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10 Green Shakes and Smoothies for St. Patrick’s Day

For St. Patrick’s Day it is traditional to make everything green, and that includes beverages!  Here is a collection of 10 Green Shakes and Smoothies for the holiday.

Looking for a delicious treat this St. Patrick's Day? Check out these delicious green shake and smoothie recipes and treat yourself.

Some of the drinks are healthy, and some are more desserts.  But they would all make a delicious snack for St. Patrick’s Day this year.

Pineapple Mint Smoothie

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This Pineapple Mint Smoothie is one of my favorite healthy snacks!

Pineapple Mint Smoothie - an easy smoothie made of pineapple, mint and ice - perfect for warm summer days

It is a super easy smoothie, which is one of the reasons I like it.  It is nice not to have to spend time chopping up lots of ingredients.

Matcha Pear Green Smoothie

Matcha Pear Green Smoothie - A healthy green smoothie, perfect for St. Patrick's Day. A healthy blend of pears, banana, spinach and green tea powder with almond milk.

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St. Patrick’s Day will be here soon, and what better way to celebrate than with a healthy green smoothie, like this Matcha Pear Green Smoothie.

Matcha Pear Green Smoothie - A healthy green smoothie, perfect for St. Patrick's Day. A healthy blend of pears, banana, spinach and green tea powder with almond milk.

I bought some Matcha Green Tea Powder a few months ago, because of its antioxidant properties. I am trying to eat more healthy foods, and I have heard lots of people raving about the advantages of green tea powder, so I figured why not give it a try? I am not a big fan of green tea, so after I bought it the powder just ended up sitting in my pantry until I decided to use it in this smoothie.

Japanese Inspired Bloody Mary

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Football season is in full swing, and my husband and I are enjoying all the action and excitement! We don’t get to many games in person, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a fun Homegate experience while we watch our favorite teams. This past weekend we created a Japanese themed Football party featuring a Japanese Inspired Bloody Mary and Sushi.

Japanese Inspired Bloody Mary - add some lime juice and Sake to a Bloody Mary cocktail, and top it off with pickled ginger and lime. A fun drink that pairs perfectly with sushi.

This made a great change from our typical pizza and chicken wings, and added some spice to the games! Football might not be a big sport in Japan, but that doesn’t mean we can’t mix the two cultures together. Bloody Mary is a cocktail that has lots of variations, so it just lends itself to experimentation. I didn’t want to spend a lot of time putting together our Homegate, so I used a LiDestri Bloody Mary cocktail as a base.

Strawberry Citrus Shake

 

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I love Shakes and Smoothies as a meal replacement or snack, like this tasty Strawberry Citrus Shake!

Strawberry Citrus Shake - a delicious strawberry yogurt smoothie with a hint of lime

I have had smoothies before with strawberries and yogurt, but this shake changes it up by adding a little bit of lime, which gives the smoothie a completely different and refreshing taste.  It is amazing how a small difference like adding the juice of one lime can make such a big difference in taste!

Coke Floats

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My oldest daughter graduated from college over the weekend! This is a huge milestone, so naturally we had to have a family graduation party and celebrate her accomplishments. We had Mother’s Day to celebrate too, so it was a combination party with family and friends. For dessert we had a graduation cake and Coke Floats, which were the perfect ending to a hot and humid day.

Coke Floats - Make a Coke Float with ice cream, sprinkles, chocolate chips and gummy worms for a summertime treat

We made a Coke float bar, which featured Vanilla ice cream, Coke, Diet Coke, chocolate chips, various sprinkles and gummy worms for making the ultimate Coke Float.

Coca-Cola Punch for the Big Game

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The football playoff are in full swing, and that means it is time to get ready for the Big Game!  My family and I are big football fans, but unfortunately this year all our favorites are already eliminated.  But at least that means we can enjoy watching the games, without stressing too much about the results! Here is a great football party we put together featuring some of our favorite foods and an easy recipe for Coca-Cola Punch.

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I wanted to make an fun drink for the Big Game, and a citrus infused Coke Punch seems like the perfect beverage. To make the punch football themed I made football shaped ice cubes.

15 Fabulous Cocktails for Cold Winter Nights

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Winter is the perfect time to indulge in some amazing seasonal cocktails.  Here is a collection of 15 of my favorite drinks, perfect for warming up those cold winter nights!

 

Just click through the slide show to see all the amazing cocktails.

Cranberry Sangria

The holidays celebrations mean holiday cocktails!  And one of the easiest holiday cocktails to make is Sangria, because you can make it ahead of time and chill it until the party starts.  I made this Cranberry Orange Sangria with white wine for one of our holiday celebrations.

Cranberry Orange Sangria - Easy Holiday Cocktail

The Cranberry Orange Sangria is pretty easy to make.  I boiled some cranberries with sugar to make a sweet cranberry flavored syrup, and then drained it off.  Then I combined the cranberry syrup with some white wine, more cranberries, some cinnamon sticks and an orange.  After a few hours of chilling in the refrigerator the flavors have melded into a nice fruity wine, perfect for the holidays.  Make ahead cocktails like this just make hosting a party easier!

Carrot Ginger Spinach Juice

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOne of my New Year’s Resolutions is to use my juicer more!  I bought an Omega J8003 Juicer a few years ago, but I only use it a few times a month.  So I am trying to use it every 2 or 3 days now.  Juicing is a great way to get more fruits and vegetables into your diet, and goodness knows I don’t eat enough vegetables!  I keep buying kale, meaning to use it in juice and then finding it wilted in the back of the refrigerator a week later.

Today I threw out the kale (again), but I did find some spinach to use in my juice.  I combined 2 apples, 3 carrots, about 2 cups of spinach and a 3/4 inch piece of ginger to make some juice for today.  I don’t usually include ginger, and it added a very strong taste to the juice, that pretty much overwhelmed all the other flavors.

Coconut Water Smoothie

With the warmer weather I find I am outside more, working in the garden, hanging out with the kids and generally being more active. All of this means I need to stay hydrated.  I am trying to minimize the amount of artificial sweeteners I have, so diet soda or diet lemonade is not a good drink choice.  Fruit juice and sports drinks taste great, but have way too many calories. Of course I could just drink plain water, and I do, but it is nice to have something more tasty and exciting sometimes, because plain water gets boring if it is all you ever drink.  It turns out coconut water is a perfect drink in this situation, because it is all natural, with lots of vitamins and electrolytes, but only about 25 calories per serving!  I can drink it without feeling guilty about the nutritional value or the calories.

Peach Smoothie

On Saturday I stopped by the Regional Market in Syracuse to browse the selection of fresh, local fruits and vegetables. It was amazing to see the mounds of produce, and it was also amazing to see the crowds of people.  I went at around 10am, and it was packed, and so crowded it was hard to walk.  Clearly many people in the community like the fresh products available.

Hot ButterBeer Recipe

Glass of butterbear with scarf

No Harry Potter movie celebration is complete without hot Butterbeer to drink!  So here is an easy recipe.  I like this one because you melt candy to get the butterscotch flavor, so it doesn’t take long to make.  It is super sweet though, since you take cream soda and add sugar and candy. It even foams up on top for the authentic Harry Potter “frothing foam”.