Beverages

Red, White & Blue Sangria

Let the patriotic celebrations begin with this red, white and blue white wine sangria. Complete with star-shaped apple slices.

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The USA takes on Belgium today for the final game in the round of sixteen. With the 4th of July this week I decided to mix up a white wine sangria with red (strawberries), white (apples) and blue (blueberries) fruit floating around in it. But that’s not all folks, the apples are cut into star shapes to make it even more patriotic. It appeals to taste buds and patriots! I unfortunately will be working (without a glass of this sangria in hand) but thankfully the location at which I am today has a TV within view from the front desk, so you better know what channel I will have it set on.

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One year ago: Taco Bar with Carnitas: Mexican Pulled Pork
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Fruity Sangria

Warm weather means it’s time for sangria. This red wine based sangria has oranges, lemons, strawberries, and nectarines. Drink up and then enjoy the fruit!

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You know that 1 hour and 45 minute phone interview I had last week? I just got an e-mail saying I am one of their top 10 candidates, but the earliest they can arrange the in-person interview is sometime in July so I won’t know more for a little while. I will keep you posted (btw it’s in Des Moines, Iowa). In the meantime I have reached my farthest destination on my journey, Rochester, NY. Time to enjoy not driving for a couple days and see my friend Adrienne get married!

Since I had all of these fun things to share with you today and it’s Friday, I decided it was a good day to post a cocktail recipe. I made this with Trader Joe’s Charles Schwab cabernet sauvignon. Cheap wine is always great for sangria because you don’t have to feel guilty about “ruining” it. Feel free to serve this with a splash of lemon-lime soda or another bubbly additive if you prefer such a thing in your sangria but I like mine without carbonation. Go ahead and eat the fruit floating in your drink too. You better believe I did, except for the lemons.

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One year ago: Coconut Pecan Cookies

Two years ago: Spicy Avocado Chicken Enchiladas
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Homemade Strawberry (Vodka) Lemonade

Homemade lemonade with fresh strawberries is a perfect spring or summer-time beverage. Throw in some vodka and you’ll be ready for a Sunday Funday!

Homemade Strawberry Vodka Lemonade

If you are hosting brunch for Mother’s Day, hand the mother(s) in your life a tall glass of homemade strawberry lemonade to enjoy while you’re busy cooking. And if she’s the boozing type throw in a shot of vodka! I personally came to appreciate vodka lemonade after trying it out at The Slider Inn while living in Memphis. This concept may not be novel to some people but I was extra excited when I realized all the fun flavor combinations that could be created with their well stocked supply of flavored vodkas (they even had one called loopy which tasted like fruit loops). I took it one step further by adding both real strawberries and vodka to homemade lemonade, resulting in one deliciously dangerous cocktail. Happy Mother’s Day!

Two years ago: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola

Three years ago: Raspberry Mango Margarita Pie
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Raspberry Tequila Sunrise #BrunchWeek

Welcome to the second annual brunch week hosted by Terri of Love and Confections and Susan of The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen!  Join us May 5th through 11th while we celebrate the deliciousness of brunch and to prepare for Mother’s Day and summer brunching season.  We have 32 bloggers bringing you their best brunch game, from cocktails to eggs benedict to donuts, there is something for everything this week.  Our amazing sponsors have donated some great prizes for a gigantic giveaway, please visit them all for more information.

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I am so excited to be a part of this year’s Brunch Week! There are so many great recipes this week which would be perfect for Mother’s Day brunch or any brunch throughout the year. In case that isn’t incentive enough to stick around all week, how about all the amazing giveaways that are up for grabs? Check out all the details and enter the giveaways HERE.

Today is not only the beginning of Brunch Week but also Cinco de Mayo! This combination lead to the decision to make an alcoholic beverage with orange juice to cover breakfast and tequila for the Mexican flair. Obviously I am talking about a tequila sunrise, but instead of using grenadine I mashed up some fresh raspberries using my OXO muddler which created red portion of the sunrise. Brunch just got a whole lot sweeter! And although this recipe is written for one drink, I trust that even when tipsy you will be able to do the math to mix up multiples if necessary.

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Two years ago: Dulce de Leche Brownies

Three years ago: Homemade Salsa
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Homemade Cinnamon Hot Chocolate Mix

Every winter I whip up a new hot chocolate mix. This year I decided to try two kinds, white hot chocolate pods and now cinnamon mix. This version was made on the fly while my parents were in town for my graduation. We were getting ready to go to a drive-thru Christmas light show and I realized I didn’t have any hot chocolate mix to prepare and bring for the show. So I pulled up my favorite mix recipe and added cinnamon. If you haven’t had cinnamon and chocolate together before, you’re missing out!

Homemade Cinnamon Hot Chocolate Mix

Two years ago: Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Mix

Three years ago: Bacon and Cheese Egg McMuffin Cups
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White Hot Chocolate Pods

The recipe I am sharing today doesn’t make one serving which may seem contrary to the purpose of Single Serving Sundays. Instead it makes a bunch of single servings! Make them for friends, make them for family, heck make them for yourself! They make great gifts ;-).

These hot chocolate pods are perfectly portioned to make one cup of hot cocoa without the fuss of measuring out a powdered cocoa mix. They melt perfectly in a cup of hot milk. I decided to use white chocolate instead of regular because, although it may not be “real” chocolate, white chocolate is my favorite kind of chocolate. These would be great with semisweet or dark chocolate as well.

White Hot Chocolate Pods

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Strawberry-Banana Colada Smoothie

Happy SSS! After a week full of ice cream, it’s time to share a smoothie that has spinach in it – but doesn’t look like it! Normally when I make smoothies I go for the vibrant green monster. But every now and then I try something new. This particular smoothie caught my eye because pictures of the original recipe still showed a pink smoothie despite having a little bit of spinach blended in. When I made it, it did not come out as pink but it isn’t green either. It was a good change from my normal routine and the addition of tropical flavors was perfect for the summertime.

Strawberry-Banana Colada Smoothie

Two years ago: Tomato-Basil Eggs Alfredo in Bread Baskets
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Honey Pecan Milkshakes #IceCreamWeek

Welcome to #IceCreamWeek! Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen of Juanita’s Cocina have teamed up with more than 20 of their blog friends to bring you a week full of ice cream treats, including a special ice cream giveaway! Prepare to have your taste buds tempted with some of the best ice cream treats around! Make sure you enter the giveaway for a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker and two fabulous ice cream cookbooks so that you can join in on the ice cream fun!

I received my third Stitch Fix yesterday after being inspired to try it again by reading everyone’s great reviews recently. Especially since many people said their third fix was their favorite. I on the other hand liked this fix no more than the others. The idea of Stitch Fix is really fun and I want enjoy my experiences, but so far it’s just been okay. The first two fixes I kept just one item each that I really enjoyed, but would’ve kept more if the other items were in my price range. This time the prices are better but not the items. I did end up keeping one top this time to justify the $20 styling fee I had already paid upfront. It wasn’t a top I would’ve normally picked up, but I will wear it.

I will try it again but am going to wait a little while. In the meantime, I made myself this milkshake to lift my spirits. I appreciate nuts in my ice cream, but this is the first time I’ve had them mixed into a milkshake and it was just as wonderful. The drizzle of honey around the inside of the rim makes for a creative presentation.

As a side note, it’s an interesting thing that the same blender I use to make green monster smoothies nearly every morning was used to make this oh-so-not-healthy beverage. Apparently my blender needs some fat in it every now and then, just like my belly!

Honey Pecan Milkshake

If you’d like to check out today’s #IceCreamWeek recipes, drool over the blogs below:

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One year ago: Blueberry Walnut Oatmeal Pancakes with Vanilla Maple Glaze
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Peanut Butter Burgers with Slim Jim Fries and Chocolate Malted Milkshakes

During my undergraduate career at Ohio State in Columbus, OH I met and became friends with a lot of people from the state of Ohio. However, despite this I never met anyone that ever heard of the famous peanutbutter from Bearden’s in West Cleveland. I even asked those whom I know are from that area and they were clueless. Apparently the next time I visit those friends we will have to fix that issue and hunt down that restaurant. In the meantime, I made it at home!

This burger is proof that I have a deep love for peanut butter and will put it on just about anything. Yes you heard me. Peanut butter melting on top of a burger was as glorious and a gooey peanut butter cookie fresh out of the oven – at least to me. But the burger is only a part of an entire meal. It is the star but there are other necessary players in order to complete this belly-fulfilling-journey. Emphasis on the FILLING.

Peanutburger

What’s a burger without fries? I personally prefer my fries to be crispy and often order my fries to be double fried at restaurants, but these slim fries are baked which means they are a little healthier and easier to control how crispy they get. Of course being slim fries they got crispy faster than thick fries would, which was also fine by me! Definitely a good fry recipe for all kinds of burgers.

Fries

Last but not least there’s the milkshake. Paired with a peanut butter burger it’s a no-brainer to choose chocolate. Unless you are me and tend to not enjoy chocolate shakes. However, in this situation paired with the peanut butter, it was perfect. Especially with the malted powder, which I used vanilla instead of chocolate just due to my personal preferences. I did drizzle some fudge sauce over the top but I think it would’ve been prettier if I had put a dollop of whipped cream on top first.

Chocolate Malted Milkshake

Overall, this was a fantasticly indulgent meal and much needed fat-kid food to sooth my recent stress levels. Would I put peanut butter on my burger again? You bet I would! Maybe next time I will get daring and do it with cheese too.

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Spiced Pear Smoothie

When cooking for one to two people leftovers are usually inevitable and since it is Single Serving Sunday I have a question for you: how long do you think is it okay to still eat leftovers? It seems that everyone has different scales from one day to a week or more, and then some people never eat leftovers (blasphemy). And while we’re on the subject how to you feel about eating yogurt past its “sell by date”? I will honestly admit that I’ve had yogurt a month past that date. More than once. So long as it hasn’t been opened yet of course. Basically if it doesn’t smell, look, or taste weird I’ll probably eat it and have also survived years of eating raw cookie dough and cake batters.

But anywho, let’s focus on this smoothie and it’s demise. Sometimes I do dumb things such a moving my patio furniture around for better lighting while a cup full of smoothie sits on it. And then I watch as it teeters over and crashes onto the ground. As a result I am down 1 glass and had to remake the smoothie. Wiping away all that smoothie was such a horrible waste too because it’s quite good. Even though I love pears I usually don’t reach for pear flavored things. This smoothie is an exception as the addition of cardamon and ginger really give it an unique flavor. And no I did not make this with rancid yogurt :-P.

Spiced Pear Smoothie

Two years ago: Breakfast Burrito
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