• Glass of berry cucumber yogurt smoothie.

    Berry Cucumber Yogurt Smoothie

    This berry cucumber yogurt smoothie can be a tasty breakfast or yummy snack! The garden is starting to produce LOTS of goodies right now: kale, gooseberries, black raspberries, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, peas, onions and more! After spending time picking a bagful of berries and veggies this afternoon, my youngest announced he wanted to make a smoothie out of our haul. We’re big smoothie fans over here. So, once the picked produce was analyzed we determined a berry cucumber yogurt smoothie was in order. It sounds a little bizarre, I know. Cucumber and yogurt…  Well, cucumber and yogurt go together well in tzatziki, and who doesn’t love that? Mmm… But, with…

  • Bigelow Tea - love a cup in the afternoon!

    Afternoon Pick-Me-Up with Bigelow Tea

    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. Sure, I drink coffee every morning—at least two cups. (Cream, no sugar.) But coffee isn’t always what I reach for when I need a little boost towards the end of the day. It’s tea! (Cream with sugar. Or sometimes honey with lemon.) I love almost any kind of hot tea—especially black tea. It’s simple, smooth and relaxing. Something I often grab when I’m at home on the weekend, ready to curl up on the couch with a blanket and a movie. In autumn, when the leaves are falling, a fire’s going in the…

  • Beef with red wine sauce on a plate

    Tips for Making Fantastic Red Wine Sauce

    Do you want to surprise your guests by making fantastic red wine sauce at home? Highlight any meal or dish you prepare by adding sauce made from red wine! Wine sauces are perfect for enhancing the taste of any dish you make. With a wine sauce, the natural flavors of any dish are emphasized which makes them exceptionally tasty. Not to mention potential health benefits of red wine! This is a guest post. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.   Ingredients to Prepare a Fantastic Red Wine Sauce A bottle of red wine (something you’d drink) Butter Beef, chicken or vegetable stock…

  • You'll have to try this lovely coffee from Tonx!

    5 Reasons Why Tonx Coffee Rocks

    This is a post sponsored by Tonx Coffee, for which I have been compensated. All opinions, however, are always my own! My Tonx Coffee package arrived late last week in a simple brown box with a clever, metallic Tonx sticker slapped on top. Inside were a few different things, including two different sized pouches of roasted coffee beans from Quilanga de Loja, Ecuador—specifically the Fapecafes Cooperative. Read more about the beans, and also find out about how you can sign-up for a Tonx free trial (to try the coffee), later in this post. I had been waiting not so patiently for this box arrive. There’s nothing like the taste of…

  • Celebrating National Moscato Day with @GalloFamily

     I love wine. Since having kids my taste has shifted from rich, deeply flavored red wines to crisp, tart white wines. This  shift appears to be the opposite of most women, whose taste often starts with sweet white (hello, white zin) and grows into grown-up red. Children do strange things to one’s body, and I suppose this is just another example of how. I’m not complaining though – red has its advantages (ability to taste yummy at room-temp is one), but as we head into summer, a chilled white trumps room-temp red. Just my opinion. Last week I received a box from Gallo Family Vineyards and inside it contained two bottles…

  • It's no surprise that coffee has created such a deeply steeped culture in our modern world.

    The History of Coffee

    I happen to be a coffee drinker. Actually, I happen to love coffee, in a “can’t start my day without a cup or three” kinda way. When Caffé Society approached me about doing a guest post for (a)Musing Foodie, I thought, “Sure—let’s talk about the history of coffee.” And there you have it. History of Coffee By the fifteenth century, the Arabs were cultivating and trading coffee in the area we now know as Yemen. Within a hundred years, coffee had spread to areas of Turkey, Syria, Persia and Egypt, possibly because alcoholic beverages were forbidden to Muslims. Coffee had that strong energizing property that became a pleasant substitute. Although,…

  • Bitters are making a comeback in the stomach ailment arena. And also with cocktails!

    Bitters—Old is New Again

    I just spent the last two days in Hershey, PA—arguably the “Sweetest Place on Earth” (only Willy Wonka would disagree, I’m sure). I’ve been to Hershey before; we’re lucky to only live less than two hours away. But this was the first time I’ve stayed overnight, and also the first time I’ve visited The Hershey Hotel and the Woodside Cottages. At this time of year, with light snow flurries falling, it was absolutely stunning. The service was impeccable, clearly surpassing any other four star hotel at which I’ve stayed, from the concierge service to the wait-staff at one of the in house restaurants, trevi 5. The only unfortunate part of my visit…

  • Food Challenge: POM Party (cont.)

    The clock is ticking and my POM Party is a mere two days away! One of the last things I have planned, but not picked, is a pomegranate drink. A couple weeks ago, I asked you to provide me with some cool ideas for pomegranate drinks – either alcoholic or not. Now it’s time for the poll! Take a look at the top of the blog and you’ll find the poll – it’ll be open through Saturday morning, so get your vote in quickly! Cheers!