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Green Apple Toffee Pie-lets.

Feel that crisp, cool air? Feels like fall is here! I know everyone gets all pouty that summer is coming to an end, but not me. Bring on the boots and jeans and cozy sweaters, and most of all: bring on the apple picking and the baking! I got the baking bug this weekend and was inspired to test out a recipe inspired by IZZE’s sparkling apple flavor — a flavor full of that perfect green-apple tartness. The result? A mini apple-toffee “pie-let” — the name my husband dubbed this sweet treats when he saw them cooling on the counter. Full recipe below: apple toffee hand pie 5apple toffee hand pie 3apple toffee hand pie 2apple toffee hand pie 4apple toffee hand pie 4bapple toffee hand pie 6apple toffee hand pie 1Ingredients: 

  • Pie dough (use this recipe to make your own, or if you’re in a pinch, store-made works too!)
  • 3-4 Green Apples (Granny Smith works great!)
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp of brown sugar
  • 1 tsp of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp of nutmeg
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Chopped toffee bites (you can get pre-chopped Heath Bar in the baking aisle)
  • Egg white wash

Instructions:

  • Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Peel and thinly slice apples, add to a small saucepan with butter, sugars, spices and a pinch of sea salt.
  • Let the apple mixture combine over medium heat until apples just begin to soften. Set aside and cool.
  • Roll out pie dough on a floured surface (my marble pastry board is awesome for this — find a cheap one here!) and use a glass or bowl to cut out 5″ circles.
  • Place about 2 tbsp of apple mixture in center of pie circles, leaving 1″ diameter around the edge, repeat with half of the remaining pie pieces.
  • Top all of the pie bottoms with sprinkled toffee bits, and then add second piece of pie rounds to the top (consider cutting out a cute shape at the top for decoration).
  • Seal the edges of the top and bottom crusts by rolling the edges in and crimping with your fingers or a fork.
  • Sprinkle with more toffee bits and using a pastry brush, brush on egg white wash.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, serve while warm with IZZE Sparkling Apple.

Pop Fizz Peach. 

This hot, steamy, humid weekend called for a serious cool-down concoction. I’ve seen this idea of adding popsicles to cocktails on Pinterest before, and this felt like the perfect time to try it out. In a wine glass I muddled a few mint leaves and sliced peaches,  poured in some chilled vodka, and topped off the glass with half an IZZE sparkling peach. Then for the finishing touch, a peach popsicle dunked in to keep things cool! And the best part is that you get to snack on the popsicle while you enjoy your drink! Cheers! 
   Please Note: This post was sponsored by Izze; all images, ideas and content are my own. 

A Sparkling Spritzer.

Guys, let’s talk about wine spritzers — why does this drink get such a bad rap? I have to start this blog post with a shout out to my brother-in-law who inadvertently inspired this idea. Sometime last summer we asked him to whip us up a drink at a family party, and maybe-sort-of-jokingly he told us he was going to make us wine spritzer. We giggled when he actually made them and brought them over to us, but guess what? They were really delicious. They can be light, crisp, and fruity — which are some of the most basic tenants of a good summer cocktail option. Plus they have a great name! A spritzer just sounds refreshing, doesn’t it? I decided to take a stand and stick up for the poor little wine spritzer and make one of my own with mixed fruits and IZZE sparkling waters:

  • Step 1: Fill a stemless wineglass or tumbler with ice and mixed fruit of your choice.
  • Step 2: Fill the glass 1/2 to 2/3 full with a fruity, light white wine.
  • Step 3: Top with a flavored sparkling water (I love the Mandarin Lime IZZE flavor!)
  • Step 4: Clink! Times to cheers glasses with friends and enjoy a summer evening outside.

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Please Note: This post was sponsored by Izze; all images, ideas and content are my own. 

Perfect Picnic Ingredients.

Last summer, my bestie and I had a girls night and picnicked while watching an outdoor movie in the park. We both kicked ourselves for waiting until the end of the summer to finally do it, and I made a promise to myself that this summer I’d do it much more often. We live in a small apartment, so it’s not convenient to store big coolers or picnic baskets — I usually just grab a small tote and fill it up with a few essential picnic ingredients: 1) A cozy blanket — I love the Gunn & Swain Mexican blankets. 2) A few festive drinks — IZZE sparkling juices are tasty, and all you have to do is pop them open, no need to cart around glassware (but striped straws are encouraged!). 3) Snacks! I hate having to bring a knife and cutting board for a cheese plate – the less we have to carry, the better. To solve for this I took a mason jar and layered ingredients to make individual cheese plate ‘kits’ — this one has mixed nuts, dried apricots, sharp cheddar, salami and crackers. 4) Bring some cloth napkins, they’re eco-friendly, and since they’re a bit heavier than a paper napkin they won’t fly away. Throw it all in a fun tote, grab your sunnies and girlfriends, and you’re ready for a day in the park! izze picnic ideas 3izze picnicizze picnic ideas 2
 

Please Note: This post was sponsored by Izze; all images, ideas and content are my own. 

Sparkling Blueberry Summer Cocktail. 

With Memorial Day Weekend upon us, it feels like the right time to mix up a summery new cocktail to celebrate. My friends at IZZE sent me some tasty sparkling blueberry juice to try and I used it as the inspiration for this simple seasonal drink. To make one for yourself, pour 2oz of vodka and fresh juice from half a lime in a glass over ice. Rub a few mint leaves between your hands to open up their flavors and add them to the glass. Top the rest of the drink off with half a bottle of IZZE Sparkling Blueberry and give the cocktail a stir to combine. A little extra mint and lime wedge (and of course some patriotic striped straws!) are all you need to garnish and finish your drink. Having friends over that are looking for a mocktail? Just replace the vodka with a little soda water instead!

Please Note: This post was sponsored by Izze; all images, ideas and content are my own.