Summer will be here soon, and a nice cold glass of Fresh Ginger Lemonade is a great way to cool off!
Disclosure: This Fresh Ginger Lemonade post was sponsored by Boscov’s, but the recipe and opinions are entirely my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Spiced!
What the heck, Old Man Winter? It seems like Winter just wants to hang on as long as possible this year. I mean we’re in mid-April, and we had freezing rain here this past weekend. And the forecast is for 2″ of slushy snow tonight. Laura’s parents were in town over the weekend, and we awoke on Sunday to find a nice, thick layer of ice on their car. Fun activities like that are normally reserved for February…not mid-April.
Despite the weather, we still had a blast this past weekend. Robbie loved all of the attention, and he was literally a wild man running around the house. At one point, I walked into the kitchen only to be nearly run over by a parade that came marching by. (By parade, I mean Robbie leading my father-in-law in a march…with both of them holding as many stuffed animals as they possibly could.) However, there’s only so much you can do indoors, so we decided to venture out to mix up the activities a bit.
Boscov’s held their VIP Days event this past Saturday, and there were a ton of food samplings, product demos and activities for the kids. Basically imagine Black Friday…but for housewares. Talk about my heaven! I love Boscov’s, and I always find fun new serveware or housewares whenever I go in. In fact, I was just there 2 weekends ago getting an electric food slicer. (After years of
asking nicely nagging, I finally got Laura to let me get a meat slicer. I was literally in the car and in Boscov’s 30 minutes later…before Laura could change her mind!)
But back to the VIP Days event. This was awesome! I pulled into the parking lot a few minutes after the doors opened, and it was already packed. The store literally felt like a party as soon as I walked in. While Robbie loved all of the activity, his first stop was the waffle station…imagine that! He also managed to score some Legos, a piece of Godiva chocolate and a bouncy ball that lights up when it hits the floor. From a toddler’s perspective, that’s pretty much the best day ever! (Heck, from an adult’s perspective, that’s pretty much the best day ever!) While the VIP Days event was only last Saturday, Boscov’s has great deals and sales all year long.
Laura’s parents have a Boscov’s in their hometown (Altoona, PA), and they were already well aware of all of the awesome deals they find in Boscov’s on a regular basis. We actually got a chance to chat with Jim Boscov himself, and my father-in-law got to talking with Jim about the Altoona store. Pretty cool stuff! (I had to run off from that conversation as a certain toddler had spotted the Godiva chocolate section.)
Somehow, in the midst of chasing Robbie around the store, Laura and I managed to squeeze some shopping in for ourselves. I grabbed an awesome triple drink dispenser that will be perfect for backyard parties…if the weather ever shapes up! And Laura found an essential oil diffuser by HoMedics that she picked up for her office. One of her coworkers has an essential oil diffuser in her office, and Laura loved the idea. Busy workdays can get stressful, so having a diffuser running on the side of your desk helps create a peaceful environment. Laura even inspired me, and I grabbed a Himalayan Salt Lamp for my desk here at home. Plus, it just seems appropriate for a food blogger to have a salt lamp on the desk, right?
All in all, the entire family (including Robbie) had a great morning at Boscov’s! In fact, my father-in-law was still talking about meeting Jim Boscov later that day. Even though the weather wasn’t the best, I wanted to put my new triple drink dispenser to use right away. Laura suggested that I make Fresh Ginger Lemonade, and that sounded like a fun idea. Maybe the fresh ginger lemonade idea will help will the warmer weather to arrive? That’s my plan at least! And since I had 3 drink dispensers, I made iced tea (sweetened of course…I am from the South) in the 2nd dispenser and then an Arnold Palmer in the 3rd dispenser. Have you ever had an Arnold Palmer? It’s half-lemonade, half-iced tea…and it’s delicious!
Every time I step foot into Boscov’s, I come out with some awesome new finds at great prices. But aside from the deals, I appreciate that Boscov’s is very active in our local community. Throughout the Spring, they always host Girl Scout Cookie sales, and Boscov’s regularly supports all sorts of non-profit events in our town. I certainly appreciate that!
After we got back home last Saturday (and after Robbie had a nice, long nap), we all sat around sipping on glasses of Fresh Ginger Lemonade. And I made a quick batch of my Lemon Coconut Bars as a sweet treat along with our lemonade. Hopefully we’ll be able to move that party outdoors soon! Let’s raise a glass of fresh ginger lemonade to the arrival of warmer weather…hopefully soon! Cheers, friends!