This past Monday night I competed in my first ever cocktail competition at CopperFish in South Tampa. Sponsored by Papa’s Pilar Rum and the United States Bartenders Guild of Tampa Bay, it was a tiki-themed event and all competitors needed to use Papa’s Pilar Rum as the main ingredient. I was nervous, as there were so many incredible bartenders competing, but I wanted to challenge myself and learn something new. Papa’s Pilar has been one of my favorite rums since I first tried it last summer.… Read the rest
I am so lucky to live in Florida. Each day is like living in paradise, as we are blessed with gorgeous beaches, warm weather and an abundance of citrus fruits. Warm days often call for tropical drinks and nothing is more Floridian than a mojito. I recently discovered Naked Turtle Rum and let’s just say I am kicking myself for not trying it sooner. Made with the finest sugarcane molasses and distilled five times using the pristine waters of the Virgin Islands, it never touches the inside of an oak barrel, thus making it “naked” and truly delicious.… Read the rest
I could not feature just one recipe with Angel’s Envy Bourbon, I had to do at least one more. As I am getting ready to bartend a special bourbon party for a friend, I have been testing different recipes and mixing up all kinds of deliciousness. My favorite resource (shocker, Pinterest) came through again and I found a recipe for a slightly sweet and effervescent cocktail that is made with some of my favorite ingredients including St.… Read the rest
I have been on a bourbon kick lately and my current favorite is Angel’s Envy. Last summer I was sent a sample bottle and ever since my first sip it has been in my top five list of favorite bourbons. Truly an artisan’s masterpiece, Angel’s Envy is aged up to six years in charred white oak barrels and finished in ruby port wine casks. Smooth and sinfully delicious, it is my preferred bourbon for cocktails.… Read the rest
I am always looking for healthy snacks and found a recipe on Pinterest for great dip that can be enjoyed with celery, apple slices, carrots or any other type of fruit. Celery is something I try to eat a lot of since it is a zero-calorie food, but it can get a bit boring. This dip makes eating celery more enjoyable and can be whipped up in 30 seconds.
All you need is 1 cup of non-fat Greek yogurt and 1/2 cup of your choice of peanut butter or almond butter.… Read the rest
As I get ready to kick off my 30 Day Ab Challenge, I have been trying out different routines. One in particular that I found on Pinterest has been very challenging, which means it will be effective. What I love about this routine is that it can be performed in the comfort of your own living room. There are no excuses for being too tired to go to the gym. I am attempting this regime every other day for a month and am looking forward to the end results.… Read the rest
Every afternoon when I pick up my son from school, he always has a carton of strawberry milk from the cafeteria. He LOVES strawberry milk and always asks for the mix they sell at the grocery store. I came across a pin for homemade strawberry milk and decided to whip some up for my son. This recipe is from the blog, Salted Lemons, and is a healthier alternative for fresh, strawberry milk.
All you need are freshly cut strawberries, low-fat or whole milk, sugar and a vanilla bean.… Read the rest
Oh Pinterest, how much do I love you? Let me count the ways. Spring is here and I am in major need of spring cleaning at my house. Work has been consuming all of my time and my house has been neglected. I spotted a pin for a 30-Day Spring Cleaning Challenge from Pop Sugar and since I am beginning a 30-Day Ab Challenge on April 15th, I decided to add this challenge as well. I mean, what is better than a clean house and tight abs?… Read the rest
Happy #TuesdayBoozeday! One of my friends is planning a Margarita-themed party in a few weeks and asked me to help her come up with some creative variations on this classic drink. I recently found a recipe on Pinterest for Coconut Creamsicle Margaritas from the blog, How Sweet It Is, and decided to test out the recipe today. I not only discovered a great Margarita recipe, I also found a new food blog to follow.
Made with Grand Marnier, orange juice, silver tequila, lime juice, coconut water, canned light coconut milk, simple syrup and unsweetened toasted coconut for the glass rim, this is a refreshing cocktail that will remind you of a Creamsicle.… Read the rest
I am counting down the days to my next mini-vacation which will be in Miami next month. I will be attending a food blogger conference and my hotel is right on the beach. Food is a huge part of my life and I love to eat, but I need to tighten things up with my diet. While I work out about 5 days a week, I still have some inches to lose and areas that need toning.… Read the rest