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Strawberry Agua Fresca

Strawberry Agua Fresca

In Spanish, Agua Fresca means “fresh water”. Agua Fresca is a perfect summer drink that is non-alcoholic and super refreshing! I like to think of it as an alternative to lemonade, except less labor intensive and less sugary which kind of makes it my favorite thing right now! This agua fresca only contains a handful of ingredients: fresh strawberries, water, lime juice, and a touch of sugar!

We are in the middle of the worst time of year for living in Phoenix. It’s still so hot and per usual, I’m already thinking about fall while I know most of you are still soaking up every bit of summer you can get! Either way, I want a huge pitcher of this strawberry agua fresca. It’s so refreshing and I sometimes to prefer it to lemonade since it contains less sugar and I don’t have to sit there and squeeze lemons all the live long day. Strawberries are still so gorgeous right now, I cannot get enough! This is a great drink to serve for the whole family on a hot summer day. I recommend making a triple batch for a party!

Strawberry Agua Fresca

Hawaii

Hawaii

Hawaii

Hawaii

Hawaii

Microwave Lemon Curd

microwave lemon curd

Whenever I come back from a work trip or a vacation, I always feel like I need 3-4 days to recover. Coming back from Hawaii has been rough! First, we had a red eye on Sunday night and didn’t sleep at all. I’m not a good plane sleeper. Here we are two days later and I still feel like I need an entire day of sleep to catch up. On the plus side, walking in the door and seeing my sweet smiling baby girl was the best thing ever.  She’s been a little extra whiny and clingy since we got back. I’ve also decided that I’m never leaving her again…at least not until she gets to be the age where she will undoubtedly start sassing back. I assume at this time, I will most definitely be okay with leaving, right?

Total exhaustion means that I am posting a suppppppper simple recipe today! Have you ever made your own lemon curd? It’s a handy treat to have in the fridge. It’s perfect for using in summer desserts or for spooning on top of pancakes or waffles. Seriously, so good! And did you guys know you can make it in your microwave in less than 10 minutes? Yes, true story! Delicious and luscious lemon curd made right in the microwave. And I promise it’s a 100% better than the jarred stuff! Just take careful note of the cooking directions as the cooking time varies depending on your microwave. The first time I made this, I totally overcooked it and had to throw it away so stand close to your microwave to keep an eye!

While I generally think of lemon curd as a more summery treat, it would also make a great DIY holiday, housewarming, or even a teacher gift if you put it in nice jars with pretty ribbon.

Microwave Lemon Curd

Creamy Vegetable Lasagna Rolls

Creamy Vegetable Lasagna Rolls

We are on our way back from beautiful Hawaii. On the one hand, I do not want to leave this gorgeous paradise and will miss the sunsets, ocean, and fruity drinks, and then on the other hand, we are so excited to get back home to our sweet girl! We’ve been experiencing some serious baby withdrawals!

One of my favorite recipes on this blog (and a reader favorite) are my Creamy Chicken Lasagna Roll-Ups. They are easier to make than regular lasagna and I adore the creamy chicken filling! I love that these have cream cheese instead of ricotta. Don’t get me wrong, I love ricotta cheese, but the cream cheese filling is a fun change. I’ve been craving them lately, but wanted to make a veggie alternative and now I’m not sure which one version I like best!

I used diced zucchini, yellow squash, and baby spinach for this recipe, but you can certainly experiment with different veggies like sliced mushrooms or peppers. It’s all good!

Creamy Vegetable Lasagna Rolls

Coconut Muffins

Coconut Muffins

Aloha!! This post is coming to you from the beautiful Big Island of Hawaii! Hubs and I are here for a work conference. Yeah, I know, work? Here? But we are definitely finding some time to enjoy ourselves and relax. We didn’t bring baby girl and miss her terribly, but I ain’t gonna lie, being able to sleep all night in a big comfy bed listening to the waves crashing was not shabby! Last night after a delicious dinner and fruity cocktails, we sat out on our balcony without any lights and just listened to the waves. It was glorious! I will share pics of our trip soon!

I planned to post these coconut muffins not even thinking about the fact that it seems like the perfect recipe to post while visiting Hawaii! My love affair with coconut continues and now in muffin form! These muffins are not your typical big and fluffy bakery muffin, they have a denser texture more reminiscent of a scone. They are perfectly moist and sweet and studded with shredded coconut and sliced almonds! Gah! I am wishing I had 1 (or 5) right now while I sit and enjoy looking at the ocean and gorgeous Hawaiian views!

Coconut Muffins

Mint Chip Frozen Yogurt

Mint Chip Frozen Yogurt

I have a weird thing with minty things. For the most part, I’m not a fan.

Really minty mojitos? Nope.

Peppermint desserts? Nope.

But, mint chip ice cream? Yup. I don’t know what it is, but this is my exception. Maybe it’s because I loved it as a kid too and it reminds me of childhood. Not sure, but I love mint chip ice cream! Or in this case, frozen yogurt!

Mint Chip Frozen Yogurt

I love homemade ice creams, but I do not love how long it takes sometimes with having to make a custard, letting it set, etc.. Frozen yogurt, on the other hand, comes together in a flash. You just mix everything up in a bowl and churn! And, let’s face it, frozen yogurt is lighter and contains less fat. Now, I will say that I recommend using full-fat yogurt for this recipe. It really makes a difference in the texture of the frozen yogurt, it’s richer and creamier. As for the minty flavor, you can adjust it depending on how strong of a minty flavor you’re going for. Hello childhood!

Mint Chip Frozen Yogurt