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Freeze Your Bananas !!!

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 of my favorite fruits are bananas. So, me being me, every time I buy a bunch, without fail I buy too many. In the past, I discarded them once they had too many brown spots – until I started to become a fan of smoothies.
At first, I made my smoothies like I’ve seen them being made in bars around the world: Some fruit, lots of ice, milk, lots of sugar. Wonderful concoction if you are young, healthy, slim and have a smoothie once in a while. However, if you drink a lot of the stuff you will soon realize that after standing at room temperature for a short time, all that ice will melt and you have a very watered-down mess in your glass. Also, all that sugar and full-fat milk is fattening and can be harmful if you are a bit overweight (HELLO) and a diabetic (HELLO AGAIN).
In order to remedy all that , here is my recipe for a guilt free, delicious sweet treat / great drink, which can be had any time of day, for breakfast, lunch or dinner or as a sweet treat / dessert in between or after meals:

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Freeze any fruit that is on the verge of becoming overripe in airtight ziplock bags. This will save you money and it eliminates the need to add ice to your smoothie, keeping it from watering down.
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Instead of full-fat milk, use fat-free milk.
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Instead of sugar or artificial sweetener, use natural honey or fruit nectar (frozen into cubes) as sweetener.
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For extra body, add fat free Greek yogurt.
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Guilt Free Sweet Pleasure: Banana / Strawberry  Smoothie

Guilt Free Sweet Pleasure:      Banana / Strawberry Smoothie

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Preparation :
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Blueberry Delight With Limoncello & Prosecco

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Lately I find myself making Limoncello and Orangecello often. They are simple to produce and, if you decide to make it your self,  you can easily adjust the taste exactly to your liking by adjusting the ratio of the ingredients, as well as by changing the type of vodka and / or fruit you you use. Try mixing some other citrus fruits into your concoction, such as lime, calamansi, blood oranges, etc. The possibilities are endless and you can proudly promote your own, home made, personalized liquor. Think special bottles, labels, presentation boxes and so forth. These will make great gifts and provide you and your friends with that special drink for that special occasion. ( Coming home from work would be a great occasion. Just saying…… 🙂
So, today I brought home some fresh blueberries which I thought I will turn into a nice pie. However, when opening the fridge to put the blueberries away until tomorrow, I thought I heard the limoncello bottle call out to me:  Hey, wait a minute………
So, just about five minutes later, I was out on the terrace, enjoying my new creation and congratulating myself to this new recipe in my dessert repertoire.
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Blueberry  Smoothie With Limoncello & Prosecco

Blueberry Delight With Limoncello & Prosecco

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Ingredient’s :

Fresh blueberries,   four cups, chilled
Limoncello,   one cup
Vanilla greek yogurt,   two cups
Prosecco,   two cups
Honey,   1/4 cup
Crashed ice,   two cups
Serves 4

Method :

Pulse all ingredients in a blender until berries are crushed .
To serve, sprinkle with some fresh blueberries.
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Limoncello / Orangello Recipe :

Ingredient’s:

Lemons,   one dozen  (for Orangecello, replace the lemons with nine oranges)
Vodka,   one quart
Water,   four cups
Sugar,   3 cups

Method :

Peel the lemons, making sure that there is no white part remaining on the peel   ( bitter ! ) .
Put the lemon peel and the vodka in a sealable glass bottle. Let stand at room temperature for two days. Strain, discard peel.
Dissolve the sugar over low heat, remove from heat and let cool completely.
Mix the syrup with the vodka, chill until very cold.
Enjoy by itself, over ice , or as a longdrink mixed to your taste. Cheers !

Cheers !   Life is Good !
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Indoor Sunshine

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Yesterday  it was raining and raining and raining ……
So I brought the sunshine inside the house with this delicious concoction  🙂
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” Indoor Sunshine ”  Vodka & Mango Smoothie
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Life is Good !   Cheers !
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Indoor Sunshine: Vodka & Mango Smoothie

Indoor Sunshine:
Vodka & Mango Smoothie

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Indoor Sunshine: Vodka & Mango Smoothie

Indoor Sunshine:
Vodka & Mango Smoothie

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Indoor Sunshine: Vodka & Mango Smoothie 3

Indoor Sunshine:
Vodka & Mango Smoothie 3

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Strawberry, Vodka & Chocolate Smoothie

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Welcome  back, summer !

It is 5.00pm and the temperature is still at 83F. Feels almost like summer. Of course, this is the perfect temperature. As soon as it get’s a bit hotter, just like all good Floridians, I  will of course complain  that it is too hot ! But, today, it’s just perfect 🙂
To celebrate, I made for myself a great smoothie which was just the right thing to have outside, waiting for the sun to go down, listening to classic rock on Big 105.9  and watching madam chasing geckos.

Cheers !   Live is Good !

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Strawberry, Vodka & Chocolate Smoothie

Strawberry, Vodka & Chocolate Smoothie


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Ingredients :

Vodka, fresh Strawberries, Yoghurt, Milk, Instant Cocoa Powder, Ice,

Method :

Blend all ingredient’s, fill into iced glass, sprinkle with cocoa powder and decorate with strawberry. Cheers !

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” Watermelon & Mango Smoothie “

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Plenty of watermelon &  mango smoothie,
Bella and I enjoying a breezy afternoon in the garden.
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Life is Good !    🙂
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1 qt       coarsely chopped watermelon
1 qt       coarsely chopped mango
1 cup    yoghurt
2 cup   whole l milk
10 ea   mint leaves
1  ea     large lime, juiced
I qt       ice cubes

Blend everything until thick and smooth.

Cheers !   Enjoy !
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