Instant Vanilla Chai Mix | Make Ahead Mondays

Tea has a way -unlike coffee- of making time slow down just a bit. This time of year and this season of life, I feel like time needs all the slowing down I can possibly get. I’m trying, with varying degrees of success, to accomplish parenting and homeschooling five boys (two of whom are teenagers), [Read On]

Holiday Cookies and Goodies Round-Up

Were you to be looking for me this past Tuesday or Wednesday, you would’ve found me in the basement of the student center at Houghton College in Houghton, New York, selling tasty goodies at a table set up at the 26th Annual Houghton Arts & Crafts Fair. This was the first year the college did [Read On]

Jerk Chicken Bites with Rum Glazed Pineapple

As a participant in the Captain Morgan’s Spice Up the Holidays Contest, I was charged with -among other things- developing three recipes (a cocktail, an appetizer, and a dessert) featuring either Captain Morgan’s Original Spiced Rum or their Black Spiced Rum to serve at a party. My first recipe was the Dark & Stormy Orchard; [Read On]

Peppermint Mocha or Hot Chocolate

Update: The Pick Giveaway Winner plug-in chose Pamela and Miranda as the winners. Congratulations, ladies! Please respond to the email I just send to you with your mailing addresses and details and I will send it onto our friends at Korin.com! I promised a Peppermint Mocha to end all Peppermint Mochas today and I am [Read On]

Peppermint Hot Fudge Sauce

I’ve spoken before of my deep, deep love for the hot fudge sauce made by my stepmom, Val. Grandma Val’s Hot Fudge Sauce is a staple around the Foodie With Family household. It goes on ice cream, to be sure, but it is also drizzled on cake and stirred into hot milk for fabuloso hot [Read On]

Whiskey Vanilla Extract | Make Ahead Mondays

  I am obsessed with vanilla extract. Since I started making my own extract several years ago, I haven’t bought vanilla extract (either faux or pure) once. Once you’ve made your own and tasted just how much better it is (and realized just how easy the entire process is) it’s hard -if not impossible- to [Read On]

Dark & Stormy Orchard | Spice Up The Holidays Announcement

It was a Dark & Stormy night in the orchard… No, let’s start again. “You poured your apple cider in my Dark & Stormy.” “No, you poured your Dark & Stormy in my apple cider!” Hmmm. Closer, but not quite right. Let me start at the beginning. I’m in a contest. (Ah, that’s better.) In [Read On]

Dirty Chai | Make Ahead Mondays

Dirty chai sounds kind of wrong, doesn’t it? In a sense, really, it is. It’s the marriage of tea and coffee. …And in another sense, it’s a metaphor for my marriage. I am a tea drinker. My husband is a coffee drinker. In fact, he never voluntarily drank tea until he met me. I lived [Read On]