Red, White and Blue Spritzers

Red, White and Blue Spritzers

Red, White and Blue Vanilla Bean Spritzers (non-alcoholic) for 4th of July #Holidayfoodparty

Author: Shanna

Recipe type: Drinks

Prep time: 6 hours

Total time: 6 hours

A refreshing non-alcoholic Red White And Blue Vanilla Bean Spritzer that is perfect for any 4th of July party or get together.


For the Strawberry Ice cubes:
•12 ounces or 2 cups frozen strawberries
•⅓ c organic evaporated cane juice/ natural sugar ( I use Zulka)
•1/s c water
•1 cup strawberries, hulled and diced

For the Blueberry Ice Cubes:
•12 ounces or 2 cups frozen blueberries
•⅓ c organic evaporated cane juice/ natural sugar ( I use Zulka)
•½ c water
•1 cup fresh blueberries, sliced in half

For the Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup
•1 c organic evaporated cane juice/ natural sugar (I use Zulka)
•2 vanilla bean pods
•1 cup water

For the Drinks:
•Sparkling or seltzer water

1.To make the simple syrups:
2.Combine the frozen strawberries, sugar and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Mash the berries against the sides of the pan to release as much juice as possible. Strain the simple syrup into a jar and cool completely before use. Can be kept in an airtight jar, such as a mason jar, in the refrigerator for several weeks.
3.Combine the frozen blueberries, sugar and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Mash the berries against the sides of the pan to release their juices. Strain in the same manner as the strawberry syrup and keep cool until use, in refrigerator
4.To make the ice cubes divide the chopped fresh strawberries amongst one ice cube tray, and the sliced fresh blueberries in another. For the strawberry ice cubes add 1 tbsp of the strawberry simple syrup to each cube, and top with water. For the blueberry ice cubes, add 1 tbsp of the blueberry simple syrup and top with water. Freeze until ready to use. At least 6-8 hours
5.For the Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup :
6.Pour the cup of sugar in a sauce pan. Slice the vanilla bean pods in half and scrape out the seeds into the sugar. Rub the vanilla beans with the sugar using your fingertips until the sugar is very fragrant and the seeds are dispersed. Add the pods to the pan and the 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil, stirring to make sure all the sugar is dissolved. Once dissolved turn off the heat and let cool for an hour or two to let the vanilla bean infuse the syrup. Remove the vanilla bean pods and pour the syrup into a jar and chill until ready to use.
7.For the spritzers:
8.Place two blueberry ice cubes in a glass, then two regular ice cubes and finally 2 strawberry ones on top. Add in 1 tbsp of the vanilla bean simple syrup and fill the glass with the sparkling water.


Notes: The simple syrup recipes make more than is what’s needed for this recipe, save for other drinks, ice cubes or even as pancake syrup. You can make several trays of the blueberry and strawberry ice cubes ahead of time and store the cubes in freezer baggies until ready to use. I made 4 drinks with this recipe with enough ice cubes leftover to make 4 more. It depends on the size of the ice cube trays you have for how many the recipe will yield


Charlie Bothuell’s Disappearance

DETROIT — The stepmother of a 12-year-old boy — who was found alive in the basement of his east-side Detroit home 11 days after he vanished — was taken into custody on a warrant issued for a probation violation, police said.

Meanwhile, police continue to investigate Charlie Bothuell V’s case, focusing on whether he was abused. Police said they have not ruled out the possibility of abuse.

Police have said evidence, including a PVC pipe, has been collected.

A person familiar with the investigation said the pipe was reportedly used to discipline the child. Blood was found on the child’s clothing in the house, but it is uncertain whose blood it is, the source said.

Police are working with the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office and will be in touch with the Department of Human Services and other agencies.

individual baked oatmeal cups

individual baked oatmeal cups

makes 12 servings
adapted from

1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cups applesauce, unsweetened
1 banana, mashed
1/4 cup honey
2 1/2 cups, Old Fashioned rolled oats
1/8 cup chai seeds (optional)
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups milk
Optional toppings: blueberries, raisins, walnuts, chocolate chips, pomegranate seeds.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix eggs, vanilla, applesauce, banana and honey together in a bowl.
Add in oats, chai seeds (if using), cinnamon, baking powder, salt and mix well with wet ingredients.
Finally pour in milk and combine.
Line a 12 cup muffin tin with paper liners.
Divide mixture evenly into muffin tin cups. I used a 1/4 measuring cup, measure just a tad under 1/4 cup to make 12 servings.
Add the toppings.

Waiting Up

It’s so hard waiting up for that call you know you probably won’t get. You’ve been waiting to hear the sweet voice of that person say they had been wanting to talk to you or thinking about you. Been waiting all day. You wait longer. Longer. Even stay up extra late just incase you won’t miss the call. You have a faint hope that they still might call. Hoping. Waiting. Still staying up. Then the moment when you finally give up and don’t expect anything it’s so difficult on you. You don’t want to let the feeling of them wanting to talk to you to leave. Even though they never called you still had a faint hope, but then when it’s just gone they’ll probably call because that’s what people do.