Sunday, June 19, 2016

Kiwi Melon Slush

Warmer weather is here!  Monday will bring the Strawberry Moon and the first day of Summer, which means it's time for cool summer treats...
Weekends at our house are spent down on the lake, and after a day of swimming and sand there is nothing better than a cold, icy drink.  This fresh, all-natural "Kiwi Melon Slush" is made in two minutes and can be sipped slowly as an afternoon treat.

Kiwi Melon Slush 
Makes 2 servings, double recipe for 4.

1/2 fresh cantaloupe
1 - 2 ripe kiwi
1 lemon
1 Tbs raw honey
2 cups ice
(Optional: Sprig of fresh mint for garnish)

Remove seeds from half of a cantaloupe and scoop out the fruit into a food processor or blender, careful to get the residual juices into blender as well. Add kiwi fruit, juice from lemon, honey and ice.  Blend until smooth.  Pour into tumblers and serve immediately, adding fresh mint sprig of desired.


Cool, refreshing, and healthy! It doesn't get much better than that!

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Homegrown

Summer's here and being back outside in the garden is seriously the best thing ever. I am happiest out there in the yard; digging, snipping, planting, and pruning. It's even better when I have something yummy to bring back indoors with me at supper time.  Right now we're enjoying loads of fresh Green and Red Leaf lettuce, baby kale, and collard greens.  The herbs, in their metal wash tub, couldn't be happier and I've been finding ways to sneak basil into everything because it's my number one favorite scent and flavor of summer...

Little tip I learned from my Aunt Barb, planting marigolds along the perimeter of the beds helps to keep slugs etc. away!  Adds a wonderful pop of color too, don't you think?

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Happy Belly Smoothie

Entering my early thirties has been wonderful but, while I don't feel much older at heart, I'm starting to notice some physical changes, mainly with my belly.  It's taking a little more mindfulness lately to maintain healthy digestion (no more guzzling down three slices of pizza and a milkshake on a Friday night, what the heck!) Aside from being mindful of what I'm eating on regular days (because pizza on the weekend is still necessary), I've found that adding a certain amount of healthy probiotics to my daily diet makes an enormous difference in how I feel. 

One of my favorite ways to keep my belly happy is to consume live active cultures, found in most healthy yogurts and certainly in kefir.  If you've never tried Kefir, I would highly recommend it.  It has a very "tangy" flavor similar to plain Greek yogurt- but a little more tart.  It's also drinkable, which makes it perfect for smoothies!

If the taste of plain kefir is too intense for you, adding berries and other fruits to the blender totally helps.  Here's a really simple, yummy way to make a probiotic smoothie:

Happy Belly Smoothie
Blueberry, banana, with kefir

1 1/2 Cups plain, unsweetened kefir
1/2 Cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1 Whole banana

Add kefir, berries, and chopped banana to a blender. Blend until smooth and enjoy!



The great thing about this smoothie is you can sub in different berries and fruits to keep it exciting.  Strawberries, mango, or peaches are awesome substitutes for the blueberries...mix and match!  Have fun with the flavors!

Cheers!

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A Slow Spring

It's been a slow spring...slow in a relaxed way, taking every day as it comes and enjoying small moments of awakening outside. Bonfires with friends, trips to the chilly beach in anticipation of summer days, and lots of garden prep and planting at home.


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Sunday, March 13, 2016

No-Mess, Washi Tape Easter Eggs




Two weeks until Easter! Egg decorating is one of the best Spring activities, I love trying out new ideas each year to create cheery, spring-inspired eggs.  This year I found some adorable washi tape, and some even cuter fabric washi tape, and took a few rolls to some beautiful farm-fresh eggs.  The end result? adorable, no-mess/no-fuss Eggs!









This little project is so easy, it needs little explanation, just snip, stick, & enjoy! 
Here are a few tips:

-Make sure eggs are clean, dry and room temperature before sticking the tape.


-Using sharp scissors, cut sections and pieces of tape for creating different designs and patterns.  I even cut some strips in half, length wise, for thinner runs of tape.


-Since the tape is straight and the egg is curved, you will get some creases in pieces that wrap around the egg.  Simply smooth any creases and folds down using your fingernail.  (The thinner strips will wrap easier than wider pieces.)


If you've hardboiled your eggs, simply peel off the tape, shell the egg for eating.


Happy decorating!

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Travels in Color: Bermuda

When you step off of the last step onto the tarmac, arriving in Bermuda, the air just feels different.  There's fragrance to it that only islands have...and the bright colors that saturate the island have already begun, in the blues and pinks of the big welcome sign over the airport door.
This was not my first trip to Bermuda, we'd gone several times growing up.  But it was my first time as an adult, with my husband, and even though my memories of travels there had been pretty sweet, they hadn't prepared me for what I would see anew.
It was pouring rain when we arrived and the taxi to the hotel wound us through tight streets flanked with coral rock and lush greenery.  Grandma pushed her face against the smooth sea air  through the open cab window despite the mist of rain, as we flew past breathtaking view after breathtaking view along the coast.  My strongest memory from prior trips was of the famous Horseshoe Bay, and the driver didn't miss a beat, pulling the cab to the side so we could admire the bay from above.  Voted one of the top 3 most beautiful beaches in the world, the minute you lay eyes on it, or walk along sand between towering rocks, you understand why. Fortunately, the sun came out the next day and back to horseshoe bay we went - suits en tow. 

Perhaps the most intoxicating thing about the island is the vibrant color, everywhere you turn.  Houses in every candy-colored hue dot the hillsides, smiling cheerily in big groups, surrounded by little farms and jungle-like foliage. The classic "Bermuda pink"  bungalows and homes around every bend.  Bright yellow mansions tucked up at the ends of private drives that are dotted with palms and aloe, barely visible from the street.

Flowers, ocean, buses and boats...nothing is afraid to be colorful....



We spent four blissful days in our pink stepped castle by the sea...I had the best (red!) curried chicken and was introduced to a Fish Chowder that I'm really excited to learn how to make. Looking forward to sharing some travel inspired recipes here with you all...

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

DIY Edible Bouquet

It's almost Valentine's Day! If you're looking for an alternative to sugary treats and chocolates this year (maybe for little valentines who aren't being introduced to sugar yet), I've got a fun do-it-yourself version of the "edible bouquet".

You Will Need:

-Wide-mouthed, sturdy vase (big enough to fit a grapefruit)
-Package of wooden skewers
-Small heart-shaped cookie cutter
-1 large grapefruit or orange
-Melon
-Grapes
-Blueberries
-Strawberries
-Snips

Cut heart shapes from the melon and skewer, along with the rest of the berries. Place your grapefruit in the vase and begin sticking the fruit skewers into the top of the grapefruit- at random.  I started with tall ones and then trimmed some of them down to fill in around the bottom and in any empty areas or bare spots. Serve and enjoy!


 
Happy Valentine's Day!
 
 
 
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