15 refreshing homemade tea recipes perfect for any time of the year.
Need a boost to start up your morning but not a big fan of hot coffee and tea? Here are 15 refreshing homemade tea recipes that will keep you energized when your day needs a little pick me up.
With fall upon us more and more of us start baking. Cranberry bread is always a favorite during the fall time, so why not add a zip to your normal cranberry bread. This is such a hearty and delicious bread you will have your family and friends begging for the recipe.
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I am all about water. I drink water all day long, just plain ol’ water. I grew up in a household where we only drank water, because it was not in the food budget to have pop or other beverages in the house. This was of course way before awesome products like DASANI Drops. Now, hubby on the other hand does not like water. AT ALL!! It is seriously like trying to get a kid to eat brussels sprouts or something. He gags, turns his nose up, and just hates it!!
Well thank goodness for products like DASANI Drops. Now, he drinks water all the time. He keeps a huge jug in the fridge with his favorite flavor for the day, and drinks the whole jug daily. Because I am a believer in getting your water daily, this has helped him with his allotted water intake. And, because we are on the go a lot on his days off, I keep a bottle in my purse so when we are eating out, he orders water and squirts his flavor in the water. Yeah, for awesome things like this that help us live a healthier life!
But, just because DASANI Drops are made for water, our use of them doesn’t stop there. Hubby loves yogurt, but we only buy the vanilla for him as he just buys in big tubs. He will squirt a flavor into his yogurt and enjoy something new every day. He really liked the Pineapple Coconut in his yogurt.
There are many ways you can use DASANI Drops. Here are a few that I came up with ~
Add drops to your coffee, hot or cold. Add drops to your favorite protein smoothies. Add drops to oatmeal, yogurt, vanilla ice cream, mix with cream cheese for a fun spread, add to your iced tea, mix with vodka for your favorite fun drink, add drops to milk to make a new fun flavor for the kids (and so much healthier than syrup flavors), add drops to your vanilla pudding, or mix into your vanilla frosting to add a twist to your cake. I am sure you can come up with others?
I can see now how the holiday’s can be more fun if you host a party and offer DASANI Drops for your guests to use to come up with their own favorite beverage flavor. It would be fun to do a contest and see who could come up with the most unique and best tasting beverage using DASANI Drops. Do you have ideas? Leave a comment and tell me how you can use your DASANI Drops.
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Sweet Potato Waffles
1 medium sized sweet potato
1 cup milk
½ cup brown sugar
¼ cup melted butter
1 ½ cups flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
pinch of salt
Start by peeling and cutting up the sweet potato into four wedges. Steam the sweet potato till soft, drain water and mash. Set aside 1 cup of sweet potato mash.
Add all dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl. In a small bowl, mix all the wet ingredients except for the sweet potato mash.
Spoon the wet ingredients into the dry mix, stirring as you go to reduce clumps. Use a spatula to mix well, but don’t over mix the batter.
Spoon your sweet potato mash into the waffle mixture, a spoonful at a time, only mixing until there are no lumps of sweet potato in the batter. Your batter should be a nice light orange color at this point.
Ladle batter into a heated waffle iron that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Cook until the waffle iron indicates your waffle is ready, sweet potato waffles do not require any additional cooking time.
It’s that time of year again, when I am packing like a crazy woman trying to get ready for our main summer vacation. Rock Fest 2015 here we come. I look forward to this 5 days all year long. This year, I decided to have a little extra fun and make some pudding shots, and jello shots. I have made jello shots before, but never even heard of pudding shots till last year at Rock Fest, let alone make them. They are so easy, and dang… so good!! I tried my hand at a couple of my own recipes. Check them out, and make them yourself. Let me know your thoughts.
Root Beer Float
2 Boxes Vanilla Instant Pudding
2 Cups Milk
2 Cups Root Beer Schnapps
1 1/2 Tubs of Cool Whip (8 oz tubs)
Mix pudding and milk till smooth, slowly add root beer schnapps and mix till blended. Fold in Cool Whip, gently till blended nicely. Spoon into cups or dishes of choice. I used 2 oz condiment cups. Place in freezer for a couple hours, and enjoy.
Note ~ to make non alcohol ones replace the schnapps with same amount of root beer pop. Regardless of made with our without alcohol, root beer pudding shots will be a hit at any party.
CCR Pudding Shots
1 Box Chocolate Instant Pudding
1 Cup Milk
3/4 Cup Coffee Liquor
1/4 Cup Root Beer Schnapps
1 Tub Cool Whip (8 oz Tub)
Mix pudding and milk till smooth, slowly mix in coffee liquor and root beer schnapps till well blended. Fold in Cool Whip gently, till nicely blended. Spoon into cups or serving dishes. Place in freezer for a few hours, eat and enjoy.
I named these CCR because I couldnt’ come up with anything else. CCR = Chocolate, Coffee, Root Beer. They might sound a bit strange, but turned out really good. Kinda like a root beer barrel.
Check out Getting my Chocolate Fix
Ok, I know what you are going to say. I am a health/fitness writer and shouldn’t love my sweets. Well if you follow my blog you know I have a sweet tooth.. or a couple! I can’t help it as chocolate is a huge weakness of mine. I have to indulge myself sometimes and after putting this collection together I have to say… dang I want some chocolate!!
I love anything chocolate! Cake, brownies, cookies, drinks, dips, spreads, fudge, etc. If it has the word chocolate in it, I will try it.
What is your favorite chocolate fix ?
My husband and I totally love banana bread!! But, with me trying to eat more gluten free, and him trying to steer clear of lots of carbs, I decided to try my hand at a gluten free, low carb banana bread. This is as close as I could come. I don’t know what the carbs per slice are, but the flour I used is almond meal flour so it has low low carbs. Regardless, it is healthier than any banana bread I have ever made, and tastes just as good, if not better. This bread is great, and really a good one for those staying away from gluten. I have included some affiliate links in this recipe if you want to shop at Amazon for the items I used.
Mix all dry ingredients in one bowl and set aside. Mix wet ingredients in another bowl. Add wet ingredient to dry ingredients and blend well. Pour into large bread pan. Bake at 350 degrees, middle rack, for 40-50 min or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.