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Pineapple Mimosas

Can you believe that it’s almost 2015?!?!? I know that I’m looking forward to the new year. This year held a lot of changes and new opportunities, and I’m hoping to take those and expand upon them. There are some changes in the works for this site (I hope you enjoy them) and one of my goals is to work on bringing you more content! What are your goals for the new year? I usually don’t make any resolutions, but this year I’m going to try and stay organized around here. My kitchen looks like everything exploded at the moment, so I need to get on that.

Pineapple Mimosas

If you’re hosting a party this New Year’s Eve, you should totally make these mimosas. They’re fruity, fun, and perfect to ring in 2015. I’m definitely going to have these on Wednesday night/Thursday morning. I like to watch CNN with Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper. They crack me up every year and I find them much more interesting than other countdowns.

Pineapple Mimosas

Whatever you choose to watch or do, I hope you’re night is full of fun! Be safe everyone, and have a great New Year’s Eve and an even better 2015!

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RumChata Hot Chocolate

I am back in the states and getting ready for the holidays starting with this drink! Not only is hot chocolate perfect for winter, but the addition of RumChata definitely adds to the holiday feel. The hint of cream and cinnamon just kind of feels like Christmas in drink form. After a looong plane ride, there was nothing better than to sip this while relaxing on the couch with my stuffed tofu reindeer! Do you see him in the background?! Isn’t he adorable!! It was one of the gifts I bought myself in Japan. I also bought a Santa version. This tofu is a character over there and they come out with seasonal versions. I have a green version I bought years ago when I was studying there. I love this stuffed tofu character and wish I had bought more while I was there (but I was running out of suitcase room).

RumChata Hot Chocolate

I can’t believe that we’re already half way through December. I’m not ready yet! Being on business trip has put me behind schedule. Normally by now, I’m planning what dessert or snack to bring to family events, but this year I’m still trying to figure out when everything’s taking place! I think I need another one of these amazing hot chocolates.

RumChata Hot Chocolate

We topped ours with a dab of whipped cream, but you could use either marshmallows or leave plain. Either way would taste amazing. Our whipped cream is the extra creamy type, so it doesn’t blend in too well, but it’s great for those first couple of sips when you mostly get hot chocolate with your cream rather than the other way around. I’ll definitely be bringing the RumChata with me to parties (it’s even good just on the rocks), but I’m not sure about the hot chocolate part. It’s a bit hard to travel with. Either way, I know I’ll enjoy this winter with this drink to tide over the cold days ahead.

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Rum Apple Cider

It’s almost the end of a long week. I say long because I’ve been waiting for Halloween for what feels like forever. Do I have an awesome costume? Not really. Do I have some party to attend?? No. I’m actually just super excited to stay home and hand out candy. I’ve actually never really lived in a place that I’d be able to do that, and I think it’s a fun idea to see all the kids dressed up.   We do have a bubble fogger that we’ve yet to use (that’ll go out by the front porch), and we’re going to carve our pumpkin tomorrow. Is anyone else excited about seeing all the kids in costumes?

Rum Apple Cider

This drink is perfect at the end of a long day (or week). The apple cider really mixes well with the fruit flavors of the pineapple juice and the peach schnapps. Cruzan is a super smooth rum, and the hint of coconut is very subtle in this. We added some whipped cream and caramel on top, which was unnecessarily necessarily if you get my drift.

Rum Apple Cider

I even might whip up a batch of this for us to sip on while we wait for our doorbell to be rung. What a lovely way to pass the night! I really can’t wait for Halloween…I know I’ve said that already, but there’s no other holiday quite like it!

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 Hot Toddy

We’re just a few weeks into fall and I’ve already caught a cold. Luckily for me my boyfriend makes the best Hot Toddy (must be that Irish blood in him). The combination of lemon, honey, and whiskey is so soothing when you’re under the weather. The honey for sweetness, the lemon is for vitamin C, and the whiskey is to numb the pain. This combined with my mom’s chicken soup is the perfect way to battle the seasonal cold.

Hot Toddy

I know most Hot Toddies have water in them, but that’s just too much liquid for me. This makes up about half a mug. More than that, and I find myself not finishing it. I’ll have to tackle my mom’s chicken soup some time. She’s got access to whole chickens (my dad raises them every couple of years), and I should probably pick one up next time I visit her.

Hot Toddy

Next time your throat starts to get a little scratchy, whip this up real quick. I mean, you don’t need to be sick to drink this, but it’s a good excuse!

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 Green Smoothie

It’s back to reality this week, so I thought that I’d finally give one of these detox/green smoothies a chance. After a week of drinks, sweets, and sun, it was time to put something green in me! I will say that I was a little weary at first. I mean…how could one not taste the spinach in these things!? That’s why they’re green!

Green Smoothie  Green Smoothie

I know, I know. Everyone who’s had one has said that they were delicious…but they totally could’ve been lying. I didn’t believe them until I had this one. Now, I think I’m going to be hooked on them. Surprisingly, the bananas were what I tasted most. Remembering to cook vegetables is not my strong suite, so I may have to try and make this once a week just to get my veggies.

Green Smoothie

I added about half a cup of pomegranate seeds in for a boost of antioxidants. I didn’t notice it adding to the flavor, so don’t feel like you need to run out and get them for this smoothie. It’ll be just fine without it. Feel free to play around with it and let me know what you tried and how you liked it!

 Green Smoothie

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