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Stars Get Healthy for March Madness Slideshow

Stars Get Healthy for March Madness Slideshow

Derrick Nix, Michigan State

Michigan State is back in the top 10 and the emergence of junior center Derrick Nix is a big reason why. In the past couple of years, Nix has probably made the biggest transformation in terms of appearance in all of college basketball he has shed close to 50 pounds. Nix came to East Lansing weighing almost 320 pounds and spent most of his first two seasons playing limited minutes simply because he couldn't last more than that without gasping for air. Nix gave up his favorite dinner meal, Little Caesar's pizza, and completely changed his lifestyle. This season, he has been an imposing 270-pound force for the Spartans and has more than doubled his playing time, averaging almost 20 minutes per game. He's certainly one to watch in the next couple weeks of madness.

Fab Melo, Syracuse

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As a highly touted freshman last season, the Brazilian seven-footer was labeled a bust as he spent most of the year on the bench for Jim Boeheim's Orangemen. Melo recommitted himself during the offseason, though, as he changed his diet to shed weight and focused on improving his endurance. It has paid off big time this season Melo has emerged as Syracuse's defensive anchor and leader, averaging more than three blocks and five rebounds per game. Thanks to Melo's commitment in the offseason to getting healthy, Syracuse is rolling into March Madness as the number two team in the country.

Mike Scott, Virginia

Fifth-year senior Mike Scott has the surprising Virginia Cavaliers back near the top of the ACC, averaging more than 17 points and eight rebounds per game. Last year, a season-ending injury nearly derailed Scott's career. During his recovery, Scott got lazy and developed some questionable eating habits, including frequent meals of microwaved Krispy Kreme doughnuts and vanilla ice cream. Luckily, Virginia head coach Tony Bennett stepped in and arranged a series of meetings with Virginias nutritionist for Scott. By eating much healthier during the offseason, Scott shed the weight he had put on while recovering from his injury and came back for his final season stronger than ever, and it has certainly paid off.

Jared Sullinger, Ohio State

When Ohio State played on the road last year, Sullinger would constantly get heckled by rival fans about his weight. As a freshman phenom for the top-ranked Buckeyes, Sullinger weighed more than 280 pounds. To get ready for this season, Sullinger cut out many of his usual favorites from his diet, like burgers and fries from McDonald's and Wendy's, and replaced them with healthy Subway sandwiches. He also worked overtime on his conditioning. This year, weighing nearly 20 pounds less, Sullinger has the Buckeyes in the hunt for the National Title again. Averaging almost 17 points and 10 rebounds per game, he appears to be primed to lead his team to make a deep run in the tournament.

Jack Cooley, Notre Dame

Cooley spent his first few seasons in South Bend at the end of the bench. This year, though, Cooley has played like a new man, averaging over 12 points and nine rebounds per game and leading the Fighting Irish to a surprising 21-win season in the tough Big East conference. Again, an improvement in health was the cause for the transformation, but for Cooley it wasn't a new diet. Instead, he gave up video games. According to Cooley, he had become addicted to video games and wasn't focusing on eating right, sleeping, and working out, the essential routine for busy college athletes. It got so bad that Cooley had to tell his friend to take the video games away. Luckily for Notre Dame fans, Cooley is now focused on "reality" and is a player to watch in the coming weeks during March Madness.


Spiralized Potato Chips With Onion Dip (With Pictures)

Learn how to make your own healthy, spiralized potato chips with homemade creamy onion dip!

March Madness is in full swing and has sports fans everywhere on the edge of their seats. The college basketball tournament is looking to be one of the most exciting sporting events of the season and has already served up several thrilling underdog wins.

Of course, food is essential while watching these action-packed games on TV. John and the kids love potato chips, so we decided to make our own healthy chips at home with a mouthwatering creamy onion dip.

I got the idea to make these chips while I was using my Spiralizer from Paderno World Cuisine. This handy gadget lets you turn vegetables into noodle-like strands. My spiralizer comes with four different blades, but up until now I’d only used one of them to turn zucchini and sweet potatoes into spaghetti-thin noodles.

However, the other day I decided to experiment with the straight blade and discovered that it made a thick ribbon-like cut.


March Madness blog: Women’s tournament tips off amid inequity storm, Baylor Lady Bears make opening statement

During the weekend storm over unfairness toward NCAA women’s programs at March Madness, former Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw offered her two cents on the controversy.

“The fact that there are inequities in facilities, food, fan attendance and swag bags is not what bothers me,” McGraw tweeted. “What bothers me is that no one on the NCAA’s leadership team even noticed.”

The NCAA continues to face scrutiny on a number of fronts, including student-athlete compensation. It’s no surprise that women’s teams have felt the brunt of the impact.

McGraw also used the opportunity to connect the current discussion — which began when it was revealed how little weight-training equipment had been assigned to the women’s tournament in San Antonio, compared with the men’s setup in Indianapolis — with much broader issues.

“We don’t have enough female role models,” she added. “We don’t have enough visible women leaders. We don’t have enough women in power.”

The men’s March Madness tournament has shown over the years how large TV audiences can translate into increased funding and opportunities. With this year’s women’s tournament now in motion, we have the chance to see even more of the game’s best young talent for ourselves. Hopefully similar benefits lie ahead for them.

  • Good news Bears: In a display of offensive dominance not often seen at the college level, the No. 2-seeded Baylor Lady Bears ran Jackson State off the court on Sunday, 101-52. The Bears went 11 deep into their rotation, getting offensive production from every player who saw minutes. Fast-break aficionado and mid-range specialist Moon Ursin hit a career-high 24 points in the win. Jackson State, seeded 15th, was held to 31 per cent from the field on the night and made just two of 19 three-point attempts thanks to the Bears’ suffocating defence.
  • Welcome back: In another Sunday afternoon matchup, the sixth-seeded Michigan Wolverines welcomed back star guard Leigha Brown after a 35-day absence under COVID health and safety protocols. Brown dropped 28 points in an 87-66 win over No. 11 Florida Gulf Coast. The Michigan junior missed much of the first half because of foul trouble, then exploded in the third quarter. “I wanted to come out in the second (half) and be aggressive,” Brown said. “I think when I’m doing that, it opens up things for the rest of the team.”
  • Orange crush: In the men’s tournament, the No. 3 West Virginia Mountaineers were up against it from the start in the second round against No. 11 Syracuse, led by Buddy Boeheim’s perimeter assault. West Virginia turned the ball over 11 times in the first 15 minutes of a 75-72 loss in Indianapolis, thanks to the Orange’s patented 2-3 zone defence.

After Friday night’s opening win over San Diego State, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim talked about his defensive tactics, and the art of surprise.

“It’s a little bit more difficult to play against a zone when you don’t see one all year,” he told reporters. “That’s one thing that’s probably helped us as we get into the tournaments the last few years. Most teams don’t see a zone all year.”

The Montaineers led by a point with 10 minutes left on Sunday, beating that zone defence for a 9-0 run, but couldn’t maintain it to avoid the upset.


Celebrate Spring with These Seasonal Cocktails

There’s no better way to shed your winter layers and ease into spring than with a delicious cocktail. These springy drinks will have you refreshed and ready to hit the garden or even the beach. We’ve rounded up options that are warm and comforting, as well as citrus-infused and fresh. Whatever you like, you’ll find something to help you celebrate spring.

Field of Flowers

Matthew Dress, the mixologist at Florie’s in Palm Beach, created a drink that’s perfect for lounging beachside. This drink is perfectly crisp thanks to the mint, and has an aromatic kick from the lavender and butterfly pea extract. (Read up on edible flowers for garnishing ideas.)

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 ounces of vodka
  • 1 ounce of lavender syrup
  • 1/2 ounce of amaro
  • 3/4 ounce of lemon juice
  • 8 mint leaves
  • 3 drops of butterfly pea extract

Instructions:

  1. Combine all of the ingredients except for the Prosecco into a shaking tin and mix.
  2. Strain into a martini glass.
  3. Add in a splash of Prosecco.

B'lure Flower Extract, $13.99 on Amazon

Easier (but more expensive) than making your own butterfly pea flower extract.

There’s Something About Rosemary

Meg Farrell, a mixologist from the restaurant Emily in the West Village, created this citrus-filled cocktail that is as refreshing as it is beautiful. With grapefruit, lemon, rosemary, and elderflower, this drink is the perfect mix of floral and citrus.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 ounces of rosemary vodka
  • 1/2 ounces of lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounces of grapefruit juice
  • 1/4 ounces of luxardo
  • 1/4 ounces of elderflower shake

Instructions:

  1. Combine in a shaking tin.
  2. Strain over ice.
  3. Top with sparkling water.
  4. Garnish with a rosemary sprig.

Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur at Total Wine (price varies)

An Italian cherry liqueur.

Belvoir Elderflower Cordial at Total Wine (price varies)

A fresh and floral cordial.

No Way Rosé

Claudia Sidoti, Head Chef at HelloFresh, created this delicious rosé-based cocktail that is truly spring in a glass. It combines rosé with delicious, fresh fruit for a refreshing chilled drink.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle rosé wine
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 1/4 cup Pavan
  • 1/2–1 cup orange juice
  • 1 mango, cubed
  • 1 apple, cubed
  • 1 cup strawberries, sliced into quarters

Instructions:

  1. Add all of the wet ingredients together in a pitcher and stir to combine.
  2. Add the fruit, then continue stirring.
  3. Give it time to chill and then serve over ice.
  4. Add mint to garnish, as well as a splash of seltzer if you want.

Pavan at Total Wine (price varies)

Muscat grape liqueur with a touch of orange blossom.

Blueberry Blast

This cocktail from the restaurant Emmy Squared is spring in a glass. It’s topped off with blueberry ice cubes—or even a blueberry ice pop!

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 ounces simple syrup
  • 1/2 ounce wine tonic
  • 3/4 ounce of lemon
  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • Blueberry ice cubes

Instructions:

  1. Make blueberry ice cubes by mixing equal parts blueberry preserves and water. To make an ice pop, just toss in a stick before freezing.
  2. Shake with one blueberry ice cube and regular ice, double strain over more blueberry ice cubes.
  3. If you chose to make a blueberry ice pop, serve it in the finished drink.

Flower Shaped Silicone Molds, 3 for $8.99 on Amazon

Extend the floral theme with your ice cubes.

The Potted Plant

This cocktail from the Arlo Hotels just might have the cutest presentation on the list. Served from a terracotta planter, it contains a delicious coffee-flavored cocktail that will wake you up with its delicious flavor.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce of coffee liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce of freshly brewed espresso
  • 1/2 ounce of bitter amaro
  • 1/4 ounce of rosemary syrup
  • 1 ounce of gin

Instructions:

  1. Combine ingredients in a shaking tin.
  2. Pour into a small plastic bag with ice. Close the bag except for a straw coming out of the top and nestle in a small terrracotta planter.
  3. Cover the bag with “dirt” made of coffee grounds and rosemary sprigs to make it look like they’re growing.

Historically Modern Designs Chai Mug, $15.57 on Amazon

Handcrafted clay mugs are also a nice choice for serving any drink.

Green Jacket

The Easy Bistro & Bar in Chattanooga, Tennessee, created this herbal, refreshing cocktail that has a gorgeous light green hue.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1/2 ounce of green Chartreuse
  • 1/2 ounce of thyme syrup
  • 1 lemon wedge
  • 1 lime wedge
  • 1 sprig of fresh thyme
  • sparkling water

Instructions:

  1. Combine all of the ingredients into a shaking tin and mix.
  2. Pour into glass and top with sparkling water.
  3. Garnish with an edible flower or a thyme sprig.

Green Chartreuse at Total Wine (price varies)

A classic herbal French liqueur.

Green Thumb

The Green Thumb from The Loyal in New York City is a spicy take on spring cocktails that will leave you pining for more. It features ginger, yuzu, and black pepper alongside lemon and gin for a very unique, tasty cocktail.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 ounces of gin
  • 1/4 ounces of yellow Chartreuse
  • 1/4 ounces of Suze
  • 1/2 ounces of ginger syrup
  • 1/2 yuzu
  • 1/4 lemon
  • 4 basil leaves
  • Twist of black pepper

Instructions:

  1. For the ginger syrup, add 2 parts cane sugar and 1 part ginger juice into a blender and mix until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Combine all of the ingredients into a shaking tin with ice.
  3. Double strain into a glass.
  4. Garnish with a basil leaf.

Suze at Total Wine (price varies)

A French spirit distilled from gentian.

Yellow Chartreuse at Total Wine (price varies)

The milder cousin to green Chartreuse.

Kelapa

Eileen Chiang, the beverage director at Wayan in New York City, created this warm, comforting cocktail that features coconut milk and nutmeg.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 ounces of rye whiskey
  • 1/2 ounces of rum
  • 1 ounce of coconut milk
  • 1/4 ounce of simple syrup
  • 1/4 ounce of lime juice
  • toasted coconut for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Combine ingredients into a shaker tin with ice.
  2. Rim a glass with toasted coconut.
  3. Strain over ice.
  4. Grate fresh nutmeg on top.

Lava Lava Rocks

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The M.A.C. 24/7 Restaurant and Bar inside the Hilton on Waikiki Beach makes this delicious Lava Lava Rocks cocktail that you’ll want to make all the time. With pineapple, strawberry, and pina colada mix, you’ll totally feel like you’re sitting on the beach.

Ingredients:

  • 1 fresh strawberry
  • 1 inch sliced banana
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 ounce pina colada mix
  • 2 ounces of pineapple juice

Instructions:

  1. Add the vodka, muddled strawberries, banana, pina colada mix and pineapple juice into a shaking tin and mix.
  2. Pour into a pilsner glass.
  3. Garnish with a strawberry and an orchid.

Edible Micro Orchids, $14 on Etsy

These mini orchids are beautiful garnishes for tropical drinks and desserts.

Marg Madness

  • 2 ounces jalapeño-infused tequila
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1 ounce fresh carrot juice
  • 3/4 ounces light agave nectar
  • orange or grapefruit slices
  • coarse kosher salt (optional: mix with cayenne and chipotle powder for extra heat)
  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and add ice. Shake vigorously for about 10 seconds.
  2. Strain over fresh ice in a salt-rimmed cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.
  3. For the salt rim, moisten the rim of the glass with a freshly sliced orange or grapefruit and dip in coarse kosher salt (which may be seasoned with cayenne and chipotle powder to taste). Be careful to coat only the outside of the glass.

Tanteo Jalapeno Tequila at Total Wine (price varies)

Add a little spice to your life (and your cocktail).

Read More: The Best Cocktail Books for Your Home Bar

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A Taste of the Plains

Whether it was spent partying at the beach or chilling at home, spring break is–sadly–over.

A moment of silence, please.

Now, let’s be honest. Be it from drinking too much, going a little overboard on fast food or just over-doing it on Mom’s cooking, most of us probably lost sight of that New Year’s resolution over break.

We may be past the spring break-bod chase, but summer is coming fast. Swimsuits aside, eating a little better can make a big difference in how you feel.

Luckily, there are a few affordable places here in Auburn that can help you get back on track in the health department. Take a look at a few of my favorites:

Fresh salads, soups and sandwiches make this place popular. My personal favorite is the Thai chopped chicken salad–the peanut sauce that comes with it is to die for! And for those of us looking to watch the calorie-intake, Panera provides nutritional information next to each item on the menu. (And also on it’s website).

This part is a little bit of a win-lose. You feel great about your salad, but then you know how many calories that bagel you had this morning really contains.

My rule is to save the bakery items for special occasions. Maybe it’s the southern girl in me, but I feel that a good grade, getting that job or finishing a tough week at school merits a quality treat.

This downtown pita shop is basically a Subway with cooler options (sorry Subway, you’re still the sub king). You can choose a meat and sauce to be cooked on the flat top, add any or all of the fresh veggies you like and choose between a whole wheat or white pita.

There’s also the option of making your pita “fork-style,” which puts all of the sandwich fixin’s of your choice onto a bed of lettuce and cuts out the carbs. Voila! The best salad ever.

Go to the Pita Pit website to “Build a Pita” and see the nutrition information for your creation.

This just-opened gem is located in the new strip between CVS and Barbecue House on South College Street. On of the Mediterranean Diet? Well, get your greek-food fix at this fast-casual eatery.

As a chain, the menu at Taziki’s is pretty standard at all locations. It features appetizers, soups, salads, wraps, entrees and more–all ready in a matter of minutes.

The hummus with baked, seasoned pita is an excellent starter to share with a few friends. It tastes incredibly fresh and puts packaged hummus to shame (sorry, Tribe Roasted Red Pepper).

My favorite meal is the mediterranean salad. It’s full of chickpeas, roasted red peppers, feta cheese and other goodies. On top of all that, it comes in at under 400 calories! (Did I mention that Taziki’s provides nutritional information, too?)

These are just three of my personal favorites. A few honorable mentions go to Smoothie King, Earth Fare, Moe’s Southwest Grill (with a few modifications) and good old Subway.

So let’s get back on that healthy-eating bandwagon and fight the post-spring break slump. Are there any good locations that I missed? Comment with your favorites.


Celebrate Spring with These Seasonal Cocktails

There’s no better way to shed your winter layers and ease into spring than with a delicious cocktail. These springy drinks will have you refreshed and ready to hit the garden or even the beach. We’ve rounded up options that are warm and comforting, as well as citrus-infused and fresh. Whatever you like, you’ll find something to help you celebrate spring.

Field of Flowers

Matthew Dress, the mixologist at Florie’s in Palm Beach, created a drink that’s perfect for lounging beachside. This drink is perfectly crisp thanks to the mint, and has an aromatic kick from the lavender and butterfly pea extract. (Read up on edible flowers for garnishing ideas.)

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 ounces of vodka
  • 1 ounce of lavender syrup
  • 1/2 ounce of amaro
  • 3/4 ounce of lemon juice
  • 8 mint leaves
  • 3 drops of butterfly pea extract

Instructions:

  1. Combine all of the ingredients except for the Prosecco into a shaking tin and mix.
  2. Strain into a martini glass.
  3. Add in a splash of Prosecco.

B'lure Flower Extract, $13.99 on Amazon

Easier (but more expensive) than making your own butterfly pea flower extract.

There’s Something About Rosemary

Meg Farrell, a mixologist from the restaurant Emily in the West Village, created this citrus-filled cocktail that is as refreshing as it is beautiful. With grapefruit, lemon, rosemary, and elderflower, this drink is the perfect mix of floral and citrus.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 ounces of rosemary vodka
  • 1/2 ounces of lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounces of grapefruit juice
  • 1/4 ounces of luxardo
  • 1/4 ounces of elderflower shake

Instructions:

  1. Combine in a shaking tin.
  2. Strain over ice.
  3. Top with sparkling water.
  4. Garnish with a rosemary sprig.

Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur at Total Wine (price varies)

An Italian cherry liqueur.

Belvoir Elderflower Cordial at Total Wine (price varies)

A fresh and floral cordial.

No Way Rosé

Claudia Sidoti, Head Chef at HelloFresh, created this delicious rosé-based cocktail that is truly spring in a glass. It combines rosé with delicious, fresh fruit for a refreshing chilled drink.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle rosé wine
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 1/4 cup Pavan
  • 1/2–1 cup orange juice
  • 1 mango, cubed
  • 1 apple, cubed
  • 1 cup strawberries, sliced into quarters

Instructions:

  1. Add all of the wet ingredients together in a pitcher and stir to combine.
  2. Add the fruit, then continue stirring.
  3. Give it time to chill and then serve over ice.
  4. Add mint to garnish, as well as a splash of seltzer if you want.

Pavan at Total Wine (price varies)

Muscat grape liqueur with a touch of orange blossom.

Blueberry Blast

This cocktail from the restaurant Emmy Squared is spring in a glass. It’s topped off with blueberry ice cubes—or even a blueberry ice pop!

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 ounces simple syrup
  • 1/2 ounce wine tonic
  • 3/4 ounce of lemon
  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • Blueberry ice cubes

Instructions:

  1. Make blueberry ice cubes by mixing equal parts blueberry preserves and water. To make an ice pop, just toss in a stick before freezing.
  2. Shake with one blueberry ice cube and regular ice, double strain over more blueberry ice cubes.
  3. If you chose to make a blueberry ice pop, serve it in the finished drink.

Flower Shaped Silicone Molds, 3 for $8.99 on Amazon

Extend the floral theme with your ice cubes.

The Potted Plant

This cocktail from the Arlo Hotels just might have the cutest presentation on the list. Served from a terracotta planter, it contains a delicious coffee-flavored cocktail that will wake you up with its delicious flavor.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce of coffee liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce of freshly brewed espresso
  • 1/2 ounce of bitter amaro
  • 1/4 ounce of rosemary syrup
  • 1 ounce of gin

Instructions:

  1. Combine ingredients in a shaking tin.
  2. Pour into a small plastic bag with ice. Close the bag except for a straw coming out of the top and nestle in a small terrracotta planter.
  3. Cover the bag with “dirt” made of coffee grounds and rosemary sprigs to make it look like they’re growing.

Historically Modern Designs Chai Mug, $15.57 on Amazon

Handcrafted clay mugs are also a nice choice for serving any drink.

Green Jacket

The Easy Bistro & Bar in Chattanooga, Tennessee, created this herbal, refreshing cocktail that has a gorgeous light green hue.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1/2 ounce of green Chartreuse
  • 1/2 ounce of thyme syrup
  • 1 lemon wedge
  • 1 lime wedge
  • 1 sprig of fresh thyme
  • sparkling water

Instructions:

  1. Combine all of the ingredients into a shaking tin and mix.
  2. Pour into glass and top with sparkling water.
  3. Garnish with an edible flower or a thyme sprig.

Green Chartreuse at Total Wine (price varies)

A classic herbal French liqueur.

Green Thumb

The Green Thumb from The Loyal in New York City is a spicy take on spring cocktails that will leave you pining for more. It features ginger, yuzu, and black pepper alongside lemon and gin for a very unique, tasty cocktail.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 ounces of gin
  • 1/4 ounces of yellow Chartreuse
  • 1/4 ounces of Suze
  • 1/2 ounces of ginger syrup
  • 1/2 yuzu
  • 1/4 lemon
  • 4 basil leaves
  • Twist of black pepper

Instructions:

  1. For the ginger syrup, add 2 parts cane sugar and 1 part ginger juice into a blender and mix until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Combine all of the ingredients into a shaking tin with ice.
  3. Double strain into a glass.
  4. Garnish with a basil leaf.

Suze at Total Wine (price varies)

A French spirit distilled from gentian.

Yellow Chartreuse at Total Wine (price varies)

The milder cousin to green Chartreuse.

Kelapa

Eileen Chiang, the beverage director at Wayan in New York City, created this warm, comforting cocktail that features coconut milk and nutmeg.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 ounces of rye whiskey
  • 1/2 ounces of rum
  • 1 ounce of coconut milk
  • 1/4 ounce of simple syrup
  • 1/4 ounce of lime juice
  • toasted coconut for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Combine ingredients into a shaker tin with ice.
  2. Rim a glass with toasted coconut.
  3. Strain over ice.
  4. Grate fresh nutmeg on top.

Lava Lava Rocks

Dylan Patrick Photography Inc.

The M.A.C. 24/7 Restaurant and Bar inside the Hilton on Waikiki Beach makes this delicious Lava Lava Rocks cocktail that you’ll want to make all the time. With pineapple, strawberry, and pina colada mix, you’ll totally feel like you’re sitting on the beach.

Ingredients:

  • 1 fresh strawberry
  • 1 inch sliced banana
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 ounce pina colada mix
  • 2 ounces of pineapple juice

Instructions:

  1. Add the vodka, muddled strawberries, banana, pina colada mix and pineapple juice into a shaking tin and mix.
  2. Pour into a pilsner glass.
  3. Garnish with a strawberry and an orchid.

Edible Micro Orchids, $14 on Etsy

These mini orchids are beautiful garnishes for tropical drinks and desserts.

Marg Madness

  • 2 ounces jalapeño-infused tequila
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1 ounce fresh carrot juice
  • 3/4 ounces light agave nectar
  • orange or grapefruit slices
  • coarse kosher salt (optional: mix with cayenne and chipotle powder for extra heat)
  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and add ice. Shake vigorously for about 10 seconds.
  2. Strain over fresh ice in a salt-rimmed cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.
  3. For the salt rim, moisten the rim of the glass with a freshly sliced orange or grapefruit and dip in coarse kosher salt (which may be seasoned with cayenne and chipotle powder to taste). Be careful to coat only the outside of the glass.

Tanteo Jalapeno Tequila at Total Wine (price varies)

Add a little spice to your life (and your cocktail).

Read More: The Best Cocktail Books for Your Home Bar

All featured products are curated independently by our editors. When you buy something through our retail links, we may receive a commission. For more great hand-picked products, check out the Chowhound Shop .


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Kristen Bell's Tea Drawer

Divide and Conquer Kitchen Drawers

Kristen Bell is a tea lover, so Jen Robin of Life in Jeneral used divider inserts to keep her stash neat. If you have an overcrowded drawer, think about which items are important to you &mdash lip balm, stamps, measuring tape? &mdash and then fill each compartment accordingly.

"We always say, don't be afraid to play around with it, it's like one big puzzle," Robin says. "It's okay if you don't get it right the first time, there are so many moving parts."


Three Recipes in One! (And How to Customize Them)

So, today’s recipe is really like three recipes in one (yay – bonus!). You’ve got three different flavor combos, all together in one pan. It looks pretty, and it’s fun at parties for guests to try different flavors and compare which ones they like best.

You often see baked party sandwiches like these made specifically as ham and swiss sliders, but over the years, I’ve tried out other combinations, until I ended up with three different options that we can’t do without.

So, you should definitely feel free to riff on the theme here – after all, that’s what I did! You could:

• Mix and match different types of meats and cheeses. When possible, though, we always recommend that you slash some calories and saturated fat by choosing reduced-fat cheeses, and that you look for natural, minimally processed lunch meats.

• Change up the delicious “Buttery Spreads.” Can’t find cranberry mustard for the Turkey and Cheddar spirals? Don’t like horseradish mustard? No worries – switch it up! Or, keep things super-simple and just use smooth Dijon mustard for all three. Trust me – still delicious!

• Double or triple the amounts for your favorite kinds. Love the Roast Beef and Provolone? Go ahead and make an entire pan filled with just those! Don’t like the Turkey and Cheddar as much as the Ham and Swiss? Then double up on a fave and ditch the other.

It’s really easy to adjust the quantities!

In fact, when I make baked sandwiches for big parties, I typically make an entire, separate pan of each kind (yep – three pans!). And people really do stand around tasting and munching and debating their favorites (great little party ice breaker, actually!).


Create a Challenge

Challenges can be created by anyone in the organization. Better buy-in results when everyone participates in generating ideas and has input into the selection process. Challenges can be done frequently or infrequently. However, consistency produces the best results and levels of participation.

Short duration challenges, e.g. one week or one month, are more focused and effective. If done on a monthly basis, a Challenge can last the entire month, or any portion of the month. With this approach, a new month starts a new Challenge. If you prefer more variety and less duration, Challenges can change weekly.


Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month Resources

August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month here at Prevent Blindness. You can help raise awareness of children’s vision and eye health as kids head back to school. Our key message is that healthy vision contributes to children’s school readiness, ability to learn, overall healthy development and ability to reach motor developmental milestones and that vision screening and eye care are essential components of a Strong Vision Health System of Care.

Please help us share these resources with colleagues and parents/caregivers:

As always, the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness is available for presentations, webinars, and technical assistance on the connection of vision to learning, the importance of early detection of vision conditions, and evidence-based vision screening methods and tools.

For more information about the National Center or the resources described here, contact Donna Fishman, MPH at [email protected]