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Salted Caramel Apple Cinnamon Smoothie and a GIVEAWAY!

I know it is September, I know that everyone is all apples and sweat shirts and let’s drink Pumpkin Spice Lattes but if you are south of the Mason Dixon or my friend Natalie in California it is still hot. Like summertime hot.

Salted Caramel Apple Cinnamon Smoothie

So I am having a hard time getting into the fall recipes. But since October is only like a week away I figured I needed to get on board. So, today I have the perfect compromise Salted Caramel Apple Cinnamon Smoothie, all of the wonderful flavors of fall, fresh apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, caramel, in a light ice cold smoothie that works if the weather won’t cooperate!

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The major flavor comes from caramelizing freshly chopped apples, this doesn’t take that long but it adds a ton of flavor. I let the apples simmer in a little butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar until tender. Then let them cool. I added them to the blender with ice, milk, frozen fat free cool whip and gave it a whirl. I topped it with caramel sauce and sea salt.

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It’s that simple!

Wouldn’t it be nice to be sipping on one of these smoothies and playing on a brand new iPad Mini?! Some of my awesome blogger friends and I are giving away an iPad Mini to celebrate our friend Kelley’s Birthday!

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She is turning the big 3-0 today! So hop over to her blog and wish her a happy birthday and follow the link below the recipe to enter to win!

Salted Caramel Apple Cinnamon Smoothie and a GIVEAWAY!
Recipe type: Drink
Prep time: 
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Serves: 2 large, or 4 small
 
Ingredients
  • 2 Honeycrisp apples, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups frozen fat free cool whip (you can use vanilla ice cream, I just wanted to lighten it up)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup ice
  • 2-4 tablespoons caramel sauce for drizzle
  • sea salt (to taste)
Instructions
  1. Heat a small sauce pan to medium heat.
  2. Melt butter in skillet, when butter is melted add chopped apple, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Stir well so apples are evenly coated with sugar and cinnamon.
  3. Reduced heat to medium low, cover and let simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. After five minutes, stir and let it simmer another 5 minutes.
  5. Remove apples from heat and let cool.
  6. When apples are cool scrap apples and juice into a blender. Add frozen cool whip, milk and ice.
  7. Blend for 30 seconds or until smooth.
  8. Pour drinks into glass and top with caramel sauce and sea salt.

 

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Raspberry Red Wine Slushy with Chocolate Whipped Cream

I don’t know about you guys but it has been a week and a half around here. And it is Thursday…Thursday morning to be exact. How we will make it to Saturday I have no clue. I am thinking I might have something to ease the pain though.

Raspberry Red Wine Slushy with Chocolate Whipped Cream...the ULTIMATE girls night drink!! www.maebells.com

Slushy anyone?!

Raspberry Red Wine Slushy with Chocolate Whipped Cream...the ULTIMATE girls night drink!! www.maebells.com

Let’s face it. Drinks are way more fun with whipped cream.

Want to know what makes fun drinks even more fun? Chocolate whipped cream.

Want to know what makes it super fun? If it is a wine slushy topped with chocolate whipped cream.

Raspberry Red Wine Slushy with Chocolate Whipped Cream...the ULTIMATE girls night drink!! www.maebells.com

After I made the Mango Moscato Smoothies I was totally hooked on the idea of a wine slushy. I have never liked slushies before but I was fairly sure I could get on board with the idea of wine+fruit+ice in a nice, ice cold drink. After all, we still have two official weeks of summer left!

So I tried and failed at a red wine slushy several times. I tried strawberries, blueberries, a mixture of the two, and a couple different wines until I settled on a sweet red wine and frozen raspberries. Ah-mazing! Totally what I had been searching for, but something was missing. It needed a little extra oomph.

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When in doubt add whipped cream. Always, always add whipped cream.

So I beat some heavy whipping cream, sugar, and cocoa powder in the mixer, topped these babies off, and called it a day.

Perfection my friends. Complete and total perfection.

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What are you waiting for?! Drink up!

Raspberry Red Wine Slushy with Chocolate Whipped Cream
Recipe type: Drink
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • For the Slushy
  • 1 cup sweet red wine
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (optional)
  • 1 cup ice
  • For the Chocolate Whipped Cream
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
Instructions
  1. To make the slushy blend the wine, frozen raspberries, and sugar (optional) for 30 seconds. Strain slushy mixture through a mesh strainer to remove any raspberry seeds. Place the strained slushy mixture back in the blender with one cup of ice. Blend 30 more seconds. Place mixture in freezer while you make the whipped cream.
  2. For the chocolate whipped cream: Beat the heavy cream, sugar and cocoa powder with an electric mixer for approximately 5 minutes or until stiff peaks form.
  3. To assemble, pour slushy into glasses and top with whipped cream.

 

 

 

 

Mango Moscato Smoothie

Are you melting yet?

I am.

Mango Moscato Smoothie

I have said it before and I will say it again. Summer is just not for me. I try really hard to enjoy the best of what each season has to offer, and while I do love the produce summer brings, I would gladly trade these perfect tomatoes for 70 degrees and sunny.

I am so over summer that I just ordered a bunch of fall clothes. Scarves, sweaters, cardigans, leggings, the works. Of course I can’t wear any of it yet, unless I want to suffocate, but in my mind the leaves are already changing and pumpkin is on the horizon.

Mango Mascato Smoothie AKA the best thing that has happened all summer long! Two ingredients!
Since it appears summer is showing no signs of slowing down I am bringing you the best invention ever. A Mango Moscato Smoothie. AKA the best thing that has happened all summer long. Just two ingredients here, frozen mango and moscato wine. Give it a go in the blender and suddenly your day just got a little better!

So here’s to Thursday, but wishing it was Friday! Cheers!

Mango Mascato Smoothie AKA the best thing that has happened all summer long! Only two ingredients!

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Mango Mascato Smoothie
Recipe type: Drink
Cook time: 
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Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup chopped frozen mango
  • ½ cup moscato wine
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in the blender and blend for 20 seconds or until smooth.
  2. Enjoy!

 

 

 

Shaken Iced Mocha

My normal weeknight ritual if Mr. Maebell isn’t home is to come home, let the dogs outside, change clothes, fill up gigantic bowls of cold water for the boys and make a nice ice cold drink for me and we spend an hour outside.

After spending an entire day at work staring at a computer screen, I do not want to look at my phone, a computer, or  a TV. It is my time to unwind and unplug. Most of the time I walk around and play fetch for an hour straight with the little guy. But sometimes I just sit in the shade and read a magazine or sit there with my eyes closed. There is something to be said for pausing for a few minutes during the day, breathing in fresh air, and letting the sun shine on your face.

Super Simple Shaken Iced Mocha

There is also something to be said for drinking big glasses of iced coffee mixed with dark chocolate. There are lots and lots of things to be said about that, actually.

I love a good iced coffee, in pretty much any flavor or variety but my favorite at home version is insanely easy. It just requires iced coffee concentrate, fat free half and half, dark chocolate syrup, ice, and  mason jar.

Here is how we do it!

Fill your mason jar up with ice and pour in about 1/2 cup- 3/4 cup coffee. Then add in your half and half. You can also use milk here, but I like to live on the wild side.

Super Simple Shaken Iced Mocha

Now, you just pour in about 2 tablespoons of syrup, you can totally adjust this to your liking.

Super Simple Shaken Iced Mocha

Then tightly close the lid and shake the heck out of it!

Super Simple Shaken Iced Mocha

Carefully unscrew your lid and drink up!

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Shaken Iced Mocha
Recipe type: Drink
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup - ¾ cup iced coffee
  • ¼ cup fat free half and half
  • 2 tablespoons dark chocolate syrup
Instructions
  1. Fill a mason jar ¾ full with ice, pour in coffee, cream and syrup.
  2. Tightly screw lid on top and shake until everything is well blended.

I use the cold brew method, you can find instructions here.

 

Blueberry Lemonade

Easy Blueberry Lemonade

My summer has had painfully little pool time and absolutely no beach time. I haven’t had a sunburn all summer. A weekend or two ago I had two missions, get some serious tan lines and make some killer lemonade.

Let me just tell you, mission accomplished.

I sported my wide brim sun hat and my Audrey Hepburn sunglasses for two days straight. I didn’t get anything accomplished except a tan. And of course, this lemonade.

Easy Blueberry Lemonade

At first I planned to make regular old lemonade. Why mess with something so perfect? But leave it to me to trash up a classic. I ended up making a blueberry syrup infused with lemon zest, added it to freshly squeezed lemon juice and ice cold water. The result? A super refreshing summertime drink.

Easy Blueberry Lemonade

If you glance at the directions they may seem like this is complicated. It really isn’t. It just has a couple different steps. You start by juicing about a half dozen lemons. Then combine water, blueberries, sugar, and lemon zest in a small skillet. Let the blueberry mixture simmer until your blueberries fall apart. Let your blueberry syrup cool and pour it in your blender and blend until everything is a smooth consistency. At this point you can start adding the lemon juice, blueberry syrup and water together. Or you can strain the blueberry syrup through a small mesh strainer (this is what I did) either option will work great!

Easy Blueberry Lemonade

So next time you’re planning to spend a day pool side whip up a pitcher of this fresh Blueberry Lemonade. You won’t be sorry!

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Blueberry Lemonade
Recipe type: Drink
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup lemon juice
  • 2 cups blueberries (divided)
  • 2 cups water
  • ¾ cup sugar*
  • Zest from 2 lemons
  • Additional water (see directions)
Instructions
  1. In a small sauce pan combine the water, sugar, 1 cup of blueberries, and the lemon zest over medium to medium high heat. Bring the mixture to a simmer and let cook until the blueberries begin to fall apart. (I let this simmer about 10 minutes)
  2. Remove mixture from heat and let cool
  3. When the blueberry syrup is cool pour into a blender and blend approximately 30 seconds. At this point you can strain the blueberry mixture with a fine mesh strainer if you wish.
  4. Juice the lemons until you have ¾ cup of juice, being sure to remove any seeds.
  5. Grab a one gallon container. Pour in the lemon juice, blueberry syrup and fill the pitcher the rest of the way with water and ice.
  6. Add the reserved one cup of blueberries.
  7. *If you like really sweet lemonade increase to 1 cup.