smoothies

For those of you who have a healthy resolution this year,  are looking for new recipes or simply interested in a quick breakfast or snack, here are some of my favourite smoothie recipes!

Key Lime Pie Protein Smoothie : reminds my of my recent time in Florida and has a unique flavour compared to most smoothies.

Rich Protein Mocha Frappuccino

Chocolate Almond Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie

Spa Cucumber Smoothie (for those who are looking for something really healthy!)

Pumpkin Spice Protein Shake

rainbow-smoothies

Happy Sunday!

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festive drinks

Hi everyone,

Today is Wedding Wednesday and it’s also day 6 of our 12 days of Christmas!

To bring the two together I’ve decided to share some festive drink recipes- perfect for holiday entertaining and inspiration for a winter wedding signature drink!

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Velvet Champagne

Snickerdoodle Cocktail

Candy Cane Martini (plus a few more!)

Eggnog Cocktail

Winter Sea Breeze Holiday Cocktail (our vacation special!)

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happy entertaining! wishing you all a wonderful day

iced coffee drinks

Good Morning Everyone!

We are half way through the work week and I am having one of those days where coffee is absolutely necessary- just need to wake up! This got me thinking, I should make something different, a fancy coffee drink, Starbucks style!

It seems like many of my fellow bloggers have thought of this too! Check out a few great recipes for yummy coffee drinks:

Iced Vanilla Mocha: find the recipe here

Skinny Vanilla Iced Coffee: I used this recipe

Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookie Cookie: Find it here

Salted Caramel Iced Coffee: I tried this recipe

These are all so good and feel like dessert mid-day, spoil yourself and try one today or save the recipe and impress your friends next time they stop by for a coffee!

For those of you who want the simple, traditional iced coffee recipe, this one is great.

I love coffee and cold drinks so iced coffee is a must for sleepy days, I hope you enjoy them too!

wishing you all a wonderful day!

sweet tea

Good Morning Everyone!

I hope you are all having a great weekend so far. This weekend I am away so I will not be posting too much content, just a few recipes to inspire your summer gatherings.

Here is sweet tea 3 ways, enjoy!

Lemonade Sweet Tea: 

3 cups water

2 family size tea bags

1 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves

1/2 cup sugar

4 cups cold water

1/2 (12 oz) can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed

Bring 3 cups water to a boil. Remove from heat, add tea bags ad stir in fresh mint. Cover and steep for 10 minutes.

Discard tea bags and mint. Sitr in sugar until dissolved. Pour tea into a 3-qt container and stir in 4 cups of cold water and lemonade concentrate. Serve over ice.

Ginger-and Honey Sweet Tea

Prepare Southern Sweet Tea as you like, omitting sugar and stirring in 1/2 cup honey and 1 tbsp. of grated fresh ginger. Garnish with lemon slices if desired.

Blackberry Sweet Tea

3 cups frozen or fresh blackberries, thawed.

1 1/4 cups sugar

1 tbsp. chopped mint

pinch of baking soda

4 cups boiling water

2 family size tea bgs

2 1/2 cups cold water

Combine blackberries and sugar in large container and crush with a wooden spoon, stir in mint and baking soda.

Pour 4 cups boiling water over tea bags; cover and steep 5 minutes. Discard tea bags.

Pour tea over blackberry mixture; let stand at room temperature 1 hour. Pour tea through a wire mesh strainer into a large pitcher. discarding solids. Add 2 1/2 cups cold water. stirring until sugar dissolves. Cover and chill 1 hour.

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wishing you all a wonderful day!

 

stocking your bar

Good Morning Everyone!

I hope you all had a great weekend and are ready to get back into the work week. Let’s take one more minute for weekend thinking though! Last night I was having some wine with a friend and I realized it’s tough to buy drinks before guests arrive. Most people end up buying too many options and have a ton of leftovers (which is fine, it will be used at some point right?)

Well, to give you some ideas, here’s what’s popular at our house for casual parties:

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steamwhistle corona

A lot of beer drinkers in our group so these 3 are what we usually buy (Mill St. Organic is my favorite!)

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And a few white options, I came across this Cottage Block wine a few weekends ago and I loved it!

I don’t know much about red wine so I choose not to buy it..

It’s fun to have a signature drink as well- more on those coming soon!

We are in process of putting together a little bar area, what do you think??

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This bar stand can be found at Bowring, chalkboard print from Homesense and floating shelves from Target.

(don’t mind my awful photos, I was in a hurry and using my little digital camera!)

wishing you all a wonderful Monday!

Tomorrow i’m talking about a traditional decor item which has become a big trend with all it’s variations-stay tuned!

drinks

Planning a party should be fun! Bringing people together who enjoy each other’s company and adding a personal touch to make the gathering unique- it’s a great project. One way to ensure your guests are happy is to have drinks for everyone. No matter what the age or type of drink you are serving, you don’t want to run out and leave your friends thirsty. In the past few years, drink displays have become a common area to incorporate themes, accessories and games.

Here are a few ideas for your drink stations:

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With fun chalkboard signs, straws, frames and dispensers, you can serve your drinks in style!

Many of these items can be found at your local party store, target or Michaels (craft store).

Easy tip: add some fresh lime, lemon, cucumber or mint for flavour and appeal.

Oh, and here are a few refreshing drink recipes for a hot summer day: 

Lime Float: a combination of lime sherbet and ginger ale- so simple and so good!

Skinny Beer-garitas: courtesy of : eat-yourself-skinny.com

 1 cup fresh lime juice + 2 limes for zesting, 1 1/2 cups of water, 1/2 cup Splenda sugar blend

 To make the limeade:
Zest two limes.  In a large saucepan, combine water, Splenda and lime zest and heat until Splenda is completely dissolved.  Remove from heat and allow to cool at room temperature.  Stir in lime juice and freeze your limeade concentrate until ready to use.
To make the beer-garitas:
In a pitcher, combine frozen limeade, 2 beers and 1/2 cup of tequila.  Place pitcher in the freezer overnight until frozen through, then mix so that it is in slushy form and serve.  Enjoy!
Frozen French Lemonade: a recipe i’ve been making with my girlfriends for a while- we’re not sure where it came from! serves 4
1/2 cup Alizé Red Passion Passion liqueur, 1/2 cup citrus vodka, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup frozen lemonade concentrate, 4 cups of ice
1. Add ice, Alizé Red Passion liqueur, citrus vodka, water and  frozen lemonade concentrate to a blender.
2. Blend until slushy and pour into a Champagne flute.
Wishing you all a wonderful day- happy entertaining!
* I do not own any of the photos posted above. I have collected them from various sites.