Sparkling lemonade

sparkling lemonade

When I was growing up, we had a lemon tree in my backyard and my mom used to frequently make lemonade from scratch when lemons were in season. Our tree would overflow with lemons onto the floor in summer. She has moved houses since, but this house has lemons too. I don’t think they have given much fruit off lately though.

I love making homemade lemonade in the summer, whether with extra lemons from a backyard tree or, as it happened recently, after realizing a bought a bag of lemons to use in savory dishes and I forgot to use them.

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Lavender chai latte


I’m not a pumpkin spice latte girl. I’d much rather have apple cider, hot cocoa, or a chai latte. Those flavors all say fall to me just fine. Now that I’m working in a cafe that serves a delicious lavender chai latte, and I’ve been into lavender lately, lavender chai lattes mean fall to me too.

The lavender chai latte is a sweet, warm hug in a mug. I highly encourage you to give it a go.

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3 refreshing and easy coconut milk drinks


Lately I’ve been trying to drink less milk. I’m not sure if I’m actually lactose intolerant but I’ve just been trying to drink less milk any way. Currently I have one bottle of almond milk and one bottle of coconut milk in my fridge to substitute in my coffee, cereal and smoothies. I decided that coconut milk in coffee is gross, but tastes great in a smoothie.

For these drinks, I used coconut milk beverage in a carton (from Trader Joe’s), not to be confused with thick coconut milk in a can.

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Chocolate banana berry smoothie

Chocolate banana Berry smoothie

I don’t know about you, but warm weather makes me want a smoothie every day of the week. It’s so much fun to create a healthy (or indulgent) cup simply by  throwing some things things in a blender.

My sisters get nervous when I ask them to try one of my smoothie creations because they know my history of mixing some crazy concoctions in the blender. They have to ask about the ingredients to make sure the drink doesn’t have too many odd flavors. For instance, have you ever had a smoothie with hot sauce, cocoa powder and spinach? Yeah, I’ve been there.

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