Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Make your own Flavored Water

I'll get to the water in a minute.  Something very important happened last week.  My little man turned 2!

We celebrated his actual birthday on Thursday with these muffins but planned a party for Saturday with our family and a couple friends.  It seems like I am surrounded by parents who plan elaborate birthday parties for 30 toddlers plus their parents.  That's not how we role.  My two year old is not going to enjoy himself any more surrounded by 29 other kids he barely knows.  In fact he would probably freak out- and so would I.  We are so blessed to live close to a lot of my family.  My parents, aunts and uncles, and brother and sister-in-law are all an active part of the kids lives. Because of this we like to have everyone get together for the kids birthdays.  We don't have bounce houses, petting zoos or clowns.  But we did have a piñata.

Did you know they make pinatas these days with pull strings so that all the kids can help open it?  I keep forgetting and accidentally bought one (again). We don't believe in pulling the strings- we like to beat the thing out of the tree.

Aidric's little birthday shindig was supposed to go down at the beach. Unfortunately the forecast called for more torrential rain so we had to move our beach party to my brother and sister-in-law's house (they are saints). 

I planned some tasty beach-friendly food for our bruch party. And what better to drink in sweltering weather at the beach? How about some refreshing fruity water.  We don't do bottled juice or soda at our house but I saw this on pinterest and thought it would be an awesome alternative for guests. 

Since we didn't head to the beach I didn't make these for the party.  I did make them once I got home though.  They are great to help you up your water intake or as a treat for the kids.  I can't tell you how much Dakota and Aidric wanted to drink this immediately! Nothing like a little fruit to motivate the kids to drink their water.

Flavored water is beyond easy to make.  Some fruit, herbs and water and you are good to go. The flavor possibilities are only limited by your access to fresh fruits and herbs!  I kept these flavors simple this time around but I'll be getting creative this summer and enjoying a refreshing change of pace from plain water!

Make your own Flavored Water

Wash fruit thoroughly and slice as thinly as possible.

Add desired fruit and herbs (1/2-1 cup) to a jar and cover with filtered water.

Refrigerate overnight or for a couple hours and serve.

These were so refreshing!

My flavors:
Strawberry Basil

Citrus- orange, lemon, lime

Cucumber Sage

Nectarine Mint

 I plan on keeping a jar in my fridge all summer long!

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