Homemade Snow Cones!

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I married my hubby almost 9 years ago in Hawaii. When we were planning our wedding he said his only wish is to marry me in Hawaii. Well, no problem there! 🙂 We started planning things, thinking about dates figuring out what combination would be cool and then we realized we couldn’t wait over 6 months to do it so we were married about 2 weeks later. It was hopelessly romantic even though I was sick and had fever the whole time.

Hawaii is a magical place. It is also a place where I had shaved ice/snow cones for the first time ever. Boy oh boy, they were so amazing I couldn’t get enough! Every time I see snow cones somewhere I think of those 2 kids that got married during a beautiful hawaiian sunset, looking into each other’s eyes, having no idea what the future holds for them. We have come a long way since and so has my love for food, especially healthy food. And when I found out that my AMAZING Blendtec can make shaved ice I couldn’t wait to make it! And the juice? Simple – 2 ingredients. Ch-ch-ch-check it out 😉

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Ingredients
  1. ~ 4 cups of ice cubes
  2. ~ 1/2 cup of watermelon juice
  3. 2-5 basil leaves (based on taste preference)
Instructions
  1. Blend the ice for 5-10 seconds in high speed blender until the ice is completely “shaved.”
  2. Put into cups and pack tightly.
  3. Blend watermelon and basil leaves together to create juice. Basil can be optional but is very healthy and yummy.
  4. Pour over ice and enjoy with loved ones!

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Vegan Pesto is the Besto

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This weekend, I watched “Houseboat” with Cary Grant and Sophia Loren. I LOVE old Hollywood movies. My most favorite actress ever is Audrey Hepburn. She was just so classy. The best movie, and one I tend to watch over and over again is “How To Steal A Million.” Audrey and Peter O’Toole have an amazing chemistry.

Lately, I’ve been breaking out of my shell and exploring other actors so I watched something new this weekend. I’ve watched quite a number of movies with Cary Grant in the past year or so and I must admit – that man was FUNNY. Every movie I’ve seen with him has me giggling/laughing, guaranteed. If you want to give it a try, you HAVE TO start with “Arsenic and Old Lace.” You’ll pee your pants. Not kidding. Then, of course, “An Affair To Remember.” I’m still going through them all myself. Thank goodness for Netflix.

Every time I watch a movie from 40s or 50s I realize how ignorant I’ve been – thinking that just because people talked and dressed and acted so properly they had no fun in life. The humor in these movies is so raw, but so good. If you’ve never watched an old movie like this try it. I think you’ll like it 😉

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So, with this post, and its title, I cannot help, but write it with this song playing in my head. Play it while you make the pesto, will ya? It’s the besto 😀

Last week I received my first pack of nutritional yeast and I couldn’t wait to try it. But what should one make? Well, pesto! I’ve been wanting to make one for ages so here was my perfect opportunity. So I did. And I love it. And so did everyone else. So here it is for you to enjoy. Simple – 5 mins prep and you’re done. Slap in on pasta, sandwich, salad…the possibilities are endless!

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Ingredients
  1. 1 large handful of basil
  2. 3 garlic cloves
  3. 1/4 cup pecans
  4. 1/3 + 2tbsp olive oil (you can adjust the extra based on preference)
  5. 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  6. salt + pepper
Instructions
  1. Throw it all in a food processor and blend like your life depended on it.
  2. Add more olive oil if desired.
  3. Enjoy with loved ones!