Archive | March, 2014

A special treat for a hot day – Lavender Lemonade!

16 Mar

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Today was the last day of winter, and San Diego made that perfectly clear by posting 80 degree weather. Since I have been experimenting with various infused waters, and lemonades lately I knew today would be a great day for some Lavender Lemonade. I made this last summer, and then turned it into popsicles and they were a big hit. Using everything from scratch, why not put a unique spin on a classic drink? Plus, the subtle pink color is really gorgeous.

To make your Lavender Lemonade use the following. This recipes makes about 4-5 drinks.

1 cup of freshly squeezed Organic Lemons (approx 4-8 lemons)

1 small bunch of fresh mint

3/4 cup of simple lavender syrup (see below)

Lavender Simple Syrup:

1 cup of granulated sugar (you can also substitute with agave syrup for a healthier option)

1 cup water

1/4 cup of dried lavender (food grade)

1. Start by making your lavender simple syrup by adding your ingredients to a sauce pan. Stir, and let come to a boil. Once it reaches boiling, turn the fire down to a simmer and leave for 10 minutes until it thickens slightly. Turn off the fire, cover and allow to steep for about an hour.

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2. Pour the syrup through a mesh type strainer to get all of the lavender buds out, and then cover. (I love mason jars) Let cool completely in the fridge.

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3. Squeeze your lemons into a bowl. Strain the seeds out.

4. Add some ice, then water to a large pitcher. Pour in the lemon juice, toss the mint in and then add your lavender simple syrup. Chill, and serve.

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Such a simple recipe for an amazingly refreshing, and not too sweet lemonade. Use the popsicle molds and create your own amazing, yet light desserts.

Hope you enjoy it!!  Please post your comments and experience with it!

Kimberley

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Infused water for a healthier you!

15 Mar

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It’s never too late to start taking better care of yourself. One of the things that I learned a long time ago is that you could use the most expensive Skincare treatments on your skin, but if you do not take care of it on the inside you will see lousy results. True beauty really does begin on the inside.

A simple way to increase the moisture level of the skin is to drink more water. If you are like me, you may have just groaned at hearing those words. Those of us who don’t like to drink water already know we don’t drink enough of it, but until they make water taste like something exciting – I would much rather have something else.

Enter infused water. I have tried many different recipes, all of which I will be sharing with you here on this blog. I make a new batch daily, or sometimes every other day for my day spa clients. In addition, I sample all of the flavors before I decide to take them in to make sure they taste amazing.

This week my newest flavor is a mixture of sweet, citrus and herb with Watermelon, Basil and Orange Infused Water.

The watermelon gives just the right amount of sweetness, while the citrus from the orange balances it out, and the basil adds just enough of the exotic, herbal taste to change-up the flavor.

For your own infused water using these flavors, add the following:

1 gallon water

1 package of pre-cut watermelon spears (fresh and easy)

1 small orange (not peeled organic)

Two small pinches of basil, rolled around to release the natural herb.

Place it all in the pitcher at night, and in the morning you will have an amazing concoction to hydrate you all day! I like to change mine out daily or every two days depending on the mixture. I encourage you to google the health benefits of each of these items as well.

Stay healthy everyone!!