the fresh pineapple on it.
Grilled Pineapple Recipe
1 Pineapple cut into spears
2 tablespoons of cinnamon
1/4 cup of brown sugar
You take your gorgeous pineapple and you need to cut the top off.
Then you need to cut off the scales on the side of the pineapple. You want your pineapple to resemble an octagon:
Cut your octagon pineapple into spears.
Then mix your brown sugar and cinnamon together
And sprinkle it on on top of the pineapple spears.
Now you can place the pineapple slices on the grill. You want the grill to be so hot that when you lay the pineapple slices down you can hear a sizzle.
I prefer to put the lid on the barbecue. Only because it was windy out side.
After 15 minutes you can turn them over
I like the spears to have more of a grilled looks to them. Some people prefer them to be char-coaled:
Let your grilled pineapple sit for ten minutes to cool down. Then enjoy with your other favorite Fourth of July favorites!
In the grilling mood? Head over to your nearest The Home Depot store to pick up your Kingsford Charcoal. Click here to find the store nearest you.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Summer Hydration Station

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HydrationToGo #CollectiveBias
Yesterday was one of those days where I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off. Not only was it one hundred and seven degrees outside, but I was running around and doing errands in that icky hot heat. I drove around in my air conditioned car and when I would park and get out; the humid air would slap me in the face. It was so gross. How can it be this hot? The reason I was running around is I needed to pick up some essentials for a birthday celebration we were hosting. This summer we have the privileged to have Carlie and Dean's sister Ashlyn visiting. She came all the way from Southern California and we love having her around. At a moments notice I am always pleased to throw a party. The only problem was the ugly hot heat. I knew we were going to have all the kids running around and swimming, I just wanted to make sure that the fun could continue and I could keep these little ones hydrated. I stopped at my neighborhood CVS Pharmacy and found their Hydration Station stocked with smartwaters and vitaminwaters that I knew my kids would love. I also bought a Honest Tea for myself! I grabbed some ice and a small cooler that was able to contain my beverages:
We had four kids: Dean, Carlie, Ashlyn, and Solin. A smartwater and vitaminwater for each of them:
And a Honest Tea for me:
I created a simple summer hydration station that was placed outside and allowed the kids to get their drinks when ever they needed them. Between now and July 25th if you go to your local CVS Pharmacy and use your CVS ExtraCare card you can purchase four smartwaters, vitaminwaters, Gold Peak or Honest Tea for five dollars and receive two dollars back on your next CVS Pharmacy visit! 
Ashlyn was the first to jump in because it was her birthday:
Then Carlie and Dean followed:
It took me a while to get in. The water was a little chilly. Solin wanted to cool off with me but she also wanted her smartwater too. And then she shared with mommy:
Solin is at the stage where she likes to eat like a big girl. She is done with the bottle, but she wants to drink out of the water bottle. Sometimes she even sneaks chips out of the chip bowl:
It was a great day to celebrate Ashlyn. I'm so happy all the kids were able to get together. We enjoyed a delicious cake from one of my favorite bakeries. And we added some florescent candles to match Ashlyn's decor:
How are you going to keep hydrated this summer? You can check out more ideas HERE!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

My Life #Instagrammed

One of my favorite posts to do on Instagram is #TBT. According to Urban Dictionary and my 13 year old daughter it means "Throwback Thursday" and that's when I bring out the myspace photos. I no longer use my 'Myspace' profile anymore but it does store all of my old photos from way back when. Like this photo below. This photo was taken when I was eighteen and my family was about to take their road trip to Montana. This was supposed to be there final time at the Pacific Ocean... but since then we have made it a point to take them to the beach again and again. If you would like to find more #TBT photos check out my instagram @pepperexpress 
Solin loves the outdoors. She loves to run around in the grass or help grandpa water the lawn:
This phto below will be one for the books. Carlie graduated eighth grade last month and we had a fun graduation party with all of her fellow alumni:
Our trip to Water World California was a success:
On May 31st I ate a whole lot of donuts:
On June 1st I attempted to take on the Whole 30 Challenge. You can read about that right HERE!
We celebrated Father's Day... a couple times:
I want to say that this is one of my favorite photos of lil Solin Grey:
One of my very good friends Sarah has an adorable son named Hunter. Solin and Hunter have had a couple play dates within the last month.
Famers Market season is in full swing:
Jurassic Park and Solin called my dad 'Papa!'
We had a fun little Flag Day celebration:
Our pool is full with these little fish:
Solin and I have been living out of our Salt Water lately:
My little Solin is usually stuffing her face with some sort of baked good or corn... she loooves corn!
Our adventures in San Francisco can be viewed HERE!
I volunteered for a retreat hosted by A Blog About Love and I was thrilled to meet one of my favorite bloggers!
and how happy are we all when we know that Love wins:
Follow along @pepperexpress on instagram!

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