White Russian Milkshake

White Russian Milkshake

When I was in Oregon a few weeks ago, my friends were shocked- SHOCKED, I say- to find out I had never had a margarita in my life. They remedied that pretty quickly, let me tell you… Everyone wanted to know why I hadn’t had one before. The truth is, I’m picky. I’m not a…

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Strawberry Wineade

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I should begin by saying that serious wine snobs should probably look away. Quickly. I’ll give you a second or two. Are they gone now? Okay, it’s about to get all kinds of classy in here. And by classy, I mean serving wine in jars mixed with juice. Yeah, baby. That kind of classy. I…

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Root Beer Syrup | Make Ahead Mondays

Homemade Root Beer Syrup using botanicals from foodiewithfamily.com

I am a fizzy drinks gal. My usual preference is for plain or flavoured (but not sweetened seltzer) but I have a deep and abiding love for two kinds of soda: ginger ale and root beer. I love the warm, spicy flavours of both of those. What I don’t adore, however, is the insane amount…

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The Unsophisticated (Chilled Two-Wine Spritzer)

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A little housekeeping: Unfortunately, I got a little education this week when I learned about Scrapers. Am I the last person alive to  hear about these folks? What they do -in a nutshell- is steal the RSS feed from a blog and republish it for whatever reasons they have to doing so (getting hits, pilfering…

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Green Orange Julius Smoothie

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This has been one seriously weird weather winter. From a green, warm Christmas to a rainy, snow-free February, I’ve been sitting around tapping my foot waiting for the weather to turn frightful. Tap tap tap. Nuttin’. While my husband and sons have been running around outside singing rapturously about the weather and twirling with their…

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Spiced Orange Chai Concentrate

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This is the time of year when I want nothing more than to traipse through the woods. The leaves have hit the deck and between the satisfying rustling sound they make, the scent of pine needles and apples, and the brisk air, a walk yields something that just might be the best feeling in the…

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Boiled Cider (Apple Molasses)

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I am a magician. You see that wine bottle? I fit two whole gallons of apple cider into it. Really. Okay, I boiled the cider down until it fit, and I didn’t have to work hard to do it. Yes, it took nearly six hours, but I didn’t stir it and wasn’t even in the…

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Coffee Milkshakes

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I have been a wee bit obsessed with milkshakes lately. And no. I’m not pregnant.  I just can’t get enough of the wonderful world of creamy, sweet, thick, milkshakes. I can’t quite figure out why. What is this sudden need for the ultimate comfort food? It couldn’t possibly be because… … my two eldest sons…

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Strawberry Limeade

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Happy First Day of Summer, everyone! It’s sweaty, sticky, humid, sunburn season. It’s time for spreading a blanket under a tree and reclining with a great book. Prepare for baseball and swimming and frisbee and creek stomping. Make moments for hamburgers and hot dogs and steaks and shrimp on the grill, potato chips, popsicles, and…

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