Spot of Tea

hot tea

I have been trying to photograph steam for some time now.  I’m getting close, yes?

The sweltering northeast summers are steamy enough that the mere thought of drinking something with more steam has been completely out of the question for the past 3 months.

But now it’s fall and hot foods are inching their way back into the kitchen and it is possible to drink a cup of coffee outdoors and.not.melt.

Fall- I love you.

Steam- i love you too.

Wanna photograph steam? Strong directional sidelight and a dark backround.

 

 

Preserving Peaches, the easy way

It’s the last week at the markets for peaches…

 

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and plumbs are on their way out, too…

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But now is the best time to take advantage of fruit “seconds”. I just picked up two bushels of peaches for under $8.00.

 

Tips for freezing Peaches:

Dunk the peaches in a hot water bath for 30 seconds and immediately drop into an a bowl of ice water to cool.

The skins will peel right off. (Kids love helping with peeling the skins)

Split or cut in half and layer flat into freezer bags.

Perfect for smoothies all year round.

 

rum and lime cocktail

rum and lime

I was a die-hard diet soda drinker for years. I bled diet coke and breathed Camel Lights for over a decade. The funny part is, once I stopped drinking diet soda, I actually lost 8 pounds, with absolutely no other changes in my diet or exercise routine.

So forget the rum and coke. Try this simple sweet-tart-summery cocktail which works with either dark spiced rum or light rum.

Rum and Lime Cocktail

2 ounces Rum

1 ounce fresh squeezed Lime Juice

Simple Syrup, agave syrup or sugar to taste

club soda to fill the glass

rum and lime (4 of 3)

rum and lime (3 of 3)

 

 

 

Homemade Freeze Pops

homemade freeze pops

Let’s face it, most food that comes in tubes are not healthy.

*But it’s a fact that kids love to eat frozen food from a tube.

(*indicates that it is not really a fact and more of an observation)

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Luckily, there is an alternative to those sugar laced freezable yogurt tubes…

You can make your own and freeze them in small ziplock bags and your kids won’t even notice because they are just so happy to be eating sans silverware.

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Homemade Freezer Pops

This being more of a technique than a recipe, the flavor possibilities are endless and they are super fast and easy to make.

Supplies:

Blender

Snack sized ziplock bags

baking sheet

tape

Ingredients for natural yogurt pops

1 cup plain yogurt

1 cup raspberries (mangoes, strawberries, pineapple or peaches can be substituted)

1/2 cup orange juice or pineapple juice

2 frozen bananas

1 Tablespoon maple syrup ( or more to taste)

2 tsp. vanilla extract

Puree all ingredients in a blender and pour about 1/3 cup into each ziplock bag. Gently press the air out of the bag and seal. Fold the sealed edge over and secure with a piece of tape. lay flat on a baking sheet. Repeat with remaining bags and freeze for 3-4 hours. When ready to eat, snip one end of the bag.

a juice fast for foodies

A juice fast.

It seems like a good idea.

Even though I don’t  like juice.

So it started out like this…

smoothie

A thick frosty smoothie with frozen mangoes, berries and a handful of kale for good measure.

Always keep an eye out for jammy clad smoothie snatchers who like to nibble on frozen fruit…

smoothie snatcher

Later, mid day calls out for an icy cold coffee…

iced coffee

With a teeny tiny swirl of vanilla whipped cream…

iced coffee

Then a cold beer while waiting for the sun to set…

beer pour

And there you have it.

A juice fast for people who don’t like juice.