Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I've hung up my dress-for-success clothes, and pulled my domestic "genes" out of storage.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Strawberry Mint Water


Strawberry Mint Water - A fresh and tasty change from ordinary water...and no calories! Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


What's your go-to beverage?
And don't say vodka.

I'm talking about what you drink 
most often...everyday.

OK, maybe it is vodka.
 I'm not judging. 

Strawberry Mint Water - A fresh and tasty change from ordinary water...and no calories! Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Most times, I reach for a glass of water,
or unsweetened iced tea as a runner-up.

It wasn't always this way.
When I was a kid,
my favorite beverage was strawberry soda.

Strawberry Mint Water - A fresh and tasty change from ordinary water...and no calories! Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


It's not that I don't like soda now...
I just don't let myself drink it.
I'd rather use my calories on cheese,
or cake, or ice cream.
Or cheese.
Did I say cheese? 

  I've got to admit, though,
 I do, at times, get a little bored with water.
Water with lemon, 
Water with lime,
Water with ice...
YAWN.

Sometimes, it's as dull as dishwater. 


Strawberry Mint Water - A fresh and tasty change from ordinary water...and no calories! Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
  
Once summer comes,
things get a little more exciting. 
I like adding some fruit to my water, 
and letting it steep. 

It's really refreshing...
 kind of like an adult version of strawberry soda,
minus the sugar and the fizz.
And the calories.
Not really, it's nothing like strawberry soda, 
but it is tasty.

Strawberry Mint Water - A fresh and tasty change from ordinary water...and no calories! Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


When I made a pitcher of strawberry mint water recently, 
Junior Goo Shoes made a face
and said,
"Who puts leaves and strawberries in water? 
That's gross."

I couldn't get him to try it.

Two days later, after it was long gone,
he said,
"Can I have some of that strawberry water?"

Sheesh.
 I can't figure that kid out sometimes. 
I guess it just had to steep in his brain
for a few days. 

Strawberry Mint Water - A fresh and tasty change from ordinary water...and no calories! Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Fruit-flavored waters are great to serve
when you are having company.

It makes a good impression,
like nice, clean towels in the bathroom.

Yes, you may have under-cooked the chicken,
and over-cooked the vegetables, 
but your guests will think you are a very posh hostess
once they catch sight of your elegantly infused water.
No matter that all you did 
was toss a bunch of fruit into a pitcher. 

The chicken will be long forgotten, 
but the water will be memorable. 
Just think of it as a pretty accessory 
to the rest of your meal.


Strawberry Mint Water - A fresh and tasty change from ordinary water...and no calories! Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

If you try it,  
make the fruit water at least an hour beforehand -- 
preferably two,
so that the flavors are infused in the water.

Be sure to mottle the mint
(you know, crush it, bruise it, until it yells "ouch!"), 
to release the flavor.
 
Just don't make it the day before,
or the fruit will get waterlogged...
and will look like bloated goldfish that went belly up.
Not pretty.

I'm sorry. 
That probably ruined your appetite, didn't it? 


Strawberry Mint Water - A fresh and tasty change from ordinary water...and no calories! Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


So, have I convinced you to put strawberry mint water 
on the menu of your next soiree?
(I apologize about the goldfish visual,
really, I do). 



Linking With:
BBQ Party

38 comments:

  1. I must have missed it an dinner yesterday! I had plan old Poland Spring! Maybe next time!!

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  2. I drink lots if spearmint iced tea in the summer because it grows right outside my door. And is delicious and refreshing. I do think I'll add some strawberries. Your photos are just amazingly rich and beautiful!

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    1. Now that sounds delicious, Cynthia! I'm hoping to have a bigger herb garden this summer -- going to add that to my list. I love spearmint.

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  3. That sounds like a wonderful idea. I drink only water, herbal tea or decaf coffee (and maybe, a little wine - not vodka, though!!) these days, so this will be perfect for me. Thank you for sharing - it looks beautiful, too!

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    1. Thank you, Diane! It's really refreshing on a summer day!

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  4. Looks beautiful...I am trying this for sure this summer! Usually lemon or lime is all I do.

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    1. It will be a hit at one of you pool parties, Michelle!

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  5. Never really thought of adding strawberries to my water, but it would mix things up a bit. Water does get dull!

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    1. Give it a try, Michelle...and don't forget the mint!

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  6. Mmmmm. Cheese. And vodka. See, goldfish visuals will not deter me from what matters.
    Oops, lost my focus - strawberry mint water sounds divine! We make cucumber water over here all the time. My Hubs fell in love with it in the spa on the cruise ship. It's not bad with a splash of vodka, either. ;)

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    1. You and I do share a love for cheese, that I know, Claire! I love cucumber water, too. I usually make the Flat Belly Diet version, which has cucumber, mint, lemon and grated ginger. No vodka, though, but hmmmm....

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  7. You have convinced me, (despite the bloated goldfish visual!), but mainly because your photos are gorgeous and pictures don't lie! I've always wanted to be a posh and perfect hostess, and here's my chance - even if I end up guzzling the entire pitcher myself! At least I'll smell as sweet as strawberries!

    Poppy

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    1. If you do guzzle the entire pitcher, it will be guilt-free, Poppy!

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  8. This looks really good - I will give it a try. My go to beverage these days is water since I stopped drinking so much diet coke. I usually just infuse lemon - but this sounds so refreshing!

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    1. I like it because it has a touch of sweetness, and the mint makes it taste really fresh.

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  9. I love the elegance of this and so simple. Genius!! Blessings, Catherine

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    1. Thanks, Catherine! Anything that looks elegant and takes 30 seconds to make, is my kind of recipe!

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    1. It is, Dayle - next I'm going to use some melons and mint!

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  11. Wow! Wonderful post! Looks delicious.


    Marina from the south of Spain

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    1. Thanks, Marina! I'm going to make some with a different kind of fruit, next!

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  12. We simply love fruit waters! Isn't it apparent? haha.
    Great pics, highly entertaining as well.... as always. XO from the BBs

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  13. I keep seeing flavored water ideas everywhere. I think the universe is trying to tell me to try it! If it tastes as good as it looks I know I'll love it.

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    1. Jennifer, it's definitely in the stars that you need to try a flavored water! It really does taste good!

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  14. Your strawberry water looks delicious and I'll add it to my list of yummy, healthy thirst quenchers. Thanks for the tip about not making it too far in advance. :) Visiting from Wow Us Wednesday

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    1. Thanks, Babs! I found out the hard way, the first time I made it. Left it in the fridge for 24 hours, and the berries looked pretty terrible!

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  15. This looks perfect for the next couple of hot summer days Amy! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. It's a perfect summer drink, Vel! I'm going to try it with melon and mint, next!

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  16. So pretty and sounds like a welcome change from plain water! And still healthy what a great bonus! Thank you for sharing on the Four Seasons Party!

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    1. Thanks, Terri! It feels like a treat, but no calories!

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    2. We love this recipe and it is so pretty - what a great drink for parties too! Your drink is being featured at this week's party!! Congrats.

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  17. I must admit - I love what I see here.
    I love strawberry so I'm pretty sure I'm going to love it

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  18. This looks delicious! I just started a linkup for garden harvest recipes called Eating Inside the Box! It would be awesome if you would share this with us! Please add any other recipes to any fruit/veggie category you'd like! Enjoy the harvest!
    www.cultivatenourishing.com/strawberries/

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  19. I've been trying to drink more water - this would certainly be motivating!

    We'd love to have you link up with the Caffeinated Crafters this week!

    http://www.chaosandlove.com/caffeinated-crafters-link-party-2/

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