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Grapefruit & Rosemary Cocktail

Hello, friends! Spring is officially here and it’s made me so excited to play around with new cocktail ideas! I always love making a new cocktail or mocktail at home with dinners on the weekend. It’s a fun activity to do with your girlfriends or your significant other! Particularly, this season I’ve been craving grapefruit! Luckily, I had one just sitting pretty in the fridge, so I decided to whip up one of my favorite cocktails!


My favorite part about this cocktail is that it’s guilt-free. I am using all natural sweeteners (honey or agave), fruits, and fresh herbs! To add more flavor and bubbly goodness, I added in my favorite flavor of La Croix to make this drink even more flavorful!

So, in honor of the weekend coming sooner than usual this week, here’s my easy, quick, guilt-free Grapefruit + Rosemary Cocktail!


serves 2
1 tbs honey or agave
1 tbs grated ginger
2 oz gin
1/4 cup grapefruit juice (freshly squeezed if possible)
1 cup coconut La Croix
2 sprigs of rosemary
3 cubes ice

*If you’re making in bulk, it may be easier to grab some organic, bottled grape juice at the store. Just make sure there are no added sweeteners! For all my mocktail lovers, feel free to cut the gin. It’s just as good with or without!


-Grab a cocktail shaker. Add in all ingredients, including ice.
-Shake, shake, shake! 15-20 seconds.
-Pour drink through the shaker’s filter (so none of the rosemary or ginger pieces get in your cocktail) and do a little taste test. Sometimes I like to add a little more ginger or honey, but it’s really up to your preference. Add what you need and shake again.
-Divide up your drink into two pretty glasses and garnish with a sprig of rosemary and slice of grapefruit.

Not only is grapefruit tasty and refreshing in the warmer months, but it also has some amazing benefits for you:
-It’s a superfood!
-Grapefruit kick-starts your metabolism. Woo hoo!
-Vitamin C boosts your immune system.
-It’s a natural fat burner!
-High levels of antioxidants which means clear skin and a healthy body!

Okay, if the pretty presentation, clean ingredients, and health benefits didn’t get ya, I don’t know what will! Make this cocktail after work tonight or for your guests this weekend, I promise, it won’t disappoint!

Easy Paleo Blueberry Muffins

Guys, I am so excited because today my roommate of three years, Lindsey Strong, is sharing one of her amazing paleo recipes here on the Colour Journal. Linds has been living a paleo, grain-free, dairy-free life for the past four years. I’m constantly inspired by her dedication and love for real food and health. Let me tell ya, it’s way easier to live this lifestyle with a roomie like her. I love coming home to the smell of warm paleo banana bread or her famous blueberry muffins. It was that intoxicating smell (and taste) that initially gave us the idea of featuring some of her amazing recipes here on the blog. So, to kick off her first of many recipe features here on the Colour Journal, today Linds will be sharing her recipe for Paleo Blueberry Muffins! Enjoy!


Easter Sunday is coming up, and for many of us, that means family brunch! Maybe your whole family eats Paleo, but mine certainly does not! It can be a little difficult to get my parents and siblings on board with my alternative eating habits, and I really don’t want to make two separate brunch menus to appease everyone.

Fear not, friends! Now there is a solution to separate menus and added hours in the kitchen. These blueberry muffins will have EVERYONE loving a healthy brunch, from your processed sugar, dairy-loving brother to the blueberry muffin, connoisseur father and everyone in between! Now let’s get cooking!


This week’s kitchen playlist: Brunch Cooking
Find me on Spotify (Lindsey Michelle Strong) to get the tunes behind the recipe!


1 room temp egg
½ tbsp vanilla extract
¼ cup honey
¼ cup coconut oil

1 shake of the salt shaker
½ tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp coconut flour
5 tbsp tapioca flour
1 cup almond flour
½ cup of blueberries


  • Heat the oven to 350 degrees
  • Combine the wet ingredients in a bowl with a whisk
  • Heat the coconut oil and the honey together in the microwave for 30 seconds or until both are smooth
  • Add in the vanilla and room temperature egg and whisk until smooth
  • Next, add in the dry ingredients. Starting with the smaller ingredients will allow them to be more thoroughly mixed in before adding in the flours
  • Whisk one shake of the salt shaker, baking soda, and cinnamon
  • Next add in the 3 flours and whisk until combined
  • Finally, fold in the blueberries. Feel free to add in more or less depending on your level of blueberry love. But do be careful not to add too many. Too many blueberries are likely to cause the muffins to crumble more easily
  • Fill your muffin tin with the batter. I like to use paper baking cups as they help the muffins to cook more evenly.

Let those babies cook! The muffins need to cook for approximately 20-23 minutes. However, as often happens with Paleo food, the top may cook faster than the insides. I recommend checking the muffins at 18 minutes. If you notice this happening, create a little foil tent for your muffins to encourage baking through without roasting the tops!



Don’t skip the tips! These may make your baking time a titch easier!

  • Run your measuring cup under hot water before you scoop out the coconut oil. This will keep the oil from sticking and make the cup easier to clean
  • Room temperature eggs keep the coconut oil from clumping. Coconut oil has a melting point of 76 degrees, so contact with cold ingredients can cause clumping
  • Fill empty muffin slots with water. This helps the other muffins to cook more evenly.


Thanks for stepping into my kitchen today!

Happy Easter and another fabulous day on your Paleo journey.


colors of the soul | Love Affair

Finally, I had a weekend open up to spend some time painting. I’ve been holding onto this canvas for a while. Its the biggest one I’ve worked on yet, which was pretty exciting. I have been anticipating this particular painting since I did my last self portrait piece. I felt like I was supposed to do a color portrait of the Holy Spirit, but I didnt feel it was time to paint him yet. As the months have gone by, and I have continued to pursue companionship with the Spirit, there is one word that echo’s in my mind: passion. From the day I first met the spirit, to the miracles I see him do, to the communion he brings me into with Jesus & the Father, there is one word that exemplifies all that the Spirit is in my life: passionate. I have been passionately loved and pursued through the Spirit.

ImageAs I began to think about exactly how I wanted to do this piece, I felt a little reluctant doing the Spirit, since its Easter weekend. I asked myself if I actually should be doing a portrait of the Man this weekend is all about. But still, I felt prompted to paint the Spirit. After beginning to paint with this theme of passion in mind, I felt God give me a new name for the piece: Love Affair.


Right in that moment, I felt God tying it all in together. The only reason I have this relationship with the Spirit is because of an immense, relentless, unquenchable passion that had been birthed out of the love of the Father, Son, & Holy Spirit.  This rouse of such deep communion, love, & passion in heaven was so vast, so immense, that it had to be poured out on someone, something…humanity. It couldn’t be contained. It had to be spread into others…a scandalous love affair. And to think of the love, the eagerness, in God’s thoughts toward us…that He hated being separated from us, so much so, that He sent His son, the object of his love and affection, to be with the people he so earnestly desired. He did not desire to be without us. And even after his Son’s work was complete on the cross, the Son & the Father decided to send the Spirit, because they didnt desire to be without us.


I’m so thankful that Jesus didn’t rise from the dead just to leave us alone until He comes back. I’m thankful that his longings for us even surpass our longings for him. And because of his deep, deep love and affection, he gave us the beautiful gift of the Holy Spirit. To be our friend, our guide, our council. But, most importantly to tell us the deep things of Gods heart. To reveal to us the affections that lie in the many facets of the Father’s heart. To lead us beyond the curtain, beyond ourselves, where we can dwell in the real, tangible presence of God. I’m thankful to be caught up in such a beautiful love affair.