Fall Martini Recipes (Great for Thanksgiving!)

When it comes to some martinis and others shaken or strained, enjoy your drinks in your family setting or social circles for the holidays. You will need a mixing tin and strainer as well as martini glasses or other glassware for your martini cocktails. For some festive fall varieties of martinis, consider the Pomegranate Martini, Rubytini, Pumpkin Pie Martini, and others shown below.

RUBYTINI
Enjoy a perfectly crafted martini such as the Rubytini. This drink is well fit for the fall season.

Ingredients:

6 ounces Ocean Spray® Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice Drink
3 ounces lemon Flavored Vodka
Grapefruit wedge, garnish

Instructions:

1. Combine ingredients, except garnish, in a cocktail shaker with ice.

2. Strain into a sugar-rimmed martini glass.

3. Garnish with a slice of grapefruit dipped in sugar.

Makes 1 serving.

– Recipe courtesy of the experts Canned Food Alliance / Mealtime.org

Pomegranate Martini
You can make a delicious Pomegranate Martini by following these simple steps….

Ingredients:

2 ounces    Three Olives Pomegranate Vodka
5 ounces    Pomegranate juice

Instructions:

1. Shake in martini shaker.

2. Serve chilled in sugar-rimmed martini glass.

– Recipe courtesy of Sassi, 10455 E. Pinnacle Peak Parkway, Scottsdale, Ariz. 85255, www.sassi.biz, 480-502-9095

Pumpkin Pie Martini
A delicious martini cocktail to enjoy after dinner or with an appetizer. The Pumpkin Pie Martini is the perfect way to channel fall in your autumn menu.

Ingredients:

3 ½ oz Blue Ice Vodka
1 oz DaVinci Pumpkin Pie Syrup
Cinnamon sugar

Instructions:

1. Add Blue Ice and syrup to a cocktail shaker.

2. Shake well and strain.

3. Garnish with an orange slice and pour into a cocktail glass rimmed with cinnamon sugar.

– Recipe courtesy of Blue Ice Vodka

Saffron Peach Martini
Try this cocktail recipe for a refreshing fall sipper.

Ingredients:

2 oz Gabriel Boudier Saffron Infused Gin
½ oz. natural peach syrup
½ oz. agave nectar
Juice of ½ large lemon

Instructions:

1. Shake all ingredients with ice.

2. Serve in a 7 oz. martini glass.

3. Garnish with a fresh peach slice.

– Recipe courtesy of Gabriel Boudier Saffron Infused Gin

il Casale: The Zucca-tini
What better way to celebrate Thanksgiving than a cocktail party? Hosting a cocktail party with fun fall themed martinis like this one.  You can also buy this fall drink for only $9 at il Casale, Belmont, MA.

Ingredients:

House vanilla vodka
Pumpkin
Spice
Graham cracker rim

Instructions:

1. Combine ingredients.

2. Rim with graham crackers.

-Recipe courtesy of il Casale, 50 Leonard Street, Belmont, MA, 617.209.4942,  www.ilcasalebelmont.com

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Even More Thanksgiving Cocktails and Fall Drink Recipes

HUGEcocktailIn case you’ve been following our recent fall cocktail recipes and Thanksgiving drink ideas series, you might also enjoy these other festive beverages that are perfect for Thanksgiving. Experimenting with different cocktails and ingredients can be fun since you know what flavors would work best for your punch, martinis, or other specialty drinks for fall. Consider these fall cocktail ideas or make up your own!

Jefferson Hall 15th Anniversary Drink
Are you looking for the perfect after dinner cocktails for the feast? For a cocktail drink that is deliciously fun, try the Jefferson Hall 15th Anniversary Drink. This cocktail can be served hot or cold.

Ingredients:

2 parts Dos Lunas Reposado Tequila
1 part Agave Nectar
1 part Apple Cider

Instructions:

Combine ingredients.

–    Recipe courtesy of Jefferson Hall

Blue Ice Autumn Breeze
This simple sparkling drink is refreshing for the feast.

Ingredients:

1 ½ oz Blue Ice Vodka
3 oz Orange Juice
1 oz POM Pomegranate Juice

Instructions:

1. Build over cubed ice in a Collins style glass.

2. Garnish with an orange slice.

– Recipe courtesy of Blue Ice Vodka

Maple Paloma
One of the  flavors that comes to mind in Thanksgiving is maple syrup. A Maple Paloma cocktail can be a nice complement to your ham dinner.

Ingredients:

2 oz Camarena Reposado Tequila
1 tsp maple syrup
4 oz grapefruit soda
1/2 oz fresh lime juice

Instructions:

Serve tall, over ice and garnish with a lime wedge.

– Recipe courtesy of Camarena Reposado Tequila

L’s Peppermint Paddy
Pour an ounce of Phillips Peppermint Schnapps and a splash of Bourbon into a mug, fill with hot cocoa, top with fresh whipped cream, and garnish with a sprig of mint.

Apple Cider Toddy
Pour an ounce of Prairie Organic Vodka into a mug, fill with natural hot apple cider, and garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Red Devil
If you like a fruity drink, Red Devil might be the right cocktail for you.  The Red Devil is one strong cocktail so get ready to get wild.

Ingredients:

1-1/2 oz. freshly squeezed pomegranate juice* or POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice
1-1/2 oz. grapefruit vodka
1 oz. fresh orange juice
1 oz. cinnamon syrup**
Garnish:
cinnamon-brown sugar powder (for rim of glass)
orange zest

Instructions:

1. Prepare a cocktail glass by wetting the rim with an orange and then frosting it with cinnamon-brown sugar powder.

2. Assemble the first four ingredients in a cocktail shaker glass and shake well.

3. Strain into the prepared glass and drop an orange zest into the drink.

– Recipe courtesy of POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice

The Lola
A flavorful cocktail style, the Lola cocktail also features pomegranate. Keep this in your cocktail list.

Ingredients:

1 1/4 oz. freshly squeezed pomegranate juice* or POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice
1 oz. vodka
1 tsp. St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
2 oz. champagne

Instructions:

1. Stir all the ingredients over ice to chilled, and strain into a pre-chilled cocktail glass.

2. Garnish with a food-grade rose petal or other edible flower if roses are not available.

– Recipe courtesy of POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice

Harvest Cocktail
The Harvest Cocktail features a variety of fresh flavors to enjoy.

Ingredients:

1 ½ parts CC Reserve 10 year
½ parts Harvey’s Bristol Cream
1 parts Lemon Sour
1 parts apple juice
1 ½” slice of fresh or canned pear
4-6 leaves of Lemon Verbena or Lemon Balm
½ parts Egg whites

Instructions:

1. Muddle leaves and pear slice in a mixing glass.

2. Add all remaining ingredients and shake with ice, double strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

3. Garnish with a dash of ground cinnamon.

– Recipe courtesy of Canadian Club

Russian Standard Moscow MuleThe Russian Standard Moscow Mule
You can enjoy a classic Moscow Mule at home with the following steps.

Ingredients:

2 oz. Russian Standard Vodka
5 oz. premium ginger beer
Wedge of lime

Instructions:

1. Pour two ounces of Russian Standard Vodka over ice in a chilled Russian Standard copper mug or Collins glass.

2. Add 5 ounces of ginger beer and stir gently.

3. Garnish with a squeezed wedge of lime.

– Recipe courtesy of Russian Standard Vodka

 

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Pumpkin Flavored Drinks or Thanksgiving Cocktails

When trying to find the perfect cocktail for your fall feast, try these different pumpkin flavored cocktails. the rich flavors of the fall season will play upon your taste buds and you will be thankful to find these different festive drinks as a suitable match for your Thanksgiving meal. As you plan your menu for Thanksgiving or any fall event, don’t forget about the drinks that you will serve your guests. Consider these tasty pumpkin themed drinks, cocktails, and punch recipes!

Pumpkin Punch
Try this pumpkin punch drink this fall, featuring Herradura Silver tequila shaken with freshly squeezed orange juice gently sweetened with maple syrup and homemade pumpkin puree. Serve it tall and dusted with cinnamon.

Ingredients:

2 oz Herradura Silver
1 ½ oz Pumpkin Puree (see recipe below)
2 oz freshly squeezed orange juice
1/3 oz maple syrup

Instructions:

1.    Combine all ingredients into a Boston shaker.

2.    Shake and strain into a highball glass filled with cubed ice.

3.    Garnish with an orange slice lightly dusted with cinnamon powder.

–    Recipe courtesy of Herradura Silver

Pumpkin Puree
This is pumpkin that has been blended down very smooth, like a food for babies. When you buy canned pumpkin, that is pumpkin puree.

Ingredients:

1 pound pumpkin pie peeled and cubed
1/2 cup of water
1/2 to 1 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cloves

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth if needed.

– Recipe courtesy of Herradura Silver tequila

Chilled Pumpkin Latte
A perfect coffee recipe for Thanksgiving holiday! This recipe can be altered to suit your tastes and definitely can be the highlight of your turkey day party.

Ingredients:

1 oz Blue Ice Vodka
¾ oz coffee liqueur
¾ oz DaVinci Pumpkin Pie Syrup

Instructions:

Build over cubed ice in a Collins-style glass.

– Recipe courtesy of Blue Ice Vodka

Chocolate Pumpkin Grahams
This chocolate pumpkin Grahams recipe is fantastic for those with a sweet tooth. Mixed with heavy cream and grahams, what more can you ask for? A perfect cocktail to conclude the feast…

Ingredients:

4 oz. pumpkin-infused vodka
1 oz. creme de cacao
1 oz. heavy cream

Instructions:

1. Pour vodka, creme de cacao and cream into cocktail shaker with ice.

2. Use a little of the mixture to moisten rim of cocktail glass, dip glass in chocolate cracker crumbs.

3. Strain martini into glass and grate a little hazelnut on top.

–    Recipe courtesy of Los Angeles and New York-based event designer, author (Party Like a Rockstar) and party planner extraordinaire, Jes Gordon

Pumpkin Juice
Pumpkin juice is a great choice because of its healthy alternative to sugary, carbonated drinks.

Ingredients:

2 butternut squash, peeled and diced
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
4 whole cloves

Instructions:

1. Pass the squash through a juice extractor. This will yield about 4-6 cups of fresh juice.

2. Pour the juice into a saucepan and add the sugar and spices.

3. Cook over medium heat until the juice reduces by about half, 10 minutes or so.

5. Strain the juice and set aside for use.

–    Recipe courtesy of 62 Restaurant & Wine Bar

Apple Cider Soda & Pumpkin Float
This Apple Cider Soda & Pumpkin Float recipe is made extra special for its ingredients that perfectly suit your Thanksgiving feast.  This fall cocktail recipe can make up to four servings.

Ingredients:

4 cups apple cider, reduced to ¼ cup syrup and cooled (4 hours)
1 cinnamon stick, added to reducing cider then removed at cooling
1 cup Calvados
1-2 cup pumpkin ice cream
Club soda
Cinnamon

Instructions:

1. Fill a highball glass with ice, pour in ¼ of the apple-cider syrup and 2 oz. Calvados, then stir.

2. Top off with club soda and scoop of pumpkin ice cream.

3. Garnish with a straw and a sprinkling of cinnamon.

–    Recipe courtesy of Heirloom Restaurant

Nutty Pumpkin Martini
The Nutty Pumpkin Martini is a perfect treat for the Thanksgiving holiday party or fall festivities.

Ingredients:

1/2 oz. Stoli Vanilla
1 oz. pumpkin spice liqueur
1/2 oz. Frangelico
1 oz. half & half

Instructions:

Combine ingredients in a shaker over ice and pour into chilled martini glass garnished with a cinnamon stick.

– Recipe courtesy of Salt Creek Grille

Don’t forget to check out our other fall and Thanksgiving drink recipes, like apple flavored cocktails, fall martinis, and fall punch recipes! Which one of these fun fall cocktails is your favorite?

Thanksgiving Cocktails: Apple Flavored Drinks, and Alcoholic Beverages

Thanksgiving cocktails give you a great reason to get together with everyone you know and love for a social gathering before or after the Thanksgiving feast. Apple flavored alcoholic beverages for Thanksgiving, fall, or anytime give us opportunity to sip delicious mixed drinks while sharing casual conversation. Fall cocktails can be great fun at the bar, but why not mix up some apple themed Thanksgiving drinks at home?

If you want to have a very memorable and special day on Thanksgiving with family and friends, try some different Thanksgiving cocktail recipes with flavors of apple, pumpkin, pear, or cranberry. This feature focuses on apple flavored Thanksgiving or fall cocktail recipes.

Apple Flavored Cocktails

Apple themed drinks like apple cider and desserts like apple pie can be popular treats for the fall season. Check out these yummy apple themed cocktail recipes for your Thanksgiving cocktail party.

Spiced Caramel Apple Martini
You can order a Spiced Caramel Apple Martini at the Meritage Steakhouse at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in north Phoenix, or you can try to make this Thanksgiving drink for yourself at home.

Ingredients:

1/2 ounce    Crown Royal
1/2 ounce    Skyy vodka
1/2 ounce    Concentrated apple juice
Pinch    Ground cinnamon
Splash    Apple Pucker schnapps
Splash    Cranberry juice
1 slice    Caramel-coated apple

Instructions:

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a martini glass.

Garnish with a sugared rim and the caramel-coated apple.

– Recipe courtesy from From Meritage Steakhouse, JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, www.jwdesertridgeresort.com, 480-293-5000

Bohemia Apple Lime Cider
Bohemia Apple Lime Cider Bohemia beer, lime juice, and apple cider mixed to perfection….  Served with a lime wedge. This recipe can make two drinks.

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon each: coarse salt, sugar
1 cup fresh, unfiltered apple cider
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 bottle (12 ounces) Bohemia
Fresh lime wedges

Instructions:

1. Mix salt and sugar on a small plate.

2. Use a lime wedge to moisten the rim of two beer glass.

3. Dip the rims into the salt mixture.

4. Mix cider and lime juice in small pitcher.

5. Divide among two beer glasses.

6. Top with Bohemia.

7. Serve with a lime wedge.

– Recipe courtesy of Bohemia Apple Lime Cider Bohemia beer

All-American Chilled Apple Pie
All-American Chilled Apple Pie tastes best when it is shaken well. Served it chilled and enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 ½ oz Blue Ice Vodka
¾ oz Tuaca Liqueur
½ oz Sweet & Sour

Instructions:

1. Combine ingredients to create Chilled Apple Cider.

2. Pour over ice in a 12 oz glass, garnish with a lemon slice, a long cinnamon stick, and a straw.

– recipe courtesy of Blue Ice Vodka

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Fall and Thanksgiving Punch Recipes

Punch is a very popular beverage to serve at any holiday parties or special events like bridal showers and baby showers. Fall and Thanksgiving themed punch drinks are a great way to spruce up your festive occasions. You can make alcoholic punch recipes (or “spiked punch”) for your Thanksgiving dinner or other holiday party, or you can even make non-alcoholic punch for the kids to enjoy! Consider these recipe suggestions for fun fall punch recipes and Thanksgiving punch ideas.

Try these fall punch ideas for Thanksgiving or anytime:

 

Flor de Copia Punch
Looking for different punch to serve at Thanksgiving? You can try a Flor de Copia punch that is very refreshing, offering fruity bliss with all its natural ingredients freshly squeezed from fruits.

Ingredients:

2 oz. Flor De Caña 7-year Grand Reserve
4 sugar cubes
3 oz. club soda
2 whole cloves
1 pinch of fresh grated nutmeg
1 oz. lemon juice
2 oz. Fuji apple juice
2 dashes of Peychaud bitters

Instructions:

1.  Dissolve the sugar cubes in 1 oz. of club soda (this generally involves muddling to help the process).

2.  Muddle the cloves with the sugar cubes.

3.  After the sugar cubes and cloves are muddled/dissolved, add the rest of the ingredients one at a time and stir as added.

4.  Add ice once all of the ingredients have been added and stirred.

5.  Stir the punch until it is chilled.

6.  Strain the punch into a glass or punch bowl, depending on the size of the portion, top with 2oz. club soda and garnish with apple slices and cinnamon sticks.

– Recipe courtesy of Flor De Caña rum

Cinnamon Toast Pumpkin Punch
This is a unique fall punch drink featuring real pumpkin. You will love the cloves and cinnamon that gives a great flavor to this fall drink.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup of sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 can evaporated milk
2 eggs
1 can pumpkin
14 oz. ginger beer, chilled
Splash of cinnamon schnapps

Instructions:

1. Blend the sugar, cinnamon, milk, eggs, and pumpkin and let it chill.

2. Before serving add in the ginger beer and cinnamon schnapps.

3. Serve them up in copper colored cups with crushed ice and pumpkin seed brittle for garnish.

–    Recipe courtesy of Los Angeles and New York-based event designer, author (Party Like a Rockstar) and party planner extraordinaire, Jes Gordon

The Fall Punch
A very beautiful orange color punch surely adds sparks to your Thanksgiving party or other fall event.

Ingredients:

2 oz. Highland Park 12 year
2 oz. Apple Cider
1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
1 oz. Simple Syrup
1 oz. Part Cinnamon Syrup (Boil water, sugar and cinnamon sticks till you get a really nice and strong tasting syrup – similar to a simple syrup)

Instructions:

Mix ingredients together in a large container and pour over a full glass of ice.

–    Recipe courtesy of Highland Park Single Malt Scotch Whisky

 

Non-alcoholic Punch Recipe

For a delicious punch recipe even the kids can enjoy (great for any time of year), consider making sherbet punch. This punch recipe involves Hawaiian punch, sprite, and rainbow sherbet. Combine juice and sode and mix to taste. Add in scoops of rainbow sherbet as often as you like. Enjoy!

Eco-Friendly Beauty Products from Global Girlfriend

Eco-friendly gifts are not only beneficial for the environment, but also for those who use them. Not only is it fashionable to use eco-friendly products these days, but it is affordable. Plus, purchasing environmentally friendly products such as the ones found at Global Girlfriend Gifts can assist other women financially at a time when they need it most. Take the time to visit the Web site and discover just how many products are available. It is possible that you will be pleasantly surprised. Now, for a bit about the company and a few of the available products or “gifts with a conscious”, read on….

In business since 2003, Global Girlfriend offers eco-friendly beauty and fashion products made by women in more than 20 countries across the world. The company believes in fair trade and works with women’s cooperatives to produce environmentally friendly bath, beauty, and fashion products — an excellent reason to choose to purchase your beauty products from this company.

The Fizzy Inside Gift Box, an attractively covered box, holds a set of five delicately scented handmade bath fizzballs. The box is a hand crocheted gift box crafted by women in need. It currently sells for $16. The handcrafted box, delicately decorated with hand-embroidered flowers in five different colors, can be reused once all of the bath salts have been used. Since it is so attractive, it is easy to reuse the box for small trinkets, additional bath soaps and fizzes, buttons, and more. Each bath fizz is individually wrapped and offers a nice, clean scent — perfect for a bit of pampering!

Hypo-allergenic and safe for even the most sensitive of skin, the Basa Body Lotion sells for $12.50 and is sold in a 6- fluid ounce size. The bottle is slim, attractive, and easy to handle. I discovered that Basa Body is non-oily and offers a fresh, delightful scent due to the special ingredients it is made from. An organic virgin coconut oil is at the foundation of this delicate lotion, which also incorporates citric acid, natural Vitamin E, rosemary oil extract, and stearic acid into its creamy mixture. The lotion exits from the bottle in a thin stream of creamy concoction so you never need to worry about too much coming out at one time. Free of harsh chemicals, Basa Body lotion is a good choice, especially since it includes the natural antioxidants offered by virgin coconut oil.

The Lavender Choices Shower and Bath Gel retails for $8.00 and is sold in an 8-fluid ounce size. The bottle is slim and attractive, so you can certainly toss it in your overnight bag as well as keep it within easy reach in your shower caddy. The gel offers a crisp scent that cleans nicely. I did notice on the website, Global Girlfriend Gifts, that you can purchase this product in Seascape or Lemon Sage. All of the gels use all-natural essential oils, which is important to your skin. Some of the ingredients are ones that you may be familiar with including coconut oil, sulfonated castor oil, olive oil, vegetable glycerin, and essential and fragrant oils for scent.

I enjoyed each of the products described above. I received them as a gift for the purposes of this review. While I like getting free items, I especially like ones that I discover to be perfect for my needs. Shop green this year and make up a basket for your favorite female friends or family members. For more information, please see https://www.globalgirlfriend.com.

Easy International Cooking at Home

Are your mealtimes taking a turn for the worst due to the hectic schedule you are forced to keep with seemingly endless lists of errands to run, places to go, and things to do? Maybe it is time to offer your taste buds a trip along international borders with a bit of zest and exciting new meal ideas for eating on the run or quick-and-easy menus. After all, isn’t life meant to be full of new and interesting experiences?

So, if you have ever been stuck for an answer to that question “What’s for dinner?” that almost every family member invariably asks when they arrive home after a long day of school or work, take the time to browse through the following suggestions to add a bit of zest to your dinner table tonight!

Tandoor Chef: Good Enough for Vegetarians
Experimenting with Indian cuisine is so easy with Tandoor Chef’s new Naan Pizza. I have to admit to being a tad bit skeptical at first, but I seriously mean it when I say, “This is one terrific pizza!” Forget that it is frozen. Forget that it is designed for a quick meal. All you need to know is that Tandoor Chef’s new Naan Pizza deserves to be raved about.

In fact, I recently learned that Cooking Light ran its first “Taste Test Awards” this past fall and Tandoor Chef’s new Margherita Naan Pizza earned the title of “Grand Prize Winner in the Pizza Category.” I can certainly see why. I found all four of their vegetarian Naan pizzas (Cilantro Pesto, Spinach & Paneer Cheese, Roasted Eggplant, and Margherita) flavorful while also having the perfect texture from the dough to the cheese.

Tandoor Chef’s new Naan Pizzas are hand-stretched, all natural, and baked in a Tandoor oven. Plus, they use no preservatives, have no trans fat, and use buffalo-milk mozzarella. They are also suitable for vegetarians. If you try just one, you will find yourself looking for more. At least, I think you will.

Lawry’s ® Marinades
Lawry’s ® Marinades, made from real fruit juice, offer a chance to give your food a bold new flavor whether you are grilling, baking, or broiling. Lawry’s Marinades are quick to use, allowing you to break out of boring food routines easily. Helping to tenderize your meat whether you are using chicken, beef, or pork, Lawry’s marinades seal in the juices each time leading to the perfect flavor for your meals. Plus, you can easily add a touch of “heat” or the perfect blend of herbs with Lawry’s Marinades.

Sold in 12 fluid ounce bottles, Lawry’s Marinades are available in many delicious varieties including the two newest flavors that I sampled – Sweet and Sour BBQ and Tuscan Sun-Dried Tomato with minced garlic and olive oil. Both varieties offer a full, rich flavor that accents your dish with superb taste.

Remember to always discard any remaining marinade to avoid food contamination. For recipes and additional information, please visit www.lawrys.com. Lawry’s marinades sell for approximately $2.79 in most supermarkets and discount stores such as WalMart and Kmart. I received one bottle of each variety for the purposes of this review. Without a doubt, my family preferred the taste of Lawry’s Sweet and Sour BBQ marinade.

Tasty Bite
If you like international flavor but don’t have the time to cook from scratch or recreate one of your favorite international dishes, why not try a few of these delicious international microwaveable meals? Not only are these meals terrific for moms on the go, but they are perfect for college students, dads trapped at the office through the dinner hour, and latchkey children who need a healthy snack to tide them over until mom gets home. Tasty Bites’ international microwaveable meals can be eaten as a quick, tasty, stand-alone snack or they can be incorporated into a full meal.

Tasty Bite offers an entire bevy of quick microwaveable meals including Tandoori Rice, Thai Lime Rice, Punjab Eggplant, and Channa Masala. For an added touch of flavorful protein, try Tasty Bite’s Chunky Chickpeas or Zesty Lentils & Peas. You can add these to salads, soups, rice, and casseroles for a touch of aromatic, international flavor.

If you want to enjoy the blended taste of peanuts, coconut, and lemongrass, you should try Tasty Bite’s Satay Partay simmer sauce as a marinade, grilling sauce, or flavorful dip. For cooking with fish, you can try Tasty Bite’s blended taste of peanuts, onions, tamarind, and chilies in their Pad Thai simmer sauce. Visit www.tastybite.com for exciting tips, recipes, and more!

Thai Kitchen Food and Recipes…


Bridal Hair Flowers

Bridal hair flowers are popular as part of the wedding hairstyles for brides and flower girls, and sometimes other members of the bridal. A bride may look underdone  without hair flowers, accessories, or stylish pins on her wedding day. Think about how beautiful a bride can be when she stands out from the crowd because of the jeweled accessories and hair flowers around her.

Bridal hair flowers are essential to give the bride a perfect look and a magnificent beauty that attracts not only her groom, but also her bridesmaids and most of all, the audience that looks at her the moment she walks down the aisle. Flowers play an important role in the entire wedding ceremony, but they can be a nice finishing touch to bridal hairstyles.

 

Flower Styles for Bridal Hair
Today, flowers can be used in many ways for dressing up a bride’s hair, depending upon her chosen hairstyle. Consider these suggestions and tips for using flowers in your wedding day hairstyles:

•    Flowers with a Bridal Veil – Brides who choose the  traditional bridal veil can add more flowers in front of the veil. Use the white flowers  because it will look more classic and sophisticated.

•    Bridal Hair Flowers and Stylish Jewelery – Brides are having more fun by adding stylish jeweled hair clips to look more elegant on their wedding day. Try to use the subtle jeweled hair accessories, like sparkling bobby pins, if you also want to wear flowers in your hair.

•    Floral Updo Hairstyle– Bridal hair in an updo style can be strengthened along with hair pins or clips and decorated with flowers. Floral updo hairstyles can be some of the most gorgeous hairdos for the bride. Generally in garden weddings or springtime weddings,  floral updos with white flowers are used for the bridal hairstyle.

•    Flowers Worn Loose – Brides who have long or short hair may spread the flowers loosely in their tresses. Small flowers are the best  to use because they will create a fairy look. Surely the bride will look enchanting with this type of floral hairstyle.

•    Consider not wearing a veil at all – A bride who has curly or short hair should try a string of water pearls  or consider a delicate flower design along with a curly hair to create a simple but elegant look.

Every bride deserves to be the most beautiful woman on her wedding day. rides wish to look the best on the most awaited day of their life and hope to achieve the best hairstyle that is elegant and appropriate for the occasion. To achieve the perfect wedding day makeup and a lovely hairdo using bridal hair flowers, simply choose a highly qualified professional makeup  artist and an experienced and creative hairstylist. Once you reserve them for your wedding day, they will strive to give you the look that you always imagined for your special day.

Your wedding is one of the most memorable events in your entire life. Consider a lot of hairstyle options and ask for help from the beauty experts assisting you. Great weddings come from the great mind of a bride. Be as dramatic or as simple as you wish in creating your own wedding!

Christmas Cookie Kitchen Tools and Accessories

Baking Christmas cookies or holiday cookies is a tradition in many households and just as many circles of friends. A holiday baking party is a great way to celebrate the holidays with family and friends, sharing traditions and sipping wine as you make your favorite kinds of Christmas cookies. To have even more fun making holiday cookies this year, consider adding some new Christmas cookie gear and accessories to your kitchen’s baking arsenal.

A variety of cookie tools and accessories can make baking more fun for the whole family and especially in groups of friends. Consider these cool cookie gadgets and other baking items to make your holiday baking even more enjoyable this year.

Cookie Press / Cookie Gun
The cookie press, also known as cookie gun, is a timeless cookie baking accessory to add to your kitchen and cherish forever. You can make dozens and dozens of uniformly shaped and sized cookies for the holidays or anytime at all with a cookie gun. Press cookies are a fun Christmas cookie to make with the kids, as they are usually amazed with the mechanics of the cookie press gun and the large volume of cookies it produces.

Depending on your preferences, you can find anything from cheap cookie presses with plastic construction to luxury cookie guns made entirely of stainless steel. A cookie gun also makes a great gift for the woman who loves to bake cookies. A few examples of highly rated cookie guns include: Kuhn Rikon Clear Cookie Press, Norpro 3301 Cookie Press, Norpro 3301 Deluxe Cookie Press, and Kaiser Bakeware Patisserie Stainless Steel Cookie Press Set.

You can have a lot of fun making press cookies with a cookie gun this holiday season. You can try a few tips like dying the cookie dough festive colors for the holiday or sprinkling your favorite Christmas sprinkles and jimmies on top. Cookie guns are a great way to make tons of Christmas cookies to give out to your friends and family for the holidays!

Cookie Molds
Cookie molds are a creative alternative to your standard cookie cutters. You can create three dimensional cookies with great detail using holiday cookie molds like the Gingerbread Boy cookie mold, the holiday cookie mold set (with stocking, Christmas tree, and boy), and especially the Gingerbread House cookie mold. Baking with cookie molds is decidedly difficult if you speak to experienced bakers and amateurs alike, but like many great skills, with practice, better results become possible. Cookie molds may be a bit new to you. If so, you can think of them like candy molds, much like the Wilton Jolly Fun Cookie Candy Mold, which can be used for making candy and cookies.

For old-fashioned molded cookies, you might consider the sturdy Chicago Metallic 12 Days of Christmas Cookie, Candy, Shortbread, and Springerle Mold. Made of cast aluminum, this non-stick decorative mold tray features 12 squares with an image relating to the 12 Days of Christmas. Reviewers have stated that this particular mold pan works best as a chocolate mold or for artistic home décor.

If you are new to making cookies using cookie molds, consider checking out the paperback Baking with Cookie Molds: Secrets and Recipes for Making Amazing Handcrafted Cookies for Your Christmas, Holiday, Wedding, Party, Swap, Exchange, or Everyday Treat by Anne L. Watson. This book received five stars on Amazon and explores various techniques in using cookie molds as well as many recipes for both old-fashioned and more modern cookie recipes, like speculaas, springerle, and shortbread, for use with cookie molds.

Cookie Scoops
If you want to give out gorgeous Christmas cookies that are consistent in shape and size every time, you will benefit from using a cookie scoop. Cookie scoops can look like old-time ice cream scoopers with a mechanical handle or like a very rounded spoon with a flexible silicone center. Cookie scoopers work well when baking holiday treats is a family affair with little hands ready for cookie making. You can find different sizes of cookie scoops to suit your needs.

Folks who have used cookie scoops like the Oxo Good Grips Cookie Scoop (available in small, medium, and large) report that the uniform shape and size of the cookies results in better baking overall, with fewer burnt or underdone cookies in the end. Users of the cookie scoops also note that they save time and create delicious cookies. This is one cookie baking tool that can be used for multiple purposes as well, such as scooping ice cream, making scones, dishing out guacamole, and scooping waffle batter, among other uses.

Rolling Pin & Spatula
Cookie baking wouldn’t be complete without a rolling pin and a set of trusty spatulas! You can choose from marble rolling pinswooden rolling pins, French rolling pins, and even non-stick / silicone rolling pins. You might need to try a few different rolling pin styles to find the one that works best for you, or you may find that certain recipes work better with different rolling pins. Anytime you want to make cutout Christmas cookies, a good rolling pin is essential!

Spatulas allow you to mix ingredients and scrape the sides of your mixing bowl to gather as much cookie dough as possible. A good spatula set should last you a long time and give you great experiences in baking cookies by leaving little dough to waste. The Wilton 570-1121 Easy Flex 3-Piece Silicone Spatula Set is a pretty ice blue and crystal colored set of baking spatulas that received a four star rating on Amazon. Reviewers appreciated the quality and the price as well as their heat resistance and flexibility.

Cookie Shovel / Large Cookie Spatula / Cake & Cookie Lifter
Sometimes a regular flipper or cookie turner doesn’t seem to lift as many cookies off the baking sheets as we would like. A large cookie spatula or cookie shovel may be the answer to this ongoing baking dilemma. With a larger cookie turner, the cookie making process can become even quicker yet. Consider products like the 15-inch stainless steel Fox Run Large Cookie Spatula,  the heavy-duty Wilton Cake and Cookie Lifter (11.6 x 9.4 x 1.4 inches), or the 6.5 x 6.5-inch stainless steel Norpro Jumbo Cookie Shovel, all rated very favorably on Amazon.

These larger sized flippers, turners, and scrapers can easily move several cookies at a time from the cookie sheet to the cooling rack. You can get done your baking quicker by using helpful cookie baking accessories throughout your baking party. Best of all, these cookie shovels and spatulas can be used for other foods like cakes, pancakes, eggs, and so much more.

Cookie Containers & Cookie Cutters


Romantic Love Letters: Tips on Writing and Sending

Romantic love letters are something to cherish for a lifetime. Some people hold onto them still, even after the relationship has ended or after meeting someone new. The power of a romantic love letter is incredible, conveying and evoking emotion with only written words. If you would like to spice up your relationship or share your feelings with the one you love, romantic love letters are a wonderful way to express how you feel.

You don’t need to be an experienced writer to write romantic love letters. In fact, as long as you write from your heart, the most important thoughts and feelings will come through in your letter. Consider these tips to help you in writing romantic love letters for your boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife, or other love interest.

 

Tips on Writing Romantic Love Letters
Whether you are writing your first love letter or your fiftieth, try these romantic love letter writing tips:

•    Send a love letter to keep a long distance relationship closer to your hearts. Even if you’ve got the distance between you, romantic love letters will allow you to express your feelings while making the other person feel good about your relationship.

•    Write your love letters by hand and send through the mail.
Even though we have instant communication with email and text messaging, consider sending your love letters through the mail so your sweetheart can look forward to something other than bills and junk mail.

•    Spray a little of your perfume or cologne on the love letter.
Adding your scent to your written words plays upon the senses as well. The lingering fragrance will remind your lover of you and it makes you closer to almost being there.

•    Write a rough draft of your letter if you are nervous or unsure of what you want to say. Even the best writers get tongue-tied or face a bout of writer’s block. Even when writing a romantic birthday card note or letter, you can write a draft of what you want to say on a different piece of paper so you don’t damage the card or stationery with any mistakes.

•    Write your romantic love letters in different colored ink for a fun burst of color. You can try colors like red, pink, purple, blue, and green for a fun change from black and blue ink. If you are feeling especially playful, add a sticker or two for added fun.

•    Include photos of yourself or of the two of you with your love letter. Your significant other will appreciate the new snaps you send of the two of you or even ones of just yourself. It helps to minimize the distance between you.

•    Write from the heart. Let your emotions do the talking.
Let your significant other know things like:

o    I miss you.
o    I can’t wait to see you.
o    You’re always on my mind.
o    I love you.
o    You give me butterflies.
o    I am counting the days till I see you again.
o    You’re the guy / girl of my dreams.

•    Spruce up the envelope of your love letter with a lipstick kiss or an old-fashioned wax stamp. Sure, it is just a detail, but why not focus on every detail of your romantic love note being perfect? Sealing wax and stamps are a romantic and elegant way to seal a love letter. The way the envelope looks is the first impression your letter will make on its recipient.

What other love letter tips and tricks do you think are important? Please share them in our comments below.

Spa Getaways for Women

Spa getaways for women can be some of the most exciting escapades to get out with your girlfriends and just relax. The spa enables us to recover and reduce stress that we experienced during the weekdays. The spa not only relieves us from tension but it’s one of the best therapies for enjoying yourself and recharging your batteries.

Going to the spa can help you to be more positive. Spa treatments offer a lot of  benefits that increase the body’s energy flow, detoxify your body, reduce the effects of aging, ease depression, and create a good aura. Spa getaways can be more meaningful if you make a special appointment at the most exotic spas in the world.

If you would like to plan a spa getaway with your girlfriends, these are some of the exotic spa getaway locations that you might want to consider:

•    The Bahamas — the ideal Caribbean destination
Located in the island of Nassau, the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort  offers a fabulous Girlfriend Getaway package to suit alI your needs such as full ocean view room, welcome drinks, daily breakfast, and many more. A spa at a beach resort can be the best relaxing weekend escape; you will not only enjoy the therapy of the spa but the beauty of the sea and the nature around you.

•    The Hershey’s Chocolate Spa
Hotel Hershey in Pennsylvania, one of the largest  of chocolate factories in the world, features the Chocolate Spa. Chocolates can be a great therapy for stress and disappointment. Why not try this sweet chocolate, which lavishly spreads all over your body. They offer different famous sweet spa treatments such as Chocolate Bean Polish, Whipped Cocoa Bath, and a Chocolate Fondue Wrap that soothes your body and entices your senses. Visit Hershey – known as “the sweetest place on Earth.”

•    Snakes that Relieve Tension
Located in the sacred place of Israel, you might get more than you bargain for with this spa offering. Are you and your ladies brave enough to try it? You will never expect this exotic therapy, which offers a very unique spa treatment – a Snake Massage  that uses six non-venomous California and Florida king snakes that slither up and down your back to help you ease tension. Ida Barak is  the owner  of this exotic spa. She prefers to use snakes because of  the  calming effect that alleviates joint  and muscle pain. This might be a great adventurous spa getaway for the girls if you are brave enough! These treatments will truly test your courage when you feel the snakes around your body. Even if it’s safe and practiced ofte, this exotic spa experience is not for everyone.

•    Cactus Massage
Cactus heals and helps to regrow your hair naturally. Cactus has one of the best anti-oxidants properties that nourish your hair and scalp. Cactus Massage has a lot of benefits, especially being used to remove toxins and re-hydrate your skin, leaving you with the feeling of rejuvenation. If you like to to experice the natural spa treatment, a cactus massage is worth a try because of its uniqueness and its holistic benefits.

So, forget the traditional spa that you have known for a long time. Why not try something new and indulge yourself with a one-of-a-kind exotic spa treatment with your friends – the kind of spa experience that you will never forget for the rest of your life. Feel the extreme getaway to the spa with your girlfriend s and enjoy the feeling of being pampered.

Imagine how exciting it will be to book a girls’ spa getaway over the weekend so you will have more time to spend relaxing together. After all, you have to treat yourself from the highly stressful environment that you encounter in day-to-day activities. Give yourself a break and spend more time with your family and friends. Experience the exotic spa treatment – quite possibly the best gift that you can give to yourself.

Hairstyles for Beach Weddings

summer-hairstylesHairstyles for beach weddings are gaining popularity today more than ever before. This is because people these days are opting for weddings outside of the church. Beach weddings have become fairly fashionable with quite a number of people. Before deciding on hairstyles for beach weddings it is very important to consider what the weather will be like on that special day.

A cool fresh breeze is ideal as you say ‘I do.’ Beach wedding hairstyles can be as formal or as relaxed as you desire. Beach wedding hair styles don’t always have to be complicated and specific. You could consult your stylist to help you decide on what beachy hairstyles to choose for your wedding day. Well done beachy hairstyles will give you a girlie look. Hairstyles for beach weddings should be styles that can keep the hair in place throughout the day. They have to be comfortable styles.

It is not advisable to try any new hairstyles on your wedding day. It might make you uncomfortable, especially if it is a hairstyle for beach weddings. Consider going to your stylist for a test run with your tropical wedding hairstyle before your wedding day gets here.

It is advisable to go for beachy hairstyles that have not been overdone. Try unique beach wedding hairstyles with the simplicity of a remote wedding in mind. Get destination wedding hairstyles that will make you look stunning on that very important day. You can also opt for short beachy hairstyles. These short styles are not very common. However, when deciding on a short hairstyle, it is important to consider one that will emphasize your face and neck.

You could also consider letting that beachy hair flow down without a tiara or veil. Another option is to tie a bun accentuated by tropical flowers or cupped by a jewelry cuff.

In most cases long hair works perfectly for braids. Braided hair is a simple and formal hairstyle. A number of strands are present in a braided hairstyle. Braided hairstyles can be neat as opposed to wild, and are also easier to maintain. Braids are a great option for styling long hair since the style is not so demanding.  It is also very comfortable to wear throughout the wedding day.
Other tropical hairstyles that are quite convenient for beach weddings involve the use of well fixed extensions. Extensions come in handy for people with short hair, and those who are willing to lengthen their hair on their wedding day.

Other convenient beachy hairstyles include the use of gels to get that silky shine. Gels make certain that the hair remains in place throughout the day whatever the weather. Gel can withstand even the most severe humidity of a tropical destination wedding or beach wedding.

Hair accessories are also a perfect fit for beach weddings. You can use a starfish hair clip that matches with the beach ambience to hold the hair in place. This is because hair left to flow loose could be a bit distracting because of the wind in beach. You could also be a bit adventurous with your choice of hair clips. Get one that has some relationship with the sea or with tropical flowers.

Hair color can also do wonders for your mood on your wedding day. These should be tried and tested long before the wedding day to make sure that there are no reactions and/or allergies, and alsosummer-hairstylesay.

Consider these tropical styles for your hair on your wedding day, no matter if you have long hair, short hair, medium length hair, curly hair, or straight hair. Remember, try to do a sample hairstyle before your wedding day to ensure you like your finished look!