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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!

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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!