Ditch the bar scene and Do It Yourself instead: Advice and instructions on how to select, create and serve your favorite alcoholic beverages.
Five Easy Mocktail Recipes
When I stopped drinking halfway through my junior year of college, I was worried about how I would sustain my social life in a world that seemed to revolve around drinking culture. None of my friends at that point were sober, and suddenly I was thrust into a world where I was the only one standing awkwardly at the end of a dance floor, overthinking every interaction. Frat parties and nights at the club with wasted friends became tedious, until I began to find new things to appreciate.
With the warmer months commencing and UK lockdown restrictions continuing to ease, what better time to prepare for those BBQ nights in the garden with friends? And what better way than by fixing a few alcoholic slushies or two? These delicious, thirst-quenching drinks combine elements of nostalgia, summer, and of course, alcohol, all in one! They are the perfect drink to surprise your friends and family with.
Guide on stocking your home bar
Bar carts have become very popular the last few years, and with restrictions due to Covid-19 people had time not only to bake banana bread, but also to immerse into the homemade cocktails and stock their own little bar.
How I Made A Strawberry Smoothie
The best part now that with summer around the corner is the food and drink. Nothing beats a Smoothie on a hot summers day. For a recipe that i made for a Strawberry Smoothie was 6 fresh Strawberries low fat milk and yogurt
A is for Apple
The snow has only barely melted, but the daffodils are already about to bloom in my front yard. I’m taking it as a sign that spring is getting just as antsy as I am. However, the cold still has some last gems to offer, and I am going to squeeze this one for all it’s got. I’m talking about winter apples.
My Home Bar
In August of 2019 we bought our first home. It was a stressful and long process that took us pretty much the whole summer to accomplish. After viewing so many houses we surprisingly ended up settling on a cozy 5-bedroom home on the outskirts of town. The price was right, and a benefit of this particular home was that it was next door to my husband’s friend from work, so we already knew we were going to like at least one of our neighbors.
The Perfect Pairing: Mulled Spices & a Warm Drink
Growing up, my parents always went out of their way to make the holidays special for me and my siblings. Traditions like finding the hidden pickle ornament in the Christmas tree, receiving clementines and lottery tickets in my stocking, and eating breakfast quiche on Christmas morning have always been fond memories of spending the holidays with my family.
Brew Your Own Ginger Beer (Ale)
Chances are, if your mother was born anytime after 1907, you've been given ginger beer or ginger ale at least once when you complained of an upset stomach. Well as it happens, there's a really good reason for this. Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory agent and has antiemetic (anti-vomiting) and anti-nausea properties. As far back as 2,000 years ago, ginger root was prescribed as a digestive aid and remedy for upset stomach, diarrhea, and nausea in the form of teas and powdered medicines in India and China. As a lighter beverage, ginger beer/ale is ideal for restoring fluids to the body during intense upset stomach spells, often helping to avoid dehydration.
A True Wisconsin Summer
“Sweet or sour?” These are the three words that started the wildest adventure of my life. Fitting. I landed a job that moved me from Omaha, Nebraska to Madison, Wisconsin when I graduated college in 2018. The six-hour drive turned into a nine-hour drive when I decided to tow my boyfriend’s car behind the moving truck. Oh, that’s right – I did what all parents have nightmares about their children doing when they graduate college: I dragged my boyfriend of two years across the country without a ring on my finger. I’m really living up to my job as a role model for my younger sister.
Brewing Your Own Beer, 101
A new series, aimed at the novice or wannabe homebrewer If you like beer, I get you. Me too!. If you brew your own beer, fantastic! I love to brew and share my creations!
Catch Wild Yeast
An argument and primer to isolating your own yeast for brewing beer Yeast. Every article you read about beer brewing will tell you that this little microbe is a critical ingredient. Yeast is there to produce alcohol and a wide range of flavourful secondary metabolites that give your brew such a pleasant profile.
Over the last 9 months or so, something I have been experimenting with has been making Mead. I have done a couple of batches with varying success on quality and like with my chilli plants it's still very much a learning process.