Strawberry Coriander Shrub Cocktail

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Hi Friends! I hope this weekend holds sunshine, relaxing, and overly-caffeinated mornings for you. I will be kickin’ it in spin class, barbecuing anything I can get my hands on, and daydreaming about one day having a kid as cute as this in the kitchen. (<— Did you watch it? It will make your day if this cocktail doesn’t.)

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It’s been a little while since my last bar creation and with all this beautiful summer fruit at the farmers market, I knew it was high time we revisited the shrub cocktail! If you’re not familiar with shrub in its non-leafy version, it’s a fruit, sugar, vinegar concentrate that hails from the Colonial days. Shrub is a revitalizing, sweet and tangy beverage served over ice with your choice of sparkling water, prosecco, or liquor.

Today we’re tackling the …keep reading

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The PPD Cocktail

I have your next hit cocktail — it’ll be gangbusters. Prepare yourself. For The PPD.

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“What is The PPD?” You may ask. It’s the perfect thing to impress your date. It will run out at your party, leaving people begging for more. It suits both chick flick night and sports night without fail.

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The PPD is, dare I say, magical in its symphony of flavors. Dark caramel meets sweet and juicy pineapple where it becomes candied, and a subtle heat is then introduced with chili flakes. The pineapple is reserved for garnish, because I love it when my drinks come with snacks, don’t we all? …keep reading…

Lemon Rosemary Pound Cake

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Looking for baking inspiration on a rainy day, I was thumbing through some of my favorite cookbooks when I remembered that I just recently unpacked my grandmother’s recipe file. It’s truly a thing of beauty.

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The pages are lightly browned with age and falling out, the torn tabs range from “_heese and Egg Di__es” to “Pies and Pastri__,” and all the while my grandmother’s perfect script rolls across the pages. Magazine and newspaper clippings are tattered and falling out from behind their dividers. The advertisements from her magazine recipes make me smile — with a grinning 50’s housewife and lines like, “Everyone loves you when you bake cookies,” and “Sweet treats with marshmallows please everyone.” And of course, there’s a …keep reading…

Coconut Blueberry Pops with Lemon, Honey, & Thyme

You have popsicle molds, right?? If you don’t, you need to raid the summer sale section of the store today.

Everyone needs a cold, refreshing treat when it’s blazing hot outside, and easy homemade pops are clearly the way to go. Lately I’ve just been buying bags of frozen organic berries, blending them up, and mixing in a hint of sweetness and a fun add-in or two. One of my recent favorites is raspberries with lemon and a splash of cherry simple syrup (And if you’re willing to invest in a more involved pop, my Creamy Pistachio Cardamom Pops are off the hook.)

Coconut Blueberry Pops with Lemon, Honey, Thyme

Looking to mix it up, I tried a coconut milk-based pop with blueberries, and then I got a little crazy…hang with me for a minute. I added honey for sweetness, lemon zest for brightness amongst all the creaminess, and lastly, fresh thyme to mirror the lemoniness and add that earthy, herby note the way thyme does.

This one is a little on the adventurous side, but I think the combo is definitely worth a try. My professional taste-testers (*cough* boyfriend *cough* roommate) wanted to make sure Continue reading

Apple Cider Cars

Happy un-Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you were able to relax and enjoy some good food with people you love :)

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I was lucky enough to spend the whole week up in a cabin in the Virginia mountains with my family. While we made all sorts of delicious food for Thanksgiving, including my favorite stuffing recipe of all time and my mom’s famous cranberry relish, I whipped up our signature cocktail, Apple Cider Cars, to sip on throughout the course of the day. I’ll leave you with this seasonal cocktail recipe and a few pictures of the fun up here.

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Running through the forest along the lake. Le sigh…wonderful :)

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The Gin Sour

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We’re finally here! We’re on the spring-summer boarder. That means it’s dress season, and in my particular case?…Dress vs. yoga ball season. Seriously, have you ever tried to sit on a yoga ball in a dress? I’m sure most of you haven’t, but lemme tell ya, it takes incredible finesse. (It’s hard enough when I have a case of the Mondays – this is a whole new level.) But really, it’s a small challenge to overcome for all the beautiful, unearthed summer dresses that are in my future.

Another highlight of this time of year – in DC? The influx of bedazzled Obama apparel. It’s so ridiculous and over the top that I just love it. You can’t tell in this light, but that jacket is covered entirely in rhinestones. Rhinestones  :)

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Other than noticing silly Obama apparel with my trained eagle eye and wrestling my yoga ball at work, this summer I have high hopes of figuring out this fancy pants camera…my Everest:

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I’ll also be hiking, headed out to California and a few other places, eating lunch in the park, going to the farmers markets, making salads, aaaaaand…

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