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Pinterest Wednesday: Flavored Waters

Everyone knows they need to drink more water, myself included. But lets be honest, plain water can get a bit boring. So I pinned this set of recipes for Naturally Flavored Water a while ago. The Yummy Life posted five different I tried the citrus water a few times and it’s pretty good. The only thing is that it’s not sweet like most things we’re used to drinking. This week I decided to give the other flavors a try.  The only one on her site that I didn’t try was the watermelon one.  The Blackberry Sage looked really pretty, but the flavor wasn’t quite there.  I think I had the same problem she mentioned in her post, the blackberries just weren’t ripe enough to compete with the sage.  Next up was the Raspberry Lime, which I think was The Man’s favorite.  It reminded me a little of Cherry Limeade from Sonic, which I love.  The only thing I didn’t like about it was sometimes the seeds would get through the strainer., but that could be fixed with a better strainer.  I think my favorite was the Pineapple Mint, it was really crisp and refreshing.  I could really see it taking the place of lemonade in the summer and it was perfect for a drink after a workout.

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Her post actually inspired me to try making my own flavored water.  I’ve been under the weather with a stomach bug lately.  Since ginger naturally helps settle the stomach, I’ve been drinking ginger all like you wouldnt’ believe.  I decided to use fresh ginger (to settle my stomach) and oranges (for the vitamin C) to come up with a flavored water that had the added benefit of helping me get over whatever bug I caught.  I don’t know if it helped me get better, but it did help my stomach and it was really tasty!

Pinterest Wednesdays: Homemade Hot Chocolate

If you’re following me on Pinterest (just click the “Pinterest” button on the right), you can see I have a ton of recipes pinned. So I’ve decided to start Pinterest Wednesday. Once a week I’ll try out one of my pinned recipes and share the results, both good and bad. If you decide to try out the recipe, please let me know how it turned out for you!

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For my first recipe I went with a fairly easy one, Homemade Hot Chocolate. Besides, making it helped me with my homemade Christmas presents this year. The recipe can be found here: http://penniesonaplatter.com/2012/02/10/homemade-hot-cocoa-mix/.

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It only required a few ingredients, unsweetened cocoa powder, powdered milk, powdered sugar and white chocolate chips (the recipe called for salt, but I don’t typically add it when I’m cooking). You mix them all together in a large bowl, then run it through a food processor until the chips have become extremely small pieces. Actually, The Man (my husband) helped me with the food processor part. Then just stir 1/3 cup of mix into a cup of hot water. I have to say, I think this was the best hot chocolate I’ve ever had.

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