Fourth of July Favorites

We had a neighborhood party complete with a bouncy castle water slide, fireworks and loads of amazing food. {and drinks}

In addition to chips and dips, cheese platters and BBQ we supplemented with a few favorites.

Pasta Salad

Super easy + goes a long way + crowd pleaser, yes please.

Simply boil pasta, drain, cool and add all the things. I went for spinach leaves, hearts of palm, marinated artichoke quarters, black olive slices, cherry tomatoes, red onion and a few bits of steamed broccoli.

Toss it all in Italian dressing and voilà.

Another favorite of ours is affectionately called, Flag Salad. Another one that goes a long way and is super easy to throw together.

Mini Marshmallows + Blue Berries + Strawberries

Add the marshmallows to individual servings to keep from getting soggy.

Our beer of choice? A local bock. Love Honey. ❤️ By Lost Forty Brewing.

We hope you had a great 4th of July!

-The Benefields

Why Getting Away Is So Good For Me

My recent weekend away with girlfriends was a much needed break from the mundane mommy life I lead these days. It was a time to enjoy adult conversation and drinks and also uninterrupted meals, laughter, inappropriate stories, old memories and pure girl talk. It was 3 glorious days in the city without the title of mom and wife. Instead I got in touch with me, myself and I and the title of friend.

Read the rest of this post at NWAMB.