Cherry Galette

Hi friends! Today I bring you a super simple dessert to accompany your summer BBQ’s. I have a love affair with galettes mainly because they are easy to make, the process is forgiving. Galettes let the fruit shine and if you are the … Continue reading

Horchata Paletas

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Hi lovelies its going to be one HOT day today! Stay cool and make some paletas! These paletas are so delicious and the perfect healthy treat to keep you cool in the hot days to come. It’s supposed be 110 degrees this weekend. Horchata, the  cinnamon-vanilla rice drink is a frothy Mexican staple – delicious and so refreshing. It only made sense to turn it into paletas. Unlike the sugary not so healthy but super delicious version that I grew up with I decided to make some changes and make it healthier without compromising flavor! Health Nuts rejoice! You can still enjoy this delicious drink and have your paleta too!!My version is sweetened with dates and agave nectar instead of sugar and condensed milk.

I bought my paleta molds at World Market. You can find some at Target and many other retailers. If you do not want to invest in some molds you can use small pixie cups and cover the tops with plastic.

Fun tip – add some some rum to the left-over horchata and you’ll have a delicious cocktail.

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Horchata Paleta

  • 1 cups Rice (soak over night or for 2 hrs
  • 1 cup brown rice (soak over night or for 2 hrs) the brown rice adds nuttiness sort of like a Central American Horchata
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup pitted medjool dates
  • 1 cup unsweetened plain or vanilla almond milk (or sub light coconut or rice milk)
  • 2 cup filtered water
  • 2 tbsp – Agave Nectar
  • 1 cinnamon stick

Instructions

  1. Soak rice over night or  in 2 cups very hot (not boiling water) for 2 hours. The rice should be soft but still raw – if you can snap a piece with your fingernail without much effort then you are good to go. Drain and add to a blender.
  2. Add 2 cups water, dates, 1 tbsp of agave, vanilla, and the cinnamon stick. Cover the lid with a towel just in case you have some spillage. Blend for about 1 minute until the mixture seems well combined. It doesn’t have to be 100% pulverized.
  3. Scoop out a small sample with a spoon to test sweetness. If it’s not sweet enough, add the rest of the agave.
  4. In two batches, pour the mixture over a bowl or pitcher covered with cheesecloth, wrap a rubberband around the bowl to ensure it does not come loose, but this isn’t necessary.
  5. Strain the mixture until only pulp remains in the cloth, squeezing to get all of it. It will take a little effort depending on how pulverized your pulp is.
  6. Next, stir in almond milk (optional), whisk and transfer to large beverage container , from there pour liquid into the paleta molds, place paleta sticks, cover, and put in the freezer over night! You’ll have a refreshing drink and paletas.

Happy Birthday Boo

Today the boy that I started dating at 16 turns 28, he was 18. You might say we grew up together and that our lives were destined to be perfect, the kind of perfection that you only find in the hashtags of social media #sohot #marriedup #maritalbliss #lucky blah blah blah! No one ever tells you what marriage is going to look like after you say, I do. After the vows are exchanged, unity candle has been lit, and you walk down the aisle as man and wife. I will tell you one thing marriage is hard I truly believe that God intended it to be that way, everything worth having is hard. That is the truth. But in the midst of challenges beautiful things are made and the love that I have for this guy is one of those things. I love you Johnny! I am glad that we are doing this thing called marriage together! I am so happy to be able to share one more year with you. On your 28th year I hope we keep growing. That we learn from our mistakes, that we continue to pursue things that frighten us, that we keep working hard, that we keep learning how to say “no”, and that we keep working on each other! Every birthday lived is a milestone, and I think it’s crucial that we keep having perspective –its my hope that on your 28th Birthday you continue to rejoice in the things you’ve accomplished, but also that you continue to acknowledge future goals and aspirations. Babe I hope that your 28th b-day is the best yet! You are a sweet and amazing man, incredibly talented photographer and all around creative, the best puppy dad, and my biggest cheerleader and for that I am so grateful! This year I encourage to pursue God and his plan for you. Now let’s go explore, drink coffee, and enjoy your day!

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Watermelon + Basil Agua Fresca

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Now that we are getting so close to July, I think it’s safe to say summer has officially begun! (Right?!) And nothing says summer quite like a sweaty glass of agua fresca sipped out in the yard while relaxing on a hammock and reading a good book! Drink, hammock, book how is that possible you say? With this handy little Mason Jar Tumbler from the Mason Jar Company. My husband gave it to me on my birthday (he knows me so well and my obsession with mason jars) and it has quickly become my favorite. With the summer heat I try to drink a lot more water than I usually do, I have found out that the hangover feeling that I get after working a wedding coined my many pros the “Wedding Hangover” mind you absolutely no alcohol involved is a result of dehydration. So I am trying really hard to drink a lot more water and therefore I am infusing it with different fruits and herbs. The combinations are endless and I usually end up with a super refreshing and tasty drink. My to go mixture is Lemon + Chocolate Mint but its watermelon season so I couldn’t resist giving the typical Agua de Sandia a little makeover.

This recipe is fool-proof and the combinations are endless. I used watermelon because that is what I had in my fridge and basil because I have a ton of it in my garden. This drink is refreshing, delicious, and free of added sugars. Moms this is a great alternative for kids who don’t like drinking water and only want to drink sugary juices.

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Watermelon + Basil Agua Fresca

– 1/2 Small Watermelon blended

– 1 Handful of basil leaves or to taste

– 1 quart water

– Ice

Directions

Blend the watermelon and basil together, once you have a puree consistency pour into a container that can fit both the water and mixture. This should be sweet on its on own, no need for added sugars. Place in a glass with ice and enjoy!

 

San Manuel Bingo & Casino – The Pines

When I think of restaurants at the San Manuel Casino I think of two things – buffet and frozen chic (pre-made frozen, canned food, warmed up food.) The last thing I think about when I think of food at the … Continue reading