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Very Berry Hibiscus Tea Refresher

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Very Berry Hibiscus Tea Refresher

If you’re an iced tea lover like me, try making a homemade version of the popular Starbuck’s Hibiscus Tea Refresher. It’s currently my favorite summertime drink – it’s super easy to make a pitcher and I love that it uses all natural ingredients!

Very Berry Hibiscus Tea Refresher

Ingredients

For the tea:

8 tea bags of hibiscus berry tea (Try this one)
2 quarts water
1/2 cup berries, fresh or frozen

For the simple syrup:

1 cup sugar
1 cup dried hibiscus flowers (Try these)
2 cups water

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Directions:

Make 2 quarts of tea according to package instructions. I brought 2 quarts of water almost to a boil on the stove and then turned off the heat, and added 8 tea bags to infuse (covered) for about 3 minutes. Take out tea bags and pour tea into a plastic pitcher. Set aside pitcher and let cool to room temperature.

To make the simple syrup, bring water to a boil water with sugar and hibiscus flowers. Turn down heat and simmer for about 20 minutes covered making sure to stir a few times. Strain leaves and then add syrup to the tea and stir. Refrigerate. Before serving, add berries and about 2 cups of ice. I recommend pouring some tea in a cup with a lid and shaking it up with the berries. Enjoy!

Note: The tea that I used is a Wild Berry Hibiscus by Zhen’s Gypsy Tea which I purchased at Cost Plus World Market.  I found dried hibiscus flowers at a local organic herbal tea shop. Hibiscus leaves are known to lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Hibiscus has more of a tart flavor so adding some berries and sugar creates more of a subtle sweet flavor.

Hybiscus Tea Refresher Recipe

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Watermelon Feta Salad

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If you’re a fan of watermelon, try adding some to your salad! The sweet flavor of watermelon combined with feta cheese and balsamic dressing makes for a delicious and beautiful summer salad.

Watermelon Feta Salad

Ingredients:

2 cups Seedless Watermelon, cubed
5 oz Spring Salad Mix
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced
1/4 of one red onion, chopped
1/2 of one cucumber, chopped
3 oz. feta cheese, crumbled
2 Tbs mint leaves, chopped
Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

Feta cheese and watermelon salad

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and drizzle with desired amount of dressing before serving. You can also make your own dressing by combining olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

Watermelon Salad
This is my new favorite salad – I’m so obsessed. :D

Easy Summer watermelon Salad

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High Value $2/1 President or Galbani Cheese Coupon Expired

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Screen Shot 2014-07-22 at 8.57.01 PMAs many of you may know, I have a bit of a cheese obsession! :) So I am super stoked about this new cheese coupon that recently popped up. Just head on over to Coupons.com to print a high value $2/1 President or Galbani Gourmet Cheese coupon!

* NOTE – If you can’t find the coupon above, head here and click on the Sign-in link in the upper right corner to log into your account at Coupons.com. Next click on your name in the upper right hand corner to show the drop down menu and finally, click on “Your Profile”, set your zip code to 80123 (Colorado) and click “Submit Changes”. Then click back on this link and the coupon should show up already clipped.

THEN – check out the deal you can score at Walmart:

Screen Shot 2014-07-22 at 9.04.21 PMGalbani Sorrento Mozzarella Cheese priced around $3.98
Use $2/1 President or Galbani Gourmet Cheese coupon previously found here
Final cost $1.98!

Use this cheese to make this super easy Caprese Salad on a Stick recipe!

(Thanks & Photo Credit, Growing Up on Coupons!)

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Parmesan Smashed Potatoes

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Parmesan Smashed Potatoes

If you love melt in your mouth roasted potatoes, check out this easy and delicious Parmesan Smashed Potatoes recipe. These potatoes have become a highly requested favorite side dish at my house, and I especially love that they only take a few simple ingredients. I used the fingerling variety of potatoes on this day, but I also love the other varieties of smaller baby potatoes like reds and Yukon gold potatoes.

Parmesan Smashed Potatoes

2lb bag of your favorite baby potatoes (I used fingerlings)
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Salt & Pepper to taste
2 tablespoons of fresh chopped rosemary (or your favorite herb)

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Directions:  Wash potatoes, and chop some of the longer potatoes in half. Place potatoes in a large pot of boiling water on the stove. Turn down heat and simmer for about 15 minutes until tender (use a toothpick or fork to test tenderness).

Drain potatoes and place on a baking sheet – I recommend drizzling a little additional olive oil or nonstick spray on the baking sheet to avoid sticking. With a fork or the side of a flat knife, gently smash each potato at the top. Drizzle olive oil on top of potatoes and sprinkle cheese and the fresh chopped rosemary and garlic powder. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes until they start to look brown – I recommend turning them once while cooking in the oven. Take potatoes out of the oven and season with salt and pepper, and add additional rosemary for garnish. Serves about 8-9 as a side dish.

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These potatoes have been described as “epic” by my family so I think they are a definite winner! Enjoy! :D

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Watermelon Punch Recipe

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Take advantage of ripe watermelon this summer and make some delicious and refreshing Watermelon Punch! This easy-to-make drink is perfect for your next summer BBQ or gathering. In addition to being a very affordable beverage to serve (I found a large seedless watermelon for under $5 at Costco!), the punch just looks so pretty in the punch bowl.

Watermelon Punch Recipe

(Adapted from MarthaStewart.com)

Ingredients:

14 lb. seedless watermelon
1 and 1/2 cups pineapple juice
1 and 1/2 cups sparkling water
melon balls and or mint leaves for garnish (optional)

Use a Watermelon for a Punch Bowl Hip2SaveDirections: Cut about one third of your watermelon off the top and scoop out all the insides. Puree the pieces of watermelon in a blender or food processor and then strain the solid pieces (I strained over a large pitcher). You’ll have to do this in several batches. Add pineapple juice and sparkling water to the “bowl” and pour in your strained watermelon juice. Mix together and chill the punch and bowl in the fridge for about an hour or until ready to serve.

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My watermelon actually made more juice than expected so I saved it in a pitcher so I could make even more punch. My family loved this fun party drink. Make it an adult beverage by adding rum or even white wine. Enjoy :)

Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s recipes created just for Hip2Save, click here.


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Super Easy Ice Cream Sandwich Cake Recipe

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If you’re looking for an easy and frugal no bake dessert to serve this summer, check out this simple and delicious cake made out of ice cream sandwiches! It takes less than 10 minutes to put together but looks like a fancy ice box cake.

Ice Cream Sandwich Cake Recipe

Ingredients:

7 ice cream sandwiches (I used the Blue Bunny brand)
8oz. Cool Whip or whip cream equivalent
one candy bar, chopped (I used Twix)
hot fudge to drizzle

How to make a cake with ice cream sandwiches Hip2SaveDirections: Line a loaf pan with wax paper. Fit one layer of ice cream sandwiches on the bottom (if you use the Blue Bunny brand, the length fits perfectly in a loaf pan and you’ll just have to cut one of the sandwiches in half). Spread half the Cool Whip on top of the sandwiches followed by another layer of ice cream sandwiches and the rest of cool whip. Then sprinkle the chopped candy bar on top (or chocolate chips would work too!). Freeze for at least two hours and up to a week. To serve, pull up on the wax paper – the cake should come right out. Place on a cake plate. Before serving, drizzle with chocolate fudge if desired. Serves about 6-8.

Ice Cream Sandwich Cake
This is so simple to make, super tasty and looks A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! If you have a larger crowd, double the recipe and use a larger pan.

Slice of Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

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Avocado Chicken Salad (Only 3 Ingredients)

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Looking for a super easy and yummy meal you can throw together with leftover chicken? Try this easy and healthy avocado chicken salad (shhh! - you actually replace mayo with creamy avocado)! Serve this 3-ingredient meal on bread, pita, lettuce leaves, or on top of additional sliced avocado.

Avocado Chicken Salad

Ingredients:

2 cups shredded chicken (I used rotisserie chicken)
1 large avocado, cored & chopped
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
*salt & pepper to taste

Directions: Add ingredients in a bowl and mash with a fork until well combined.

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Chicken salad is a favorite of mine! I love that this recipe offers a basic foundation – leave the salad as is or change it up a bit by adding red onion, walnuts, garlic powder, or even a few tablespoons of Greek yogurt. What do you like in your chicken salad?

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Homemade Otter Pops (Blueberry Coconut and Mango Carrot Recipes)

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If your kids beg for Otter Pops every day during the summer like mine do, then check out this easy way to make your own homemade version! The best part is that you can customize them with healthier dye-free ingredients according to what your kids love and use whatever fruit and juice combinations you happen to have in your fridge or freezer. Make them ahead of time and pack as a portable snack in a lunchbox with a freezer pack.

Before getting started, I highly recommend purchasing these Zipzicle – Zip-Top Ice-Pop Pouches – each package comes with 12 pouches and each pouch holds approximately 2.5 ounces. I wash these pouches in soapy water and then rinse and air dry them after each use so that they can be re-used. The pouches are available on Amazon.com and/or at your local Cost Plus World Market.

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Tips for using:

Blend your fruit and juice combinations well in a blender. Use a turkey baster or batter pen to fill the pouches (I also carefully used a Pyrex measuring glass with a spout). The key is to place the pouch standing up in a jar or tall cup and to open pouch all the way up to loosen the plastic before pouring; otherwise, the liquid may come back up and make a mess.

After filling each pouch, I placed all the pouches standing up straight in a plastic cup and froze them in the cup over night. When you are ready to enjoy, just unzip the top and push up like an Otter Pop!

Here are two yummy recipes that I created – both are delicious and refreshing:

Blueberry Coconut

Blueberry Coconut Homemade Otter Pops

*2 cups blueberries
* 1 cup pure coconut water
*1/2 cup orange juice
*2 Tablespoons Honey

Blend ingredients well,  fill pouches, and freeze. Makes 12

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Mango Carrot Homemade Otter Pops

*3 mangoes, peeled, chopped
*1 cup pineapple juice
*1/2 cup carrot juice
*2 Tablespoons honey

Blend ingredients well,  fill pouches, and freeze. Makes 12

Easy Homemade Otter PopsMy family loved these homemade Otter Pops so I hope you’ll give them a try!

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Homemade Fruit Snacks Recipe

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If your kids love fruit snacks like mine do, this is one recipe you’ll definitely want to try! This easy homemade Fruit Snacks recipe offers a healthier alternative to the store-bought version by using 100% real fruit and only ingredients you can pronounce!

I’ve experimented with several different recipes using juice, pureed fruit, and powdered gelatin. The ratio of fruit, liquid, and gelatin below yielded the best results for me resulting in a sweet, fruity, and chewy snack. I used berries but you can use your own desired variety of fruit (note that I’ve read that pineapple does not set as well!).

Ingredients for fruit snacks

Homemade Fruit Snacks

Ingredients:

1 and 1/2 cups pureed fruit (I used 1/2 lb strawberries, 6oz. blueberries, and 6oz. raspberries)
5 packets or 1/4 cup of unflavored gelatin powder
2 Tablespoons honey
3 Tablespoons fruit juice (I used orange juice)

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Directions:

Puree fruit in a food processor or blender. Pour it into a medium sized saucepan on medium heat. Whisk in juice and honey. Heat until it starts to bubble and slowly add the gelatin powder whisking continually until combined. Pour into an 8×8 baking dish, or small silicone candy molds if you desire specific shapes like stars, dinosaurs, hearts, Lego men, etc. Place in the fridge for 2-3 hours.

After the mixture sets, cut around the sides of the pan with a knife and slide a spatula underneath and place on a cutting board. Cut snacks into small pieces to serve. Store fruit snacks in the fridge for up to a week.

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These fruit snacks were popular in my house – my kids loved them and I hope yours do too! :)

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Zesty Cilantro Lime Quinoa Salad Recipe

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Looking for a healthy and tasty side dish that can also be an awesome easy lunch or dinner idea? This flavor filled zesty cilantro lime salad will turn anyone into a quinoa fan! I’ve been making this salad for a couple years now and it’s one of my favorite meals to keep in the fridge because all of the fresh ingredients marinate together and it tastes even better the next day!

Zesty Cilantro Lime Quinoa Salad

(adapted from Allrecipes.com)

Ingredients:

1 cup Quinoa
2 cups water
1/4 cup olive oil
Juice from 1 1/2 limes
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or more to taste)
1 1/2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
5 green onions, finely chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 avocado, chopped
salt and ground black pepper to taste

Ingedients for quinoa salad
Directions:

Bring quinoa and water to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until quinoa is tender and water has been absorbed, 10 to 15 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Whisk olive oil, lime juice, cumin, 1 teaspoon salt, and red pepper flakes together in a bowl.

Combine quinoa, tomatoes, black beans, and green onions together in a bowl. Pour dressing over quinoa mixture; toss to coat. Stir in cilantro and avocado; season with salt and black pepper. Serve immediately or chill in refrigerator.

How to make quinoa saladI hope you enjoy this easy to make yummy quinoa salad! If you pack your lunch during the week this a great thing to make ahead to take. :)

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