Yay for Canada Day!

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Seri and I have officially moved out East for the summer with the boys, which means so much summer inspiration and different places to shoot.  In other words, this will be the summer of snapchatting, so be sure to stay tuned!

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In addition to this weekend being the 4th of July AND Luke's 4th Birthday Party, today happens to be Canada Day! We knew that we had to make something in honor of Seri's home country, and we have been talking about making our own snow cones for ages now.  Why not make them red?  Genius!!

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Snow cones are enjoyed by people of all ages, so we made an adult version and a kids version of these babies, both using homemade simple syrup.  Cherry Thyme Simple Syrup, to be exact.  Ya ready?

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Here's what you need:

-1 cup white sugar -1 cup water -20 fresh cherries -a few sprigs of thyme -ice -bottle of rosé wine -blender -snow cone cups

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Here's what to do:

1) Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan and bring to a low boil. 2) Add 15 cherries and a few sprigs of thyme to mixture in pan and stir to combine. 3) Reduce heat to simmer.  Take spoon or mallet and muddle cherries. 4) Let simmer for 10 minutes, until all sugar is dissolved and mixture has thickened.

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5) Pour mixture through fine mesh strainer into a heat safe pitcher to strain out cherries and thyme. 6) Cover and refrigerate syrup until cool, about 30 minutes. 7) Meanwhile, take your blender and make about 6 cups of crushed ice. 8) Once simple syrup is cooled, take out of fridge and have ready to go next to you. 9) Use ice cream scoop to scoop crushed ice into each paper snow cone cup.  If you can't get the cone to form a perfect dome, use your hands to melt the ice into a dome.

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10) Take pitcher with simple syrup and slowly pour onto the top of each snow cone.

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11) If you'd like to make an adult version, pour some rosé over the top of your cone in addition to the simple syrup.

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12) Garnish with a fresh cherry, and you're done!

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Enjoy, and Happy Canada Day!