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Healthy Summer Cocktail Recipes

Summer is in full swing. Try these healthy cocktail recipes at your next cook out or get together.

Strawberry Citrus Vodka Cocktail

This sweet drink will definitely be a hit. All it involves is muddling strawberries and mint then adding in citrus vodka, lemon juice and agave nectar. For the full directions on how to make this:
fitnessmagazine.com/recipe/drinks/strawberry-citrus-vodka-cocktail/

Skinnygirl Lemon Drop
This refreshing cocktail only has 110 calories! To make, mix take lemon vodka, sugar free lemonade mix. Top it off with a splash of sparkling water and garnish with a lemon.

Spiked Pomegranate Lemonade
This super simple recipe is wonderfully refreshing! Just combine citrus voda, lemonade, pomegranate juice, and club soda. For the full directions on how to make this:
fitnessmagazine.com/recipe/drinks/healthy-cocktail/

Peach Mint Mojito

This cocktail is as delicious as it sounds. To make just mix mint, lime wedges, and peach chunks in with Bacardi rum. Muddle then add ice and sparkling water.

Cucumber Ginger Lemonade
Combine lemon, ginger, and cucumbers to vodka for a guilt free cocktail.
For the full directions on how to make this:
healthline.com/health/low-calorie-cocktails#cucumber-ginger-lemonade

Summer Sangria
Summer Sangria is perfect for parties. In a pitcher combine a bottle of your favorite red wine, agave nectar, and lemon, lime, and orange juice. Then add whatever fruit you’d like, such as, apples, pineapples, and strawberries. To serve just fill glasses with ice and pour in the sangria, garnishing with some of the fruit.

Blood Orange Moscow Mule
This puts a nice spin on the class moscow mule. In a glass muddle lime and mint then add blood orange juice, vodka, and pomegranate juice. Top it off with ginger beer, leaving room for ice. Once you fill the rest of the glass with crushed ice, it’s ready to drink!
justalittlebitofbacon.com/blood-orange-moscow-mule/

Watermelon Cucumber Basil Seltzer (Non-Alcoholic)
A refreshing beverage that’s great for any party! Make the fruit concentrate, simple syrup, and soda all separately and then combine before guests arrive.
For the full instructions on how to make this:
eatingwell.com/recipe/264179/watermelon-cucumber-basil-seltzer/

new year cooking space Edita Kaye

A New Year is a Great Time to Plan a New Cooking Space

The beginning of a new year is all about doing away with the old and improving your life. For anyone with a love of food and cooking, an upgrade to your kitchen might be just the thing you need! Here are a few books to get you started and give you ideas to fit your culinary needs.

The Kitchen Bible: Designing the Perfect Culinary Space, 2014 by Barbara Ballinger

This book is a step-by-step guide to creating your perfect kitchen. There are hundreds of photographs and abundant inspiration for layouts, advice for speaking to a contractor, checklists and more.

New Kitchen Idea Book (Taunton’s Idea Book Series), 2016 by Heather J. Paper

If you’re looking for kitchen upgrades that focus on layout, lighting and storage without breaking the budget, this book is a great option. It features photos and step-by-step instructions to help you create a kitchen that is both gorgeous and functional.

Kitchen Ideas, 2009 by Better Homes and Gardens

This gem offers hundreds of inspiring ideas, including a survey of kitchen trends, ideas for enhancing your existing floor plan, advice on mixing and matching materials, and making it all happen affordably. It’s great for transformations big and small.

Country Living 500 Kitchen Ideas: Style, Function & Charm, 2014 by Dominique DeVito

DeVito’s 2014 book is a revised edition of her bestselling book. Every page is packed with innovative ideas to make a kitchen both inviting and efficient. You can find advice on appliances, colors and patterns, walls, storage, windows, accessories and more.

House Beautiful Kitchens: Creating a Beautiful Kitchen of Your Own, 2012 by Lisa Cregan

Input from some of the country’s finest designers are included in this book, including Johnathan Adler, Jeff Lewis and Carole Lalli. The various styles and tips in this book are sure to point you in the direction of a kitchen you’ll love.

The kitchen is often the most loved and used space in the house, so why not make yours a priority in 2019!

Enjoy an Old Fashioned Christmas with these Cookbooks and Recipes

Christmas is a magical time of year, and there’s nothing more special than gathering around the table with your loved ones for a holiday meal. If your old recipes have gotten lost over the years, have no fear! Here are a few traditional resources for your next big meal. 

Camille Glenn’s Old-Fashioned Christmas Cookbook, 1996

Camille Glenn s well-known for writing The Heritage of Southern Cooking. In this Christmas Cookbook, Glenn provides his readers with nineteen holiday menus that will last you through the whole busy season!

An Old-Fashioned Christmas: Sweet Traditions for Hearth and Home, 2015

If you’re looking for great food and drink recipes, decorating ideas and heartwarming stories, look no further than this piece by Ellen Stimson. A resident of New England, she uses beautiful pictures to share her family traditions and encourage you to make your own traditions with your loved ones. 

Time-Life Old Fashioned Christmas Cookbook, 1996

Appetizers, drinks, soups, salads, relishes, meats, veggies, poultry, bread, cookies, candies, breakfast and food to hand out as gifts… What more could you want?!

Hershey’s Old-Fashioned Christmas Cookbook, 1989

For traditional cookies, candies, breads, pies, and cakes, this is a great cookbook to keep as a reference in your kitchen for the holidays.

Old Fashioned Country Cookies Cookbook, 1994

For many of us, Christmas isn’t Christmas without tons of cookies! Find tips for your favorite staples or branch out with new recipes using this book from the Gooseberry Patch Everyday Cookbook collection. 

A Very Merry Menu: 40 Traditional Christmas Recipes from Around the World: A Global Guide to Feasting, 2017

Christmas is so unique because every country does it differently. From Germany to Iceland to Switzerland to our own U.S.A, Martha Stephenson beautifully illustrates culture and tradition.

I hope these books and recipes help to make your home festive and cheery this Christmas. 

Fruit Infused Water by Edita Kaye

Fruit Infused Water: Benefits and Recipes

Drinking enough water is key to maintaining good health, but there are alternatives to plain water. One of the healthiest ways to give your water a kick is by infusing it with fruit, herbs and even vegetables.

To get the most nutritional value from your infused water, you’ll have to consume the fruit after you’re finished with the water. However, if you’d prefer to discard the fruit afterwards, you’re still reaping benefits by infusing your water in the first place. For example, if you have fun creating new recipes for your infused water, it could lead to more water consumption.

Here are a few recipe possibilities to get you started:

  1. Citrus Mint Water

By adding grapefruit, lemon, mint and cucumber to your water, you’ll get a combination of freshness and citrus that is perfect for a hot summer day. Grapefruit is known to be rich in antioxidants and immune-boosting properties, so snacking on some slices while you hydrate could give you additional health benefits.

  1. Mojito Water

Alcohol can dehydrate you, but you can satisfy your mojito craving with some non-alcoholic, infused water instead! With mint and lime, your water is transformed into a light, tart beverage. If you add a touch of sugar, your taste buds are really in for a treat.

  1. Apple Cinnamon Water

When you think apples and cinnamon, you probably think of autumn days and falling leaves. However, cinnamon is great for digestion, so infusing your water with apple and cinnamon is a great treat year-round. If you add plums and pears to the apples and cinnamon, it creates great balanced flavor.

  1. Ginger Peach Water

Ginger is a root with anti-inflammatory properties that can help with digestion. When ginger is combined with the flavor of a ripe peach, it’s like they’re a match made in heaven.

  1. Watermelon Basil Water

Nothing says “summer” like fresh watermelon. By throwing watermelon and some basil leaves into your water, it’ll be a beautiful mix of green and pink that tastes even better than it looks.

  1. Lavender Lemon Water

Lavender isn’t just a great candle scent. It’s also a natural way to add sweetness to your water. By infusing your water with lemon and lavender, you can create a unique flavor combination that can be made into lemonade with a bit of sugar or raw agave nectar.

I hope these recipes give you ideas for your summer diet. Connect with me on social media to tell me about your favorite recipe!

5 Things You May Not Know About the Magic of Olive Oil

Olive oil is the closest thing we have to a magic elixir in the modern era. Edita Kaye swears by olive oil, from its health benefits to its delectable taste. Click through the listicle below to learn all about the green gold!

Healthy Foods for a Healthy You!

The New Diet Adventures of Cate!

Edita Kay’s fabulous heroine Cate returns with her summer adventures! Read about her journey to a healthier life full of healthier snacks here!

The Diet Adventures of Cate Continue!

 

Who says dessert isn't for breakfast?

Breakfast Banana Split Cartoon & Recipe

 

Fab Fries attract Fab Gyus!

Try Cate’s healthy fry recipe!

 

Wake and Steak with this healthful way to prepare steaks

Slender Balsamic Steak Recipe & Story

 

Try a healthful dessert full of fruity goodness

 

Better Fabulous then Fatbulous

Ditch the Fat, Keep the Fab!

Creepy Halloween Snacks

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Edita Kaye’s favorite Summer BBQ Cookbooks

The warm weather is made for grilling!  Because it’s too hot to cook indoors, it’s best to cook every possible meal off the grill. That doesn’t mean you have to eat hamburgers and hot dogs for the next few months. Nope, the grill is good for so much more.

Here are some of my favorite summer grilling cookbooks! Enjoy, and happy grilling!

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