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Cherry Daiquiris by @UpsideDownPear

I bought a bag of cherries to make a different type of dessert and had some leftover. It’s summer, which means that it’s fruity drink time (though really any time is fruity drink time). Usually we have strawberry flavored daiquiris, but I thought if you could make it with strawberries, why not with cherries? It’s almost cherry season and it’s a big deal up north. They have a cherry festival every year around the Fourth of July. We don’t normally go since there are just too many people. I decided to make this in it’s place.

Cherry Daiquiris by @UpsideDownPear

Bren is the king of daiquiri making, so I let him do all the work. I did pit the cherries and that’s a pretty messy job. The secret ingredient is vanilla ice cream. This took me by surprise as I have always just had the pleasure of drinking them and ignoring the making prices. The ice cream gives it a smooth creamy texture and adds a bit of sweetness to the tart cherries. There’s also ice for filler and to keep it from tasting too much like a milkshake. With half ice cream and half ice, the flavor of the cherries really shines through.

Cherry Daiquiris by @UpsideDownPear

We added spiced rum, coconut rum, and peach schnapps. This combination gives it more of that tropical vibe; typical of a daiquiri. This drink is best served outside on the porch, sitting by a pool, or after a day of gardening (which I don’t do but if I did I image this to be super refreshing afterwards). Basically, this drink is perfect any time and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Cherry Daiquiris by @UpsideDownPear

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Sunshine Smoothie by @UpsideDownPear

Have you ever made a smoothie with an orange for the base? And I mean the actual orange, not just the juice. If you have, then you know how amazing they are. I was skeptical when I first hear about this figuring the smoothie would be too thick and pulpy. I know that there’s juice in an orange, but to actually use the whole thing…eh…there were definite doubts.

Sunshine Smoothie by @UpsideDownPear

However, after making a few of these, I now see the light and will be buying way more oranges to stock up on some vitamin C. Not only do the smoothies have a bright and tropical feel to them, but you could also add some greens to this and not change the flavor at all. This way you get both your fruits and veggies in at the same time! After all this time cooking, I still find it difficult to find time for veggies. It’s usually here’s the main dish and that’s it. What sides??

Sunshine Smoothie by @UpsideDownPear

Now I don’t feel so bad. I think I might begin to whip some of this up the night before and have it for breakfast the next day. What a great quick meal idea! Let me know what you like to add to smoothies and if you’ve ever thrown in a whole orange (minus the peel).

Sunshine Smoothie by @UpsideDownPear

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Irish Milkshake @UpsideDownPear

Are you ready to get your Irish on and shake your shamrocks? It’s almost St. Patrick’s day, and I hope you’re as excited as we are about it. Living with an Irishman means that St. Patrick becomes a thing in our house. We have corned beef and cabbage and we have to have something to drink in the house. Well, this amazing milkshake takes care of the latter.

Irish Milkshake @UpsideDownPear

I’d have this even without the excuse of St. Paddy’s day, it’s just that delicious. Forget those other shamrock shakes, this is one you’ll thank me for. The green is from the Crème de Menthe and there is Irish cream to give some depth. I’d recommend getting good quality ice cream for this as it is the main ingredient. We always buy Turkey Hill All Natural from Kroger. It’s got a very creamy texture and the ingredient list is all things I understand. But any vanilla ice cream that you enjoy will work.

Irish Milkshake @UpsideDownPear

We topped this with homemade whipped cream and had a field day! I hope to have the recipe for the whipped cream up sometime soon. It’s definitely a must have from now on. It completes everything! Just like this milkshake perfectly completes the end of the day. Trust me on this one, make this and I know you’ll love it.

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Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

This smoothie is the perfect pick me up after a workout. It’s packed full of nutrients to replenish you whether you’ve been running, weight lifting, or yogaing (yep, that needed to be a verb). It’s super simple to put together, and light enough that you don’t feel weighed down. I’ve actually been drinking this right before my yoga classes so as to be able to make it until dinner. I get home from work, whip up one of these, drink it, and then I’m off to class. I get dinner after coming home finally.

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Lately, I’ve been buying bananas like crazy from Costco, and they all seem to be going fairly quickly. Luckily bananas are like the one fruit that you can actually do more with as it ripens, so I’m totally ok with it. I get them by the bunch and then freezing them as they get ripe. Perfect! Maybe I’ll also make some more of this delicious banana bread.

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Where only halfway through January, and I’ve totally been slacking on getting my daily dose of veggies. I feel a bit less guilty when I drink this as one banana typically has two servings of fruit. Plus, I’ve been getting myself to the yoga studio at least three times a week. I might start running if it wasn’t so cold outside…sigh is it spring yet? I only have a few weeks left on my yoga pass before I have to buy another. The first one I got was a special first time deal, so I really couldn’t pass it up. Now I’ve gotten into the groove and love this studio…just wish the prices weren’t so crazy.

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Champagne Sorbet Punch

I have just found my new drink of 2015 and it’s this delicious punch! It combines pink champagne, lemon lime soda, and raspberry sorbet into a pitcher of awesomeness. This is the best drink to start the new year. I usually only buy champagne during this season, but I might just have to pick up a few more bottles throughout the year to make this more often.

Champagne Sorbet Punch

You can use your favorite champagne, but I really like this with a pink moscato. It really pears well with the tart raspberry sorbet and the lemon lime flavor of the soda. My favorite part is the foam that gathers at the top of the glass. This is the absolute best part of the whole drink!

Champagne Sorbet Punch

I don’t have any plans this year to start any new activities, which is for the best. Time is pretty scarce after work and this blog, but I really enjoy what I do and I love hearing from all of you! I want to thank everyone for coming and reading my blog and I am going to keep working to give you the best content I can!! I honestly hope that you enjoy reading these posts as much as I enjoy creating them. Best wishes for your 2015!

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