Strawberry Smoothie

Strawberry Smoothie Saturday!

a smoothieExcuse the Starbucks cup, just recycling a water cup.

Ingredients

1 1/2 cup frozen strawberries, partially defrosted (to the point that you can just slice with a knife)
1 cup crushed ice
1/2 cup non-fat plain yogurt
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Sweetener (2 Tablespoons sugar – I opted to use honey as a sweeter)

Cut strawberries into large chunks.
Place ingredients in blender & cover with top.
Blend until smooth.
Serve cold.

Original recipe

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Pumpkin Spice Syrup for Lattes

Happy 1st day of Autumn!

Enjoy a nice pumpkin spice latte!

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Ingredients

1½ cups water
1½ cups sugar
4 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
½ tsp. ground ginger
½ tsp. ground cloves
3 tbsp. pumpkin puree

Combine the water and sugar in a medium saucepan and heat over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has completely dissolved.  

Toss in the cinnamon sticks and whisk in the remaining spices and the pumpkin puree.  

Continue to cook for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, without letting the mixture come to a boil.  

Remove from the heat and allow to cool for 10-15 minutes.  Strain the syrup through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth and store in your container of choice.  

Store in the refrigerator.

To make a pumpkin spice latte, combine 2 ounces of hot coffee or 1 shot of hot espresso (about 1-1½ ounces) with 5-6 ounces of steamed low-fat milk.  

Stir in 1½-2 tablespoons of the pumpkin spice syrup.  Taste and adjust amounts accordingly.  

Top as desired with freshly whipped cream, ground cinnamon and drizzle with caramel sauce.

Original Recipe.

Strawberry Riesling Slushies

Are you hosting a party?

Having a girls night?

Do you just enjoy a little wine while lounging at home?

If you answered yes to any of the above or you just enjoy wine, then

you need to try this!

Spruce up your Riesling with some strawberries & honey!

Trust me when I say it makes having a glass of wine 10x more enjoyable!!

I altered the original recipe just a bit because the strawberries weren’t as sweet

as I would have liked but the over all results were delicious.

DSC_0433The picture isn’t the greatest but I was in a hurry! 😉

Ingredients

2 cups hulled & quartered strawberries or a bag of frozen strawberries
1 (750 ml) bottle Riesling, preferably chilled
2 tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 1/2 tbsp. honey

In a blender or food processor, combine the strawberries, Riesling, sugar, lemon juice & honey.  

Blend until smooth.  

Transfer the mixture to an ice cream maker & churn until a slushy/icy mixture has formed.  

(I didn’t use an ice cream maker because I used frozen strawberries, turned out just like a slushy)

Pour into serving glasses, garnish with additional berries if desired, and serve immediately.

Original recipe here.

Pineapple Ginger Smoothie

This is the most refreshing smoothie I have ever had.

The taste of fresh ginger is absolutely wonderful!

Best part is, my 9 year old loved it.

I love making healthy things the whole family can enjoy, so

this will continue to be on the menu this summer.

The original recipe that I found needed a little tweaking, so I added

another cup of ice cubes & about 2-3 tbs of local honey.

The extra ice helped make the smoothie cold, while the honey gave it

that little extra sweet taste it was lacking.

All in all, it’s fantastic!!

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups diced fresh pineapple
1 banana
1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
1 Tbsp. grated fresh ginger
1/2 cup ice
1/2 cup pineapple juice or water

Add extra ice & honey if desired.

Blend all ingredients together in a blender until smooth.  

Serve immediately.

Enjoy outside on the patio!

Cherry Limeade

Happy 1st week of Spring!

Hopefully your weather has been as beautiful as mine.

I love this time of the year. Everything is in full bloom & so pretty.

Living in Texas you don’t get to see a lot of green grass & blooming flowers.

To celebrate the official end of Winter, I decided to make one of my favorite drinks.

Cherry Limeade!

*It taste just like the one you get at Sonic.*

The original recipe came from this little site.

Ingredients

1 can frozen limeade concentrate

1- 2 liter bottle Sprite

juice from 1- 10 oz jar of maraschino cherries

fresh limes (optional)

Put all ingredients into a large pitcher & gently stir.

Add slices of lime to the pitcher &/ or glasses. Put cherries in the glasses only.

Enjoy!


Shamrock Milkshake

Happy St. Patty’s Day Everyone!

Here’s a quick & festive way to celebrate with your kids.

Ingredients

3 cups of your favorite vanilla ice cream
1½ cups whole milk
½ teaspoon mint extract
Green food coloring (enough to get the shade of green you want)

Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth & blended.

Divide between glasses, top with whipped cream & enjoy!

Apple Cider Floats

Since I just started this blog, a few things are going to be out of season. I still think it’s important to share them with

you in case you want to make them or save them for later. 🙂

Apple Cider Floats

This float isn’t like any other float I’ve ever had & it’s delicious to say the least! It’s perfect for

Fall which we are now past but anyway, I think you will still love it. Doesn’t take a lot of time to prep either,

which is prefect for me since my daughter is a little impatient. 😉

I wish I could credit where I found this float but I printed it out several months ago

& forgot to write down the webpage.

Ingredients

2 cups apple cider (this was enough for three floats with a little left over)

1 cinnamon stick

vanilla ice cream

caramel sauce

grated nutmeg

In a small saucepan, heat cider with cinnamon stick. Once heated pour into your glasses & add your scoops of ice cream. Don’t be stingy with the ice cream!

Drizzle with caramel sauce and top with a little grated nutmeg.

Voila!