Morning Metabolism Boosting Tea

Its a new year, and conventional wisdom tells us that now is the time to make new habits and break old ones.  I’ll be honest, I am not much of a new years resolution gal.  I am more of an “In 2017, I would like to accomplish ______.” kind of goal setter.  Luckily, my husband is wired the same way.  Thankfully, I have yet to begin a new year with some funky fad diet or a doomed-to-fail daily activity.  And, as great as building new habits is, I am not about to make 2017 the year where I break my perfect record of successful non-resolutions. So instead, I want to…
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Rosemary Gin and Tonic

I have to admit.. Post christmas, I need a few days to recover.  So much food and so many places and people to visit.  Tim and I usually hide out at home binge-watching a show or scoot out of town.  This year we did the latter. And, if we are being honest, a bit of the former as well. The past few days have been filled with sledding down mountain forest service roads with our dogs racing behind on foot, thermoses of hot cocoa, bad breakfast diner coffee and hash browns, annd snuggling under wool blankets with magazines, the Wall Street Journal and a few episodes of the new “Man…
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Muddled Mint Blackberry Spritzer Cocktail & Mocktail

Do you know the week when you realize summer has officially arrived?  It varies every year – especially in the Seattle area.  We had a lovely June and a so-so July right up until the last week of July!  From that point on, sunshine, shorts, and 80 degrees became the new normal.  No need to obsessively check the weather to see if that get together will get rained on.  No longer packing for every possible weather related contingency for a weekend away.  Its freeing really. As much as I love our rainy city and the greenscape it creates, I am beginning to appreciate the element of freedom that comes with…
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Basil Pink Grapefruit Spritz Cocktail & Mocktail

The past few years I have been on a quest for he perfect light, refreshing summer drink.  I am not a big drinker by any means.  I am “one and done” kind of girl when it comes to alcohol (excuse the college basketball reference, ladies).  So nope, not a big drinker.  But, do you know what that means?  That ONE drink is going to be a mighty good one. So I don’t take my quest for the perfect summer drink lightly.  My perfect drink is something that can be made in large batches when entertaining and has an equally as tasty non-alchoholic version.  Basically, I need the drink to go…
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