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Friday, Balance, Spritzers

Posted Jul 13 2012 7:30pm

I know I don’t need to apologize but here I go anyways. Because I am the product of my genial, play-nice Midwestern upbringing, after all, and it’s what we do.

Life is crazy good right now.

I’m doing my  freelance writing thang . And making good progress!

I am also loving the whole graphic design thang too. Lately, I’ve designed Katie’s header and coded Brooke’s new blog and am working with various other bloggers on stuff in the works. It all feeds this deep, visceral need of mine to create and find beauty in the world. I’m still such a beginner (read: I need not be so hard on myself) but SO excited to see where things go.

Plus, I’m reading graphic design blogs like whoa! My favorites are here , here and here .

I’m doing a bunch of travel in the next couple months too. Travel is perhaps my ultimate love, so when I get to indulge my unending curiosity of the world, the very deepest part of me is satisfied. Minnesota, Door County, Boston, New York City and hopefully, Argentina.

Ooh and TV! My network friends in Madison and Milwaukee keep inviting me to hang out, and I love it. Just yesterday, Rob Starbuck and I talked all-natural, refreshing summer drinks.

Click here  if you cannot see the above video.

And this upcoming Monday morning, I’m making new TV friends in Minneapolis! If you’re in the Twin Cities area, tune into KARE11′s midday show at 11:30am for some no-bake recipes.

All this means I’ve been needing to rediscover balance in my life.

Ya know, that thing that people always talk about but seriously, who ever actually finds balance? It’s like the cream that will supposedly get rid of the bags under my eyes. People tell me to try this and try that…and yet the bags remain. Meanwhile, I’m eating bagels + cream cheese for breakfast and throwing back New Glarus brews and skipping workouts, which no doubt contributes to the bags situation. So yeah, some balance would be nice. For my sanity and my eyes.

I am also working on The Healthy Everythingtarian 2.0. New look, new vision, same obsessions with Jake Gyllenhaal, Anthropologie + sparkling water.

So bear with me and drink a bubbly herbal spritzer (vodka, optional).

Let’s cheers to finding an undereye cream that actually works!

Lemon Basil Spritzers
Prep time: 5 minutes

5 to 6 basil leaves, torn or sliced into small pieces
1/4 to 1/2 t stevia OR 1 T regular or cane sugar
juice of 1 lemon
8 ounces regular or lemon sparkling water
4 to 5 frozen strawberries or fruit of your choice
optional: 1 (1.5-oz) shot of vodka or tequila, if desired

In a mason jar or cup, mix basil leaves, sweetener and lemon juice. Add sparkling water and alcohol, if desired. Stir. Add frozen strawberries, and enjoy!

Makes 1 mocktail

Homemade Iced Mint Green Tea

8 packets of green tea OR 8 T of loose-leaf green tea
8 cups of water
10 to 12 fresh mint leaves

In a pitcher, let teabags, water and mint leaves steep overnight in the refrigerator. In the morning, remove the teabags (or strain, if using loose-leaf tea).

Makes 8 cups of iced tea

Strawberry Nectarine Milkshake
Prep time: 5 minutes

1 nectarine, pitted
1 cup fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
1 cup milk of your choice*
1/2 cup ice cream*

*I used almond milk and Coconut Bliss Vanilla ice cream

In a blender, blend all ingredients together. For a thinner shake, add more milk. For a thicker shake, use less milk.

Makes 1 milkshake

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