Colorful Fourth of July Drinks!

Colorful Fourth of July Drinks!

I saw this on the internet at some point, and decided to give it a try.  These are my findings. It’s a science experiment, patriotic lesson, and tasty treat all rolled into 1 recipe that might make a memory for kids AND adults alike! Use your creative bone make your own!   What You Need - 1. Pick 3 drinks (a clear or white, a red, a blue) that have 3 different levels of sugar. 2. Obviously, Clear Glasses or Plastic Cups & Ice (see “Ideas” below)   Pour in This Order: 1 Ice 2 Highest Sugar Drink 3 Medium Sugar Drink 4 Lowest or No Sugar Drink   What’s in My Experiment: (in pour order) ~Ice ~Cranberry Cocktail (juice section) ~A Blue Gatorade (Go for a lighter blue if you want; Must be less sugar than cranberry) ~Diet...

Rabbit Salt Grinder: Ward off Evil On-the-Go!

Rabbit Salt Grinder: Ward off Evil On-the-Go!

A lot of the conversations and stories I recall from my time in Italy include the subject of superstition. What I learned: Basically, if you spill some salt – - Toss some more salt over your left shoulder, because you may have exposed yourself to bad omens. Italians aren’t the only ones that have some issues with salt…. Some Buddhists say you should toss some over your should when you come back home from a funeral, because evil spirits might be hanging on your back. Sumo Wrestlers use it to purify the ring before they compete – a shinto religion practice. In India, a gift of salt can be considered a great honor. The list goes on…. ‘Like to salt your food, have good luck, AND ward off evil spirits? These cute little rabbit-like...

Feeding Children Cheap on Vacation

Feeding Children Cheap on Vacation

Maybe I went once or twice as a kid, but Golden Corral wasn’t at the top of our Favorite Restaurant list when we were growing up.  The first time I went to one as an adult was last year – on a trip – with kids. My mouth popped open as soon as I walked in.  I felt like as a child, I had been tricked – that this is really a land flowing with chocolate and cotton candy clouds & my mother didn’t take me here, because of all these wonderful things……… Truthfully, this utopia was in the Indiana & then another was in Kentucky – - – and they are not your average Golden Corrals. Usually, I try to eat at local, hole-in-the-wall places when I travel.  However, travelling with multiple screaming, picky...

The Drummer’s Salt ‘n’ Pepper Shaker: “The Pump & Grind”

The Drummer’s Salt ‘n’ Pepper Shaker: “The Pump & Grind”

I know a woman that has collected salt & pepper shakers her entire life, and a lot of her collection is on display in the Museum of Salt & Pepper Shakers in Gatlinburg, TN.  (Yes, such a place exists. There’s a sister site in Spain.)  I have a feeling she would be quite bored with this variety.  They have a cool function, but they aren’t shaped like little “his & her” toilets. It impressed me, because I have a lot of Vic Firth Drumsticks, practice pads, and drumheads….. when I researched this product, found out VIC FIRTH has branched out from the percussion world & slapped his name on salt & pepper mills and rolling pins! They are the “Pump & Grind” Salt ‘n’ Pepper shakers from Vic...

Edible Frosted Rose Petals

Edible Frosted Rose Petals

Right up front, I want to tell you the reason I am blogging about this today.  If you decide to do this for Valentine’s Day, it’ll be too late to search for and/or order the petals. ****The only problem with this recipe that you will run into is acquiring ORGANIC ROSE petals.  (I hate it when I get to the end of an article, blog, recipe & I find out it requires something like “get a Cambodian goat to sit on it for 30 min.”  Then I have a ton of ingredients for nothing. ‘Want to know a secret?  I did try this on some roses once that  I didn’t have positive proof they were organic – - & they were fine – especially since it was one measly petal atop a cupcake.  HOWEVER, if you are going to make some for a...

Pumpkin, Bacon, and Gorgonzola Salad

Pumpkin, Bacon, and Gorgonzola Salad

This has been the neatest blog project!  A reader asked for some ideas for a full-fledged fall flavored salad to go with the Pumpkin Apple Spice Vinaigrette I blogged about a few weeks ago, and I had some pretty cool discoveries! After this one blog project I had a healthy salad in my fridge, a new homemade healthy snack for the week, AND……. a manicure, pedicure and facial in less than an hour!  (Links to all of this coming soon!)   The Stage:  I used a spring mix for the purple pop!  I chopped up purple onion & tossed both with the Pumpkin Apple Spice Vinaigrette till thoroughly coated. The Main Actress:  Pumpkin fries seasoned with indian tandoori spice. (or just oil & salt; or salt, cumin, & coriander; You could coat with...