Friday, October 2, 2015

Fruit Infused Water

Naturally Flavored Water

Subtle flavor without sweetnessThese aren't sweet waters, so they'll be disappointing if that's what you're expecting. This is water with subtle flavors infused into it. Water with a little something extra. A touch of flavor--not an explosion of flavor--with little or no sweetness. You've probably had pitchers of ice water with lemon served at restaurants. This is the same idea, but with more variety. Many spas serve fancy waters like these, and it turns out that they couldn't be simpler to make. And, they are oh-so-refreshing.

Supplies Needed:
  • fruit -- whatever kind you like (except no bananas); make sure it's good and ripe for maximum sweetness and flavor.  I like to use all kinds of citrus and berries. I also found pineapple and watermelon to work well for flavoring water. If you don't want to buy whole ones, many grocery stores sell small containers of pre-cut fruit.
  • herbs -- these are optional, but many herbs are a surprising complement to fruit flavors; almost any herb will work depending on your personal preference
  • jars or pitchers -- I use 2 quart mason jars primarily, but any 2 quart pitcher will do.
    fruit infusion pitcher--I recently purchased one of these--it's another option if you think you'll be making infused waters regularly; a very easy, tidy way to strain fruit from water.
    fruit infusion water bottle--I love using this for a portable, on-the-go option.
  • muddler or wooden spoon for mashing fruit and herbs
  • water -- I use filtered water, but regular tap water is fine if yours tastes good to you 

Fruit & Herb Flavored Water
By Monica              Servings: 6-8 servings
  • fruit -- 2 cups berries, citrus, melons, pineapple...most fruits will work (see recommended amounts in directions)
  • herbs -- a sprig of mint, basil, sage, rosemary, tarragon, thyme, or lavender
  • water (tap or filtered)
  • ice
Supplies needed: 2 quart pitcher or jar with lid; muddler or wooden spoon

General formula for whatever fruit/herb combo you desire.
1. If using herbs, add a sprig of fresh herbs to jar/pitcher; press and twist with muddler or handle of wooden spoon to bruise leaves and release flavor; don't pulverize the herbs into bits.
2. Add approx. 2 cups of fruit to jar/pitcher; press and twist with muddler or handle of wooden spoon, just enough to release some of the juices
3. Fill jar/pitcher with ice cubes.
4. Add water to top of jar/pitcher.
5. Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Suggested flavor combinations:
ALL CITRUS (no herbs) --  Slice 1 orange, 1 lime, 1 lemon into rounds, then cut the rounds in half. Add to jar and proceed with muddling, add ice & water.
RASPBERRY LIME (no herbs)  -- Quarter 2 limes; with your hands, squeeze the juice into the jar, then throw in the squeezed lime quarters. Add 2 cups raspberries. Muddle, add ice & water.
PINEAPPLE MINT -- Add a sprig of mint to the jar (you can throw in the whole sprig; or, remove the leaves from the sprig, if you prefer to have the mint swimming around and distributing in the jar). Muddle the mint. Add 2 cups pineapple pieces, muddle, add ice & water.
BLACKBERRY SAGE -- Add sage sprig to jar and muddle. Add 2 cups blackberries; muddle, add ice & water.
WATERMELON ROSEMARY --  Add rosemary sprig to jar & muddle. Add 2 cups watermelon cubes; muddle, add ice and water.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Apple Snack Wedges

  • 2 medium apples
  • 1 cup(s) Rice Chex®, crushed  (may substitute granola)
  • 2 Tbsp. creamy peanut butter (may substitute yogurt)
Cooking Directions
  1. Core apples; cut each into six wedges. Pat dry with paper towels.
  2. Put chex in a small shallow bowl. Spread cut sides of apples with peanut butter; roll in cereal mixture. Serve immediately.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Halloween Ghost Pops

Coconut (unsweet for a healthier option)
Semisweet chocolate chips
Orange juice
Popsicle stick  
Peel and cut banana, insert popsicle stick.  Freeze bananas for 4 hours.  After 4 hours dip banana into orange juice and then roll in coconut.  You  may double dip the banana into the orange juice and repeat coconut roll. Take the chocolate chips and push the pointed tip into banana for the eyes and nose.  Enjoy!    

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Breakfast Cookie  


Kid friendly "on the go" breakfast treat! Substitute the chocolate chips for walnuts or raisins for an extra healthy treat!  They almost taste like mini banana nut muffins.

  • 2 medium ripe mashed, bananas (the riper the better)
  • 1 cup of uncooked quick oats
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips, walnuts, or raisins

Preheat oven to 350°. Spray non-stick cooking sheet with cooking spray.

Combine mashed bananas and oats in a bowl.  Fold in the chocolate chips and place a tablespoon of each on the cookie sheet.  Bake 15 minutes.  Makes 16 cookies.  

Recipe from: 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Thanksgiving Turkey Cupcakes


  • 1 can (16 ounces) caramel frosting or frosting of your choice
  • Cupcakes of your choice
  • Werther's® Original Chewy Caramels
  • Dots candies, candy-coated sunflower kernels and Sixlets candies


  • Frost cupcakes. For each turkey, unwrap three caramels; place on a small piece of waxed paper. Microwave on high for 5-7 seconds or until softened. Break off desired amount for the body; roll into an egg shape. Roll two smaller pieces into wings and two pieces into legs. Press onto body to attach.
  • For leaves, roll out Dots candies to 1/8-in. thickness; cut leaf shapes. Place a turkey on top of each cupcake; arrange leaves, sunflower kernels and Sixlets around turkeys. Yield: varies.

Edible Turkey Centerpiece Kid's Can Make

  • Bosc Pear (head)
  • Melon (body)
  • Cheese (beak & tail feathers)
  • Red pepper (snood,feet,side feathers)
  • Raisins (eyes)
  • Grapes (tail feathers)
  • Bamboo skewers
  • Toothpicks
1. Cut off a shallow slice of the rind of the melon to create a flat base for more stability. Using a bamboo skewer attach a Bosc pear to the front of the melon to create the turkey head. (Trim skewer if needed)
2) Cut cheese into a triangle for the beak and add a small piece of red pepper for the snood. Use toothpicks to attach these as well as the raisins for the eyes.
3) Cut red pepper as shown to create feet and place them as shown.
4) Cut cheese into cubes and use cheese and grapes alternately on skewers as shown and then place into the melon to create tail feathers.
5) Slice peppers to create side feathers and use toothpicks to attach to the sides of the melon.
Be creative! You can use other things on the tail feathers like pineapple, ham cubes, turkey cubes or whatever your family enjoys.
Have you made one of these with your kids? We would love to hear how they liked it!

Recipe from Family Fun

Oreo Cookie Turkeys

You will need the following:
Double Stuff Oreos (2 per turkey)
Small Reeses’ Peanut Butter Cups (1)
Whoppers (1)
Candy Corn
White Frosting
Black Frosting

Place your peanut butter cups in the fridge. They will cut cleaner cold. Then take an Oreo and carefully separate one of the cookies from the frosting. Gently press the pointed tips of 6 candy corns around one half of the Oreo. Take some white frosting and cover the frosting and re-attach the cookie.

Take the second oreo and lay it flat on the table. Pick up your Oreo with the candy corn and put some icing on the bottom of the oreo opposite from the candy corn and attach the Oreo onto the flat oreo so that it is on the back half. Prop the stuck together Oreos against a book or a wall to hold it up while the icing dries. If it does not stand up well, add some more icing.

Take a cold peanut butter cup and cut a small section off of it so that it will have a flat side. Place some frosting on the flat section and the top of the peanut butter cup and attach it to the Oreo with the candy corn so that it becomes the body of the turkey.

Take the Whopper and put icing on the back side of it. Attach it so that it is right on top of the peanut butter cup and iced to the Oreo and Whopper. Add two drops of white icing for the eyes and a smaller drop of the black for the pupil. For the wings, I cut the very tip of a candy corn and glued a wing on both sides of the peanut butter cup. For the feet, you can use the same tip you cut off when making your wings. Let dry for about 20 minutes before handling.