Recipe: Mulled Cider

This Friday is Hot Mulled Cider Day! That should give you plenty of time to find the ingredients for this recipe to enjoy then. Tip: you can buy just the amount of these spices you need for less money than it would take to buy them in the spice section of most grocery stores by... Continue Reading →

Autumn Sangria Mocktail

If you love the taste of sangria but want to avoid alcohol, here is an alcohol-free version that tastes like fall. This recipe appeared in Woman's World last October. Ingredients 1 orange sliced 1 apple, cut into wedges 1-1/2 cups of apple-cranberry juice 2 cups of pomegranate juice 1/3 cup of sugar 9 cinnamon sticks... Continue Reading →

Easy Pumpkin Smoothie

Pumpkin is a low-calorie food that is full of nutrients, including vitamins C and A. This pumpkin smoothie is easy to make and tastes like pumpkin pie in a glass! In a blender, add 1/2 cup of canned pumpkin puree 1/2 cup of plain yogurt A big dash of cinnamon A small dash each of... Continue Reading →

Pumpkin Martini recipe

Do you like pumpkin pie? Do you like martinis? Here's a concoction that sounds deadly! (In a good way). This recipe makes two. Ingredients 4 oz vanilla vodka 1 oz heavy cream (or half and half). That's 2 and half of those little creamers. 1 oz pumpkin liqueur (Telling you right now: Bols is nasty.... Continue Reading →

Two Brews for Oktoberfest and Halloween

On a recent visit to the Reston Total Wine store, I asked for some recommendations for pumpkin spiced brews. There were lots of those...and I like pumpkin ale. But he steered me to two "Marzen" beers, instead. Marzen beers are called "March" beers because that is when they were brewed in the days before refrigeration.... Continue Reading →

Halloween wines

"I never drink...wine." -- Count Dracula That's okay, Count, more for us! I visited Total Wine in Reston (Plaza America location) in a quest for Halloween wines and they did not disappoint. I was provided with two recommendations. Witching Hour ($6.99) is a California red blend. This is the wine to bring to a Halloween... Continue Reading →

A Better-for-You Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back! That's the good news. More good news: coffee is really good for you (even decaf) in moderation. It has antioxidants and increases your cognitive ability. People who drink coffee are far less likely to suffer from liver disease than people who do not drink coffee. The bad news is those... Continue Reading →

Cosy up with a Fall cocktail at Clyde’s

Clyde's invents new seasonal cocktails and what they have lined up for fall and winter are right in the spirit of this blog: how about a Caramel Apple Martini, Rumpkin Pie, or Midnight Mimosa?  The drinks are $9.25.  You don't get a break on drinks during Happy Hour (Monday-Friday, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.) but... Continue Reading →

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