Halloween Punch with funny eyeballs is made so easily with just orange sherbet and 7UP. This spooky drink recipe that kids and adults will love is the perfect addition to Halloween parties! Non-alcoholic.
Halloween is my favorite time of the year! And I can’t believe it’s already right around the corner. If you’re hosting a Halloween party this year or if you’re in charge of bringing the punch to a Halloween get together, I’ve got you set!
I make different varieties of this punch depending on the occasion, including Halloween, baby or wedding showers, graduations or anytime you need an easy, fun drink to satisfy a crowd.
HEALTHY, 2-ingredient Apple Pineapple Juice! This fresh homemade juice is made with just one Fuji apple and one pineapple! It’s perfectly balanced between sweet and tart and it has so many health benefits, including detox and weight loss!
Not only is this Apple Pineapple Juice delicious, but it’s SO easy! First of all, you only need two ingredients – pineapple and apple!
You guys loved my 1-ingredient apple juice (hint: only apples!) so I thought I’d share a new easy juice recipe.
Natural homemade recipe for Nesquik Strawberry Milk using fresh strawberries. This milk is easy to make, and much more healthy than the store bought version! Also includes vegan strawberry milk option.
How to Make Apple Juice with a Juicer! Easy step by step instructions on how to make fresh, healthy apple juice with 1 ingredient. Save this recipe for when you go apple picking – it’s so good for you! Also includes how to freeze juice!
Apple Juice Recipe
I thought about doing this post and thought it might be too simple, but simple recipes are always the best right? So I decided to do it, so here I am. Hello.
I love fresh apple juice bought from the farmers market stands. Last year I got my hands on a juicer (thanks Dad!) and ever since then I’ve been livin la vida juicing! When we went apple picking last year I spent hours making cider over the stove, simmering it and adding spices, and yes it was delicious – but it was a long process.
DIRECTIONS on How to Dry Mint Leaves for Mint Tea! These DIY How to Make Mint Tea instructions shows how easy it is to dry mint leaves so you can make your own homemade peppermint tea. I store this dried mint tea for months so I can enjoy the health benefits year round!
How to Make Mint Tea
I start everyday with a cup of tea. Do you?
It can be warm or cold, it doesn’t really matter. Most green and black teas have enough caffeine for that morning boost. My morning always starts with a yawn. Then I waddle out of the bedroom with my comfiest bed shirt on and make myself a cup of tea.
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. A nice spiced tea is great for autumn.
Homemade Mint Tea
But the Summer is dedicated to Mint tea. And drying mint is so easy!
Easy PUMPKIN PIE Milkshake! This easy milkshake recipe uses 1 slice of PUMPKIN PIE to make the BEST tasting pumpkin milkshake! This drink is one of those 4 ingredients desserts, including vanilla ice cream and milk! It’s a perfect Fall Thanksgiving dessert and a great solution if you have leftover pumpkin pie!
Pumpkin Pie Milkshake
You aren’t going to believe this but this pumpkin pie milkshake tastes just like pumpkin pie! In shake form! It’s so delicious! Hello, Thanksgiving Desserts!
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.”
So I (too) excitedly yelled “Pumpkin Pie!”.
Two 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!
HEALTHY, Vegan Banana Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie! This easy recipe uses fresh fruit to make a smoothie for breakfast, for kids and for weight loss! It’s dairy free and vegan.
Well, it’s been a hot week in New York City. I’ve been pushing my daughter in the stroller, sweat rolling down my face, while mumbling how much I miss Winter. Why is it that when it’s Winter, you can’t wait for Summer, but when it’s Summer, you’re like… nope, I want Winter again! Too cold, too hot, it never ends!
What’s the perfect drink for a hot day? You want something refreshing, cold, and great tasting. Right? Well, this Banana Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie really hits the spot! It’s vegan and packed with fresh fruit!
Full of summer-ripe fruits at their peak, it is sweet, nutritious, and hydrating. It’s great for breakfast, lunch or an afternoon snack when you need a boost of energy!
You can make a full batch and save some in the fridge for a snack later. You can take it with you for a quick and easy chilled meal on the go in a shaker bottle or wide-mouthed water bottle. Skip dessert and have a smoothie instead! There’s really no wrong time to have a smoothie.
Yup, that’s right. This smoothie is dairy free and vegan. It doesn’t include milk or yogurt. Milk and yogurt have a tendency to slow me down and make smoothies taste heavy, so this is perfect for those on dairy free diets.
If summer allergies are hitting you hard, going dairy-free is a big bonus. Ingesting dairy leads to excess mucus in your system and can stuff you up and make you sneeze.
Many people feel much better overall once they go dairy-free. This smoothie shows you can still enjoy your previously dairy-laden foods and go dairy-free. If you’re looking for more recipes, try my dairy free mashed potatoes too!
The great thing about smoothies, especially this one, is that they are hydrating and nutritious on those hot summer days. You get plenty of water from the fruit and added ice, plus all the naturally occurring nutrients.
This one 24oz. smoothie contains only 140 calories and has 150% of your daily requirement for vitamin C. It also has 34% of your daily potassium. And that’s just in one smoothie!
The BEST pregnancy safe teas for Mothers, including a morning sickness tea recipe! This list includes nausea and stress relieving teas, from first trimester to labor! It also includes a list of teas to avoid! Pregnancy-safe teas can be a great option to increase your intake of fluids and small amounts of vitamins and minerals.
Pregnancy is a time when you want your health to be at it’s best. It’s important to get all the right nutrients and stay hydrated. However, our bodies don’t always make this an easy task during pregnancy. Pregnancy-safe tea can be a great option, no matter the stage of your pregnancy, to increase your intake of fluids and small amounts of vitamins and minerals.
Types of Tea
Tea, officially, comes from the leaves of an evergreen shrub or tree called Camellia sinensis. Depending on how the leaves are processed after they are picked determines if they are Oolong, black, green, or white tea.
There are also red “teas” or Rooibos tea. Since this does not come from the Camellia sinensis plant, it is not a true tea, but rather an herbal infusion from the Aspalathus linearis plant. It’s also known as Red Bush tea since Rooibos means Red Bush.
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!
Cucumber Peppermint Tea
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.
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 Tea Recipe
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! This also makes a great pregnancy tea!
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!
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! Read More
HEALTHY, TRIPLE FRUIT Pineapple Strawberry Banana 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 strawberry banana smoothie 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?
3 ingredient strawberry banana smoothie!
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 Pineapple Strawberry Banana 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 strawberry banana smoothie recipe for breakfast or a afternoon snack - it always energizes me!
6strawberries - stems removed
1/2cupfresh pineapple - cubed
Handful of ice cubes
Add all ingredients into your blender. Blend until smooth.
4 Ingredient Vanilla Pretzel Milkshake! This homemade milkshake recipe is easy to make and is the perfect combo of sweet and salty! Throw the 4 ingredients in your blender and it’s ready – it’s that simple! Perfect for dessert or a Summer treat!
I know it’s Winter and cold out but I can’t help it, I’m craving vanilla milkshakes! A few days ago I woke up and couldn’t get milkshakes out of my mind. So I rushed to the store, mumbling something to my husband about “going to the grocery store, need mikshakes now” as I slipped out the front door. Quickly I was back home, pulling the blender out of the cabinet to make a homemade milkshake.
To go the extra milkshake mile I wanted to make it really special. Answer? Pretzels! I love the combo of ice cream (sweet!) and pretzels (salty!). If you’ve never dipped pretzels in ice cream before you’re missing out. With just 4 ingredients (ice cream, milk, vanilla and pretzels) I had a Classic Vanilla Pretzel Milkshake quickly in my hands to enjoy!
This recipe is pretty much as easy as it gets. Throw everything in the blender and blend. Then pour the milkshake in a cup, grab a straw and a spoon and enjoy! I always recommend adding some extra broken up pretzels on top and to stir around. I love when you get a bite of a pretzel in the milkshake! Delicious!
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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.
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.
Do you deal with headaches? If so, bring it in for a hug because I totally feel you on the 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.
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! I love adding a sprinkle of sea salt on top to help balance out the double chocolate! This drink is for chocolate lovers!
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.
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.
Add your milk, cocoa powder and sugars into a saucepan.
Whisk it over medium high heat until the sugars are dissolved. Add your milk and yummy chocolate chips.
Once the chocolate is completely melted then pour into 2 mugs. Sprinkle a little pinch of sea salt on top of each.
Enjoy this Double Chocolate Sea Salt Hot Cocoa and stay warm!
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! I love adding a sprinkle of sea salt on top to help balance out the double chocolate! This drink is for chocolate lovers!
4tablespoonsunsweetened cocoa powder
2pinchesof sea salt
marshmallows and sprinklesoptional, but awesome
In small saucepan whisk together 1 cup milk, cocoa powder and sugars until they are dissolved over medium high heat.
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.
Pour into 2 cups and sprinkle a nice sized pinch of sea salt on top of each one.
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:
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.
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?
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.
HOMEMADE Ginger Ale Soda! This DIY simple syrup recipe is easy to make! Make your favorite flavor soda healthy with fresh ingredients and a sparkling water sodastream machine!
As a kid I drank too much soda. 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 3rd 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 instead of buying 2 liters of soda we bought 2 liters of seltzer water. Most times it was plain, sometimes it was flavored. The great part was that suddenly I was drinking a ton of water. I lost a few pounds, the water made me feel better throughout the day. I didn’t miss the soda at all.
Homemade Seltzer Water!
We bought a SodaStream machine years ago. It’s 100% a must have in the kitchen if you love bubbly seltzer water. A few months ago I noticed that KitchenAid was selling a SodaStream Machine 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?
Cozy frog slippers? Check.
Comfy blanket? 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.
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.