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Canada Dry is Delivering Real Surprizes

Beverages - BigDaddy - May 24, 2013

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*Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Canada Dry and I am receiving compensation for writing the post, however my opinions are mine.

Canada Dry is delivering real surprises with over $200,000 in cash and prizes this summer. Purchase any Canada Dry participating product that is specially marked with “Delivering Real SurPrizes” and you could win. Wouldn’t that be great? Who doesn’t love the real taste of Canada Dry? So a refreshing drink and the possibility of a surprize how sweet!

There are so many prizes and you can win right up until Sept 20th, 2013 all while enjoying the real ginger taste of Canada Dry.

There are 21 Weekly Prizes up for grabs, including Orville Redenbacher’s® cash bundles, Electrolux® kitchen appliance packages, Aeroplan® Miles and Sony® home entertainment systems! Additionally, you’ll have a shot at winning one of nearly 10,000 Instant Prizes, including Canada Dry coupons, Orville Redenbacher’s® popcorn andT-fal® pressure cookers.

All you need to do is purchase any participating Canada Dry Product and enter the 12 digit PIN, found under the cap or inside the case of specially-marked products. Click on the shipping box for a chance to win an instant prize! If you win an instant prize, you will be asked to complete a fulfillment form and the prize will be sent to you. You will also be entered into the weekly prize draw.

We love the genuine real ginger is a great way to beat the summer heat and think this summer that delicious  taste might bring you a very sweet surprise. Go to or  to enter your PIN for a chance to win!

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Have Your Pumpkin Pie & Drink It, Too!

Beverages, Recipes - Jennifer - November 18, 2011

My son turned 11 earlier this month, and we had the family over for a little pizza party.  We had made pumpkin cookies earlier in the week and still had a half can of pumpkin puree in the fridge, so we tried out this little libation:


1 can pumpkin puree (15 oz.)
1 c. packed dark brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 gallon apple cider
2 liters cold ginger ale

Whisk together pumpkin & spices, adding the cider and continuing to whisk until ingredients are smooth and sugar is completely dissolved.  Chill until ready to serve.  When ready, transfer to punch bowl and stir in ginger ale.  Serve over ice.

The above recipe is the kids’ version.  When serving adults, we added in an extra-special, grown-up ingredient:  a healthy splash of Captain Morgan Spiced Rum!  Oh man, was it good!

We’ve already decided that next time we will further customize our Pumpkin Pie Punch by hunting down some cinnamon ice cream for floats.

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The Colors of Summer . . .

Beverages, Desserts, Product Reviews - Jennifer - June 14, 2011

. . . are watermelon, cherry & blue raspberry.

One of the kids got a snow cone machine for a birthday a couple of years ago. We were all happy and excited, and then it was put up on a deep shelf in the mudroom, and no one gave it a second thought. It’s lived there since then, sad and unused.

Until today, that is! With their oldest brother off at summer camp, the little ones have been clamoring to do “special” things. While I was digging out lawn chairs a few days ago, I spotted the lonely ice shaver and pulled it out tonight after dinner for a treat. We have the Back to Basics Dual Ice Shaver.

It works pretty well, but after playing with it a while I figured out a couple of things. First of all, we have an automatic ice maker, so the cubes are those half moon shapes, curved on one side and flat on the other. Since they don’t fit in the shaver nicely, they sometimes jam out of reach of the blades. So I started using the “crushed” option on the ice dispenser. Ours doesn’t crush nicely, just smaller than the cubes, but that helped the ice to settle in more compactly and keep contact with the blades. I also found, when I went back to make seconds, that the ice that had been sitting in there and allowed to melt slightly shaved more quickly and nicely as well.

Now the syrup I had purchased at Target, but I can’t seem to find it through them online, although it’s widely available through other sources like Amazon and We used Back to Basics sugar free flavors. While they don’t show as vividly as the stuff you get at carnivals, they do have a nice flavor and only one calorie per serving, which is why I didn’t mind everyone having seconds. It’s not even particularly hot today, so I’m looking forward to using the ice shaver all summer long. It will be a good way to get fluids into kids who don’t want to stop playing to rehydrate.

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My New Summer Drink: Keep Out of Reach of Children!

Beverages - Jennifer - May 2, 2011

Every year, I co-chair a big fundraiser for my children’s school. It’s a Ladies’ Night Out event with shopping, spa services, games, raffles and food. And what Ladies’ Night Out would be complete without girly drinks? You know, the pink, foufy kind that no self-respecting male would be caught dead drinking? Well this year, I think we outdid ourselves: Bubblegum Martinis. You can’t get much pinker or girlier than a Bubblegum Martini!

I found the recipe here, at A Cozy Kitchen. We liked the way the gum looked in its marinating jars so much that we decided to sell them that way. The secret is in flavoring the vodka with the bubblegum. We soaked the gum overnight, 2 pieces in 2 ounces of vodka in mini-mason jars. When a patron of our martini-bar ordered one, we added four ounces of chilled lemonade (pink, of course) and then handed over a jar and a sugar-rimmed glass. Our Bubblegum Martinis received rave reviews and were actually quite tasty (I did try one). One caveat, though, and it’s a major one: I do not recommend chewing that gum! Oh, and don’t forget to keep out of the reach of passing children . . .

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No Need to Feel Left Out If You’re Not Irish Year-Round

Beverages, Cookbooks - Jennifer - March 7, 2011

I know St. Patrick’s Day isn’t until next week, but I’ve been helping put together a big party for this weekend, so I’m in the spirit already.  Or should I say I’m in the “spirits” already, having participated in a marathon jello-shot-making afternoon (we made over 700 shots in 8 varieties)!  So I dug out my old Clancy Brothers/Tommy Makem cassette tapes (recorded off of the LPs of my childhood), dusted off the old boom box, and started surfing the Kobo site for further inspiration.  There I found The Best Irish Drinks by Ray Foley, publisher of Bartender magazine.  Who would know the best Irish drinks better than an Irish bartender?

Typically, I’m a beer girl, and my favorite variety is stout, the darker the better.  But with over 300 Irish cocktail recipes at my fingertips, I’m ready to branch out.  The book features entire chapters devoted to Irish whiskey, Irish creams, beers, cocktails, and Irish coffees.  And once you’ve mastered the libations, there’s a chapter on toasts and wisdoms to round out your education.  I like this one: 

Always remember to forget
The troubles that passed away.
But never forget to remember
The blessings that come each day.

Beannachtai na Feile Padraig!

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Hey, A Girl Can Dream, Can’t She?

Beverages, Cookbooks, Recipes - Jennifer - February 21, 2011

I’ve never really been one to appreciate extremes. Politically, I like to think of myself as a middle-of-the-roadie. I don’t like to finish last, but I don’t over-exert myself to finish first, either. And I generally prefer the transitional seasons of spring and fall to the too, too wintery winter and the too, too summery summer. But in the midst of this overly long, cold and snowy winter, I find myself longing to skip over the chilly spring and dive headfirst into the sultry days of summer. I’m cold all of the time, people!

So as I browse the Kobo cookbook collection looking for inspiration, I’m drawn to the warm and colorful covers of the summer-themed titles like these:

Simply Summer, designed around smaller appliances that won’t heat up your kitchen.

Mediterranean Grilling, full of fresh ideas for when we tire of the usual burgers and dogs.

The Ultimate Guide to Pitcher Drinks:  Cool Cocktails for a Crowd, featuring more than 150 recipes for summery libations to help your sizzling celebrations chill.

So, are these thoughts of summer’s heat taking the edge off of my perpetual wintery discomfort?  Not really.  Maybe it’s time for a return to browsing the cold-weather dishes!

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Beverages, Cookbooks, Desserts, Recipes - Jennifer - January 31, 2011

With the very real threat of nearly two feet of snow being dumped on my community over the next two days, I’m settling in for the duration.  The kids will likely be home from school, and they can play in the snow all they want.  We have a huge yard, and I have a great view from the kitchen patio door.  I will happily make hot cocoa for them, but I’m planning something a bit more interesting for myself!  This could be a lengthy hibernation, so I’ve armed myself with two books of warm deliciousness by renowned chef and cookbook author Rick Rodgers: Tea And Cookies: Enjoy The Perfect Cup Of Tea–With Dozens Of Delectable Recipes For Teatime Treats and Coffee And Cake: Enjoy The Perfect Cup Of Coffee–With Dozens Of Delectable Recipes For Cafe Treats.

Tea And Cookies features 13 teas and 9 cookie recipes, while Coffee And Cake offers up 11 coffees and 10 cakes, so we’ll have no shortage of combinations to try while riding out the storm.  And when the snow stops flying, I can look ahead with Rodgers’ Spring Gatherings: Casual Food To Enjoy With Family And Friends!

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