Country Thyme Lemonade

Enjoy a hot summer day with a refreshing glass of Country Thyme Lemonade. 

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I couldn’t wait to share this recipe.  It has been on my mind for months!

This past March Mr. Mother Thyme and I had a little getaway without the kids to Sarasota.  We just went for a weekend, but it was great.  After the long winter we had, it was nice to feel the hot Florida sun, and the sand in my toes.   At the resort we were staying at they served this refreshing cocktail, Country Thyme Lemonade.  I fell in love with it.  I had so many of them, I lost count!  I knew I had to recreate this yummy cocktail so I could enjoy it back home.

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My cabana boy (aka Mr. Mother Thyme) serving me Country Thyme Lemonade.

Now that summer is finally here, I couldn’t wait to share this perfect summer drink.  This recipe starts off with my homemade lemonade.  If you love lemonade, you have to try this, even just the lemonade alone.  Homemade lemonade is so easy to make it and tastes way better than store bought.  My kiddos love it too!  It is just water, sugar and lemons.  If you just want a cold pitcher of lemonade, try this recipe omitting the rest of the ingredients.

I always have lemons on hand.  I actually store them in my crisper in the refrigerator and they last forever.  I always add a wedge to my water, and use them in a ton of recipes.  I would love if I lived where I could have a lemon tree in my yard.

If you didn’t know by now I have a love for thyme, so I absolutely love this drink.  I add a few sprigs of fresh thyme wrapped in bakers twine to infuse the flavor in the simple syrup.  If you have lemon thyme which I use, even better.  The subtle hint of thyme in the lemonade is simply delicious.

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Just a glass of the Country Thyme Lemonade alone is a refreshing treat on a hot summer day.  To make this even better, I muddle fresh blueberries with thyme in the bottom of a serving glass.  Fill it with ice and pour in the lemonade.  Garnish with a few blueberries and a sprig on thyme.  And if you want to add a little kick for an adult beverage, add a splash of citron vodka.

This is simple and refreshing;  the perfect summer drink or cocktail you will enjoy all summer long.

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Country Thyme Lemonade

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings

Country Thyme Lemonade

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water plus 4 cups water
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 6 lemons)
  • 5 sprigs of fresh thyme or lemon thyme plus 10 additional sprigs
  • 1- 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan add sugar and 1 cup of water. Wrap 5 sprigs of fresh thyme in bakers twine and place in saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Once cooled, discard thyme.
  2. Add lemon juice and 4 cups of water to a medium pitcher.
  3. Stir in cooled mixture. Pour over ice or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  4. Muddle a handful of blueberries (about 1/4 cup or depending on size of serving glass) and a few sprigs of thyme in a serving glass.
  5. Fill glass with ice. Pour in prepared lemonade.
  6. Garnish with a few sprigs of thyme and serve.

You can make just simple homemade lemonade following the first 3 lines of directions and omitting the thyme. To make this an adult beverage, add a splash of citron vodka.

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Banana Pineapple Coconut Smoothie (+ Pantry Crashers Video)

Escape to the tropics with this sweet and delicious Banana Pineapple Coconut Smoothie.

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This week has been full of smoothies.  The week kicked off with 60 Smoothie Recipes, a list full of delicious smoothies that you definitely will want to keep on hand.

Wednesday I went green with a Banana Mango Green Smoothie made with coconut water.  It is light and refreshing.  Even people who don’t love green smoothies will love it.

This Banana Pineapple Coconut Smoothie is another one of my go to smoothies.  It is sweet, creamy and tastes like a Piña Colada.  The best part is this smoothie uses easy items like canned coconut milk and a can of pineapple chunks that you can always have on hand.

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My kids are little monkeys and love bananas.  My fruit bowl is always filled with them.  Once in awhile they get a little brown.  When they do, if I’m not ready to make Banana Bread, I’ll peel them and toss them in the freezer.  Frozen bananas are great for smoothies.  Any fruit that may not be ready for the garbage or compost, but too ripe to eat I always put in the freezer.  I have a storage container that I just add fruit to anytime I have fruit on hand that has seen better days.  I love to do that with veggies too which I use for making stock.

Jennifer Ford Berry and I are back with another episode of Pantry Crashers.  In this episode, Jennifer shows you a typical pantry and gives some great tips and ideas for a functional and organized pantry.  Then we head into the kitchen as we chat about healthy eating and  whip up this tasty smoothie.

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Pantry Crashers — Part 1  the pantry

Pantry Crashers — Part 2 the recipe

Banana Pineapple Coconut Smoothie

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

2 servings

Banana Pineapple Coconut Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana, peeled
  • 1 cup canned pineapple chunks
  • 1 cup canned coconut milk
  • 1 cup ice cubes (about 8 large cubes)
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds (optional)

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in the blender and blend on high until creamy.
  2. Serve immediately.
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Banana Mango Green Smoothie

Blend up this light and refreshing Banana Mango Green Smoothie made with coconut water. 

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The unofficial smoothie week continues with this tasty Banana Mango Green Smoothie

When I came up with this it was love at first sip.  Made with banana, mango (obviously), a handful of spinach leaves and coconut water.  It is a perfect combination.  I have even made this for people that are not spinach or green smoothie fans and they love it.

When you have the right ratio of ingredients to balance the flavors, they blend perfectly together (literally.)  So if you are on the fence about trying a green smoothie, I encouarge you to try this.  You may be surprised just how tasty it is. 

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For this recipe I went conservative on the spinach.  Feel free to add a litte more.  Also add in some chia seeds, ground flaxseed if you have it on hand too. 

This Banana Mango Green Smoothie is light and refreshing.  I make this almost everyday for my kids.  I like to use canned coconut water, however any coconut water will do.  I usually buy my mangos in a three pack.  What I like to do is I’ll cut them up and place them in the freezer.  This saves a step when I’m ready to make the smoothie.  I just need to toss the ingredients in the blender and not have to take the extra time to cut up the fruit.   If you do use frozen fruit, you’ll just need to use less ice. 

If you love smoothies or are looking for some new flavors to try, you need to add this one to your list.  It is so good!

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Banana Mango Green Smoothie

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Banana Mango Green Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 mango, peeled and chopped
  • 1 banana, peeled
  • 1/2 cup fresh spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • 1 cup ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Place all the ingredients in the blender and blend until creamy.
  2. Serve immediately.

You can also add in chia seeds or a pinch of ground flaxseed. If using frozen fruit, use less ice.

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Love smoothies?  Then don’t miss 60 Smoothie Recipes.

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60 Smoothie Recipes

60 Smoothie Recipes from Toasted Coconut to Peaches and Cream, that you can blend up any time of day. 

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I love a good smoothie.  They are refreshing, creamy and most of the time healthy.  Smoothies are an easy way to start the day.  Just toss the ingredients in your blender, whip it up and you are ready to go.  You can also measure out the ingredients ahead of time, place them in freezer bags or containers and just toss in the blender.  It’s a great time saver.  Here are a few other ideas to get the most out of your daily smoothie. 

Don’t let fruit or veggies go to waste – My kids are notorious for eating half of an apple, sneaking just a bite of a strawberry or half of a banana and leaving the rest of it on the counter.  Instead of tossing it in the garbage and letting it go to waste, I’ll cut it up and put it in the freezer to later use in a smoothie.

Add in some flaxseed or chia seed – Another way to get the most out of your smoothies is a few pinches of ground flaxseed or chia seeds.  Almost every smoothie I make I add in one or both.  They both provide nutritional benefits such as fiber, omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. 

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Don’t be scared of the green smoothie – If you are scared that you may not like a green smoothie, start small.  Add in just a small amount of spinach or kale to get used to the flavor.  If blended just right, you may not even taste the difference.  Before you know it you’ll be adding more than you ever thought. 

Add a scoop of protein powder – A few spoonfuls of protein powder in your morning smoothie is a great way to start the day.

Smoothies are not just for breakfast – If you have kids like me that are picky about their fruits and veggies, make them a smoothie for an after-school snack.  Sneak in some carrots or whatever veggies you have on hand to provide them with their daily serving of fruits and veggies. 

Have fun – Experiment, have fun and use what you have on hand to blend up your very own concoction. 

Need some ideas?  From Nutella Banana Smoothie to Toasted Coconut Coffee Smoothie, here are 60 Delicious Smoothie Recipes in this slideshow from talented food bloggers.  Simply click the arrows to view each recipe.  Want the recipe?  Click on the picture and it will take you directly to the recipe to review, print and pin!

So grab a refreshing smoothie, and enjoy these 60 Smoothie Recipes you will want to blend up soon!

60 Smoothie Recipes (click on the arrow to view the next recipe.  To view recipes details, click on the image.)

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Peppermint Stick

Spread some holiday cheer with this creamy Peppermint Stick cocktail.  This is a great signature drink for all your holiday gatherings. 

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When I entertain I love to serve a signature drink.  This year I have three signature drinks on my list that I will be serving for different gatherings;  this Peppermint Stick is one of them.

Coming up later this week is a new video of Pantry Crashers which we will be chatting about holiday entertaining and featuring an easy recipe for my Roasted Garlic Puff Pastry Flatbread that is sooo good.  In the video I will be sharing with you my holiday party menu ideas which includes this drink.  It makes a great signature holiday party cocktail that everyone will love.

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I am far from a mixologist, and you can usually find me with a glass of wine opposed to a mixed drink in hand, but lately I have been enjoying some mixed cocktails I have been whipping up.  I wanted to create a peppermint drink that was creamy and tasted like a peppermint stick and my favorite Starbucks Peppermint Mocha Latte, so I created this yummy cocktail. 

It is quite simple to make.  It only requires a few ingredients and a quick spin in the blender to create this creamy drink you will love to sip on during the holidays. 

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Peppermint Stick

Yield: 4-6 servings

Peppermint Stick

Ingredients

  • 1 cup regular half and half
  • 1/2 cup peppermint schnapps
  • 1/2 cup creme de cacao
  • 1 cup ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
  2. Pour into serving glasses and serve immediately.

Alternatively you can place in a shaker, shake over ice and strain into serving glasses.

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Chai Tea Mix

Give the gift of Chai Tea this holiday season or make to enjoy a warm cup yourself. 

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Holiday DIY Gifts — Week 1

I absolutely love Chai Tea.  I drink it everyday.  In the evenings after the kids go to bed, you can find me on the computer probably on Pinterest enjoying a cup of Chai Tea, or maybe a glass of wine.  It all depends on the kind of day I had. 

My Chai Tea addiction can get expensive.  A stop at Starbucks for a Chai Tea Latte here, a few boxes of Chai Tea Latte K-Cups there, all adds up.  A couple years ago for Christmas I gifted Chai Tea Mix along with other goodies.  I fell in love with my Chai Tea Mix and it is now something I always have on hand.  One batch goes a long way and saves me a lot of moola. 

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This year I am giving the gift of goodies that include some of my favorites, like this Chai Tea Mix.  Who wouldn’t love to warm up to a cup of this after a cold winter’s day.  If you or anyone you know loves Chai Tea, this is the perfect gift to give.  One batch makes 4 1/2 cups of mix, and cost under $10.00 to make.  Divide it into 4 gifts, thats $2.50 a gift plus a jar you can pick up at any local dollar store. If you don’t use dry milk often, you can find at some stores 3.2 ounce bags which is cheaper than the large boxes of dry milk and is the perfect size for this.

Everyone loves the gift of food.  Keep a few of these jars on hand for last minute gifts, teacher or neighbor gifts or just to make to enjoy yourself this holiday season.

I look forward to sharing some of my favorite Holiday DIY Gifts with you every Friday until Christmas.

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Gift the gift of Chai Tea Mix.  Click HERE or below to download FREE printable Chai Tea Mix labels to use on jars.  I recommend using thick cardstock paper for the tags which you can find inexpensive at any craft store.  I like to use baking twine and a small hole puncher to simply tie around a glass jar filled with the mix.  I also like to fill a small cello bag with mix, tie with ribbon and a tag and place in a nice tea cup or mug.   

 

Chai Tea Mix

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 4 1/2 cups

Chai Tea Mix

Ingredients

  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened instant tea
  • 1 cup dry milk
  • 1 cup regular powder non-dairy creamer
  • 1 cup vanilla powder non-dairy creamer
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse in 10-15 second intervals until finely mixed.
  2. Store in airtight containers or jars.
  3. To serve, mix 2-3 tablespoons of mix into hot water. Stir and enjoy.
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Sparkling Hibiscus Sangria Tea Cooler

Sparkling Hibiscus Sangria Tea Cooler

At the end of the day after the kids are tucked in bed including Mr. Mother Thyme, I usually find some time to myself.  Silence can be quite peaceful.  Before I can finally sit back and relax I usually spend an hour picking up toys, doing odds and ends and cleaning the kitchen.  I can’t seem to relax without having my counters free of clutter and the dishes put away.  Even if Mr. Mother Thyme helped clean up after dinner, me being me has to clean it more.  Finally, when it’s all done I like to unwind with a cup of tea.  My latest favorite is The Republic of Tea Orange Blossom.  It is the perfect balance of sweet and relaxing.

We are huge iced tea drinkers, and always have been.  No matter what time of year it is you can always find a pitcher of tea in the refrigerator.  The Republic of Tea has new collection of large iced tea pouches.  Each pouch makes one quart of refreshing iced tea.  Make a pitcher for a weekend picnic or cookout with one of these four delicious flavors your guests will sure enjoy.

The flavors include Ginger Peach Iced Tea, a premium black tea with the lushness of juicy peaches a hint of spicy ginger.  Limón Black, a refreshing tea accented with citrus includes a blend of fine black tea from Rainforest Alliance Certified tea gardens.  Cool off on a hot summer day with a cold glass of Watermelon Mint Black Iced Tea , with sweet watermelon and a touch of peppermint.  Lastly, Hibiscus Sangria is inspired by traditional Spanish sangria with premium Nigerian hibiscus flowers.

Sparkling Hibiscus Sangria Tea Cooler

This Sparkling Hibiscus Sangria Tea Cooler is light and refreshing, a great summer drink.  You could also give these a little kick for a tasty adult beverage by adding a splash of light rum.   The color is so festive for the summer and perfect for a Memorial Day picnic. 

If you purchase one tin of The Republic of Tea’s new Large Iced Tea Pouches between Tuesday, May 21 and Tuesday, May 28 you will receive one complimentary bottle of agave nectar – the ideal all-natural iced tea sweetener (limit one per customer).  Use promo code #ICEDTEA1 during checkout.

Sparkling Hibiscus Sangria Tea Cooler

Prep Time: PT10-15M

Total Time: PT10-15M

Yield: 4 servings

Sparkling Hibiscus Sangria Tea Cooler

Ingredients

  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 pouch Republic of Tea Hibiscus Sangria Tea
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 2 cups sparkling water
  • 1 1/2 cups mixed fruit and berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, peaches)
  • Ice for serving

Instructions

  1. Steep tea pouch in boiling water for 5 minutes.
  2. Remove pouch and stir in agave nectar. Pour into a small pitcher and add sparkling water.
  3. Mix in desired fruit.
  4. Pour into glasses filled with ice and serve.
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Tropical Smoothie

Tropical Smoothie

I think spring finally arrived!

With the nicer weather here, we have been spending time outdoors doing yard work;  a lot of yard work.  Trying to keep an eye on the twins or play campfire with Eden near the fire pit roasting pretend marshmallows, I don’t get as much done as I’d like.  I keep telling myself that everything will get done, it just might take a little longer than I would like.  Oh well, Rome wasn’t built in a day.  Somehow by the beginning of June everything is in bloom and the yard looks great.

Tropical Smoothie

On top of trying to get the yard ready for summer, Mr. Mother Thyme had surgery yesterday, so I’m the only one that can really get the work done until he is back on his feet.  No worries, he is fine.  He had his gall bladder removed but he is home and recovering fine.  Hence, the bit of an absence from posting this past week.  Between the kids, yard work, playing nurse and also keeping my house running smoothly, I am literally whipping up meals and snacks quick.  This tropical smoothie is one of them.  It is light and refreshing, perfect for the warmer months.  I love to take it on the go to have outside to sip and enjoy while running around the yard or just relaxing and enjoying the nicer weather outdoors.

Tropical Smoothie

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Tropical Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 banana, peeled and sliced
  • 1 mango, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple, chopped
  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup ice (about 6-7 ice cubes)

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour and serve immediately.

You can also substitute the coconut water for 1/2 cup canned lite coconut milk for a creamier smoothie.

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