Best of 2015: Food and Drink Recipes

Food and Drink Recipes

We only have two days left till 2016. I can’t believe it! This year has gone by so fast. Today and tomorrow, I’ll be looking back at 2015 to showcase the best features on the blog. Today, I’m sharing my favorite food and drink recipes I developed this year. So if you missed a few, this is a great time to catch up on a few of my favorites. 



Mango Peach Agua Frescas

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothies


Creating the perfect Meat and Cheese Plate

Winter Harvest Apple Salad

Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats

Rum Pound Cake

Mini Egg White Frittatas

Chocolate Peanut Butter Vegan Ice Cream

Linzer Heart Cookies

Salmon Cakes (not pictured)

Tailgating Treats

Football tailgating season will commence in just a few short weeks. Football fans; myself included will have to find another sport to watch after February. I’m a big college football fan, and I’m excited about my alma mater the University of Alabama playing in the college football playoffs on New Years Eve. I’ll be celebrating watching the game with friends and drinking the new Bud Light Apple. To kick off the celebration, I created a recipe for simple and easy to make tailgating treats that can survive your next tailgate.

All you need are water crackers, your favorite cheese, prosciutto, apple preserves, and cranberries. I used dried cranberries, but fresh cranberries would taste better.




Check out the recipe below!

Brie Crackers Two Ways
  1. 1 package of water crackers
  2. 1 cup apple butter
  3. 16 thin slices prosciutto, about 1/4 pound
  4. 1 pound rolled Brie, thinly sliced
  5. Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  6. Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Arrange the water crackers on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Spread 1 teaspoon of apple butter onto each cracker. Top this with the Brie slices, rolled prosciutto, season with salt and pepper, and drizzle with olive oil. For the vegetarian option, swap the prosciutto for the cranberries.Bake until the cheese is melted, about 8 to 10 minutes.
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What’s your favorite tailgating recipe?

Creamy Dark Hot Chocolate

Happy National Hot Cocoa Day! One of my favorite wintertime drinks is hot chocolate. I love the richness of the drinking chocolate when paired with cookies fresh out of the oven. In honor of National Hot Chocolate Day, I am sharing my recipe for Creamy Dark Hot Chocolate. I decided to put a spin on the classic hot chocolate recipe by using real dark chocolate and coconut milk. The coconut milk adds a creamy touch. For christmas eve this year, I’m planning a hot chocolate bar for my family . Follow  my Christmas Pinterest board to see what I’m thinking about putting together. 

Creamy Dark Hot Chocolate

Creamy Dark Hot Chocolate

Creamy Dark Hot Chocolate

Creamy Dark Hot Chocolate
  1. 1 can of coconut milk
  2. 2 oz of semi-sweet dark chocolate
  3. 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  4. 1/4 cup of sugar
  5. pinch of salt
  6. pinch of cinnamon
  1. Heat coconut milk in a sauce pan over medium heat; don't let boil. Add cinnamon, sugar, and salt. Slowly whisk in dark chocolate and vanilla. Stir until chocolate has melted.
  2. Serve hot.
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What’s your favorite winter drink?

Mango Peach Agua Frescas

Many of you don’t know I gave up drinking alcohol about a year ago when I was really sick last summer. I have to say there are times when I do miss a nice cocktail but I do still enjoy making drinks for friends. That doesn’t stop me making drinks for the blog because I still love doing so. My friends are shocked that I gave up alcohol for a whole year because they know how much I love wine. I hope to slowly reintroduce a glass of wine into my life every once in a while sometime later this summer now that I’m back to good health.

I now just stick to water, tea, fresh juice and mocktails. So today I’m sharing one my favorite summer drink recipes for an Agua Fresca. Agua Frescas are light and refreshing drinks found near Mexican food trucks. I first tasted an Agua Fresca at a Mexican restaurant a few years ago. So refreshing! Today I’m using fresh herbs from my garden and in season fruits to mix up this delicious mocktail. I hope you enjoy my Mango Peach Agua Fresca. 

  Mango Peach Agua Fresca      Mango Peach Agua Fresca      

Mango Peach Agua Fresca

Mango Peach Agua Fresca


Mango Peach Agua Fresca
  1. 3 Mangoes, peeled, seeded and diced
  2. 2 Peaches, peeled and seeded
  3. 1 cup water
  4. 1 cup sparkling water
  5. ΒΌ cup honey
  6. 2 tablespoons lime juice
  7. mint
  1. In a blender, add 2 cups of diced mango, one cup of diced and peeled peaches and 1-cup cold water and blend until smooth. Pour blend through a strainer into a pitcher; discard solids. Repeat with any remaining puree and 1-cup sparkling cold water. You should have about 8 cups juice. Stir in lime juice, honey, and mint. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Serve well chilled over ice.
Adapted from Whole Foods
Adapted from Whole Foods
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Sweet Tea Popsicles

This week in Atlanta temperatures will hit record setting highs all week. Although I do love being outdoors I hate the humidity and the heat. To cool off a bit this week I decided to make sweet tea popsciscles to celebrate National Iced Tea month. As a southern girl I can’t remember a summer without iced tea on the table. 

Using my new Teavana Art of Iced Tea Kit I decided to make sweet tea popsicles using a blend of their Raspberry Limeade and Pineapple Berry Blue teas. The aromas of these blends are so tropical and fruity.


2 tsp of Teavana Raspberry Limeade Tea

2 tsp of Teavana Pineapple Berry Blue 

1 tablespoon of Rock Sugar (comes in the kit)

1 popsicles mold

Follow the instructions on your 32 oz Perfectea Maker on how to make the tea. Once the tea is made add the blend to the popsicle mold and freeze for 3 hours.

Don’t have a Teavana near you? Well you are in luck because today I’m giving away one Art of Iced Tea kit to one lucky Eat.Drink.Shop.Love reader. Please comment below telling me how are you beating the heat this summer. 

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