Peach + Jalapeno Gin Cocktail Recipe

This cocktail is fresh and vibrant with a warmth from the jalapeno. It is not spicy (this is coming from the girl that whines at too much black pepper). The jalapeno helps to completely cover the bleh alcohol taste. The juniper berry, peach, and jalapeno all work effortlessly to create a beautifully fresh, simple, and floral flavor. Even if you don’t normally like gin, I can promise this drink can change your mind. This is by far the most surprising drink I’ve ever created, I am in love!

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Peach & Blueberry Whiskey Cocktail Recipe

Celebrate peach season in style (or drink it all year long) with this refreshing cocktail. This is a super simple drink to whip up for a crowd but looks complicated and impressive (best of everything, innit?). Derek (the bartender) and I collaborated on this drink, and I love the little creation we came up with.

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Life is Short, Eat More Food: Trying Halo-Halo

Hello, Lovelies! I hope you are all doing wonderfully. I have a brand new series starting today (this post is it)! This little series will be dedicated to trying new food, exploring cultures, and inviting you to do the same. Life is too short to not explore the world around us. This little series will be about just that — exploring new foods. I strongly believe that trying food is a great way to “travel” without all the expense and time. I mean, think about it, besides shopping and sightseeing why do we travel? FOR FOOD!! So go out into your town and see what there is around you, you don’t have to travel to be connected to the world around you, you just need an open mind and a willingness to try! If you need some ideas on great food to look for or maybe you are like me and need a nudge to try new things, well… that’s what I’m here for! Every second and fourth Monday of each month will be dedicated to exploring a new food and reporting back to you. Let’s get started!

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Easy Peanut Butter and Banana S’Mores in a Pan (gluten-free)

Gooey marshmallow, warm chocolate, crunchy graham, sweet banana, spiced peanut butter and all perfectly toasted and melted together. The quintessential summer dessert is getting a makeover and doesn’t require a campfire for those of us who can’t go camping this year. 20 minutes is all that stands in between you and this truly deliciously decedent summer dessert, what are you waiting for?

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Easy, 6-Ingredient Strawberry and Blush Wine Vinaigrette Summer Salad Recipe (gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan)

I got this recipe originally from a mom, who I babysat for, a while back. She would eat these most days for lunch and one day made me some. I couldn’t believe a salad without ranch could taste that good!

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Matcha + Lemonade Frozen Yogurt Recipe (Copycat Pinkberry)

Yup. I jumped on the matcha train, and I’m gonna ride the darn thing until it crashes and burns. I am obsessed, to say the least. This frozen yogurt is a pretty darn close replica of the Pinkberry recipe if I do say so myself. If you have no idea what Pinkberry is and think I’m talking about strawberries, I’ll describe the flavor that is this magical frozen dessert. This frozen yogurt is a not too sweet, tangy perfection kissed with a matcha flavor that pairs beautifully with the lemon. I think the matcha, lemon, and sugar balance extremely well in this recipe and is quickly becoming my favorite dessert flavor. It’s the perfect tart and sweet combo that I never knew could exist. Plus, you can make this recipe without an ice cream maker.

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Four Not So Boring Popsicle Recipes for Summer! (gluten free, dairy free, vegan)

I love popsicles, but sometimes I want more than a random fruit flavor from the store. These four flavors are perfect for summer and are targeted to a more ‘adult’ palette. Plus, these four recipes are all relatively easy to make and can be adjusted to fit your sugar needs.

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Grilled Steak Kebabs with Sweet Soy Glaze (Gluten-Free Option)

This is by far my favorite, go-to summer recipe. It’s fairly easy: just cut up some vegetables and meat, make the sauce, and get grillin’! The sauce is sweet and salty (kinda like a Teriyaki sauce, but a bit different) and the perfect sauce to marry the bell peppers, onion, and sirloin.

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The Perfect Mojito

This is by far my favorite drink. I didn’t understand how people could like the taste of alcohol before I tasted this amazing concoction. I have one wine and two mixed drinks that I like out of everything I’ve ever had, but I know I still have thousands of different drinks I could try and possibly love. But this right here, this gloriously fizzy and refreshing mint and lime combo is my favorite.

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