The Better Sip: Cucumber Spa Water Recipe

My grande caramel macchiatos were getting out of control and I've been wanting to feel better as well as take out some empty calories.  Since I started bullet journaling, I also started drawing 8 little cups of water in my journal daily.  For every cup I drink, I cross one out (extremely satisfying).  Most days I'll just drink plain filtered water but at home I started making spa water.  

I love it two ways:

  • Cucumber Water: 1 cucumber sliced up in a pitcher of water
  • Cucumber Lemon Lime: Slice up the following and add to a pitcher of water: 1/2 a cucumber, 1 whole lemon and 1 whole lime

So delicious and refreshing.  Little tweaks here and there are helping me reach my goal of more water and hopefully you too.  

This month I've averaged 5-6 cups of water a day which is huge when most days I would drink no water at all. 

If you make some spa water, let me know below or by tagging me on Instagram, @fluximagery.


 

Deconstructed Mason Jar Salad Video.

Meal preppin' is working out smashingly!  This week we have had home-cooking every day and for two of these days Raul and I ate mason jar salads for lunch.  This time the salads consisted of Italian dressing, shredded carrots, thinly sliced and chopped cucumbers, sunflower seeds and spinach.  Good.  Stuff.  So of course I had to paint another jar salad painting.  This one is very yummy with strawberry, dried cranberries, poppy seed salad dressing, romaine and spinach.

Delish, let's see how long we can keep this going.

Let me know if you try any of these "recipes", would love that.

Deconstructed Mason Jar Salad.

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I've been trying my hand at "meal preppin' for the week" and it's been a bit of a challenge.  This week I tried one of my many pinned "Salad In a Jar" recipes on Pinterest (@fluximagery/Yum).  I thought my smallish jar might be too small but it worked perfectly.  I filled it halfway with a fuji apple Panera salad dressing, bits of left over grilled chicken from my Quesadilla Explosion Chili's salad, sunflower seeds, hand-grated carrots and sliced up romaine.  There was no wilting and this type of salad does look best in the jar.

When you pour it onto your plate, not as appetizing but the main goal is health/ease.  Just thought you should know ;)

Have you ever tried this?  I think it's going to be my new thing.

P.S. You should follow me on Instagram (@fluximagery), I post the most there with sneak peeks of works in progress and more! See you there.

Juice Crazy.

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I've been bitten by the juice bug again and have been enjoying every drop.  Instead of my usual green lemonade recipe, this time I used the following:

  • 1 blood orange
  • half of a lemon (peeled since the lemon wasn't organic)
  • a bit of ginger
  • 2 fuji apples (cored)
  • 3-4 peeled carrots

Delish!  If you have any juicer recipes you love, please share.  We have been planning out our meals every week and now we don't throw out food as much.  Little changes here and there are making quite the difference.

In sketching news, I haven't had a chance to work on my "Do What You Love. Love What You Do" print.  I do want to get back to it though, soon.  In the meantime I have been painting and took a trip to the art store with my little Babycakes.  They opened up three Trader Joe's here, finally, so after checking out one and going shopping (love their frozen meatballs), we went to Meiningers.

My friend Tracy suggested soft press watercolor paper a long time ago so I picked that up (Fabriano), some Princeton and DaVinci watercolor brushes, a portable pop up water cup and some lead refills (HB for sketching and 4H for drawing on watercolor paper).  Not too bad of a budget buster, I can get so lost in art stores.  They are my happy place.

Thanks for stopping by.

Meh.

Still feeling blah but my sore throat feels a little better. R is making clam chowder for dinner. This recipe is our favorite.

Lame post numero dos.  Check.

Vegetarian Chili and Cornbread.

This isn't a soup but I think it counts anyway.  I've thought about ditching meat completely from time to time.  This recipe for Vegetarian Chili completely fooled me and I didn't miss the meat.  It is thick and substantial.  (I found the bulgur wheat at Whole Foods.)

I made it for my in-laws this past weekend and they had seconds.  The truest compliment to a cook.  After it was simmering on the counter I thought about wanting cornbread to go with it so I found this recipe for cornbread muffins.  The muffins were a little dense and I would like them lighter.  But overall they were very easy and delicious.

I would make both again soon, maybe when there is snow on the ground.

Butternut Squash and Ginger Shrimp.

Yum.  This Butternut Squash Soup with Star Anise and Ginger Shrimp was flavorful but I don't think I'll make this again without making a modification here or there.  I should have read over the comments more but I just wanted to go for it.  This soup was a little too watery for me so next time I would leave out the water like others have suggested.  The shrimp was expensive but delicious and complimented the dish well. I need to buy some of those goggles from Sur La Table because I was bawling while cutting the scallions.  Two thirds of a cup is a lot of slicing and dicing and I'm not exaggerating, I was letting out buckets of tears.  I tear up with onions but this was something else.

Might make it again but other soups have cut in line so it might be awhile.

We should have a new disposal installed tomorrow, thank God!

Chicken corn chowder.

The first soup we have made so far is Chicken Corn Chowder.  We aren't making soup every day but we'll be making new and old recipes this month.  Raul mentioned making lentils, black eye pea soup, this corn chowder and a clam chowder.  So far I have a butternut squash and ginger shrimp recipe. Definitely will be making this chowder again.  Goes great with garlic bread.  I think I'll add that recipe too.

Hearty and delicious.

The recipe is after the jump.

Chicken Corn Chowder

This recipe is for a slow cooker but we just threw the ingredients in a pot and went from there.  The celery was a little crunchy but I don't mind.

The book is called "Slow Cooker Recipe Collection" by Publications International, Ltd.  Also, here is the Country Chicken Chowder Recipe:

2 tablespoons butter

1 1/2 pounds chicken tenders, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

2 small onions, chopped

2 ribs celery, sliced

2 small carrots, sliced

2 cups frozen corn

2 cans (10 3/4 ounces each) cream of potato soup

1 1/2 cups chicken broth

1 teaspoon dried dill weed

1/2 cup half-and-half

Melt butter in large skillet.  Add chicken; cook until browned.  Add cooked chicken, onions, celery, carrots, corn, soup, chicken broth and dill to slow cooker.  Cover and cook on LOW 3 to 4 hours or until chicken is no longer pink and vegetables are tender.

Turn off heat; stir in half-and-half.  cover and let stand 5 to 10 minutes or just until heated through.

Note: For a special touch, garnish soup with croutons and fresh dill.

Makes 8 servings