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Apple Cider Margaritas…good and good for you…honest…


Oh how I love Fall with the crisp nights and sunny days, plus with the apple crop comes the abundance of apple cider.

Here is a delicious drink which you can make as a large punch, or a single drink (but you’ll regret it and end up making more…) We made a pitcher by quadrupling the recipe and it was the best solution.

Thanks to my friend Rebecca for improving the original recipe. This one is a keeper for sure.

This recipe is for one drink

Apple Cider Margaritas
1 ounce Grand Marnier
2 ounces gold tequila (use GOOD tequila, not great, but decent)
5 ounces real apple cider (not apple juice)
orange slices and apple slices
cinnamon + cane sugar for glass rimming
cinnamon sticks for garnish


  1. In a shaker or a tall glass add the Grand Marnier, tequila and apple cider and shake stir to mix.
  2.  Add a few spoonfuls of cane sugar, coarse sugar and cinnamon to a plate. Run an orange segment around the edge of the glass, then press into the cinnamon sugar mixture to coat the rim.
  3. Add an orange slice to the bottom of the glass, fill with ice, then add the cider mixture.
  4. Garnish with an apple slice and cinnamon sticks, and sprinkle a bit of cinnamon on top of the apple slice. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Spice for grown ups

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Oooh 2 of my favorite things…pumpkins and owls… I discovered this ale on friday and I’m hooked.

Crafted by Elysian Brewing Company, it is perfectly balanced with enough pumpkin and spices to taste like a fall beverage should without tasting like dessert. Both the men and women at our table liked this ale. The brewery’s site describes the process as being “brewed with seven and a half pounds of pumpkin per barrel and spiced in conditioning with ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and allspice”. Check out the ale’s stats here.

This is a seasonal ale and you should try a glass before it’s gone. Trust me, you’ll want to buy a 6 pack for your fridge.

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Are you a corner or center?

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Brownie Perfection

I’m not asking where you line-up in football formation.

This is an all-important question about brownies.

Last night a friend brought a wonderful batch of brownies to dinner and I took a corner piece and she look incredulous and said “you actually like the corner?” She said she preferred the center of the brownie pan, to which I say NAY! The center is always to rich and gooey for me, much the reason why I don’t like fudge. It’s just too much of everything.

I do like fudgey brownies with a bit of crunch on the top and on the edges. It’s the best of both worlds.

I googled the subject and came across this funny discussion on

There’s also the Brownie Corner Pan, something that is sheer brilliance!

Brownie corner pan

I hadn’t realized that there were people who disliked the crunchy/chewy sensation of a good corner of the brownie pan, but they are out there. So as always, I say we can all get along and this just leaves more for me!

Open-Faced Ginger Thin S’mores (or what I do when I’m bored)

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Here’s what I do when I have a few Hershey Kisses, Marshmallows and Trader Joe’s Ginger thins…put them together and make a delicious snack. (Please excuse the less than professional photos…)

1. Unwrap kiss (obvious, right?) and microwave for 5 seconds to soften a bit.

2. Cut the marshmallow in half, and roast over gas burner. I’m a bit impatient, and this causes a flare up as I put the marshmallow too close to the flame. But hey, I like that burnt taste and it smells good, too. (Note to self, clean the range top…)

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3. Place toasted marshmallow on Ginger this and immediately smoosh kiss on top.


4. Enjoy!

5. Repeat…you do have another half a marshmallow after all…

Summatime Summatime Sum Sum Summatime for Milo’s tea!

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It’s mid June and even in the Northwest the forecast is for warm days and nights. It’s iced tea time! (Yes, I know that iced tea is a good, year ’round beverage, but it’s just so much better on a warm day with a slice of lemon, ice clinking, and beads of condensation gathering on the glass.)

Let me introduce you to  Milo’s Famous Tea; a fantastic prepared iced tea. It hails from Alabama, where iced tea is in fact a year ’round beverage, and they are pretty particular about their food and drink. I was lucky enough to live in Alabama, and Southerners are true food experts. Their restaurants boast the most regionally diverse fare anywhere in the country. Even simple potlucks rivals most good dinner parties anywhere else.

So imagine my delight when I spotted Milo’s in Idaho!

Milo’s is sold in gallon jugs in the refrigerated case. It is made fresh and has an expiration date within the next 30 days, so you know there aren’t any preservatives. In fact, all their tea is made from tea leaves, not powdered tea. The mere fact that it doesn’t live on the shelf tells you it’s fresh.

There is sweet tea, unsweet, and no-calorie sweet tea. My favorite is the unsweet, but every so often a good glass of sweet tea is just the ticket.

This tea is flavorful, and strong enough to handle ice-melt. I could drink it all day, and when I get home from work I pour a tall, refreshing glass with just a splash of organic lemonade.

Check out the Milo’s web site and see where you can buy a few gallons. It will be your favorite iced tea by the time you finish your first glass.

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King Cake…there’s a baby in there somewhere…


Mardi Gras was 2 weeks ago, I know, but I love a good King Cake anytime. And I love anything that reminds my of New Orleans.

This morning instead of having my protein shake, I cut into the King Cake that I won at a silent auction and look what I found!

baby in the cake

The tiny baby. On the first slice! So, I guess this means a year of good luck..maybe…? (If I had chocked on it, maybe it would bode as bad luck?)

I could do without the beads on the cake, but that’s a minor complaint.

The history and name of King Cake goes back to Epiphany and the 3 Kings. It is made with a brioche type dough and covered in a white glaze with mardi gras colored sprinkles.  My cake had a bit of cream cheese filling and some are more butter and cinnamon filled. For more history here’s a link to Wilipedia’s post.

It’s a tradition that should move into Christmas, instead of fruitcake.

Here’s a place to buy one online at

If you’d like to bake one yourself, you can’t go wrong with Southern Living’s recipe.

Southern Living King Cake


Do you have a favorite King Cake recipe or place to buy one? Let me know.

See’s Candies, I heart you!

See's Valentine's Box

A heart shaped Valentine’s box of chocolates is a cliche, I know. However, if you’re going to buy one, do it right.

See’s Candies makes a delicious assortment of fresh chocolates that will make most chocolate lovers swoon.



I bought these for my Valentine, and it’s all that I can do not to dive right in!


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