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Smoothies All Around

It’s been a very long time since I’ve made anything, not since that brownie in upstate NY back in November. I was living in the city up until December with a live in job, so I could not use the oven, not even a blender. I left that job, spent Christmas week in Miami then came to Nicaragua while looking for another job back in Miami. My grandma had given me mangoes, a neighbor had given us cantaloupe and I cut some maduro from the backyard, which is the banana’s cousin, so it was all organic.

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I diced up some a whole giant mango, two “bananas” and froze them.

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The cantaloupe came after and stayed fresh since a neighbor gave them to my dad and I incorporated them into the smoothies.

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The mango was so frozen and hard to break apart that my knife just stayed in place.

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The first smoothie was mostly mango based an I just called it a mango lassi.

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My mason jar is back in Miami, so here I use a drink cup with a lid that came from ordering a smoothie somewhere.

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Added the rest to a martini glass that came from a 12 piece set from Ross to make it fancy.

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The other smoothie had a little bit of mango, but mostly cantaloupe, which were almost 2 whole ones. Both smoothies had the “banana”.

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I poured this one into a wine glass to keep the fancy going. Both smoothies were delicious and all raw.
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Fancy Fancy eh.

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Patriotic Desserts

Well the other day I saw a big pan my mom had and thought it would be good to make the yogurt pie recipe into one big one and into a flag since the 4th of July was coming up. This week I was trying to get my ingredients, blueberries and whipped cream are extremely difficult to get in this country and especially since I’m in a small town. I was able to get yogurt, strawberries, gelatin and some cookies to crush to make the crust, I usually buy the ready made crusts. I had to look for ways to substitute or make my own whipped cream, I used a recipe I found online.

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Only had to use one package of cookies for the crust.

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Would’ve been better to use a 9×13 because clearly this pan was bigger.

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I made the whipped cream in a blender.

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Dissolved the gelatin.

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Added the yogurt.

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Then the whipped cream.

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Spread it on the crust then to the fridge it went.

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Used strawberries for the red stripes, melted white chocolate for the white stripes and blue candy for the blue area.

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Dipped some strawberries in white chocolate and then blue sprinkles for the striped effect. Not to bad for my first attempt even though my dad bought me cookies n cream instead of plain white chocolate, there wasn’t any other.

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Found my mother’s cake stand!

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I had leftover coconut milk so I decided to make piña coladas, still in the patriotic spirit.

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Hope you all enjoy your 4th of July weekend!

Original pie recipe here

Whipped cream is 1 cup milk, 2 tbsp corn starch and after well combined 1 tbsp flour.

The piña colada was not measured at all.

Summer Iced Tea (Part 1)

Since in Nicaragua with no oven, I can’t make any baked desserts, but can make other things. I’ve been wanting to make the drinks I saw in the June issue of Martha Stewart Living for a while now and finally got the chance to make one yesterday.

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I brewed two tea bags in the hot water I had boiled then put it in the freezer to cool it faster.

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This was my first time making simple syrup and it’s pretty fast and “simple”.

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Poured all my ingredients into one of mom’s pitcher’s which were still packed so I was the first to use one of them. I needed a clear one to achieve the look I wanted.

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Sent dad to go cut a lime from a nearby tree, cut some slices and added them to the pitcher with some ice.

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A clear pitcher was definitely needed to be able to see the limes floating.

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