Old Fashioned

April 24, 2014 by Ali

Since I am right in the middle of binge-watching season six of Mad Men this week, I thought it might be apropos to do a quick post on how to make an old fashioned cocktail. Or I should say, more accurately, how make an old fashioned. Because I’m pretty sure old fashioned cocktails are like chocolate chip cookies. Everyone likes theirs made a certain way. And everyone is very opinionated about what that way should be.

(Yes, only a food blogger compares bourbon to cookies…)

But the fact remains that whether you like bourbon or rye, orange peel or slices, sugar cubes or simple syrup, cherry or not, the heart of this cocktail remains a classic. It was a classic long before Don Draper’s time. And thankfully it will remain a classic long after. So cheers to the drink that has earned its name!

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3-Ingredient Nutella Croissants

April 22, 2014 by Ali

You guys.

I’m pretty sure this recipe may win the award as the best spur-of-the-moment, cleaning-out-the-pantry, 3-ingredient-dessert experiment of my life. My life, I tell you.

And if you love Nutella and French pastries, I’m pretty sure you had better try them too.

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Pampered Chef 12-Piece Knife Block Set Giveaway

April 21, 2014 by Ali

Happy Monday, friends! I hope that you all had a beautiful Easter weekend filled with lots of hope and goodness. And hopefully some carrot cake and a few Cadbury eggs. ;)

Instead of a recipe this Monday, I’m happy to announce that we have an extra-special giveaway launching on the site today for — you guessed it — a Pampered Chef Bamboo Knife Block Set!

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The Friday Five

April 18, 2014 by Ali

You know those days when you wake up and your heart just feels full?

Yep, right here.

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Peanut Butter Banana Cookies

April 17, 2014 by Ali

So, I did a juice cleanse earlier this week. And now I’m craving cookies. Cookies, cookies, cookies.

That’s how it’s supposed to work, right?

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Asparagus-Spinach Pesto Pasta with Blackened Shrimp

April 15, 2014 by Ali

I probably should have poured a nice stiff drink recipe for you all on this loveliest of lovely tax days. Especially for my fellow small business owners who just gave half of their revenue back to the government. Good grief, I won’t even go there.

Instead though, I thought I’d offer my idea of a more comforting alternative.

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Vegan Gluten-Free Carrot Cake

April 14, 2014 by Ali

This past Friday night was meant for celebrating.

The weather was sit-out-on-the-deck-in-the-cool-evening-breeze perfection. Friends gathered from all around the city with chips and salsa and salads and popcorn and laughter and stories to share. The fire pit was aflame. The candles were lit on this (gluten free and vegan) carrot cake.

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The Friday Five

April 11, 2014 by Ali

TGIF, friends.

Hope that you all have had a lovely week, and that a relaxing weekend lies ahead. I’m looking forward to some friend’s-birthday-celebrating, farmers-marketing, coffee-(friends)-dating, cake-baking, church-enjoying, and sleeping-inning here in my little corner of the world this weekend. OH, and the thing I’m perhaps most excited about — choir-directing.

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