Appetizers/Snacks, Beverages, Desserts, Fruit, Smoothies, Vegetables

Berry Spinach Smoothie

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I’d heard before that putting spinach in a smoothie is a great way to incorporate more of it into the diet.  I was skeptical because although I like spinach for a lot of things, the idea of putting it in my fruit-sweet smoothie didn’t appeal to me.  After being sick all week, any little bit of extra help getting better is worth the try!

Originally I left out the strawberries and I could taste enough of the spinach to know I wouldn’t finish the smoothie that way.  So I tossed a few in the blender and voila!  No more spinach flavor.  Yay, me!

I say a small handful of spinach because that’s just what I did.  Then I got worried that there may be some of you out there panicking right now at the idea of having to guess at the measurement.  It’s ok, I do it too.  So I went back to the bag of spinach, pulled out the same amount and counted the leaves.  Just for you.  Because I’m cool like that.  I counted 18 leaves.  So give or take, it’s a small handful.


  • 1 medium orange, peeled
  • 8-10 red seedless grapes
  • 5 strawberries, hulled
  • 4 heaping spoons full plain unsweetened yogurt
  • 1/4 cup raw almonds
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • small handful baby spinach
  • ice, as much or as little to get the texture you like

Directions (in case you’re uncertain how to make a smoothie)

1.  Pour everything into the blender and blend.

Beverages, Coffee

Iced Coffee

Five More Bites Iced Coffee Shanna Dee Photography
This was perfected with the help of my mom while she was in town visiting.  The kids wanted to help taste test which lead to a lot of jumping and silliness but in the end I think it turned out as good as what you’d find in any coffee shop!  If you have the time and patience (which I don’t), I also recommend making coffee ice cubes ahead of time so your drink isn’t diluted when it comes time to pour it over ice!
Makes one serving, so if you plan on making more than one I recommend mixing in a blender. 


  • 1/8 cup refrigerated liquid coffee creamer – your choice of flavor – I’ve used both (Coffee Mate) French Vanilla & Vanilla Chai Spice
  • 1/8 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp (or just a sprinkle) nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1 cup coffee

The glass I used holds approximately 14 oz of liquid.
1.  Start by adding coffee creamer, cream, cinnamon, nutmeg & honey.  Mix well.
2.  Add ice cubes/coffee cubes
3.  Fill your glass half full with coffee and mix well.  
4.  Add the rest of the coffee, mix again and enjoy!


Spiced Tea

2 Cups Tang
1 1/2 Cups Sugar
3/4 Cup Instant Tea unsweetened
1/4 Cup Lemonade (I like wylers)
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1 tsp. cloves (crushed)

Mix all together and store in an air tight jar! 2tsp. per cup of hot water.
This is great for the Fall or Winter, or as a gift for a neighbor with a cute note!

Beverages, Spirits

Mint Mojito

Mint Mojito © 2008
Makes one serving:

2 T white sugar
24 mint leaves
Juice of 4-5 key limes (about 2 oz)
1.25 oz. Light or Golden Rum (I used light, but have heard Golden is tasty!)
2 oz club Soda
If you have a mortar and pestle use it! If not, simply put mint leaves, sugar and lime juice in a bowl and crush with a spoon until the leaves are softened in the mixture. Pour into drink mixer (if you don’t have a mixer just pour into a glass).
Add Rum, 4-5 drops Bitters then fill with club soda. If you’re using the drink mixer hold onto the lid TIGHT and shake once or twice. If you’re using a cup, quickly pour from one cup to another to mix well, then back again. Pour into your glass and enjoy!
This is Rachel’s recipe that she shared with me…thanks luv!

Beverages, Coffee

Almond Extravaganza

Almond Extravaganza © 2008 

1 steaming mug of your favorite coffee

1/4 tsp Almond Extract (more or less depending on taste)

Shake of French Vanilla coffee creamer ( I like Coffee*mate )

Dash of Nutmeg

Whipped Cream from the can

Pour Almond Extract into your favorite mug, add Coffee.  Spray the top with Whipped Cream to your heart’s content then sprinkle with nutmeg!