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Cheers to summer! Sit down & relax with a drink everyone can enjoy!

Cantaloupe Lime Agua Fresca

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Recipe Here!

Sweet Watermelon Mint Summer Spritzer

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Recipe Here!

Sparkling Cucumber Mint Lemonade

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Recipe Here!

Pineapple Ginger Juice

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Recipe Here!

Roasted Peach & Strawberry Fizz

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Recipe Here!

*Slurp Slurp* Happy Drinking! (responsibly of course)

Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

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Because it’s just been one of those days… here is an alcoholic punch recipe perfect for this warm weather and Tuesday afternoon.

Blackberry Tequila Punch

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Prep time: 35 minutes

INGREDIENTS
– 12 oz blackberries
– 2 cups tequila
– 4 limes, sliced
– 4 mint sprigs
– 24 oz ginger beer
– 24 oz club soda

PREPARATION
1. In a large bowl, crush blackberries into a pulpy mixture. Pour tequila, add sliced limes and mint sprigs, and stir mixture.
2. Chill for at least 30 minutes.
3. Right before serving, pour cold ginger beer and club soda into the mixture. Enjoy!

 

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Happy Friday Followers! February may be the shortest month out of the year, but that doesn’t mean there is a shortage of delicious food and recipes to match. So here’s a look at what’s in season this month and what you should be cooking!

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Spicy Shrimp with Cauliflower Mash and Kale

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http://pinchofyum.com/spicy-shrimp-cauliflower-mash-roasted-kale

Lo Mein

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http://pinchofyum.com/lo-mein

Spinach and Artichoke Melt

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http://www.halfbakedharvest.com/irish-pub-spinach-artichoke-melt/

Breakfast Enchiladas

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http://pinchofyum.com/breakfast-enchiladas-with-roasted-poblano-sauce

Smoky Bacon Chili

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http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/smoky-bacon-chili/

Chocolate Hazelnut Crepes

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http://www.topwithcinnamon.com/2016/02/chocolate-hazelnut-crepes-no-refined-sugar-gluten-free-vegan.html

Have a FANTASTIC weekend and Happy Cooking!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

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PSA: It’s strawberry season!!

Berries, berries, galore! I love berries. These delicious little fruits are so easy to just pop in your mouth or bag on the go and they are very nutritious as well. With spring nearing here in Austin, TX, berry season is soon underway and that means strawberry farms and strawberry picking. Here are some scrumptious strawberry recipes for you to use before all of those delicious berries go bad in your fridge!

Strawberry and Cream Scones

Strawberry and Cream Scones

Recipe: http://bakerbynature.com/strawberries-and-cream-scones/

Strawberry Dump Cake

Easy Strawberry Dump Cake

Recipe: http://www.thirtyhandmadedays.com/2014/08/strawberry-dump-cake/

Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

Five-Minute Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

Recipe: http://www.justataste.com/5-minute-healthy-strawberry-frozen-yogurt-recipe/

Strawberry Jello Pie

Easy Strawberry Jello Pie

Recipe: http://cincyshopper.com/easy-strawberry-pie-like-frischs-and-shoneys/

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe: http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2013/01/23/strawberry-chocolate-chip-cookies/

Strawberry Nutella French Toast

Strawberry Nutella French Toast Roll-Ups

Recipe: http://www.recipetineats.com/strawberry-nutella-french-toast-roll-ups/#comment-17722

Strawberry Tart

Simplest Strawberry Tart

Recipe: http://brooklynsupper.com/2016/03/simplest-strawberry-tart/

Strawberry Pie

Strawberry Pie with Brown Sugar and Lemon

Recipe: http://www.jessicanwood.com/2015/06/08/strawberry-pie-2/

I don’t know about you, but I’m running to my nearest grocery store and picking up pounds of this delicious fruit to start trying out some of these recipes. Happy strawberry picking!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life!

~Kathy

 

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PSA: Eating healthy does NOT have to be boring. There are massive amounts of food out there that are both healthy and tasty. Fruits can tend to get a bad rap because they’re full of sugar but they contain a ton of nutrients as well. Here are 6 of the healthiest fruits you can eat. Feel free to enjoy as much as you want!

  1. Apples. The apple is high in fiber, vitamin C and numerous antioxidants. Apples are very fulfilling, and perfect as snacks if you find yourself hungry between meals.
  2. Avocadoes. Avocados are different than most fruits, because they are loaded with healthy fats instead of carbs. They are creamy, tasty and high in fiber, potassium and vitamin C.
  3. Bananas. Bananas are among the world’s best sources of potassium. They are also high in vitamin B6 and fiber. Bananas are ridiculously convenient and portable.
  4. Blueberries. Blueberries are not only delicious, but also among the most powerful sources of antioxidants in the world.
  5. Oranges. Oranges are well known for their vitamin C content. They are also high in fiber, antioxidants and taste incredible.
  6. Strawberries.Strawberries are highly nutritious, and are low in both carbs and calories.

    They are loaded with vitamin C, fiber and manganese, and are arguably among the most delicious foods in existence.

So before you start feeling bad about all of the fruit you eat, just remember that fruits contain a lot of nutrients and antioxidants that are fantastic for your body and overall health.

Your Realtor and Friend for Life!

~Kathy

 

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The answer is YES!! I know no one wants to hear this, especially during the summertime when fruit is at it’s best, but it has to be said. The reason you’re not losing weight could be because you’re overeating too much fruit. While fruit is full of vitamin C and antioxidants, it’s also packed full of fructose which is that bad sugar that our bodies can’t digest. The recommended serving size of fruit each day is about 1/2 cup which is the size of the palm of your hand. Here are some signs that you may be eating too much fruit.

You’re Frequently Bloated

Fruit is a classic trigger for bloating and here’s why. Fruit is rich in a type of sugar called fructose. Unfortunately, many of us are not well equipped to digest and absorb large amounts of fructose. Researchers believe up to 40% of people suffer from a condition called fructose malabsorption in which fructose is inefficiently absorbed across the small intestine. So instead of nourishing us, sometimes fruit sits in the gut and ferments with the help of bacteria. And the result of those bacteria feasting on fructose is a lot of gas and bloating that makes us feel pretty icky.

You Can’t Lose Weight

I agree that fruit is a healthier alternative to many desserts and junk foods, but if fruit is a staple item at every meal and snack, you may simply be eating too many carbohydrates to allow your body to lose weight. In brief, any time we eat carbohydrates our blood sugar goes up. That triggers our body to release insulin to lower the blood sugar. How does it do that? By converting it to fat for storage!

You Always Crave Sugar

Not only does eating fruit spike your blood sugar, as explained above, it also doesn’t sustain it for very long. If you have fruit by itself as a snack, you might notice that you’re satisfied for 30 minutes or so, but soon after your tummy starts growling. That’s because fruit doesn’t come packaged with much protein or fat to keep us sated. Yes, it has fiber, which helps a bit, but it’s not enough to prevent a crash in blood sugar after eating fruit.

What happens when our blood sugar tanks? We get hungry and we get cravings.

Now I love fruit as much as the next person and I’m not saying cut it out completely, but just be mindful of how much you’re eating if you’re not seeing the results you want! Try to stick to the recommended two servings a day and you’ll soon be on the way to a healthier you!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life!

~ Kathy

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