To Blend / A Cucumber Mint Cooler

 
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     Good morning! When planning out this season's recipes, I decided I want to focus on a different region's cuisine for each season. Each different region has a distinct seasonal feel to it's classic dishes, and the one the screamed spring to me was Asia! Asian cuisine is so veggie focused, with bright and fresh flavors that make the most sense for spring dishes - so with that, I'll introduce this cocktail to you. 

      Cucumbers are growing on me, and are ripe for the picking at the moment. We have some  in our garden, but until they too are ready to be harvested, farmer's market ones are the best option! Our mint in the garden, however, is constantly sprouting leaves and happens to pair perfectly with cucumber. Those two ingredients are the bones of this cocktail, and make for the perfect apertif on a warm spring evening. Get the full recipe below!

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Ingredients:

- 1 small cucumber, peeled

- a handful of mint leaves, plus a couple for garnishing 

- 1/2 cup of vodka

- 1/2 cup of lemon juice

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Directions:

1. Combine all ingredients in a blender.

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2. Blend until smooth and thin.

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3. Pour and garnish with mint leaves. Enjoy!

      Thanks for reading! I don't want to fully reveal where we're metaphorically visiting for the summer season, but I will say one thing - the goal of the summer will be living la dolce vita. ;) Have a fun week!

To Make / Invigorating Body Oil

 

      Hi there! It's summer, which means it's smooth skin/bare skin season, and I've got the simplest DIY to ensure your skin is moisturized and gorgeous. A body oil is a great alternative to lotions and creams because it soaks in quickly and doesn't leave behind a residue (ew). It's also a lot easier to go all natural, due to lotions typically having way more ingredients and chemicals in general. Get the how-to below!

Ingredients:

- 1 cup of carrier oil (I used a combo of Vitamin E, Sesame, and Safflower oils)

- a peppermint essential oil

- any other kind of scented essential oil (I used tea tree to compliment the peppermint)

- a large amber glass dropper bottle (find online or at your local health foods store!)

Directions:

1. Pour your carrier oil into your bottle. 

2. Add your peppermint oil.

3. Add your choice of essential oil.

4. Shake lightly to combine. Enjoy!