Archive for Beverages

December 22nd, 2014

Cranberry Eggnog


Are you ready yet?  We hope amid the hustle and bustle of the season you take a few minutes to relax and enjoy.  How about with a cup of eggnog -one of our cherished traditions of Christmas!  Here’s a fun  way to dress it up for the holidays and combine it with cranberries, another seasonal favorite.

Cranberry Eggnog


3 cups eggnog, chilled

2/3 cup fresh or thawed frozen cranberries, more for garnish

1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt


Put all ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth.  Serve immediately.  Garnish with additional cranberries.

recipe from Whole Foods



December 18th, 2014

Peace, Love, Joy, and Chocolate Hot Cocoa Gift with Printable tags

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Christmas is just around the corner – here’s a great little gift to show how much you care by wishing that special someone Peace, Love, Joy, and Chocolate – that about covers it all right!  This little hot chocolate kit will add warmth and a touch of love – the instruction banner reads:  Love is Brewing!  Mix with 2 1/2 cups hot milk or water.  Stir, Sip, Relax, and know that you are LOVED!  Just what you need to make someone’s holiday!



If you’d rather, this cute little tag is also a simple addition to any holiday chocolate goodie:


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Have a warm and wonderful Christmas!!


Peace, Love, Joy and Chocolate Hot Cocoa Gift


1 (8 ounce)half pint mason jar

1/3 cup hot cocoa mix

2 candy canes. crushed

miniature marshmallows

Peace, Love, Joy, and Chocolate Printable

Love is Brewing instruction Printable

Double-Sided Tape

Red and White Twine

To Assemble:

Add cocoa mix to mason jar (wipe down the inside of the jar to keep it clear).  Add crushed candy canes.  Fill remainder of jar with miniature marshmallows.  Put lid on jar.  Position printable and add ring.

Use double-sided tape to attach instruction printable.

Finish with twine.

Note:  I printed the Peace, Love, Joy and Chocolate Printable on cardstock and cut with the Fiskars 2.5 inchcircle punch.  I printed the Love is Brewing printable on regular copy paper and secured with a small piece of double stick tape

Makes One – increase supplies as needed.

Download the PEACE, LOVE, JOY, AND CHOCOLATE  Printable HERE

Download the LOVE IS BREWING Instruction Printable HERE










November 24th, 2014

Pumpkin Steamers

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Happy Thanksgiving Week.  We are so grateful to spend this time with wonderful family.  We hope that in the hustle and bustle of planning, cooking, and feasting this week, you find some time to relax, enjoy, and count your blessings.  This Pumpkin Steamer is a delicious way to spend a few minutes appreciating all that is good.


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Pumpkin Steamers


3 cups half and half
1/2 cup pumpkin puree (canned pumpkin)
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
2 teaspoons vanilla
whipped cream for serving
cinnamon and nutmeg for garnish


Blend the half and half, pumpkin, brown sugar, sweetened condensed milk, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla in blender until smooth and frothy.  Pour the mixture into a large pot and heat on medium high until warmed through.  Serve with whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg.



July 31st, 2014

Carrot Lemonade

Carrot Lemonade - Loaded with Vitamins plus NO added sugar!!


Carrot Lemonade??  I know, it took me by surprise too.  I first spied this Carrot Lemonade a couple years back in BHG.  I was so intrigued by the mix of flavors, I bookmarked it and pulled out this week.

Lemonade is a must for summer and this Carrot version adds a whole new twist.  It’s so pretty and packed with Vitamins A and C, plus the carrots help sweeten the mix with no added sugar!


Carrot Lemonade


You don’t need to love carrots to love this drink – the pineapple and lemon take center stage – your kids don’t even need to know there are veggies involved {wink}.  Make it up and keep it on hand for breakfast or to sip by the pool on a hot afternoon.


Carrot Lemonade


1 pound carrots, peeled and cut into one inch chunks
2 cups water
3 cups pineapple juice
3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
cold water
lemons wedges


In a medium saucepan combine carrots and water.  Bring to boiling; reduce heat and cover. Simmer for 30 minutes or until very tender.  Cool slightly; transfer mixture to a blender.  Add 1 cup of the pineapple juice. Cover and blend until smooth.

Transfer to a pitcher or plastic beverage container.  Stir in remaining pineapple juice and lemon juice.  Cover and chill 2 to 24 hours. (Mixture may thicken upon standing; stir in 1 to 2 cups water to desired consistency.)

Serve over ice with lemon wedges.

Store in the refrigerator up to one week.


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July 11th, 2014

Blackberry Limeade

Blackberry Limeade


One of the best things about hot summers is taking some time to just plain Chill Out!  This blackberry limeade was made for a lazy summer afternoon- hopefully there is one in your near future!


Blackberry Limeade


Fill up a glass, relax, and enjoy . . .


Blackberry Limeade


Blackberry Limeade


6 cups water, divided

3 cups fresh blackberries

1 cup sugar

2/3 cup fresh lime juice

additional blackberries and limes for garnish (optional)

Place 1 cup of water and the blackberries in blender and process until smooth.  Press the puree through a sieve into a large pitcher; discard seeds.  Add remaining 5 cups of water, sugar and lime juice.  Stir until the sugar dissolves.  Chill well before serving.


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