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How to Make Mulled Cider

There’s nothing like a cup of hot mulled cider to keep you warm when it’s cold outside. It’s such a simple drink to make…and it fills your home with the most deliciously fragrant aromas of the holiday season. Think  cinnamon, orange peels, warm cloves and star anise…I can smell it already!  The key to a great mulled cider is to start with good, quality cider. I like buying local unpasteurized cider which  has more of a cloudy appearance. Then you add in your spices and for a bit of extra warmth you can even spike your glass with a shot …

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Recipe: Cranberry Sparkler Cocktail

One of the reasons I appreciate the holidays so much is that it makes for the perfect excuse to enjoy a good cocktail! 😉 Whether you’re hosting a holiday party or entertaining a guest that dropped by unexpectedly, you should always have ingredients on hand for at least one amazing signature drink that you can whip together at a moment’s notice. I love a sparkling cocktail made with champagne or prosecco for the holidays. A little bit of bubbly always feels festive for the season and this cranberry sparkler couldn’t be easier to make. Lightly sweet and infused with the …

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Guide To Buying an Ice Cream Maker

Since we’re in the midst of a summer heat wave it only feels right to talk about ice cream … The ultimate cool-down treat for the summer!!! And guess what? I got myself an ice cream maker and it is seriously like the best thing I ever bought! Of course an ice cream isn’t necessarily a kitchen essential, but if you love ice cream, it’s really so much fun to make your own which makes investing in one well worth it. I’ve had mine for a couple of months now and am really enjoying experimenting with different flavor combinations plus …

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5 Reasons to Shop at Your Local Farmer’s Market

Along with ice cream and the beach, shopping the Farmer’s Market on the weekend is one of my absolute favorite things to do in the summer! My sister and I always go to the the Atwater Village Farmer’s market in LA (I spend a lot of my summers there) and often visit the same vendors over and over. We load up on fresh produce, freshly hatched eggs and eat lots yummy snacks along the way like homemade pupusas with agua fresca, freshly popped kettle corn. But best of all, we get to enjoy a beautiful day outdoors which is so …

Breakfast in Under 5 Minutes: Super Seed Fruit Salad

I used to be one of those people who never ate breakfast but lately I’ve been making it a point to consume something every morning, whether it’s just a smoothie, a piece of fruit or a more filling meal which is usually reserved for the weekends. Because I have no time to be cooking or cleaning on a typical weekday morning, my thing is that my breakfasts need to take 5 minutes or less to make. One of my favorites is a simple fruit salad kicked up a notch with a blend of super seeds sprinkled on top for added …

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Cocktail Hour: The Four Diamonds Strawberry Frozen Cocktail

Summer is finally here which means its time to mix up some frozen cocktails! Last year I took a trip to the Dominican Republic and fell in love with a frozen drink called the Four Diamonds which was served at the resort where I stayed. This rum based cocktail is mixed with strawberries, coconut, Irish cream and ice. I probably shouldn’t admit this but it’s SO good I pretty much inhaled several of these a day during my stay and loved the drink so much I convinced the bartender to give me the recipe! Now I’m sharing it with you! …