Halloween is creeping up, and before you know it, little ghosts and goblins will be running up and down the streets showing off their costumes and filling their trick-or-treat bags to the brim. What happens when they get home? Well, the annual “Candy Sort”, of course. Halloween isn’t Halloween without taking careful inventory of every last bit of sugar in your bag. Everything has a pile, from the prized and elusive full-sized candy bars, right down to those weird little peanut butter taffies in the black and orange wax paper wrappers.
Unlike January, where we’re wanting to snuggle up with a good cup of hot chocolate, the 4th of July calls for cool and refreshing ways to celebrate. I whipped up a batch of this light and fresh white sangria over the weekend, and realized it may be the perfect thing to sip on during the festivities.
It’s a simple drink to throw together for a group, but a few hours before serving it, I needed to take a few minutes to chop up some fruit.
When it’s hot and summer-steamy out, we love to break out the blender and whip up delicious frozen drinks when we entertain. One of my favorite “sit by the pool and relax” drinks is a cool, frosty Piña Colada. The tropical pineapple-coconut combo always tastes so fresh and light to me. The problem lies in that Piña Coladas usually aren’t really all that fresh. Most rely on premixed, heavy on the calories drink mixes, which means they aren’t all that light either. They taste great, but did you know that a typical restaurant/bar Piña Colada can pack up to 650 calories and close to 20 grams of fat? That’s more than a Big Mac! UGH!
In a world where it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas earlier and earlier each year, I stand firm in my belief that the house doesn’t need to be decorated for Christmas until after Thanksgiving. It’s our family tradition to decorate the house the weekend after turkey day, as we’re enjoying the leftovers. This year, as I was thinking about getting the house together, I remembered a wonderful recipe for Hot Buttered Rum that a friend passed along to me years ago. Once I remembered it, I couldn’t get it out of my head! Thankfully, it doesn’t take long to make a batch, so my craving was easily taken care of.