Homemade V-7 (not 8) Garden Vegetable Juice Blend

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A few weeks ago, my mom made the trek out to Michigan to visit her sisters (my aunties) and my Grandma. One night while Mom and my baby sister were out there, the Shaffer girls (because that’s what they become when they’re all together again) and Grandma gathered around the kitchen table to talk food…

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Boston Coolers

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Boston Coolers are an iconic Michigan dessert.  Yes.  I am aware it’s called a Boston cooler but its origins and popularity have nothing whatsoever to do with Boston, Massachusetts.  This perfect combination of Vernor’s Ginger Ale and vanilla ice cream hails from the Boston Boulevard area of Detroit, Michigan; another Michigan icon.  And since that…

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Watermelon Mojito Slushies: Think Pink!

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Yesterday, I mentioned that we’d been experiencing some of life’s less pleasant moments.  One of those less pleasant moments was a biggie, folks.  As in a life changing biggie… *Fair warning:  I am about to use the following words; breast, cancer, breasts, self-exam and self-check.  If any of those words bother you, tune out until…

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Jalapeno Mojito Syrup

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I need to remember that no matter how weird things get around here they can always, and probably will, get weirder.  Unfortunately, the last couple weeks have been peppered with some of life’s less pleasant moments.  One of them, I will share with you in a future post.* The other two things I’m going to…

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Papa’s Homemade Hooch: Homemade Ginger Ale.

This is pure refreshment.

For a multitude of reasons I don’t buy soda.   Please don’t get me wrong. I’m not going all judgy-judgerton on soda.  It’s just that over the years, I have gotten to where I don’t really like most of it.  It’s just too derned sweet for me.  Once a year or so I’ll grab a…

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Purple Cow Smoothies

My kids are clinging impatiently to my thighs while I take this picture, 'scuse the angle.

It is simply gorgeous outside here today.  And for that reason, I will not be long winded here.  (And there was much rejoicing…)  My kids are standing on the porch, pressing their faces against the window asking me when I’ll be out.  They’re also waiting for their smoothies so I have to make like a bird…

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Hot Lemon Shrub

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Several years ago I got into the Aubrey/Maturin series of books by Patrick O’Brian.  And by ‘got into’ I mean that I obsessively read all twenty one books (including the unfinished one)  back to back so quickly that I can’t remember what happened in which novel.  There was hardly a moment when one of O’Brian’s books left…

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Harry Potter Butter Beer

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In today’s Record-Eagle column I ran the following recipe for Vanilla Simple Syrup.   Vanilla Simple Syrup   Once you make this you’ll find all sorts of reasons to keep it handy. We put about 1 1/2 ounces in the bottom of a tall glass and top it off with cold plain seltzer for a…

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Mojito Slushies

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This is liquid cool.  And I need to cool down badly.     For those who don’t know me very well this post requires a little back history.  I’ll try to keep it brief.   Last year, feeling cramped with five kids, two dogs, a fish and a cat we decided to move from the 1400 square foot…

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