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Healing Conifer Tea

Vitamin C rich Pine Needle Tea

Edible evergreens – who knew?   This vitamin C and anti-oxidant rich Healing Conifer Tea will sooth a cough and cold, and energize you.  It smells like a walk in the forest, and tastes lovely, too.…

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The Ultimate Hot Chocolate

A rich creamy thick hot chocolate to end all hot chocolates!

The Ultimate Hot Chocolate ~ this thick, rich, chocolatey cocoa is going to be your new best friend this winter, trust me! I’d say most of us have at least one or two obsessions when it comes to food.  Being a food blogger, I’ve probably got more than my share.  One of them is hot chocolate.  I’m always on the prowl for the ultimate thick rich drinking chocolate.  I crave deep chocolate flavor, and a thick THICK consistency, almost like…

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How to Make Healthy Infused Water

Infused water

How to Make Healthy Infused Water ~ we all know it’s important to drink lots of water, but it’s not always easy!  I’ll show you how to make your own flavor-infused water that will keep you deliciously hydrated! Today’s post is all about the wonderful world of water – when you think about it, water is the common denominator of everything I do here at TVFGI, so it’s about time I gave it some attention.  But first, I should admit…

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Afternoon Tea and DIY Sugar Cubes

diy fancy sugar cubes

DIY Sugar Cubes ~ these fancy sugar cubes are surprisingly easy to make, and can transform morning coffee or afternoon tea into a truly memorable occasion! The other day I had the most fun I’ve had in a while, some girlfriends and I went on an afternoon tea excursion to the historic Langham Huntington hotel in Pasadena.  I could definitely get used to this…we spent a leisurely couple of hours sitting and chatting and being waited on hand and foot.…

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Homemade (sugar free!) Grape Soda

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Most grapes come into season in the late summer, so you should be seeing some nice varieties in your local stores and farmer’s markets right about now.   You can use any type of grape to make a really good fresh drink: red, black, or even green, seeded or seedless, it doesn’t matter, you’ll be straining out the pulp in this recipe anyway.  But do try and taste your grapes before purchasing…I find they can be hit or miss.  If…

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Summer Peach and Basil Sangria

Peach and Basil Sangria

Is there anything more summery than a peach? I don’t think so. The peach is the emblem of all that we love about the season, so with the summer solstice right around the corner, this is THE drink you’ll want to have chilling in the backyard. White sangrias are so refreshing, and when you add ripe peaches and a hint of fresh herby basil, you get a spectacular drink with very little effort. I’m partnering with Classic Hostess to introduce…

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Minimal Monday: Papaya and Lime Agua Fresca

Papaya and lime Agua Fresca |The View from Great Island 8

Papaya and Lime Agua Fresca ~ you can customize this hydrating fruit beverage in a million ways, and it’s so much healthier than soda or juice! Fair warning — I’ve got a new obsession…Agua Fresca.  Spanish for fresh water.  It’s healthy, drop dead gorgeous, and the most thirst quenching drink you’ll ever find. It’s sold on the streets all over Latin America, ladled out of huge jugs.  This isn’t juice, or a soda, or a smoothie, or infused water— Agua…

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Minimal Monday: Honeysuckle Iced Tea

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With Easter and Passover behind us, spring is really and truly here.  The honeysuckle vine draped across my front porch is in bloom, and  every time I go in or out I’m blown away by the scent.  I’ve been determined to use those incredible – edible  flowers somehow.  I’m always inspired by ingredients I can find  in my own yard, (or my neighbor’s!)  Over the last three years we’ve moved so often that I’ve tried to reduce the sting by…

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