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December 2016

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MOCKTAILS: ELDERFLOWER BUBBLY & CRANBERRY LIME COSMO

December 19, 2016

Have you seen that episode of The Vicar of Dibley where Dawn French is invited to several Christmas parties in one day and each host cooks her a Christmas dinner? She goes ahead and eats every single one of them rather than admitting shes already eaten? I feel you Dawn, the food and wine on offer over Xmas can get a little OTT.

Don’t get me wrong, I love dinners over the festive period. The food is delicious and I thrive off the company. But it’s so easy to indulge way too much with everyone handing you a glass of fizz and bowl of snacks upon arrival.

As mentioned in this post I recently had a big health scare and, although it was completely unrelated to indulging, it still gave me the impetus to make my body as healthy as possible and that can be hard over the Christmas holidays.

So, with that in mind I’ve been testing out some 100% natural mocktails which not only taste delicious, but are good for you too.

Cranberry and Lime Cosmo Mocktail

Crisp cranberry mixed with the sharp taste of lime makes this the perfect mocktail:

  • Pour cranberry and lime juice into a cocktail shaker (I used Feel Good Drinks)
  • Add the juice of half of a lime, ice and raspberries
  • Shake it up then strain into a glass
  • Garnish with lime and rosemary

Elderflower Bubbly

Not sure this one really needs instructions but I always feel more Christmassy with a champagne flute in hand and this is the best alternative:

  • Pour apple and elderflower into a champagne flute (I used this one)
  • Garnish with raspberries and add a sprig of rosemary

Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year break relaxing with friends and family. I have a busy couple of weeks in the UK visiting all of my favourite people and I’m so looking forward to it.

Collaboration: This post is sponsored by Feel Good Drinks, but I’ve been passionate about up-ing my alcohol free tasty beverage intake for some time now, see more of my recipes here

Travel & Places

10 THINGS TO DO IN FLORIDA- THAT DON’T INCLUDE DISNEY!

December 6, 2016

A lot of people automatically think of Disney when they think of Florida, but that is one thing that we don’t do in the Sunshine State. With Floridans in the family, it’s all about the swamps, deep sea fishing and country.
Here are some of my favorite things to do in Florida, get ready to get a little country…

florida-guide-blog-jeepsunset-florida-blogflorida-country-guide1. Ride on an air boat through the swamps, look out for alligators, snakes, deer and wild boar while you are there. The swamps haven’t changed for thousands of years and my Uncle even showed us a Native American burial ground out there.

2. Explore the forests and ranches, while listening to some good old country music. Drinking your beer from a can cooler & wearing camouflage is mandatory! There is nothing like being out in the open in Florida.

3. Go deep sea fishing in the ocean if you can, I live in a land-locked city so for me this is such an exhilarating experience.

4. Ride jet-skis, be sure to look out for dolphins while you are there. We also saw bald-eagles, stingrays and lots of huge, beautiful dragonflies which my Aunt always says are the spirits of loved ones. My sister and I fell off the jet-ski (while I was driving) and we have never laughed so much in our lives. It was so much fun.

5. Eat fresh fish, and try Alligator bites too. Mmmm the fish there is so good!

6. Road-trip to Captiva and Sanibelle Island: the white sands, warm sea and tropical landscape make it close to paradise.

7. Eat at The Bubbleroom– This place is decorated with original Disney memorabilia such as Dorothy’s ruby slippers and it’s glittering with old Holywood starlets. It has stood the test of time for a reason. Everyone loves it. (OK so that is a little bit of Disney for you).

8. Eat key-lime pie, it’s got to be home-made. My Aunt’s is the best.

9. Hit the Victoria’s Secret outlet. My sister and I seriously cannot get enough of how amazing and cheap the VS outlet is here. We stock up on swimwear, pyjamas, gym-clothes and underwear for the whole year whenever we go.

10. Admire the spooky Spanish-moss which hangs from the trees (you just don’t get that where I come from) and watch the sun-set, truly beautiful.

During the latest trip, we ended up on mandatory curfew due to Hurricane Mathew threatening a direct hit as a category four. We had to sandbag the doors, bring the furniture in off the porch and stockpile water. But, our family had the drill down to a tee through years or practice. Luckily it slowed right down by the time it hit.

While we were safe during the hurricane, lots of people lost their lives and suffered catastrophic damage in Haiti. If you would like to know more about how to help the people of Haiti then follow this link.

Suggested Post: Müggelsee Lake

Photos: I took all of the pictures on this trip using my phone. It’s the first time I’ve posted mobile pics on my blog, so I hope they look OK.