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Cranberry Ginger Cocktail

If there’s ever a time for a cocktail, it’s when your car breaks down days before your husband is coming home from Afghanistan, right? I mean, come on car, you couldn’t wait? Really?! 

And of course, it happened right before the weekend so I’m without a car until Monday. And did I mention that our other car – my husband’s car – has a dead battery?

Yep. 

So today we’re talking cocktails! 

There’s a really fun offer at Target right now where you can a free cocktail shaker (seen below) when you mix and match purchases of any three Diet, Regular or TEN Canada Dry, 7UP, A&W, and more beverages: 12 pk. cans and 6 pk. or 8 pk. bottles.

And to make the deal even better, Browse online savings with Target Cartwheel and save 5% on participating product purchases. 

Cranberry Ginger Cocktail

I’ve been obsessed with ginger lately – I want ginger EVERYTHING. Even my bathtub is currently stocked with ginger-scented items. Using Canada Dry in my cocktails has become my new thing because I only like bubbly drinks and the ginger ale is just a nice, delicious shake up from my usual sparkling water. It’s so perfect. 

And since we’re headed into the holidays, I’ve been enjoying pairing it with white cranberry juice. This cocktail is super simple – just the Canada Dry, cranberry juice, fresh lime juice, vodka, and Triple Sec. Use your shaker, get it nice and cold, and then put some lime slices in. 

I would’ve put fresh cranberries in too, but you know, no car. 

Anyway, everyone will be entertaining over the holidays so get your bar stocked and make sure you take advantage of the Canada Dry Shaker Offer Available Exclusively at Target, while supplies last!

Cranberry Ginger Cocktail

Cranberry Ginger Cocktail

For the ginger syrup:
3-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
!For the cocktail: 
1/2 ounce ginger syrup (above)
1 1/2 ounce vodka
1/2 ounce triple sec
squeeze of fresh lime juice
1/3 cup white cranberry juice
1/3 cup Canada Dry Ginger Ale

To make the syrup, place sliced ginger, water, and sugar in a saucepan. Simmer for about 20 minutes, until the sugar has completely dissolved and the ginger has infused the syrup. Strain.
To make a cocktail, combine all ingredients and a lot of ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake well. Strain into a glass and add sliced lime. 

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Frozen Peppermint Mocha

This is a sponsored post featuring DREAM Latte™.  All opinions are my own.

I don’t know if you know this but I’m kind of a coffee addict. Like, I’m that person that starts thinking about my morning coffee at midnight and has to make a cup of decaf.

Something else you may not know about me is that I don’t drink any kind of cow’s milk, half and half, anything like that. I mean, I make exception for heavy cream every once in awhile just because heavy cream is delicious and I’m weak but other than that, I don’t drink any dairy. I don’t have an allergy, I just prefer to stick to nut milks. 

So I was excited to try the new DREAM Latte™which comes in two flavors: Caramel and Mocha! They are free of soy, lactose, dairy, gluten, and cholesterol. They are rich in calcium and vitamin D and are made from fair trade organic, non-gmo coffee beans.

Most importantly, they are delicious! I have to say, I’m not a mocha person but I’m in love with the DREAM Latte™ Mocha!

Frozen Peppermint Mocha

I wanted to make a frozen drink using the DREAM Latte™ because coffee shop frozen drinks are expensive. Plus, most coffee places still don’t have almond milk! Get with the times, coffee shops! Geez.

I went with a Frozen Peppermint Mocha because, like I said, I don’t usually love mocha so I never have peppermint mochas and then I’m always jealous when I hear other people talking about them. 

That’s weird, right? To be jealous of someone’s ability to like something that you don’t?

I know. 

But anyway, since I do like the DREAM Latte™ in Mocha, I made a quick simple syrup with peppermint extract and blended it all up with ice. Topped it with whipped cream (google coconut milk whipped cream if you’re dairy-free – it’s so easy!), chocolate syrup, and crushed peppermints. 

Frozen Peppermint Mocha

It was so delicious. Peppermint just gets me feeling all sorts of festive so I’m thinking this is going to become my official holiday drink this year. 

Everyone has an official holiday drink, right?

I don’t even know anymore.

Frozen Peppermint Mocha

Frozen Peppermint Mocha

Ingredients

For the peppermint syrup:
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons peppermint extract
For the Frozen Peppermint Mocha:
1 (11-ounce) carton DREAM Latte™ in Mocha
1 - 2 tablespoons peppermint syrup (recipe above)
1 cup ice
whipped cream (try coconut milk whipped cream if dairy-free)
chocolate syrup (dairy free as needed)
crushed peppermints

Instructions

  1. To make the syrup:
  2. Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Lower to low and stir until all the sugar is dissolved. Stir in peppermint extract.
  3. To make the Frozen Peppermint Mocha:
  4. Combine Dream Latte™ in Mocha, 1 - 2 tablespoons peppermint syrup, and ice in a blender and blend until no chunks of ice remain. Pour into a glass, top with whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and crushed peppermints, if desired.
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Frozen Peppermint Mocha

 This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of DREAM™.

 

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 It’s almost the weekend! Yay! 

You guys, so much snow. So much cold. 

Y’all know I’ve been doing my snow dance since August but I really, really didn’t mean to wish these negative temps on us.

It’s November, Colorado! Get your act together!

We had a high of 7 yesterday.

Seven.

Seven degrees.

That literally hurts. And, of course, Penelope (the husky) wants to go outside every 10 minutes when it’s snowing. This means that I have to stand there at the back door and watch her or else she’ll open the gate and leave. So I froze all day, standing in front of the back door, watching Penelope eat ALL THE SNOW.

I still love the snow though. I’d just love it a little more if it was, you know, 20 degrees out there. 

I made these bars the other night in preparation of what I thought was a definite snow day. Who doesn’t cancel school when it’s 3 degrees out and snowing like crazy?! We’ve had school canceled for much less around here.

But anyway, I wanted to have some treats on hand since I’m still off wine and I need something to get me through a day stuck in the house with all 3 of my children and the hairy child that throws herself at the back door 6 times an hour.

So good. They’re oatmeal bars with chocolate, pecans, and caramel in the center. I don’t know what it is but I’m just crazy about anything with oats right now and these are definitely my new favorite. And they’re super simple since you use the same dough for both the base and the topping. 

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Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Mushrooms

I thought after Halloween I was going to have those post-holiday blues but guess what guys! The promise of Thanksgiving food in the near future has me so excited! So excited that while I was at Walmart buying ingredients for this recipe, I also bought all kinds of fun turkey themed paper plates, a turkey tablecloth to color on, and some turkey napkins.

Then when the husky ate all the turkey napkins, I happily went back for more napkins and more turkey-themed stuff to put on my table. I’m officially really, really excited to #TasteTheSeason.  

(Why does she eat napkins? Someone tell me.) 

I figured it was time to start sharing some Thanksgiving appropriate food so I picked up some Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Kraft Mayo, and Kraft Parmesan shredded cheese to make my faaaaavorite Thanksgiving appetizer: stuffed mushrooms! 

I don’t know that I’d ever even had a stuffed mushroom before I started crashing my husband’s family’s holiday celebrations where stuffed mushrooms are a staple and quite possibly the most important thing on the table. I’ve been obsessed since then and they are always the first thing I put on our holiday menu. 

And currently, stuffed mushrooms are the only “for sure” thing on my Thanksgiving menu. Why is it so hard to plan these things?! 

Anyway, these are Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Mushrooms. If you are like me and have trouble deciding between the stuffed mushrooms and the spinach and artichoke dip when you’re standing in front of the appetizer table, these are perfect for you! They’re so delicious with so much texture and they may be one of my favorite things I’ve made all year. 

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Apple-Sage Brined Turkey

This Apple-Sage Brined Turkey Breast recipe I posted a few years ago is my favorite way to cook turkey. And you can totally adapt it to cook a big turkey! 

I have a fun giveaway and exciting news from everyone’s favorite turkey brand, Butterball

This year, Butterball.com has been upgraded to be your go-to turkey search engine offering tips, how-to videos, recipes, and more! The experts at the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line have over 30 years of wisdom and experience so you know when you “Butterball It” you’re getting the best advice out there!

Enter below for a chance to win one of 2 turkey gift checks. The giveaway will run until November 14 at midnight Eastern time and then I’ll make sure the winners get their checks in plenty of time for Thanksgiving. US only, please. 

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The giveaway prize was sent to me in exchange for this post. 

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