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Easy Pumpkin Pie Milkshake
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A&W Root Beer Bundt Cake & Eyeball Sherbet Punch – EASY Halloween Recipes!
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Cucumber Peppermint Tea
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Earl Grey Tea Popsicles
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Strawberry Banana Pineapple Smoothie
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Best Home Cooked Recipes To Pair With Pinot Grigio Wine
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Mint Herbal Tea, My Solution for Headaches
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DOUBLE CHOCOLATE Sea Salt Hot Cocoa
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What I LOVE: Seltzer Water + Drink More Good
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Spring Cleaning the Tea Cabinet, Tea Party With teapigs
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Homemade Ginger Ale Soda with SodaStream (Made in 10 minutes)
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Gelato Latte Hot Chocolate
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Best Hot Chocolate Recipes To Prepare For The Cold!
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Frozen Banana, Watermelon, Orange Smoothie Drink
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Tomato Tea Recipe
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Aloe Vera Mint and Lime Juice + Juice Giveaway!
17
How to Dry Mint Leaves for Tea
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Iced Teagarita, your new Summertime drink!
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Double Chocolate Banana Smoothie
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Fresh and Easy Pineapple Juice

Easy Pumpkin Pie Milkshake

Easy PUMPKIN PIE Milkshake! This easy milkshake recipe uses 1 slice of PUMPKIN PIE to make the BEST tasting pumpkin milkshake!  This drink only requires 4 simple ingredients, including vanilla ice cream and milk!  It’s a perfect Fall Thanksgiving dessert and is a great solution if you have too much pumpkin pie!

You aren’t going to believe this but this milkshake tastes just like pumpkin pie! In shake form!  It’s so delicious!  

This past weekend we stopped at a Mom and Pop ice cream shop.  I asked them what flavor milkshakes they had and they responded “Any type you want.” SAY WHAT.  So I (too) excitedly yelled “Pumpkin Pie!”  2 minutes later I was skipping back to the car with a Pumpkin Pie Milkshake that only cost $4.  After the first sip I was in love.  Immediately I knew I had to make this in my own kitchen!

Easy PUMPKIN PIE Milkshake! This easy milkshake recipe uses 1 slice of PUMPKIN PIE to make the BEST tasting pumpkin milkshake!  This drink only requires 4 simple ingredients, including vanilla ice cream and milk!  It's a perfect Fall Thanksgiving dessert and is a great solution if you have too much pumpkin pie!

What’s the secret of a Easy Pumpkin Pie Milkshake?  Can you guess?  I will give you a hint!  It’s in the title!

Yup, that’s right!  The secret ingredient is Pumpkin Pie (my favorite pie recipe by the way!)!
Easy PUMPKIN PIE Milkshake! This easy milkshake recipe uses 1 slice of PUMPKIN PIE to make the BEST tasting pumpkin milkshake you ever tasted!  This drink only requires 4 simple ingredients, including vanilla ice cream and milk!  It's a perfect Thanksgiving dessert and is a great solution if you have too much pumpkin pie!

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A&W Root Beer Bundt Cake & Eyeball Sherbet Punch – EASY Halloween Recipes!

Looking for EASY Halloween recipes? Make this A&W Root Beer Bundt Cake with a spooky black sugar glaze on top! Every party needs drinks so serve this SIMPLE 3 ingredient Eyeball Orange Sherbet Punch with scary candy eyeballs!  This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of A&W® and 7UP®. The opinions and text are all mine. 

Boys and girls of every age, wouldn’t you like to see something strange? Come with us and you will see….this, our town of Halloween! This is Halloween – my favorite time of the year!   What’s not to love?  Halloween is when I start seeing Brooklyn brownstones decorated with ghosts on the porch and zombie arms coming out of gardens.  It’s when you see people dressed up as dinosaurs without anyone even looking twice (I admit this is NYC so that isn’t that strange to see).   It’s when you can throw a Halloween bash with friends and families, bake a A&W Root Beer Bundt Cake, serve Orange Sherbet Halloween Punch and have a blast!
Looking for EASY Halloween recipes? Make this Root Beer Bundt Cake with a spooky black sugar glaze on top! Every party needs drinks so serve this SIMPLE 2 ingredient Orange Sherbet Punch with scary candy eyeballs!

To get you excited for the best holiday of the year – I did just that! I threw an early Craveyard party! But what’s a party without good food? 
Because every party needs a cake, I made a Bundt Cake with A&W Root Beer and decorated it with a black sugar glaze (spooky) and festive sprinkles on top.
EASY Root Beer Bundt Cake decorated with black and orange sugar glaze icing is a perfect Halloween dessert! This amazing cake is a party hit and is the perfect mix of pretty and spooky! It's a easy DIY recipe that kids can help bake too!
 

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Cucumber Peppermint Tea

CUCUMBER PEPPERMINT Tea is my favorite Summer drink! This homemade cup of green tea includes cucumbers, peppermint, honey and a splash of lemon juice to make a healthy and fresh drink.  You can drink it hot or iced.  The health benefits of this tea are great so I love drinking it every morning!

In August we start to see the Summer harvest really start to shine.  Tomatoes and peppers are picked by the basket,  corn is starting to be made, watermelons grow a few on each vine and the cucumber plants are snaking through the beds.  When we grew cucumbers on the roof in containers they would spread similar to pumpkin and watermelon plants, and now that we’re growing Upstate they continue to spread and become friends with the kale, cabbage and other nearby greens.
CUCUMBER PEPPERMINT Tea is my favorite Summer drink! This homemade cup of green tea includes cucumbers, peppermint, honey and a splash of lemon juice to make a healthy and fresh drink. You can drink it hot or iced. The health benefits of this tea are great so I love drinking it every morning!

With our Summer cucumber harvest I usually rely on my Half Sour Pickles recipe and call it a wrap, but I decided to use some of our cucumbers to enjoy in this refreshing Summer friendly Cucumber Peppermint Tea!  This tea uses 2 garden favorites, cucumbers and peppermint.  Peppermint is a great herb that grows easily in gardens and in pots for smaller spaces.  If you don’t have a garden space, no worries,  you can grow it on a fire escape or windowsill just as good.   Peppermint produces quickly so make sure to keep picking the leaves so the plant keeps growing!  One easy way to use the plant is to drink 1 cup of this Cucumber Peppermint Tea every morning to start your day!
CUCUMBER PEPPERMINT Tea is my favorite Summer drink! This homemade cup of green tea includes cucumbers, peppermint, honey and a splash of lemon juice to make a healthy and fresh drink. You can drink it hot or iced. The health benefits of this tea are great so I love drinking it every morning!

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Earl Grey Tea Popsicles

EASY 25 calorie Earl Grey Tea Popsicles are the best homemade Summer dessert!  These popsicles are made with 3 ingredients and are only 25 calories a piece making them a healthy popsicle! Experiment with different teas with this DIY recipe! 

Tea is serious business to me, but in the Summer I have to change my daily rituals.  Instead of a hot cup of Earl Grey or English Breakfast, I find myself sipping iced green tea for breakfast and throughout the day.   I’ve been missing the taste of Earl Grey but with 90 degree temperatures it just doesn’t have the same enjoyment to it, so instead I came up with a way to make it shine in the Summer – Earl Grey Tea Popsicles!EASY 25 calorie Earl Grey Tea Popsicles are the best homemade Summer dessert! These popsicles are made with 3 ingredients and are only 25 calories a piece making them a healthy popsicle! Experiment with different teas with this DIY recipe!

These homemade popsicles are incredibly easy to make and only require 3 ingredients – tea, water and a sweetener (I prefer sugar, but you could use honey too).   The tea taste is strong and you will definitely taste the Earl Grey with these making them a hit with tea lovers!EASY 25 calorie Earl Grey Tea Popsicles are the best homemade Summer dessert! These popsicles are made with 3 ingredients and are only 25 calories a piece making them a healthy popsicle! Experiment with different teas with this DIY recipe! Read More

Strawberry Banana Pineapple Smoothie

HEALTHY, TRIPLE FRUIT Strawberry, Banana, Pineapple Smoothie! This healthy recipe is easy to make – just throw all your ingredients in the blender!  The milk (regular or almond) makes it creamy and delicious! I love this recipe for breakfast or a afternoon snack – it always energizes me! 

It’s April 10th and it’s almost 70 degrees in NYC!  Can we officially declare that the weather is changing?  I don’t want to jinx it because I know it won’t last, but the last few days of beautiful weather has me craving fresh fruit!  In the Winter I snack on bananas and apples, mostly because I can’t deal with spending $6 on a pint of out of season berries, but with Summer around the corner, I can’t wait for fresh strawberries, raspberries and blueberries to grow in the garden and to be cheaply accessible in local farmers markets! Summer is all about the berries – don’t you agree?

HEALTHY, TRIPLE FRUIT Strawberry, Banana, Pineapple Smoothie! This healthy recipe is easy to make - just throw all your ingredients in the blender! The milk (regular or almond) makes it creamy and delicious! I love this recipe for breakfast or a afternoon snack - it always energizes me!

This is one of my favorite smooth recipes and it includes 3 of my favorites: strawberries, banana and pineapple. I love how the sweet flavor of the strawberries mixes with the tropical taste of the pineapple.   Mix it with some milk (regular or almond milk), throw in some ice cubes to quickly chill it and you’ll have a healthy, filling smoothie in less than 2 minutes.

HEALTHY, TRIPLE FRUIT Strawberry, Banana, Pineapple Smoothie! This healthy recipe is easy to make - just throw all your ingredients in the blender! The milk (regular or almond) makes it creamy and delicious! I love this recipe for breakfast or a afternoon snack - it always energizes me!

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Best Home Cooked Recipes To Pair With Pinot Grigio Wine

This post brought to you by Torresella. The content and opinions expressed below are that of http://brooklynfarmgirl.com/.

Here you’ll find the best recipes to pair with Pinot Grigio wine.

With Summer dinner parties on the rise, look no further for the perfect recipes to serve along with Pinot Grigio.  Food and wine are a big part of social gatherings, and if you’re like me, then you love to share food and drink with your best friends and family.  If you need a recipe for a Weekend Brunch, or a Family Dinner, or a Girls Get Together (hello Wine Wednesdays!), then I hope you find these personal recipes below helpful.   Best Home Cooked Recipes To Pair With Pinot Grigio Wine

But before we get to the food, let’s start with the perfect Pinot Grigio. I love Torresella Pinot Grigio.  It has a clean, crisp taste and authentic Italian heritage, making it perfect to serve alongside Summer fresh pasta dishes.   Torresella is also pretty great to the environment. They leverage solar roof panels to self-sustain the majority of their vineyard’s power requirements and employ modern farming and irrigation systems to reduce their environmental impact.   I love when delicious brands can also be environmentally friendly so I wanted to give an extra kudos to them. Best Home Cooked Recipes To Pair With Pinot Grigio Wine

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Mint Herbal Tea, My Solution for Headaches

Do you deal with headaches? If so, bring it in for a hug because I totally feel you on the pain.
Mint Herbal Tea is great for headaches. It opens up the brain's constricted blood vessels, bringing relief to your pain.

I have battled with terrible headaches over the years which left me seeing a bunch of doctors which led to tests which led to needles which led to MRI machines which led to expensive pills which led me to cry in bed with a pain throbbing in my head so bad it felt like it was going to shoot through my eye.

I still get these headaches.  Although I try to battle headaches with diet, limiting my stress (terrible at this), acupuncture (I can do it from home now with this mat!) and headache medication (I take Maxalt, it’s the best headache medicine ever prescribed to me), I still get them.  Just this week I had a horrible 36 hour headache that made working, or even walking down the street, difficult.  The worst is when you are finally able to sleep, and think that when you wake up the next day will be great…. and then you open your eyes in the morning and that headache is still throbbing.  

As much as I want that caffeinated Aged Earl Grey tea in the morning I found a simple and herbal solution to my headaches, mint tea.  This tea isn’t guaranteed to erase your headaches, but it does a fantastic job at limiting the side effects I get from them, while helping me cope with the pain.   Whenever I feel one of my headaches starting I immediately make a cup of this Mint Herbal Tea.   The way that it works is that the mint opens up the brain’s constricted blood vessels, bringing relief to your headache.   Pain killers act in the same way by relaxing the blood vessels (although, usually with caffeine with leads to caffeine withdraw… a brutal cycle!).    I try to limit my prescribed headache medicine for the times when I think I’m a goner and instead reach for a few fresh mint leaves.   

Mint Herbal Tea is great for headaches. It opens up the brain's constricted blood vessels, bringing relief to your pain.

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DOUBLE CHOCOLATE Sea Salt Hot Cocoa

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE Sea Salt Hot Cocoa! This is our favorite homemade hot chocolate recipe, it’s so rich and creamy! It’s easy and quick to make!  It’s  I love adding a sprinkle of sea salt on top to help balance out the double chocolate! This drink is for chocolate lovers!

“Woah”.
“Woah”.

That’s probably going to be your reaction when you take a sip of this Double Chocolate Sea Salt Hot Cocoa. 

With the holidays right around the corner (exciting!) the weather is changing here. I grew up in Pennsylvania where Christmas was usually blistery and covered in snow.  In NYC, I can’t recall many white Christmas days in the last 10 years, but I can feel the weather changing.  This week I’m already whipping my gloves out of my bag 2 minutes into my walk to work.  By the time I make my way home later in the day there’s one thing I want when I walk in the door.  Ok, 2 things, because first I want cat hugs.  That’s hot chocolate.  I want one nice mug of hot chocolate that will warm my hands and belly up.

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE Sea Salt Hot Cocoa! This is our favorite homemade hot chocolate recipe, it's so rich and creamy! It's easy and quick to make!  It's  I love adding a sprinkle of sea salt on top to help balance out the double chocolate! This drink is for chocolate lovers!

I love the combo of chocolate + sea salt, so this recipe is giving you that sweet and salty taste.  Just a sprinkle of sea salt on top helps balance out the double chocolate.  Throw some marshmallows and holiday sprinkles on top and you’ll have your new favorite Winter drink.

Double Chocolate Sea Salt Hot Cocoa is a rich and creamy hot chocolate recipe! Just a sprinkle of sea salt on top helps balance out the double chocolate. Chocolate Lovers, this recipe is for you!
Enjoy!

Add your milk, cocoa powder and sugars into a saucepan.
Double Chocolate Sea Salt Hot Cocoa is a rich and creamy hot chocolate recipe! Just a sprinkle of sea salt on top helps balance out the double chocolate. Chocolate Lovers, this recipe is for you!

Whisk it over medium high heat until the sugars are dissolved.  Add your milk and yummy chocolate chips.
Double Chocolate Sea Salt Hot Cocoa is a rich and creamy hot chocolate recipe! Just a sprinkle of sea salt on top helps balance out the double chocolate. Chocolate Lovers, this recipe is for you!

Double Chocolate Sea Salt Hot Cocoa is a rich and creamy hot chocolate recipe! Just a sprinkle of sea salt on top helps balance out the double chocolate. Chocolate Lovers, this recipe is for you!

Once the chocolate is completely melted then pour into 2 mugs.  Sprinkle a little pinch of sea salt on top of each.
Double Chocolate Sea Salt Hot Cocoa is a rich and creamy hot chocolate recipe! Just a sprinkle of sea salt on top helps balance out the double chocolate. Chocolate Lovers, this recipe is for you!

Enjoy this Double Chocolate Sea Salt Hot Cocoa and stay warm!
Double Chocolate Sea Salt Hot Cocoa is a rich and creamy hot chocolate recipe! Just a sprinkle of sea salt on top helps balance out the double chocolate. Chocolate Lovers, this recipe is for you!

Double Chocolate Sea Salt Hot Cocoa is a rich and creamy hot chocolate recipe! Just a sprinkle of sea salt on top helps balance out the double chocolate. Chocolate Lovers, this recipe is for you!

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DOUBLE CHOCOLATE Sea Salt Hot Cocoa! This is our favorite homemade hot chocolate recipe, it's so rich and creamy! It's easy and quick to make!  It's  I love adding a sprinkle of sea salt on top to help balance out the double chocolate! This drink is for chocolate lovers!

 

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Double Chocolate Sea Salt Hot Cocoa

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE Sea Salt Hot Cocoa! This is our favorite homemade hot chocolate recipe, it's so rich and creamy! It's easy and quick to make!  It's  I love adding a sprinkle of sea salt on top to help balance out the double chocolate! This drink is for chocolate lovers!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups milk
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 6 tablespoons chocolate chips
  • 2 pinches of sea salt
  • marshmallows and sprinkles optional, but awesome

Instructions

  1. In small saucepan whisk together 1 cup milk, cocoa powder and sugars until they are dissolved over medium high heat.
  2. Add the remaining 1 cup milk and chocolate chips. Keep stirring until the chocolate chips are melted. Run a spoon on the bottom of the saucepan and see if any chocolate comes up. If it does, keep stirring until melted.
  3. Pour into 2 cups and sprinkle a nice sized pinch of sea salt on top of each one.
  4. Add marshmallows and sprinkles!

Recipe Notes

Servings: 2

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What I LOVE: Seltzer Water + Drink More Good

In this new series, I’m sharing current things that I love.  Maybe it’s cats, maybe it’s a new restaurant, maybe it’s a new cookie, maybe it’s… anything!

What do you call it:
Seltzer Water?
Carbonated Water?
Fizzy Water?
Bubbly Water?
Club Soda?
Sparkling Water?

Ever since we gave up soda almost 5 years ago, we are seltzer water monsters.   We love our SodaStream maker.  We love it so much we have 2 machines – for home and for work.  We also have always 2 carbon dioxide cylinders on hand, so we never run out. When the rare occasion happens that we do run out and we have to go a day without it, we’ll cry about it all day long.

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Spring Cleaning the Tea Cabinet, Tea Party With teapigs

With the garden ready for Spring, I set my sights on something that needed cleaning.  No, not the windows, or floors or closet, this was a big job…

THE TEA CABINET! (insert detective drama music here).

I have a tea cabinet.  Actually, I have 2.  Actually I have 2 tea cabinets and a place on top of the countertop that is visible that is storing my new tea treasures.  When I took over the bottom cabinet Matthew was ok with it, after all, I love tea. When I took over the 4 shelf cabinet next to the stove with tea, he gave me a side glance and a little mumble under his breath.  When he noticed the tea boxes sitting next to the cooking utensils on the counter a few days ago he said “Really?”.  Ok, Ok! I will clean it up.  But I have so much tea.  And it’s so pretty! And why are you making me do this! It’s so unfair.  Can’t I fill the kitchen with tea?  

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So muttering under my own breath, talking sweetly to my teas, I ventured into the kitchen yesterday to finally straighten out the tea area.  Boxes were recycled, teas were sorted by green and black, loose tea that is seasonal was moved to the back, teas that I will never learn to love were boxed up for tea loving friends and memories were had with each smell of the leaves.  

If you’re a tea lover, then you probably know the feeling, which is why it’s a great time of the year to clean out your teas!   By cleaning out your shelves you might find that special jasmine tea that you loved last Spring but totally forgot was there.  Also, the more you clean out the more room it leaves to try new brands and varieties. No, I’m not saying fill up those cabinets again with tea, but when you’re browsing the tea aisle maybe you won’t feel as bad buying that one new box.

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Homemade Ginger Ale Soda with SodaStream (Made in 10 minutes)

Fizzy water – do you like it? We love it. 

As a kid I drank a ton of soda (too much).  As a adult in my early 20’s I continued on a Diet Coke, Cherry Cola path.  Then I took a shameful look in the mirror after finishing my 5th can of Diet Coke and realized it wasn’t the soda that I loved, it was the carbonated water.   It was that fizzy water burn that I craved.   So we changed to instead of buying 2 liters of soda we bought 2 liters of seltzer water.    Most times it was plain, sometimes it was flavored (I love cherry and  lemon/lime).  The great part was that suddenly I was drinking a ton of water.  I lost a few pounds, the water made me feel fresh and I didn’t even miss the soda at all.    Even to this day, I hardly ever crave soda.  Occasionally on a special date I might order a Diet Coke but even then I’m no longer blown away by the taste.

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Buying 2 liters of seltzer water adds up, so we bought a SodaStream machine years ago (1st generation).  What a great investment it was and still is!    It’s 100% a must have in our kitchen.  A few months ago I noticed that KitchenAid was selling a Sparkling Beverage maker powered By SodaStream in colors aqua, black, cobalt, green, red, silver, orange and white.  What do I love more than great kitchen gadgets? Ones that are colorful and look pretty!  We got a aqua sky one, isn’t it a beauty?

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Gelato Latte Hot Chocolate

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This creamy and delicious Gelato Latte Hot Chocolate recipe created by me is sponsored on behalf of DREAM™.

Cozy frog slippers? Check.
Comfy blanket? Check.
Cats? Check.
Heater on full force? Check.
Chunky sweater? Check.
Good book? Check.
Cup of the warmest and most delicious hot chocolate? CHECK!

This is my idea of a perfect cold night date with myself.
Gelato Latte Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate is a ultimate weakness of mine.  There’s something about it that can cheer someone up right away.  Maybe it’s the warm feeling on your hands.  Maybe it’s the memories of Mom making it for me when I came in after a long day of sledding.  Or maybe it’s just that smell of chocolate.   During the Winter hot chocolate becomes our #1 drink. After we come home from work, usually frozen, we’ll quickly make 2 nice hot cups of hot chocolate and sit in front of the heater.  For dessert, brownies are pushed to the side and hot chocolate is favored on chilly nights.  For a night by myself with a book or watching The Tudors (I’m obsessed) I’m going to choose a big mug of hot chocolate, along with a big handful of marshmallows. 

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Best Hot Chocolate Recipes To Prepare For The Cold!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Vaseline for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

It’s almost Winter.  I might have just said that a few days ago but I’ll say it again. It’s almost Winter.  

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Frozen Banana, Watermelon, Orange Smoothie Drink

This drink is the perfect blend of Summertime flavor.. that you can enjoy in Fall!

It has 3 ingredients in it: banana, watermelon and orange juice.    That’s it.

The instructions are easy: Put everything in a blender and mix.

Does this drink get any better?

I’ve been loving this drink for a afternoon snack drink.  You know when it gets to 4PM and you question what you should have for a snack?  Dinner is a few hours away but yet you feel like you’re starving.  You are eyeing up those cookies in the cabinet with a dangerous eye, so quick… grab the fruit!    

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Tomato Tea Recipe

HEALTHY Tomato Tea recipe that is made with 2 ingredients!  This easy homemade tomato tea can be served hot or cold and is filled with many health benefits!  Whenever my skin is acting up, I drink a cup of this in the afternoon!

Tomato that.    
Tomato everything.  
Tomato tea.  

This tomato tea is super easy to make and only has 2 ingredients (tomato and celery salt).  You can serve it warm in the Fall or cold in the Summer.  This tomato tea is fresh and isn’t loaded with processed ingredients like so many tomato juices are.  This is one of my go to recipes in the Summer when we’re up to our ears in tomatoes from the garden.    It makes the perfect afternoon tea if you’re seeking something different.  

Hope you give it a shot – enjoy!
HEALTHY Tomato Tea recipe that is made with 2 ingredients! This easy homemade tomato tea can be served hot or cold and is filled with many health benefits! Whenever my skin is acting up, I drink a cup of this in the afternoon!  

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Aloe Vera Mint and Lime Juice + Juice Giveaway!

This post brought to you by ALO Drink. All opinions are 100% mine.

When you think Aloe Vera what do you think of?  Probably sunburn.   As a kid my parents would slather Aloe Vera on me after every day at the beach on family vacation.  As a adult Matthew slathers Aloe Vera on me after every long garden day.  What can I say? I’m pale and burn.

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(This is aloe vera!)

I’m here to change your ideas of Aloe Vera though (but I’m not here to change your ideas of always covering up in the Sun!).  Do you know you can drink Aloe Vera? Oh you bet you can and it’s totally delicious.   I’ve recently come to love ALO drink juice that has the natural benefits of real aloe vera and is handpicked from their organic aloe vera farm.   All of this goodness comes straight from the leaf leaving it very natural.  Aloe Vera is crisp and refreshing in flavor, perfect for a Summer afternoon.   Using the ALO Comfort variety which combines Aloe Vera with Watermelon and Peaches, I wanted to keep it simple by making it my own. I love the taste of lime and mint is a crazy producing plant right now so I knew they’d be be the perfect addition in the blender.  With a handful of ice I had a cold and healthy drink to enjoy!   

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How to Dry Mint Leaves for Tea

DIRECTIONS on How to Dry Mint Leaves for Tea! These DIY instructions shows how easy it is to dry your mint plant so you can make your own homemade mint tea. I store this dried mint tea for months so I can enjoy the health benefits year round!

I start everyday with a cup of tea.  Do you?
My morning always starts with a yawn.  Then I waddle out of the bedroom with my comfiest bed shirt on.

I then continue to have a few cups of tea throughout the day.  The kind of tea depends on the season and my mood.  In Winter I might start with English Breakfast or Earl Grey.   In  the Spring it’s all about Green Jasmine.  But the Summer is dedicated to Mint tea.  

DIRECTIONS on How to Dry Mint Leaves for Tea! These DIY instructions shows how easy it is to dry your mint plant so you can make your own homemade mint tea. I store this dried mint tea for months so I can enjoy the health benefits year round!

Mint tea can be enjoyed throughout the day.  It’s not uncommon for me to make a cup while I’m making dinner to start to calm down for the day.  It’s also not uncommon for me to make a cup of this in the afternoon when it’s “go time” with work but I need to stay sane.

It’s garden season so if you have a herb or vegetable garden chances are you might be growing mint. Mint is one of those plants that have a life of their own when it comes to growing all over.  I found 2 mint plants recently that somehow survived our brutal winter and were happily growing and getting ready for Summer.    Is there anything sweeter then the smell of a touch of your fingers on fresh mint?  Mmmm.    Mint can be easily dried to use for tea leaves.   Many people hang their mint to dry but I’m both inpatient and sometimes out of space.  With this method below you’ll solve all that as your mint will be ready in 2-3 hours.  

Have fun drying your mint and enjoy that next cup of tea!

Mint Leaves for Tea

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DIRECTIONS on How to Dry Mint Leaves for Tea! These DIY instructions shows how easy it is to dry your mint plant so you can make your own homemade mint tea. I store this dried mint tea for months so I can enjoy the health benefits year round!

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How to Dry Mint for Tea Leaves

DIRECTIONS on How to Dry Mint Leaves for Tea! These DIY instructions shows how easy it is to dry your mint plant so you can make your own homemade mint tea. I store this dried mint tea for months so I can enjoy the health benefits year round!

Ingredients

  • Fresh Mint

Instructions

  1. Pick mint, clean if needed. If cleaning, make sure to dry mint completely.
  2. Preheat oven to 170 degrees.
  3. Put mint in one layer on cookie sheet.
  4. Bake mint for 2-3 hours. Check at the 2 hour mark to see if mint is completely dry. If not, check every 15 minutes.
  5. Once out of the oven take mint and crumble leaves into a container.
  6. Store in jar, preferably in a dry dark cabinet shelf.
  7. When using for tea, use one teaspoon of dried mint leaves and steep for 3 minutes in hot water.

 

 

Iced Teagarita, your new Summertime drink!

Summer Summer Summertime… 

Don’t you love that song? It will be stuck in your head the rest of the day I’m sure.

What’s your Summer look like? Do you go on vacation?  Do you work all Summer? Do you swim in a pool? Do you do special family activities?  Do you eat more popsicles?  Do you barbecue more?  Sorry for all the questions!  My Summer pretty much looks like any other season, except that I complain about the heat more.  We continue to work our usual hours and do the same job.   Next week we’re headed to Seattle for a good friend’s wedding so that will be the closest thing to a vacation.  

Are you a Summer loving person, or do you prefer Winter?  In the Winter I always state I wish it was Summer and then when it’s Summer I cry about it.  I think I can firmly say that I’m not a Summertime girl.  Besides the lush garden, I think I would be ok with removing the Summer season.  But then I do like popsicles and ice cream cones.. so it gets complicated. 😉 

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Double Chocolate Banana Smoothie

This Double Chocolate Banana Smoothie is the perfect breakfast, afternoon snack or dessert!  It uses frozen bananas which you can store in the freezer for whenever you want a smoothie!

When I made this Smoothie we enjoyed it for dessert one evening.  Matthew is not big on bananas at all but he sipped this smoothie down with a smile.    Although the banana flavor can be tasted, it’s not a banana overkill making it a happy pick me up snack or dessert for both banana lovers and not so big fans. 

This Smoothie is also double chocolate because I think everything in life should be double the chocolate. Don’t you agree? This recipe calls for cocoa powder and chocolate peanut butter. Chocolate peanut butter is something I’m obsessed with in baking and smoothies but if you don’t have access to it, regular peanut butter would totally do the trick too!  Also don’t you love having Double Chocolate anything for breakfast?  Talk about a great way to start the day!

Enjoy this Smoothie and have a great weekend!

This Double Chocolate Banana Smoothie is the perfect breakfast, afternoon snack or dessert! It uses frozen bananas which you can store in the freezer for whenever you want a smoothie!

This Double Chocolate Banana Smoothie is the perfect breakfast, afternoon snack or dessert! It uses frozen bananas which you can store in the freezer for whenever you want a smoothie!

This Double Chocolate Banana Smoothie is the perfect breakfast, afternoon snack or dessert! It uses frozen bananas which you can store in the freezer for whenever you want a smoothie!

This Double Chocolate Banana Smoothie is the perfect breakfast, afternoon snack or dessert! It uses frozen bananas which you can store in the freezer for whenever you want a smoothie!

Double Chocolate Banana Frozen Smoothie
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Ingredients
  1. 1 frozen banana
  2. 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  3. 1/4 cup chocolate peanut butter (or regular smooth peanut butter)
  4. 1 cup milk
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Mix all in blender.
Notes
  1. If you do no have a frozen banana, use a fresh one but add a handful of ice cubes into the blender.
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This Double Chocolate Banana Smoothie is the perfect breakfast, afternoon snack or dessert! It uses frozen bananas which you can store in the freezer for whenever you want a smoothie!

Fresh and Easy Pineapple Juice

Ain’t nobody dope as this juice.

So fresh and so delicious delicious.
So fresh and so sweet sweet.
So fresh and easy easy.
So fresh and so good good.

And then I won’t continue with the possible “So Fresh, So Clean” lyrics as not to offend anyone. 🙂

Isn’t Outkast the best though?   Quick, don’t think about it, favorite Outkast song?  I’m going with B.O.B and the addicting Hey Ya! because every single time I hear it I just want to shake it and behave on my baddest behavior. 

This is totally not how I saw this recipe post going but once I start I can’t stop.

Ok so this post is about delicious, sweet, easy and good Pineapple Juice.  Oh and it’s so fresh too. 

A few days ago I was craving pineapple juice like crazy.  I wrote on my chalkboard “PINEAPPLE JUICE” a million times with arrows pointing to it.  Sometimes I need a big reminder.  So to the store I went, would I get pineapple juice in a can or a fresh pineapple? A beautiful big fresh pineapple of course! And best of all, it was on sale for $2.50.  Goodness, pineapple why are you so beautiful and why are you so darn delicious?  

Pineapple Tart Apple Juice

This recipe is so incredibly basic but because I can’t get enough of this juice I had to share it.  When I make pineapple juice I love to add a little bit more sweetness to it, so in this case I went with throwing in a Fuji apple as well.  The ratio is 1 pineapple to 1 apple.  The great thing about juices is you can add whatever you want to it.  Why not try bananas, or kale, or collards, or oranges?  All those combinations sound awesome.  This juice was able to fill me a few glasses and it was easily gone in a few days because I could not keep my hands off it.   

Enjoy this juice, it’s great for breakfast or for a afternoon snack (my preferred way of enjoying it!).

Pineapple-Juice

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Fresh and Easy Pineapple Juice
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Pineapple, sides peeled and cut into pieces
  2. 1 Apple (I used Fuji), cut into pieces
Instructions
  1. Turn on your juicer, add pineapple and apples.
  2. Serve and enjoy.
  3. Store in pitcher in the refrigerator.
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Now if you need me I’ll be looking at more Andre 3000 gifs. Forever Ever. Forever Ever.

PS.  If you got all these Outkast references, I love you so much. 

 

 

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