Basil

The basil’s growing really well. Add some to your sandwich, soup, or pasta dish for a burst of flavor. I added it to my BLT – yum!

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Lemon blackberry sorbet

bsWe’re only a few weeks away from Labor Day – can you believe how quickly the summer has flown by?

My niece is visiting for a week so I took the day off yesterday and went to the pool. Afterwards I wanted something cool, refreshing and sweet. Enter sorbet.

Here’s a super easy recipe to make your own. I used greek yogurt but you can use low-fat flavored yogurt if you prefer.

Farewell to Summer Sorbet
1 lb pkg frozen blackberries
1/2 c. sugar
1/4 c. greek yogurt (I like Fage brand)
1/4 c. lemon juice
Directions: mix in food processor until smooth, freeze and enjoy!

Happy Summer!

Summer and FREE books!

untitled (9)Summertime. A time to enjoy fresh fruits and veggies. To laze by the pool. To enjoy fruity drinks and…to read. Today I take over and instead of posting a smoothie recipe, I’m sharing my book self -grins

But you don’t get away without anything Wicked Green – pop grapes into the freezer for an hour or two. They are so delicious frozen!

I’m celebrating Summer by offering Lost in Shadow, book one in the Shadow Walkers series FREE today through 7/20 on Amazon.

Don’t have a Kindle or an eReader? No worries. Get the free app from Amazon for your laptop, smartphone and/or tablet.

lostLost in Shadow is a modern-day ghost story with a twist. I hope you enjoy Colin and Emily’s story. Book 2 – Desired by Shadow will be out in October.

Happy Summer to All!

 

The peaches are here!

ImageI don’t know about you but I love fresh peaches. They are in season right now and the farmer’s market has tons of them. Here in Raleigh, North Carolina we are so fortunate to have the state farmer’s market and all its wonderful bounty.

Find your local farmer’s market and pick up a few peaches. Eat it as is. Cut it up in a bowl with some blackberries and blueberries, add to your favorite greek yogurt, or…yep, make a delicious smoothie.

Peach Perfection
1 peach cut into pieces, discard pit (you can use frozen if you don’t have fresh)
1/2 c. yogurt – flavor of your choice. Vanilla, peach, and plain greek are all wonderful
1/2 c. pineapple juice
2 fresh mint leaves (optional)
handful of ice (you don’t need this if you used frozen peaches)
For all you beginners, you can stop here or maybe add a couple of spinach or leafy green lettuce leaves
All you Wicked Green Smoothie drinkers – throw in a big handful of spinach or cut up a third of a cucumber.
Blend well and enjoy!Image 2

Happy Summer!

imagesCA2KOB5DToday, June 21st is the official first day of summer. If you live in the South like me, it’s been hot for a while. Take a few moments today, go outside, turn your face up to the sun and breathe deeply.

What do you like to do in the summer? Movies, read more, spend lazy days by the pool?

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Happy Summer!

More Sorbet

untitled (4)I love summertime. It’s hot, you can go to the pool, wear cute shorts and best of all, sorbet tastes wonderful!

Here’s a super easy recipe to make your own.  I used greek yogurt but you can use low-fat flavored yogurt if you prefer. This example uses blackberries but if they aren’t your favorite, substitute with your favorite fruit. This is my go-to sorbet and I make it with all fruits – pineapple, kiwi, cherry, peach, cherry, raspberry, etc.

Blackberry Blast Sorbet
1 lb pkg frozen blackberries (use fresh when they are in season if you can get them)
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. greek yogurt (I like Fage brand)
Directions: mix in food processor until smooth, freeze and enjoy!images (10)

Happy Summer!