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4th of July Cocktail

 

Make no doubt about it mamas! Summer is here!
This means sun, fun and cocktails… and you’re drinking not because the kids are home (we kid!) but to keep cool of course!
So give this low calorie, delicious & refreshing Strawberry Citrus Cocktail a try this 4th of July!

Strawberry Citrus Vodka

3 Strawberries
A few sprigs of mint
1 Tablespoon light agave
1 shot Grey Goose Citron
Lemon Juice

Muddle the strawberries & mint together in a shaker with ice and shake shake shake! Add remaining ingredients and shake a bit more. Pour over ice, garnish with a strawberry & enjoy!

Happy 4th of July to all!

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Kiwi Capiroska Cocktail

It’s Friday and the weekends here!! You know how we do… time for a cocktail!  This one is clean, refreshing and will take the edge off!  So kick up your heels, let loose and enjoy! xo

Kiwi CapiroskaKiwi Capiroska

2 cups kiwi, peeled and diced
12 mint leaves, divided
2 tablespoons sugar, divided
3 limes, juiced
2 cups GreyGoose Vodka
2 cups tonic water (or coconut flavored sparkling water)

ice cubes
garnish:1 kiwi, peeled and thinly sliced
Directions:
1. Line six glasses up and fill each with 1/3 cup of diced kiwis, 2 mint leaves, 1 teaspoon sugar, and ½ lime juiced.
2. Muddle together the contents of each glass until fully combined.
3. Fill each glass with ice and top off with 1/3 cup vodka and 1/3 cup tonic water.
4. Stir, finish each with a kiwi garnish and serve.
 
recipe & photo courtesy of The Poor Girl

 

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Strawberry Basil Margaritas

The weather is starting to warm up and with that comes my overwhelming desire to sit outside in my backyard on Saturday afternoons… watch the kids play with matches (I’m KIDDING) I mean on the swing set and sip on these delightful Strawberry Basil Margaritas while I soak in the sun! 

Strawberry Basil Margarita

Perfect for get togethers, make a pitcher in advance and enjoy! xo 

Strawberry Basil Margaritas

1 Cup of Fresh Lime Juice
1 Container of Fresh Strawberries cleaned & quartered
10 Basil Leaves Roughly Chopped
2 1/2 Cups Tequila
3/4 Cup Cointreau
2 Cups of Water
Pitcher full of ice

Combine all ingredients into the pitcher and give a good stir!

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21 Random Food Q&A

Food Q&A

Ok folks!  Every now and then my inbox gets inundated with some pretty random kitchen & food questions.  Some of these questions, you’ll find to be pretty useful, some will have you shaking your head…WHO ASKS THESE THINGS?! I love all of you for reaching out and asking me!  Hope this helps! xo Michelle xo

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Superfoods You Need To Try Now!

Here are 4 Superfoods you need to always have stocked in your kitchen. Not only will they keep your body moving but they will help your brain function at it’s best!

Superfoods MGZ

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Flu Season! Apple Cider Vinegar Cleanse

 

Flu Season is just about to peak and it’s time to fight back!  What better way than with a body cleanse! Let’s do this! It’s easy and will not only detoxify your body, but will cleanse your skin and if you’re fighting the last of that stubborn cold or feel one coming on, boost your immune system.  What is this magic cleanse I speak of?  Why it’s the Apple Cider Vinegar cleanse! Read more »

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St. Patrick’s Day Cocktail LUCKY LEPRECHAUN

kiss me I'm irishSt. Patrick’s Day!! Time for green beer?  Not feelin’ it?  Yeah, us too.  Kinda seems un-natural and icky really the thought of drinking a lime  green anything if you didn’t make it that color naturally?  RIGHT?

If you really feel like you can’t hold back and you MUST have a green cocktail… go for this one!  The Lucky Leprechaun.  It’s a Moms Gone Zen favorite! So do St. Patty’s day right this year and serve up this cocktail!  May you come home covered in kisses… Irish or not!

Lucky LeprechaunLucky Leprechaun

Boru Vodka

2 parts of Boru Irish Vodka (Vodka)

1 small cucumber, quartered

1 small cucumber (for garnish) 

10 fresh mint leaves

3 tablespoons of fresh squeezed lime juice

1 cup of ice

1 tablespoon agave nectar

Dash of sea salt

Put cucumbers, mint and lime juice in a blender on high until well blended. Put ice, vodka, agave, and a dash of salt in a shaker. Pour cucumber mixture through a fine mesh sieve into the shaker as well. Shake well to combine and chill. Serve over ice. Garnish with sliced cucumber & fresh mint.

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It’s your duty! Check your booty!


Colon Awareness MGZ430680_499519083418000_996267949_nLet’s face the facts. Colon cancer stinks! I mean, really. IT STINKS!
Of all of the cancers that affect both men & women, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, cancer of the colon & rectum is the second leading cancer killer in the US. Kinda shocking right?

Don’t feel defenseless against this shitty disease though! I’m here to give you some great tips on foods you can eat, a delish recipe along with what you can do to help prevent it! Read more »

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Get HEART healthy with the Mediterranean Diet!

Mediterranean DIET FOODSSo when I was a kid, I’d go to school with my brown paper bag lunch and I’d open it up praying for a nice PB&J sandwich only to find something that represented a pita “torpedo” sandwich that usually had something like Lebni, (think thick yogurt) crushed mint and few slices of a Persian cucumber in it…. dessert was not a Hostess cup cake… oh no, no friends, it was dried apricots. Yeah, try trading that with your school buddy.  Fat chance! 

At the time, I was absolutely mortified and wished that my Armenian roots were more like my nice American friend Suzy…who’s mom so graciously even thought to put a fruit roll up in her lunch.

In actuality, looking back my mom had it all right though.  Drawing from my Middle Eastern roots led me to grow up eating something very similar to the Mediterranean Diet.  Yes, that very same Mediterranean Diet that according to a recent study published by The New England Journal of Medicine’s Web site this past Monday, proved that about 30% of heart attacks, strokes & deaths from heart disease can be prevented if people switch to a diet rich in olive oil, nuts, beans, fish fruits & veggies… AKA The Mediterranean Diet.

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And The Academy Award Goes To… Oscar Cocktails!

If you’re having an Oscar party this weekend… do it up big!  Just like in Hollywood!

Here are 9 cocktail recipes inspired from all of  the films nominated for Best Motion Picture Oscar 2013…. along with a little description, and my own personal critique about them.  There’s a drink here for everyone!  Enjoy your Sunday night & may the best film win!

Amour:

Margaret Menegoz, Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka and Michael Katz, Producers

“In the final months of her life, a retired music teacher and her husband of sixty years struggle with the debilitating effects of two strokes on both her health and her quality of life.  As Georges cares for the increasingly unhappy Anne, the pair finds the nature of their life together irrevocably changed.”

Amour Cocktail

1 Part Bombay Sapphire Gin
1 Dash Lemon Juice
1 Dash Cherry Brandy
1 Dash Grenadine
6 Mint Leaves

Fill a shaker with ice cubes.  Add all ingredients. Shake & strain into a chilled martini glass.  Garnish with a mint leaf. Read more »

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