Thirsty Thursdays: Frozen Cherry Lemonade

June 12, 2014
Thirsty Thursdays: Frozen Cherry Lemonade

So…this is the third week in a row that the only blogging I’ve done is the Thirsty Thursday post. Sorry about that, guys…things have been busy, and I’ve been tired and under-motivated. I’ve got a bunch of awesome, non-drink posts in the queue though, I promise! For now, lets talk about today’s post. Today’s recipe is inspired by two posts I saw last week – the sparkling cherry lemonade from Damn Delicious, and the frozen blackberry basil lemonade  from The Kitchen McCabe. I was intrigued by the idea of a cherry-flavored lemonade, and the Kitchen McCabe’s frozen lemonade just looked so frosty and refreshing…so I combined them! First things first – (1) cherry lemonade is delicious, (2) frozen lemonade is the greatest idea ever, and (3) this frozen...

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Thirsty Thursdays: Pomegranate Lemonade Spritzers

June 5, 2014
Thirsty Thursdays: Pomegranate Lemonade Spritzers

Happy Thursday, everyone! Sorry this week’s Thirsty Thursday post is a little late…I am a lazy slacker, and sometimes it’s hard to get motivated to make drinks + take photos + write a witty post. But hey, there are 2 more hours left in the day, so it’s all good! Right? Right. Today’s post is inspired by a drink I saw on Buzzfeed the other day called the “Madeira Red,” which is made from pomegranate lemonade mixed with Sprite.  I was immediately intrigued, because I feel like you don’t often see drinks made with pomegranate. I’ve definitely never seen (or tasted) pomegranate lemonade. Unfortunately, there was no Sprite in the house. There was, however, half a bottle of club soda in the back of the fridge that still had some fizz to it. So…spritzers, it...

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Thirsty Thursdays: Strawberry-Pineapple Agua Frescas

May 29, 2014
Thirsty Thursdays: Strawberry-Pineapple Agua Frescas

Now that the days are getting a little warmer (but not today…wtf, 60 degrees + rain?), I’ve decided to start a new blog series called “Thirsty Thursdays”. Pretty self explanatory – I’m gonna post a drink recipe every Thursday, and give some link love to recipes from other bloggers that I love and/or want to try. This is partially because I’m super lazy lately and drink recipes are easiest to throw together on short notice, but also because I always make a lot of drinks in the summer anyway so a drink series just makes sense…ya know? You know. For my first Thirsty Thursday post, I present to you: strawberry-pineapple agua frescas. Do y’all know about agua frescas? They are amazingly delicious and so easy to make....

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Blackberry-Mint Limeade

May 25, 2014
Blackberry-Mint Limeade

A few weeks ago, in anticipation of Cinco de Mayo, I went to BJ’s and bought a giant sackful of limes. Fresh-squeezed, homemade margaritas are the best, you know? But when I got home with my citrus haul, I remembered that I was (still am…T-3 weeks!) supposed to be training for my first ever race and therefore not supposed to be boozing so much. So…bottomless margaritas did not happen. Instead, we had piles of totchos and bacon, which is obviously so much better for training purposes. The upshot of all this was that I tossed the bag of limes aside and forgot all about it until yesterday, when I walked by my fruit bowl and saw that it was full of shriveled, hardened balls that used to be big juicy limes. Ugh. Luckily when I...

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Easy Microwave Caramels

May 15, 2014
Easy Microwave Caramels

Raise your hands if (1) you have ever tried to make caramel from scratch, (2) horribly burned said caramel, (3) cried while scraping burnt caramel/sugar from your favorite pot, and (4) became so traumatized or disheartened by the experience that the mere thought of trying again makes you feel jumpy and nervous. No? Me neither…nevermind. Just kidding, that was totally me. I saw a recipe for caramel sauce a few years back and was all “psh, that looks super easy.” So I sauntered into my kitchen, dumped a bunch of sugar into a pot, turned on the stove, and waited for glory. At first, the sugar melted beautifully and turned into this gorgeous, thick amber liquid that made me feel pretty smug about my obvious natural affinity for cooking....

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Frozen Shangos

May 9, 2014
Frozen Shangos

Guys…what happened to spring? We had gorgeous 70 degree weather and sunny skies for about three seconds, then suddenly it was winter coat weather again, and now my iPhone weather app tells me that it’s going to be high 80s/low 90s for the next few days. It’s madness! Of course, I’m not really complaining about the warmer weather – it’s a welcome change from the seeming endless winter we’ve been having this year, and my poor balcony plants could use a few days of heat and sun. And, hotter days = more excuses for me to make blended beverages for dinner. Well, technically I’m still training for a 10K and trying to stay as healthy and booze-free as possible until June, so I can’t actually have blended cocktails for dinner…yet. But...

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Skinny “Spaghetti” and Meatballs

May 4, 2014
Skinny “Spaghetti” and Meatballs

Following yesterday’s dinner of tater tots and cheese, I woke up thinking I should probably whip up something a little healthier for today. Cuz, you know…I’m a responsible adult who is capable of making good life decisions. Mmhmm. So I rolled out of bed, headed straight for the kitchen, and made a batch of healthy broccoli & cheese mac (recipe forthcoming…maybe), and a ton of skinny spaghetti & meatballs – zucchini squash “noodles” served with tasty turkey meatballs packed with vegetables. Gluten free, high fiber, low calorie…and amazingly delicious. So, why zucchini noodles vs. real noodles? I could give you a ton of totally legit reasons – they’re healthy, they taste awesome, we need more vegetables in our life, I love zucchini, I’m trying to cut back on...

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Totchos

May 3, 2014
Totchos

Here’s what we ate today: bacon & eggs for breakfast, nachos & beer (actually, cider for me) for lunch, and totchos for dinner. So basically…super healthy and balanced meals . It’s been kind of a great day, actually. Don’t judge me. In other news, it’s almost Cinco de Mayo! My first thought was that I should do a margarita post (mmm, tequila), but (1) I couldn’t decide what new flavor I wanted to try, and (2) I’m trying to cut back on booze between now and the 10K I signed up for in June. So…no margaritas for Tina. {Sob} To numb the pain of a margarita-free existence, I chose to make us a Cinco de Mayo-inspired dinner of tater tots smothered in cheese & jalapenos (I would have added bacon...

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DIY Flavored Bellinis

April 19, 2014
DIY Flavored Bellinis

As a kid, my favorite part of Easter was the Easter egg hunt - finding as many plastic eggs as I could, cracking them open, then devouring all the goodies inside. As an adult, I still love Easter candy (and will definitely be hitting up CVS for discounted chocolate next week), but my new favorite thing to do on Easter is go to brunch. Brunch on Easter is a thing, isn’t it? People go to church early in the morning then head to brunch? Right? Right. Dan and I aren’t church-goers, but we are big-time brunch-goers, Easter or no Easter. Love the food, love the time frame, love the atmosphere. There are few pleasures in life I love more than rolling out of bed late on a lazy weekend, hitting up our...

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Chicken Katsu

April 8, 2014
Chicken Katsu

Chicken Katsu and Tonkatsu are two of the dishes that (assuming I’m not craving sushi) I have to get when we go to Japanese restaurants. I don’t often let myself eat fried food, but it’s impossible to resist the lure of crispy, tender, breaded/fried meat (mmmm, pork) smothered in a thick savory-sweet sauce over a giant pile of rice, you know? Impossible! Cannot be done. At least not by me. Up until now, however, I have never successfully created katsu-anything in my kitchen. I am a terrible fryer. Did you know that if you have the heat on too high your oil starts smoking and everything you put in it burns to a crisp without cooking all the way through? And then you’re left with...

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