Archives: Beverages

Blackberry Moscow Mule

August 30, 2017 | By andrea | Comments Off on Blackberry Moscow Mule | Filed in: Beverages, Cocktails, Recipes, Summer.

A few days ago I decided to meander down the nature trail behind our house to pick some blackberries to add to a Moscow Mule, a cocktail made with vodka, fresh lime juice, and ginger beer. My blackberry search, however, was almost a bust. Being vertically challenged (I’m almost 5’2″), most of the purple-y ripe fruit was out of my reach so I • Read More »

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It’s Easy Being Green Smoothie

February 28, 2015 | By andrea | Comments Off on It’s Easy Being Green Smoothie | Filed in: Beverages, Breakfast, Recipes, Snack.

Smoothies are a great way to increase your daily fruit and vegetable intake. This recipe is loaded with vitamins and is naturally sweet from the fruit…no juice needed. Any blender will make a smoothie but not every blender will give you an ultra-smooth smoothie (like the ones at Jamba Juice or other fancy smoothie stores). I • Read More »

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Rise ‘N Raspberry Smoothie

January 17, 2012 | By andrea | Comments Off on Rise ‘N Raspberry Smoothie | Filed in: Beverages, Breakfast, Recipes, Snack.

Smoothies make a great quick breakfast or snack…and my kids love them! Plus, they’re a great way to get extra fruit into your diet! So fire up those blenders and get to it!!! Enjoy! Rise ‘N Raspberry Smoothie -recipe from The Little Black Book of Smoothies by Ruth Cullen Makes 2 10-ounce smoothies or 1 • Read More »

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Best Ever Hot Cocoa Mix

January 9, 2012 | By andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in: Beverages, Chocolate, Food Gifts, Recipes.

Rich and chocolatey, this homemade hot cocoa mix is easy to make and a perfect treat on a cold winter day! You might be thinking, “Why do I need to make it from scratch when I can buy it in little packets at the store?” Well, it makes a nice gift for a chocolate lover • Read More »

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Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail

December 30, 2011 | By andrea | Comments Off on Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail | Filed in: Beverages, Christmas, Cocktails, Holidays, Recipes, Thanksgiving.

Offer up a toast this New Year’s Eve with a pretty glass of bubbly splashed with pomegranate juice for a bit of color and a hint of sweetness. While the pomegranate seeds are a nice touch, I usually don’t bother with them. These days you can get good bubblies from Spain (cava) or the States (California, Washington) for under • Read More »

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White Sangria

September 1, 2011 | By andrea | Comments Off on White Sangria | Filed in: Beverages, Cocktails, Mexican, Recipes.

Sangria, like most things, can either be really bad or really good. This peachy-flavored recipe for White Sangria is definitely in the really good category! It’s delicious, refreshing and super easy to make. I chose a bottle of Red Cliffe Sauvignon Blanc (under $10 at Trader Joe’s), and used triple sec for the orange liqueur. • Read More »

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The Strawberry Muddle

July 28, 2011 | By andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in: Beverages, Cocktails, Recipes.

Here’s a refreshing drink that’s perfect on a hot summer day. The recipe calls for an Italian sparkling wine called Prosecco but any dry sparkling wine will do. Enjoy! The Strawberry Muddle -recipe from Bon Appetit Magazine Created by Jon Hoeber, the farmers’ market-prowling mixologist at Rustic Canyon restaurant in Santa Monica, The Strawberry Muddle is • Read More »

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Happy Birthday to me…and a Sparkling Lemoncello-Raspberry Cocktail

May 20, 2011 | By andrea | 6 Comments | Filed in: Beverages, Cocktails, Recipes.

Today is my birthday and I made this delicious sparkling wine cocktail to celebrate my day. It’s easy, delicious, and perfect for spring and summer festivities! I used frozen raspberries, which worked great  because they get smashed with the lemoncello so they don’t need to be beautiful, whole berries. Also, choose a brut sparkling wine, • Read More »

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Layered Fruit Smoothie

January 23, 2011 | By andrea | 4 Comments | Filed in: Beverages, Breakfast, Recipes.

Although the weather here in Portland is cold and drizzly, I’m not letting that stop me from dreaming about sandy beaches, warm breezes, palm trees, and fruity drinks. This Layered Fruit Smoothie is a perfect example of that: a lime-kissed mango smoothie topped off with a layer of refreshing strawberry smoothie. It’s a healthy, fun and creative way • Read More »

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An Old-Timey Afternoon

September 7, 2009 | By andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in: Beverages, Morsels & Musings, Recipes.

Many scenes from life go unnoticed or are easily forgotten, so I was delighted to capture this photo of Grandpa enjoying a cool glass of peach iced tea under the shade trees while watching the youngsters playing in the yard. It’s so Norman Rockwellish, don’t you think? The peach iced tea I am referring to is • Read More »

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