Posts tagged ‘recipes’

*~Lavender Lemonade~*

“With Spring gracefully fanning it’s breezes through my opened french doors each morning, it is absolutely too difficult to NOT start looking for delicious spring produce and recipes! Along with crisp produce and delicious breezy afternoons comes a mood that begs for a nice chilled drink, sweating in the sunlight as it waits to feel your lips. I have started compiling my “Recipes to Try: Spring 2012″ Binder, and this little gem is at the top of the list.”

Lavender Lemonade

3/4 Cup Vodka
3/4 Cup Lillet Blanc
1/2 Cup Lavender Syrup (recipe to follow)
1/2 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice
1/4 Cup Chilled Soda water (per glass)

Combine the first 4 ingredients with a spoon.
Pour over ice, add the chilled soda water, and garnish with Fresh Lavender or a Lemon wedge.

Lavender Syrup

4 Cups Water
4 Cups Sugar
1/2 Cup dried food grade Lavender

Boil over medium heat for 1 minute, remove from heat and let steep for an hour. 

I absolutely cannot wait to serve this in my recently etched glassware on my patio, surrounded by my spring herbs that should be sprouting any time now!”

~*Yummy in the New Year*~

“To Support my New Year “Solution” I have been scouring Pinterest for ideas and yummy recipes! Recently my search has brought me across some very nice recipes to kick off Spring!”

Iced Tangerine Green Tea
(Dr.Oz’s weight-orade)

The antioxidants and nutrients in green tea and citrus fruits has been proven to not only help cleanse and help your body, but also stimulate your metabolism and speed it up by 12%!

4 Green Tea Bags
1/2 Tangerine, sliced
Fresh mint leaves
Honey, to taste
Water, Just boiling
Ice

While heating the water: Get out 2 (32 oz) Mason Jars. Fill one with 2 cups of ice and place 4 teabags in the other. Slice the Tangerine and rinse the mint leaves.  Pour the hot water over the green tea bags and steep according to package directions (generally 3-4 minutes) OR, use this lovely Tea Timer offered free by Google Apps on Chrome. Squeeze the teabag between a regular and slotted spoon to get out every last drop of goodness. Add honey while the tea is warm, it is much much easier this way. Allow the tea to cool for a few minutes. Meanwhile, add the tangerine and the mint  to the ice jar. After letting cool, pour the tea into the iced jar and store in the fridge over night. It is recommended that you drink 1 pitcher daily! 

“If you are like me, you enjoy your morning smoothies. They are less troubling on your stomach (especially if you work out in the morning) and easy to take with you if you’re always on the go! But some mornings there just isn’t enough time to gather all the ingredients and measure them out and tinker with the recipe to get the right balance. So here is a neat trick I learned from MuffinTinMania.com

Coconut Green Smoothie Cups!

2 Cups Coconut water
1/3 Cup Almonds
2 Cups Spinach
2 Celery Stalks, chopped
1/4 Cup Fresh Mint
1/2 Orange, peeled
1 Tbsp. Honey
1/2 tsp. Ginger powder
2 Cups frozen mango cubes

Combine and blend all ingredients until smooth. Divide into 12 muffin cups and freeze. When you’re ready for a refreshing drink, place 1 cup of Coconut water, or chilled Green Tea, in the blender with 2 muffin cups and blend into a yummy smoothie!!

Neat Fact: Coconut water is a great way to beat boredom with every day water! The chemical makeup is so similar to that of human blood that it was used during war times in IV bags! Also, it’s a great source for potassium!