24
Jun

Simple Summer Fruited Salad

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Happy first week of summer to you! While the weather has already been at summer temperatures, we can now officially enjoy summer everything. 

One of my favorite ways to celebrate summer is to indulge on summer fruits and veggies. When everything is plentiful and farmer’s markets are overflowing with fresh produce, there is no reason not to have your fair share. 

Fruited salads are my absolute favorite way to enjoy summer produce. With a base of romaine or spinach you can add your choice of toppings and dressings to create the perfect blend. 

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My go to salad consists of strawberries, blueberries, and cucumbers as well as feta cheese and almonds. I typically choose a vinaigrette dressing to top off the salad. You can easily make a dressing to put your own spin on things. 

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What is your favorite way to celebrate summer? Have you ever tried a fun summer produce salad? If so, what are your favorite toppings?

1
Jun

Three Essential Infused Water Recipes

There’s something about summer that makes me want to go fruit crazy. Likely it is the return of the farmer’s market with all of their fresh produce. With the arrival of summer, infused water becomes a staple in my household. When water becomes infused not only does it look lovely, it can also serve as a great source of antioxidants or other essential minerals as well as encourage others to drink their required amount of water daily.

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With all the options for infused water you may be confused at what goes with what. Luckily, there aren’t many ways in which you can go wrong when pairing fruits, herbs, veggies, etc. Just play around with different mixes until you find something that suits you. 

For all infused waters, the recipe is simple. You will slice your fruit and add them to a pitcher of water. Allow the fruit to infuse for a minimum of 10 minutes before serving. 

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Strawberry Blueberry – You can absolutely never go wrong with a basic berry mix. While strawberries and blueberries go extremely well together you could also substitute raspberries, blackberries, or any other berry. If you want to add a bit of extra flavor, toss in a few mint leaves. 

 

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Cucumber Lime Mint  – This green concoction is perfect for a day relaxing by the pool. Cucumber is known for its relaxing and anti-inflammatory purposes while the lime and mint counter the cucumber by adding a spark of energy to the mix. 

 

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Citrus Trio – Another great grouping for infused water is to do a purely citrus infusion. The varying levels of citrus  will counter each other and create a unique but delicious taste. For this recipe I added lime, grapefruit, and orange. Lemon or other variations of citrus can also be substituted. 

 

Now that you have three ideas to get you started, I encourage you to try your own hand at creating an infused water to keep on hand. With the amount of available fruits, the possibilities are endless for what you can create. 

Tell me below in the comments, what mix of fruit would you like to try?

 

6
Jan

No Bake Peanut Butter Toffee Cheesecake Bites

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Happy New Year to you! With the holidays over and the new year off to a great start, it is time to sit down and share a new recipe with you! Though some of you may have made it a goal to lose weight or eat healthier this year there is always a little wiggle room when it comes to a simple, no bake dessert. Today I am sharing how you can make these delicious peanut butter toffee cream cheese bites in under 3 hours! They are perfect for a potluck dessert or a bite size snack for the upcoming game.

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21
Oct

Fall Desserts Roundup

Hello again! Today I am going to be sharing a little bit about one of my (Beth) favorite things about Autumn, seasonal desserts. When the cool weather rolls around, I enjoy nothing more than turning on the oven and filling my kitchen with the aroma of nutmeg, pumpkin spice, and cinnamon. Between working and attending classes I have not had much time to make too many fall desserts but I have had ample time to scour Pinterest and come up with some delicious ideas to try out!

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The first dessert on my list that I am dying to try are these Peach + Candied Ginger Muffins from the team at A Beautiful Mess. These seem like the perfect item to bring to a Sunday brunch and then eat for breakfast the next few days.

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