Honey Ginger Broiled Grapefruit

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Happy Monday, lovelies! This weekend’s weather did not hold strong in CT…it was rainy, muggy and gross both Saturday & Sunday! Luckily it didn’t really matter, and I was able to get a bunch of things done around the house and try out some new projects for the blog! Before it started raining on Saturday I ran out to do some errands pretty early and came back to make these delicious nuggets for breakfast. My boyfriend has stated many times that he does not like grapefruit, and he was pleasantly surprised by these!

The best part is they are super easy to make!

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Honey Ginger Broiled Grapefruit adapted from She Wears Many Hats

Ingredients:
1-2 grapefruit
Honey
Ginger (fresh, ground or both!)

Directions:
Cut grapefruit(s) in half, and if you have a grapefruit knife, use it to seperate the individual sections. If you do not have a grapefruit knife, a serrated knife is fine. *If you eat grapefruits a lot, I would highly recommend getting a grapefruit knife, they are life savers!* Next, drizzle or spread honey atop the halved grapefruits, following up with a generous sprinkle of ground or chopped ginger. Pop into the oven and broil until the honey has melted (about 6 minutes). I sprinkled a little more ground ginger on top because I love ginger, but that is optional! Serve immediately, or chill and eat later- up to you! 🙂

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As I was getting all of my ingredients ready, I realized I only had jarred raw honey, not the squeezy-bear kind. It worked well and tasted great, but as you can see above, it is not the prettiest looking assembly, and it’s a little difficult to spread onto such a juicy surface.

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This was my 1st broiled grapefruit experience and I am hooked! I’ve been seeing slight variations all over pinterest, and this is going to be my next try!

 

Dark ‘n’ Stormy

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How in our adult lives had we never had a Dark ‘n’ Stormy?? This classic cocktail is pretty glorious. On paper, the combination of flavors actually sounds a little strange. But somehow the sweet vanilla of the rum, mixed with the spice of the ginger, and hint of acidity in the lime is pretty kick-ass.

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Ingredients:
(makes two drinks)

// 1 can ginger beer

// 4 shots dark rum (we were cheapos and went with good ol’ Trader Joe’s brand)

// 8 ice cubes

// lime

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And here is our crab friend, Hector, who assisted us with our beachy staging.

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To make:

01. Divide your 8 ice cubes between 2 tumblers

02. Fill your tumblers 2/3 of the way full with ginger beer

03. Slowly pour your rum over each to create the gradient look (about 2 shots per glass)

04. Squirt a lime wedge over the top, and create a pinwheel for a garnish

05. Take a photo for Instagram

06. Mix with a spoon and enjoy!

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We made these guys on an ironic evening, considering it was rather grey and rainy out, and were very pleased with the results. Do yourself a favor though and don’t drink too many — that sugar from the soda will get to your head, and you will not be feeling so hot the next morning…we may have learned from experience.

Dinner & Drinks

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With sunshine extending past work hours these days, the idea of having friends over and making a spring dish with a matching cocktail is sounding pretty good. Now that our hibernation mode is nearing an end, eating heavy foods just doesn’t sound nearly as appealing as it once did. We’re lightening things up a bit to jump-start spring, and these recipes sound like a wonderful way to do so!

We’ve paired 2 delicious sounding light dinners with equally delightful drinks. Enjoy!

Avocado Zucchini Noodles with Shrimp & Corn paired with Cucumber Sangria

Ginger Grapefruit Cocktail paired with Spring Tart

 

Strawberry Banana Ginger Smoothie

gm_smoothie3I’m a big fan of smoothies. They taste like you’re eating dessert, but feel like you’re doing good for your body. This guy is creamy, hearty, and fruity – a great combination for helping the winter blues. I adapted the recipe from the What Katie Ate cookbook which my sister gave me a couple of years back. If you haven’t looked it through before, it’s a must-see for food photographers. Her images are beautiful, and recipes delicious!

The recipe calls for:

– 7 or so fresh or frozen strawberries

– 1 banana

– 1/2 cup milk of your choice

– 7 ounces plain Greek yogurt

– 1/2 teaspoon of ground or grated ginger

– 1 tablespoon of honey or agave

– optional – a small handful of ice if you want it extra cold

Throw it all into a blender and chug-a-lug!

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