Watermelon-Cucumber Cooler

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Watermelon-Cucumber Cooler 
Martha Stewart

Ingredients

  • 5 cups cubed seedless watermelon (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 1 large English cucumber, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (from 2 limes)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2/3 cup vodka
  • Ice
  • Cucumber slices, for garnish

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Set a large fine-mesh sieve over a large bowl or pitcher. In a food processor or blender, puree watermelon. Pour watermelon puree through sieve, pressing on solids with a rubber spatula (you should have about 2 cups juice). Puree English cucumber and pour through sieve into watermelon juice.
  2. Step 2

    In a small bowl or measuring cup, stir together lime juice and honey. Add to watermelon and cucumber juices, along with vodka. Adjust sweetness with more honey if desired. To serve, fill four glasses with ice and top each with cocktail. Garnish with cucumber slices.

Summer Livin

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

by Alyssa

Now that summer is almost here I have been thinking and dreaming about how I'm going to design my new deck. There are so many great outdoor dining sets, but I've envisioned a wicker set with an all weather table. I want it to have a rustic and beach-like aesthetic that will will make me feel like I'm at a Hamptons beach house on the water.

I decided to check out a home goods store and lo and behold spotted a gorgeous set that had all-weather wicker chairs and a table. I've also been dreaming of a striped umbrella to add to the beach feel and was excited to see they had those too! For some mood lighting, I had been eyeing some lanterns that have battery powered candles. I loved how the lanterns were not glass so that I can feel confident leaving them outside.

I'll share some photos once it's all done. In the mean time, check out my inspiration!








Spaghetti Squash Marinara with Turkey Meatballs

Thursday, May 15, 2014

By: Maryn

All I can say is, "GET IN MA BELLY!". Healthy? Check. Tasty? Double Check. Easy? Check. This meal is the go to replacement for your classic Italian dish and with the calories knocked down and the goodness kicked up. You can be Chef Boyardee and make the meatballs and sauce from scratch or if time is an issue (it certainly is for me), Trader Joe's has delicious ready-to-go turkey meatballs in their refrigerated section and a nice selection of sauces. I am attaching the full recipe for those who want the full Italian kitchen experience. Buon appetito!

 
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Ingredients:

  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 1 Vidalia onion
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 10 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 3/4 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon freshly chopped oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper


Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Wrap the whole squash in foil. Place it on a baking sheet and bake 1 to 1 ½ hours, until tender when pierced with a fork, turning the squash over halfway through cooking. Set aside to cool.
  3. Heat a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat and coat with cooking spray. Add the onions and garlic and cook for two to three minutes, until softened. Add the plum tomatoes, tomato paste and basil. Simmer gently for 15 minutes. Set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine the turkey, egg white, shallots, mustard, parsley, oregano and pepper. Mix gently and shape into eight meatballs.
  5. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and coat with cooking spray. Add the meatballs and cook for four to five minutes, turning often, until browned all over. Pour the marinara sauce over the meatballs in the skillet. Cover and simmer for eight to 10 minutes, until the meatballs are cooked through.
  6. Cut the cooked spaghetti squash in half. Remove and discard the seeds. Scoop out three cups of squash from the shell (reserve the remaining squash for future use). Arrange the squash on a serving platter and top with the meatball-marinara mix.

Anti-Maternity Clothes

Monday, May 12, 2014


If you haven't noticed, I've been pretty anti-maternity clothes. I find them totally boring and not up my alley. This shirt is one of the very few maternity items I've purchased. I've always loved baseball t's and I have a bunch so I figured why not? Pretty much everything else I've purchased during my pregnancy has just been a less expensive clothes in a bigger size than normal. Hey, whatever works right?









The Deets:

Shirt: Old Navy Maternity {sold out} | Jeans: AE {sold out} | Shoes: Steve Madden | Bag: Steve Madden {old} | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban via Nordstrom | Ring: AE {old} | Bracelets: Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack and JewelMint

Beauty Tip: GrandeLASH

Friday, May 9, 2014

By: Maryn

Have you ever wanted longer, thicker lashes or thicker brows? Today is your lucky day! May I introduce you to GrandeLASH by Grande Naturals. In just 4-8 weeks you will start to notice a change in your lashes and you'll be hooked. My lashes weren't sparse to begin with but you can always use a little length and fullness so I tried this magic product and it works! People started noticing and would interrupt me mid-conversation to ask about them.

This serum comes in a mascara sized wand that is super easy to apply in the morning and at night to the upper lash line. The formula is proven and safe and allows your lashes and brows to grow naturally. In the beginning you may have a little sensitivity on the lash line, but it goes away quickly.

You can buy it today for only $64 (Half the price of Latisse) plus get a 10% discount with code MOXIE10 on ShopBeautyMojo.com! Be sure to also check out their great mascara that conditions and helps aid last growth and GrandeHAIR which promotes new hair growth and thickening. 



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