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Cool Watermelon Refresher // Tried and TastyI’ve been so excited to share this recipe with you! This is actually the first of three watermelon recipes! The lime juice in this recipe makes this juice so incredibly refreshing. You’ll take a sip and then want to open your mouth and say ‘ahhhhh….’ I’m telling you! Watermelon juice is so smooth and so sweet. It’s quite delicious! Even more than that, as you can imagine, one watermelon makes a LOT of juice! After all isn’t the fruit made up of mostly water anyway?

Summer is nearly over and I’m not letting go without a fight. I may have mentioned it before, but summer is my favorite season. Hands down. I love camping, sunshine, hiking, picnics, BBQ’s, fresh fruit and grilling! It’s hard for me to let that go when our winters can be so brutal. We’re trying to take advantage of every ounce of my favorite season that we can. We chose to do our juice fast at the most optimal time of the year when fruit and veggies were in their prime. We bought three large watermelons from Costco and cruised right through all of them. Two of them we juiced and one of them we ate. All of them were absolutely divine. While we’re on the subject, you should try my No Sugar Added Watermelon Lemonade – it’s delightful!

Sippable Orange Sunshine // Tried and TastyIt’s day 24.. and let me just tell you, this cleanse is kicking my butt. I’m going to just jump out there and say twice within a two year period is too often to complete a 30 day detox program. More on that later. One of the juices we fell in love with during the juice fast was this Sippable Orange Sunshine! It truly is like sipping on sunshine. Not only that, isn’t it the most beautiful orange color?? A whole slew of your favorite fruits (and a vegetable) get thrown together for this delicious concoction!

So, back to the struggles of the cleanse. It’s finally week four. I never thought I’d see the end. As healthy as the detox is for you, I will warn you, it’s incredibly challenging. At the conclusion of the 30 days I’ll wrap up in a post giving you all the nitty gritty details. The past week of raw food has been {mostly} successful. Our favorite recipes we’ve made are Classic Cashew Cheese (we’ve made it three or four times in the last week), Raw Lasagna (we’ve also had this almost daily), Corn Chips & Guacamole, Raweos (think Oreos, only raw and 1000 times healthier!), and these Oat & Cashew Thumbprint Cookies with Berry Chia Jam! A couple of my not-so-favorites were the Cauliflower Rice with Fresh Peas & Cumin and this Raw Chili. Overall I really do enjoy raw food. It’s an art and requires prep usually a day ahead, but it’s really quite delicious!

Th Green Appl Energizer // Tried and TastyIt’s day 20 of our detox and things this round of the cleanse have been rough, to say the least. I feel like it’s harder this time around because we’ve done it before. Thankfully the two week juice fast is over and we’re in to the raw food phase. I’ve got a handful of juice recipes that I’m planning on sharing with you and this Green Apple Energizer is one of my favorites. I may be partial to it because it’s green and green is my favorite color – or I may love it because it’s darn delicious!

It’s been fun creating ‘recipes’ as we’ve been juicing. For the most part we just throw together what we think sounds good. We’ve also been generously given a healthy supply of home grown cucumbers and I’m happy to say that cucumber juice is quite refreshing! But the real star of this juice is the green apple! It creates the perfect tart and zing that generates the ‘energizer’ feeling. So yummy! You’ve got to give it a try!

Detoxify Your Home // Tried and Tasty

Changing More Than What I Eat // Tried and Tasty

I never realized how many chemicals were in things I used every day. I have really dry skin. One of my daily regimens used to be lubing up with baby oil gel every morning out of the shower. It would keep my legs soft and silky all day long. It was thick, moisturizing and smelled good. Wasn’t until one day Steve wanted to see if we could get it in bulk (since I was buying it so often). As he was checking things out online he decided to research the product itself. That’s what started it all. Baby oil gel contains mineral oil, which clogs your pores and suffocates your skin.  Yikes! That was the end of that. Over the last couple of years we’ve been swapping out all of our yucky chemical-filled products for natural ones.

The Orange/Apple Wake-Me-Up // Tried and TastyIt’s day TEN of our juice fast and now that we are in the double digits, I feel like I can say that time is flying! Week one seemed like it would never end. The hardest day so far was day six. I had forgotten from the last time we did this not only how challenging this can be physically, but also emotionally. Our emotions are tied so closely to food it’s hard to understand just how much so until you go without it. Not only that, but this is such a huge undertaking I don’t think any amount of preparation can prepare you for the mental struggle. Thankfully, it was just one day – and then the next day was a brighter day!

This Orange/Apple Wake-Me-Up (as I like to call it) is the smoothest most delicious fruity juice. Orange can be the base of anything and it will turn out wonderful. I love the citrus fruits and with the addition of lemon and lime, this really will awaken your senses. When I drink fresh squeezed fruit juice I feel alive! There’s just something about fresh vs. store bought. And actually, we hardly ever buy store bought fruit juice. If we do, it’s the organic apple cider to add to our green smoothies. This Wake-Me-Up was the perfect way to help get the Dr. Shulze’s Superfood Plus down (yuck!). For those that aren’t detoxing, you’ll LOVE this juice perfectly wonderful all on it’s own!

Dutch Oven Cinnamon Nut Pull-Aparts // Tried and TastyI interrupt this juice fast series for a moment to bring you these seriously amazing Dutch Oven Cinnamon Nut Pull-Aparts! Here’s the thing. We’ve still got a couple of months of great camping weather. If you are anything like me, you are going to take full advantage and soak up as much time in the outdoors as you can! Grab your dutch oven, this awesome recipe, and head out!

Dutch Oven Cinnamon Nut Pull-Aparts // Tried and Tasty

Last year some of ours invited us to go to Bear Lake and we had the best time! It was the first time I dutch oven cooked believe it or not, and guess what? I fell in LOVE with dutch oven cooking!!!! Two of the recipes I made were from Rhodes even. You’ve got to check out my Dutch Oven Buttery Pull-Aparts and my Dutch Oven Buttery Breadsticks!

August 20, 2014 54 comments

BOSCH Giveaway // Tried and TastyI cannot tell you how excited I am for this giveaway!!!! Are you familiar with BOSCH? If not, then you NEED to be! I’m serious. It has been a game changer for me in the kitchen. From the moment I very first opened my brand new mixer back in February, I was in love:

BOSCH Giveaway // Tried and Tasty

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