Drinks

Just Peachy Simple and Sweet Iced Tea

Simple and sweet peach iced tea for one
I love sweet iced tea in the summer. Sitting on the porch with a sunset streaming through my tumbler, a lazy dog at my feet and kids playing around the chicken coop. This is my idea of heaven, right outside my doorstep.I used to make big batches of sweet iced tea throughout the season, but life has caught up to us...

How to Drink Gin Like a Grown-Up

How to drink gin like a grown-up
I ain't gettin any younger. And that's just fine with me. There was a time, just a few years ago, when having a "good time" meant something much more involved than relaxing with my family. It was a much more taxing event. My music was played a little bit louder, my food was a little bit sweeter and life...

Girls’ Night Drinks, minus the Alcohol

Girls night in drinks (minus the alcohol)
Back in college, girls' night was ALL about Margarita Monday or Wine Wednesday. We studied hard and partied harder at UCLA! Now, though, it seems like every gal I know is pregnant or trying to get pregnant. Seriously. I think there's been something in the water (or the wine, rather). As a result, girls' night drinks these days are a...

How to Make Strawberry Wine without Yeast

How to make strawberry vinegar with strawberry hulls
As I bring home box upon box of California Strawberries this season, I inevitably end up with a lot of hulls. What to do? Figure out how to make strawberry wine!I was trying to make strawberry vinegar, but I'm a space cadet and forgot the second fermentation process. So I inadvertently discovered how to make strawberry wine. And it's delicious! There's...

Making Kid-Friendly Green Smoothies

make kid-friendly green smoothies
Two years ago I started making more green smoothies and found out it was a delicious way to add greens to my diet. I like smoothies better than juicing because I also get the fiber from the fruit- smoothies keep me fuller a lot longer!Luckily, my son loves smoothies and when he hears the blender whirring comes running to...

Paleo Hot Chocolate (For Grownups)

paleo hot chocolate bliss
Before you all get started: yes, I know that cavemen probably didn't sit around sipping sweet drinks or even noshing on cocoa beans. And they definitely didn't add tequila to said concoction to give it a nice, smooth, Mexican flair. They were missing out, I say!My interpretation of the popular low-carb, high-protein lifestyle is extremely simple: I avoid food that doesn't...

Coffee Obsession and my Head-to-Head Coffee Challenge

coffee supplies
Hello, my name is Chelsea and I have a coffee obsession. I won't quite call it an addiction (denial is a strong force, people), but I do have a dedicated coffee "nook" that speaks for itself. On the bottom shelf is all the whole beans and some tea selections, and on the next shelf sits a variety of flavorings...

Kombucha for Beginners

How to make kombucha (the easy way). Great intro for beginners and soooo many health benefits from fermentation!
I've mentioned a couple times that as part of my (mostly) Paleo lifestyle, I've been getting into fermented foods and probiotics. Kombucha is a fermented tea drink that's chock full of healthy bacteria, much like yogurt. It was invented in the Qin dynasty to help give Samurai more energy on the battlefield. The probiotics in it have helped put...

How to Make Black Coffee that Tastes Good

Tips for making black coffee that actually tastes GOOD.
As you can see, we drink coffee a lot of different ways around here. We buy pre-ground and whole beans. We make big carafes for the whole day or when we have company, and little French press pots when Nate and I have time together before the kids get up.Most days, though, it's coffee for one. Just me and...

Orange Creamsicle Drink Recipe

non-dairy orange creamsicle drink from Someday I'll Learn
This orange creamsicle drink always reminds me of summers in Washington. The sun is often elusive amidst a stampede of gray clouds that stubbornly loom in place for days - sometimes weeks - at a time. When they finally lift, the grass is vibrant and blackberries are plentiful and Mount Rainier happily peeks its lofty peak out to say hello...