Sugar Is As Addictive As Cocaine!

 

It’s amazing to see how the lives of American’s have changed over the years. Sugar has really made a dramatic impact in the lives of so many and yet it is still increasing to this day. I believe water has been slowly down played and unfortunately in many places, it is cheaper to buy soda rather then a bottle of water! How ridiculous is that? How do we expect our children, our future, to grow up healthy and live long and happy lives if all they see is sugary drinks? My own personal experience, with energy drinks and sodas for example, was after drinking a couple a day for about a year, I ended up developing heart issues. I slowly developed a heart murmur and a few other issues as well. After a few months of weening myself off of energy drinks and sodas, I found that my chest pains went away, I could breathe easier, run further, and even sleep much better.

 

Now, I’m not a doctor but I can say for sure that I noticed a difference once I got myself off those drinks. If you suffer from any of those issues I mentioned, you may want to look into doing what I did and ween yourself off over a few months. Maybe even just lower your intake to 1 soda a day or 1 every 2 days. Another great suggestion would be if you do ween yourself to a low amount, is to drink water between sodas. Lots of water.

 

Anyways, check out this infographic I found at graphs.net made for onlinenursingprograms.com. It is hard to not be amazed at the statistics shown. Enjoy!

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Delicious Slushy Machines! Shop With Us Today!

Summer is approaching and Slushy Machines are an awesome investment for cooling yourself down in the summer! Try out some of these ice machines on the CFS website by clicking on the image. slushi     alfa_abb2   alfa_afcm2   =   slushys slushi    frozen drinksFrozen drinks are awesome and delicious! Check out our Pinterest page; http://www.pinterest.com/consolidatedfs/frozen-drinks-are-my-thing/ for more creative and interesting ideas for frozen drinks!

Easter Supper Drink Classics

Classic Dry Martini

1 Martini

(Note: You can also switch up vodkas and use a favored vodka to spice up your drink) 

- 1 and 1/2 Vodka of choice

- 3/4 Vermouth

-3 Olives

Directions

- Pour ingredients into shaker with ice

-Shake it not stir

-Strain into iced Classic Martini glass

-Put olives on tooth pick and place into cocktail

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Whiskey Lemon Sour

1 Whiskey Lemon Sour

-1 Lemon wedge/1 slice of Lemon

-Finely chopped sugar

-1/4 cup Whiskey/or Bourbon

-3 tbsp of Lemon juice

-1 tsp sugar

-ice cubes

Directions

Place mixes into drink and stir.

Put sugar on rim and place lemon on edge of glass for a garnish or into the drink for more flavor.

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After Dinner Root beer Float Drink – Goes well with dessert!

Root Beer Floats/Easter Bunny Hop Drink

- 7 Ounces bourbon cream

-1 Cup Vanilla ice cream

-3-4 bottles/cans of root beer (preferably Barks or A&W)

Serves up to 5 glasses (Depending on size of glass)

Directions

Serve with cold glasses by placing them in the freezer for about 20 minutes.

Mix ingredients together and put them into the glasses and then pour root beer ontop.

Serve as soon as possible with an optional straw or long spoon.

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Easter Peep Drink Ideas!

Easter is right around the corner and if you are going to be celebrating the holiday, I recommend you try out these cute cocktail recipes that are delicious;

The cutest way to spice up your Easter drinks are to add “peeps” to the garnishes of your drinks.

Here are some photos from Pinterest/Drink Recipes that will allow you to add creativity to your Easter Drinks!

Peep Drink Ideas

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Homemade Peeps

Peep Straws

Peep Straws

Peep Martini

Peep Martini

Peep Vodka

Peep Vodka

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Peep Straw

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Side Peep Garnish

peep milkshake

Peep Milkshake

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Peep Mixed Drinks

check out my Pinterest account for all sorts of cool Easter Ideas; http://www.pinterest.com/consolidatedfs/easter-is-right-around-the-corner/

Informative Infographic on Ways to Fight Food Spending!

Food prices over the years have increased significantly and as we all know food is not getting any cheaper.  This infographic that bankrate.com has produced gives specific details on the inflation increases on certain food produce and is extremely informative.  It gives helpful hints on the rise within food groups and also gives hints on budgeting your food costs.

Helpful tips that I got out of the article:

  • Couponing
  • Buy food that is in season
  • Buy frozen foods as much as possible
  • compare weight on items
  • Do not pay for packaging
  • Visit your local farmer market

I hope this infographic gives you a little bit more information on food inflation and how to prevent food costs from hurting your pocket.  These are just some helpful hints when it comes down to lower your food costs and decrease your produce spending!

Cute Spring Ideas for Ice Cubes

Spicing up your drink is always a cute idea and a fun way to liven up your drink.  Adding an additional little something to your ice cube tray will go a long way to the creativity of your drink.  I have a couple ideas for fun ice cube ideas that will make your drink unique and is a awesome way to personalize your drink at events, company get-togethers or special events.

Flavored Ice Cubes

Ingredients and Tools

1 or 2 ice cube trays

1/2 a cup of water

A handful of Strawberry/Lemon/Blueberry/Orange/Raspberry/Cherry/Kiwi/Watermelon/Grape/Pineapple (to name a few)

Also;

You can add your favorite candy into the mix as well.

You can add your favorite soft drink, juice or alcohol to spice up the flavor of your ice cube.

lemon ice cubesStrawberry Ice Cube(you can also mix and match)

Hint: These ice cubes can also be a low carb healthy snack as well once the ice cubes are thawed.

Also; You can grind the fruit before you placing them into ice trays so they melt within your drink.

Checkout more creative ideas on our pinterest account:  http://www.pinterest.com/consolidatedfs/ice-cube-frozen-water/

My Two Traditional Easter Dinner Dishes That I Would Suggest You Try!

Ham and Lamb are one of the top two dishes that are served for Easter dinner. My two recipe suggestions for Easter Dinner would be; Delectable Honey Glazed Ham & Delightful Roasted Rack of Lamb.

Recipe for Delectable Honey Glazed Ham Recipe

  • 6-7 pound Ham of choice (pre-cooked)
  • 2 1/2 cups of preferred Honey
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)

Oven directions/Recipe Directions:

  1. Oven needs to be preheated to 325 degrees
  2. Base pan that Ham will sit in with butter or place tin foil in pan
  3. Put basting ingredients in microwave for approximately 30 seconds -1 minute
  4. Brush ingredients over ham (to taste)
  5. Put in oven for about 1 hour and 20 minutes
  6. Baste Ham every 30 minutes (to taste)
  7. Once removed let it sit for about 15 minutes

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and enjoy!

Delightful Roasted Rack of Lamb Recipe

  • 1 Rack of Lamb
  • Salt and Pepper (to taste)
  • 1/2 Fresh Lemon
  • 1 Teaspoon of Thyme
  • 2 Teaspoons of Rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 Clove of Garlic

Cooking Directions

  1. Mix together ingredients
  2. Using a brush bast your Lamb
  3. Coat the entire lamb
  4. Pre-heat oven to 450 Degrees
  5. Place rack of lamb in tin foil covered pan & place into oven
  6. Cook for about 20-25 depending on rareness preferred
  7. let sit for 2-3 minutes and serve

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and enjoy!

These are my two recipes that I would suggest for Easter dinner!  Both are perfect for Easter and are both delightfully delicious.  Neither of them take a significant amount of money nor time to prepare and are great for serving to your family during this time of year.  Hope you enjoy your Easter dinner!