Festive Drink Idea: Infused Water Recipes for Fall

I know how much many of you love infused water as a healthy alternative to juices and soda – it can be amazing. But are you still drinking enough of it when cooler temps roll around? The fruity, refreshing taste of infused water is ideal for summer, meaning you probably reach for that glass a whole lot more. But we need water year-round, every single day, which is why I wanted to create some recipes that you could easily find yourself enjoying while cozying up on the couch or hosting a holiday party. Gotta have that water!

Here are two tasty combinations to get you started:

Infused Water Recipes for Fall - Tamera Mowry

Fall Infused Water Recipes

Apples + Cinnamon – You might think of this as the recipe for a great hot beverage, but you can infuse it into your 8 glasses a day too. If you’re making a whole pitcher, make sure you put enough apples in – at least two whole apples, thinly sliced. Add in 2+ cinnamon sticks, depending on how cinnamon-y you like it, and chill. This is one of your longer waters to infuse – it’s helpful to prep and throw in the fridge before bed so you can enjoy the full apple cinnamon taste the next day.

Orange + Pomegranate – Pomegranates are in tons of infused water recipes because they’re great detoxifiers thanks to their fiber, antioxidants and ability to reduce inflammation. They’re also super sweet, so it pairing it with orange makes for a refreshing burst of flavor that still looks beautiful on a fall table. For this combo, slice up a whole orange and add it to your pitcher. Add about ½ cup of pomegranate seeds and mix before storing. Let chill for at least a few hours before serving, and add more seeds if you’d like to up the intensity.

Infused Water Recipes for Fall - Tamera Mowry

My tip? Single servings look cute in mason jars. Garnish with fresh ingredients when ready to drink.

If you have trouble reaching your recommended daily intake of water, infused is the way to go. See more infused water recipes here.

Xx,
Tamera

Zucchini and Squash Bake Recipe

I’ve shared a lot of main dishes here on my site, such as slow cooker pork tenderloin and steak fajitas… And even a few cozy drink recipes like my hot apple cider. I’d say it’s about time to serve up a side dish to pair with all your fall comfort foods. It’s easy to load up on buttery biscuits and mashed potatoes this time of year, but if you’re trying to opt for something healthier, those might not be your go-to. This zucchini bake is quick and easy (only a few ingredients) and it doesn’t feel like a health food, it’s actually yummy and satisfying.

This recipe feeds two, so double or bake two for a family of four.

Zucchini and Squash Bake - Easy Zucchini Recipes - Tamera Mowry

First, preheat the oven to 425 F.

Zucchini and Squash Bake - Easy Zucchini Recipes - Tamera Mowry

Using a peeler, peel one zucchini and one Gold Rush squash lengthwise. Then place those slivers in a large bowl and toss with salt and pepper and 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil.

Zucchini and Squash Bake - Easy Zucchini Recipes - Tamera Mowry

Next, line a nonstick baking pan (the dimensions of this dish are 5×7”) with alternate layers of zucchini and then squash until all slices are in dish. Bake for 20 minutes.

Zucchini and Squash Bake - Easy Zucchini Recipes - Tamera Mowry

When the twenty minutes are almost up, shred 1/2 cup of gruyere cheese. Remove pan and sprinkle on top. Then, sprinkle 1/3 cup of panko crumbs on top of that; bake for an additional 10 minutes.

Once done, let cool and serve! Seriously the best healthy side dish ever.

What would you serve this dish with?

Xx,
Tamera

Homemade Hot Apple Cider Recipe

Are you ready for a season of hot drinks and comfort foods? Can’t wait to bring you as many recipes as I possibly can for you to share with friends and fam. That’s why I’m kicking things off with a classic hot apple cider recipe. This one is for all you that want to try your hand at homemade treats—it’s super easy! And for you more advanced hostesses, it’s easy to dress up gorgeously for serving to a crowd.

Homemade Apple Cider Recipe - Tamera Mowry

Homemade Hot Apple Cider with Cinnamon

The title says it all, here’s what you need…

Ingredients
4 cups apple juice or cider
1 tablespoon honey (more or less depending on whether juice is already sweetened)
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon (can warm up with a cinnamon stick if you don’t like the powder)
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Directions
Add juice/cider to a small pot over medium heat. Stir in cinnamon, nutmeg and honey. Serve warm.

Serve garnished with a cinnamon stick and apple slice, if you’d like!

What’s your go-to fall drink?

Xx,
Tamera

5 Unexpected Herbs to Grow in Your Garden

You probably know that we love the herb garden we’ve grown in our backyard. The basic home herb garden staples like basil, mint, and parsley have all served us well and flavored many a meal for the Housleys! But did you know there’s an entire world of unique herbs you can grow on your own and use when you want to switch things up? Here are a few to try:

5 Unexpected Herbs to Grow in Your Garden

Stevia. A healthier alternative to sugar that’s actually way sweeter (so you won’t need as much) you can add stevia to meals, teas, and coffee for a mild sweetener. It just requires lots of sunlight and moist soil. When growing, it’s recommended to begin with a starter plant. If you don’t have an outdoor space, no worries! This one thrives indoors near sunlight too.

Lemongrass. If you like to pick up lemongrass or citrus-y teas at your local café, this is the perfect unique herb to start growing. It has a light citrus flavor without the acid and you can add it to tea for a refreshing taste. It’s even great for soups. Lemongrass is grown best in sunny spots, but still needs lots of water, so make sure to plant it in soil with proper drainage.

Tarragon. Tarragon powder is often used as a seasoning but did you know you could grow it too? Grab a tarragon seedling like in the photo above and plant in well-draining soil with plenty of space. Be sure to plant it somewhere the sun won’t be too harsh. 

Golden Oregano. Another culinary herb, golden oregano is great for those with a warm, sunny environment to grow it in. You can also grow Italian or Greek Oregano, but golden will have those vibrant leaves that look great in the garden, and go amazingly with a variety of foods. This is also a pretty drought tolerant herb, which is great.

Lemon Verbena. The fragrant lemon verbena has a citrus-y twist, making it great for cocktails, teas, baked goods and more. Lots of light, room to grow, no overwatering make lemon verbena beautiful and yummy. You can get this and other unique herbs here.

Do you grow herbs? Share your tricks below.

Xx,
Tamera

10 Unique Finger Food Ideas for Little Ones

It’s no secret that Ariah loves her finger foods. Once we transitioned to them, there was no turning back. Since she’s at that oh-so-fun age of being curious about all types of foods, I’ve had to get creative…

Ariah Eating - Unique Finger Food Ideas - Tamera Mowry

Lunch time!

Unique Finger Food Ideas - Ariah

Grilled cheese, turkey, and lettuce… Always a hit.

Ariah Eating - Unique Finger Food Ideas - Tamera Mowry

Cereal and rice are great, but for those of you with more adventurous little ones, here’s a big list of unique finger food ideas.

10 Finger Food Ideas for Toddlers

1. Grilled cheese with the crusts cut off, cut into small cubes
2. Sweet potatoes, cooked and cut into small chunks
3. Salmon or white fish – you can cut it or flake it, just make sure it’s not one high in mercury
4. Tender spiral pasta, cut into small pieces
5. Scrambled eggs
6. If they’re teething, cucumber strips can help
7. Bits of turkey
8. Homemade chicken nuggets, cut into pieces
9. Bits of pita with small amounts of hummus on it
10. Cooked beans (various kinds) – make sure they’re cooked until tender

Any finger foods I should add to this list?

Xx,
Tamera

Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin

It’s almost officially fall, which means breaking out the slow cooker for the yummiest comfort foods and coziest meals to make as the temps outside get cooler and we spend more time indoors with our families. This slow cooker pork tenderloin is also a great way to switch up your slow cooker meals, if you’re used to a lot of chicken or beef recipes. Now, what to do…

Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin - Tamera Mowry

Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin Recipe

Ingredients
1 pork tenderloin
1 cup chicken broth
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon garlic
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon rosemary
½ tablespoon red chili flakes

Directions
1. Turn slow cooker on low, add chicken broth and pork tenderloin.
2. In small bowl, mix together balsamic vinegar, honey, soy sauce, garlic, salt, thyme, rosemary, and red chili flakes.
3. Pour over meat in slow cooker.
4. Cover, cook on low for 6-8 hours.
5. Remove pork and serve with remaining sauce.

Enjoy!

Xx,
Tamera