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January 31, 2013

Happy Hour - Blackberry Mint Lemonade

Found this drink recipe online that was the perfect garnet shade and sounds like it tastes delicious. This is a kid friendly recipe as is...or, if you think it needs a Cock-tail kick, add a splash of vodka. You could also replace the one to two cups (don't over do it!) of lemonade in the recipe with Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka Lemonade flavor. This would be the perfect beverage for a Gamecocks Baseball game tailgate. *Don't forget to drink responsibly...

Blackberry Mint Lemonade
Serving size: 8

3 cups water
1 cup sugar
18 mint leaves, torn
2 cups frozen/fresh blackberries
3 mint sprigs
4 cups natural store-bought lemonade
Mint sprigs

  • Bring the water and sugar to boil in a small pot. Stir the water/sugar mixture until the sugar is dissolved then turn off the heat. Add the torn mint leave and give the pot a stir. Allow the simple syrup to cool.
  • Add the blackberries to a blender. Place a strainer over the mouth of the blender and pour the mint simple syrup into the container. Discard the mint leaves. Blend the simple syrup and the blackberries on low speed for just a few seconds at a time, just enough to break the berries apart but not enough to puree them.
  • Fill a juice pitcher halfway with ice and add the mint sprigs. Pour the lemonade and the blackberry mixture over the ice. Stir the blackberry mint lemonade and add more ice if necessary before serving.
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January 28, 2013

Guest Blog - Gamecock to Country Gameday Looks

Hi all! I'm Martha and I blog over at Holy Chic. I recently moved from Washington D.C. back to South Carolina, living for the next few months in sunny Charleston. I would love for you to stop by our blog -- our style is preppy with a hint of big-city life...we don't cringe at the site of leggings as pants--there we said it! We love our Gamecocks and most importantly our Gamedays! Go Cocks!

Gamecock Country

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January 23, 2013

Practice Makes Perfect: Gamecock activity sheets for your little Gamecock fans

Start them young...raise them right! Click the photos below to open a larger version to save or download, then print the worksheets out to keep your little ones busy and to get them in the Gamecock spirit.

January 16, 2013

Tailgating Recipe: White Pizza Dip

Instead of ordering pizza at your next game viewing party, try something different - but still have your pizza too - like this delicious white pizza dip made with fresh ingredients. Yummy!

White Pizza Dip

serves about 6-8
1 pint grape tomatoes, tomatoes cut in half
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 (12 ounces) blocks cream cheese, softened
8 ounces mozzarella cheese, freshly grated
8 ounces provolone cheese, freshly grated
1/4 cup finely grated parmesan cheese + more for garnish
4 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
1/4 cup freshly chopped basil leaves
2 tablespoons freshly chopped thyme leaves
1/2 tablespoon freshly chopped oregano leaves
crackers, bread or chips for serving

Directions: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place the place tomatoes on top of the foil, then sprinkle them with olive oil and salt. Roast for 20-25 minutes, until bursting, and set aside.

While the tomatoes are roasting, mix softened cream cheese with about 7 oz. each of provolone and mozzarella, then add the parmesan. Stir in fresh herbs, garlic and roasted tomatoes, mixing well to combine. Transfer mixture to an oven-safe baking dish, then sprinkle with remaining provolone and mozzarella. Bake for about 25-30 min., or until top is golden and bubbly. Serve warm with crackers, chips or toasted bread.

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January 8, 2013

January Birthstone: Garnet

Did you know that January's birthstone is the beautiful garnet?

"Garnet, the birthstone for January, signifies eternal friendship and trust and is the perfect gift for a friend. Garnet, derived from the word granatum, means seed, and is called so because of the gemstone's resemblance to a pomegranate seed. References to the gemstone dates back to 3100 B.C., when the Egyptians used garnets as inlays jewelry."
Source: American Gem Society

"The garnet continues to be the protective gem of journeyers. A gift of garnet is thought to be symbolic of love and the desire for a loved one's safe travel and speedy homecoming. It is January's birthstone, but far from being only a winter gem, the garnet, with its brilliance and multitude of colors, is truly one for any season."

We're loving this garnet-themed Polyvore board from a fellow blogger...

Do you own any garnet stones?

January 7, 2013

What we've been pinning...

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