Winter Sun Cocktail

February 1, 2018 Cocktails


Perfect for bringing a bit of sun to a winter day, but just as enjoyable during the summer months!  juice of 4 clementines or 2 large oranges (about 1/2 cup) juice of 1 small lemon (1 ounce) 1 ounce triple sec 3 ounces vodka sprig of rosemary lemon zest sugar Moisten the rim of you […]

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Berry, Banana & Oatmeal Smoothie

January 6, 2018 Beverages


Start your day off on a tasty — and healthy – note with this delicious and filling smoothie. Use whichever type of berries you have in your kitchen — strawberry, blueberry or raspberry! 1 cup coconut milk (or other milk) 3/4 to 1 cup of small berries; 5-10 strawberries 1 large frozen banana, cut in […]

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The Lake House Cocktail

July 15, 2017 Cocktails


The days are filled with boating, fishing and relaxing on a raft in the lake. In the late afternoon, when we return to the lake house from a day’s adventure, we long for a cocktail to wind down and ready for the lazy evening ahead. This year, we decided to celebrate these times — and […]

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Cuban Bella

July 13, 2017 Cocktails


We enjoyed this during our visit to Cuba a few years ago. This time around, we mixed it up for a summer drink during our visit to Grand Lake in Oklahoma. A surprisingly refreshing drink, that is perfect for the hot summer months — or all year round! 1/2 shot of Creme de Menthe (or […]

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Tulsa Tea Party

July 10, 2017 Blog


This summer as we descended on Oklahoma to visit family, we had a few days in Tulsa before heading to Grand Lake for the Fourth of July. It was a perfect time for a Tulsa Tea Party. Planned by my sister-in-law, Janet, the tea party would be a gathering of generations, bringing together great-grandmothers and […]

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Cool Down with Iced Tea: Brewing 3 Ways

June 29, 2017 Drink


It may be nearing the end of National Iced Tea Month (June), but that doesn’t mean we can’t continue to seek out great ways to brew and enjoy delicious iced tea. Whether you’re at the pool and want to cool down with an ice-cold glass of tea, or you’re looking for a refreshing new twist […]

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The Latest in Drinkware

April 28, 2017 Drink

Aladdin Fresco Vacuum drinkware

We always leave home with a beverage in our hands, and that’s why drinkware has become a lifestyle accessory — something that offers functionality along with a bit of fashion to add personality to your day. Whether you’re a tea or coffee drinker, a rough-and-tumble outdoorsy person, a gym-bound warrior, or out for a stroll […]

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For the Love of Coffee: Giving Decaf Another Chance

November 30, 2016 coffee


A guest post from Andrea Piccolo, Brand Manager, Swiss Water Decaffeinated Coffee Company Inc. Families are busy. But it’s “good busy.” Between making mud pies and real pies, coloring books and washing away scribbles on the wall, our homes are full of activities. To be ready to take on a full day, many of us […]

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Savoring Sagrantino: Enjoying Umbria’s Signature Wines

November 10, 2016 Drink


The Montefalco Consortium, which oversees the historic Montefalco wine producing region of Italy, located in Umbria, is celebrating the 5th annual Sagrantino Month in November. The promotion was created to educate consumers, press and the trade. Earlier in the week, I had the opportunity to learn more about Montefalco, a region in Umbria regarded for […]

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Celebrating German Wine

September 30, 2016 Blog


Last weekend we attended our neighborhood Oktoberfest celebration. It was a great evening filled with friends, German beer, some bratwurst, and a toe-tapping German band. While enjoying the beer and sausage, I reminisced about my time spent in Germany for business, noting the beauty of the country, the friendly people, the great food, beer, and […]

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