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Carrot Margarita Recipe That Will Knock Your Socks Off!

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In honor of Cinco De Mayo, I figured I'd share a favorite margarita recipe that will literally blog your mind. And I know what you're thinking...Carrot Margarita?? Gross. Wrong! This Carrot Margarita recipe is inspired by Flora Farms in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

This margarita is  everything you could ask for in a good margarita: refreshing, not to sweet, a kick of spice, and only a few ingredients making it easy to make (and drink). Not to mention, carrot juice is good for you...so have a few ;-) 

For those of you celebrating Cinco De Mayo tonight, or just planning a summer BBQ or night with friends, this Carrot Margarita is a must-have and will blow everyone's mind! 

Cheers! 

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces fresh carrot juice (you can juice your carrots or buy 100% carrot juice from the store)
  • 2 ounces tequila (use your favorite brand)
  • 1/2 ounce fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce cointreau (orange liqueur)
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • Fresh peeled carrots with stems, for garnish
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes 
  • Salt to rim the glass

Directions

Wet rim of glass with lime juice and press into salt. Chill glass. Flora Farms put the Carrot Margarita in a mason jar, which is a cute and rustic idea. 

Combine carrot juice, lime juice, orange juice, simple syrup, cointreau, and tequila in a cocktail shaker with some ice cubes. Shake until chilled, about 30-40 seconds. 

Strain over ice and into a glass (or mason car). 

For garnish, sprinkle some chili flakes on top with a fresh carrot with green stem. You can also add a sliced lime to the rim for color. 

The best and most refreshing margarita recipe! A Carrot Margarita from Flora Farms in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Classic Chocolate Cake

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The best classic chocolate cake (with recipe!) - A serious crowd pleaser!

I love cake! My husband's birthday was in December so I threw him a (successful) surprise birthday party!! He's a chocolate lover so I surprised him by baking the most epic chocolate cake (from Sally's Baking Addiction). Everyone loved the cake and was raving about it until the following day, which is always a good feeling! It's a classic triple chocolate cake with a milk chocolate frosting. I think the milk chocolate outside balances our the dark chocolate cake. This is a chocolate lover's dream - it's dark, chocolaty and moist, but I think the key is the brewed coffee because it gives it depth. You'd be crazy not to make this for a birthday, a special someone, entertaining guests or just because...because we can all use some cake every now and then!

I had mini chocolate chips on hand so decorated the sides with chocolate chips!

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I'd love to know if you end up making this classic chocolate cake. Leave me a note in the comments below! 

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Protein Shake

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Reese's peanut butter cup protein shake recipe

My husband was making a protein shake after the gym this weekend and asked if I wanted one. I said "no" because usually mine taste better (there I said it). He kept bragging about how delicious his protein shake tasted so I gave it a try, screaming "holy cow this tastes like a Reese's!" So I totally re-made it. This is peanut butter chocolate protein shake recipe is healthy, has a good amount of protein ands curbs your sweet tooth. 

Ingredients:

  • 5 ice cubes (yes I know such a random number!)
  • 1 heaping scoop of chocolate protein
  • 1 small banana (we freeze ours!)
  • 1 tbsp creamy peanut butter, your favorite brand
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 3/4 cup almond milk

Directions:

In a blender (we use a Vitamix Series 750 Heritage Blender), pour in all the ingredients, leave the protein and peanut butter for last. I like to add it last so it doesn't get stuck to the sides. Enjoy! 

PS - My favorite peanut butter is Peter Pan Creamy Peanut Butter, but they don't sell it out here so I get it shipped in! Any other Peter Pan lovers? 

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Avocado Toast, 6 Ways

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Avocado toast: 6 Easy Ways to Amp Up Your Avocado Toast

Avocado toast has been super trendy. It's been on breakfast menus and served at coffee shops but there's a hefty price to it. Fortunately, it's so easy to make at home. Avocado toast isn't anything "fancy" or revolutionary, in fact it's just sliced or mashed avocado on top of a piece of toast - so simple, yet so delicious. You can eat avocado toast for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even a healthy daytime snack. I've come up with a few different variations to keep our avocado toast interesting. 

Tomato Basil Avocado Toast

Ingredients:
-Bread of choice (I chose whole-wheat)
-Half an avocado, mashed
-Salt + pepper, to taste
-Cherry tomatoes, quartered
-Fresh basil, chopped
-Olive oil
-Balsamic vinegar

Instructions: Slice cherry tomatoes and basil. Mix tomatoes, basil, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar in a bowl. Toast bread. Top toasted bread with mashed avocado, salt, and pepper. Add balsamic tomato mixture on top, then drizzle with a little extra balsamic vinegar. This is my favorite! 

Strawberry + Avocado Toast

Ingredients:
-Bread of choice (I chose whole-wheat)
-Half an avocado, mashed
-Strawberries, sliced
-Pepper, to taste
-Fresh Feta Cheese, crumbled

Instructions: Spread toasted bread with mashed avocado. Then sliced strawberry and crumbled feta. Top with some pepper to taste. This is another favorite...Sometimes I'll top with some basil and balsamic. 

Almond Butter + Sea Salt Avocado Toast:

Ingredients:
-Bread of choice (I chose whole-wheat)
-Almond Butter
-Half an avocado, sliced
-Olive oil
-Sea salt, coarse

Instructions: Toast a piece of bread. Spread your favorite almond butter while the bread is still nice and hot. Layer with avocado slices and top it off with some sea salt.

Lox Avocado Toast

Ingredients:
-Bread of choice (I chose whole-wheat)
-Half an avocado, mashed
-Lox salmon
-Salt + pepper, to taste
-Red onion, chopped
-Capers

Instructions: Toast bread and spread mashed avocado on top. Sprinkle with some salt and pepper. Top mashed avocado toast with lox, red onion, and capers. 

Honey Drizzle + Avocado Toast

Ingredients:
-Bread of choice (I chose whole-wheat)
-Half an avocado, mashed
-Salt + pepper, to taste
-Honey

Instructions: Mash avocado and place on top of toasted bread. Sprinkle salt and pepper on top then drizzle honey. 

Bacon + Avocado Toast

Ingredients:
-Bread of choice (I chose whole-wheat)
-Half an avocado, sliced
-Salt + pepper, to taste
-Bacon, sliced

Instructions: Place avocado slices on top of toasted bread. Sprinkle bacon pieces on top. Then top it off with some salt and pepper. 

Do you have any 'fancy' avocado toast recipes to share? I'd love to try them! 

Best Popcorn Recipes for National Popcorn Day

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the best popcorn recipes

Today is National Popcorn Day! Umm yeah I didn't know that was a thing either until today, but I may or may not have popped a bag while writing this! In honor of the "national day" I've gathered some yummy popcorn recipes. So grab yourself a bowl of your favorite popcorn and celebrate National Popcorn Day because after these recipes you're cravings will start to kick in! 

I consider myself a pretty basic popcorn eater (kettle corn is my jam!) and never really thought about adding different spices, herbs and flavors to it so my mind was blown with some of these recipes. What's you're favorite kind of popcorn? Do you add any fun flavors to your popcorn?

 

Image via  Just Eat Life

Image via Just Eat Life

Bacon Popcorn - Bacon is good with everything, but I never thought about pairing the two together. Jen makes the bacon first, then pops the popcorn kernels in the bacon fat (woah!). Then once the popcorn is fully popped, she chops up the bacon and tosses it in honey and Sriracha - hello sweet and spicy! 

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Brown Butter + Sage Popcorn - Okay, so sage and popcorn? Who would have thought! The idea of infusing the brown butter with the sage leaves then pouring it all over the popped popcorn with a little truffle salt seems so strange but so good at the same time. This is the perfect treat for a savory popcorn lover!  

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Lemon White Chocolate Popcorn - This one sounds super interesting, especially because my husband loves lemon. Vanessa's recipe consists of popcorn, white chocolate chips and lemon, which is the perfect combination of salty, sweet and citrus. I imagine this would be delicious during the summer months. 

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Cookies and Cream Popcorn - Need I say more? Crushed up Oreos and popcorn sounds delicious, because you get that chocolate with a crunch from the popcorn. Oh yum! 

Lauren Conrad's Apple Pie

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Lauren Conrad's apple pie is a home run!

I never really realized this about myself until recently but I love sweets - there I said it! And recently the cravings have gotten worse; perhaps it's that time of year?! (yeah let's go with that!!). A few weeks ago I challenged myself to making an apple pie completely from scratch and must say...I'm pretty dang proud of myself! The whole pie turned out delicious and people were raving about it. I used Lauren Conrad's apple pie recipe for the filling and this recipe to make the pie dough.

I'm not going to lie to you, there is a reason you don't hear too many people making pie dough from scratch - it's not the easiest task but so worth it for that flaky buttery crust. This is a home run pie to make over the holidays, and will certainly make an impression. I'd love to know how your pie turns out in the comments below. 

I used a pastry blender to blend my butter, flour, shortening and water together. You should have pea size pieces. If you don't have a pastry blender, then two forks will work but I found it easier with the tool.

Cut pie dough in half and roll into two discs, then refrigerate for at least 1-hour. 

Making pie dough from scratch: Chill dough for 1 hous, so that the butter stays cold and becomes flakey.

I picked up these apples when I went apple picking so am not really sure which kind they are. But you should use a green apple (granny smith) when making an apple pie.  

This is the pie before it went into the oven. My caramel sauce hardened because I took too long to roll our my dough (ugh!) so I crumbled it up on top of the apple filling before putting the final layer on top. So if yours hardens and isn't necessarily a 'sauce' anymore, it tasted just as good! ;-P

Apple pie before going in the oven