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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Cranberry Kombucha Vinaigrette

I haven't always loved salad. In fact I still don't love it unless the dressing is just right! And while I would love to drench every single one of my salads in ranch, I'm pretty sure thats not the best idea. A good dressing turns a blah salad into pure joy! I have tested different dressings over and over until I have gotten them just right. This is one of my tried and true, fool proof recipes! Plus there is zero guilt associated. Sorry ranch dressing!



I got the idea to use Kombucha  because I love adding vinegar to my home made dressings and I find that some brands of Kombucha have that perfect tangy taste! I don't just use cranberry Kombucha... I love guava, lemon ginger, the list goes on! But I do always find myself coming back to this one!

I can make the most basic of salads and if I add this vinaigrette it elevates it to a fancy restaurant level! I used to feel like salads always tasted better when someone made them for me but not anymore! I much prefer making my own! So much so that I smuggle this vinaigrette into restaurants with me now!



Cranberry Kombucha Vinaigrette-

1/4 Cup Cranberry (or any flavor) Kombucha
3/4 Cup Olive Oil
1 Clove Minced Garlic
1 Tablespoon Dry Mustard Powder
Salt and Pepper to Taste 

Put all ingredients in a small mason jar and shake it up! Drizzle desired amount on to of your salad! 



Enjoy!

xx, Prosecco and Projects
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Strawberry Rhubarb and Basil Spritzer

I am such a sucker for good packaging and Trader Joe's gets me every time! When I saw these adorable pink cans with little strawberry and rhubarb illustrations my soul sang! They were instantly going home with me. Rhubarb holds a special place in my heart! So much so that when I was little I named my cat Rhubarb but thats a story for a different day! So many excuses to buy soda!


These sodas are the perfect combo of sweet strawberry and tangy rhubarb. Naturally after one sip I thought to myself "you know what would go good with this? Vodka! Its a little sad how often this thought runs through my mind! *eats pizza and thinks "you know what would go good with this... Vodka*

I love the addition of fresh herbs in cocktails and basil pairs so well with strawberries that I just had to add some freshness to this spritzer! The combo of flavors in this bubbly drink are pure perfection! Its almost dangerous how refreshing and crisp it is! I could have 3 without batting an eye... and maybe I did. You'll never know!



Strawberry Rhubarb and Basil Spritzer-

3 Chopped Strawberries
3 Fresh Basil Leaves
1 Shot of Vodka
1 Can of Trader Joe's Rhubarb and Strawberry Soda

Muddle the strawberries and basil in a glass. Fill with ice. Add vodka and soda. Stir! 



Enjoy! 

xx, Prosecoo and Projects
Sunday, January 14, 2018

Roasted Garlic Aioli (Whole30)

There is something that I really need to talk to you guys about... it has nothing to do with this Roasted Garlic Aioli but we will get there. The burning topic that I must discuss is The Bachelor! And specifically the types of dates that they are going on.

Does anyone else feel like their dates are just the worst!? I mean I don't want to play soccer, do an obstacle corse, or god forbid... that disgusting demolition derby. And you cant tell me that all of these girls are just dying to do these ridiculously themed dates. They have to be faking it... am I right?! Not the best way to start off your relationship. However I guess allowing your bf to kiss you and twenty other girls at the same time probably isn't the exact definition of morals.

All I am saying is that if a guy surprised me with a flag football date I sure as hell would not be jumping for joy! Have you ever heard of brunch, a walk in the park, wine tasting!? I guess its a good thing I'm not planning on signing up any time soon. This house cat wouldn't make it through the first group date!

I feel so much better getting that off of my chest! And I'm gonna feel even better sharing this delicious recipe with you! So completely switching gears...



Wanna know how to have a successful Whole30? Well I couldn't tell ya. I have failed three times now. I always get to about day 16 and then eat a taco... and drink a marg... and have a brownie! Oops! But I will say that one things that I have learned that is a must is having delicious sauces on hand!

For me sauces are worth the energy! And this one takes about 2 min! (not counting the roasting time of the garlic) You will want to slather this on everything! I do! I make this once a week now its so good!



Roasted Garlic Aioli

1 Head of Roasted Garlic
1 Egg Room Temp (this is v important)
1 Cup Avocado Oil
1 Splash Red Wine Vinegar
1 Teaspoon Mustard Powder
Juice of 1/2 a Lemon
Salt and Pepper to Taste

Put all ingredients in a tall mason jar (make sure that mouth of the jar is large enough for your immersion blender to fit). Put the immersion blender directly over the egg yolk. Turn immersion blender on and slowly lift it up. The liquid will quickly change consistency and become aioli.



Enjoy!

xx, Prosecco and Projects

DIY Cucumber Rose Eye Masks

I am so obsessed with the spa! There is nowhere I would rather spend my days then at the spa getting a facial and sipping cucumber mint water. But lets be real, my bank account doesn't allow for me to go as often as I would like (which is every weekend). So, I have decided to bring the spa home!



There are so many reasons why I love these Cucumber Rose Eye Masks but the number one reason is that I know exactly what is in them! Have you ever looked at what is in your masks before? Don't bother because you wont even be able to read it = chemicals! Something that is nourishing for your skin should not be filled with chemicals.

Now I will be the first to tell you that I am not perfect! The makeup and facial products that I use are not all chemical free and probably never will be but I am going to start moving in that direction and I am starting with these!

Lets talk a little bit about the benefits of cucumber- they contain antioxidants which will help with visible signs of aging! Sign me up! I don't need to hear anymore... jk! The alpha hydroxy acids in cucumbers help make skin brighter and firm, smooth, and tone your skin. They also help destroy free radicals on the skin. Also, they help with inflammation which will help rid the bags under your eyes! I mean the list goes on!

On to the rose water- it helps maintain oils and balance your skins PH level. It helps hydrate your skin and aids in healing scars, cuts, and wounds (acne!). Rosewater helps regenerate your skin cells! And as a bonus the scent of the rosewater is a mood booster!

Its safe to say that this combo is a total power couple in the skincare world! Obviously Beyonce is the rosewater and Jay-Z is the cucumber! Ok, thats a little weird but you get it!

DIY Cucumber Rose Eye Masks-

Half of a cucumber
One Ounce of Rose Water
Cotton Pads

Cut the cotton pads into half moon shapes. You will need quite a few! Blend the cucumber and rose water in a blender until liquified. Then put the mixture into a bowl. Let the cotton pads soak in the bowl with the cucumber rosewater mixture. Squeeze them out and then soak again. This helps the product really get in there! Store them in a glass container in your freezer. Let them thaw for about 5-10 min prior to use! Apply the soaked pads under your eyes and let them sit for about 15 minutes! 



xx, Prosecco and Projects
Thursday, January 11, 2018

Nourishing Bone Broth w/ All the Mix-Ins

I am sure it is no surprise to you guys when I tell you that I have been sick for the last three weeks! I've only been whining about it on social media every single day! But I'm not alone here! I feel like everyone I know has been sick lately! I HATE IT!



Since we are all so germy I felt it necessary to share my #1 get well quick fix! Bone broth! I drink bone broth frequently when I'm not sick... a couple times a week but when I am sick I drink it everyday! I love to have take it to go and sip on it on my drive to work or add an avocado in it for lunch! When I am sick though I have it daily! I find it to be the most nourishing drink ever! Especially at night!

Imagine yourself cozy on the couch, The Bachelor is playing, your fat orange cat is snuggled up near by and you are sipping a soul soothing mug of bone broth... oh wait thats basically been my life every single night lately! How great is it though!? Go for it! I dare you!

I love warming up a mug of bone broth and add tons of mix ins to it at night. A little night cap if you will. It really soothes the soul! And I add every healing powder/ingredient you can think of! It tastes like heaven and kinda puts you in a warm and fuzzy trance right before bed!

Lets talk about the benefits really quick! Research has shown that bone broth can help with the following-
  • Heal Leaky Gut
  • Overcome food intolerance and allergies
  • Improve joint health
  • Reduce cellulite and improve skin health
  • Boosting the immune system
Bone broth helps heal the immune system! See ya later germs! It is also full of collagen! You all know how I feel about that! Sign me up! There are so many amazing benefits to drinking it! Not to mention it tastes delicious! 

My favorite bone broth is Kettle and Fire! I love this BB for so many reasons! The biggest being the delicious flavor! I find that other bone broth brands are lacking in flavor and seem a bit bland. Kettle and Fire is soooo yummy! I also love that it is made with all organic ingredients, is slow simmered for over 10 hours, and there are no hormones, antibiotics, or artificial ingredients! Its just all goodness!

On to the fun part now! I'll take my bone broth with Turmeric, Garlic, Ginger, Lemon Juice, Black Pepper, Chili Flakes and Himalayan Pink Salt! Not extra at all! Whatevs! You have to try it!



Nourishing Bone Broth-

Pinch of Chopped Garlic
Pinch of Grated Fresh Ginger
Juice of 1/2 a Lemon
Pinch of Black Pepper 
Pinch of Chili Flakes
Pinch of Himalayan Pink Salt

Fill mug with bone broth (just to get an accurate measurement of how much you will need). Pour bone broth into a small pot. Add all other ingredients. Simmer until hot! Pour back into the mug. Sip away! 

Enjoy! 

xx, Prosecco and Projects



Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Detox Salad w/ Prosecco Vinaigrette Ft. Intrepid Hearts

You guys I have a real treat for you today! And not like my usual treat... its not a brownie or a cookie! Its a guest post by Anna from Intrepid Hearts! She is sharing a delicious recipe with us today and it is so on brand! Its a Detox Salad with a Prosecco Vinaigrette! Sign me up! First a little bit about Anna! 

Anna is actively pursuing a personal state of Chidananda, a state of blissful consciousness, through the incorporation of an organic diet, yoga, meditation, and continuous education.  Earning her B.S. in Nutritional Science from The Pennsylvania State University expanded her understanding of what is takes to balance a healthy, active lifestyle even while traveling,  which she does constantly and is always on the move to her next destination. Anna has a dare to be different approach to her personal style and asks herself, too much or never enough? Always concluding with the latter. Her extensive experience with a clean lifestyle, along with world travels and culinary arts allow her to provide a unique perspective to co-create the free spirited vision of Intrepid Hearts.  
Anna makes up one-half of the blog, Intrepid hearts. A wanderlusting world of two creative gypsy souls set to enlighten, inspire and cultivate a powerful community of wellness centered women.Follow Gigi and Anna to discover the modern girl’s guide to living an alternative and fashionable life.

New year, new you, right? Well we all like to set great intentions for ourselves in the New Year, but sometimes set our sights a little too high and don’t end up committing. The only way to see real life changes in 2018 is to take small steps  towards creating a lifestyle change that will sustain your healthy journey throughout the year. Mindfully eating a beautifying detox salad for lunch is the perfect way to take a step in the right direction and to ease the transition spritz some Prosecco Vinaigrette on top! 

This easy detox salad can be prepped in advance for a delicious, healthy lunch that will help keep you on track and allow you to still enjoy some indulgences with friends on the weekends! Don’t let the party stop and top your salad with this bubbly, sparkling and so on brand Prosecco Vinaigrette! 




DETOX BENEFITS
KALE: High in Fiber, Vitamin A, C, K, B6
CABBAGE: Cruciferous veggies are loaded with fiber, phytochemicals and nutrients. Reasons why I love cabbage and 11 ways to prepare it here.  
CAULIFLOWER: Another cruciferous veggie is packed with anti-inflammatory and heart healthy properties that make it a great addition to a detox salad.  
FENNEL: Great for digestion fennel is rich in vitamin C and phytonutrients like anethole which can reduce inflammation. 
SEAWEED: I LOVE throwing some seaweed on my salads, soups, rice dishes. It is vibrantly high in minerals and nutrients like iodine, folate, calcium, magnesium and zinc. Dulse and Nori flakes can be easily found in the Asian or exotic foods section of your grocery store. 
SESAME SEEDS: High levels of zinc help support collagen production and these little seeds help lower blood pressure and reduce inflammation. 
HEMP SEEDS: Everyone knows we are obsessed with HEMP over at Intrepid Hearts  High in healthy Omega 3 fatty acids, protein, fiber. Always a great addition to help improve the health of any dish.  
CAYENNE : A sprinkle of spicy cayenne helps with circulation. So get the blood pumping and add some spice to your life. 




Detox Salad Ingredients 

1 bunch Kale
1/2 cup Shredded Cabbage
1/4 cup diced Fennel
1/2 cup Sliced Cauliflower 
1 Tablespoon Dulse Flakes (Nori, other seaweed) 
1 Tablespoon Sesame Seeds 
1 Tablespoon Hemp Seeds

Combine ingredients in a large salad bowl 

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop Prosecco Vinaigrette 

¼ cup Prosecco 
1 clove garlic, minced
1 small Shallot, minced 
2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 Tablespoons honey or maple syrup for vegans
½ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to taste 
Optional: Dash of Cayenne Pepper 

Whisk all ingredients except prosecco and spices. Add prosecco slowly and season with spices to taste. 




Enjoy! 
Monday, January 8, 2018

Jalapeno Popcorn

I am about to share with you my number one favorite snack! I love it so much that I almost don't want to share it. I'm sorry but its mine! I know, I know I cant keep things this good from you guys!


This Jalapeno Popcorn is so dangerous. Its one of those snacks that you end up eating the whole bowl of! It is the perfect combo of spicy, salty, and crunchy! Right up my alley. A feisty little snack if you will!

To be honest this popcorn was the only thing that I could think about last night while watching the Golden Globes. Well that and the fact that I feel so lucky to live in a world where women are starting to feel more comfortable expressing themselves! Comparable right? Jalapeno Popcorn = Women's Rights! Maybe not but I bet Oprah would love this snack!


One very important step that I want to point out is the combo of the ghee and butter. Don't skip this! Well you can if you really want but it wont taste as good. This combo makes it taste just like movie theater popcorn! Its my little secret. And now its yours too!

Jalapeno Popcorn-

1/3 cup Popcorn Kernels
1 Tablespoon Avocado Oil
2 Tablespoons Ghee 
2 Tablespoons Butter 
1 Jalapeno

In a small sauce pan melt butter and ghee. Cut the jalapeno in half. Put the jalapeno in the melted butter and let simmer for about 10 min or until popcorn is done. While the jalapeno butter is simmering put the avocado oil in a large pot on medium/high heat. Add popcorn kernels and put the lid on the pot. Let the popcorn pop until there is about 3 seconds in between hearing a pop. You will feel it when its done. Add half of the popcorn to a bowl and drizzle half of the jalapeno butter over the top. Sprinkle with salt. Repeat this step with the remaining popcorn and butter. 



Enjoy! 

xx, Prosecco and Projects


Friday, January 5, 2018

DIY Honey Turmeric Face Mask

Like many women my age, I spent waaaaay too much time in the sun when I was younger! To be honest I feel like I am really paying for it now. I have a few small age spots that drive me crazy! I wish that I was as educated then in sun protection as I am now but whats done is done. Well kind of...




Turmeric is really having a moment right now! I mean it has been for a while and I can see why! There are so many benefits that turmeric provides. One being that it reduces the appearance of age spots! I am your guinea pig here. I have been using this mask twice a week for a month and have noticed a change in the visibility of my spots!

Turmeric also has anti-inflamatory properties- which we all love! Bye bye bloat! And it can also help reduce the visibility of scaring. So no more acne scars!



This mask is so easy to whip up and I am willing to bet that you have the ingredients laying around your kitchen already! Well there are only three so that increases my chances of being accurate but you get it!

DIY Honey Turmeric Face Mask-

1 Teaspoon Turmeric
1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
2 Teaspoons Honey

Mix all ingredients in a small bowl. Apply to face and let sit for 10-15 min. Rinse with warm water!


xx, Prosecco and Projects

Thursday, January 4, 2018

DIY Cucumber Rose Eye Masks

I am so obsessed with the spa! There is nowhere I would rather spend my days then at the spa getting a facial and sipping cucumber mint water. But lets be real, my bank account doesn't allow for me to go as often as I would like (which is every weekend). So, I have decided to bring the spa home!



There are so many reasons why I love these Cucumber Rose Eye Masks but the number one reason is that I know exactly what is in them! Have you ever looked at what is in your masks before? Don't bother because you wont even be able to read it = chemicals! Something that is nourishing for your skin should not be filled with chemicals.

Now I will be the first to tell you that I am not perfect! The makeup and facial products that I use are not all chemical free and probably never will be but I am going to start moving in that direction and I am starting with these!

Lets talk a little bit about the benefits of cucumber- they contain antioxidants which will help with visible signs of aging! Sign me up! I don't need to hear anymore... jk! The alpha hydroxy acids in cucumbers help make skin brighter and firm, smooth, and tone your skin. They also help destroy free radicals on the skin. Also, they help with inflammation which will help rid the bags under your eyes! I mean the list goes on!

On to the rose water- it helps maintain oils and balance your skins PH level. It helps hydrate your skin and aids in healing scars, cuts, and wounds (acne!). Rosewater helps regenerate your skin cells! And as a bonus the scent of the rosewater is a mood booster!

Its safe to say that this combo is a total power couple in the skincare world! Obviously Beyonce is the rosewater and Jay-Z is the cucumber! Ok, thats a little weird but you get it!

DIY Cucumber Rose Eye Masks-

Half of a cucumber
One Ounce of Rose Water
Cotton Pads

Cut the cotton pads into half moon shapes. You will need quite a few! Blend the cucumber and rose water in a blender until liquified. Then put the mixture into a bowl. Let the cotton pads soak in the bowl with the cucumber rosewater mixture. Squeeze them out and then soak again. This helps the product really get in there! Store them in a glass container in your freezer. Let them thaw for about 5-10 min prior to use! Apply the soaked pads under your eyes and let them sit for about 15 minutes! 



xx, Prosecco and Projects
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Mini Sweet Potato and Ham Frittata

There are two types of people in this world. Those who love eggs and those who hate them. I used to be the later. I thought they were so gross until I realized that they are the perfect healthy vehicle for other foods. Like avocado! Now I am obsessed!



I am doing Whole30 this month for the 3rd time and something I have learned is that eggs are your bff on this program! When doing W30 you will find yourself putting eggs on everything. They are just such a quick source of protein and they keep you feeling full.

The thing that I love about these mini frittatas is that they are perfect for on the go. They are the size of a muffin so they are the perfect size to just toss in a ziplock and go. I make a batch of these every Sunday and they last for a few days. They are so hearty and delicious on their own or great with avo (duh!) and hot sauce! Another bonus is that there is no dairy in this recipe, but they are so savory you don't even miss it!

Sweet potatoes and ham are a power couple in the food world. This combo is seriously perfection. The sweet from the potato and the salty flavor from the ham are a match made in heaven. I don't think I need to do any further convincing so on to the recipe!



Mini Sweet Potato and Ham Frittata-

1 Sweet Potato
1 Cup of Ham
8 eggs 
Salt and Pepper

Cut sweet potatoes and ham into small cubes. Cook the sweet potatoes in a pan on the stove top with a bit of ghee until slightly soft. While the sweet potatoes are cooking pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Whip up eggs in a glass container with a spout (this makes pouring easy). Spray a muffin tin with coconut oil or ghee spray. Pour eggs evenly in muffin tins about 2/3 full. Add a spoonful of each the potatoes and ham. Sprinkle each one with salt and pepper. Bake until eggs are completely set. About 20 min. 

How easy was that! Now you have breakfast for the next few days. I also feel like this would be a great family recipe because you aren't limited to mix ins. You could make a bunch of different things and then let everyone choose what they want in theirs! Go crazy!



xx, Prosecco and Projects 
Monday, January 1, 2018

AM Beauty Tonic

Lets talk morning routines... I am the type of person that has to have routine in my life. Not just in the mornings but every second! This is probably another topic for another time but I just wanted you to know that I do the exact same thing everyday! There is a point here I swear! Now for a confession...



Hi, my name is Morgan and I am addicted to coffee (the first step is admitting that you have a problem, right?). Or I thought I was addicted to coffee. It turns out I am addicted to the routine of making coffee and the time that I take to enjoy it.

I made this discovery when I was sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. I have heard people say so many times that the first thing you put in your body everyday is the most important. It makes complete sense right. Like why is the first thing that I ingest everyday caffeine and sugar. SOS!

So I put an end to it and decided that if I do nothing else, I will commit to having a healthy tonic every morning. Like I may have pizza for lunch but at least I got the good stuff in first. And I really go for it. I'm not just having lemon water. While that is a step in the right direction I went full force.

AM Beauty Tonic-

Hot Water
Juice of 1/2 of a Lemon
1 Scoop of Collagen
1 Tablespoon of Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar 

Mix all ingredients in your favorite mug. 



Now lets break down each ingredient... 

Lemon- helps flush out your digestive system and hydrate your body.


Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar- lowers your blood sugar, helps with weight loss, improves heart health, promotes healthy detoxification of the liver, the list goes on here! 

I am not going to lie, the first few days I really missed my coffee but mostly I think my body just missed the sugar. Stupid sugar. After I got over that I felt one million times better. I didn't have that afternoon crash anymore. I didn't have brain fog. I was hooked.

Let me be clear, I still drink coffee. Just after I have had this first! 

So go make yourself a beauty tonic and thank me later! 

xx, Prosecco and Projects