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Cha-ngria – Ginger Addition!

7 May

With summer coming up and the warm weather rolling in, I have been determined to make a good drink concoction for days meant to be spent outside by the pool.  I’ve always loved sangria because it has just enough flavor for one glass.  It was a dear friend’s bday over this weekend so I wanted to bring something over that the boys and girls could enjoy 🙂  I searched for an easy recipe as I wanted to make this Friday after work for a Friday evening enjoyment.  If you’ve read my blog before, you also know my extreme love for Ginger so the fact that this recipe called for Ginger Ale – I couldn’t turn it down.

Ingredients: Red wine, ginger ale, ice, brandy (or maybe even rum – of your choice), fruit (I used citrus flavors because they could be squeezed in instead of needing the overnight marinate), sugar and the unexpected Champagne!  I learned about the champagne trick from a good friend last week.

I used a whole bottle of wine, about half cup of sugar, all of the fruit, a splash of Brandy (probably 1-2 ounces) and about a full cup of ginger ale.

Once finished, I put a bunch of ice in the mix and brought it over to my friend, Brie’s, birthday.

Once you pour your glass of sangria, this is where you top it off with cold champagne!  I put about 1/5 the glass of champagne so don’t fill your glass all the way with sangria.  This makes for the most refreshing bubbly drink out there.  I think I’ll name this a Changria for it’s mixture of champagne and sangria.

Enjoy a well deserved Cha-ngria this summer!

Lemon Bar Goodness

11 Apr

For Easter, I wanted to make a dessert that was Easter colors and delicious.  One of my all time favorite treats would happen to be lemon bars.  I never thought they’d be an easy thing to make though so I never tried.  However, this year I decided to take a stab at them with this recipe and found they aren’t hard to make at all!  Not to mention, they are sooo good.  I doubled the recipe to make a huge cookie sheet of them so that everyone could have a taste but you can also make a much smaller batch.  I thought about adding ginger again since I just love the combo of the two but decided to keep it simple since I was sharing with everyone.  This recipe is definitely one I recommend for the lemon lover!

Happy Baking!

Lemon Ginger Heaven!

26 Mar

I’ve been looking for some good Easter Sweets to share with my family over the holidays and since I have such a huge love for Ginger, I decided to bake Lemon Ginger muffins from this recipe.  I also found the adorable cups at this art store that I used to work at which is locally owned, called Richard’s.  I try to support them whenever I can because they always took such great care of me and all my art supplies throughout high school and college 🙂  They have an awesome assortment of home decor and DIY products.  My mom and I spent yesterday baking some fun treats and she’s a great helper!  She helped me get my lemon zest and cubes of ginger from the root.  Neither of us have ever cubed our own ginger but it was actually pretty easy!  Note to self: don’t eat raw ginger, it’s SO spicy and not anything like pickled ginger.  However, it left a great after taste.  Happy Monday!

They had many different colors and designs but these were the perfect Spring cups for the muffins we made.

Peeling the ginger!

The lemons came from the tree in my parents backyard and were sooo delicious!  I squeezed the juices into the glaze on the final muffins and it was so good.

I filled the cups about 3/4 full.

After they cooled and had been glazed.

I love baking with my mom.  She always is baking pies or breads so she was the perfect person to help me perfect these Spring time treats!  I highly recommend this recipe and picking someone to bake with, especially on a rainy day!

French Toast Spice – Ginger!

6 Mar

I do love french toast so much and although it’s a very easy thing to make, I love always trying new spices.  You can pretty much add anything into your French Toast mix but Chelsea and I found a combo that was more than delicious.  We went to Safeway and bought a fresh French/Sourdough loaf from the bakery. We sliced it into thick pieces and began our batter combo.  Although it’s not the healthiest, breakfast is the most important meal of the day and therefore you can eat the most for breakfast to fuel up.  Here’s our recipe for some of the best French Toast I’ve ever had!

Thick sliced fresh bread
4 egg whites, 1 whole egg
Large splash of Vanilla (this is all dependent on the flavor you like)
Cinnamon (to flavor)
Ginger (to flavor) – lately I love Ginger anything!
**You can also squeeze seasonal fruit into the mix like an orange or lemon wedge!**

Mix everything together in a bowl and then just start dipping and cooking!

Then you can put whatever toppings you like on.  I’m simple, butter and flavored syrups.

This really is so simple and so delicious. An easy breakfast to make for weekend visitors.  I never knew how easy it was to experiment with different spices and French Toast but it’s definitely worth stepping out of the box for!

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas! 5 Reasons why I’m so excited for the Holiday season

8 Nov

OK, OK.  I know it’s not even Thanksgiving, which I am also VERY excited for, but with the time change and all the new exciting lights out in the city, it’s really getting me prepared for a wonderful holiday!  There are so many reasons why I enjoy this time of year but here are 5 to get me started:

1. Gingerbread!

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I love gingerbread cookies, gingerbread with icing, gingerbread teas/coffees, gingerbread scented candles and pretty much gingerbread everything.  There’s something so nice about being snuggled up inside the warm house with gingerbread around.

2. Decorations!

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San Francisco turns all of the large financial district buildings into large presents.  At least that’s what I see when I look at them 🙂  The lights are so beautiful.  I also love driving around all of the suburban neighborhoods and looking at the Christmas decorations.

3. Snow!

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Although we don’t get snow where I live, this is the time of year when I know snow is falling in all of the mountain towns.  The resorts will fill up and it’s time to go snowboarding.  I usually make a trip out to Michigan around Christmas where Ian’s family is and spend time in the snow with them.  It’s always so beautiful to experience snow around the holidays.  Last year it snowed on New Year’s Eve in Michigan and it was beautiful!

4. Quality Time!

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I know, I’m a total family person.  I love getting to spend quality time with my friends and family on the few extra days off of work.  It’s so nice to just share stories and catch up on life.

5. The Movies!!!

I feel like every family has their tradition of what movies they watch around the holidays.  I LOVE holiday movies so much.

A Christmas Story has always been our staple.  I love the scene where Ralphy’s brother is trapped in his snow one-sy.

Progressively over the years, Elf has become more of a staple.  It’s just so hilarious I can’t even point out one of my favorite parts.  Will Ferrel does such a great job of bringing the jolliness in this movie.

Christmas time is one of my favorites and I’m going to enjoy every moment of this upcoming season 🙂

Pumpkin Pancakes

11 Oct

‘Tis the season for Pumpkin flavored (almost) everything!  I’m such a fan of chai, pumpkin pie, and so many more of the fall season flavors.   I found this recipe recently and decided this was the morning treat I needed to start my Fall Sunday mornings off right with.

The ingredients you will need:

  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar I substituted this with Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup Chocolate chips (I prefer dark choc) or Banana slices. (I added this just because I love sweets 🙂 )

I mixed all of the liquids first 🙂

Then I added all of the powder substances along with my dark chocolate chips.  I like to mix them in because then they melt inside the pancake as opposed to adding them to the pancake on the griddle.  They get burned that way.

I had a helper laying right under me the entire time hoping to catch any “scraps.”  I think she was even trying to hide under the rug!

I don’t turn my burner on until the batch is all mixed.  Then I use a spoon and scoop two big scoops per pancake.  I wait until they fluff up and bubble a little before flipping.

This recipe makes enough pancakes for at least four people.  It made a ton of pancakes and made the house smell amazing.  Enjoy!

Good eats and cute dogs

8 Apr

I had always heard that Grumpy’s restaurant/bar had the best garlic fries but I had never tried them until the other day.  I got a burger and garlic fries and died, they were so incredibly good.  I need to find a home made recipe for these garlic fries but then I might eat them far too often 🙂

Grumpy’s also has a really fun environment.  I haven’t gotten the story yet but for some reason there are dollar bills all over the ceiling.

And the Grumpy’s mascot is a bull dog which I’m a sucker for dogs with wrinkly faces, hence my favorite boston terriers that my great friends Emily and Matt own.

I just love these guys.