September 22, 2016
by Jane
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School-Snacking 101

Are your children back in school? If yes, then you’re already going crazy when thinking of what to make them for school snacks and lunches. But first things first, have you already bought a lunch box for your little one? If you haven’t yet, we have just the snack box for you—the Joseph Joseph GoEat Snackpot. It will help store your child’s snacks in an organized manner, with the added benefit of being space-saving!

Now that you have the perfect lunch box, let us proceed to the perfect school snack recipes! Here are some of the healthy and delicious snack recipes that your kids will love!

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Now that you have the perfect lunch box, let us proceed to the perfect school snack recipes! Here are some of the healthy and delicious snack recipes that your kids will love…

Goat Cheese and Veggie Pinwheels

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Pinwheels are probably the most versatile school snacks that you can prepare. To get the full list of ingredients, please head to Popsugar.

Using a paper towel, blot the vegetables dry. Spread goat cheese on the tortilla, covering all the edges. Sprinkle the vegetables on top of the cheese. Make sure that you leave about 1 inch of one side uncovered. Roll up the tortilla starting on the side that is covered with vegetables. Don’t worry about the roll unraveling, as the exposed goat cheese will keep the cylinder secure. Slice the roll clockwise to create pinwheels.

The best thing about these is that they are very easy to do! Up next, let us make some bars that will give your children the energy they need!

Cranberry-Oat Cereal Bars

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This can be either a dessert or a sweet breakfast treat! To get the full list of ingredients, please head to Martha Stewart.

Spray the baking sheet with cooking spray. Line it with baking sheet and spray again with cooking spray. Place a large saucepan over medium heat and allow butter to melt. Add in salt and marshmallow. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove pan from heat then add cereal and dried cranberries. Transfer the resulting mixture to the baking sheet. Coat spatula with cooking spray and use it to gently press the mixture. Allow it to cool for 1 hour before slicing into 24 parts.

It’s sweet AND healthy at the same time! Up next, let us make a healthy dip that is to die for!

Layered Hummus Dip

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Hummus dip is for everything! To get the full list of ingredients, please head to Family Circle.

Boil 1 ¼ cup of water. Place tabbouleh on a bowl and pour the boiled water over it. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap for about 5 minutes. Add in lemon juice, parsley, salt, tomatoes, cucumber, and oil. Using a fork, gently fluff all the ingredients to mix. Spread the hummus in a dish. Sprinkle feta on top and layer it with the tabbouleh mixture. Again, sprinkle ½ cup of feta cheese on top.

This dip will change the way your children snack for the healthier. Lastly, let’s have some Asian-inspired snacks.

Chicken Kabobs with Peanut Sauce

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Your kids can’t say no to the yummy peanut sauce! To get the full list of ingredients, please head to Parenting.

Cut the chicken across the grain to make ¼ inch strips. Gently flatten the strips by pounding them with your fist. Place chicken strips on a bowl. Add soy sauce and oil. Coat the chicken strips evenly. Let it marinate for 20 minutes or put it in the refrigerator overnight. Preheat the griddle over medium heat. Remove the chicken strips from marinade. Pat them dry. Then thread them onto the skewers. Place on a griddle and cook for 2 to 3 minutes for each side.

To make the peanut sauce, mix red pepper flakes, garlic powder, scallions, honey, lime juice, soy sauce and peanut butter in a bowl.

These recipes will take your child’s school snack or lunch into an entirely different level!

August 29, 2016
by Jane
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Healthy Brunching At Home

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day–but when it comes to weekends, brunch is. After all, who would wake up early to have breakfast during the weekends, right? Since brunch is technically a weekend breakfast, it is okay to eat something a bit healthy for this meal.

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There are plenty of brunch meals out there, but most of those include deep-fried hash browns and unhealthy grits. On the other hand, many people think that they have to go out to enjoy a healthy brunch. For your information, you can have a healthy brunch at home. You just need a Le Creuset skillet to prepare the following healthy brunch recipes:

Wild Mushroom Frittata with Cheddar, Peas and Green Onions

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When it comes to healthy brunching, frittata is your best friend! For the full list of ingredients, please head to Epicurious.

Preheat the broiler. Place the rack in the second position near the top. In a medium bowl, add eggs, ½ tsp of salt, milk, nutmeg and pepper. Place oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat. Place butter and allow to melt. Add potatoes then sprinkle with pepper and salt. Cook it for 3 minutes. Add in thyme, garlic, mushroom, green onions and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Cook for 4 minutes. Add peas and cook for one to two minutes. Taste and add seasoning based on your preference. Spread evenly on the pan and top off with grated cheese. Pour eggs over the veggies. Reduce heat to low and cook for 2 minutes. Transfer eggs into the broiler. Broil for 4 minutes. Remove frittata from oven and transfer to a serving dish. Allow to cool before slicing into wedges.

Truly, you can fill your frittata with anything you want! Up next. Let us try another healthy variation of a frittata.

Zucchini Frittata

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Enjoy your daily dose of protein in the healthiest way possible! For the full list of ingredients, please head to Fitness Magazine.

Place skillet over medium heat then pour two tablespoons of cooking oil into it. Add onion and zucchini and cook for a minute. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook for 3 to 5 minutes. Add mint, tomatoes, basil, 1/8 teaspoon of salt and pepper. Increase the heat to medium-high and cook for 30 to 60 seconds. Whisk in the eggs and add 1/8 teaspoon of salt and pepper. Add the cooked zucchini and cheese. Stir. Preheat the broiler. Place pan over low-medium heat and add 2 teaspoons of oil. Add the mixture and cook for 2 to 4 minutes. Broil frittata for 1 ½ to 2 ½ minutes. Cut it into wedges then serve.

Who says frittata is boring? Up next, let us try a sweet yet healthy treat!

Maple- Cinnamon French Toast

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For the full list of ingredients, please head to Health.

Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Place the baking dish in the oven and let it warm. Place milk, eggs, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, maple syrup and salt in a large bowl. Whisk until everything is blended. Place 2 slices of bread in the mixture and allow to soak for 2 minutes. Place a skillet over medium heat. Place butter and allow to melt. Remove bread from the batter and let it drain for a while. Place it in skillet and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Flip it at least once. Place bread in a serving dish. Top off with blueberry sauce. Serve.

Now, here’s one French toast you will never forget. Up next, let us try a healthy version of your favorite brunch staple.

Quinoa Pancakes

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Here’s a great way to cook your leftover quinoa. For the full list of ingredients, please head to Popsugar.

Place baking powder, quinoa, salt and flour in a medium sized bowl. Whisk it all together. On a separate bowl, add syrup, butter, milk, eggs and egg white. Whisk until smooth. Combine the two mixtures and whisk well to combine. Place skillet over medium heat and place butter and allow to melt. Place the right amount of batter into the skillet and cook for 2 minutes. Flip and cook the other side for 2 minutes. Do this with the rest of the batter. Place pancakes in a serving dish. Top off with maple syrup and fresh fruits.

Prepare these fit meals for your next brunch date with your girlfriends or family and they will surely love it!

August 29, 2016
by Jane
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Finishing Summer With Fruit Salad

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Do you want a break from the summer heat? Well, we have a delicious solution for that: fruit salad! Consuming fruits are the best way to keep you hydrated and at the same time, satisfy your sweet cravings. Of course, these delicious salads should be served in a gorgeous glass bowl like the Nachtmann Bossa Nova Bowl. This bowl will surely make your salad look more appetizing!

So, what are the best fruit salad recipes for the summer season? Take a look at the recipes that we have below:

Honey Grilled Watermelon Caprese Salads

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There is no better way to eat watermelon than this. Do not forget to grab the full list of ingredients from How Sweet Eats.

Preheat the grill to medium heat. Cut watermelon into triangles and brush each side with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle honey on top of the triangles. Place on the grill and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from grill and drizzle with more honey. Arrange the grilled watermelon in a gorgeous bowl. Sprinkle tomatoes, basil leaves and mozzarella on top. Season with salt and pepper, then drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette.

You will never eat watermelon the same way again. Up next, we have a filling and yummy fruit salad coming up!

Quinoa Fruit Salad With Honey Lime Dressing

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Who would have thought that salads can be this filling? Do not forget to grab the full list of ingredients from Two Peas & Their Pod.

Place quinoa in a strainer and rinse it under cold water. Place a medium sized saucepan over medium heat. Add quinoa, salt, and water and bring it to a boil. Allow to boil for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low and allow to simmer for 15 minutes. Remove quinoa from heat and fluff it with a fork. Set aside and allow to cool. Create the honey lime dressing by whisking honey, mint and lime juice in a medium bowl. Place strawberries, blueberries and mango in a large bowl. Add quinoa and mix well. Put mint leaves on top.

This salad is proof that you do not have to starve yourself to look healthy. Up next is a recipe that mixes our two favorite things during summer—fruits and grilling!

Grilled Fruit Salad

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With this recipe, you would wish that summer was a little bit longer. Do not forget to grab the full list of ingredients from The Healthy Foodie.

Preheat the grill to high heat. Cut the fruits in half and sprinkle with freshly cracked black pepper. Once the grill is hot, place fruits face down and cook for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove fruits from grill and cut into bite-sized pieces. Place slices in a mixing bowl. Use a teaspoon to remove the flesh of the grapefruit. Squeeze the juice over the fruit slices. Add in basil and mint leaves. Toss everything to mix. Place goat cheese, protein powder and Greek yogurt in a small bowl. Mix then allow to stand for a minute. After that, give it a quick stir once more. Place the fruit mixture in a serving bowl. Put goat cheese mixture on top. Garnish with mint leaves, fig halves and pear slices.

This is better than any other grilled recipe that you have tried! Lastly, here’s a fruit salad that packs a punch!

Grape Salad with Basil, Feta and Toasted Garlic

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This fruit salad will give you the right balance of saltiness, tartness, and sweetness. Do not forget to grab the full list of ingredients from Food52.

Place almond in a pan and toss until browned. Place in a bowl. Add in basil and grapes. Arrange in a serving bowl. Place pan over medium heat and add oil. Add in garlic and cook until brown. Pour the garlic and hot oil over the grape mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle balsamic vinegar on top and add crumbled cheese.

The flavors of these healthy snacks will definitely give you a break from the summer heat in the most delicious way possible!

August 29, 2016
by Jane
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Perfect Fits for Lunchboxes

Thinking of what lunchbox meals to prepare for your kids? For sure, this back to school season has parents all riled up. Well, worry not! We are here to help you out!

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But first things first, let us make sure that your children will have a rocking lunchbox! After all, this is the first thing they will see during snack time so you would surely want them to be attracted to it, right? Well, we have just the lunchbox for you—Joseph Joseph GoEat lunch box. This lunch box has plenty of divisions so it can accommodate a full meal. Plus, it is space saving too!

Now that have that covered, let us now proceed to recipe ideas! If you wish to give your children kid-friendly yet healthy and delicious recipes, here are some ideas that you should try:

Crockpot BBQ Chicken

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This is the easiest bbq chicken dish that you can ever make! Get the full list of ingredients from Family Fresh Meals.

Season chicken breast slices with sea salt. Place it in the crockpot afterwards. Place brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, bbq sauce and Italian dressing in a mixing bowl then mix well. Pour the resulting mixture over the chicken in the crockpot. Cover the crockpot and cook chicken on high heat for 3 to 4 hours. Remove chicken from crockpot and allow to cool. Using a fork, shred chicken. Cook the shredded chicken in sauce for 10- 15 minutes. You can serve it over rice, in wraps or in buns.

This will be your child’s favorite snacks! Up next, let us try something healthy yet yummy!

Asian Chicken Salad Lettuce Cups

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This is an appetizer that will be perfect for the lunchbox! Get the full list of ingredients from Betty Crocker.

Place all ingredients, except peanuts and lettuce, in a medium-sized bowl and mix. Get two tablespoons of the chicken mixture and place it into the lettuce leaves. Top it off with peanuts.

See—it can be that easy! Up next, let’s try a classic kid’s favorite.

Pizza Quesadilla

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Who can say no to pizza? Get the full list of ingredients from Food.

Get a non-stick skillet and place it over medium heat. Spray with cooking spray and let it heat up. Once the oil is already hot, place 1 tortilla in the pan. Spread sauce on the tortilla right away. Place layers of pepperoni slices on top of the sauce. Top off with shredded cheese. Top off with another tortilla. Cook until the sides of the tortilla are already brown.

Two favorites—pizza and quesadilla—rolled into one! What can be better than that? Lastly, let us try another take on pizza.

Pizza Roll Ups

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Pizza is always, always a good idea! Get the full list of ingredients from Food.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Coat the baking sheet with cooking spray. Roll dough onto a floured surface. Spread pasta or pizza sauce over the dough. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top. Arrange pepperoni slices on top of the sauce. Roll up the dough. Cut the resulting roll crosswise. Make 10 slices. Place the slices on the baking sheet with the cut side down. Brush oil on top. Top off with parmesan and mozzarella. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

These recipes are the perfect back to school lunchbox meals for your little ones! Be warned, they will keep asking for more once they get a bite of these dishes!

August 29, 2016
by Jane
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Refreshing Summer Wine Ideas

There is no better way to cool down during the hot summer months than having a glass (or two) of your favorite cocktail drinks. If you wish to always have a few cocktails in hand, then you should buy the Vacu-Vin Cocktail Shaker. With this kitchen equipment, you can easily create any cocktail in the comforts of your own home.

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Are you ready to add some flavor to your summer months? Below are some of the cocktails you can make using your shaker.

The Classic White Wine Spitzer

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This is the simplest but most delicious drink you can ever have. Grab the full list of ingredients at All Women’s Talk.

Pour wine into a glass and top off with club soda. Serve.

Wine cocktails have never been this easy. Up next, let us try a fruit-infused spritzer.

Strawberry Wine Spritzer

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Strawberries are made for the summer! Grab the full list of ingredients at All Women’s Talk.

Place ice in the cocktail shaker. Add in 5 ounces of dry white wine, a tsp of sugar and a few strawberries. Shake, then pour into glass. Top with 2 ounces of soda water. 

Now, here’s one strawberry-licious drink! Up next, let’s have another berry-licious drink.

Cranberry Spritzer

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This is the summer cocktail for the win! Grab the full list of ingredients at All Women’s Talk.

Pour two cups of cranberry juice, a cup of club soda (chilled) and a cup white wine (chilled) into a pitcher and mix well. Serve.

Yes, it’s that easy! Next, let us try something citrus-y.

Citrus White Wine Spritzer

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Care to have some lemon in your drink, ma’am? Grab the full list of ingredients at All Women’s Talk.

Place 2 lemon and lime slices along with some ice cubes in the glass. Pour in 4 ounces of white wine and 2 oz of lemon-lime seltzer. Serve.

Just like that, you already have cool summer cocktails! Next, let’s do some magic!

Magic Spritzer

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There can be no simpler recipe than this. Grab the full list of ingredients at All Women’s Talk.

Mix 6 ounces of white wine with 6 ounces of 7-Up and you are ready to go!

Told you, it can be that simple! Next, let’s have some peach-infused wine.

Peach Wine Spritzer

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There can be no better drink than this! Grab the full list of ingredients at All Women’s Talk.

Cut your peaches into 4 slices. Put in the blender then add 2 tablespoons of honey. Puree. Run it through the sieve. Pour into the pitcher. Add a bottle of white wine and add a liter of cold sparkling water. Mix. Garnish with mint leaves and peach slices on top.

Who said wine cocktails have to be complicated? Up next, let’s have some grapefruits!

Grapefruit White Wine Spritzer

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This gives you a tart taste in every gulp! Grab a full list of ingredients at All Women’s Talk.

Stir together 4 cups of grapefruit cocktail, 2/3 cup of sugar and a bottle of wine. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Add 2 cups of cold club soda. Pour over glasses with ice cubes.

This is one heck of a grapefruit spritzer! Up next, let’s have two types of fruits in wine.

Blue Cranberry Apple Spitzer

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This is one delicious treat! Grab the full list of ingredients at All Women’s Talk.

Mix 60 ml of blueberry wine with 60 ml of cranberry juice. Add lemonade to the mixture. Serve and enjoy!

Who would’ve thought that combination would be so delicious? 

Strawberry Basil Moscato Lemonade

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Here’s a fruity drink with a touch of herbs and a spicy kick. Grab the full list of ingredients at Winefolly.

Blend all of the ingredients, except the wine. Strain mixture into the glass with ice. Pour the mixture over your Moscato. Add straw.

Indeed, this drink packs the punch. Up next, let us try something sweet and yummy.

Princess of The Hive

This 5-ingredient drink is just what you need for hot summer nights. Grab the full list of ingredients at Cosmopolitan.

Make the simple syrup by mixing equal parts of sugar and hot water. Stir until the sugar has been dissolved. Fill shaker with ice. Place all ingredients in the shaker, then pour into glass.

These wine cocktails will definitely be your best friend during the hot season!

August 18, 2016
by Jane
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Grownup Popsicle Season

Sometimes, cocktails are not enough to fight off the heat during the summer season. Moments like these call for frozen cocktails! So, what will you need for creating these popsicles? A few alcoholic beverages, some fruits, and a Zoku Character Kit, of course! The kit contains cute popsicle molds that you can use to easily whip up booze-infused popsicles needed to survive the hot season!

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For the adult popsicle season, here are some booze-turned-dessert recipes to try:

Blueberry Peach Tequila Popsicles

Blueberry, peach, and tequila is always a good idea! Grab the full list of ingredients from Food and Wine.

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Place peaches in food processor and puree. Place puree in a bowl and add 2 tablespoons of tequila, 3 tablespoons of sugar, and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Pour about 5 tablespoons of the mixture into popsicle molds. Freeze for 25 minutes then insert a popsicle stick into its center. Place blueberries in food processor and puree. Add 1 tablespoon of tequila, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of sugar. Mix well. Pour 2 tablespoons of blueberry mixture into the mold cover and freeze for 25 minutes. Pour the remaining peach mixture and freeze for 25 minutes. Top if off with the remaining blueberry mixture and freeze for an hour.

Who says lemon is the only fruit for tequila? Up next, let’s add some kick to a tequila-spiked mango popsicle.

Tequila Spiked Mango and Chile Popsicles

When life gives you tequila and mango, turn it into a popsicle! Grab the full list of ingredients from Honestly Yum.

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Chop the mango into cubes. Place the mango slices in the blender and add water, agave, salt, tequila and lime juice. Blend until everything is smooth. Pour the resulting mixture into a popsicle mold. Freeze molds for 1 hour. Afterward, insert the popsicle stick. Freeze for 8 hours or overnight. Run the molds under water for 2 to 3 seconds. Before taking a bite, dip the popsicles in chile powder.

This is one popsicle that packs a punch. Up next, let us try a complicated yet delicious popsicle recipe.

Bacon and Bloody Mary Alcoholic Popsicles

Are you craving for something sweet and savory? Here’s a popsicle to try! Grab the full list of ingredients from Thrillist.

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Fry 4 strips of bacon in a large skillet placed over medium heat for 5 to 7 minutes. Allow to cool down for a while the place it and the rendered fat in a container with a lid. Add vodka then shake well. Allow to stand at room temperature for 6 hours. Place bacon in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Remove the fat layer from the container and allow vodka to pass through the strainer and the funnel. Discard the solids. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a medium bowl, mix chili powder and brown sugar. Dredge the bacon strip into the mixture to coat well. Wrap 1 bacon strip around the breadstick. Place in oven and bake for 15 minutes. Allow to cool down. Make the Bloody Mary mix by blending all of the ingredients. Allow the mixture to pass through the strainer. Pour the liquid into the popsicle mold. Freeze for two hours. Insert the bacon breadstick into the popsicle and freeze for at least 8 hours.

What can be better than a vodka infused bacon popsicle? Up next, let’s try butterscotch-infused adult popsicle.

Poptail O’ Clock Bourbon Butterscotch Latte

Summer is the perfect time for some poptails! Grab the full list of ingredients from Endless Simmer.

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Pour all ingredients into a blender and puree until everything is well combined. Pour the resulting mixture into the popsicle molds. Place in the freezer for 2 hours. Afterward, insert the popsicle sticks into the molds and freeze it overnight. To easily release the popsicles from the mold, run the mold under hot water for 2 to 3 seconds. Enjoy!

So, what do you do with your favorite cocktails during the summer season? Make them into popsicles, of course! These will be the perfect summer treats to combat the hot weather!

July 28, 2016
by Jane
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Why Not All Caffeine Is Created Equally

Who here cannot go through their day without having a cup of coffee? I am sure many of you can’t! As we all know though, a great cappuccino machine is necessary to whip up the best coffee recipes– and I have just the thing: the Capresso EC Pro Professional Espresso & Cappuccino Machine. It is widely used by many baristas all over the world and is very easy to operate, so you can whip up coffee shop-quality drinks in the comforts of your own home.

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I am sure you’re already excited to discover new coffee recipes and that is exactly what we have here. I have decided to compile some of the best coffee recipes for you, coffee lovers! Here are some of them:

Bailey’s Salted Caramel and Espresso Martini

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This recipe makes your favorite dessert liqueurs more delicious as ever! For the complete list of ingredients, please visit Creative Culinary.

Place all the chocolate chips in the metal mixing bowl. Pour water into a medium saucepan and allow it to boil. Hold the bowl of chocolates over the saucepan and allow the chocolate to melt. Stir the chocolate chips to facilitate melting. Lace the rim of your martini glass with the chocolate syrup. Dust it with crushed pretzels. Then set the glasses aside. Pour Zacapa Rum, Bailey’s Salted Caramel, and chilled espresso into a cocktail shower. Add ice, then shake until the entire mixture has been thoroughly chilled. Pour the contents into the glass.

Bailey’s has never tasted this good! Up next, let us try a Nutella-flavored latte.

Salted Nutella Latte

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This will surely be your all-time favorite latte! For the complete list of ingredients, please visit The Faux Martha.

Pour milk and simple syrup in a microwave-safe cup. Add kosher salt and Nutella. Heat the mixture for about 1 ½ minutes. Stir the mixture halfway. Remove the cup from the microwave and froth it in however you like. Add the mixture to your freshly brewed espresso. Stir the latte. Sprinkle cocoa powder on top. Serve.

This is Nutella! What more can we say? Up next, let us try some delicious summer milk drinks!

Banana Fosters Frappe

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It’s banana and coffee time! For the complete list of ingredients, please visit A Sparkle of Genius.

Mix butter, brown sugar, and hot water. Pour it into the blender and add all the other ingredients. Blend until creamy. Serve in a cup and top off with a sprinkle of brown sugar, whipped cream, and a banana slice.

It’s creamy and sweet at the same time! For our next recipe, turn your favorite cake into a delicious drink!

Tiramisu Shake

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Everyone loves Tiramisu! For the complete list of ingredients, please visit A Sparkle of Genius.

Pour espresso in the blender. Pour milk right away. Add in the vanilla ice cream and Mascarpone cheese. Blend until smooth. Pour up to 1/3 of a tall glass then add whip cream. Fill the glass up to the top. Top off with whip cream and dust it off with cocoa powder.

Now, you can drink your favorite cake! Next, let us turn your favorite cupcake into a delicious drink!

Red Velvet Frappe

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Who would not love a red-colored drink? For the complete list of ingredients, please visit A Sparkle of Genius.

Combine cocoa and espresso. Stir well to fully dissolve the cocoa. Pour mixture in a blender. Add ice, ice cream, food coloring, and milk. Blend well. Pour into a glass. Top off with whipped cream.

You will surely love drinking this, especially in hot summer nights! Up next, let’s have some coconut-infused coffee.

Cooling Coconut Cream

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This drink will help cool you down in the tastiest way possible! For the complete list of ingredients, please visit A Sparkle of Genius.

Mix simple syrup and espresso. Add  a cup of ice. Afterward, combine the milk, coconut milk and pour the mixture into the espresso-ice mixture. Make sure to pour it slowly.

There you go—some of the most delicious and inviting caffeinated treats you can ever taste!

July 28, 2016
by Jane
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Crispy Roasted Side Dishes

Side dishes may not be the main act, but they help to complete the entire meal. In fact, you can never say a dish is complete without one. The best side dishes are the crispy roasted ones. Not only can they be healthy, they can also take your meal into a whole new dimension. Plus, they are very easy to make. With that in mind, here are some crispy, roasted side dish recipes that you should know about:

Crispy Roasted Rosemary Sweet Potatoes

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The crispy roasted potatoes give off an aroma that you can’t resist. Get the complete list of ingredients from The Comfort of Cooking.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a small bowl, add the crushed rosemary, oil and melted butter. Get two tablespoons from the mixture and pour it into the 2-

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quart Full Circle Creo Smartglass baking dish. Place the potato slices in a vertical manner in the dish. In between the potato slices, put some shallots. Brush the remaining butter and oil mixture on top of the potatoes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cover the dish with aluminum foil. Roast the potatoes covered for over an hour. Increase the temperature to 450. Remove the foil then roast for 10-15 minutes more. Serve and enjoy!

This is a perfect pair for a hearty meal during the winter season. Up next, let us have a crispy and healthy side dish…

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks

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Who would have thought that cauliflowers can take like real steak? Get the complete list of ingredients from Eat Well 101.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Remove stems and leaves from cauliflower and make sure that the core is intact. Use a large knife to cut the cauliflower into four equal parts. Add oil to your baking sheet and carefully arrange the cauliflower slices. In a bowl, add minced garlic, Italian herbs, salt, pepper, thyme and olive

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oil. Mix well. Use a Swissmar silicone brush or basting brush to brush the cauliflower slices with a generous amount of oil and herb mixture. Roast the steaks for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from oven and arrange on plates. Brush barbecue sauce and sprinkle fresh thyme leaves on top. To prepare the barbecue sauce, just mix all ingredients.

This juicy cauliflower steak comes with a delicious smoky barbecue sauce. Lastly, let us try a delicious twist on carrots.

Garlic Butter Roasted Carrots

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The carrots are tender on the inside and crispy on the outside! Get the complete list of ingredients from Diethood.

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Preheat oven to 425. Spray the baking sheet with cooking oil. Cut the carrots into smaller slices. Place an all clad French skillet over medium heat. Place butter and allow to melt. Add the garlic and cook for about 3 minutes. Stir from time to time. Add in the carrots and toss to combine well. Transfer carrot slices into the baking sheet. Bake carrots for 22 to 30 minutes. Allow to cool down for a while and arrange well in a serving plate. Season accordingly. Top off with chopped parsley. Serve.

These crispy roasted side dishes recipes will make your dinners more complete and tasty!

July 27, 2016
by Jane
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Simply Savory Waffle Recipes

Before we head to the recipes, here’s the one piece of cooking equipment you’ll need to whip up your savory waffles: none other than the Cuisinart Electric Waffle Maker. It’s a must that your waffle maker has a non-stick coating, so your waffles come out perfect!

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With that in mind, here are some of the simply savory waffle recipes that you should try:

Pepperoni Pizza Waffles

If you are a pizza lover, this is one you’ll be able to serve from breakfast to lunch, to dinner! Do not forget to grab the full list of ingredients at So Fab Food.

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Pour warm water into a small bowl. Add yeast and let it dissolve in the water. In a separate bowl, place flour. Pour the yeast water on top. Mix the flour and water until all the flour gets wet. Add in seasonings and olive oil and mix everything well. Place dough on a lightly floured surface. Knead it for a few minutes. Place dough back into a bowl. Cover it with a damp cloth and set it aside for 25 minutes. As you wait for the dough to rise, put seasoning and tomatoes in the food processor. Pulse until everything is smooth and place it in the bowl. Once the dough has risen, cut it to create four balls. Flatten balls to create discs that are 5 inches in diameter. Add a few tablespoons of sauce in the dough and spread it well. Add six pepperonis, two slices of mozzarella and sprinkle with parmesan. Cover with another dough then cook in the waffle maker for 4 minutes.

Pizza lovers will surely love this recipe! Up next, we have a waffle recipe for the potato lovers!

Hash Brown Waffles

This recipe features one of our favorite comfort food turned into another comfort food! Do not forget to grab the full list of ingredients at Babble.

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Spray the waffle maker with nonstick baking spray. Place about 35 to 40 tater tots in the waffle maker. Press the waffle maker down for 5 minutes. Once the waffle is already crispy, you can remove it from the maker and place it in a plate. You can add poached or fried egg on top. You can also top it with salsa and sour cream, or you can sprinkle herbs on top. Another option is to serve ketchup on the side.

Now, we have another way to enjoy Tater Tots! Lastly, we have a waffle recipe that is perfect for the cheese lover.

Savory Spinach Cheese Waffles

You’re in for one cheesy treat! Do not forget to grab the full list of ingredients at Edible Perspective.

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Preheat the waffle maker. Place oregano, pepper, salt, baking powder, flours and almond meal in a bowl and mix everything well. In a separate bowl, put the egg, milk, oil, garlic and applesauce into the bowl. Mix the dry and wet ingredients together. Fold in the cheese and spinach. Allow it to stand for 2 to 3 minutes. Pour into the waffle maker and cook it for a few minutes. Remove from waffle maker. Serve it on a plate topped off with egg and avocado slices.

Waffles are everyone’s favorite dish, whether for breakfast, dinner, or snacks. With the recipes mentioned above, waffles do not always have to be sweet, so YAY for us savory lovers!

July 27, 2016
by Jane
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The Possibilities Of Pecans

You don’t have to be Southern to love pecans. In fact, people from all over the US (and the world!) are in love with this nut. Pecans are great to munch on, but even more magnificent when whipped into delicious deserts. With that in mind, here are some pecan-inspired recipes that you should try:

Homemade Pecan Sandies

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These sandies will surely remind you of your childhood. For the complete list of ingredients, please head to Everyday Dishes.

Place the oil, butter, granulated and powdered sugars in a large mixing bowl. Mix ingredients together until smooth. Add in the vanilla and egg and beat everything until they are properly incorporated into the mixture. After that, let the salt, flour and baking powder pass through your Chef’n Sift’n Sifter and Sieve and into the bowl.

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Mix again until well-combined. Add in the pecans and stir well. Cover the dough and refrigerate it for about 25 to 30 minutes. While you are waiting for the dough, preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Scoop dough, create 1-inch balls, and arrange them on the baking sheet at least 3 inches apart. Press the balls lightly until they are all 1 inch thick. Dust granulated sugar on top of the flattened dough. Bake 10 to 11 minutes. Allow to cool on wire racks before serving.

These sandies are a better version than the ones you find in your grocery store. Up next, let us try a refreshing pecan dessert…

Pecan Pie Ice Cream

This ice cream is for everyone. After all, it is ice cream! For the complete list of ingredients, please head to Homespun Capers.

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The first thing that you should do is prepare the ice cream base. Preheat your oven to 160 degrees. Place pecans, 1 tbsp of coconut sugar, and coconut oil on a baking sheet, then roast them for 8 minutes in the oven. Set aside and allow to cool. Pour almond milk into a saucepan and add in the remaining coconut sugar. Stir the mixture until everything is dissolved. In a separate large bowl, add in maple syrup,  coconut cream, vanilla, almond milk, bourbon, and molasses. Use the Curtis Stone Magnetic Attraction Whisk and whisk the mixture well. Chop the pecans. After that, churn your ice cream as per the directions of the manufacturer.

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Share it with everyone you know. They will surely love it! Last, we have some tasty and delicious post-workout snacks…

Toasted Pecan Turtle Clusters

This will taste better than any other chocolatey, sugary treat you’ve ever tasted! For the complete list of ingredients, please head to Hugs and Cookies XOXO.

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Preheat your oven to 300 degrees and arrange your pecans on high-quality bakeware like the Analon non-stick cookie sheet and toast them for 5 to 8 minutes.

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Set it aside and allow to cool. Place the caramel, butter, and condensed milk mixture in a bowl, to be microwaved. Let it cool a bit. Next, microwave the chocolate as well. Once the pecans have cooled down, arrange the pecans on a wax paper to form clusters. Spoon some of the caramel mixture on top of them. Now, spoon the melted chocolate on top. Top off with a dash of sea salt. Place them in the freezer for a few minutes and they are ready to go!

Whether you’re from the South or not, there is no excuse to not fall in love with these pecan-inspired recipes!