Virgin Watermelon Mojito

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A couple days back my girlfriends and I went to a gorgeous rooftop lounge and enjoyed a delicious dinner.  The one thing that really stood out was the watermelon mojito (virgin ofcourse) that I tried.  It was so refreshing and just what I needed on a hot summer night.  It’s not surprising that I was craving another one the moment I got home.  Following this recipe I found on pinterest, I was able to recreate the same invigorating concoction that I had that night and now enjoy it in the comfort of my own home. 😉  Hope you enjoy it as much as I do. =)

Ingredients: 

Small Seedless Watermelon
1 liter Lemon Lime Soda
12 oz Concentrated Limeade
3-5 fresh Mint leaves

Directions:
Juice 1/2 watermelon (24 oz) in a juicer, remove rind before juicing.
Add limeade concentrate and soda.
Mix well until concentrate is dissolved.
Add mint leaves and let chill for at least 1 hr. (24 hours is even better)

Food Adventures in Portland

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Breakfast at Isabel.  Boy, was their breakfast ever delicious and filling!  We held our bellies high as we walked out the door.

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Dinner at Jake’s Grill (Downtown Portland)

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We had the short ribs with creamy polenta and fried leeks.  Divine!  We also both had a french onion soup but it was devoured before we even remembered to take our camera out.  oops!

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Chocolate Molten Lava Cake and homemade ice cream for dessert!

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but that wasn’t all…I had the mini (so NOT mini!)  trio.  I was on a sugar high about 3 minutes after this shot.

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Nothing says comfort like a cup of hot chocolate, lemon macaron and their famous gibassier (a french pastry made from olive oil, candied orange peel, anise, and baker’s sugar to top it off).

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Catch up time with good friends at Pearl Bakery.  They make the best pastries.  mmm…did I mention their croissants are to die for as well?

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These two guys never stop laughing or cracking jokes.  😉

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Dinner at Bluehour (Pearl District).

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I loved everything about this restaurant.  It was beautiful, bright and the food was absolutely amazing!

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A little bubbly to celebrate our little getaway.

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Cauliflower and pesto cream gnocchi.  It literally melted in my mouth.  drooool…so good.

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Bittersweet chocolate panacotta.  loved it!

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We had to go to voodoo donuts before making our way back home.  I personally am not a fan of donuts.  I’ll eat them but I’m not crazy about them like how I am for chocolate. 😉  Apparently, there is usually a very long line for these donuts but since we came early, the line was pretty short.  It was pretty cool to see so many different flavours of donuts.  Some were just beyond comprehension…like the maple bacon donut.  I will try that one out next time when I’m feeling more adventurous. hehe.

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Hope you’re having a lovely start to your week!  Thanks for reading!  xoxo!

Baked Apple Chips

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There’s nothing better than a delicious low calorie snack to help you get started with those new year’s resolutions to eat healthy.  My husband and I definitely went all out on delectable meals over the holidays so its time to get back into shape.  We still love our tangy honey mustard Ruffles ultimate chips but these cinnamon infused apple crisps is sure holding us over for now.  I followed this recipe and was very pleased with the results.

Ingredients:

6 medium-large apples (I used my favourite, Ambrosia but you can use any variety)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 tablespoons sugar

Preheat the oven to 225 degrees F

Slice the apples thinly, approximately 1/8 inch thick (if you have a mandolin, now is the time to use it). Place the apple slices into a large bowl and mix in the lemon juice to prevent the apple slices from browning. Spread the apple slices in a single layer on a parchment covered baking sheet. Try not to overlap them. You must cover your baking sheets with parchment or your apples will stick to the pan.

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In a small bowl, whisk together the cinnamon and sugar. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture liberally over top of the slices. Bake in the oven for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Every 30 minutes flip the apple slices over to ensure they bake evenly. You will know they are done when they are just at the point of browning. Allow the chips to cool completely on the baking sheet.

Enjoy!