Red, White and Blue Frozen Sugared Grapes

The Fourth of July is a day away and I’ve got the perfect sweet treat to cool off even the hottest of days! Red, white and blue frozen sugared grapes! They are simple, scrumptious and sure to please a crowd!

Red white blue sugared frozen grapes

My love affair with frozen sugared grapes begin when I was just but a wee little nipper. My mom would dazzle guests with these frozen sugared grapes for many occasions from her monthly bridge group to our annual 4th of July tennis tournament. I remember sneaking through the kitchen pretending to need a glass of water on a mission to pluck a couple of those frosty little sweet orbs to shove into my mouth before darting back upstairs. I’m certain that I did not go unnoticed as I scurried out of the kitchen looking like a chipmunk as my cheeks were stocked full. But looking back, the risk of looking like a chipmunk far outweighed the sweet delight.

Red white blue sugared frozen grapes

Sometimes my mom would serve the frozen sugared grapes on a large platter filled with many savory cheeses and other times she would save the sparkling treat until the end of the evening when everyone was ready for a sweet dessert. I have chosen to display the frozen sugared grapes on their own to highlight their beautiful simplicity.

Red white blue sugared frozen grapes

These frozen sugared grapes can also double as a delightful sugar encrusted ice cube bouncing within a fun frothy drink. Red, white and blue frozen sugared grapes make a simple appetizer, unique ice cube or festive sweet dessert to cool you and your guests off this 4th of July. Not to mention the whole summer through!

Wishing you a fun & refreshing 4th!


Red, White and Blue Frozen Sugared Grapes
These frozen sugared grapes make a refreshing appetizer served with cheese, a sweet light dessert or can even be a delightful little ice cube served in your favorite drink!
Recipe type: Appetizer or dessert
  • Hand of grapes
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • water for rinsing
  1. Rinse grapes and pat dry, leaving some moisture.
  2. Sprinkle grapes with sugar until they are all covered.
  3. Place grapes on a serving dish and put in freezer for at least an hour to overnight.




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Peony Flower Bouquet

A Peony flower bouquet adds easy elegance and charm to any room in your home.

Peony flower bouquet

Peony season is sadly coming to an end but my love for this exquisite flower always lasts the whole year through! Perhaps you’re lucky enough to live where these glorious beauties are still producing, I’ve still got a few buds ready to burst into a perfect pink blossom. Oh how I wish my peony would bloom the whole summer through!

So although my timing for sharing the beautiful peony with you is a bit behind due to some blog issues, I felt that in this case, better late than never was the way to go!

Peony flower bouquet

The soft, elegant, ruffle-like petals perfumed with the sweetest scent of spring always make my heart sing! The peony is such a romantic flower. Did you know that it dates back thousands of years and is known as the flower of riches and honor? It is also known to represent good fortune and a happy marriage.

Peony flower bouquet

I certainly know that a bouquet of these lovelies keeps me happy! However there is one drawback when bringing these lush flowers into your home…the ants! They love the peonies as much as I do and they invade the petals as their soft and comfy refuge. And who could blame them? I would too if I could!

Peony flower bouquet

But there happens to be an easy (and humane) way to eradicate these pesky little friends before they make their way into your home. Simply soak the flowers in a container of water until the little fellows are forced to swim out of their petal abode. I usually do this outside so that I can scoop the ants out of the water and return them to the comforts of my backyard.

Peony flower bouquet


Peony flower bouquet

It’s so easy to put together a peony bouquet.

  • Soak the stems and blooms in a container of water to remove ants before taking the flowers inside.
  • Once the ants are gone, gently shake the blooms to release the extra water.
  • Snap the leaves off along the bottom of the stem so they don’t decay.
  • Cut the stem at an angle to give more surface area to drink in the water.
  • Place the peonies in a pretty vase.

Peony Flower Bouquet

A peony bouquet equals easy elegance that will bring a smile to your lips as well as your heart. And who knows? Maybe some prosperity too?


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Easy Grilled Corn on the Cob Recipe

This simple yet delicious Grilled Corn on the Cob Recipe will become a family favorite that you’ll turn to all summer long! 

 Grilled corn on the cob

It’s not quite officially summer just yet but the grill is already in full summertime swing at our house! One of our all time favorites is grilled corn on the cob! My sweet husband, My Yanni, is our official grillmaster and he’s always trying different techniques for grilled corn on the cob. He’s tried husks on, husks off, he’s tried soaking the husks, taking the silks out, you name he’s tried it! And through all of his trails and tribulations he’s come up with this grilled corn on the cob recipe. It has become his go-to for the best, most delicious corn on the cob every time. Sweet and juicy kernels that pop when you sink your teeth into them with a slightly caramelized smoky taste is what you’ll get with this grilled corn on the cob. 

Wanna see how easy it is? 

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Just cut the tip and stalk ends off and peel off the loosest husks, leaving the moist inner sections of the husk attached.

Put the corn on the cob on the top rack of a medium-high heated grill and cook for about 20 minutes giving a quarter turn every 5 minutes. 

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When the husks begin to blister remove them from grill and let them rest for 5-10 minutes.

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Carefully remove husks and silks and smear each ear of corn with a teaspoon of mayonnaise, paprika and salt & pepper. Place the corn back onto a medium-high heat grill turning every few minutes until grill marks appears on all sides. 

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And now you know how to make the most divine grilled corn on the cob every single time!

Happy Grilling!




Grilled Corn on the Cob Recipe
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Grilled Corn on the Cob is an easy summertime favorite.
Serves: 8
  • 8 ears of corn with husk in tact
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Cut the stalk-end of corn leaving about 1" of the stalk and cut the tip off other end.
  2. Peel off the loosest and most frayed husks leaving the clean, moist inner sections of the husk.
  3. Place the corn on the cob on the top rack of a medium-high heated grill and cook for about 20 minutes giving it a quarter turn about every 5 minutes. When the husks begin to burn an blister, take off heat and let stand for 5-10 min.
  4. Carefully remove the entire husk and silks.
  5. Smear the kernels of each cob with about a teaspoon of mayonnaise until all sides are covered.
  6. Sprinkle evenly paprika, salt and pepper on each cob.
  7. Place corn cob back onto the medium-high heat grill turning until grill marks appear on all sides.


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