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Happy New Week everyone. How was your weekend ? Mine was amazing. Two of my dear friends got married this weekend and it was a lot of fun. Not even the stomach bug on Saturday could keep me down. It was also amazing to spend time with old friends - we had a lovely reunion to go along with celebrating our dear friends. The wedding weekend inspired today's recipes.

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to host a bridal shower for one of my dearest friends. A lot about the event did not go according to plan - venue had some issues , out of town guests had flights cancelled - it would have been an absolute disaster, but the love radiating from those in attendance saved the day (that, and the food). 

For today's recipes - I thought I would share recipes from the bridal shower.  We hired a caterer to prep the main course, but the nibbles, snacks and drinks were homemade. I could not believe how easy it was to put together. Here are the snacks and drinks that were on hand and recipes for how to make them.

Butterscotch Milk Shake

What you need: 2 cups vanilla ice cream ; 2 cups of butterscotch chips ; 1 to 2 cup whole milk

How To: Combine the ice cream ; butterscotch chips and 1 cup of milk in a blender. Blend the ingredients together. Add more milk if the consistency is too thick until you have the desired consistency. Serve chilled.

Honey Roasted Almonds

What you need: 3 cups of almonds; 1/2 cup of sugar; 1/2 cup honey; 1 teaspoon salt; Cooking spray

How To: Preheat over to 350 F ;  Spray almonds with cooking oil; Then toss almonds with sugar, salt and honey; Spread out on a lined oven safe tray. Place in oven and toast for 20 to 30 minutes. Let it cool down before serving.

Fresh Strawberries with Sour Cream Dip

What you need: 3 cups of sour cream; 1 1/2 cups of powered sugar and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.

How to: In a bowl, whisk all ingredients together until it is fully combined. Serve with fresh strawberries.

Arnold Palmer

What you need: Equal parts ice tea and lemonade

How to: Combine ice tea and lemonade; stir and serve over ice.

Safe Sex on the Beach

What you need. 15 oz cranberry juice ; 15 oz grapefruit juice ; 10 oz peach nectar ; Cherry (optional for garnish)

How to: Combine cranberry juice; grapefruit juice and peach nectar. Mix throughly and serve over ice. Garnish with cherry.

Virgin Berlini

What you need. 2 oz peach nectar ; 1 oz pineapple juice ; 2 oz Sparkling wine (Chilled, non alcoholic) ; frozen sliced peaches (optional for garnish)

How to: Combine peach nectar, pineapple juice and sparkling wine, give it a good stir (shake). Add frozen peaches as garnish.