There is nothing like a cup of really good iced coffee on a warm summer day. You know you are in for a treat when the barista hands you a cup filled with liquid that sparkles like a dark diamond. Taking that first refreshing sip, the flavors slowly blossom, starting with the robust, toasted notes of the coffee beans and ending with a slightly sweet flavor that lingers on your lips. There is no need for sugar or milk; with one sip, you are totally in the moment.
When I started this journey of finding the right combination of foods to make the perfect fruit smoothie, I tried many things and--yes--experienced some really bad smoothies. Yet, I'm so excited that I started this journey because I feel that I'm getting to the "perfect fruit smoothie" stage. Let’s set a basic foundation first.
Having a husband in the wine industry means we have A LOT of corks lying around. No, it's not from all the wine we drink (I promise), but it is pretty cool. I mean, think of all the project possibilities! Today, we attempted our first cork project, and I will say these coasters came out pretty cute! So if you want to give it a try (I am sure you have some corks lying around, right?), here is how we did it.
There’s a routine every Thursday, I go to my local grocery store search for ingredients to feed the troops at home, look for a bottle of wine and get ready for a run. After my run it’s time to relax, cook and aerate my wine of choice. This week I picked up The Velvet Devil Merlot from Washington state. Basically it was the name and simple label that drew me to it. ...more
Adventures in Germany - Fiction and Fact. Words for Wednesday Word ChallengeWords for Wednesday is a word prompt challenge I have been participating in for the past few months. Up until this week, all of the fiction I have created using these prompts has been published on this blog. ...more
The drink Moscow Mule a 1950 throw back is gaining again in popularity. First introduced in the US as a way to sell vodka: this drink is a refreshing cocktail especially for a summer evening. Served in the traditional chilled cooper mug(you need the mugs in my opinion for a true Moscow Mule!) Easy to make by even the most inexperienced mixologist. ...more
Green juices are the staple juice in the house. Recently, the kids haven't been drinking them as much. I think they are bored with the flavor ... frankly, I am too. We were in the habit of putting the same things in the juice: kale, carrots, apple, banana, hemp seeds and usually another fruit we had in the house. There is nothing wrong with this juice at all but I think we just need a little variety!
In Los Angeles where the majority of the creatively inclined population has to stitch together an income from a variety of sources, one can meet the dancer/school teacher, or the freelance writer/barista, but the ex-porn star turned winemaker is a def...more
We were pinspired recently for this week’s summer cocktail by an amazing looking drink recipe called a Blackberry Pineapple Smash, originally created on food blog,What’s Gaby Cooking. We decided to take her blackberry-pineapple idea, and changed her lime juice to a sweeter orange for a refreshing berry pineapple twist concoction!...more
This week’s summer cocktail is a chili-infused vodka cocktail with lots of kick! We love the unique flavour of an infused spirit, and it has become really trendy lately, with many bars & restaurants in the city getting in on the action. We were inspired by Indian restaurant Sher E Punjab on the Danforth, that served us an amazing cucumber-chili infused vodka cocktail a couple of months ago....more
Del Monte Fruit Burst Squeezers are healthy snacks you can offer your children after a long day at school. 17 moms offer their best back to school snacking and lunch tips. Find some great ideas and get a chance to win a $100 VISA Gift Card on each blog. Read more