If you’re anything like me (hopefully not too much 😉 ), then you should like a delicious cocktail. I have found three that are incredibly tasty and the best part about each one is the Fall flavor. Each cocktail uses ingredients such as apples and pears. I hope you find yourself trying one of these soon and letting me know your opinion! Happy tasting!
TOP// APPLE CIDER SANGRIA
MIDDLE// FALL SANGRIA WITH CHAMPAGNE
BOTTOM//BALSAMIC APPLE CIDER SANGRIA
Like so many of us, I love Diet Coke. I have a tendency to become easily addicted to food and drink items (why not the gym, who knows). I made a decision last Fall to give up Diet Coke due to health reasons and wanting to try healthier drink items. This was hard my friends, especially since I would drink a soda everyday for lunch! Let’s just say, water and ice tea can get boring at times. Since going to Santa Barbara in May, I have been a little obsessed with sparkling water all thanks to my friend Nina. She had some at her house while visiting and I became addicted. The Arrowhead® brand comes in many different fruit essences which is exciting because I get to experiment different delicious drink recipes (even with Vodka).
The one I tend to obsess on is Sparkling Raspberry-Lime. It’s simple, yet refreshing and delicious. All you have to do is add raspberries to a cup, mash them down with a fruit muddler and add a little sparkling water and Voilà! You can dress it up for parties by putting in a pitcher and some pretty glassware. I have even added some mint for garnishing! The best part is I finally get to choose a healthy option that taste good and doesn’t make me miss soda while others drink it in front of me.
Beach house, family, wine, BBQ, salty breezes and wearing a sweater are all the attributes I need to a perfect vacation. Over the past week I have been living the dream in Aptos, CA. Let’s just say it has been a shocker to come back to 110 degree weather in Phoenix. I highly enjoyed waking up every morning not having a plan on the day festivities and able to explore the Santa Cruz area. Like most people vacationing around this area, we hit up the tourist areas of Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Capitola. However, this time we were able to explore a new area of Santa Cruz that I never heard of all thanks to our Aunt and Uncle’s guidance. It is called the Swift Street Courtyard. This area is full of old warehouses that have been restored and made into small boutiques, wine tasting rooms, and the most delicious French bakery. It is a great venue to visit if you are looking to relax and get away from the crazy tourist areas. We liked visiting it so much, we went 2 days in a row!
Photo via Katiedid Blog
Wineries: MJA, Rexford, Vine Hill
Eatery: Kelly’s French Bakery
Brewery: Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery
Head to Santa Cruz from various locations taking Highway 17. Travel to Santa Cruz and then take Highway 1 north for two miles and take a left turn on Fair Avenue. Take a right turn on Ingalls Street. The Swift Street Courtyard will be on the right.
A little over a year ago, I lost my grandmother, Nana Lou to cancer. She was very influential in my families life in regards to holding us all together. In addition, she was as tough as nails. She battled her cancer to the end, never letting us see the pain that she endured. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think of her and wish she was here with us for family celebrations and everyday life. However, during one of our family celebrations she made Scalloped Potatoes (one of our families favorites) and I asked her how to make them. My grandmother was one of those woman who never wrote down recipes, just “threw it together”. I was able to sit down with her and write down the recipe, which in return was one of the most special memories I will cherish forever. Now, I am giving the recipe to YOU! Hope you enjoy and remember to always take time to remember the special people in your life.