Watermelon Aloe Vera Smoothie

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Aloe vera grows wildly in typical climates around the world, cultivated and harvested due to its agricultural and medicinal purposes. Most people don’t know the proper way to skin them, thus itching is always a problem. In Florida, they mix it with sugarcane juice but I use watermelon. I drink the smoothie once in a while and also use the peels to lubricate my dry hands, neck, and feet. I also use it to moisturize my face and on my head and hair and wash the next day. It is effective for any skin wounds. They said that it is also very good to heal the inside of the body. Going back to basics or going back to the still bountiful produce of the earth is blissfully gratifying as if you’re more closer to the Creator, our Lord God. In Genesis 1:29, God said,”See, I have given you every herb that yield seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed, to you it shall be for food.” Let’s get started by gathering our very few ingredients.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 piece Aloe vera stalk

a tray of seedless watermelon or sugarcane juice

2 pitchers of filtered water

a knife and a metal cake spatula

 

PROCEDURE:

1. Wash the Aloe vera stalk and dry them.

2. Cut the stalk into 3 pieces crosswise.

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3. Cut all the sides of the cut  stalk and discard the cut sides.

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4.Now with the spatula, slice the bottom of the stalk and turn the stalk upside down and slice the remaining side, immediately place all the peeled aloe vera in the first water-filled pitcher.

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5. Gather the aloe vera from the first pitcher and submerge into the second water-filled pitcher.

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6. Gather the aloe vera and put into a blender, then add seedless watermelon and blend.

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7. Drink immediately and freeze the leftovers. Cheers for healing and a long life! Now you can use the peels for beautification purposes.

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-Peaches, Masarap!

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Life’s Little Pleasures

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Last night my friend Paulia baked me a black rum cake, which I shared with my co-workers; Paulia also got me this amazing Teavana tea strainer, complete with a White Chocolate Peppermint tea blend.

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As soon as I got home, I immediately brewed a half tablespoon of this tea blend in eight ounces of boiled filtered water for two minutes; it just melts away the stress and tension I was carrying from the night before. Wow… life’s little pleasures are what we need from time to time to carry on with our life’s hard occupations. I will continue to dream on and care for people who make me feel very special. Love you guys! Don’t worry, I’ll be a click away…

-Peaches, Masarap!

Black Mango Tea

 

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I found a special kind of tea like no other; brew 2 teaspoons of Black Mango Tea leaf in 8 oz. of pure spring water or filtered water at 185º F for 4 minutes then strain and sip. Ahhhh! Heavenly!

This is pure bliss after slaving in the kitchen! Sweet taste with satiny smoothness. This is a full bodied brew with little to no astringency. The ingredients are black tea leaves, Calendula petals, and natural mango essence.

The brew is called Tao of  Tea from Portland, Oregon. Check out their website at http://www.taooftea.com.

Here are the different strainers I experimented with, in successfully straining tea leaves.

 

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In my personal opinion, the loose leaf tea infuser on the right is the best for me, as the very fine mesh really gets the job done stress free, and there’s no need to strain the second time around and it fits into any kind of jug, mug, or cup. My eldest son bought it for me from Teavana a year ago.

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Here’s a quick look at tea collection. I’m just crazy about tea and I don’t really drink coffee. I think that you may need a cup of some nice tea these days, most especially during the coming Thanksgiving Day.

Have a good one and take care!

– Peaches, Sarap!!!

Orange, Lemon-Lime Infused Filtered Drink

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It was 40 degrees when I came back from 8am mass, and our home was nice and toasty. I was feeling very warm, but thirsty and dying to grab an iced cold soda or any sweet drink but I remembered that I have frozen iced cubes from Mackenzie’s Raspberry Moroccan Iced Tea. So… I started slicing lemon, lime, and a small piece of Jalapeño and as I was getting ready to gulp it down, I realized I could post this on my blog! So after dashing to the very cold garden and grabbing 2 mint sprigs, everything was ready; voila! It’s really refreshing! Life is good! Thank you Jesus!

I was really warm after having some piping hot Pumpkin Soup with a few slices of baguette and the roasted garlic was just inside the roaster in front of me; I sliced up the baguette and took some roasted garlic, removed the thin covering and smeared it on top of the baguette and applied a thin creamy layer of Laughing Cow soft cheese on top. Heavenly! I felt toasty, but I needed a drink pronto. Anyway, you can either use filtered water or club soda or you can make your own sugar syrup for this featured drink from scratch. But I personally added Mackenzie’s Flavored Honey Syrup and Flavored Iced Cubes. So let’s prepare this healthy and simple refreshing drinks.

 

Mackenzie’s Healthy Honey Syrup

In a medium saucepan over high heat, bring 4 cups of water to boil. Whisk in 3/4 cups raw honey until melted (you can use only 1/2 cup of honey for a more tart flavor).

 

Simple Syrup

The classic ratio is 1:1, 1 part water to 1 part sugar. You can flavor your syrup in many ways with cinnamon sticks and cloves or pieces of ginger and lemon zest or lemon/lime/orange and grapefruit zest, depending on how strong you want it to be. Bring 2 cups of water to boil then whisk 2 cups brown or white sugar and turn the stove to low once the mixture starts to simmer and continue simmering until the fluid becomes syrupy according to your preference. You can add it to your refreshing water drink, cool down the left-overs and refrigerate for later use.

 

Mackenzie’s Flavored Iced Cubes

For each flavor you will need a liter of plain soda or carbonated water or plain filtered water.

1. Grapefruit Flavor (1 grapefruit + 2 Tbsp. honey) – Please take note that anybody on any anti-hypertensive medications cannot drink grapefruit for adverse cardiac effects!

2. Lemon lime flavor (2 limes+ 2 lemons + 3 tbsp. honey)

3. Orange Flavor ( 3 oranges + 2 Tbsp. honey)

 

PROCEDURE:

Juice the citrus fruit, pour in a blender or juicer, add the honey and turn on the machine, turn off and pour into ice cube trays; you’re good to go. Just throw in the flavored iced cubes in your filtered water or carbonated water drink.

Another healthy and refreshing drink, thanks to Mackenzie for the original recipe from Peaches. Sarap and cheers!

 

Raspberry Moroccan Rose Iced Tea

 

 

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Got the original recipe from pineandcravebymackenzie.com. I didn’t have dried hibiscus, but I used some Moroccan organic dried rose petals that were featured in the Washington Apple Cake post.

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INGREDIENTS:

4 cups of Organic Frozen Berries (raspberry, strawberries, and blueberries)

3/4 cups raw honey or 3 tbsp. Organic Blue Agave Nectar plus 1 tbsp of Maple Syrup or you can use brown sugar to mix with 4 cups of boiling water to make a sugar syrup.

2 limes

Orange slices, raspberries, strawberries for garnish

Environmentally friendly bamboo skewers

1 cup edible, dried rose petals or hibiscus

 

PREPARATION:

1. In a medium saucepan over high heat, bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Stir in honey or Agave and maple syrup or sugar you have. Stir until melted or combined.

2. Remove from heat and add the rose petals like this picture below….

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3. While the rose petals is steeping, in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, heat the frozen raspberries, pressing the mixture using the potato masher like this in the picture below….

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4. Over a big bowl, set a big fine mesh strainer and pour the raspberry mixture, with the back of a large tablespoon, press as much thick juice as possible through it.

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5. Strain the already steeped rose petal tea on a fine mesh strainer, pour it on a large glass pitcher and add strained juice of 2 limes, add the strained and thick raspberry juice, add 2 cups of iced cold water. Refrigerate or just add ice cubes if ready to serve. You can pour some of this mixture onto an ice tray, that way you can used this cubed juice without any regret.

Mackenzie is very smart for inventing  this healthy iced tea. From time to time, we  may have urges to grab a soda, so this is much healthier and more refreshing alternative. I will definitely re-create this again for my guests this Thanksgiving Day!

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Another Sarap homemade drink! Thanks to Mackenzie from Peaches!!!

Turmeric / Ginger Tea

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This tea has some turmeric, which is said to be great for combating  Alzheimer’s disease. Not only that, but this kind of tea should be very good for the upcoming flu season. Mindbodygreen.com has a similar preparation.

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup water

1/4 tsp. ground turmeric

1/4 tsp. ground ginger

Splash of soy or almond milk

Honey or maple syrup or Organic Blue Agave sweetener

 

PROCEDURE:

1. In a small saucepan bring water to a boil.

2. Add turmeric and ginger and reduce heat, simmer for 10 minutes.

3. Add any of the above mentioned available sweetener.

 

Ahhhh… so soothing! Feel better!

 

Cocktail Punch

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This is originally called Lourie’s Coctail Punch from Sylvia Reynoso – Gala’s Culinary Arts Studio in 1992. I made some revisions for alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinkers, and sorry, we almost finished the drink before I could post it! That’s how good it is!

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 tall can pineapple juice (8 cups)

3/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon or calamansi juice

1/2 cup white or brown sugar

1 can 17.6 fl.oz. coconut juice

1 big bottle of 7-Up or Sprite

Granny Smith Apple, thinly sliced, seeds removed

1 can lychees, drained, rinsed, sliced thinly

1 orange, sliced thinly, seeds removed

1  5.5 oz.box of Dofu Delight, Almond flavor (boiled with milk, set and mold as per instructions on the box; this is optional)

1 15 oz. can of young coconut, washed, drained, sliced thinly

2 cups Vodka or rum

 

PROCEDURE:

Mix the pineapple juice, lemon or calamansi juice, sugar and coconut juice in a pitcher. Add the slices of the lychees , apple, orange and young coconut. Refrigerate and chill. As for the non-alcoholic version, just before serving add a big bottle of 7-Up or Sprite and add cubes of ice and gently add the cut almond jello. For the alc0holic version, lace it with 2 cups of vodka or rum. Cheers! Ganbei! Salut!

 

 

 

Blueberry Mint Lemonade

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Hi guys,this is the summer lemonade that I find on line,So easy to do,I pls feel free to comment about it hope you’ll enjoy & find it refreshing as I do.

 

1st prepare the simple syrup by combining a cup each of water & brown or wine sugar & boil it in a saucepan on medium heat until it becomes syrupy.Transfer it to a glass container & put in the fridge.Squeeze 5-6 lemons to make a 3/4 cup & strain it.Add simple syrup,fresh lemon juice& 3 & 1/2 cups of cold water to a pitcher,throw in some fresh blueberries & some sprigs of fresh mint(by the way I have a humble garden where I can pick some fresh mint).Voila!….. Last salute to the fleeting days of summer!