With winter’s cold taking hold this January, I am forever looking for warming drinks and love hot cocoa. While I am usually a coffee drinker, there is something magical about a steaming cup of hot cocoa. Making homemade hot cocoa is well worth it and super easy with countless variations for the entire family. There is also the debate over hot cocoa vs. hot chocolate. Hot Cocoa uses cocoa powder and produces an intense chocolate flavor. Hot Chocolate melts actual chocolate and
Bloomery Plantation Distillery in Charles Town, West Virginia is bringing moonshine out of the shadows and into the world of quality, craft cocktails. Bloomery’s all natural SweetShine begins with 190 proof moonshine and adds pure cane sugar and farm-fresh ingredients. Their time and effort comes through in every sip. I was able to taste the majority of their line at a recent BookaLokal event. BookaLokal is a global social dining community that that helps people connect throu
I can’t believe 2014’s pumpkin season is coming to an end. If you’ve followed my posts, you know I wait all year my Pumpkin Spice Latte!!! The final post in our pumpkin series will focus on drinks – including my favorite Pumpkin Spice Latte that actually includes real pumpkin and an extra cocktail just for fun. There are several benefits to making your own Pumpkin Spice Latte at home. First – it’s sooooo much more cost effective. Second – no lines or going out to a coffee sho
November brings a new addition to our Pumpkin series. Today we’ll focus on the savory side of cooking with pumpkins. Pumpkins have a moderately sweet flavor and a pleasant texture that lends well to many dishes. Pumpkin can be substituted for most recipes that call for any winter squashes (like butternut or acorn) or sweet potatoes or yams. This Thanksgiving staple goes well in many Italian dishes and is beautiful simply roasted as a side dish. Two of my favorite combinations
Happy Halloween! Halloween weddings are a time many couples go over the top with gothic elements or costumed guests. Orange and black are the classic base for accents of pumpkins and masquerade masks. These events are perfect for some couples but how do you hold a softer Halloween wedding? I was honored to take part in a Halloween Wedding Styled Shoot. Playing the part of Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas, I walk barefoot down a hill to meet my love, Jack Skellington.
Our part 2 pumpkin post is focusing on sweet pumpkin dessert recipes and ideas. Pumpkin Pie has been a Thanksgiving staple since the early 19th century. Pumpkins have become a symbol for fall and the traditional spice blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves have inspired seasonal products ranging from the classic Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte to beer. Ice Cream, cheesecake, pancakes, candy, and cakes can be found everywhere. Pumpkin desserts are a perfect way to enjoy t
Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the biting crispness of the air and pulling out sweaters, scarves, and boots. I love the colors of the leaves turning and the excitement of Holiday Season arriving. But, most of all, I love pumpkins! From September 1st on, my best friend listens every morning as I place my order. “Hello! I’d like a medium coffee with two pumps of pumpkin. Thank You!!!” I, personally, don’t favor the sweet and creamy latte versions but love the little t