Spiced Pineapple & Citrus Vanilla Bean Swizzle

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I’m having the best time creating drinks in the kitchen. It’s date night for Dan and me…so I’m thinking two of these on the porch will be a good start, then off to Disneyland with some friends! The wonderful people at Powell & Mahoney partnered-up with me for a few drink creations! I give you the Spiced Pineapple & Citrus Vanilla Bean Swizzle… tropical, dreamy and refreshing.

1 cup fresh pineapple
1/2 cup P&M lemon sour
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
1/8 tsp grated nutmeg
1/2 cup white rum
1/4 cup cream of coconut
*Shake and pour over crushed ice
+ insert green pineapple stems for added ooh-aww effect 😉

Lavender Latte {Dairy Free}

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A hug in a cuppa coffee. My friend Jenn took me to a cooking class at Sur La Table last week (thanks Jenn) and we both bought bottles of lavender! Oh it smells so good in this house!

Double shot Lavazza super creme espresso
1/2 cup steamed hemp mylk {or nut mylk}
1 tsp blue agave
2 drops lavender extract
Sprinkle with dried lavender

chia passion parfait

Chia passion parfait! Lots of fun flavors in this one! Layers of vanilla bean chia seeds, kiwi, mango banana cream, blended black cherries, strawberries, blueberries and passion fruit pulp with roasted coconut chips on top!

Vanilla Bean Chia Seed Pudding
2 tbsp. chia seeds
1 1/2 cups hemp mylk
1 tsp. vanilla bean paste
1 tsp. agave
*combine in a cup and let sit in the fridge for 1 hour. Stir occasionally to make sure it doesn’t clump up.

Mango Banana Cream
1 rige mango
1 frozen banana
*blend in a blender until smooth

Cherry + Berries Smoothie
1/2 cup fresh black cherries (pitted)
5 frozen strawberries
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
*blend in a blender until smooth

Line a dry glass cup with thin kiwi slices. Layer with vanilla chia pudding, mango banana cream, cherry + berry smoothie and passionfruit pulp. Top with half a passion fruit and roasted coconut chips.

Turmeric, black pepper, coconut, café and spiced tea rum Russian


It’s been a rough week. We’ve been planning our trip to India and I waited to get our visas 1 month out (to qualify for the online e-visa). While Dan passed with flying colors…me, not so much. A week of pulling out my hair and 20+ confusing phone calls later, my 3rd application was finally approved! I almost thought we’d have to cancel the trip! Fewf! That was a close one. I wanted to celebrate! I came home from work, kicked-off my shoes and played mixologist in the kitchen. This was the result – a spicy, savory, creamy, dreamy drink. There are a whole lot of goodies in this little baby… an unexpected blend of spices came together to make a knockout version of a rum Russian. All you need is a comfy couch, a good show, soft blanket and this in your hand to make any stressful day a good one.

If you want to make a non-alcoholic version, minus the café liqueur and spiced rum and you’ll have a cool, decadent drink you can sip on the daily…

Makes 2 drinks – his and hers

1/2 cup strong coffee
1/4 cup black tea
1/4 cup cream (use nut milk if vegan)
1 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tbsp coconut cream
1 tbsp pure maple syrup
1oz xo café liqueur
2oz black spiced rum

Mix all ingredients together. Rim your glass with coconut sugar and black pepper (optional). Pour over ice and enjoy
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Black n Blueberry Lavender Lemonade

The best summer drink! I’m obsessed with this black n blueberry lavender lemonade! Better Homes and Gardens loves it too! So excited that this recipe was featured by friends at BHG! Thanks guys!

3 lemons
1 handful blackberries
1 handful blueberries
1 cup dried lavender
5 cups water
honey to taste

Squeeze lemons into a large jar. Muddle berries and set aside. Boil 5 cups of water with 1 cup of dried lavender. Add muddled berries to the lavender water. Strain with a mesh sieve and pour into the large jar with lemon juice. Add honey (or agave) to taste.