Immune Boosting Green Smoothie w/Coconut Oil


My immune system has been cursed this winter. Just as I’ve finally kicked one bug to the curb another creeps in. I suppose that’s “what happens” when your kids start playing with other kids and the only thing they share well are germs. After having McLaren, I admittedly haven’t taken the best care of my health. I eat whatever’s quick, haven’t worked out in an embarrassingly long time, don’t get enough sleep and sometimes let the stresses of life get the best of me. So I suppose the germs my kids bring home aren’t the only thing to blame for my less than stellar immune system.

A couple weeks ago the kids and I passed around a brutal cold that kept me in bed for a couple days. Determined to kick it, I did a little research on foods that boost your immune system and discovered the benefits of coconut oil. I had actually just purchased some from Amazon to use as a deep conditioner on my hair (seems like a miracle food really). But, on top of being a great deep conditioner for hair, extra virgin coconut oil contains anti-viral properties that help fight off viruses. (Check out this site for additional benefits of coconut oil)
I added a couple tablespoons to a vitamin packed green smoothie for a cold busting treat.
Immune Boosting Green Smoothie w/Coconut Oil
Makes approx. two, 10 oz servings
4 cups greens (I used a mix of spinach, kale, and chard)
1 cup strawberries, hulled
1 orange, peeled
2 T extra virgin coconut oil
1 tsp grated ginger
1/4 c apple juice
1/4 c mint leaves
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Purée until smooth (I use the juice button on my blender).
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This smoothie is definitely a new go-to of mine!
What immune boosting tips do you swear by?

Watermelon Margarita (On the Rocks)

Watermelon Margarita
I’m having a hard time letting go of Summer. I felt like it came and went in a blink and I barely have any kind of tan to show for it. Sigh.
Anyway, Summer or not, I still love a good margarita and this watermelon margarita is no exception. I bought one of those personal size watermelons (though I can’t imagine eating one of these all by myself!) in part because I always think they look so darn cute. I found that the miniature size was much more manageable and I didn’t have to spend a half hour just cutting up a massive melon.
Most watermelon drink recipes will have you using a blender and running the juice through a mesh strainer. That’s one way to do it, but muddling chunks of melon produces similar results and involves less clean up (very important).
Watermelon Margarita (On the Rocks)
Makes One Drink
1 c. cubed watermelon
1/2 lime, juiced
2 oz. Patron (or tequila of choice)
1/2 oz. triple sec
1/2 oz. simple syrup
coarse salt or sugar for rimming, optional
Scatter coarse salt or sugar onto a plate. Use a lime wedge to wet the rim of a glass. Dip the rim of the glass into the salt until the edge is covered in a salt ring. Fill the glass with ice.
In a cocktail shaker, add the cubed watermelon, juice of 1/2 a lime, and simple syrup. Muddle the watermelon until ample juice is produced. Add tequila, triple sec, and ice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Strain into the salt rimmed glass. Garnish with a lime and watermelon wedge.
Drink. Repeat.


Watermelon Margarita

St. Germain Gin Fizz Cocktail

Despite this week’s holiday, (thank you Labor Day) this week has been a long one. Shortened work weeks seem to always make the days longer as I try to cram in a full week’s worth of work into four days. Nevertheless, it’s Friday so it’s time to rejoice, relax, and sip on a delicious libation.

I can’t take credit for this one… One of the hubs’s buddies who is in the alcohol industry, came into town last weekend. As a result of his profession, he has a hand for crafting delicious cocktails. He prepared this one for me one night and I’m hooked. The trick is all in the ratios.
St. Germain Gin Fizz Cocktail
Makes one drink
2 ounces gin, Hendricks
1 ounce elderflower liquor, St. Germain
1 ounce lemon (approx. one half lemon)
1 ounce club soda
1/2 ounce simple syrup
Sliced cucumber
Freshly ground pepper

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add gin, elderflower liquor, lemon, and simple syrup. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Strain into an ice filled glass. Top with club soda. Garnish with cucumbers and freshly ground pepper.
Drink. Repeat.

College Football Season Kickoff: The Buckeyetini


The Buckeyetini, An Ohio State Cocktail

If you’ve read our ‘About Us‘ section, you know that Steph and I are both proud alums of THE Ohio State University. With the college football season kicking off this weekend, we thought it would be fun to dedicate this Friday’s cocktail to our favorite team!

Not only is this cocktail scarlet, but it’s also apple flavored, so it pretty much screams fall! Since the game starts at 8 pm, the addition of the Cranberry Red Bull (thanks Yvonne and Gavin!) will make sure you don’t doze off at half time. And, in an effort to bring in some grey (to get our ‘scarlet and grey’), we used silver sprinkle sugar for the rims of the glasses.

Since Ohio State doesn’t play till Monday, you’ve got a few days to go and get your ingredients. GO BUCKS! BEAT VIRGINIA TECH!! (Sorry Hokie fans, we still love you!)

Buckeye Punch

2 oz. Sour Apple Schnaps
1 oz. Vodka
2oz. Cranberry Red Bull

Grey (silver) sprinkles for rim

Prepare your glass. Pour silver sprinkles into a shallow bowl.  Rub a lemon wedge around the rim, turn the glass upside down and twist in the sprinkle bowl.

Pour all ingredients except Red Bull into cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into glass. Add chilled Red Bull and stir gently. Cheers!

The Buckeyetini, an Ohio State Cocktail



Back-to-School Gin and [Grape] Juice

It has been a week! This back to school routine is taking a toll on us. With early wake up calls, jam-packed days, and rushed evenings, we’re pretty much collapsing into bed around 9:30.

Usually we’ll wait till Friday to treat ourselves to a cocktail. This week we made it to … Wednesday. Eeek.

I have to give my husband full credit for this cocktail. He has gotten very crafty with his bartending lately and I have been the lucky (and buzzed) beneficiary. He’d come across a cocktail he wanted to make called ‘Indian Summer’ (apropos), but found that we didn’t have all the ingredients. So he improvised and came up with this beauty. It actually uses Welch’s concord grape juice (which we have, because we have kids), but don’t let that scare you – the taste of the cocktail is more complex and sophisticated than you’d expect. Here’s how he made it.

Back-to-School Gin and [Grape] Juice

Makes two cocktails


3 oz. Gin
1 oz. St Germain (yes, we’re obsessed)
4 oz. Concord grape juice
1 oz. Lemon juice
Lemon wedge, for garnish


Pour all ingredients into a shaker. Fill with ice. Shake vigorously and pour into lowball glasses. Garnish with a lemon wedges. Cheers!!