Warm Holiday Cranberry Punch

Holiday Cranberry Punch

My sister, Natalie, always makes the best Warm Cranberry Holiday Punch for Thanksgiving. When you walk in her house, you can smell the amazing aroma. I was so cold yesterday in my office that I decided to tweak her recipe to have something warm in our house to drink on cold days, evenings to enjoy by our outdoor fire.  You can make this over the stove or in a percolator, and it’s the prefect amount of sweet, spiced and full of warm comforting goodness. Enjoy this holiday season and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

5 Favorite Fall Recipes

Trick or Treat Martini

Halloween is next week. Can you believe it? I love Halloween and look forward to it every single year (even though my three kids are teens now). I am in Hawaii this week for a work trip (heavenly), but I’ll be back in time for Halloween. I told my husband that I want to stay home for Halloween–I love giving out candy and seeing all the little kid’s costumes. As you can tell between food and travel, October has been a very busy month with recipes, my Italy trip, travel stories due, and edits on my next cookbook. I wanted to share some of my latest 5 favorite fall recipes that I created and photographed for Momspark this past month starting with my Trick or Treat Martini. These 5 recipes are fun to make and serve to friends and family this October and for the coming months ahead!

 

Mini Caramel Apples

Mini Caramel Apples on Momspark

Hot Apple Cider Toddy

Hot Apple Cider Toddy on Momspark

Bacon Mac and Cheese Cups

Bacon Mac and Cheese Cups on Momspark

Pumpkin Spice Brownies

Pumpkin Spice Brownies on Momspark

Championship Martini

Championship Martini

Enjoy watching some of the world’s best golfers starting next Thursday at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in beautiful Kohler, Wisconsin. I was so fortunate to have the opportunity to stay at The American Club Resort last month. This destination has so much to offer including incredible golf, spa, outdoor activities including hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, trap shooting, archery and more. At the spa for women, don’t miss the two new spa treatments Bamboo Bliss and Magnificent Wrap. For men, the Rain Man and Woodsmen Massage. The American Club has outstanding restaurants with inventive food. Be sure to enjoy dinner at the Immigrant room (more upscale) and Horse & Plow (more casual) as well as Sunday brunch at the Wisconsin Room. Try this Championship Martini recipe to toast this amazing tournament. This cocktail recipe combines the refreshing flavors of pineapple and cranberry, making it the perfect summer cocktail. The cocktail is available at the Whistling Straits Clubhouse Restaurant and Pub for $13 leading up to and following the much anticipated tournament.

Whistling Straights

Also, for the foodies out there, The Kohler Food & Wine Experience is set to delight thousands of culinary enthusiasts and wine devotees at Destination Kohler on October 22-25, 2015. Tickets are available starting today for the four-day festival and are online and by phone at 866-243-8548. Now in its 15th year, the event has a celebrated history of showcasing notable chefs and renowned winemakers hosting interactive demonstrations, fascinating seminars, exclusive tastings, celebrity dinners and evening galas.

 

Antioxidant Shooters

 

Antioxidant Shooters

If this recipe for Antioxidant Shooters has caught your eye, I have a feeling you are aware that pomegranate juice, strawberries and blueberries are filled with antioxidants. With the addition of beets, this recipe is SUPER high in antioxidants. If you don’t have time to cook beets, you can often find them on the salad bar at a high end or gourmet grocery store. What is interesting about beets is not the fact that they are rich in antioxidants, but the unusual mix of antioxidants that they contain. Beets have unique antioxidants since they get their red color primarily from betalain antioxidant pigments (and not primarily from anthocyanins). This combined with being a very good source of the antioxidant manganese and vitamin C, provides antioxidant support in a different way than other antioxidant-rich vegetables.

Have you heard the term but wonder why antioxidants are important? Antioxidants offer a number of health benefits and can help possibly prevent diseases, ranging from cancer to Alzheimer’s. Also, more and more information suggests that chronic inflammation is the root cause of many of these same diseases, and these ingredients are ALSO high anti-inflammatory foods. These Antioxidant Shooters are so good, so healthy and easy to make for a morning or afternoon pick-me-up of liquid health.

Watermelon Kale Smoothie

Watermelon Kale Smoothie

Watermelon and Kale are two superfoods that (believe it or not) my three kids love! Last week we went out walking in our fun Alabama 97 degree heat, and I made this Watermelon Kale Smoothie topped with chia seeds and fresh watermelon and OMG it was so good! I know, I know. It looks weird at first. Trust me on this one. You just have to try it! For 152 calories and 3.6 grams of protein, this recipe also is very high in vitamin C and manganese as well as potassium, Vitamin A and B6! For health benefits of watermelon click here. For health benefits of kale click here.

Peach Tea Fizz Cocktail

Peach Tea Fizz Cocktail

Looking for the easiest three ingredient cocktail ever? Try this Peach Tea Fizz Cocktail this weekend while the weather is hot and peaches are in season. This makes a great after-work drink, lake or beach cocktail. I used Sparkling Ice as my peach tea starter. It works great in this recipe and is so refreshing. Happy weekend!

Sparkling Ice Teas launched nationally in 2015 and include Raspberry Tea, Lemon Tea, and Peach Tea flavors. SPARKLING ICE combines sparkling water, natural flavors, fruit juice, vitamins and antioxidants to offer a great tasting lightly carbonated beverage all without the calories. To locate SPARKLING ICE visit www.sparklingice.com.

Watermelon Grapefruit Slushie Recipe

watermelon grapefruit slush

It has been so warm here the past few weeks where 97 degrees is the new norm. I made this chilling, refreshing Watermelon Grapefruit Slushie which was a home run. My kids were skeptical about me adding the grapefruit, but they ended up loving it and asking me to make more. This recipe is healthy, detoxing, and refreshing. It is perfect to make after a tough workout or as a lunchtime or dinnertime dessert. With 98 calories per serving, this recipe is high in B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Potassium and Manganese, so sip and enjoy!

 

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Sparkling Arnold Palmer Tea

SPARKLING Arnold Palmer

Tomorrow is National Ice Tea day so try this 5 minute, 3 ingredient Sparling Arnold Palmer Tea recipe for summer cocktails, Father’s Day, lake parties and beach getaways. All you need is some Sparkling Ice, lemon tea, vodka and lemon, and you have this simple cocktail. Have you ever wondered how this drink got Palmer’s name? According to Palmer, he was in the habit of drinking iced tea with lemonade at home, and in 1960 (at the US. Open), he ordered this at a bar, and a woman overheard him and called it “the Arnold Palmer” drink. The alcohol-based version is traditionally called a John Daly.

Cherry Margaritas

Cherry Margaritas

Northwest fresh sweet cherries are coming into season, and it’s a sure sign that summer’s here. Find a handy spot to place the blender and make these Cherry Margaritas. Start with a mix of Northwest fresh sweet cherries, a little tequila and a hit of citrus, all whirled in the blender, and you will enjoy the perfect summer frozen cocktail creation. Cherries are so healthy for you! For a list of 10 health benefits see my post here.

Easy Mimosas

Mimosa

What mom wouldn’t want to wake up to these Easy Mimosas? With only three ingredients, you’ll be sure to start her day on the right foot. These are so simple and perfect for spring or summer brunches, showers and even Christmas. Feel free to stir in pineapple juice, serve it as cold as possible and add a fun garnish (cherries, citrus slices, etc.) Happy Mother’s Day!!