Beverages

Red Monster Spinach Smoothie

Love adding spinach to your smoothies but hate the color it creates? Substitute with heirloom red spinach and you’ll completely forget that you ever added any spinach!

Red Monster Spinach Smoothie 1
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Shark Attack Cocktail

This sweet, citrus cocktail will sneak up on you just like a shark attack. Hence the name. Made with lemon, pineapple, maraschino cherries, orange juice, tequila, and rum.

Shark Attack Cocktail 2
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Blood Orange Margarita Jello Shots

You don’t have to be in college to enjoy these jello shots. Prepare them inside of the rinds of blood oranges to impress guests at your next party.

Blood Orange Maragita Jello Shots 2
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Homemade Vanilla Chai Tea Mix

Get your vanilla chai tea fix at home in an instant with this homemade mix. Simple ingredients and a great gift too!

Homemade Vanilla Chai Tea Mix 2

My apologies for my lapse in posting the past couple days. It’s been a whirlwind with the holidays and preparing to move. In fact, today marks the beginning of the big move to Ohio! One week to move everything into the new place, unpack, and get situated before my new job starts on January 12th. And do you know what the weather forecast for Columbus, OH is today? A steamy high of 18 degrees! What a stark contrast to my move to Memphis, TN where it was 115 degrees the day I moved there. Of course that was in August not January, but still interesting to note.

With the bitter cold, driving most of the day and unloading the truck, a warm cup of tea may be in order. Hopefully I will be able unpack some apparatus in order to warm water to do so. Conveniently I recently made this instant vanilla chai tea mix made from milk powder, non-dairy powdered creamer, sugar, instant tea, and spices. It smells as wonderful as it tastes and makes a great gift during these cold months.

Homemade Vanilla Chai Tea Mix 1

One year ago: Pizza Quesadilla

Three years ago: Gluten-Free Brownie Cookies

Four years ago: Blue-Cheese Scalloped Potatoes
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Pomegranate Sangria

Sangria isn’t just for the warm summer months. Mix up with winter pomegranate sangria and it may be your new favorite holiday beverage.

Pomegranate Sangria

Another pomegranate alcoholic beverage? Another sangria? Why yes! Not to down play any of the other sangrias I have shared but this one is my favorite so far. Maybe I am partial to pomegranate, maybe it’s the seasonally delicious citrus fruits, or maybe you need to stir this up for your New Year’s party tomorrow. Serve it garnished with some bubbly for some extra festive flair.

One year ago: Best of 2013

Three years ago: Best of 2011
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Pomegranate Mimosa

Get the champagne ready! Whether you are hosting brunch or toasting the new year, change things up with this pomegranate mimosa.

Pomegranate Mimosa 1

I’m not usually a big fan of champagne, unless orange juice is involved. Ah yes mimosas, the drink of brunches. In fact when my lab mates and I were in Berlin we managed to order a couple mimosas for “brunch” despite our waitress looking at us like we lost our minds when we described it as a drink that was half champagne and half orange juice. Silly Americans.

This time of year champagne comes out in full force, namely in a couple days for the celebration of another New Year. But who says you have to toast with pure champagne? I say mix some fruit juice in there, have some fun, and dare someone to stop you. I mixed in some pomegranate to make it seasonally appropriate.

Pomegranate Mimosa 2

Two years ago: Chicken with Mustard Cream Sauce

Three years ago: Cranberry and Orange Granola

Four years ago: Chicken Scallopine with Sage and Fontina Cheese
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Homemade Dark Hot Chocolate Mix

Instead of buying from the store, try your hand at homemade hot chocolate mix. This version highlights dark chocolate and would make a great gift!

Homemade Dark Hot Chocolate Mix 1

Christ mas is about a week away! Can you believe it? I certainly cannot as I’ve just started feeling the holiday-baking pull. There are too many festive things I want to make in such little time! The most important thing I made every year is hot chocolate mix. To date, I have made six different kinds of hot chocolate mix: Regular, Peanut Butter, Red Velvet, Cinnamon, Salted Caramel, and now Dark Chocolate. Homemade hot chocolate mix makes great gifts if you’re looking for some last minute ideas!

Homemade Dark Hot Chocolate Mix 2

This dark hot chocolate is not as sweet at the others I have created due to the use of dark and semisweet chocolate – no white chocolate in there this time. But the flavor of the dark chocolate truly shines. I thought it was exceptional, but if you know someone who prefers sweeter hot chocolate (like my dad), throw a healthy handful of marshmallows in there.

Homemade Dark Hot Chocolate Mix 3

One year ago: Baked Mozzarella Chicken Rolls

Two years ago: Buttermilk Biscuits

Four years ago: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip
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Boozy Pumpkin Pie Milkshake

Throw that leftover pie into a blender with some ice cream and make a milkshake! Add rum for a boozy adult beverage and don’t forget the fresh whipped cream.

Boozy Pumpkin Pie Milkshake 1

Alright smart phone users, what apps (preferably free) does this smart phone novice need to check out for my fancy new phone? I am getting obvious things like facebook, twitter, instagram, and waze but beyond that I’m a bit clueless. So tell me what you use most and why. I’ve been in the dark so long my parents and their friends probably know more about smart phones than I do.

And now for your Thanksgiving desert leftovers, if you were lucky enough to have any. Sometimes pie is so good you wish you could drink it with a straw. Well, now you can! Blend up a slice, crust and all, along with some ice cream and a bit of rum and you’ll be ready to cozy up in front of the fire. Or in my case, I drank it while watching foot ball last night. The Ohio State vs Michigan game was a close one but thankfully we were victorious. Unfortunately our QB JT Barrett is injured and out for the remainder :-(.

Boozy Pumpkin Pie Milkshake 2

One year ago: Peanut Butter Mousse Cookie Cups

Two years ago: Peanut Butter Reeses Pieces Giant Cookie for One

Three years ago: Peanut Butter Reeses Pieces Giant Cookie for One

Four years ago: Red Velvet Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies
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Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Mix up this delicious smoothie with dark chocolate, peanut butter, banana, Greek yogurt, milk, and oats. Tastes like dessert without the guilt.

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie 1

Between my adventures in Seattle and now LA I have not been eating all that healthy, not that I am complaining because it’s been delicious. To add to the food fest, last night my nephew Luke went trick or treating for the first time and I managed to sneak a couple pieces for myself (while adoring the cutest tool box on the face of the earth). And now today is college football-food day. I decided to mix up a slightly healthier peanut butter and chocolate recipe to balance out all the rest and feel slightly less guilty. I am also making up for the break in my gym work out schedule by lifting babies. Maybe some crunches with my newest nephew Griffin on my stomach or kicking my feet while big brother Luke sits on my feet. Quality time and a work out!

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie 2

One year ago: Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Soup

Two years ago: Pecan-Crusted Chicken with Roasted Broccoli

Three years ago: Homemade Pumpkin Puree
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Amaretto Spiced Apple Cider #10DaysofTailgate

Welcome to ‪#‎10DaysofTailgate hosted by Culinary Adventures with Camilla! There are nearly two dozen bloggers with over one hundred recipes to inspire you through an entire tailgating season. From Chili, Meatballs and Wings to Sangria, Pretzels and some sweet Desserts, we have all your tailgating recipe needs covered. #10daysofTailgate runs from September 20th through September 30th. A huge thank you goes to our event sponsors who have graciously donated prizes for our readers. There are fourteen different prize packages so make sure you enter the rafflecopter HERE and don’t forget to follow the hashtag on Twitter too, #10DaysofTailgate.

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Here’s what everyone brought to the table today…

Starters
Cheesy Maple Leaf Farm Duck Bacon Oven Chips by Making Miracles
Mango-Mustard Crock Pot Wings by Curious Cuisiniere
Cheesy Pulled Pork Egg Rolls by From Gate to Plate
Herbed Deviled Eggs by Culinary Adventures with Camilla

Sips
Amaretto Spiced Apple Cider by The Spiffy Cookie

Dips
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus by Debbi Does Dinner Healthy

Mains
Green and Gold Grilled Chicken (Green Curry and Pineapple) by Cheese Curd In Paradise
Turducken Meatballs by Miss Laura’s Kitchen
Meaty “Beast Mode” Baked Beans by OnTheMove-In the Galley
Chicken Apple Bratwurst Burgers by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures

Sides
Grilled Green Beans, Mushrooms, and Duck Bacon by The Pajama Chef

Amaretto Spiced Apple Cider

When tailgating for a night game sometimes a cold beer does not appeal. It’s getting cooler at night which means a warm beverage would be most appreciated. Spiced cider to the rescue! But instead of being spiked with rum I used amaretto. The almond flavor pairs exceptionally well with apples. It’ll warm you up from the inside.

One year ago: Stuffed Red Velvet Truffles

Two years ago: Homemade Yellow Cake Mix
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