End of Summer Caramel Apple Sangria Recipe #MirassouSummer

Caramel Apple Sangria Recipe #MirassouSummer

While it still may be hot and humid in parts of the country, Illinois is slowly cooling down. It's creeping towards the end of the summer season for us. For me, that means it's the end of a care-free time and back to the busy days of getting our family on a strict schedule. As much as I enjoy the warm months, I'm very much looking forward to the flavors of Fall. To celebrate the end of one season and the beginning of a new one, Mirassou Winery … [Read more...]

Chocolate Caramel Iced Coffee Recipe for a Crowd #IDelight

Chocolate Caramel Iced Coffee Recipe for a Crowd #IDelight

With Memorial Day weekend and a heat wave coming up, I can't help but think of all the things I love about summer. The heat, not-so-much, but all of the fun family activities and great food, those, yes, those are what I look forward to. Getting into the backyard while the kids chase the dog through the sprinkler, smiling at my husband while he watches over the grill and me sitting back on the patio with a cold drink, that's the perfect Memorial … [Read more...]

Lightened Up Blended Iced Coffee Recipe

Lightened Up Iced Coffee Drink Recipe

This spring warm up has got me thinking about all of the cool drinks I missed during those cold winter months. While I enjoyed the warm mugs of hot cocoa and hot tea at bedtime, it's time to cool things down. One of my favorite summer drinks is a tall glass of iced coffee, especially if it's all blended together like a milkshake. Unfortunately, that iced coffee drink is usually full of high calorie ingredients like cream, ice cream, sugar or … [Read more...]

Country Orange Lemonade Recipe featuring the Magimix Food Processor Citrus Press

Fresh Squeezed Country Orange Lemonade Recipe

I was provided with a product sample to share my experiences. The calendar may have told us that spring has arrived but Mother Nature is telling a different story with these frigid temperatures. I don't know about you, but I could use a little spring, even if means making it spring-like indoors. I've already started filling vases with fresh flowers, cleaned up the grill for some outdoor cooking and made a big pitcher of fresh country orange … [Read more...]

Lucky Lime Leprechaun Party Punch Recipe for St. Patrick’s Day

Lucky Lime Leprechaun Sherbet Party Punch Recipe for St Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day isn't a big holiday for our family. None of us are Irish or have any idea what the holiday is actually about. My history of this holiday involves my grade school classroom covered in paper foot prints, desks knocked over and the classroom "trashed" by those pesky Leprechauns. We don't do corned beef (that stuff looks raw), we don't drink alcohol but I can certainly appreciate a potato or two. So our holiday usually involves some … [Read more...]

“Under the Sea” Blue Raspberry Lemonade Sherbet Party Punch Recipe

Ariels Under the Sea Blue Raspberry Lemonade Party Punch Recipe

I know everyone says they love birthday parties for the cake and ice cream but not in this house. We love the punch bowl (and not because it's spiked, it's not). Kids (and adults) always go crazy for my popular Pink Party Punch recipe and this one is very similar except it's a blue raspberry lemonade flavor with pineapple sherbet and of course, it's blue for a Little Mermaid themed birthday party. Thus the name, "Under the Sea" party … [Read more...]

14 Smoothies for a Healthy Start to 2014

14 smoothies for a healthy start in 2014

*This is a partnered post on behalf of Foodie.com by Glam. Every day that passes, my love of healthy smoothies grows a little bit stronger. All it took to get me to start eating a healthy breakfast was a blender that would crush ice and puree frozen fruit. Since my new blender arrived I've discovered so many flavor combinations that I otherwise would have thought didn't belong together. I've also been scouring the internet to find new and … [Read more...]

Pineapple * Banana * Orange Breakfast Smoothie Recipe

Pineapple Banana Orange Breakfast Smoothie Recipe

Last week I found myself laying bed (totally having a pity party). It was the middle of the day and I was flipping through channels and paused on QVC. Yeah, the shopping channel, totally not what you should be watching when you're feeling cruddy. I have this awful habit of shopping when I'm feeling down and end up with a closet full of emotional purchases. On this particular day, they were selling the Ninja Ultima blenders and showing how to … [Read more...]