Recipe

Beating the Heat

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Pineapple Cooler with Strawberries and Mint

I am an adopted southern woman. Having grown up in Colorado, it has been a beautiful adventure, not only falling more in love with my husband, but my new State of Alabama. It will be a year next month since moving to the Heart of Dixie. I can hardly believe it. Where does the time go!?

However, with the charm of southern living also comes one other little thing: the heat. And when I say heat, I don’t mean slightly warm. More like absolutely sweltering, I think I’m gonna pass out, why did I even shower? kinda heat! Since setting my heart on refinishing some furniture this Summer (for our new place), there is only one spot to do all that refurbing: outside. (Did I mention it’s almost July?)

As much as I love being creative and trying new things (thank you Pinterest!), the timing for this endeavor may not have been the best. Haha. Needless to say, after several hours of sanding and painting in the sun, I was ready for a thirst quencher!

A friend of ours, Ms. Esther, told us about using the rinds of a pineapple to make pineapple water (brilliant). What a savvy thing to do! Who wants to waste all that flavorful, liquid gold? Well, this made a perfect base for today’s new concoction: a Pineapple Cooler with Strawberries & Mint. Wanna beat the heat? Give this little baby a try!

Pineapple Cooler with Berries and Mint

Single Serving

  • 1 C. of Pineapple Water
  • (For Pineapple Water: The Remaining Rinds of 1-2 Pineapples & Water For Boiling)
  • 1 Tbsp. of Honey
  • 1/2 C. of Sliced Strawberries
  • Fresh Mint (Spearmint, Apple Mint, Peppermint, etc. Any will do!)
  • Ice
  1. Bring a pot of water to boil. Add pineapple rinds and boil for about twenty minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  3. Remove rinds.
  4. Store in the fridge until cold.
  5. Fill half a glass with ice.
  6. Top with sliced berries and honey.
  7. Pour pineapple water over the top.
  8. Cut fresh mint into glass and stir.
  9. Garnish with a whole strawberry and mint leaf.
  10. Be refreshed!

Note: You can mix everything together in one large pitcher if you prefer (great for parties!) I just made mine in a single glass today. This ensures lots of berries and mint for each one! If making in a pitcher, consider adding more berries and honey than recipe calls for.

 

 

 

 

 

 

All You Need Is: CHOCOLATE!

Guilt-Free Decadent Dark Chocolate

Guilt-Free Decadent Dark Chocolate

Let’s face it. Who doesn’t like chocolate? It’s the world’s most iconic sweet, the cure for a love sick heart and the epitome of romance. It gives us warm fuzzies and makes us feel loved! Speaking of love and chocolate: it’s almost Valentine’s Day! Chocolate is a scrumptious treat for the “day of love”, not to mention an amazing aphrodisiac!

But… grabbing a box of chocolates from the store, while it may taste great, is not so great for your body. The chocolate itself is full of iron and antioxidants,  but the sugar inside is just waiting to bog you down! Today I whipped up a batch of homemade chocolate that is not only simple, but better (in my humble opinion) than anything you can get at the nearest grocery store.

Whether you’re going out or staying in, below is the perfect recipe for a perfectly divine dessert. Not only does it tastes amazing, it is absolutely guiltless! Does it get any better than that?

 

 

 

 

DECADENT DARK CHOCOLATE

Serves 6

  • 1 C. Coconut Oil (Melted)
  • 1/4 C. Coconut Milk
  • 1/2 C. Honey
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp. Red Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1 C. Special Dark Cocoa Powder
  1. Mix all ingredients together with a whisk.
  2. Line a dish or baking pan with parchment paper.
  3. Then, using a spatula, empty batter into pan.  Be sure to spread the chocolate to all edges, evening out the top.
  4. Optional: Sprinkle sliced almonds or crushed pecans or walnuts on top for a little crunch. Mm!
  5. Pop in the refrigerator for about an hour, or until firmly set.
  6. Delve into your homemade, guilt-free, chocolately goodness!

Store in the refrigerator.