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Cool Summer Drinks–Healthy and Easy!

It’s Not All About Soda

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You can see I had to drink some of them!  And I ate a few grapes, too!
This morning I whipped up these babies–perfect for some hot summer afternoons!

So Different and Delicious!

I am not much of a juice drinker–I love my ice water–but for these I will make an exception.  Pure ingredients, healthy, fresh–Absolutely no guilt here!  

No Juicer Required!

I made these delicious drinks with just a blender, so let’s get started.
 
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Rosemary Cucumber Limeade

You will need:

  • 3 large organic cucumbers
  • 2 TBSP chopped fresh organic rosemary, plus four springs for garnish  (This recipe could also be made with fresh organic mint or basil, for a different taste sensation!)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup fresh organic lime juice
  • 3+ TBSP organic Agave Syrup (to taste)
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Score a cucumber lengthwise with a fork.  This will give your decorative slices a finished look.  Then cut 12 thin slices of cucumber for garnish.

 

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Peel and chop the rest of the cucumbers, place in your blender, along with the chopped fresh rosemary. 

 

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Puree until there are no chunks and the rosemary is well incorporated.  You’ll need to stop the blender and scrape down the sides.

 

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Pour the puree into a fine-mesh strainer which has been set over a bowl.  

 

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Push the solids a bit to get the juice into the bowl.  If you like a very clear juice, use cheesecloth.  I like more solids, so I pushed quite a bit through the strainer.

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Squeeze the limes until you have 1/2 cup, then add the lime juice, the water, and the agave syrup to the cucumber/rosemary juice. 

 

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 Taste and add more agave if you’d like.
Fill four glasses half-way with ice, then pour 1/4 of juice into each glass.  Garnish with cucumber slices and a spring of rosemary.  

Make your own soda with healthy ingredients?  Yes!  

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Fresh Grape Soda

You’ll Need:

  • 4 Cups of organic seedless red grapes, washed and stemmed, plus more for garnish
  • 2 TBSP fresh organic lemon juice
  • 2 TBSP organic honey
  • 2 cups mineral water (I used Voss Sparkling Water)
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Wash and stem the grapes, and then puree in a blender until fine.  Pour the puree into a strainer, which has been placed over a medium bowl.  Press on the solids to extract the juice.  
 
 
 
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Add the lemon juice and the honey, and stir well until the honey is well incorporated.  
 
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Add the sparkling water, and mix.  Pour the mixture into four, ice-filled glasses, and garnish with a small bunch of grapes.
 
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Drink Some Fruits and Vegetables Today!

Have a great summer, and enjoy these delicious, healthy, and easy drinks!
 
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Mom’s “Good Stuff”

In Honor of Our Little Mommy

 
This is my mother, Mary.  She passed away in 2009 at the age of 87, about six months after this photo was taken.  
 

Mom was born in 1922, the oldest of 5 children.

 

Look at that incredible, curly hair!
 
Mom’s sister Jinny was so jealous of her hair that, the story goes, Jinny poured honey all over it!
 
Mom graduated from college, got married and taught 3rd grade for a year.
 

 

I think this is her college yearbook picture.

And then she proceeded to have seven children and teach High School English and Drama for about 20 years.  She was a 4’11” 105-lb force of nature. 
 

 

Doesn’t she look like a high school English and Drama teacher?

Mom had so many amazing qualities:  Incredible singing voice (into her 80s she didn’t have the little-old-lady voice at all!), amazing organizational abilities, was a loving friend, was a helpful and caring mother, fun grandmother and great-grandmother, and creative in everything that she did.  She even learned how to water ski in her mid-40s!  And she was frugal.

And Boy, Did She Have Great Taste!

And by that, I mean she could TASTE.  Yes, she had great taste, too, but she could try something absolutely new to her, and she would tilt back her head, close her eyes, and pronounce, “Fennel.  And thyme.”  She could pick flavors out of anything.
 
So when she tried Ranch dressing for the first time, it was not really rocket science for her to figure out what was in it.  And her frugality would not let her pay for pre-made dressing from the store!  So here is mom’s recipe for ranch dressing, commonly called “Good Stuff” at our house, since my little brother remarked, “This is good stuff!”  

Mom’s Good Stuff

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You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup of mayonnaise
  • 1 cup of buttermilk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp onion salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil, crushed
  • 1  1/2 tsp dried parsley, crushed
I like to use a shaker bottle, but you can just use a bowl and a wire whisk, too.
 
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Put the mayonnaise in the shaker container, and then add all of the spices.

 

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Make sure you crush the basil and parsley before adding.

 

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Blend thoroughly with a spoon.  

 

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Measure 1 cup of buttermilk.

 

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Add the buttermilk, a little at a time, and stir to get the big lumps blended in well.

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Then put the wire into the jar, and shake!

 

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Partially blending with a spoon gets rid of the biggest lumps.  The shaking gets rid of the little ones!

 

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Now you can enjoy ranch dressing goodness made fresh at home!

 

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You can also substitute 2 cups of sour cream for the mayonnaise and buttermilk for a thicker dip.

Now, obey your mom and eat your vegetables!

love,
 
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