The Art of the Arnold Palmer

{photo by Honey & Jam}

While all of you are probably drinking your Harvest Blend drinks, pumpkin lates and apple ciders…I am still sipping on my go to drink which lasts me all seasons.

I am completely obsessed with Arnold Palmers, always have been. I order it / make it whenever I can. Usually seen as “summery” drink, an Arnold Palmer is simply 1/2 ice tea, 1/2 lemonade…thats it! With my AP skills getting more fine tuned I’ve figured out that I’m more of a 3/4 ice tea, 1/4 lemonade kind of gal but to each their own.

Now, even though an AP is simply pouring your ice tea into your lemonade and vice versa, you can get pretty fancy with the idea of the arnold palmer by adding flavored teas, flavored lemonades, adding fruit for infusion or adding a little kick with bourbon or honey liqour….The key for me to any of these…is Ice, Ice Ice!! Its only best when its chilly and refreshingly cold…even if its cold outside =)

Here are some recipes that you can try at home. For a holiday kick, make a cute red berry version to help you deck the hollies.  Cheers!!

{photo by Beautiful Mess}

Classic AP:

4 large black tea bags (or 6ish regular sized tea bags)
6 cups of water

1 cup sugar
1 cup water (for the simple syrup)
1 cup lemon juice (from 4-6 lemons)

Infused AP Ideas:

Add fresh cut fruit

Blueberry tea + Lemonade + fresh blueberries

Peach Tea + Lemonade + fresh grapefruit (this one is my fave!)

Rooibos Tea + raspberry Lemonade + fresh raspberries

AP with a Kick:

3/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
4 cups water
6 big strawberries
1 cup turbinado sugar (blended into fine powder)
4 cups your favorite iced tea
2 cups bourbon

Thanks Honey & Jam, A Beautiful Mess and The Chew for your great recipes



Getting back into it

Why Hello Luvlies!! Its good to be back. Hubby and I got back from our Italian Getaway/babymoon a week and a half ago.

The trip was nothing short of Amazing and everything we experienced was pure divine. More on the trip later when I can post some pictures…dont fret, it’s coming soon =)

Meanwhile, trying to get back into the swing of things was rough. Coming back is never fun, but its the catching up on emails, battling jet lag, work, laundry, unpacking…you name it that really gets you!! Well, I think I have finally gotten my groove back for the daily grind. At the top of my list was to start eating appropriately for baby, and start exercising again. Stuffing my face with pasta, bread, pastries, gelato and seafood in Italy for a week and a half hasn’t been the ideal daily meal for me. And its been a good 4 weeks since I hit the gym or did my Bar Method Class because of the two weeks of gearing up for the trip and the actual two weeks on the trip and coming back and adjusting. Im hoping that all the walking we did counts as something.

Anyways, I wanted to share my go to boosters with you that get me back in the game.

1. Almond Milk & Kale Smoothie

Trust me! It is so good!! If you haven’t discovered Almond milk…do it now! It taste great and of course has great health benefits. You may have read about me drinking the Glowing Green Smoothie, which is fantastic as well but since being pregnant, I found that it makes me sick probably b/c of the chunks and stuff and it takes a little longer to make. I still make the juice version when I have the time but this momma needs something quick! I tasted the Almond Milk & Kale smoothie first at a local farmers market and I was hooked. Here is the super easy recipe. Totally adjustable to fit your taste buds

2 cups almond milk

6 leaves of Kale take out the middle stalk

2 bananas (frozen is my fave but not necessary)

2 tablespoons of honey or stevia…whatever your like

Throw it in the blender and you’re done!

There are a lot of Almond milk smoothies out there that you can make so go ahead and experiment.

2. Mixed Green Salad with dried Cranberries and Almonds

I seriously love this super easy to make salad. I’ve been having it as part of my lunch since getting back and sometimes its all I eat b/c it tastes so good. There is a fancy martha steward version here which is good for when I have time but again, from day to day I just throw some mixed spring green salad in my bowl, a handful of dried cranberries, a half handful of sliced almonds and some cut up strawberries if I have them and take some balsamic or olive oil dressing with me in a little ziplock bag and I’m good to go.

3. Prenatal Bar Method

I swear by this workout. If I ever get into a workout slump, I pop in one of my Bar Method DVDs or head to a class and I instantly feel “back in the game” although also feeling like my legs and arms are jello. Since being pregnant, I’ve tried to make it a point to fit their prenatal workout in because it really targets muscles that you need to keep active and in shape while your pregnant, not just for looking great but feeling great and carrying that extra weight. If you are not the exercise studio, lululemon loving type of exerciser, their dvds are just as effective and you can do them on your own schedule, at home, in whatever gritty sweatpants your heart desires. They have beginner, intermediate and advanced Classes and DVDS and ones that target sculpting certain areas… BTW a ballet bar is not require if you do the DVD.

Well I hope you try out some of my go to daily boosters. Im about to enter trimester 3 so cheers to that!!

Coming up, we are in full baby shower planning mode, baby room design mode and this weekend we are doing our maternity shoot!! More on all that soon!!