31 Days of Slow Cooker Meals: Corned Beef and Cabbage

We traditionally associated corned beef and cabbage with St. Patrick’s Day. I know I do. I look forward to the meal every year, especially the variations like corned beef sliders that I get down at the local pub for the holiday. But you can actually enjoy this meal at any time of year. In fact, I highly suggest it, because it is an easy and filling meal that everyone likes.  Continue reading “31 Days of Slow Cooker Meals: Corned Beef and Cabbage”

Pumpkin Soup Recipes and Variations

Once fall descends upon us, it’s time to think about all things pumpkin. Sure, they make for fun decorations, but pumpkin also tastes good and is quite a versatile garden food. These cooler days make one dream of warm, filling soups. Today I have two base recipes for you, as well as several variations that you can use to mix up your pumpkin soup game.

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What Is Pumpkin Spice?

As soon as the calendar rolls over to September 1, it officially becomes Pumpkin Spice season. Its popularity is so huge that some places have rolled back the start date to August. I’ll admit that makes me twitch, because to me, pumpkin spice is for fall, and August is still summer. But the kickoff used to be later, in October. In fact, October 1 is actually considered to be National Pumpkin Spice Day. Did you know that?

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Champagne Cocktail Recipes for New Year’s Eve

The earth has gone around the sun one more time and we’re getting ready to party like it’s 1999 again. Or something like that. We all know that champagne is the beverage of choice for your New Year’s Eve celebration, but can’t we do more with it? Yes, you will likely toast to Auld Lang Syne at midnight and your couple of sips of plain champagne are appropriate for that. But the holiday calls for an excuse to try something different with your bubbly, and I’m not talking about mimosas. So check out these champagne cocktails and enjoy exciting your taste buds as your nose is tickled this New Year’s Eve.

Coconut Champagne Cocktail

Coconut is a super popular flavor and maybe not one that you would think of in the middle of winter. That makes it all the more necessary to serve as something a little different as a champagne cocktail for this New Year’s Eve celebration. To make coconut champagne cocktail, you just have to mix 2 ounces of plain coconut water with 1 ounce of vodka. Toss in about 7 grapes and add about an ounce of champagne, and you’ll have a festive and light drink to enjoy. Plus the grapes are fun to snack on.

St. Germain and Orange Champagne Cocktail

St. Germain is a liquor that came out in 2007 and quickly became an outrageously popular drink with people all over the world from the moment it hit shelves. It’s an elderflower liquor that is made by Bacardi. You can use it for a flavorful champagne cocktail to serve on New Year’s. Mix 1 ounce of St. Germain, 1½ ounces of freshly squeezed orange juice, ½ ounce of vodka, and 3 ounces of champagne for a new flavor to tempt your tastebuds this holiday.

Raspberry Champagne Cocktail

Raspberries make me happy and provide a great flavor for cocktails and drinks in general. The only things you need for this champagne cocktail are 1.5 ounces of high-quality vodka, 2 ounces of pineapple juice, ½ ounce of simple syrup or any other comparable sweetener, and 2 – 4 ounces of your favorite champagne. Top it off with raspberries for a festive finish!

Berry Rose’ Cocktail

This champagne cocktail is tasty and has a romantic feel. Berry Rose’ Cocktail is made by slicing berries of your choice into attractive pieces, commonly strawberries or blueberries, and adding them to your rose’ champagne.

Which champagne cocktails are you going to try this year? What are some other combinations you have tried and enjoyed?

Enjoy a Sparkling Pomegranate Cocktail and Mocktail!

The holiday season may elicit thoughts of cranberry everything, but that isn’t the only reddish fruit out there. I also love pomegranate. (The pomegranate mimosa my local bar and grill used to make is still my favorite!) So why not try it as a holiday cocktail and mocktail? Sparkling water gives you the fancy and festive fizz of champagne. Serve in decorative holiday-themed glasses for even more seasonal cheer! Want to keep it non-alcoholic? All you have to do is leave out the vodka. Your whole family will enjoy it before or during dinner!

Yield: 2 drinks
Total Prep Time: 5 minutes Continue reading “Enjoy a Sparkling Pomegranate Cocktail and Mocktail!”