Category Archives: Beverage

Happy Juice

Here’s a little something you may not know about me… I like to drink. Like really, really. It’s super fun and it tastes good. I’m Irish, Scottish & Italian, so it’s in my DNA.

Thanks in part to the “Mixologist” episode on Portlandia, I’m lately digging on a new breed of beverage. I normally like to drink Chardonnay, but in the summer with so many seasonal fruits available, it’s so fun to make something special on the weekend to sit and sip on in the backyard with my favorite drinking buddy (Jared).

Mixology is so hipster.

So here’s what I’ve been sipping on this week! It’s a Watermelon Lime Mint Cooler. It’s loosely based on this recipe for a martini:

I think my recipe is better than a martini because:

A) It’s hard to lay down in a hammock with a martini glass in your hand.

B) Martinis will get you very drunk very quickly and can be dangerous if combined with the heat of the sun.

This is my five-step program to drinking responsibly in your backyard:

Step One:
Remove the rind and cut up pieces of half of a seedless watermelon.

Step Two:
Blend the watermelon in a blender or use a stick blender (my favorite).

Step Three:
Strain the juice out. You can either use a strainer, cheesecloth, or my favorite; a paint straining bag. You can buy these little bags at Lowes or wherever for less than $5, and they work fantastically for making your own juice! I sold my juicer and use these instead because they’re so cheap and easy to clean and reuse.

Juicers are so last season.

Step Four:
Juice 1 lime.

Step Five:
Throw the watermelon juice, lime juice, a few mint sprigs, a tablespoon or two of agave nectar, 1-2 cups of water, and 3-4 shots of vodka into a pitcher. Let the flavors mingle in the fridge for an hour or so, then serve in a glass of ice and sip away!


Cool New Health “Trick”

All better.

Thanks to a helpful buddy, I recently found out this little trick.  Every time I feel a sickness come on, I scramble for some Airborne.  It’s kind of a pain because I’m not used to putting it into my routine.  If it’s not in my routine, I can’t remember where I put it, if we have any, and the worst, do I have to go to CVS right now?

This is my answer to that issue.  I have these nice little squirt bottle things from HerbaSway.  They’re liquid teas, filled with all kinds of lovely chinese herbs and whatnot.  I drink these every day, because I hate plain water, and I hate juice, and I hate soda, for various reasons.  I put a little dropper-ful in my water, and it’s got a ton of antioxidants and various other awesome things.  And tasty, nice.  I’m loving the taste of the Resveratrol one now.

Daily Detox Kit

So now I’ve learned the cool trick, which is, their daily detox package.  You can put these three together in a double shot of water, and do that for a few hours, and feel almost fine the next day.  I can say that’s working for me right now.  I came home from work yesterday, with a fever, chills, and mild tummy problems.  Within an hour of my first shot, my chills switched over to being really nice and toasty, my fever broke with minimal sweating (gross, sorry).

Leif likes the Chocolate in plain yogurt. We’re going to try blueberry next.

Also they’re all good for every day, so after enough time of replenishing my severely-depleted system (thanks to thyroid problems, 3 extremely sleep-deprived years, and breastfeeding for a looooong time), maybe I will stop getting sick so often.

My favorite part of these teas, they’re safe for our little guys. Airborne can’t say that.  Nice work HerbaSway!

OK, that’s enough gushing.  You can buy them from

My happy little handwarmer.

This makes me happy.


I recently quit the coffee and started drinking herbal tea instead. I never thought I’d do that.  I actually used to really hate tea because it’s so watery.  I’m even guilty of being a little judgy of tea people, there’s just something a little…different about them.  What I’ve learned, is that yes, they are different.  They take life a little slower, which used to annoy me because I felt like life is meant to be lived, full throttle! Well, I’ve pretty much changed my stance on that, because I started to feel like I might have a heart attack soon.

My happy little handwarmer.

Anywho, I just wanted to share this little piece of awesomeness that recently entered my life.  It’s called a Handwarmer Mug.  I got it at a little shop and it costs way more than I’d ever normally spend on a mug (around $20), but since I drink about 3-4 cups of tea a day, and it just makes me so cozy and happy each time, it’s totally worth the price.  Not only is it cute, and it has a little nook to put your hand in to warm it, but it’s just such a perfect shape for snuggling with.  That’s right, I snuggle with it.  Don’t judge.

The company who makes it is Clay In Motion, and they have a great website with a lot of nicely priced pottery.  Check it out!