Thursday, May 27, 2010

Cool Blue Hawaiian

4 cup(s) ice cubes
1 cup(s) pineapple juice, chilled
1/2 cup(s) blue curaçao
1/2 cup(s) light rum
1/2 cup(s) cream of coconut
4 slice(s) pineapple
4 maraschino cherries


In blender, combine ice, pineapple juice, blue curaçao, rum, and cream of coconut and blend until mixture is smooth. Pour into 4 glasses. Garnish with pineapple slices and cherries.

Miami Mojito

8 sprig(s) (large) fresh mint
1/2 cup(s) sugar
1/4 cup(s) fresh lime juice
1 1/2 teaspoon(s) freshly grated lime peel
4 cup(s) ice cubes
1 cup(s) golden rum
3 cup(s) club soda, chilled
Mint sprigs for garnish


Remove leaves from mint sprigs. In blender, combine mint leaves, sugar, lime juice, and peel. Pulse until mint is chopped.
Fill pitcher with ice and add mint mixture. Pour in rum; stir. Fill with club soda. Pour into 6 glasses. Garnish with mint sprigs.

Frozen Virgin Mary

3 cup(s) ice cubes
2 cup(s) vegetable juice, chilled
3 tablespoon(s) fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon(s) (or to taste) prepared white horseradish
1 teaspoon(s) Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon(s) (or to taste) hot pepper sauce
1/8 teaspoon(s) freshly ground black pepper

In blender, combine ice, vegetable juice, lemon juice, horseradish, Worcestershire, hot pepper sauce, and black pepper and blend until smooth. Pour into 4 tall glasses.

Cookies 'n' Cream Shake

4 scoop(s) vanilla ice cream
4 cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies, coarsely chopped
1 cup(s) milk


In blender, combine ice cream, cookies, and milk and blend until mixture is smooth and frothy. Pour into 2 tall glasses.

Blasting Blueberry Smoothie

1/4 cup(s) cranberry juice cocktail, chilled
1 container(s) (8 ounces) low-fat blueberry yogurt
1/2 cup(s) frozen blueberries


In blender, combine cranberry juice, yogurt, and blueberries and blend until mixture is smooth and frothy. Pour into 1 tall glass.

Watermelon Slush

3 cup(s) seedless watermelon, cubed
1 cup(s) frozen strawberries
2 scoop(s) lemon sorbet
1/4 cup(s) pineapple juice, chilled
2 tablespoon(s) fresh lime juice


In blender, combine watermelon, strawberries, sorbet, pineapple juice, and lime juice and blend until mixture is smooth. Pour into 4 glasses.

Wow Double-Peach Smoothie


1 cup(s) peeled, sliced peaches
1 cup(s) peach juice or nectar, chilled
1/2 cup(s) vanilla low-fat yogurt
3 ice cubes


In blender, combine peaches, peach juice, yogurt, and ice and blend until mixture is smooth and frothy. Pour into 2 tall glasses.

Frozen Iced Tea


4 scoops orange sorbet
2 cup(s) strong brewed black tea, at room temperature


In blender, combine sorbet and tea and blend until mixture is smooth. Pour into 4 glasses.

Banana-Split Shake

4 tablespoon(s) fudge sauce
1 banana, diced
1/4 cup(s) chocolate ice cream
1/4 cup(s) strawberry ice cream
1/4 cup(s) vanilla ice cream
1 cup(s) milk
whipped cream (optional)
1 tablespoon(s) chopped walnuts or pecans
2 maraschino cherries
Fudge sauce for garnish


In each of 2 tall glasses, place 2 tablespoons fudge sauce, half of the diced banana, 2 mini scoops chocolate ice cream, and 2 mini scoops strawberry ice cream.
In blender, combine vanilla ice cream and milk and blend until mixture is smooth. Add mixture do glasses; top each with whipped cream, if you like, walnuts and a cherry, then drizzle with fudge sauce.

Saturday, May 15, 2010


Bloom Time & Color: Dianthus have single or double blooms that can last through spring, summer and fall. Most Dianthus have pink blooms with white, red or cream colored accents.
Dimensions: Dianthus can grow anywhere between 6"-36" tall and wide. See specific species and cultivars at the bottom of this article for details.
Maintenance: Do not mulch all the way around the Dianthus or you will encourage stem rot. Clumps can be divided every 2 or 3 years to encourage better flower production. Snipping blooms off for cut flower arrangements, or deadheading faded blooms will encourage better flower production.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Oily Skin Mask

Mix 1 tsp. brewer’s yeast with enough natural yogurt to make a thin mixture. Pat this thoroughly into all the oily areas and allow it to dry on the skin. After 15 - 20 minutes, rinse off with warm water, then cool water and blot dry.

Grape Cleanser

Grape juice makes an excellent cleanser for any skin type. Simply split one or two large grapes, remove pips and rub the flesh over face and neck. Rinse off with cool water.

Banana Wrinkle Fighter

Banana is wonderful as an anti-wrinkle treatment. Mash 1/4 banana until very creamy. Spread all over face and leave for 15-20 minutes before rinsing off with warm water followed by a dash of cold. Gently pat dry.

Facial Exfoliater

2 heaped tsp fine oatmeal
1 tsp. baking soda

Combine ingredients, and add enough water to make a paste. Apply to skin and rub gently. Rinse and gently pat dry.

Fruit Smoothie Hair Mask

Blend 1/2 a banana, 1/4 avocado, 1/4 cantaloupe, 1 tablespoon wheat germ oil and 1 tablespoon yogurt. For extra conditioning, squeeze in the contents of a vitamin E capsule. Leave in hair for 15 minutes.

Egg & Olive Oil Hair Mask

Mix two whole eggs with four tablespoons of olive oil. Smooth through hair. Wrap head with plastic wrap, and leave in hair for 10 minutes. Rinse well.

Egg, Avocado & Mud Facial Mask

Clay is available in powder form at any health food store. Mix 1 tablespoon dry clay with 1 egg yolk, 1/4 of a mashed avocado and enough witch hazel to create a smooth mixture. Mud dries excess sebum while the egg yolk and avocado replenish lost moisture. Witch hazel tones.

Egg & Honey Mask

Mix together 1 tablespoon honey, 1 egg yolk, 1/2 teaspoon almond oil and 1 tablespoon yogurt. Honey stimulates and smoothes, egg and almond oil penetrate and moisturize, and yogurt refines and tightens pores.

Lighten Circles under Eyes

To lighten dark circles under your eyes, wrap a grated raw potato in cheesecloth and apply to eyelids for 15-20 minutes. Wipe off residue and apply an eye cream.

Egg and Lemon Facial Mask

Squeeze half a lemon and mix the juice with one beaten egg white. Leave on your face overnight or, for a quick pick-me-up, just 15 minutes. Splash warm water on your face to rinse.

It helps to removes blotches, because the lemon works as a bleaching agent.

Avocado Facial

Avocado is a naturally rich moisturizer. Mash the meat of the avocado into a creamy texture. Massage into the face and neck . Leave on for 15 minutes and gently rinse off.

Avocado Hair Conditioner

Combine mashed avocado with some coconut milk. Comb it through the hair and let sit for 10 -15 minutes, rinse out.

Hair Egg Conditioner

1 teaspoon baby oil
1 egg yolk
1 cup water

Beat the egg yolk until its frothy, add the oil then beat again. Add to the water. Massage into the scalp and throughout your hair. Rinse well.

Remove Hair Build-up Recipe

1/4 cup vinegar
1 cup water

After conditioning the hair use this as a final rinse. Leaves your hair soft and shiny.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Tangy Tomato Smoothie

2 tomatoes (chopped then frozen)
1 small cup of tomato juice
juice of 1/2 lemon
3 basil leaves

To make this vegetable smoothie drink take the frozen chopped tomatoes and place in blender. Pour in the tomato juice, lemon juice and basil leaves. Mix until smooth, serve and enjoy!

Spinach and Carrot Supreme Smoothie

2 medium sized cups of chopped spinach
1 medium sized cup of chopped carrots
1 medium sized cup of apple juice
4 ice cubes
To make this vegetable smoothie drink simply pour the apple juice into a blender, add the chopped spinach and process until blended. Next add carrots and banana and mix well, then add the ice cubes and more juice if necessary. Mix until smoothish consistency. Pour the mixture into glasses and drink up! This is a great pick-me-up.

Orange Aniseed Twist Smoothie

3 oranges
2 sticks of celery (each chopped into 4 pieces)
1/4 fennel bulb

To make this fruit and vegetable smoothie recipe, place all ingredients into blender and mix for approximately 30 seconds in total. Serve.

Glanny Delight Smoothie

1 carrot (diced small)
1 apple (chopped into 4)
3 oranges (peeled)
1 banana
Dozen grapes
Couple of ice cubes
This free smoothie recipe is easy to make. Simply put all the ingredients in the blender, then blend until smooth.

Cucumber and Tomato Blush Smoothie

1/2 a small cucumber
1/2 small cup of tomato juice
1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
2 drops of Tabasco sauce
4 ice cubes

Roughly chop the cucumber then add it to your blender with the remaining ingredients. Blend until all ice is crushed.

Cucumber and Apple Smoothie

10 good thick slices of cucumber
1 organic apple

Place the sliced cucumber to the blender, next peel and cut the apple into 4 pieces and add this to the blender. Blend for approx 30 seconds and serve.

Crazy Carrot Smoothie

3/4 medium sized cup of carrot juice
3/4 medium sized cup of orange juice
3 scoops of vanilla ice-cream
6 ice cubes
Pour the carrot juice and orange juice into blender and mix gently until well combined. Add the ice cream and mix until thoroughly blended. Add the ice cubes and process until smooth. Pour the mixture into glasses. Sit back and enjoy.

All Day Carrot Smoothie

3 fresh carrots (peeled & chopped)
Cucumber (chopped approx 4 x 1 inch slices)
1 Golden Delicious apple (quartered & core removed)
2 handfuls cashew nuts
1/2 handful sunflower seeds
1 small cup fruit juice (grape/apple/pear/cherry etc)
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tbsp's fat-free yoghurt
Place all of the ingredients in the blender, and let it whiz!. Leave it running for a good while until smooth. If having for breakfast it will keep you going till well after lunch time.

Celery and Strawberry Delight Smoothie

3 sticks of celery
1 medium carton of apple juice
6 strawberries
1 strawberry yoghurt
Chop celery finely and mix individually with the apple juice. Chop and add the strawberries to the mix then blend all the rest of the ingredients together. Serving suggestions: serve in a tall glass with ice on a hot summers day.

Blushing Surprise Smoothie

1/2 medium cup of chopped cucumber
1/2 medium cup of chopped red bell pepper
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons chopped scallions pinch of salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (optional)
Place all of the ingredients in the blender, blend for a total of 3 minutes (in 30 seconds blasts). Pour into a jug and chill for around 30 mins. When ready to serve pour into glass and enjoy.

Antioxidant Veggie Smoothie

2 cups frozen or fresh spinach
3 stalks kale
1/2 cup blueberries
1 tangerine or 1/2 large orange
1/2 cup soymilk or orange juice
optional- soy protein powder
ground flax seed


Rinse all fruits and vegetables. Add kale, spinach and milk/juice to blender, blend thoroughly. Add remaining ingredients, blend. If you find the blueberries and orange aren't enough to sweeten, try increasing the amount of fruit (or experiment with your favorite fruit! I'd like to try this with mango..) you may also add your favorite sweetener to taste.

Go, Go, Green Smoothie

2 pears (cored and sliced or chopped - as ripe as possible)
2 cups fresh Spinach leaves

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth

Green Slimy Smoothie

1 Banana, cut in chunks
½ Apple, cored and chopped or sliced
1 cup White Grapes
1 cup Fat-Free Vanilla Yogurt (or Plain Yogurt and ¼ teaspoon vanilla)
1-2 cups fresh Spinach Leaves

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth

Banana Carrot Smoothie

1 Banana (ripe is best - frozen if desired)
1 cup Apple Juice (or apple slices and water)
1-2 cups Baby Carrots (or chopped carrots)
1 cup Plain Non-Fat Yogurt (or any yogurt you like)

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Cherry Vanilla Breakfast Smoothie


1 cup Frozen Cherries (not in syrup, try organic if possible)
1 cup Frozen Strawberries (not in syrup, try organic if possible)
1 Tbsp ground flax seed (organic food store or WildHarvest)
2 Tbsp wheat germ or wheat bran (seriously, they CAN NOT taste it!)
2 small scoops fat free vanilla frozen yogurt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup of 100% cranberry juice
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
Blend until smooth; add ice to thicken or juice to thin, as desired.
This smoothie provides excellent basic nutritional needs for children to get going in the morning. Makes two servings!

Fast Breakfast Smoothie


1 banana—peeled and sliced
7 fresh or frozen strawberries
¼ c sugar
6 oz. Can of frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
1 C. milk
1 C. water
1 tsp. Vanilla extract
10 ice cubes
Put all ingredients into a blender. Mix on high until smooth. Serve in a tall glass. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

Super Berry Smoothie


1 cup vanilla soy milk
½ cup apple juice
1 cup blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, or sliced strawberries
1 ripe banana
1 cup crushed ice

Combine all ingredients in blender and puree till smooth. Serve garnished with berries or slices of banana.

Coconut Smoothie


1 cup Coconut Milk
1-2 tablespoons protein powder (goat protein, whey, or rice protein)
1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 teaspoon stevia powder
8-10 ice cubes
Place all ingredients but ice in a blender and process at high speed until well combined. Add ice after the coconut oil is blended so that it won’t clump. You may use more or less ice, depending on how cold you like a smoothie.

Serves 2

Tomato Cucumber Celery Smoothie

1 cup plain yogurt
6 ice cubes
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and roughly chopped
1 small tomato
1 chopped celery stalk
a few spinach or romaine leaves
1 tablespoon minced onion, optional
salt and pepper to taste
Serves 2

Fruity Tofu Smoothie


1/3 cup apple juice
1/2 cup (4 oz.) soft tofu, drained
1 cup fresh or frozen berries
1 banana
4 oz. nonfat fruit-flavored yogurt
1 tsp. honey
4 ice cubes

Place apple juice, yogurt, tofu, berries, banana, and honey in a blender. Cover and process until well blended.
While the blender is still running, drop ice cubes into the blender one at a time (through the hole in the lid) until smooth.
Pour the smoothies into tall glasses.
Serves: 2

Banana Peach Breakfast Smoothie

2 bananas
1 cup sliced peaches, drained
1 cup apple juice
1/2 cup strawberries
As with all smoothies, add to your blender and blend until smooth

Non-Fat Fruit Smoothie


1/4 cup apple, sliced
1/4 cup banana, sliced
1 orange, peeled
4 tbsp honey
1/2 cup ice
1. Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.

Protein Smoothie


1 banana, cut up
2-3 strawberries, hulled and cut in half
1 scoop protein powder or chocolate protein powder or strawberry protein powder
2 tablespoons Splenda sugar substitute
1 cup nonfat milk
3/4-1 1/2 cup ice

1. Place banana, strawberries, protein powder, and splenda in a blender.
2. Blend until smooth.
3. Add ice and blend until ice is incorporated and mixture is thick.
4. Note: I always use unflavored protein powder and sometimes add 1 TBS unsweetened cocoa powder.

Fast Track Breakfast Smoothie


16 oz Low Fat Blueberry Or Strawberry Yogurt
1 1/4 C Skim Milk
3/4 C Fresh Or Frozen Blueberries Or Strawberries
3 Tbsp Dry Milk Powder
2 Tsp Honey
In a blender, blend until smooth. Good health: lower cholesterol,
stronger immunity, makes 4. Can be frozen, leave in refrigerator to thaw
overnight, stir well before drinking.

Raspberry Peach Breakfast Smoothie


10 oz Frozen Raspberries (Frozen raspberries should be thawed and in light syrup)
1 c Canned Peach Nectar
1/2 c Buttermilk
1 tb Honey
Place all ingredients in a blender bowl and process until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve. Serves 4.

Quick Start Breakfast Smoothie


2 C. Pineapple Juice
2 ripe med. bananas, peeled & sliced
2 (8 oz.) cartons vanilla yogurt
1 C. fresh or frozen strawberries
1⁄4 C. wheat germ (opt.)
1 T. vanilla extract
Combine all ingredients in blender. Whir until smooth. (For small blender, do 1⁄2 at a time.) Makes 4 drinks.

Orange Smoothie


1/2 cup orange juice
1 banana
6-7 frozen strawberries
4-5 slices frozen peaches
5-6 frozen blueberries
6-7 ice cubes
fresh mint (optional)
dash of nutmeg (optional)
1 tsp. honey (optional)
Place all ingredients except ice cubes in blender. Puree until smooth. Add ice, and puree again. Pour into a glass and sprinkle nutmeg on top
and garnish the some fresh mint.

Cherry Smoothie


1 very ripe banana, peeled
1 cup frozen unsweetened tart cherries
1 cup skim milk
Put banana, frozen cherries and milk in he container of an electric blender; puree until smooth. Serve immediately.

Tofu Smoothie


1 cup Tropicana Orange-Pineapple Juice
2 cups frozen strawberries
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pack Nasoya Silken Tofu
1 cup Silk Very Vanilla Soymilk
1 large banana
12 packets Splenda
Spike w/coconut rum (optional but recommended!)

Banana Colada Smoothie


2 ripe bananas, mashed
4 fluid ounces cream of coconut
6 fluid ounces rum
4 fluid ounces banana liqueur
3 cups crushed ice
In a blender, combine bananas, cream of coconut, rum, banana liqueur and ice. Blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.

Berries Gone Bananas


1 Cup Ice
2 oz Rum
8 oz Cherry Juice (Regular or Tart)
1 Banana

Mix all in Blender
Pour into 10 oz Glass
Garnish with a Maraschino Cherry

Oxidantal Buzz


8 oz Ice
2 oz Vodka
1 oz Pomegranate Liquor
½ oz Blackberry Brandy (Optional)
8 oz Tart Cherry Juice
1 Table Spoon Sugar (Add or Subtract to individual preference)

Mix all in Blender
Pour into 10 oz Glass
Garnish with a Maraschino Cherry

Mojito Smoothie


2.5 oz White Rum (Preferably Captain Morgan’s)
2 oz lime juice
5 oz 7 up
2 tablespoons raw sugar (or white)
2 branches of fresh mint with leaves
4-5 ice cubes
Process all of the ingredients in a blender, except for the mint. Pour into two tall glasses. Crush a branch on mint in each glass several times with a spoon. Serves 2

Banana Breakfast Smoothie


1-1/2 cups fat free milk
1 peeled and sliced medium banana,frozen – wrap sliced banana in plastic wrap or place in a freezer storage bag – freeze several hours or overnight.
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract, optional
Cinnamon for garnish, optional

In a blender container combine all ingredients, except cinnamon.
Blend until smooth, about 20 seconds.
Pour into glasses and garnish with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon, if desired.
Makes two servings.

Healthy Breakfast Smoothie


1 cup of frozen berries (blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and/or strawberries)
1 scoop of whey powder
1 Tbs. flaxseed oil
1Tbs. ground flaxseed
2 tsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. unsweetened cranberry juice
1 pack of Stevia
8 ice cubes
1 cup water
Blend until smooth and if needed you can add a few ice cubes to thiken it up. Make a little over sixteen ounces, so it will a good size to go cup and you can take a quick shot of the extra before you head out the door.

Awesome Breakfast Smoothie


1 banana
1/2 apple
1 kiwi, peeled
1/2 cup frozen mixed berries
1 cup orange juice
1/2 cup soy milk
1/2 cup nonfat plain yogurt
1/2 cup tofu
3 tablespoons unsalted natural peanut butter
2 tablespoons aloe vera juice
2 tablespoons flaxseed oil
1 teaspoon barley grass powder (optional)
1 In a blender, combine banana, apple, kiwi, mixed berries and orange juice. Blend until smooth. Add soy milk, yogurt, tofu, peanut butter, aloe vera juice, flaxseed oil, and barley grass powder. Blend again until well blended.
Pour into glasses and serve.

Cruncy Granoloa Smoothie


1 cup 1% milk
1 banana
2 Tbs honey
3/4 cup granola
1/2 cup ice
1 serving, but it is a delicious serving.