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I am so appreciative of all my followers, and wanted to let you all know that I am moving on from Justanythingbutordinary.com to my new site, milehighsunshine.com

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Blackberry Syrup Recipe and Multiple Uses For It!

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Adding sugar to the blackberries and water

This post seems perfectly fitting for a Friday. I love making my own syrups to have around the house, especially fruity ones! This blackberry syrup I created before kids and I would make delicious Blackberry gin drinks with it. Now that I have kids, I still make my gin drinks (you could change it up and use vodka or your drink of choice), but it’s also great for the kiddos pancakes, or just to mix with club soda for a tasty virgin drink.

This is a very simple recipe, as you are making just a blackberry simple syrup- yum! You can also use this with other fruit if you want to make a different flavor syrup (strawberries, rasberries, etc.)

Ingredients

  • 2 containers blackberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  1. Place blackberries in a pot.
  2. Add 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar.
  3. Bring mixture to a simmer and stir until sugar is completely dissolved (5-10 minutes). I let mine simmer 10 minutes to get as much blackberry flavor as possible.
  4. Remove blackberries from the pot using a slotted spoon. Store in an airtight container. (These can be used in a drink or on top of a mountain of pancakes!)
  5. Transfer syrup to a container that is easy to pour (I use an old syrup container or a salad dressing container with an easy pour).
  6. Store in fridge and use on pancakes, in a club soda, or mix with gin and club soda for a tasty adult beverage 😛
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A delicious adult concoction!

Cheers to a good weekend!

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo,

Jamie

 

Pineapple Mint Sorbet

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When its 90 degrees out, it melts fast 😛

How goes it everyone?

I am sharing my sorbet recipe that I shared on my Instagram post yesterday. You won’t believe how easy it is, but it is AMAZING! So refreshing and satisfying- you have to try it. I will say that I have always been intimidated of cutting pineapples, but we have had SO much pineapple since I purchased an amazing coring tool to help make it much easier! I love a good kitchen gadget!

Ingredients:

  • 2 pineapples, peeled and cored
  • 2 small lemons, juiced (about 4 tablespoons)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • .5 ounces mint (1 small herb container, more to garnish)

Instructions:

  1. Blend pineapple and lemon juice in blender.
  2. Add sugar and blend until smooth and dissolved (30 seconds-1 minute).
  3. Add mint to your liking- I love mint so I used the entire container, minus one sprig for garnish.
  4. Pour mixture into the freezer can of an ice-cream maker. This is the one I use and I love it, especially since its automatic 😉
  5. Churn for 15-20 minutes or until the desired consistency.
  6. Freeze for 3-4 hours.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Galentine’s Idea: ‘Favorite Things’ Party

Happy Friday!!  I can’t believe we have almost made it to the weekend 🙂

Last week I posted on my Instagram of the ‘Favorite Things’ party I went to. I had some people ask about it, and if you are needing a last-minute idea for a ‘Galentine’s Day’ party, I would highly recommend it!

Here’s how it works- Each person attending the party brings 3 of the same item (their favorite thing). My group sets a budget to stick to to make sure it’s fair, and often times you may want to make a category (beauty, kitchen, etc.) if you are wanting everyone to receive something similar. You put each person attending the party’s name in a basket 3 times. Whoever starts will draw three names out of this basket and that is who will receive their gifts.  They then hand their gifts out to those three gals to open together and you continue so on and so forth. By the end of the party, you will go home with three awesome new favorite things! We take pictures of each item and send out all the favorite things via email so if there was something you wanted to try but didn’t receive you can buy it.

Anyways, I brought the NuSkin Whitening toothpaste as I love how white it makes my teeth. I then came home with three fun, wonderful gifts! 

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The gifts I received are amazing! A Simplified Life is a really great tool so far in getting my life more organized.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo

Jamie

Disney World Vacation

For those that follow me, you know my last family travel day was a disaster with the baby and delays 🙂 whereas this one, was a breeze! We went to Disney World to celebrate my in-laws 60th birthdays and had such a great trip!

It was filled with busy days in the park, dining out in Epcot, delicious drinks from ‘around the world’, firework shows, and a whole lot of fun.

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We traveled with less baggage this time, but were way more prepared 🙂

You live and you learn and last trip I checked a stroller rather than bringing it through security and had the 5 hour delay. This time I brought a light-weight stroller and gate checked it and it made it very easy to transport Brooklyn through the airport.

The first day in Disney we toured Magic Kingdom and rode all of the fun rides in the park like Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Haunted Mansion, and more of the Disney favorites. We dined out in Epcot for dinner, saw the Gin Blossoms concert (which was incredible) and a firework show.

The second day we did Epcot where Brooklyn was able to go on lots of different rides, watch her daddy scuba dive in the Seas with Nemo and friends, lots of fun places to walk around and see, dined out in Epcot again, and we got to see a fun firework show.

The third day we went to Hollywood Studios and got to ride all of the crazy roller coasters like Rockin’ Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror, and go on some fun rides about famous films. It was Easter Sunday and they had lots of fun scavenger hunts for the kids, the Easter bunny delivering Easter baskets in the hotel, and was really a fun day for the families there. We had such a fun trip to Disney and lucked out with great weather in the 80’s and one big (7-month-old) trooper

A couple of Tips for WDW if you are planning a trip:

It was a very happy 60th birthday celebration for my mother-in-law and father-in-law with lots of fun family time in Disney World. I enjoyed getting a day to spend in each of the three parks we chose and would highly recommend doing it that way for anyone contemplating going to Disney World. It gave us enough time to ride the rides we wanted, but also didn’t make us feel like we needed to stay there all afternoon into the evening every night. If you are booking a trip to Disney anytime soon, make sure to make dinner reservations for each night you are there if you are dining in the parks as they get super busy and crowded! Fast passes were a huge help and you can start organizing which rides you want to use the fast pass on once you buy your tickets. The popular rides with long wait times I would definitely get a fast pass for- ie: Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, the new Frozen ride, Rockin’ Roller Coaster, and Tower of Terror. Make sure to bring lots of sunscreen, a couple hats, and sunglasses. If you are 21+ years of age, you cannot miss the frozen coconut pineapple Sake drink in Japan in Epcot- it was by far, my favorite drink I think I have ever had! This trip was much more fun because of the planning that took place ahead of time- get your tickets, start deciding on fast passes, and make those dinner reservations!

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo

Jamie

Bachelor Watch Party: Success

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Bachelor Night Watch Party

Yep, this is happening. I am going to go full on nerd here. I have a friend from High School who has hosted a bachelor watch party for 4 or 5 years now which is 8 or 10 seasons of the bachelor/bachelorette. There is a group of about 10 or so girls that get together every Monday to have dinner together and watch it. It makes watching the show so much more fun when we can chat about all the drama and pick who we think will win, who we like best, etc. The finale of Nick’s season of the bachelor is premiering next week and I am so sad because it gives me something to look forward to every Monday. Anyways, my friend Rachel is on a beach vacation (lucky gal) with her family and her five-month-old son so I hosted the event for this week. 

It was the fantasy suite date episode, the final 3 women, and also women-tell-all (3 hours of show). For those of you who watch, you know that Chris Harrison tells us it’s the ‘most dramatic episode yet’. Well, us girls popped a few bottles of wine, had a nice dinner, and snuggled in to watch the show and holy drama! The girls on the show are so catty and pick fights with each other and its extremely entertaining to watch. My favorite part about last night was we all kept coming up with hysterical memes throughout the entire show of certain girls facial expressions and what the best/funniest verbiage would be.

If you and your friends have a favorite show, I highly suggest having someone host at their house each week so you can watch and gossip about it all together (or maybe you pick up the Bachelor because there is so much fun drama). It makes it so much more fun! For anyone who watches the bachelor, you should make these cute rose apple puff pasty desserts I made last night maybe for next weeks finale- they are so darn cute! Also, that E wine was delish- we drank every last drop 🙂 My mom actually suggested that wine, and everyone really enjoyed it! Have you noticed the theme? Red wine, red glasses, red apple dessert, we had spaghetti with red sauce, the list goes on, haha!

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Will you accept this rose? Apple and cinnamon desserts 

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo

Jamie

Super Bowl Party

Who out there is hosting a Super Bowl party on Sunday? I know we are and we are so looking forward to having our friends over for some good food, fun and of course, football. Being from Denver I am sad to see that the Broncos didn’t make it to the Super Bowl this year, but I always love the commercials.

If you need help prepping for the perfect party supplies, check out Party City! They have so many great options to help ‘football up’ your gathering. Here are some fun items I picked out for our party:

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You’ll notice I only bought Super Bowl specific cups, whereas everything else is just football related. I did that because if there are leftover plates or napkins I don’t have to throw them out, but could use them for any football game get-together come fall. 

If you are having trouble fixing up a menu or need more fun ideas for your Super Bowl party, get some ‘Pinspiration’ on my Pinterest board titled ‘Entertaining.’ Chat you all soon!

Xoxo,

Jamie