fridays with oscar | labor day hacks

 

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it’s friday, gang! and it’s Labor Day weekend—my favorite of the patriotic holidays.  this year, i’ll be spending the holidays not only with junior style, but my oldest son and his wife too.  i’m happy to report that they just moved to Athens, and we’re going to enjoy the first of many long weekends together.  cheers to them! cheers to you! and most importantly, oscar and i say, “cheers to the weekend!”

labor day hacks

as you all know, i’m a ‘less stress, more fun’ type of gal.  to make everyone’s holiday weekend just a little bit easier, i wanted to share a few Labor Day hacks with you—and of course a cocktail or two—in the hopes they’ll free you up to spend more time with the ones you love.

to kick things off, let’s start with a few decorating ideas.  if you’re like me, your basement (or attic) is chock full of holiday decorations:  Easter, Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. why add to the clutter? there’s really no reason to run out and buy new decorations for Labor Day.  let’s just recycle this year!  

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shorts | shirt | tank top | similar shoes | similar belt

i’m pulling out all of my old Fourth of July flags and scattering them around the house.  to give things an extra pop of color, i’ll raid my holiday stash for anything red (Christmas anyone?), white or blue (and Easter?). i’ll dig for old candle holders, buttons, pencils, buckets, bins—you name it.  anything (and everything) goes! and if they have stars and stripes on them, great; if not, that’s OK too.  

labor day hacks

labor day hacks

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if you have kiddos or grandkiddos running around, you’ve got to keep ‘em hydrated.  and water is the best way to do that.  but instead of boring ole agua, let’s serve it infused with some delicious fruits!  staying true to our color palette, i’m going to throw in some frozen blueberries and strawberries—not only will the flavors add subtle hints of deliciousness, but the results look amazing too! 

labor day hacks

and to cut down on waste, instead of using plastic cups, reach for those old mason jars you’ve got lying around.  they always bring an old-timey but classy touch to any table. (and i’ve got to admit, they just feel good to the touch.) 

no holiday weekend would be complete without a desert.  but who really wants to be slaving away in the kitchen when you can be out enjoying your guests?  today, i’ve got a ‘no bake’ peanut butter cup recipe that’s as decadent and delicious as it looks. 

labor day hacks

No Bake Peanut Butter Cups
Yields 15
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Prep Time
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Total Time
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 15 small cupcake liners
  2. 7 ounce dark chocolate, melted
  3. 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  4. 2 1/2 tbsp honey
  5. pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Fill a small cupcake liner with the melted chocolate to the top, then turn the liner upside-down and allow the excess chocolate to drip off. Repeat with the remaining cupcake liners, and place them onto a baking sheet or muffin tin.
  2. Freeze the chocolate coated cupcake liners for 5 minutes. Repeat the procedure (filling the liners with chocolate and letting the excess to dip off) making sure that the sides of the cupcake liners are well coated with the chocolate.
  3. Freeze again for 5 minutes.
  4. Mix Together the peanut butter, honey and salt.
  5. Fill the firmed chocolate coated cupcake liners with the peanut butter filling, smoothing out the top. Leave space at the top for the chocolate layer.
  6. Spoon some melted chocolate on top of each filled chocolate cup. Smooth to get an even peanut butter cup top.
  7. Freeze for 30 minutes to set the chocolate. Then peel off the cupcake liners.
  8. Enjoy
Notes
  1. Homemade peanut butter cups keep well in a closed container in a cool dry place for 1 week. Or the freezer for 1 month.
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and because today is friday’s with oscar, i’ve saved the best holiday hack for last:  a Labor Day cocktail. mixing cocktails is an art that’s easy to perfect once you have the right tools.  today, i’m going to give you a recipe for OC Garden Party and teach you how to muddle—the act of crushing fruit, herbs, and sugars to draw out their natural flavors. 

labor day hacks

OC Garden Party
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Ingredients
  1. 2 ounces cucumber vodka or regular vodka
  2. 1/4 ounce St. Germaine Elderflower liqueur
  3. 5 fresh raspberries
  4. 6 mint leaves
  5. 1/4 ounce fresh lime juice
  6. Club Soda
Instructions
  1. Muddle raspberries and mint leaves in cocktail shaker. Add the rest of the ingredients except club soda. Add ice and shake. Top with club soda. Garnish with mint sprig.
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all right, gang.  i hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend with the ones you love. TGIF! oscar, ollie, junior style, my son and new daughter in-law, and i all wish each of you a lovely weekend.

 

 

 

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29 Comments

  1. Cyndi wrote:

    Great tips. I especially like your silverware holder – since we’re a beer drinking family, I think I’ll use a six-pack holder! Happy Holiday.

    Posted 8.30.19
    • isn’t that a great hack? any old carton will do. happy labor day!

      Posted 8.31.19
  2. Marilyn L wrote:

    Hi Beth.
    We don’t celebrate Labour Day here in the UK but I hope you enjoy yours. There will be some sadness I know but I’m sure you will all raise a glass to your beloved Mr Style. You are one strong lady but remember you are allowed to not be at times. xxx

    Posted 8.30.19
    • thank you so much for your sweet words and advice. xo

      Posted 8.31.19
  3. Pat Dickerson wrote:

    Beth, I’m so happy for you, that your son and DIL, have moved to Athens. That will help fill the loneliness gap, although all of you are still feeling the miss of Mr. Style. And Style Junior is doing a great job with taking over the photography. It’s wonderful how they are helping, and staying close, to support their sweet mother. Cheers to a great Labor Day weekend.

    Posted 8.30.19
    • i know mr. style is beaming from ear to ear watching his family support one another. there’s nothing more important than family. xo

      Posted 8.31.19
  4. Mary Grogan wrote:

    Thanks for all the tips and recipes! It’s OK if you need to take a break once in a while.

    Posted 8.30.19
    • thanks so much for your sweet words and advice. xo

      Posted 8.31.19
  5. Just wanted to comment on Oscar’s wonderful facial expression today. He looks like “OK Mom, let’s get this over with & then go for a long walk outside!” What a joy to have him in your life & congrats on your son moving to Athens. You are looking fabulous, by the way!

    Posted 8.30.19
    • thanks so much carrie! oscar is a hoot that’s for certain. and i’m thrilled to have two of my kiddos living the same town. xo

      Posted 8.31.19
  6. Lynn McClain wrote:

    You live in Georgia? I thought you were a San Francisco blogger.

    Posted 8.30.19
    • we moved to athens, georgia from san francisco, ca almost four years ago.

      Posted 8.30.19
  7. Susan wrote:

    Hi Beth! Good tips and love the KF&S idea. Hope you and the family have a wonderful labor day. Toast Mr. Style and enjoy the day.

    Posted 8.30.19
    • mr. style is truly remembered this holiday weekend. we miss him but know he is smiling from ear to ear knowing we’re together. xo

      Posted 8.31.19
  8. I absolutely love the dress from 2016!!! Please let us know if you ever see anything like it!!😍

    Posted 8.30.19
    • the safari dress? it’s from ralph lauren and he always trots out a new version every year. xo

      Posted 8.31.19
  9. Suzy Doherty wrote:

    Happy Labor Day Beth!!
    What an inspiration YOU are. SO happy your son and d-i-l moved to Athens! All the efforts you and Mr. Style put into raising your sons is so evident. The best of Mr. Style and the best if YOU makes them your shining stars.

    Posted 8.30.19
    • thanks so much suzy! we’re thrilled to live in the same town and the same time zone. what a blessing. xo

      Posted 8.31.19
  10. Chris Illius wrote:

    I’m SO HAPPY FOR YOU THAT YOUR OTHER SON AND DAUGHER-IN-LAW ARE MOVING TO ATHENS!!!! Hurray!!! It’s so special to have family close by! Mine aren’t. I TOO LOVE YOUR IDEA ABOUT THE UTENSILS! i was talking to my daughter when perusing your blog and had to show her via facetime! How clever!! Anyway, love you and your blog – I wish you a a great holiday weekend with your kiddos!! PS – I love the outfit too- going to jcrew to get a pair of those shorts!

    Posted 8.30.19
  11. Katie wrote:

    Took a break from sandbagging ahead of Hurricane Dorian to see what you posted. Such FUN to watch your makeup session. Awesome video! And S-O exciting for you that your family is moving close to you. Well, back to the mundane hurricane prep drill chores….. praying Dorian stays off shore. We all need a miracle.

    Posted 8.30.19
  12. Terry wrote:

    Great ideas for the holiday, Beth! I know you are excited to have another son (and DIL) in the fold. Blessings!

    Posted 8.30.19
  13. Lisa Hadden wrote:

    Beth, I enjoy your photos, blogs, info, etc……you truly are an amaxing, grounded, stylish, gorgeous, smart, strong women!!! You are an inspiration to us all!! Love that you’re in Athens. I’m a Ga graduate and my daughter is also. We’re from Augusta. Would so love to meet you. Have a fans lunch. Enjoy the holiday weekend and the beginning of college football. Go Gawgs!!!

    Posted 8.30.19
  14. Pam wrote:

    Beth, how wonderful that you will be enjoying the holiday with family and the news about the move is fabulous. Thank you for your post – such great ideas.

    Posted 8.30.19
  15. jackie wrote:

    Wonderful news of the married son and wife move. Must say that you are looking great. I am sure that Mr Style would be very very proud of you all and of course Mr Style Junior is doing a wonderful job. Enjoy your weekend

    Posted 8.30.19
  16. Karen wrote:

    Beth so happy to hear that more family has joined you in Athens! I was hoping that you would have your beloved boys nearer to you either from someone relocating or you joining them. So glad that it has worked out for all of you Mr Style would be so pleased am sure! Best wishes and enjoy the last official summer holiday!
    Karen

    Posted 8.30.19
  17. Anne Hughes wrote:

    So glad to hear that your whole family is with you now!

    Posted 8.31.19
  18. Gail wrote:

    Please pray for us here in Florida preparing for a Cat. 4 hurricane due to impact us in a major way. I am alone, so it can be bit unnerving. My prayer is God will protect me and my 2 dogs and put a hedge of protection around my house.

    Posted 8.31.19
  19. Suzanne Smith wrote:

    How wonderful that two of your sons will be close by. That’s got to be a wonderful comfort. Have a wonderful holiday weekend–hope you all get a chance to relax. One day at a time, and one foot in front of the other…

    Posted 9.1.19
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    Posted 9.3.19

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