Happy Things

Hi beauties!  We have had the most perfect weather this week.  Some great rainstorms have brought cooler temperatures and light breezes.  I really hate the heat so this has been a major relief to me!  This weekend I’m looking forward to … Continue reading

4th of July Recipe Round Up

Last year’s 4th of July recipe round-up was a huge hit, so I thought I’d do a new one this year!  Here are some guilt-free cocktails, appetizers and desserts that will make the perfect patriotic treat for the upcoming holiday.  And … Continue reading

Tequila Soaked Watermelon Wedges

Watermelon-good. Tequila-good. Lime-good. Salt-good. Mix all those things together and you get an absolutely delicious concoction that’s sure to be the biggest hit at any party. I saw this on Pinterest recently and just had to try it. I brought these delightful wedges to the 4th of July party we went to and the trays of watermelon slices were empty in minutes. Just make sure you keep the kids away from these! They look like plain watermelon because the alcohol and salt just absorb right into the fruit. It’s like eating a watermelon margarita, without all the calories of the sweet and sour mix. The sweetener in this is agave nectar so it digests in the body easier than sugar does. It has a really low glycemic index and, while it does have more calories than white sugar, it’s about 40% sweeter so you can use less. Read more about agave vs. sugar here.

You will definitely be glad you made these. 🙂

Enjoy!

Tequila Soaked Watermelon Wedges (serves 10-15 depending on size of watermelon)

Ingredients:

  • 1 seedless watermelon, quartered and cut into 1-inch-thick wedges
  • 3/4 – 1 cup agave
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup tequila
  • 1/2 cup Triple Sec
  • 2 limes, halved or cut into wedges
  • margarita salt (or any course salt will do)

Directions:

  • Arrange watermelon in a single layer in two 9-by-13-inch baking dishes.
  • Bring agave, water, tequila, and Triple Sec to a simmer in a small saucepan. Cook, stirring, until agave dissolves, about 30 sec – 1 minute. Let cool slightly. Pour syrup over watermelon wedges, and refrigerate for at least 45 minutes. The longer you let it sit in the tequila mixture the better!
  • Remove watermelon from syrup, and arrange on a platter. Squeeze limes over melon, and season generously with the course salt.
  • Serve and enjoy!

4th of July Recipe Round Up

With 4th of July weekend right around corner, I’m sure many of you plan on attending BBQs and outdoor events.  Here is a round-up of my easy summery recipes that will make for the perfect 4th of July treat!  From healthy sides, skinny desserts and refreshing cocktails, you’re sure to bring a crowd pleaser!

Dijon Parmesan Green Bean Salad

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Caprese Skewers

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Loaded Sweet Potato Skins with Turkey Bacon & Cheddar Cheese

Skinny Pineapple Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting

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M&M Cheesecake Bars (Weight Watchers)

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Blood Orange Sorbet Champagne Cocktails with Fresh Mint

Basil Lime Vodka Freeze

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Flirtinis

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Watermelon Breeze Cocktails

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Watermelon Breeze Cocktails

Our Memorial Weekend was full of great friends, delicious food, sun, swimming and creative cocktails. One of my best friends, Pala Nicole, and I whipped up an insanely delicious and skinny cocktail on Saturday that even had the boys putting down their beers and snatching our glasses for more sips. Of course this was after Jon stated he did not like “fruity drinks” and did not want one of his own. 🙂

Pala Nicole also helped me come up with the very popular and tasty Basil Lime Vodka Freeze, so we are on a roll with delicious and low-calorie drinks. We are going to make this our new tradition whenever we hang out…coming up with new and skinny (and strong!) cocktails.

We made these when it was already dark out so the pictures aren’t as pretty as they would have been in natural sunlight. Oh well.

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This cocktail is a simple and quick combination of watermelon vodka, fresh watermelon and ice. That’s IT! It’s not too sweet and it tastes like real, fresh watermelon. Not artificial tasting at all. It’s really refreshing and the only calories are technically from the watermelon vodka since watermelon is mainly water and extremely low in calories.

Pala Nicole, her fiance Adam, Jon and I spent about 30 minutes trying to come up with a name that would do this delicious cocktail justice. Call it whatever you want…just make it! It’s THAT good. You’re welcome! 🙂

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Enjoy!

Watermelon Breeze Cocktails (serves 4)

Ingredients

  • 4-6 shots of watermelon flavored vodka (we used Smirnoff)
  • 1/2 of a fresh watermelon, cut into chunks
  • 2 cups of ice

Directions

    • Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until mixed well
    • Serve immediately and garnish each glass with a piece of watermelon

Blood Orange Sorbet Champagne Cocktails with Fresh Mint

This is the perfect beverage for the long Memorial Weekend ahead! I made this with my mom for Mother’s Day brunch using champagne, fresh mint from her garden and Ciao Bella Blood Orange Sorbet. Ciao Bella is an all natural brand that uses organic cane juice as the sweetener. While this is still technically sugar and should only be eaten in moderation, it’s much more pure and easy on the body to digest than processed white sugar found in most sorbet.

I used a scoop of this sorbet in each glass of champagne and added freshly chopped mint. It turned out so refreshing and unique. I can’t wait to try it with lemon sorbet and fresh mint! The sorbet was nearly all melted by the time I took the picture, unfortunately. But it’s still a really pretty drink when the sorbet melts.

I hope you enjoy your long weekend and, in between all the sunbathing and drinking, take time to remember all the men and women who gave their lives serving in the United States Armed Forces.

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Enjoy!

Blood Orange Sorbet Champagne Cocktails with Fresh Mint

Ingredients:

  • Dry Champagne
  • Ciao Bella Blood Orange Sorbet (or any flavor would be great!)
  • Fresh chopped mint

Instructions:

  • Pour champagne into each glass
  • Add a scoop of sorbet
  • Garnish each drink with a generous amount of the fresh mint
  • Serve right away

Flirtinis!

What better day to give you a recipe for an easy, strong and skinny cocktail than Friday?!  I first heard about flirtinis on an episode of Sex & The City and just had to try it.  It’s a genius and simple combination of vodka, champagne and pineapple juice.  It tastes like a mimosa made with pineapple juice…you can’t taste the vodka at all.  Which makes this a fantastic and dangerous little concoction!  If you have some grenadine on hand, add a splash to each glass for a bit of color and added sweetness (although this also adds to overall calorie intake).

I like to make these for those nights with the girls when wine just won’t cut it!  They are always a hit. They’re also a great brunch drink.  Just make sure your guests know there’s vodka in them!  These sneak up on you.  🙂

On another note, I’m a proud May sponsor of one of my favorite blogs, Steph’s Bite By Bite, and she gave me a nice little write up today!  Check it out here and take a look at her AH-MAZING treats while you’re at it.  She’s quite the baker…and runner…she’s awesome.  🙂  TGIF!!!

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Enjoy!

Flirtinis

Ingredients

  • Champagne
  • Vodka
  • Pineapple juice

Directions

  • Pour half a shot of vodka into each glass
  • Fill each glass with champagne, leaving your desired room for pineapple juice (I like my pineapple juice to take up about 1/3 of the glass)
  • Serve and enjoy!!!

Basil Lime Vodka Freeze

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Saturday night was spent with great friends, amazing food and refreshing cocktails. We whipped up this delicious, low-calorie drink and it was too good not to share! Here’s the recipe:

Basil Lime Vodka Freeze (Makes 2-4 drinks depending on size of glasses)

  • Peel two limes and put the limes in blender without the rind (may be easier to slice the peeled limes before blending)
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 1/8 cup basil leaves
  • 3-4 cups of ice
  • 8 oz club soda
  • Blend in a blender until it has a slushy consistency
  • Pour mixture in glasses, leaving room for the vodka
  • Pour the desired amount of vodka in each glass and stir
  • Serve and Enjoy!

This cocktail was so fresh and flavorful. Next time I’m going to use mint leaves instead of basil and it will be probably be similar to a slushy mojito.

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