{BORROWED POST} Peach Lemonade

With all those gorgeous peaches that are out there in summer, you just gotta have to make something with them. Tarts, pies, cobblers, grilled peaches, icecream, lemonade and what not! I wish I could have made every single one of them on that list, but so far its been only the lemonade. There is still some time left and hopefully I will get to make some more. We get some really juicy peaches in our CSA box from Full Circle Farm every other week. They are so very fresh and juicy that you have to use them up within the next couple of days itself. But most of the time I never get around to making anything those few days and we end up eating the peaches as is. They are really good as it is too, so I am not complaining about that.

Last weekend we took a two day trip to Portland with my parents. It was really awesome. For the first day, we packed some food with us and picknicked at a state park on the way. It was a really hot day and we knew it was going to be a hot day, so instead of taking store bought juice with us, I decided to make some lemonade with the peaches and took them with us instead. It was soo refreshing to drink these, especially when it was a nice and hot day outside and we were travelling. It is so very simple to make that I plan to make some every now and then and store in the refrigerator. Also, this particular batch of lemonade that I made tasted a little like musambi juice, which I love and miss a lot here. Musambi is also called sweet lime which is a part of the citrus family and I have never seen that fruit here in the US. Anyone know

where you can get them here? or do you even get them here? Let me know and I will be forever indebted to you

Peach Lemonade – The Recipe

Ingredients:

Peaches ( or nectarines) – 2 or 3, depending on how big/small they are Lemon – 5 ( use more or less depending on the level of sourness you need) Sugar – about 4-5 tbsp or as per your need for sweetness Water Crushed ice

Method:

Squeeze the lemons and keep the juice aside. Peel the peaches, remove the stone and chop the peaches roughly. Puree well in a food processor with the sugar.

Mix the lemon juice with this mixture. Add water and ice as per your need. Add more sugar too if the peaches are not sweet enough or if you need your lemonade to be sweeter.

Serve to your friends at a barbeque party and enjoy the compliments you get

This is my entry to Monthly Mingle – Stone Fruit edition hosted by Sukaina of Sips and Spoonfuls. Monthly Mingle is a monthly themed food evented started by Meeta of What’s for Lunch Honey . If you haven’t yet been to either of their blogs, you should do that soon. The pictures are to kill for!

Posted from my Android ~ Ami

Easy Steak Dinner {With Mustard-Shallot Sauce}

Serves 4
Hands-On Time: 15m
Total Time: 25m
Ingredients:
1 1/2 pound sirloin steak (1 inch thick)
kosher salt and black pepper 2 teaspoons
olive oil
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 shallot, chopped
1 pound green beans

Directions:
1.  Season the steak with ¾ teaspoon kosher salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Cook in the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, 3 to 5 minutes per side for medium-rare. Let rest 5 minutes, then slice against the grain.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together the mustard, vinegar, and shallot.
3. Meanwhile, steam the green beans until tender, 4 to 6 minutes.
4. Top the steak with the mustard sauce and serve with the green beans. {GENTLY BORROWED  FROM REALSIMPLE.COM; REPOSTED WITH LOVE}

Coconut Macaroons

Makes 16 cookies
Hands-On Time:10m
Total Time: 35m
Ingredients
3 large egg whites
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 14-ounce package sweetened shredded coconut (about 5 cups)

Directions
1. Heat oven to 325° F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment.
2. Vigorously whisk together the egg whites, sugar, vanilla, and salt in a medium bowl until glossy, foamy, and the sugar is mostly almost dissolved. Fold in the coconut, stirring until evenly combined.
3. Using a small ice cream scoop, drop the batter in mounds (about 2 tablespoons each) 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheets. Bake, rotating the sheets halfway through, until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes; let cool completely. The macaroons will keep for up to 5 days at room temperature in an airtight container.  {GENTLY BORROWED  FROM REALSIMPLE.COM; REPOSTED WITH LOVE}

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Check out this app – Protein Tracker

I just found a killer app on my Android from Google Play, its called: Protein Tracker. It’s a great app that calculates and counts your protein consumption every day. I just found it this am, and I’m LOVING IT!! I was a bit baffled, at first, because I am horrible with the whole “# of gems in each, fruit, veggie, other type of food” but I searched Ask.com for the conversion, and found another awesome conversion/counter, { http://www.calorieking.com/ } that really helps save my tooshie, in the # of grams of protein per item. I want to her back from my readers on this!! What do you think???  – Ami

This is the link to download the app from Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.proteintracker.two&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwyLDEsImNvbS5wcm90ZWludHJhY2tlci50d28iXQ

2 Day – Weekend Detox –

Weekend Detox: Spring is the ideal time to get out of our body all toxins accumulated throughout the years. A detox diet even for two days can be very beneficial as it cleanses the body from the inside.

The weekend detox if properly followed will give you a healthier body, a glowing skin and leave you feeling more in shape. . It is therefore important to be well prepared.

As the reserves of liver sugar are reduced during the diet, activities should be kept to a minimum. Take this opportunity to read a page-turning suspense or romantic book. To relax even more during the detox, put some music: Soul, pop, rock or classic depending on your tastes. It is also the best time to freshen up. Pampered yourself with hot baths, a face mask and body exfoliation.

To start your detox:

. Saturday

Early In The Morning:

As soon as you open your eyes, drink a full glass of cool water and stay in bed for another ten or twenty minutes.

For Breakfast

A bowl of tea (no sugar,) 2 yogurts mix with the juice of half an orange or grapefruit.

Later In the Morning:

Drink at least half a liter of sparkling water, tea or herbal tea.

For Lunch

– A large glass of vegetable juice (carrot + grapefruit + ice cubes) or (Tomato + Carrot + grapefruit + a few drops of lemon)

– A bowl of vegetable soup (no potatoes).

– A milkshake: Use a blender to mix a glass of skim milk + 0.5 pounds of raspberry, or strawberry, or 1 kiwi, or 1 banana + a few drops of vanilla extract.

– Drink plenty of water.

In the afternoon:

Drink at least half a liter of sparkling water, tea or herbal tea.

For Dinner

A bowl of vegetable soup (no potatoes)

A light cream: Beat the egg yolks with two teaspoons of powdered sweetener until the mixture whitens. Pour a large glass of warm milk, whisk and add a few drops of coffee or vanilla extract. Boil the mixture over low heat, stirring with a wooden spoon. When the mixture becomes thick, pour into a glass and serve.

Drink plenty of water.

In The Evening:

Take a tea or herbal tea.

. Sunday

Early In The Morning:
As soon as you open your eyes, drink a full glass of cool water and stay in bed for another ten or twenty minutes.

For Breakfast

A bowl of tea (no sugar,) 2 yogurts mix with the juice of half an orange or grapefruit.

Later In the Morning:

Drink at least half a liter of sparkling water, tea or herbal tea.

For Lunch

– A large glass of vegetable juice (carrot + grapefruit + ice cubes) or (Tomato + Carrot + grapefruit + a few drops of lemon)

– A bowl of vegetable soup (no potatoes)

– A glass of liquid fruit: Use a blender to mix an apple (peel and cut into pieces) with the juice of half a lemon and half an orange until you get a very smooth purée.

– Drink plenty of water.

Later In The Morning:

– 200g of Cottage cheese with a sweetener.

– Juice of half an orange or a grapefruit.

Dinner

– A bowl of vegetable soup (no potatoes)

– Yogurt with fruits: Use a blender to mix a plain yoghurt, a ripe pear (peel and cut into pieces) and a sweetener. Serve.

– Drink plenty of water.

In The Evening:

Take a tea or herbal tea.