July 9, 2014
I don’t know about you, but these hot summer days definitely have me thinking about ways to keep cool and refreshed! I can go for ice cream, tons of ice water, the occasional soda…but I also like to enjoy a yummy cocktail every now and then as well! And wouldn’t you know it – a grapefruit cosmo definitely seems perfect in my book!
Grapefruit Cosmo
Ordinarily, I tend to be a “plain” vodka buyer; I add flavor to my cocktails with other ingredients. But I have managed to fall in love with a few flavored vodkas over the course of time. I discovered my penchant for this pink grapefruit vodka when a local grocery store went out of business a while ago. As luck would have it, not only was the entire store filled with food on sale, so was the wine, beer, and liquor. Whoa! All of the “plain” bottles were snatched off of the shelves without haste, but there were flavored versions left when I went by. It was then that I picked up my very first bottle of pink grapefruit vodka. I figured: hey – it’s 50% off – why not give it a try?
Grapefruit Cosmo
I’m so glad I did. I love the tart flavor of the grapefruit vodka – there are also hints of ginger and other citrus alongside it. For me, it’s the perfect summertime cocktail ingredient. And when you use it for a grapefruit cosmo, you can’t go wrong. I love the simplicity of the cosmopolitan; I almost always have all of the ingredients necessary to create one in my home at any given time. Other than a simple mixed drink or pouring a glass of wine, it doesn’t get much easier. Now, if only I could get my butt in gear to buy myself a new cocktail shaker. I’ve been meaning to replace my current one for a while now, but for some reason it always gets away from me…
Do you have a favorite cocktail to concoct during the summer season? What is it?
Grapefruit Cosmo
Grapefruit Cosmo


  • 1 1/2 oz pink grapefruit vodka
  • 1/2 oz triple sec
  • 1 oz cranberry juice
  • Juice from 1/4 lime


  1. Add vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake cocktail vigorously for 15-20 seconds.
  3. Strain into a martini glass and serve with a wedge of lime to garnish (if desired) - enjoy!
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July 2, 2014

It’s time for some Weekday Supper fun! My friends have been sharing so many awesome ideas for quick and easy (and healthy) meals that can be on the table in 30 minutes or less. I don’t know about you, but I can definitely get on board with that! Today, I am serving up one of my favorite summer dishes: a sesame salad with edamame.

sesame salad with edamame

Living in Florida, the summer can be absolutely scorching. The humidity makes me want to retreat into my house and hide from sunup to sundown. Hot food almost completely loses its appeal to me during these hot weeks, so I love turning to salads for dinner. They also happen to be a great way to create a healthy dinner! With my desire to eat salads all the time, I do have to continually switch up the ingredients to make sure I don’t get burned out with the same choices. I adore Asian inspired flavors, so this sesame salad vegetable combo really spoke to me. What’s really great is that you can easily find all of the ingredients in your grocery store!

This sesame salad with edamame is definitely a winner in my salad repertoire. The crisp lettuce cools you down, the carrots add crunch, red bell pepper imparts sweetness, and there’s a punch of protein from the edamame. I love sprinkling mine with and sesame seeds (and even some chia seeds too) for extra texture.

sesame salad with edamame

In my book, salads are definitely a fantastic meal for a weeknight; they don’t have to be solely served as a side dish! Think about how to make them shine as the main course; filling your plate completely with veggies is a great way to make healthy choices while still satisfying. Edamame is a great bean to help in that process; they provide protein to keep you full, but are light in flavor and won’t weigh you down! When you’re creating entree salads at home, try out different greens – I use butter lettuce for this salad, but you can experiment with crunchy romaine, peppery arugula, spinach, and more!  This particular salad is also a vegetarian option (if you’re diving in for a “Meatless Monday” or meatless day of the week in your home), but you could easily top yours with a grilled Teriyaki chicken breast, shrimp, or other meat/seafood you desire. It’s up to you!

Are you a fan of salads in the summer? What do you top your greens with?

Sesame Salad with Edamame

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Serving Size: 1

Sesame Salad with Edamame


  • 2 cups lettuce (I use butter lettuce)
  • 1/2 cup edamame, unshelled
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 tbsp sesame vinaigrette
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • Fresh cracked pepper


  1. Add lettuce, edamame, carrots, and bell pepper to a plate or bowl.
  2. Drizzle with sesame vinaigrette.
  3. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, fresh cracked pepper, and serve: enjoy!


I love to add a sprinkle of chia seeds to the top of my salad as well!

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Make sure you check out the other amazing recipes offered for Weekday Supper this week!

Monday – Blueberry Chicken and Rice by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings

Tuesday – Greek Shrimp with Orzo, Tomato and Feta by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen

Wednesday – Sesame Salad with Edamame by Ruffles & Truffles

Thursday – Portugese Flank Steak by Family Foodie

Friday – Pasta & Pea Sauce by The Foodie Army Wife



June 22, 2014

I could not be more excited about this week’s Sunday Supper! The folks at American Family Insurance tasked the Sunday Supper team with the challenge of turning family favorites/comfort food into a healthier version. If you know me, you are aware I attempt to create healthy meals 95% of the time. I truly believe that food can be absolutely amazing and satisfying while also being nutritious.

Angel Hair Zucchini Noodles

Here’s the thing: I know it can be slightly difficult to begin the process. I transitioned over to my current “healthy eating routine” in 2008, and it did take a little while for me to figure things out. One of the most important factors was keeping an open mind. I knew I would have to try new things to discover what I liked, what worked in my kitchen, and what I enjoyed preparing. Little by little, more and more vegetables and healthy foods came to be a regular part of my meals. Nowadays it is extremely rare to see my plate missing a heaping pile of vegetables in some form!

Angel Hair Zucchini Noodles

June 19, 2014

There is something oh so wonderful about comfort food. I am sure you have your favorites, am I right?

On Sunday, American Family Insurance will partner with the folks at Sunday Supper to present a full menu of family favorite recipes turned healthy. Expect to find reduced guilt versions of comfort food dishes, strategies for sneaking vegetables into family favorite foods, some healthy after school snacks, and even some super foods/tips for accommodating special diet needs such as gluten-free and allergies!

healthy turkey burger

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As someone who enjoys healthy and wholesome meals, I am drooling just thinking about some of the incredible dishes that will be served up this weekend! Here’s a sneak preview of what is to come:

Angel Hair & Zucchini Noodles with Fresh Tomato Sauce by Ruffles & Truffles

Baked Vegetable Egg Rolls by Curious Cuisiniere

Beef Stroganoff by Country Girl in the Village

Buffalo Cauli-Tots by Cupcakes & Kale Chips

Corn and Crab Chowder by The Dinner-Mom

Crab Cake Salad by Family Foodie

Grilled Portabella Mushrooms On Red Pepper Slaw with Cucumber Dressing by Seduction In The Kitchen

Healthy Chicken Salad by Run DMT

Lighter Beef Tacos by Alida’s Kitchen

Meatballs with Vegetable Noodles and Fresh Tomato Sauce by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen

Roasted Cauliflower Mac & Cheese by The Messy Baker

Spaghetti Squash with Mushrooms and Spinach by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings

Tex Mex Enchilada Skillet Lasagna by Neighborfood

Zucchini Meat Lasagna by Peanut Butter and Peppers

Chewy Coconut Granola Bars by Savvy Eats

Enlightened Southern Banana Puddings by The Weekend Gourmet

Mom’s Fruit Salad by Magnolia Days

Strawberry Vanilla Canapés by The Not So Cheesy Kitchen

Superfood Pancakes by girlichef

Zucchini Carrot Snack Cake by The Foodie Army Wife

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