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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!

5.0 from 1 reviews
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!

5.0 from 1 reviews
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!

5.0 from 3 reviews
Blueberry Lemonade
Recipe type: Drink
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Cook time: 
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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.

 

Vanilla Bean Frappuccino

A couple weekends ago I was at Starbucks with a friend. I ordered my usual caffeine filled macchiato and she ordered a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino. I can honestly say it had never crossed my mind to order something at Starbucks that didn’t have any coffee! But I was intrigued, it looked delicious! I tasted it and was totally in love. It is a super fantastic vanilla loaded ice cold drink. I immediately knew I had to recreate it.

Skinny Vanilla Bean Frappuccino

I did some quick googling and figured out most homemade versions of the Vanilla Bean Frappuccino include loads of ice cream. I really wanted to keep this drink on the lighter side of things so I tried a couple different mixtures of milk/yogurt/honey/vanilla and none of it was quite right. Ultimately, I decided the key to this drink is frozen fat free cool whip! Weird, I know. But it totally works. It mimics ice cream in that it adds a great creamy texture but without the calories.

This version is super simple and can be whipped up in a matter of minutes! The only thing even slightly tricky is the vanilla bean. If you haven’t ever used them before, just slice it lengthwise and you will see all of these little black “seeds” (I know they aren’t really seeds, but I don’t know what else to call them) just grab a small spoon and scoop them right into your blender.

And just in case you end up as addicted to this drink as I am and don’t want to spend all your money on vanilla beans look in the ethnic food section at your grocery instead of the baking aisle. They are likely much cheaper! And If you happen to have a World Market near you, they are even cheaper!

Skinny Vanilla Bean Frappuccino

What are you waiting for? Drink up my friends!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Vanilla Bean Frappuccino
Recipe type: Drinks
Prep time: 
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Serves: 2+
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups ice
  • 1½ cup frozen fat free cool whip
  • 1 vanilla bean split lengthwise and inside scooped out
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons honey
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a bender and blend for one minute or until ice is totally crushed.
  2. This makes 2 large cups or 4 small cups

 

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Continuing our week of girl food, what is more girly than a bright pink smoothie? Nothing I tell you, not a thing!

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

I have been making smoothies like a mad woman lately. I just cannot get enough! There is so much perfect fresh fruit this time of year it is pretty much all I want. And now that I have mastered adding greens to my smoothies I have decided that by adding ginormous handfuls of spinach to smoothies means that I am basically just drinking salad, right? This means it is surely okay to forgo my daily salad for lunch in favor of pizza, right?

Yes! Thank heavens we are all on the same page.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Today’s smoothie doesn’t have any spinach in it, but it is full of sweet strawberries, banana, yogurt, milk, and honey. It is thick, sweet, and ice cold! What more could you ask for?

I really like making this smoothie for breakfast. All of the fruit, with the addition of yogurt and milk really helps to fill me up, and keep me full.

But I am so bad about making more than I can actually drink. When I do that, I just pour any extra smoothie into ice cube trays and let it freeze. Then you can just pop a couple ice cubes and a liquid of your choice (milk or any juice will do) in the blender and you have a super fast snack without any measuring or getting out a bunch of different ingredients. I imagine this would be especially convenient  if you have hungry teenagers in your house this summer. It only dirties up a blender!

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

5.0 from 2 reviews
Strawberry Banana Smoothie
Recipe type: Drinks
Prep time: 
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Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 1 6 ounce container yogurt (vanilla, strawberry, or strawberry banana would be great)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons honey
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in blender and blend for 30 seconds to one minute or until it reaches a smooth constancy.

 

Blended Coconut Mocha

Blended Coconut Mocha

Growing up my family was split into two teams.

Team Mom, Team Dad, Team Brown eyes, Team Blue eyes, Team gimme-all-the-coconut, Team I-will-die-if-I-eat-one-shred-of-coconut. As I sit here writing this, sipping a Coconut Mocha can you guess which team I am on?

Yep, team leader for the brown eyed, coconut lovers right here. My blue eyed, I-prefer-a-coke-float counterparts are rolling their eyes.

Whatever. More for me :)

I have shared my love for the combination of coconut, coffee, and rich dark chocolate before when I shared the Coconut Mocha Snack Mix. That was earlier in the year when it was too darn cold to be walking around drinking icy drinks. Lucky for us, summer is in full swing which means it is all but required to make this ice cold chocolaty drink to bring in the new season.

Just in case you have never had it this is a knock off of Starbucks Coconut Mocha Frappuccino. I tried this drink for the first time years and years ago in Hawaii, and fell head over heels in love. Since then they have occasionally brought it back during the summer. The last couple years I have eagerly waited for summer to come around to see if they would bring back my beloved drink, but no such luck.

Blended Coconut Mocha

That is why I had to come up with my own version, which has probably saved me a ton of money and calories, so I should probably be grateful. I like to keep things simple so no crazy ingredients here, just coffee, milk, coconut extract, vanilla syrup and some chocolate. But the key is to add some toasted shredded coconut to the top. So. Good.

You can use this recipe as a base and adjust to your preferences. Want more chocolate? Do it! Want more coconut? By all means, go for it! One thing is for sure, you have to give this one a try. It is the best way to beat the heat!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Blended Coconut Mocha
Recipe type: Drink
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 1-2
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup cold coffee
  • ¼ cup milk or fat free half and half
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla syrup
  • 5-7 ice cubes
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder*
  • ½ teaspoon coconut extract
  • ⅛ cup shredded coconut for toasting
Instructions
  1. Heat your broiler to low and place the coconut in a oven proof dish, let it sit under the broiler 30 seconds to one minute or until golden brown. Let the toasted coconut cool.
  2. Combine cold coffee, milk, vanilla syrup, cocoa powder and coconut extract in a blender. Add ice cubes and blend approximately 40 seconds until ice cubes are totally crushed.
  3. This makes one large drink or two small drinks as pictured.
  4. *For a sweeter more chocolaty version use a tablespoon of chocolate syrup in place of the cocoa powder.

I used the cold brew method for the coffee, you can find that here.

Strawberry Milk

I know what your thinking…”Um..how old are you?”
The answer is, probably too old to be drinking strawberry milk.

Strawberry Milk

But this is sooo good! Like crazy wonderful fantastic good!

This whole thing started because I realized one day, as I was staring into the fridge trying to decide what I wanted, I couldn’t remember the last time I had a glass of milk. I mean I cook with it and I pour it over my cereal, I add it to smoothies, but just drink a big glass for the heck of it?
Nope. I have no idea when the last time that was.
And I am not anti-milk or anything like that, we had a dairy farm just down the road from the farm I grew up on so I actually have an appreciation for the stuff. Or at least for the little farmer man next door. :)

I am getting off topic. Anyway, strawberries, milk, honey, vanilla. DO IT! These four simple ingredients make such a wonderfully refreshing drink you will be wondering why the heck the grocery store version has so many chemicals and preservatives.

Strawberry Milk

As a big bonus this same recipe makes a mean strawberry smoothie if you just use frozen berries instead of fresh. Either way, you absolutely cannot go wrong!
So grab your blender and give this a whirl!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Strawberry Milk
Recipe type: Drinks
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 2-4
 
Ingredients
  • 2 heaping cups of chopped strawberries
  • 2 cups milk
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a large blender, blend approximately one minute until strawberries are completely crushed and incorporated, Serve ice cold!
  2. This makes approximately 40 ounces. So 2 large servings or 4 small servings.