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Host Your Own Virtual Happy Hour

Happy hours are a little different these days with shelter in place and restaurants being closed. I know I personally have really enjoyed Zoom and Google Hangouts calls with my family and friends to fill the void of not being able to go out. It is a nice way to connect and laugh during these times. With Memorial Day coming up it’s hard to think that we can’t be with the ones we love. That’s why it’s a perfect time for a virtual happy hour/Memorial Day celebration! One person can send out a drink and appetizer recipe and then everyone can make the same drink and food at home. Then you cheers, catch up and maybe even play a game! It’s a great way to try new recipes or a new favorite cocktail (see recipes below).

The best part of this virtual happy hour is that it’s at home, which means comfy clothes are a must. If you haven’t tried our best-selling leggings yet trust me you need them in your life. They are so easily paired with long-length tunics (like the fun tie-dye print of the Cala Hooded Tunic) to create pulled-together looks while also giving you all day comfort. Or if you’re looking for something with a little more flow you’ll want to check out the lightweight cotton rayon of the Drawstring Wide Leg Pants. These pants are a must for the warming weather. Also, you could not go wrong reaching for any of our cotton oversize tops. They will give you a tailored look but be breathable and allow carefree movement – plus they are available in new summer colors!

The Menu

Wondering what to do with all the canned goods you stocked up on at the beginning of quarantine? This 7 Layer Taco Dip will help use your pantry supplies and be a festive treat!

 

No-Bake 7 Layer Taco Dip

  • 1 (15-oz) can refried beans
  • 1 (4-oz) can diced green chiles, undrained
  • 1 (16-oz) container fresh guacamole
  • 1 (16-oz) container sour cream
  • 1 (1-oz) package taco seasoning
  • 1 (15-oz) can corn, drained
  • 1 (8-oz) package finely shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 1 bunch green onions
  • 1 (pint) grape tomatoes
  • 1 (2.2-oz) can sliced olives, drained

See full recipe here!

 

Wondering what to do with all the beans you stocked up on at the beginning of quarantine? This white bean dip will help use your pantry supplies and be a delicious treat!

Roasted Garlic and White Bean Dip With Rosemary

  • 1 head garlic
  • 1 teaspoon, plus 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans white beans, like cannellini, Great Northern or navy beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
  • 1 tablespoon roughly chopped fresh rosemary leaves, plus 1 full sprig
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pinch of cayenne, plus more for garnish (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon hot water
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons kosher salt

See full recipe here!

 

Start off the season right with one of Rachel Ray’s 10 Summer Sippers! One of our favorites is listed below.

Sparkling Berry Sangria

  • 1 bottle rose wine, chilled
  • 1 ½ cups club soda, chilled
  • ½ cup orange liqueur, such as Grand Marnier
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 8 ounces strawberries, halved
  • 6 ounces raspberries
  • 6 ounces blueberries
  • 2 oranges – 1 thinly sliced into rounds, 1 juiced
  • Ice cubes

See full recipe here!

A classic summer cocktail that everyone will love!

Easy Strawberry Margarita Recipe

  • 1 pound frozen whole strawberries
  • 3/4 cup tequila
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup orange liqueur, Cointreau or similar
  • 1/3 cup honey or other sweetener, more or less to taste
  • margarita salt, to rim the glasses
  • limes, for garnish

See full recipe here!

 

Have fun! Sending well wishes to you and yours.

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