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Greyhounds on grey days….


These are grey days in North Idaho, sprinkled with some snow, but mostly overcast and grey….

Time for a cocktail with citrus (to keep scurvy at bay, for goodness sake)!

This is an old favorite that I re-discovered at the new Sky Lodge bar at Schweitzer Mountain. If you haven’t skied at Schweitzer, you’re missing out on great snow and no lift lines.

Back to the cocktail….It’s super easy and very good.


Start with a ruby-red, pink grapefruit, peeled and remove as much of the pithy skin. Section in into quarters with a serrated knife.


Place the section in the bottom of a heavy glass and muddle to release the juice and mush the pulp.


Muddle, muddle, muddle…


Fill glass with crushed ice, and pour 1 inch of vodka (more or less depending on how grey the day is).


Top off with pink grapefruit juice, and if you like a bit of fizz, add a splash of sparkling water/club soda.

Enjoy and remember, Spring will be here in June.


Saltwater Taffy land-ho!

When you’re on the coast you have to buy saltwater taffy. I’m sure it’s a rule, or law, or at least an ordinance.

This week we’re visiting the beautiful, Oregon coast and our travels took us to Cannon Beach.

Here we found a great candy store called “Bruce’s Candy Kitchen”.  It is filled with every sweet you can imagine and at least 30 flavors of saltwater taffy,(which is a huge weakness of mine.) My favorite flavors of taffy are peppermint and lemon…don’t ask why, I really don’t know. Bruce’s even gives you a card with a guide to the taffy flavors based on their colors.

30 flavors of taffy

Bruce’s also carries fabulous handmade chocolates and dipped apples. My aunt found her favorite candy, salted licorice, which I really didn’t care for. Bruce’s also makes lovely seashell shaped candies that were in my hotel room to greet me (I knew it was going to be a great place as soon as I saw them.)

Bruce's Candy Sea Shells

But back to the taffy…according to wikipedia it originated in 1883 when a candy shop was flooded by the salty Atlantic Ocean. read more here.

Bruce’s Candy Kitchen is worth a visit, and they have a website, too. Visit it here and prepare to get a candy craving.

There are other purveyors of Salt Water Taffy in Cannon beach, but Bruce’s is the best. The other one on the same street had a larger variety of flavors, but they weren’t as fresh and creamy. Trust me, and stick with Bruce’s. Here’s the T-shirt I bought and it is a good life rule to live by…

Life's too short...


Angies Boomchickapop Popcorn Lightly Sweet, so GOOD!

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I came across this at my local natural grocer’s, and now I’m hooked. It’s like caramel popcorn with out the sweet overload. It’s a bit salty, too, so win-win.

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It’s really fantastic, and has none of the bad stuff…

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Pick up a bag next time you see it and you’ll be hooked, too.

Visit their site for all the info.

Anzac Biscuits..Australian for awesome oatmeal cookies!

In Honor of Oatmeal Cookie Day, here’s a cookie superstar!

my sweet addiction

These are the best oatmeal cookies that I have ever tasted. I have tried others and always come back to this recipe. It’s from an Australian reader of  Cooking Light from way back in the late 1990’s. Click here for the recipe. (If the link isn’t working, go to myrecipes. com and search for Anzac Biscuits.)

A few recipe notes from me: I have always used light Karo syrup instead of Cane syrup. I use parchment paper instead of greasing the cookie sheets, it makes clean-up much easier. Watch the cookies in the last 2 minutes of baking, and don’t let them get very brown, or they’ll become too hard. Plus,  I have one improvement, I add 1/2 cup of chopped Craisins. The photo is from Cooking Light so it doesn’t have the Craisins, but trust me, you’ll want to add them.

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Sahale Snacks, almost too good to be good for you

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Yeah, yeah, I know I’m supposed to eat more nuts and such, but I really don’t care for the taste of nuts. To me, they taste the same as what I imagine an oak tree might taste like.

These were my thoughts until I came across these delectable, fantastic snacks at Whole Foods. They are sweet, salty, crunchy and just too good! The nuts are glazed with honey and sprinkled with sesame seeds. all combined in tiny crunchy clumps with chewy cranberries.

I am going to stock up on these, and now, thanks to Sahale, I’m eating nuts!

You’ve got to try Saltine toffee, that’s right, you heard me…

This one is worth re-visiting….yum!

my sweet addiction


I am a Pinterest recipe stalker, and this was my latest obsession. It looked and sounded so good, I had to make it. I could have eaten the whole batch, but instead I brought it to the office. Everyone loved it, and I was asked for the recipe several times.

The ingredients list is short, and inexpensive. The total time is about an hour, and the result is delicious!
The stealth ingredient that makes this amazing is the simple saltine.
It will make great gifts for the holidays, or bring it to a potluck, and be the belle of the buffet.
The recipe that I used is from the blog sixsistersstuff. I tweaked it very little and I really think I have a new favorite. I hope you try it soon.

Saltine Toffee
40 (or more as needed) salted saltine crackers
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, sliced…

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Candy Corn Mums…I’m speechless….

From the creative hands of Tori Spelling, yes, that Tori Spelling come these amazing Mums. I have no idea how she came up with these, but that’s why she’s a star, and I’m a blogger….I think they are awesome. I don’t know how long they last or if they invite mice, bugs, and small children to eat them.

Click here for instructions from Country Living. If you make these please, please let me know.

candy corn mums