Flavored Water by Staci McLaughlin

Esther here to talk about water. I always try to drink my eight glasses a day, but sometimes plain water needs a little pep.

I like to add fresh fruit or herbs for flavor. I put everything in a piece of cheesecloth, or even a tea ball, if the fruit is small enough, so that the seeds or bits of fruit don’t get in the way.

Then I let the fruit sit in the water for ten minutes or longer to really get a lot of flavor.

One of my favorite tricks is to use frozen pineapple tidbits or other frozen fruit to keep the water cold without adding ice. Cucumber slices are another great choice, and I sometimes even add a few mint leaves. Just about anything will work!


About the Book

Business has never been better at the O’Connell Organic Farm and Spa in Blossom Valley, California. But a murder has two of its top employees ploughing for clues at a commune where tree-huggers are wary of the modern world–and a killer may be disturbing their peace…

When Dana Lewis and Zennia Patrakio go to the Blossom Valley farmer’s market, they expect to find luscious fruits and vegetables to delight the spa’s guests. They are not expecting to see Birch Keller, Zennia’s one true love. But Zennia’s excitement over “the one who got away” is short-lived when Birch is found dead in her garden. Kitchen-challenged Dana takes over grief-stricken Zennia’s cooking duties at the spa–but the biggest challenge will be searching for answers at the commune where Birch had been living. The residents are nuttier than granola, and as Dana tills up the truth, she’ll discover a killer with a wholly unwholesome appetite for revenge…


StaciMcLaughlin_sm1About the Author

Staci McLaughlin was a technical writer in Silicon Valley for eight years before becoming a freelance writer. She is currently a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. She is also a member of the LadyKillers, a group of thirteen writers who alternate posting daily blogs at www.theladykillers.typepad.com.

Staci also blogs on her own website www.stacimclaughlin.com, where she offers more healthy-living tips to compliment those in Going Organic Can Kill You.