How to make homemade coconut water. The Lazy way.

So I use to HATE coconut unless it was shredded and covered in chocolate. Then I could tolerate it. I’ve slowly forced myself into  liking coconut water because it’s just so refreshing to drink after a hike up a mountain and supposedly good for you. For some reason, I love trying new health trends even though I love my junk food too. Goji berries anyone?

I impulsively bought a coconut at Whole Foods this week. Next, I took a wine opener/cork screw and a mallet (a hammer will work too). I hammered the screw into one bottom of the coconut a few times until I got a hole that went all the way through.

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Next, I put the hole side down over a cup to drain the coconut of its water.  I got the big wine glass above about 3/4 the way full.

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The water comes out of the coconut with a few nitty gritty bits of coconut in it, so I drained them out with a fine mesh strainer. Either refrigerate until you drink or drink right away. I’m not sure how long this keeps in the fridge for, but my guess is until it smells bad or changes color. I’m no expert. 😉

While this was a fun kitchen experiment, I think buying organic coconut water with low sugar is cheaper than making it at home. This coconut cost me $3.99 at Whole Foods in Massachusetts.  If you live somewhere where coconuts grow on trees, then obviously it’s an affordable fun option! I like the purity organic brand that I tried last time and actually enjoyed. I’ve tried other brands that I just don’t like because they’re too sugary or have an overpowering coconut flavor.

Enjoy!

Falafel, Arnold Arboretum, Pizza, and babysitting.

Last Sunday, Kraig and I started our day off with lunch at Amsterdam Falafelshop in Davis Square.  Amsterdam Falafelshop has a bar of toppings and dressings that you can add to your falafel.

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We ordered small falafel sandwiches.  I added hummus, tzatziki, pickles, cabbage, cucumber, and tomatoes.

AmsterdamFallafelAfter getting fueled on falafel, it was time to head over to the Arnold Aboretum in Jamaica Plain.  I’ve never been been to the Arnold Aboretum and couldn’t believe that I’ve lived so close to such a gorgeous place my whole life and failed to explore it until I was 28.  There is such a wide variety of beautiful trees here and a great view of the Boston skyline.

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I certainly felt like I was transported out of Boston into a Nature Valley granola bar commercial. ArnoldArboretum2 ArnoldArboretum1

My favorite tree here had to be the Weeping Higan Cherry Tree.WeepingHiganCherryTree3

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We were scoping out Arnold Aboretum as a potential engagement photo location and it looks like a winner. I’m just sad that the cherry trees will probably be gone when we take our pictures. After walking around for about 2 hours we headed to Picco for dinner. We ordered the alsatian pizza

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and a pepperoni garlic pizza.

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Picco bakes their crust to be well done. If you want them to bake your pizza for less time, then notify your server upon ordering. There may have been some mocha chip and caramel swirl ice cream consumed for dessert. Oink.

After dinner, we spent some quality time with my nephew Hunter. He was really into watching the monsters movie. He was also super cute when I told him he was a sugar pie and his response was “yeah I am.” haha

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A nice way to end the weekend! I’m all caught up on Mad Men, but still need to watch Game of Thrones (WINTER IS COMING), Wicked Single (It’s gonna be a classay pahty), and Once Upon a Time!

Dessert for Breakfast. Union Square Donuts in Somerville, MA.

Last Saturday, Kraig ventured out to grab us a sampling of donuts from the hipster donut shop Union Square Donuts. The top left is a vanilla bean donut, the bottom left is maple bacon, the top right is creamsicle, and the bottom right is chocolate chipotle. I sampled all of the donut flavors except the creamsicle flavor because someone finished that one off. Ehem Kraig.UnionSquareDonuts These donuts were so fresh and tasted less cake-like than a dunkin donut. Kraig went to the donut shop at 9 AM and said there were other amazing flavors cooling on racks like salted caramel bourbon and a jam one that wouldn’t be ready until 10 AM. We’ll have to try those flavors next time!

World’s End in Hingham, MA.

Last Sunday the gorgeous Spring weather continued in Massachusetts, so Kraig and I decided to take a walk in World’s End. World’s End is located on the South Shore in Hingham, MA and is my favorite place to go walking in the state. It costs $6 for nonmember adults to gain admission, so we have a trustess membership because we go so often. These pictures do not do this place justice. I would even recommend a tourist to check this place out if they want to take a day trip outside of Boston. You would probably need a car to get here and could go to Crow Point Pizzeria for a buffalo chicken calzone afterwards. You can even take a drive down Main Street which Eleanor Roosevelt quoted to be “the most beautiful Main St. in America”. Google it!

Here’s a view of the road from Hingham to Hull.

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Some guy with a better camera than me taking pictures on a bench of the beautiful scenery.WorldsEnd1

You can barely make out the Boston skyline below thanks to my awesome camera skills.
WorldsEnd3WorldsEnd2WorldsEnd4I’m loving Spring this year!