Mar 15, 2014

Irish Coffee & a Headcold

With St Patrick’s Day coming up, I am trying to decide how to celebrate!  In my youth, this week was full of dancing and revelry, but now I may settle for a nice Irish Coffee! I still remember the first time I tasted this classic drink.  I was a college student spending a semester in Dublin and firmly committed to … Continue reading


Feb 9, 2014

White Chocolate Strawberry Martini

What beverage says festive more than a martini? For an anniversary, Valentine’s day or any romantic occasion, here is a recipe for a White Chocolate Strawberry Martini. Red berries with chocolate and sweetness–how romantic is that! As I worked to develop and size this recipe I learned a few things about martinis. Did you know that the traditional martini glass … Continue reading

Mulled Wine. Not just for Christmas anymore.

Jan 29, 2014

Winter Mulled Wine, Brandy Optional

In much of the US, the frigid weather has sure been a focus lately.  School was closed for us again and everyone is ending emails with the phrase “stay warm”.  Last weekend we made a last minute decision to close our “cabin up north” due to the propane shortage and I am mourning the (temporary) loss of my weekend retreat.  … Continue reading

Coconut swirls in Blizzard White Chocolate Martini

Dec 29, 2013

Bilzzard White Chocolate Martini

I love the days between Christmas and New Years.  The frenzy of shopping and baking are over, while the warmth and ambiance remain.  I pull out all the carols I have neglected, and catch up on any Christmas movies that were skipped in the busy days before.  I leisurely research recipes to use up leftovers (10 best uses for extra … Continue reading

Honey, ginger, lemon tea served

Nov 17, 2013

(Lime or) Lemon, Ginger Honey in a Jar

A couple months ago, I saw this recipe for a lemon ginger honey tea “mix” and it fascinated me.  It was an easy recipe that you make once, store in the refrigerator, then scoop from anytime you want a nice cup of lemon, ginger, honey tea. Like, maybe, every day in the winter? Even the recipe is easy.  Slice lemons … Continue reading


Oct 17, 2013

In Search of the Wild House Mouse (and a Fall Cocktail)

I got my first mouse about a month ago. Not on purpose, however, and not in a pet cage.  I got it with a broom. I am still shaking and it’s taken me this long to get the story on paper. The reason for so much distress from a tiny creature?  Well, buried in my memory is an old news … Continue reading

Sangria, served

Sep 1, 2013

Sugarfree Sangria for an End of Summer Party

Whew it’s been a long and eventful end of summer! Why so busy?  Well to start with, we had one daughter beginning college out of state, and another entering graduate school a (mere) couple hours away.  This, in turn, meant refrigerators to buy, free furniture to look for, last minute crises to avert, and celebrations to plan. On their last … Continue reading

Blackberry Mint Tea with Pitcher

Jun 11, 2013

Blackberry Mint Iced Tea

On my “to do” list for summer… develop a taste for iced tea. I am a long time fan of hot tea, which I started drinking in college while studying in Ireland.  When in Rome… you know. But in summer I want something refreshing.  This means cold, with volumes of liquid, lots of flavor, reasonable calories–and easy to prepare if … Continue reading

Martini by CHristmas Tree

Dec 18, 2012

Holiday Eggnog Martini

I have been waiting to make an Eggnog Martini for almost a year.  I saw the recipe late last winter and had to wait until eggnog was “in season” again.  Gee–seasonal eating can be tough. When the eggnog arrived this year, I was ready.  Until I decided I should wait until I can use it to celebrate something. The first … Continue reading

Pumpkin Spice Latter

Nov 19, 2012

All Natural Pumpkin Spice Latte (50% of Vitamin A!)

The Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte has been getting a lot of buzz lately.  Nothing like a reported pumpkin syrup shortage to start a craze! As regular readers will testify I am already a bit pumpkin obsessed and have done (5-minute, diet!) pumpkin pie as well as soup in a pumpkin this blogging season, but mixing pumpkin with coffee (another obsession … Continue reading