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Friday, July 31, 2015

Green smoothies have reigned supreme in our house for years now. I am always experimenting with different flavors. Usually we return to our favorites, but it is fun to taste test! Recently, I came up with this refreshing recipe starring cucumber and pineapple. It is a HUGE hit and it now our favorite Summer green smoothie!

Green smoothies made with fresh ingredients are amazing and good for you.

So, I have a confession, I am not the biggest fan of cucumbers on their own. I mean I like pickles, but not a plain ole cucumber. However, when paired correctly with the right ingredients, even I like them! Ad guess what so do my kiddos!

power greens, cucumbers, and apples add amazing taste.

Well, since it is summer and we are all busy...lets just get to the recipe.  

Pineapple Cucumber Green Smoothie
NOTE: I try to use organic whenever possible

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 medium green apple, sliced
  • 1 small lime, peeled (You can just use the juice if you are in a hurry or feeling lazy!)
  • 1/2 small cucumber (or 1/3 of a large cucumber), sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen pineapple (You don't have to use frozen, but I like it frozen because it acts as ice and fruit)
  • 2+ cups greens. I prefer Power greens mixture, but also use kale. I sometimes mix in spring greens or even broccoli.
  • Optional: add 1 Tablespoon flax seed or 1/2 of an avocado 


Prepare your ingredients.

TIPS AND TRICKS
PLEASE LET ME STRESS THIS...play with your mixture if you do not like it at first.
  • If you like less cucumber, add less and add more greens.
  • If you don't like the greens, try a different variety, or reduce the greens and add more cucumber.
  • If you are new to green smoothies, try some additional pineapple and then gradually reduce the amount as you grow accustomed to the taste.
  • If you water a more fluid texture, use more water.

It tastes like summer - so light and refreshing.

Blend it!
This is my blender (affiliate link)

  • I start with the water in my blender.
  • Add the apple (You can core it or if you have a good blender, snap of the stem and simply slice it, leaving the seeds and core).
  • Add the lime.
  • Add the sliced cucumber.
  • Blend for 30 seconds to one minute.
  • Add the greens.
  • Blend for 30 seconds (maybe more, if necessary).
  • Once the components are all blended, it is time for the fruit (also the flax seed if you are adding it).
  • Add the pineapple and blend on medium high for about 1 minute.

Now, all you have to do is ENJOY and let the green goodness make you feel GOOD!



Want to try some more green smoothie goodness...
Herbs add great flavor to a smoothie
and a little something about how and when I started drinking green smoothies.

Do you have a favorite green smoothie combination?
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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SendSmiles #CollectiveBias

As I continue to unpack from last years move (yep, I have a lot of stuff) I am discovering the many greeting cards I have saved over the years. I have cards from my grandparents, my parents, my kids and my husband, not to mention my friends. I also save my children's birthday cards. And you know what I realized, I was once a very good card giver - I enjoyed it - but I have really dropped the ball. So, I got to thinking, if the cards I receive mean so much to me that I save them, then they probably mean that much to others too. I am ready to get back on track and send smiles all year long to my friends and family with Hallmark cards starting at 47 cents.

A collection of adorable graphics  make these cards super cute.

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

My husband likes beer. I like a cocktail. A shandy is the perfect marriage! My husband is actually the one who introduced me to a Shandy. A traditional Shandy is made by mixing beer with juice, usually beer and lemonade. Well, a month or so ago I attended SoFabU On the Road at The Gaylord Texan and the bartenders there treated us to a Ruby Red Grapefruit Shandy. Now...I LOVED it, but they did not supply a recipe...so I set out to replicate the beverage myself. (psst, remember they Basil Simple Syrup I shared the other day...this is one of the beverages you need it for!)

Light and refrshing ingredients in the perfect combination.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

I am not a super adventurous foodie-type person, but I do like to try some (slightly) unusual concoctions. Often they are related to beverages and baking. I use my recipe for Vanilla Simple Syrup all the time. Recently I was at an event and the bartender had created a beverage using a Basil Simple Syrup. I was hooked! I will share my cocktail recipe in the next day or two...but I do realize you might be wondering "what else can I use Basil Simple Syrup for?" Well, let me tell ya...use it to flavor lemonade, iced tea, and other fruity delights. (I have more ideas coming!)

The subtle taste of the basil syrup adds a unique flavor.
 
Ingredients
(easily doubled for more sweet basil goodness!)
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Cups Granulated Sugar
  •  About 8-10 good sized leaves of basil. I bought a package of organic basil at the grocery store, and for boiling, added the leaves still on the larger stem.
  • You will also need a strainer
 Make it...
Sugar, water and basil.

  • Place the water, sugar, vanilla, and basil in a medium sauce pan and slowly bring the mixture to a boil until the sugar is dissolved.
  • All in all, I simmered my syrup for about 40+ minutes on low. I really wanted to get that amazing basil flavor. If you are unsure of the taste, sample a bit as you cook, until the syrup is to your liking.
  • Let cool. Strainer the mixture to remove any pieces of basil that might be in there. You want the syrup to be "smooth."
  • Transfer the mixture and the bean to am airtight container (I use a mason jar for storage).
  • Store in the refrigerator. I cannot quite give you a time frame for how long it will keep because we use it up quickly...a month or two is my guess! 

look at that gorgeous color.


Want to try your hand at other syrups, check out my Vanilla Simple Syrup 


Have you made your own syrups? Whats you favorite flavor? 

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Monday, July 20, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ProjectAmazing #CollectiveBias 

Creating personalized gift wrap in one thing my daughter loves to do. I wrap the gifts in plain brown craft paper and then let her have at it with markers, stickers - anything she wants! Well, why should she have all the fun, right? Now, I have never been know for my own gift wrapping skills, but lately I have been a bit obsessed with changing that reputation - and what better way to do that than to let my imagination and creativity run wild, like my daughter does! I get to cut and punch and glitter and tape to my hearts content. Oh, and I get to go shopping not only for the gift but for fresh crafting supplies, like Scotch® Brand products.

These are FUN ideas for dressing up packages.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

I have a fun surprise today. It is time to celebrate someone's birthday. Not mine, but a fabulous blogger, Amy from Pounds4Pennies I met in Dallas a few weeks ago. I always love a birthday celebration and who does not love an Amazon Gift Card!?
Happy BIrthday Giveaway   

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

I spent many, many years planning fabulous weddings...and I gotta tell ya...I miss it (not the long hours...but everything else). Last year an amazing caterer I know asked me to make these rustic wood wedding signs for each of her couples. I love the idea and they are such an amazing wedding keepsake or unique part of the wedding decor.

Rustic weddings signs are great gifts or accessories to accent your wedding decor.

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Friday, June 12, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #LetsMakeSmores #CollectiveBias #sponsored

I believe S'mores are a little taste of heaven on earth! Having a S'more takes me back to camping with my girl scout troop, warm summer nights at the lake with my family, and roaring beach bonfires with friends. In fact we moved from the coast of California one year ago, and my last night in our sleepy beach town we attended a bonfire, surrounded by friends and making S'mores! It was an amazing memory to leave on, and I wouldn't have it any other way!
Everything you need to create classic and custom s'mores

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Saturday, June 6, 2015

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for Anheuser-Busch's Family Talk About Drinking Program. I received a promotional item to thank me for me participation. 

Proms, parties, graduations...summer! This is a time of year filled with celebrations, happiness, and milestones. It is a time when many teens are feeling more grown up. Perhaps they are promoting from middle school to high school. Perhaps that Junior is now a Senior. Or that Senior has just graduated. These milestones can also bring a sense of independence and possibly the urge to explore more adult activities. Those activities could very well include alcohol and underage drinking. As a parent it is our responsibility to educate and discuss these potentially dangerous situations with our children, so they may be able to handle themselves when situations arise.


Parents are the top influencer in their childrens decision making about alcohol.


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Friday, June 5, 2015

My daughter's class recently had a financial literacy day at school. My cutie needed a product to sell and she decided on GOO. Every once in awhile I like to tap into my mom's years and years of preschool teaching expertise...and this time it led us to the proper recipe for making GOO. My daughter is loving this ooey gooey creation...and it is pretty darn easy to make! 

Goo, goop, slime whatever you call it, call it fun!


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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Trying to capture and preserve my family's heritage is very important to me. It is also difficult. The older generation - the ones who remember World War II, The Great Depression, and beyond that, as it pertains to my family are gone and have been for a long while. So, I take what I can get, what I can find along the way, and do my best to honor and celebrate where I came from.

This Family Heirloom Wreath is one of my favorite ways to remember my family.

photos and mementos create a family heirloom

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