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  • 25 Nov
    Cranberry Vanilla Shrub

    cranberry shrub

    A shrub... you may be wondering if we have completely lost it and have resigned ourselves to creating recipes that incorporate outdoor coniferous materials. A shrub is an outdoor plant that we all can agree upon, however the type of shrub I would like you to introduce you to is a delicious concoction of tart cranberries, acidic vinegar and sugar. The result is an infused base you can use in combination with club soda for a non-alcoholic holiday beverage or combine with your favorite scotch, whiskey or barrel aged gin.

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  • 20 Nov
    Caramel Hot Chocolate with Homemade Caramel Corn

    Caramel Hot Chocolate Recipe

    Winter Storm Bella will bring the first, heavy accumulating snow of the season for us here in Michigan and across the Midwest this weekend. Cold temperatures will be setting in with single-digit windchill values.

    As we prepare for the winter storm this weekend, many of us will bundle up and hunker down by the fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate. Let's welcome this winter storm with something other than plain hot chocolate to warm us up. How about a caramel hot chocolate with homemade caramel corn instead? Now we're talking!

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  • 21 Oct
    Vanilla Infused Old Fashioned Bourbon

    vanilla infused old fashioned bourbon

    Halloween is fast approaching. Do you prefer a trick or a treat? I think it’s pretty obvious what we prefer; treats of course! Candy is delicious and always fun for the younger members of your family but for those with a bit more of a refined palate, try serving them a vanilla infused Old Fashioned bourbon.

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  • 17 Feb
    Protein Shake Recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana

    chocolate peanut butter banana protein shake recipe

    It’s that time of year again….. The time of year when we begin to feel the effects of cabin fever, the effects of all our holiday indulgences and the fear that in a few months it’s swimsuit season once again! As all the experts will tell you, exercise and a healthy diet is the key to successful long term weight loss. Not only does a healthy diet and exercise aid you in weight loss, it also eases the symptoms of joint related pain and is a natural mood booster -- Essential when you live in an area where sun is brief and fleeting in the winter months!

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  • 09 Jan
    Vanilla Pomegranate Sparkling Cocktail

    vanilla pomegranate cocktail

    What was your New Year’s resolution this year? Whether your goal was to lose that last 5 pounds, run a marathon, eat less, find love or spend more time with the one’s you love; toast to some of your resolutions with our Vanilla Pomegranate Sparkling Cocktail.

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  • 03 Jan
    Homemade Limoncello Recipe (DIY)

    DIY Limoncello

    Winter is beautiful in Michigan. The snow falls gently to the ground, leaving a pristine layer of white. The kids bundle up, grab their sleds and their laughter fills the air. Hot chocolate and marshmallows are the preferred choice of beverage. The first month of snow is beautiful! Then January approaches and slowly February, the snow is no longer pristine and the cold, crisp air has lost its allure. The sun hasn't shown its face in days, and we are beginning to long for green grass and warm weather. This is the perfect time of year for Limoncello. Bright, citrusy and cheery enough to ward off the winter blues.

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  • 26 Nov
    Cranberry Orange Rum Cocktail

    Cranberry Orange Rum Cocktail

    While many of us will have no problem planning the timing of our turkey, whipping up creamy mashed potatoes and baking a creamy green bean casserole, we often forget about the beverages. Soda is perfectly acceptable, juice and milk have their place and even a good bottle of red wine is essential to a well-rounded feast, but have you thought about a signature cocktail?

    Cranberry orange rum cocktail brings a sense of elegance and whimsy to a holiday table. Serve it before dinner with a light appetizer or after dinner as an accompaniment to delicious pecan pie. Cranberries are not only deliciously tart, but have a long history at the holiday table. Cranberries date back to the American Indians. They were called by many different names, but ultimately the name cranberry was adopted by early European settlers. The cranberry is one of only three species of fruit indigenous to the United States. It's fitting that they grace the table at our Thanksgiving feasts.

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  • 26 Aug
    Strawberry Mint Julep

    mint julep strawberry

    It's a sweltering August evening and you are looking for the perfect drink to serve your guests -- something that is not too sweet but it still light and fruity with a punch. Mint juleps are cold, refreshing and beg to be sipped slowly -- perfect for those hot summer nights surrounded by friends and great food.

    The mint julep has a long and rich history. The drink gained popularity in celebration of the Kentucky Derby in 1938, and sold for $ 0.75 in a souvenir cup that patrons could take home with them. On average, the Derby sells more than 80,000 of this signature drink during the event. The question still remains, "Why do you always see mint juleps in a classic and recognizable silver cup?" The south is rich in tradition, and the mint julep cup was traditionally given as gifts at weddings, christenings and races. The cup symbolizes achievement, high regard and prestige.

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  • 02 Jul
    Raspberry Vanilla Limeade

    raspberry vanilla limeade

    Nothing is more refreshing than a glass of ice cold lemonade on a hot summer day! Why not try a twist on the classic with our version? It is sure to become an instant classic in your home.

    When I think of lemonade, my mind often wanders back to my childhood and to summers spent outside in the summer sun. Riding bikes, climbing trees and staying outside until the street lights came on were all signs that summer break had arrived. Many of us remember our first attempt at entrepreneurship, the classic lemonade stand. It usually consisted of a card table, maybe a table cloth, a hand-lettered sign peddling our wares and, of course, the Tupperware pitcher filled with lemonade from frozen concentrate. The lemonade was always overpriced at fifty cents for a glass of lemonade. But.... the moms always took pity on us, and the elderly admired our ambitious nature. By the end of the day, we had enough to walk down to the store and buy candy or comic books with our earnings, a huge accomplishment in our eyes.

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  • 23 May
    Vanilla Brown Sugar Hard Cider

    hard apple cider

    My husband and I are both very busy! Careers, home improvements, children and dogs often leave us exhausted and with little time for ourselves as a couple. A few years ago we started incorporating one-on-one time into our daily routines. It may be as simple as standing in the kitchen chopping vegetables for dinner together to something as elaborate as remodeling a bathroom.  The time apart from the daily stress of life brings us closer together and helps us function better as a team in our family life.

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  • 12 May
    Ginger Peach Champagne Cocktail

    Ginger Peach Champagne Cocktail

    Being a mother is the most challenging, exhausting, amazing experience. Now that my children are more than 3/4 of the way to adulthood, I realize I could of never made it through the stages of their lives without the mother's in my life. These women are not limited to my biological mother, they are women who I cherish for many reasons. These amazing women will always hold a special place in my heart and each and every Mother's Day I celebrate their presence in my life.

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  • 10 Apr
    Pistachio Iced Mocha

    pistachio mocha

    There are moments in our lives that are defined by the food that we share. It may be a special occasion, helping a relative create their signature dish, or a favorite restaurant.  As a chef, most of my life has been defined by food; cuisines that are unique to the regions that we have resided in, and the friendships we have formed. The Midwest evokes memories of barbecues and Sunday dinners with beloved friends. The Pacific Northwest brings back memories of Thai cuisine at Thanksgiving, lovingly crafted by our friend’s elderly mother. A picnic lunch of fresh raspberries and French cheese/baguette spread out on a park bench in Paris, or a favorite breakfast with a close friend in sunny San Diego are also memories that I have.

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  • 16 Mar
    Homemade Irish Cream Liqueur

    homemade irish cream liqueur

    I am not Irish, not even a little bit. I do, however, enjoy an Irish coffee along with dessert or occasionally with brunch. In this post, I'll share with you how to make your own Homemade Irish Cream Liqueur. Never buy Bailey's again!

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  • 13 Feb
    Strawberry Banana Smoothie

    strawberry banana smoothie

    I know what you are thinking…….. Ugh, not another smoothie recipe! This smoothie recipe is not your typical smoothie. It’s special just like the person I make it for. My daughter is a vegetarian, and she has been for the majority of her life. Throughout her life it has been a struggle to prepare nutritious and protein-packed meals for her (especially when she only wanted to eat cheese. Cheese smoothies are definitely not palatable!)

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  • 23 Jan
    Drunken Bourbon Cherries

    drunken cherries

    As a child, I spent a good amount of time at my grandparents’ home. One of my most vivid memories of my days spent with them was the crisp fall mornings and afternoons my grandmother spent canning. She would can dozens of quarts of home grown tomatoes, corn and grape jelly. The grape jelly was always my favorite, made from huge silver skin grapes that grew on vines along the back row of the garden. Not all of the grapes made it into the jars that lined her kitchen counter.  A few were eaten by my brothers and I, and more than a few were used as projectiles.

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