When it’s cold and flu season nothing is more comforting than a hot drink to soothe your throat and open up your sinuses. The Starbucks Medicine Ball Tea, also known as the Coldbuster, is a hot drink that does just that.

Medicine ball: Half hot lemonade, half hot water, peach tranquility tea, jade citrus mint tea, 2 tbsp. honey. Miracle cold cure every time. You’re welcome.

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Hemingway Special

March 9, 2021

The Hemingway Special is also known as the Papa Doble or Hemingway Daiquiri and it is a popular classic cocktail. As one may expect, it was named after the famous writer of the 1920’s and 30s, Ernest Hemingway. You will enjoy this cocktail because it brings the sweetness of maraschino along with tart grapefruit into the classic rum-lime mix.


  • 2 ounces white rum
  • 1/4 ounce maraschino liqueur
  • 3/4 ounce grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice
  • 1/4 ounce simple syrup
  • Garnish: lime wedge

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  • 1.5 lbs chicken breasts or thighs, cubed
  • 2 cups stock, low sodium
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 11 oz fettuccine, linguine or spaghetti
  • 1–2 cups cold milk
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • 3 cups frozen peas
  • 2 tbsp parsley, for garnish


  • Cut chicken. You want to start with boneless and skinless chicken thighs or breasts. Frozen, half thawed or fresh work. Whatever you can cut into 1 inch cubes and I like to do with kitchen shears right above the pressure cooker.
  • Layer ingredients in Instant Pot. Add chicken, stock, oil, salt and pepper. Break noodles in half and add criss-cross in about 6 layers. It helps to prevent noodles from sticking. And pasta doesn’t have to be covered. You can also use penne or any short pasta. Pressure Cook on High for 8 minutes for all types of noodles except 5 minutes for gluten free noodles. Wider your noodles, the more bite to them. So, if you like your fettuccine pasta really soft – cook for 10 minutes.
  • Quick Release the pressure and open the lid. It will be liquidy – do not worry. Press Saute.
  • Make slurry. In a small bowl, whisk 1 cup (chicken thighs) or 2 cups (chicken breast) of cold milk with cornstarch. Different amount is because thighs are more juicy than dry breasts and release more water during cooking. You can always adjust later.
  • Thicken the sauce. And milk has to be cold otherwise cornstarch will lump. Add to Instant Pot along with Parmesan cheese and garlic. Stir gently using tongs. Cook for 2-3 minutes until sauce starts to bubble and thickens.
  • Add veggies. Now as Joy’s family likes to say, we are going to make it “legal” with 3 cups of frozen peas. No need to thaw. Stir and let pressure cooker chicken alfredo sit for a minute to melt the peas. In case you are not aware, we can eat fresh peas. They don’t have to be cooked. That’s why I like to let peas sit only for a few minutes so they don’t turn pale green and cooked.

And that’s it! Sprinkle your healthy chicken alfredo with fresh parsley and proudly serve warm to your family.

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Green Tea CupGreen tea can’t make you grow younger, but it contains so much antioxidants that it has a youth-ing effects. I  am drinking green tea for many-many years and love it.  When I was introduced to the green tea at the first time (after being the Black Tea/Coffee girl) I did not understand that new look and flavor. But knowing all health benefits of the green tea I slowly adapted new qualities and made it  my everyday’s drink.

Recently I  looked online for some homemade masks ideas and found out that green tea is amazing for the skin, and you can make your own green tea mask at home. A green tea mask contains many powerful antioxidants- it will hydrate your skin, slows down the aging process and helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

I will post some recipes for green tea homemade facial mask in next post, when I tried it myself.

Now I can share my old- favorite one- which I use sometimes at home. Usually I use the Magic Bullet to prepare my facial masks but you can just mash all ingredients in small cup as well.

Aloe Vera facial mask:

– one aloe vera leaf- cut from the side and take the inside gel – about two tablespoons.

– one tablespoon liquid green tea.

– one capsule of vitamin E (cut the capsule and squeeze the oil)

– optional: one teaspoon of plain yogurt.

– one teaspoon of the corn starch ( keeps mask together)

After blending all ingredients  apply mask on clean face with the facial brush and leave it for 10-15 min, then rinse with warm water and apply the moisturizer.

And … here we are … fresh and happy  🙂


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Yogi Tea

November 25, 2019

A while ago we had a Kyndalini Yoga Workshop with Rose and after session she kindly shared the delicious home made Yogi tea.  It’s great detox treatment especially after yoga practice. I made it couple times at home and love it.

So many people asked me already how to make it – here is the recipe I would like to share to everyone. TryIt and Love It!!!

YOGI TEA RECIPE – for good health
Make at least 4 cups of Yogi Tea at a time. (One is never enough!) For each cup, use:
10 oz water
3 whole cloves (for nervous system, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory)
4 green cardamom pods (for colon, helps break up kidney stones and gall stones)
4 whole black peppercorns (purifies blood)
l/2 stick cinnamon (for the bones and sugar regulation)
1 slice ginger root (1/2 inch chunk – peel if not organic ginger) (for general health)
‘/4 tsp black tea (optional)
Boil spices and water together for at least 15-20 minutes. Add black tea if desired and steep for 2 minutes. Add milk(cow, soy, almond or hemp) or sweetener if desired.
To make more than 1 qt, you can use less spices.
You might add more or less spices to suit your taste.
All ingredients you might find in local organic store or Whole Foods.

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