GRAPEFRUIT ROSEMARY SPRITZER

GRAPEFRUIT ROSEMARY SPRITZER

I have (not so patiently) been waiting for spring. According to the calendar, it’s springtime but someone forgot to tell the weather. Even though it’s still chilly I am ready to start making fun and fruity cocktails, starting with a Grapefruit Rosemary Spritzer. I’m not usually a grapefruit fan because of how tart they are, but this is recipe is a must!

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THE PERFECT RECIPE FOR BREAKFAST IN BED

THE PERFECT RECIPE FOR BREAKFAST IN BED

The best start to the day is being able to stay tucked in bed, cuddled up next to your favorite person (your dog counts). These days call for breakfast in bed, I like easy breakfasts because the easier the recipe, the sooner you get to climb back into bed. It’s okay to treat yourself and lazy sometimes!

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THE SECRET TO ITALIAN LOAF PIZZA

THE SECRET TO THE BEST ITALIAN LOAF PIZZA

Homemade pizza is the best kind of carb! I love the cheese and all of my favorite toppings, lately I have been all about olives and mushrooms on my pizza. I am slowly acclimating myself to cream cheese, I feel like its a great addition to make the pizza extra cheesy and creamy. You can edit this recipe however you’d like, but this is how I make my own Italian Loaf pizza (you can also use french bread, but I happened to have this loaf on hand). This recipe only takes about 15-20 minutes since you don’t have to deal with making a pizza dough, which is awesome because you don’t have to wait as long to eat!

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Creamy Hot Buttered Rum

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If you live in the Midwest (like I do) or anywhere it gets below freezing in the winter, you are probably like me and take any chance to have cozy days inside by the fire with a warm mug of (insert your favorite beverage here).  I have only ever had Hot Buttered Rum once when I visited Colonial Williamsburg, it was pretty good. This recipe definitely isn’t the same but it’s just as tasty.

I will include the full detailed recipe in this post below, but for now, here is my account of making hot buttered rum. There aren’t many tips I need to add to this recipe as it’s very easy to make. However, I would recommend serving with a spoon as some of the spices settle to the bottom after a while.

If you don’t end up using all of the drink mixture you can save in the freezer for a later date! This recipe makes about 6-8 servings; it was quick and very easy to make (my favorite kind of recipe).

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If you use different ingredients or have any tips to add feel free to leave me a comment!

Recipe

What you will need:

  • 1/4 c. Butter, Softened
  • 1/4 c. Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 c. Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. Nutmeg
  • 1 c. Vanilla Ice Cream, softened
  • Captain Morgan Spiced Rum

Garnishes:

  • Whipped Cream
  • Nutmeg and Cinnamon

Instructions:

  1. Cream butter, brown sugar, and powdered sugar together. Next, stir in cinnamon and nutmeg. Add the softened ice cream and beat.
  2. Add 2 Tbsp. of drink mixture in each serving mug. Add rum, (1 shot/ 1 oz. = 1 serving). Add 3/4 cup of boiling water and stir together.
  3. Garnish with whipped cream and spices.
  4. Enjoy!

Kale Super Food Salad

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I’m not going to say this is the best Kale salad you will ever have, but its pretty good. I absolutely love eating healthy, I feel more energized and awake. (Not to mention my waist line loves it!) I’m making a conscious effort to eat healthier this year, so I have been doing lots of research on what proteins and nutrients my body needs. I want to make well rounded meals so my body will be good to go. I will create a nutrition label and list it below.

I love everything in this salad, but when making it, I was a little concerned that it wouldn’t all taste good together. I was completely wrong! Texture and taste are both so important to me, and this combo mixed so well.

This salad is super easy and only takes about 20ish minutes to make. The recipe I used serves 4, because of the chickpeas and quinoa it is very filling but doesn’t sit heavy in your stomach.

A few other things…. Don’t spill the Quinoa! (like I did) Before it’s cooked all of the little pieces are hard and roll EVERYWHERE! Second, this lasts about 3 days (maybe 4 days) in the fridge as left overs. The recipe includes Feta cheese, I didn’t end up using it for the glamour shots. (mainly because I forgot) It tastes delicious with or without it, so whatever your preference is but I am listing it as optional in the recipe. Lastly, if you don’t have kitchen scissors, get them! They are pretty affordable, I got mine at my local grocery store. I use them almost daily, they make cutting salads, meats, fruits (anything really) so much easier.

Scroll Down for the recipe and let me know in the comments if you tried this out!

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Nutrient Packed Kale Salad Recipe

Serves 4

Here’s what you will need:

  • 1 cup Quinoa
  • 6 cups Chopped Kale (Remove Stems, about 6 avg. size kale leaves)
  • 15 oz can Chickpeas (Rinse and Drain)
  • 1 cup Blueberries
  • 1 cup Feta (I suggest plain, optional)
  • 1/2 cup Sliced Almonds
  • 1 Avocado (Cubed)

Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Lemon Juice
  • 2 tbsp. Honey
  • 1 1/2 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • Black Pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Put Quinoa in a pot with 2 cups of water, bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and stir occasionally until water is absorbed (about 15 min). Once this is done remove from heat and set aside.
  2. While quinoa is cooking, whisk together all dressing ingredients. Put chopped kale in a large salad bowl and pour dressing over kale.
  3. Once Quinoa is cool, add to kale, along with chickpeas, blueberries, feta, almonds, and avocado. Toss together and Serve!

I put the Nutrition of the Salad and the dressing separate in case you want to use a different dressing. Enjoy!

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*Nutrition data was compiled with the help of nutritiondata.self.com.

Mulled Apple Cider Recipe

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We all have Pinterest boards that we constantly pin new ideas and recipes to. I am going to give one of those recipes a shot and blog about it. I will do all of the cooking so you don’t have to, and let you know how it goes!

I made a few tweaks and suggestions, so here we go!

First you need to gather all of your ingredients…

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(not pictured: brown sugar)

The original recipe that I wanted to try out called for Apple Juice, however I used Apple Cider because in a recipe like this using a less filtered juice would add more flavoring.

This is a is slow cooker recipe, you won’t need a large crock pot either. I used a medium one because lets be honest, the amount of food that would fill a large crock pot would be way too much since I live by myself.

I started off by adding brown sugar, then pouring in the apple cider. Up next, add in vanilla extract, lemon extract, orange extract, and all spices.

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Now stir all of your ingredients and set your slow cooker on low. You can sit and watch it simmer or like me, you are a busy person you and run errands during this time. I came home 2 hours later to my apartment smelling like citrus and spices, which just happens to be my favorite fall and winter scents, so I was thrilled! (Note: the longer you let the spices simmer in the cider the more intense the spices and the cinnamon will taste.)

Next, add the garnishes!

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I used a mandolin to slice the fruit easily and quickly! I was originally using a knife to slice the fruit but then realized there was an easier way to do this, it made such a difference. These are fairly affordable, I stumbled across particular one at Walmart and it works great! I use mine for a multitude of dishes and slicing fruits and vegetables.

Now you’re ready to serve! (This is can be very sticky so be careful when ladling to serve and don’t spill it like I did. Oops!)

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If you would like to make this an adult beverage I would recommend adding Crown Royal Apple Whiskey, I was experiments and it ended up being delicious. I’m not a huge fan of whiskey, but you couldn’t taste the signature whiskey taste.

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I left the recipe for you below… Let me know in the comments if you tried this out, and how it turned out!

Recipe

What you will need:

  • 8 Cups of Apple Cider
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp of Pure Orange Extract
  • 1/2 tsp of Pure Lemon Extract
  • 1/4 tsp of Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 4 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 1/2 tsp Whole Allspice

Garnishes:

  • More Cinnamon Sticks!
  • Slices of Apple, Lemon, and Orange

Optional: Crown Royal Apple Whiskey

Instructions:

  1. Mix all ingredients into crock pot and put on low heat for 2 hours. (The longer you cook the spices in the mix the more potent the spices will be.)
  2. 2 hours later… add garnishes and serve!