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Winter Cocktails for Advent – A Slow Down Approach to the Holidays (Cocktail #4 – Amaretto Eggnog)

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Amaretto Eggnog

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without eggnog!  It’s true.  The only time eggnog comes around is during the Advent season, so drink up my friends!

If you are a purist then by all means make your own eggnog!  (Here is a great recipe by Alton Brown over at Food Network.  You’ll probably want to leave out the bourbon suggested in the recipe.  Or not.  Go big or go home!)  If you don’t have the time or inclination to make your own, then a good store bought version will be fine.

For the cocktail:

1 oz amaretto
1 oz vodka
2 oz eggnog
ground cinnamon or nutmeg for garnish

Shake amaretto, vodka, and eggnog together in a cocktail shaker over ice.  Pour into a glass and enjoy!

For the mocktail, simply leave out the alcohol and garnish each glass with cinnamon or nutmeg.

Snuggle up in front of a fire and enjoy!

Cocktail #1: Rosemary Moscow Mule

Cocktail #2 Old Vermont

Cocktail #3 Grown-up Hot Chocolate

Amaretto Eggnog

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Winter Cocktails for Advent – A Slow Down Approach to the Holidays (Cocktail #3 – Grown Up Hot Chocolate)

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chocolate

Who doesn’t love a cup of hot chocolate on a cold winters night?  Go ahead and make a big ol’ pot of this hot chocolate for the entire family and make the grown up version by the cup. Read More

Haute Chocolate

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Winter Cocktails for Advent – A Slow Down Approach to the Holidays (Cocktail #2 – Old Vermont)

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 Old Vermont

Our cocktail lovely this week is an Old Vermont.  We stumbled upon this one several years ago and since then have made it part of many a quiet evening.  With all the fresh orange and lemon juice it’s practically a health food! *Wink, wink*

This recipe serves 2.

4 oz. gin
1 oz. Grade B maple syrup
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
1 oz. fresh orange juice
4 dashes Urban Moonshine maple bitters (See Note)
Ice cubes
Tools: shaker, strainer
Glass: cocktail

Shake all ingredients vigorously and strain into a chilled glasses.

Note:  You can substitute Angostura bitters if you don’t have Urban Moonshine’s Maple Bitters, but do we love the extra little something the maple bitters give to the cocktail.

For a mocktail version, shake or stir together the lemon juice, orange juice, maple syrup, and bitters.  Pour over ice and add sparkling water to finish.

Enjoy!

Old Vermont

[This post may contain Amazon affiliate links. The Provision Room is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.]   Our cocktail lovely this week is an Old Vermont.  We stumbled upon this one […]

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Winter Cocktails for Advent – A Slow Down Approach to the Holidays (Cocktail #1: Rosemary Moscow Mule)

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Sometimes you just have to s-l-o-w-d-o-w-n.

When everyone else is running around crazy trying to get the last Mr. Super Hero action figure and they have forgotten the true purpose behind Advent, #thewaiting.  We like to remember to pause.  Breathe.  Soak in the anticipation.  And…pour ourselves a cocktail.

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This Advent we’re going to be a bit tongue-in-cheek.  Instead of writing about the candle lighting, the devotion reading, the prayer saying (which of course we LOVE and want you to do!!!!)  We’re going to suggest some cocktails.  Lovely little things to sip with your loved ones and we’ll even include mocktails so the kiddos won’t be left out. Each week we’ll post a new special drink recipe!

Take a moment, make a cocktail, and enjoy!

COCKTAIL #1

For the 1st Sunday of Advent we’d like to suggest a Rosemary Moscow Mule, Kristina’s FAVORITE cocktail!

First make a rosemary simple syrup.  This isn’t completely necessary, but if you love the flavor of rosemary it’s worth the time.

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
4 fresh rosemary sprigs

Preparation

Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, and boil 1 minute or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, and let stand 30 minutes. Pour liquid through a strainer into a Mason jar, discarding rosemary sprigs. Cover and chill 4 hours.  Syrup may be stored in refrigerator up to 1 month.  (Makes about 1 1/2 cups.)

For the Cocktail
2 parts vodka (omit if your making a mocktail)
3 parts ginger beer (or ginger ale if your making a mocktail)
1 part rosemary simple syrup
dash of lime juice (or more to your liking)
rosemary sprig for garnish
ice

Instructions
Pour ingredients over ice and stir.
Adorn with a sprig of rosemary.

HAPPY ADVENT!

winter cocktails 1

Sometimes you just have to s-l-o-w-d-o-w-n. When everyone else is running around crazy trying to get the last Mr. Super Hero action figure and they have forgotten the true purpose behind Advent, #thewaiting.  We like to remember to pause.  Breathe.  Soak in the anticipation.  And…pour ourselves a cocktail. This Advent we’re going to be a […]

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Easiest Homemade Yogurt Evah!!!!

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You can hashtag this #wapf or #goodfat or #raw or #probiotic….

or how about just #AMAZING!  Because seriously, this little trick is awesome-sauce.

My mother-in-law’s naturopath told me to do this to get lots of good bacteria into her diet, plus a generous amount of healthy fat.

Also, did I mention this is DELICIOUS?!

Easiest Yogurt Evah! Read More

Easiest Yogurt Evah!

You can hashtag this #wapf or #goodfat or #raw or #probiotic…. or how about just #AMAZING!  Because seriously, this little trick is awesome-sauce. My mother-in-law’s naturopath told me to do this to get lots of good bacteria into her diet, plus a generous amount of healthy fat. Also, did I mention this is DELICIOUS?!

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Putting Up! (Ways To Make The Harvest Last)

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If you follow this blog, you know that I (Daja) have moved from Southern California to Maine.  We have a little farm we call Kylo. It’s a slow-and-steady-wins-the-race kind of thing.  We got a huge garden in this year and are gradually adding our animals. What blows me away is how wonderful the soil is here. I’ve been gardening in California for years and it is definitely an uphill battle–what with the water issues, intense heat, clay-like soil.  But here, it has been much easier and much more delightful to garden. Stuff actually grows here without so many tears.  The downside is that in Southern California I gardened year around. Here, you have 90-120 days. So, you better be movin’!

Today I sat down at my computer and my ten year old son walked by and said, “Whatcha doing?”  I replied, “Ordering a few things online.” He said, “Let me guess. Canning supplies.” #dontjudgeme Read More

Putting Up

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Caramel for Carmel

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My little story begins with my husband and I picking up some Craigslist finds in a nearby city.  We left most of our furniture in California when we moved to Maine and have little-by-little been finding the things we need to make our home more functional.  After picking up a desk at someone’s house, we headed to the local Habitat ReStore.  On the way, my husband asked, “OK, what exactly are we still looking for?”  I listed off a few things and then I just started to pray aloud, “Lord, lead us. You know what we need to have in our home. So, let us find things that are useful and beautiful and that would be a blessing.” Read More

Caramel for Carmel

My little story begins with my husband and I picking up some Craigslist finds in a nearby city.  We left most of our furniture in California when we moved to Maine and have little-by-little been finding the things we need to make our home more functional.  After picking up a desk at someone’s house, we […]

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Celebrate Pi Day with Pie! (and some fun family time!)

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Every March 14 is special because it is Pi Day. (PIE DAY!) There is not better day to make a pie and thank the Lord that Pi is not something you have to use in your everyday life, but that pie is appropriate for every meal. This year, it’s especially awesome because it’s 3.14.15! I mean, com’on! That’s just cool! You should probably let everyone sleep in until 926! (Math geeks everywhere just freaked out.)

For those of us who are far more interested in Pie than Pi, we have put together some truly delicious recipes. For those who like Pi we have some really fun and educational ideas for family time! Here are your instructions:

1. Eat Pie.

2. Play Pi games.

3. Eat more pie.

4. Laugh your heads off!

Celebrate Pi Day with Pie!

 So, first the pie. Here are more than 30 totally fantastic recipes from some of the best food bloggers on the web! You will want to lick your plates, we promise you! We suggest you make a savory one for supper and a sweet one for dessert. One can really never have too much Pie.

SWEET

SAVORY

THE CRUST and OTHER GOODIES

 

And now for the games!

Math is so much more fun when it’s a game! These particular games were planned and perfected by Kristina’s daughter (my god-daughter) Anna, our resident brainiac.  I’d say she takes after me, but my mouth is too full of pie.

Game Number 1

You will need:

  • 20 Index Cards
  • A Sharpie or black marker
  • 1 Mini Pie (For prize)
  • Plus 1 extra index card with 867-5309 on it.  (Tommy Tutone fans unite!)

(Requires at least two people but three or more is better!)

You begin by writing the first twenty numbers including the decimal point; putting each number on it’s own individual note card. Then you blindfold one player and the other player hides the cards around the house and sets a stopwatch for 1 minute. Have the first player take off the blindfold and give him/her 5 seconds to gather themselves then begin the official timer.  In that minute the player must find as many cards as he/she can. If they find the card with 867-5309 they get an ten extra seconds of looking time for the pi cards, this card has to be hidden the hardest.

Once the one minute timer has expired, the player gets an additional thirty seconds to put all cards in order.  However many they get in order is their score.

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If you get a tie score:
If you end up with a tie, you have to race to the pie! Simply find a spot in your house with 6-10 feet without any obstacles. Have the two players lie on their backs and slide across to floor in a race to the finish (using their feet is allowed.)  Put the piece of pie at the end of the racetrack first person to make it to the pie wins!

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Game Number 2

You will need:

  • Twine or a strong string
  • A small piece of pie

(This game requires at least two people to play.)

Begin by wrapping the twine around the piece of pie and have one player lay on the floor and the other player hold the pie at mouth level the player laying down gets five chances to do a sit up, no hands allowed, to reach the pie.  Whoever can reach the pie gets to eat it!!

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Game Number 3

You will need:

  • Blue masking tape
  • The twenty index cards you made for game one
  • A Mini pie for prizes

(You need two people)

Make a blue masking tape hop-scotch course in a any shape you want. (We only had regular tan-colored masking tape, but blue would have been much easier to see!)  Then have the first player hop through course on one foot.  To make it more challenging, there can be squares that say change feet or you may create a square in which the player can put both feet down.

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Each time the player completes the hop scotch course without touching any of the tape lines and/or falling he or she places a card with a number of pi down in any square the player chooses.  That square is now off limits and has to be jumped over.

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To make the game even more exciting, music is being played the whole time if the music stops (like in musical chairs) the player must stop jumping and stay perfectly still until the music starts again.

The last player to jump the course successfully wins!

Happy Pi Day ya’ll!

Celebrate Pi Day with Pie!

Every March 14 is special because it is Pi Day. (PIE DAY!) There is not better day to make a pie and thank the Lord that Pi is not something you have to use in your everyday life, but that pie is appropriate for every meal. This year, it’s especially awesome because it’s 3.14.15! I […]

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Salad For Breakfast? Three salads that will jump-start your day!

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Does breakfast ever get a little boring at your house? The same oatmeal or smoothie or scrambled eggs? Need a fresh idea? I have been trying to include vegetables and/or fresh fruit at every meal.  Breakfast can be a challenge on the vegetable front. We don’t usually think of veggies at breakfast unless it’s a green smoothie or the occasional Western omelet.  So, Kristina’s 12 year old daughter, Alyssa and I teamed up to create three breakfast salads. These are not your regular salads–they have a distinct breakfast-y flair! Alyssa is the Supreme Queen of Salad Dressings (it’s an official title. We are waiting on the stationary.) and every vegetable or fruit she touches turns to absolute gold.

Breakfast Salads

Each of these salads not only tastes DELICIOUS–like you will want to marry them–they also each have a decent amount of protein and healthy fat!  Which is sort of essential if you don’t want to be ravenous by 10:30.  Protein and fat can carry you through until lunch. No sugar crashes and no sugar cravings!

Apple Salad with Cardamom Creme Dressing

Apple Salad with Cardamom Creme Dressing

For the salad:

6 sweet apples, cored and cut into chunks

3 oranges, peeled and roughly chopped

1/4 cup raisins

1/4 cup dried cranberries

1/2 – 3/4 cup roasted and salted pistachios

Hemp Seeds

The Dressing:

8 oz. creme fraiche

3 teaspoons real maple syrup

1/4 teaspoon cardamom

DIRECTIONS:

Mix together all the ingredients for the dressing. Set in fridge and let the flavors come together for about 20 minutes.  Meanwhile, prepare the salad. Toss the apples, oranges, raisins, cranberries and pistachios together. Add the dressing and lightly toss to evenly coat the fruit. (I had some extra dressing left over. Which was awesome with scones come tea time. FYI.) Serve on plates and sprinkle with hemp seeds to serve.

Smoked Salmon and Fresh Beet Salad with Lemon Herb Dressing

Smoked Salmon and Fresh Beet Salad

For the Salad:

3 heads green leaf lettuce, washed and torn in salad sized pieces

handful of chives, chopped

3 raw beets, peeled and grated

6 – 8 oz. smoked, flaked salmon (not lox.) (Something like this.)

1 egg per person

Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

For the dressing:

juice from one whole lemon

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon dried dill

1/8 teaspoon Kelp granules (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

Start with the dressing. Mix all ingredients together. Set aside to allow the flavors to come together. Mix all salad ingredients, except the egg. Make sure you flake the salmon into smaller shreds so that it is evenly distributed throughout the salad. Toss with the dressing to taste.

Medium fry each egg, so that you keep that delicious runny yolk.  Serve the salad on plates and top each serving with the fried egg. Sprinkle with the salt and fresh pepper to taste.

Bacon, Egg, and Kale Salad

Bacon Egg and Kale Salad

For the salad:

1 head kale shredded or torn into small pieces

6 eggs, boiled and roughly chopped

8 oz. raw milk cheddar, cubed (or whatever other cheese you like)

8 oz. bacon, crumbled and fried crisp

Dressing:

6 oz. sour cream

Salsa to taste (I used about 1/4 cup of hot salsa. We have a great fermented one here.)

Avocado slices to garnish (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

Start with the dressing. Stir together (full-fat….need we say so???) sour cream and salsa. I used about 1/4 cup, but taste as you go to reach your desire heat level! Set aside to allow the flavors to come together.

Mix together all the ingredients for the salad. (If you boil the eggs the night before, this breakfast will come together lickety-split!)

Place salad on a plate and top with a generous dollop of your spicy cream! We served this with avocado slices.

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Breakfast Salads

Does breakfast ever get a little boring at your house? The same oatmeal or smoothie or scrambled eggs? Need a fresh idea? I have been trying to include vegetables and/or fresh fruit at every meal.  Breakfast can be a challenge on the vegetable front. We don’t usually think of veggies at breakfast unless it’s a […]