Food & Beverage

Valentine Drinks

It's not a Valentine celebration without at least one good drink, even if it's just some yummy punch with sherbet floating on top. has 11 drink suggestions that fit the bill, ranging from the classic and romantic to the decadently delicious!

The ginger gin fizz is definitely something I'd love to try. It sounds very '20s and that pop of ginger sounds fresh and tasty. I'd also love a Milk and Honey, but I think I'd prefer mine hot. 

The Best Homemade Shake

When my kiddo's friend mentioned that they like to use Halloween candy bars in their shakes, all I could think of was... hot dog! Why didn't we ever think to do that? It's quite delicious, of course, and it got me thinking... what other wild things could we do with shakes at home? You see lots of over-the-top ones in restaurants lately, but what about home?

Starbucks Hacks

Starbucks hacks are so fun to me that I'm in a few different Facebook groups where I learn how to order like a pro! I don't even get Starbucks every week, but when I am headed there for a treat (usually when I can score a TON of points on my gold card, because that's the way to order!) I often check to see if there are any new tips and tricks. 

Low-Carb Mocha And Chai

As silly as it sounds, I'm in a Starbucks hack group on Facebook and people are always asking for more hacks for low-carb or low-sugar drinks. At first it irks me because we've all shared lots of hacks that can be easily searched for instead of re-posted, but I have to admit that there are always new ideas out there about how to order drinks that work for your dietary needs.

Churro Latte

As creepy as it is to have your websites spy on you, I must admit that I do love a lot of the suggestions that Facebook has given me over the past couple of years. The latest one that I'm interested in checking out is this Churro Latte from Copper Cow Coffee, which I've never used before. It's a pour-over set of Vietnamese coffee that looks pretty good.

Coffee Shop of Horrors

This year I've been making my way through indie coffee companies and small roasters, sampling different flavors when I find sample sizes available. My next company is going to be Coffee Shop of Horrors, which has a 10% off sale going on at the moment. I love that they have cheaper samples available for almost half the cost other companies sell samples for; 2 ounces is really enough to tell if you like a flavor or not.

Skinny Mixes Holiday Drink Recipes

Lately I am all about the Skinny Mixes! These things have zero calories, zero carbs and zero sugar, making them perfect for people who are watching any of those components or who just want to lighten their caloric intake when it comes to holiday drinks this year. I've tried several kinds, from the Salted Caramel Mocha to the Christmas Cookie, and have found many of them to be fabulous. 

Tom And Jerry

It's so fun to learn about different state drinks, especially when it's something you've never heard of before. From coffee cabinets to sugar on snow, I love to learn about and try to replicate treats and drinks I hear about in different states. In Wisconsin, there's a fun winter drink called Tom and Jerry, and it's something I'm adding to my list!

Harry Potter Drinks For Grown-Ups

If you're getting ready for some Harry Potter goodness this Halloween, you might want to take your pumpkin juice, butterbeer and gillyweed water to the next level with a little bit of spiking. It's only fair; after all, Harry Potter himself has long since grown up, as have the fans that grew with him. We're all of age, so why not bring out the giggle water?


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