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02
Jul
2014

15 Infused Water Recipes {Perfect Healthy Summer Drinks!}

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15 Infused Water Recipes- great way to stay hydrated this summer

So we just returned from vacation and on our trip we stayed at a W Hotel. The W has a lovely ice pitcher in the lobby with self serve water cups. Each day the water was infused with a few fruits or herbs and my girls just thought it was so cool. I usually struggle to get them to drink enough water but every time we went to the lobby they helped themselves because they were so impressed with the infused water.

So now that we are home, I am trying to continue the practice and I have been playing with some infused water recipes. It really is so simple and a great way to make things seem a little more special.

You can grab a case of Mason Jars and make these ahead and store them in the fridge for grab n go drinks OR keep a pitcher in the fridge. Just a small thing but considering the prices and deliciousness of produce in the summer- well why not do something extra good for you and your family.  You can continue to refill your water and use the same fresh ingredients a few times.  As the flavor gets weaker just toss out the old produce and add some fresh stuff.

I have an easy citrus recipe for infused water for you and then I am including ideas for 14 more water recipes you might want to try. Really there is something for everyone and a way to use pretty much whatever you might have on hand!

Some produce is supposed to work for certain things.  I am not a Doctor but from what I understand, you might take the following into consideration:

  • Citrus can be good to prevent colds and sickness and also aids in digestion.
  • Cucumber can be good for weight loss.
  • Grapefruit is also supposed to help with fat flushing and weight loss.
  • Lemon is good for energy.
Citrus Infused Water Recipe
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Recipe type: Beverages
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Quick and easy citrus infused water recipe.
Ingredients
  • 1 16 oz. canning jar
  • ½ of an orange, cut into slices
  • ½ of a lemon, cut into slices
  • ½ of a lime, cut into slices
Instructions
  1. Add the orange, lemon and lime slices to your jar and use a spoon to mash them up a bit to let the juices out – this will help infuse your water.
  2. Since the peels and everything are going into your water, I try to use organic citrus.
  3. If organic isn’t an option you might wash the produce really well.
  4. Add water and chill overnight for the strongest flavor.

 

I think citrus is a great way to start with infused water because almost everyone likes these flavors but here are a few more fun ones you might try:

  • Strawberry, Lime and Mint Water
  • Blueberry or Raspberry and Orange Water
  • Grapefruit Infused Water
  • Watermelon and Mint Infused Water
  • Watermelon and Cucumber and Lime
  • Orange and Lime and  Cucumber Water
  • Mint Water or Lemon and Mint Water
  • Cucumber, Lemon, Mint and Rosemary
  • Pineapple Water
  • Mango and Raspberry Water
  • Rosemary, Mint and Cucumber Inspired Spa Water
  • Raspberry Orange and Kiwi Infused Water
  • Raspberry and Lime Infused Water
  • Peach and Blueberry Infused Water

I’d love to hear what combinations you try this summer!

Infused water recipes

And here are a few other things you might like:

Lemon Detox Drink- try this first thing in the morning!Quick and Easy Morning Detox

10 Amazing Smoothie Recipes via My Frugal Adventures10 Amazing Smoothie Recipes

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01
Jul
2014

Rainbow Brownie Bites

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How to Make Rainbow Brownie Bites- perfect for parties!



Last year I made cute little rainbow cupcakes for my little girl’s birthday.  They were a pretty big hit and my kids still talk about them from time to time.

This year when we were getting ready for my big girl to bridge over from being a Daisy to a Brownie in Girl Scouts, I started thinking about brownie recipes to make for the party.

Our troop leader decided to make it a rainbow themed party for the girls and of course it clicked for me to reinvent this treat as a brownie instead of cupcake.

Now these might look complicated but I promise they are so easy to make.  I cheated and used box brownies and just filled them about 1/4 of the way full to make a brownie bite. Then I used buttercream frosting to pipe on little clouds and cut rainbow candy.  That is it!

Actually my 6 year old did some of the assembly with me.  If you have any little parties or you want to do something special for classroom treats, this is a really fun recipe to save.

So to start you want to mix up a brownie batter —  I used box brownie mix but there is a delicious from scratch brownie recipe here.   I rubbed butter on the inside of a muffin tin and filled the tins about 1/4 of the way up with batter.  Bake according to directions. (One little tip is that I always slightly undercook brownies and let them cool in the pan just long enough to harden so I can pop them out.  By undercooking just a little you will get a nice gooey brownie not a hard as a rock brownie which can sometimes happen.)

Air Heads Extremes Candy

I like to cut the candies while the brownies are cooking, so each strip of candy can be cut into 3 pieces and that worked out to be a great size.  If you have larger cupcakes or brownies, obviously you want to cut them a little larger.  These candies are perfect but they can be hard to find.  I have seen them at Joann’s crafts and I usually buy them in the One Spot at Target.

Next you need something to serve as the clouds.  Whipped cream would be yummy but I like buttercream frosting because it is thicker and more sturdy to hold up the rainbow candy.

I mixed up the buttercream frosting recipe here to use for my clouds.  I cut the recipe into a third and that provided plenty of frosting for our clouds.

How to make rainbow brownies

You want to add a tip to a pastry bag or large Ziploc container and carefully pipe on the frosting to look like a cloud.   Just a dab is perfect.

Working somewhat quickly, you want to gently push your rainbow into each end of cloud.  I made these on a very hot day and my buttercream was starting to melt so this was a quick process for me. After adding the rainbows, I popped the tray of finished brownies into the fridge.  That will allow your buttercream to harden and support the rainbow perfectly.

And now you are done!  Aren’t these the cutest things?  These were a big hit at the party and I got a lot of compliments.  I was really surprised that some of the kids licked the frosting and candy off and tossed the actual brownie.  I love that buttercream recipe and apparently many of the kiddos agreed with me :).

If you give this one a shot please come back and let me know how it goes over at your party!   Wouldn’t these be fun to make to watch the Wizard of Oz too?  That would really make family movie night special for the little stinkers.

And here are some other recipes you might enjoy:

rainbow fruit cups

Rainbow Fruit Cups- perfect healthy treat!

How to make crayons

Homemade Rainbow Crayons

How to make rainbow rice krispies treats

Rainbow Rice Krispies Treats- oh my goodness these were a HIT.  We put them in little cello bags for kids to take home at a class party.  They loved them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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30
Jun
2014

Skinny Raspberry Banana Muffins

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Skinny Banana Raspberry Muffins - easy and delicious!

I have another fun recipe for you guys and this one will be perfect to save for Back to School time.  I love muffins as a quick grab n go breakfast or mid morning snack and for this one I tried to really cut back on the white sugar and the butter.

So I hope you try these- I made these with bananas and raspberries but you can also just make them with plain banana (add a little extra banana to the batter) or use banana and blueberries or banana and blackberries… whatever you have on hand would be perfect!

Skinny Raspberry Banana Muffins
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Recipe type: Muffins, Breakfast
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Serves: 12
 
Quick and easy Skinny Banana Raspberry Muffins. Perfect grab n go snack!
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ C. flour
  • ¼ C. sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 C. fresh raspberries
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 C. Greek yogurt
  • ¼ C. butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. #1. Combine the flour and baking soda in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. #2. In a medium size bowl combine the sugar, mashed bananas, 2 eggs, yogurt, butter and vanilla. Mix well.
  4. #3. Slowly fold in the flour and baking soda mixture.
  5. #4. Lastly, add the raspberries. Stir gently so they don’t get crushed.
  6. Pour evenly into 12 muffin cups and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. **Makes approximately 12 large muffins or 18 smaller muffins.

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My 6 year old loves raspberries and I recently found out they have very little sugar so I thought they would be perfect with the recipe.

I love the added Greek Yogurt too for a kick of protein.  I use plain Stonyfield Greek Yogurt.

Easy Raspberry Banana Muffin recipe- made with greek yogurt!

I hope you enjoy these as much as we do!  If you decide to give these a shot, please come back and let me know what you think!

Here are a few other recipes you might like:

Skinny Peanut Butter Fruit DipYummy Peanut Butter and Yogurt Fruit Dip (great way to use up the leftover greek yogurt)

Homemade Almond Butter Recipe- so delicious and so simple to make!Easy peasy homemade almond butter- this is a staple in our house and you won’t believe how good it is!

10 Amazing Smoothie Recipes via My Frugal Adventures

And check out this post for some awesome smoothie recipes!

 

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26
Jun
2014

Homemade Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

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Homemade Strawberry Shortcake Recipe - so perfect for 4th of July!

Just in time for 4th of July, I have a delicious Strawberry Shortcake recipe for you!  This makes the yummiest dessert and I used cute little star shaped cookie cutters for the dough which makes these perfect for the 4th.

Here is the recipe- it is actually really fast to make these and this recipe makes plenty- about 6 very generous desserts.

This is a great dessert to make with the kids.  Mine took turns adding all the ingredients and then sprinkling the blueberries and sugar on top of the shortcake.

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15
Jun
2014

Easy DIY Ombre Popsicles

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How to Make Ombre Popsicles- easy and so pretty!


This is a fun little summer treat for the kiddos and you can make these in any color combination you like.  You can make these fun ombre popsicles in any color or flavor combination you prefer.

I wanted to make a little treat for the World Cup games and since it is 150 degrees in Sacramento, I went with a popsicle.

I wanted a blue and green color scheme since the girls were making these to eat with their Dad.  (Any sport that is on TV they think is the Seahawks… He might be watching baseball, golf, soccer, professsional bowling… if ESPN is on then you can bet one of them will say in an exasperated voice “Oh Mom!  Daddy is watching the Seahawks AGAIN.” )  And since they are little girls, colors are very important to them so green and blue to watch sports with Dad.  Period.

So we wandered the aisles of the store looking for blue and green options and stumbled upon Hawaiian Punch in blue and in a green color.  The girl’s eyes nearly popped out of their heads when I popped these into the cart since I basically never buy this kind of juice- but hey!  Sometimes you have to live a little and I remember growing up on water from a hose in summer and lots of  Kool Aid and I turned out pretty darn OK ;).

So we came home with our Hawaiian Punch and put these popsicles together in a few minutes and I think they turned out so pretty!  And they were a very big hit with Dad and the little ladies so score point #2 for Mommy!

Here is the easy peasy recipe- this method makes the pretty ombre color to your Popsicles.  You can also create more pronounced layers by skipping the step to blend your juices together.

Easy DIY Ombre Popscicles
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Easy DIY Ombre Popsicles
Ingredients
  • Hawaiian Punch- Polar Blast
  • Hawaiian Punch- Green Berry
  • Popsicle Mold
  • or Dixie Cups and popsicle sticks
Instructions
  1. Pour a layer of blue Hawaiian Punch into the bottom of a Dixie cup or into your mold.
  2. You will use one Dixie cup for each popsicle.
  3. Put in the freezer for about 30 minutes, until the layer has started to freeze, but isn’t quite solid.
  4. Remove from freezer and insert popsicle sticks.
  5. Return to freezer and freeze until layer is solid.
  6. Add a layer of green Hawaiian Punch.
  7. Put in freezer for about 30 minutes, until layer has started to freeze.
  8. Add in some blue Hawaiian Punch and allow to sit for a minute, so that it can mix together.
  9. Return to freezer and freeze until solid.
  10. Add a final layer of green Hawaiian Punch and freeze until solid.

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Easy right?  You can do this in any color combination or flavor combination or try layering fresh fruit in different colors with lemonade or coconut juice.  Delish!

How to Make Ombre Popsicles- so pretty for summer parties!

 

And here are a few other things you might enjoy:

Easy Watermelon Lime Sorbet RecipeWatermelon-Lime Sorbet

Perfect Fresh Squeezed Lemonade RecipeSuper yummy Fresh Squeezed Lemonade Recipe 

Quick and easy Strawberry lemonade recipe- so refreshing!Strawberry Lemonade Recipe

 

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10
Jun
2014

Easy Strawberry Lemonade Recipe

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Quick and easy Strawberry lemonade recipe- so refreshing!

I have a delicious and easy recipe for you to make a little twist on standard lemonade for summer!

Try homemade strawberry lemonade- just takes a few extra seconds to add the berries to your fresh lemonade and you won’t believe how good this is!

Absolutely perfect for a warm summer night or put this in a cute large mason jar and it would be a great hostess gift!

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04
Jun
2014

Amazing Buttercream Frosting Recipe

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Amazing Buttercream Frosting Recipe - just 4 ingredients and you have a creamy and delicious go to frosting.

I know there are lots of recipes out there for a delicious Buttercream frosting.  Frosting is one thing I am very particular about.  I always feel like I can get away with a box cake or cupcake mix as long as the frosting is excellent.

I think homemade frosting is always worth the extra trouble because the taste difference is really something.  And it is nice to have a quick and easy basic buttercream recipe that you can fall back on and so far this one has never let me down.

I have used this buttercream recipe with caramel cupcakes, lemon cupcakes, vanilla cupcakes… it is really versatile and so quick!   You can add cocoa powder, citrus juice, caramel sauce… any little extras you might like and it still turns out to be eat by the spoonful delish.

I personally prefer to use butter instead of shortening for buttercream and what I often find is that some buttercream recipes call for so much butter… I find many recipes are just greasy and like a big bite of butter. (Blech!)

So this recipe calls for just four ingredients- cream cheese, butter, confectioner’s sugar and vanilla.  Simple and fast and hopefully you think it is a home run too!

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Amazing Buttercream Frosting Recipe
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Quick and delicious buttercream frosting recipe.
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups unsalted butter, cubed and chilled
  • 4oz cream cheese, cubed and chilled
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Add butter to your stand mixer and beat with paddle attachment until smooth and creamy.
  2. Add cream cheese and mix until well incorporated.
  3. Add confectioner’s sugar ½ cup at a time- scraping the bowl down after each addition with a spatula.
  4. Once you hit 2 cups of confectioner’s sugar you might start tasting the frosting to see if you need more sugar. I usually like about 2½ cups to 3 cups of sugar.
  5. Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla and mix.
  6. Done!

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This should easily frost 12 good size cupcakes.  If you are making a layer cake or something you might consider doubling the recipe.

This makes a nice thick frosting for me but if you want a little more creaminess to yours, you can add one to two tablespoons of heavy cream along with the vanilla.

And again you might stop at 2 cups of confectioner’s sugar and see if that works for you.  I find this frosting needs about 2 1/2 cups to get to the proper thickness for me but you might taste as you go and adapt to your preference.

And there you have a super simple and very fast basic cream cheese Buttercream frosting recipe!

You might also like these recipes:

Amazing Chocolate Buttercream FrostingChocolate Buttercream Frosting- seriously this is heavenly!

Lemonade Cupcakes RecipeFun Lemonade Cupcakes- triple lemon flavor and so fun for summer!

Salted Caramel Starbucks Cupcakes- so fun and very easy to make!  Use any flavor of cupcake you prefer. (1 of 1)Salted Caramel Starbucks Cupcakes- so fun!  Perfect for bake sales and parties!

 

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28
May
2014

Lemonade Cupcake Recipe

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Lemonade Cupcakes Recipe

I mentioned that I made Lemonade cupcakes for my 5 year old’s birthday a few weeks ago and I wanted to get the recipe posted for y’all!  This was such a fun treat and it was a huge hit at her Sunshine birthday party.

We had a bakery lemon cake and I was worried it wouldn’t be enough so I made these cupcakes as well- mostly for the children.  I was really surprised that the feedback on the cupcakes was better then on the birthday cake!  I hope you give these a shot- I am all about the chocolate but on a hot summer day a bright citrus-y cupcake sounded perfect.

I used a box mix for the actual cupcake in lemon flavor, added a bit of lemon curd to the center of the cupcake and then a delicious creamy buttercream frosting on top. 

I garnished with a little twist of lemon or you can use yellow sprinkles and a cute yellow jellybean or gumball.   If you do garnish with lemon just make sure you pick up organic lemons since that peel is going into the cupcake frosting.

Since they are lemonade cupcakes I added a little straw to the side which makes these a little different and very fun.

Here is the recipe:

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Lemonade Cupcake Recipe
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Serves: 12
 
Quick and Easy Lemonade Cupcakes
Ingredients
  • 1 box lemon cake mix (I used Duncan Hines Supreme)
  • Frosting:
  • 4oz cream cheese, chilled and cubed
  • 1½ cups butter, chilled and cubed
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice (optional)
  • 1 cup Lemon Curd*
Instructions
  1. Prepare cupcakes according to box directions.
  2. While those are cooking get started on your lemon curd.
  3. You can use store bought lemon curd or make your own* in a few minutes in the microwave.
  4. The curd comes together in minutes in the microwave but it needs several hours to chill so you might make that ahead of time- up to a week is fine.
  5. For the frosting:
  6. Add butter to your stand mixer with the paddle attachment and beat until nice and smooth.
  7. Add the cream cheese and mix until well incorporated and smooth.
  8. Next slowly add the confectioners sugar ½ cup at a time- scraping the bowl down as you go.
  9. You want to start tasting the frosting at 2cups to see if you need to continue to add more sugar.
  10. I often find 2½ cups of sugar is enough but you can add more to get the right flavor and consistency.
  11. You can also add a teaspoon of vanilla to the frosting if you like or a teaspoon of lemon juice. This is totally optional and up to your personal taste. Set aside.
  12. Once your cupcakes have cooled, take your frosting tip or a small spoon and cut a small hole into the center of the cupcake.
  13. Fill with the lemon curd.
  14. Frost as usual and garnish with sliced lemon or yellow sprinkles or yellow Jelly beans.

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So the lemon curd filling adds a lot to these cupcakes in my opinion.  It is so easy to make in the microwave but it does need several hours to chill.  You can make it in advance with the easy Lemon Curd Recipe here or you can buy it in a jar at gourmet food stores.

Lemon Cupcake Recipe

There might be some fabulously professional way to scoop out a little of the cupcake inside to fill with your lemon curd but I just used the tip for my frosting and that worked perfectly.  Discard the center of the cupcake (or pop it in your mouth- you deserve it with all this hard work.)

Add your lemon curd into a Ziploc bag and cut the tip of the bag to easily fill the cupcakes.  You can also just spoon it straight from the jar- that is what I did.

And frost as usual- add your garnish and then cut a cute straw into thirds and stick it inside.  So cute and so fun!

Sadly this year I was really scrambling to get everything ready for the party so I only snapped a few quick pictures and that was after the kids had already done a once over on the food table ;).

Here is what they looked like on the table- since there were small children I did jelly beans on the top and some yellow sprinkles.  We did need to explain to the kids that they don’t actually eat the cupcake with the straw :D  several were trying to drink the cupcakes which was hysterical.

Triple Lemon Cupcakes

If you decide to make these please come back and let me know what you think!  These are absolutely perfect for picnics this summer or BBQs or bake sales!  I think they would be fun for end of year class parties as well!

And here are some other fun recipes for summer:

Amazing Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Should you find you need chocolate– this is the most amazing chocolate buttercream frosting.  I always get asked for the recipe when I make these.

Salted Caramel Starbucks Cupcakes- so fun and very easy to make!  Use any flavor of cupcake you prefer. (1 of 1)

And these are really fun- Salted Caramel Starbucks Cupcakes!

 

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