Long Weekend Lemonade Recipes

When life gives you lemons...

When life gives you lemons…

Image source: Edible Crafts

This post is inspired by a beautiful (inside and out!) client of mine, Melissa Vassallo of Melissa Thrives. She is one incredible lady. If you’re the type to be inspired by stories of overcoming adversity, look her up.

In a nutshell, she survived what most would never in a million life times imagine – a spring break car accident that left her (over 10 years later) with 92% of her body catastrophically impaired. When first brought to emergency, she was asked by her doctor: “Do you not want to die, or do you want to live? Because it’s going to take at least 10 years to get your life back.” This makes me goose-bumpy every time. Her response: “Of course I want to live. I’ll do it in 5!” BAM!

Well, it took just over 10 years, but she is a speaker, a motivational coach, a God mom, daughter, beautiful friend and so much more. In those years she developed a favourite saying: “When life gives you lemons… make lemon meringue pie.”

We’re not baking, but we’re encouraging a safe and happy long weekend with some deeee-licious lemonade recipes.

Recipes

Watermelon Lemonade

Watermelon Lemonade

Recipe courtesy of Sugar and Charm 

Thyme Lemonade

Thyme Lemonade

Recipe courtesy of Martha Stewart

Lavender Lemonade

Lavender Lemonade

Recipe courtesy of Design Sponge

Peach Lemonade

Peach Lemonade

Recipe courtesy of Kurry Leaves

Raspberry Lemonade

Raspberry Lemonade

Recipe courtesy of Hello Brielle

Rosemary Lemonade

Rosemary Lemonade

Recipe courtesy of Style Me Pretty

And what would be a fun lemonade party without cute straws?

Fun straws!

Fun straws!

Image source: Wedding Bells

For more on Melissa’s story, check out her video:

HAPPY LONG WEEKEND, LOVELIES!

JDM

xo

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Helloooo, Long Weekend!

Patio season is here at last.

A classic. Do it up!

A classic. Do it up!

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Today’s post is dedicated to a Happy Long Weekend of sunshine, patio drinks and relaxation. Here are a few of our faves to kick off the weekend…

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Love me some Lavender.

Flowers in your drink? Why yes! There is a cute little tin of edible lavender flowers staring at me every time the cupboard door opens. I found these at Olive & Olives after a long hunt for some Lavender Shortbread (which by the way, were a HUGE hit on Valentine’s Day). Now I have another use for it! Lavender Limemade.

Source: kirantarun.com

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Slushy, slushy, slushy.

This yummy Riesling Strawberry Slushy is from one of my all time favourite bloggers, Lisa Thiele (tee-lee) from With Style and Grace. She has so many goodies on her blog, plus, they’re gluten free!

Source: withstyleandrageblog.com

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Fresh Pineapple Margarita

Haven’t tried this one yet, bout sounds deeeelish! Hitting up the market for a fresh pineapple this weekend.

Source: Gimme Some Oven

That’s all for now. Happy Thursday! Happy Victoria Day Long Weekend!

Cheers (clink, clink!),

Jacklyn Denise

xo

{Fashion Fridays} Mixing Prints

Get yo print on.

I’m loving this season’s trend of mixing prints, but it can be tricky to pull off without looking like you went a wacky print version of colour-blind. Here are a few basics to help you rock prints on the top, bottom or in accessories all summer long.

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love, love, love the bold stripes on top

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oh so feminine

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i need a printed blazer, stat.

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leopard (when done tastefully) is like sparkle (again, tastefully). always acceptable.

Happy print-pairing!

Jacklyn Denise

xo

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Going Gluten-free?

True story.

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As some of you know, I was attempting a 3-week gluten-free, dairy-free cleanse. This of course meant also no vino during prime patio hours.

While I am passionate about health and wellness, I also believe in moderation. This seemed a rush decision, so three weeks quickly turned into two weeks, which then turned into six days.

It was a good six-day run! However, sun-shiny days, patios and the odd glass of wine were calling my name, and quickly topped my priority list. For those of you interested in some of the recipes, or how my solid six days went, here’s a menu broken down by day:

Day 1:

Breakfast:
Protein drink made w/ water OR rice milk OR almond milk (Thorne Mediclear as recommended by my naturopath)
Gluten free cereal w/ almond milk

Morning Snack:
Watermelon

Delicious!

Lunch:
Mixed greens salad w/ chick peas, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, avocado
Dressing – white balsamic vinegar, olive oil, agave nectar
Carrots w/ hummus

Afternoon Snack:
Plain rice cake w/ sunflower seed butter
Grapes

Dinner:
Baked sweet potato fries w/ sea salt + olive oil + fresh thyme
Turkey breast w/ summer savory, onion, dash of salt/pepper, olive oil

Night Snack:
Gluten free waffle w/ blueberries + pure maple syrup

Day 2:

Breakfast:
Protein drink made w/ water OR rice milk OR almond milk
Gluten free cereal w/ almond milk

Morning Snack:
Blueberry Ginseng herbal tea
Watermelon
Plain rice cake w/ sunflower seed butter

Lunch:
Mixed greens salad w/ chick peas, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, avocado
Dressing – white balsamic vinegar, olive oil, agave nectar
Soup w/ gluten free crackers
Grapes

Afternoon Snack:
Banana
Carrots w/ hummus

Dinner:
Avocado + cucumber rolls
Salmon sushi

Power out in my building = eat out. So good though!

Night Snack:
1/4 cup almonds

Day 3:

Breakfast:
Protein drink made w/ water OR rice milk OR almond milk
Gluten free cereal w/ almond milk

Morning Snack:
Blueberry Ginseng herbal tea
1/4 cup almonds
Carrots w/ hummus

Lunch:
Mixed greens salad w/ chick peas, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, avocado
Dressing – white balsamic vinegar, olive oil, agave nectar
Soup w/ gluten free crackers
Grapes

While I prefer to make my own, this was a goodie in a rush.

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Afternoon Snack:
Watermelon
Carrots w/ hummus

Dinner:
Soup of the Day from Fresh Restaurant on Spadina
Italian raw bowl from Fresh – zucchini noodles tossed with basil pesto, garnished with kale chips, grape tomatoes, Fresh Protein Boost and sun-dried tomatoes (asked them to hold the tomatoes)
Negril Beach smoothie from Fresh – coconut milk, mango, banana

Night Snack:
Flourless Cashew cookies from Sweets from the Earth

Day 4:

Breakfast:
Protein drink made w/ water OR rice milk OR almond milk
Gluten free cereal w/ almond milk

Morning Snack:
Watermelon
Double decaf Americano (a bit of a cheat, but learned that the Swiss Water decaffeinating process is 99.9% caffeine-free – that’s okay right?)

Lunch:
Fresh turkey sausage (from my favourite butcher, Whitehouse Meats at St. Lawrence Market)
Grapes + figs

Afternoon Snack:
Amaranth and Kiwani Cream w/ almond milk + pure maple syrup from GoGo Quinoa (tastes kind of like Cream of Wheat, only it’s gluten-free)
Fresh cherries

If you’re ever looking to purchase…However, I recommend less almond milk to keep it thick and creamy. Much better that way!

Gluten-free alternative to oatmeal

Dinner:
Treated myself to Thai food from Khao San Road (only picking gluten-free, peanut-free items w/ chicken) – SO worth it :)

Night Snack:
Strawberries

Day 5:

Breakfast:
Double decaf Americano + almond milk + honey
Berry Whole Food Energy bar from Green Superfood

Yummy (but pretty pricey snack at $3.99 a pop!)

Morning Snack:
Late breakfast, so sort of skipped the snack

Lunch:
Sweet potato, orange, fennel soup from The Big Carrot
Mixed greens, beets, carrots salad w/ tahini dressing (also from The Big Carrot)

Afternoon Snack:
Sea salt Rice chips w/ hummus

Dinner:
Jamaican Jerk Salmon w/ mango, black bean, pineapple salsa (as seen in SELF special edition magazine – also available here online)

This is where we introduce the roommate, Francesca, to seafood – a success!

Night Snack:
Rice chips w/ guacamole (avocado, red onion, cilantro, dash of ground coriander, ground cumin, lots of lime)

Day 6:

Breakfast:
Protein drink made w/ water OR rice milk OR almond milk
Banana

Morning Snack:
Blueberry Ginseng herbal tea
Apple
Plain rice cake w/ sunflower seed butter

Lunch:
Potato, leek and fennel soup (made a batch on Sunday and froze in servings for the week) – took this recipe from the Fresh cookbook, but made a few alterations based on preference
Mango, black bean, pineapple salsa w/ rice crackers

So many yummy recipes in here!

Afternoon Snack:
Guacamole w/ rice crackers
Cherries

Dinner:
Brown rice w/ cherries and chicken rice dish (got this recipe from Whole Foods website and substituted the chicken for lean turkey)

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Recommend a little less cherries than the recipe, since they can be pretty overpowering. Just a personal preference…

Night Snack:
Tea w/ gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free Honey Graham cookies from The Big Carrot

This isn’t advised for everyone. I first learned about this (and implemented it strictly once before with the guidance of my naturopath during the summer of 2010). For full details on the cleanse, download the PDF here.

Whether this is something you’re interested in trying, or just looking for a couple healthy recipes, I hope this was helpful!

Unfortunately (and fortunately!) day six was followed by a strong desire to do this:

Ahhh…

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So I threw in the towel. Remember though…

They are really the big things.

Happy Healthy Eating!

xo

You Are My Sunshine

Bliss

It’s officially the first full day of summer this year. What better way to start it off then with a top 10 list of what I look forward to most about this sun-shiny season!

1. Dress me up, colour me happy.

Pretty dress AND brights, all in one happy package. Flowy dresses and bright colours – the perfect combination.

Neon. In love with this dress.

2. Beach day!

Just because it’s a great excuse to wear amazingly floppy hats like this one. A book, the waves, sand between my toes.

Gorgeous.

3. Sandals and bright pedis.

Merci, H&M

Sandals because I can wear little numbers like this newest addition to my collection. Thank you LOULOU for this find. Paired with lovely Essie neutrals and brights.

A weekly ritual.

4. Outdoor dining.

One of my absolute favourite things to do with friends. How can this chic little backyard gem not bring you to a happy place?

Well, good evening.

5. Delicious eats.

Whether you’re prepping for a relaxing date with a book and a good glass of vino, or looking for a nice fresh app to bring to your next summer dinner party, these sound delish. Both on my list to try!

Love me some greens.

Find the recipe here on Emily Style.

‘Tis the season.

If you live in Ontario, you’ve only got about another week for some fresh rhubarb. Get picking to try these deliciously refreshing ice pops! Recipe here.

6. RIBS.

They deserve to stand on their own, just because. Still on the hunt for a great rib recipe though, so open to suggestions.

Awesomeness.

7. Summery drinks.

I think this category is pretty self-explanatory :)

Another must try!

Get the full recipe for this Raspberry Beer at a cup of mai.

8. Bicycles.

As some of you may know, I recently purchased my first bike and am braving the city traffic. This new adventure may have meant a lot of right hand turns and taking twice as long to get anywhere at first (don’t judge ha!).  I’m a firm believer in practice makes perfect.

This is how excited I get about my bike, ha!

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9. Outdoor yoga.

This photo says it all. My first week at ‘Yoga Unplugged’ with 889 Yoga and Lululemon at the Thompson Hotel. There will be a blog post especially dedicated to this amazing hour with yogis and Bob Marley.

Yoga Unplugged.

10. Jays games.

With the roof open and sun shining in!

That’s all…

Please don’t take my sunshine away!

LOVE. This. Scarf.

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Seriously. The photo alone just makes me want to bundle up. Giant, flowing, colourful scarf – my favourite.

Plus, it works for all seasons. Use it as a shawl, add a pop of colour to a neutral outfit for Spring/Summer, or wrap it a few times over to bundle up. The sheer thickness and airiness, just makes me want to bring on the layers, grab an americano, and hit up a market.

My perfect weekend morning!

xo