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Beverages, Drinks & Cocktails

  • Vanilla Peach Bellini Martini

    Vodka Martini

    Do you have a favorite cocktail? One that you always order when out with friends, your go-to drink? I have two. Gin and Tonic with Hendricks and a slice of cucumber, and Peach Bellini Martinis. The combination of sweet and fruity with a sour lemon bite is perfectly balanced. I love this recipe as an after-dinner drink or paired with a salty appetizer.

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  • Green Smoothie - with Vanilla!

    vanilla smoothie recipe

    I consider myself a Michigan native, but I've certainly ventured beyond the borders of the beautiful state. As self-proclaimed wanderer, daydreamer, and adventure seeker, I rarely turn down an opportunity for a new venture. I love to take risks. This wanderlust also extends to my choice of food - I’ve always been adventurous when it comes to trying new cuisines, flavors, or interesting food combinations. (There are a few things I simply cannot swallow, but don’t we all have those…)

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  • Vanilla Bean Iced Coffee

    Vanilla Bean Iced Coffee

    Coffee. The alarm clock buzzes each and every morning at an ungodly hour; you slowly wake up, check your emails, update your Facebook status, scroll through comments and likes on instagram. Slowly the realization that you need to get out of the warm cocoon of blankets creeps up on you, thoughts of freshly brewed coffee convince you to place your feet on the floor, and you slowly head to the kitchen. One, two, three scoops of beans are placed into the grinder; the blades whir and the distinct aroma of freshly ground beans assault your senses.

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  • How To Make Soda

    How To Make Soda

    How To Make Soda

    Soda, pop, or cola all regional names for the iconic drink we have all grown up with. A sugary sweet carbonated beverage that gives us the kick of caffeine that has gotten us through long nights of cramming for exams and early mornings. Soda is a relatively new creation that only dates back to the 1780’s. Chemist Joseph Priestly invented the process of carbonating water while attempting to carbonate the beer brewing process in Leeds, England.

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  • How To Make Almond Milk

    How to Make Almond Milk

    Homemade Almond Milk

    I was having dinner with a few of my close girl friends and even though we are strong businesswomen our conversations rarely drift to talks of business. Children, home and husbands dominate our personal conversations. We are all at different points in our lives; some have small children still at home, a few of us have transitioned into school age children and one or two have children that are almost at the point of transitioning into adulthood. Food, care of children and our husbands fill the few precious hours that we have together. Being a former chef and a health conscious consumer, the health of family and what they eat on a daily basis is of utmost importance to me. Anytime that I can eliminate unnecessary processed foods or I can create it completely from scratch I do. It is not always possible due to time restraints and the availability of fresh seasonal ingredients but when I can I do. Homemade Almond milk is a great example of a recipe that is simple and the ingredients are available all year long.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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