Tag: drinks

Watch it wiggle, see it freak out your party guests

Browsing through our archives for cool Halloween ideas, I came across this old link to a post highlighting a recipe for super spooky eyeball Jell-O shots. Non-alcoholic for the kids, of course. Poking around the site, turns out there’s a ton more great ideas for any upcoming Halloween parties you might have on the calendar. At Jelly Shot Test Kitchen, the updates are now few and far between but the recipe archive is still quite good. Do some searching and you’ll find recipes like Candy Corn Jello and Polyjuice Potion made with gingerale, pineapple and lime, and topped with gummy worms....

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5 energy-boosting drink recipes, all coffee alternatives

I’d completely forgotten how much energy–and energy-boosting drinks–it takes to keep our school year routine running smoothly. Summer wiped away the evidence of our hectic September-May life, but, just like having a newborn again, back-to-school reality hit hard and fast. I need energy. Stat. Coffee is my morning pick-me-up, but despite the many amazing coffee drinks the world has to offer, I’m determined to keep my intake to one (or maybe two) cups per day. When that’s not enough, I plan on turning to these healthy, energy-boosting caffeine drink alternatives. And (hey, wake up!) I think you should check them...

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Homemade soda: recipes as simple as P-O-P

Soda, or “pop” if you’re from the Midwest, is not something you tend to think of as homemade. Even as one of the great American culinary traditions it tends to be mass produced and super sized, laden with high fructose corn syrup, and tagged an enemy in the fight against obesity. But it wasn’t always so. Soda was originally made with nothing more than naturally flavored syrup and carbonated water, which made it much healthier than today’s version. Andrea Lynn, author of The Artisan Soda Workshop, a new handheld guide to homemade sodas, hopes to bring back the simple tradition...

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Come to the Dark Side; we have tea!

That’s no moon– it’s… a tea diffuser, and it’s fully operational, Star Wars fans. You lovers of Star Wars and loose leaf teas: rejoice! This exquisitely detailed stainless steel Death Star Tea Infuser is an officially licensed Lucasfilm collectible — and dishwasher safe, of course.  Simply add your favorite loose leaf tea, twist the Death Star shut, wrap the TIE fighter weight around the handle of your favorite mug, and pretend you’re the Emperor as you enjoy that hot cup of Darth Vader Tea. Gooood. Goooood. –Delilah Find the Death Star Tea Infuser at ThinkGeek. Man we love that...

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Motherhood = coffeehood

I am still the world’s worst Starbucks orderer. I can’t remember whether I order the size before the “iced” and I still get the name of the coffee I love wrong. So of course I’m giggling at this adorable poster that breaks down the basic coffee types with charming graphics. The Know Your Coffees print from Kate Moore at Missouri’s Blimpcat Studios would look so cute in a kitchen (by the French Press perhaps?) or even above a desk where you might occssionally burn the midnight oil with a cup of java. Or half-caf. Or Irish. There are some hours at...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as much as we are? Here are 5 pins we loved this week 1. Gorgeous leather cuffs that can go from summer to fall and beyond. 2. One of our favorite retro kids’ books turns out to be one of our readers’ favorites too. 3. Yummy herbal teas made just for kids make extra yummy iced tea for them when you want a break from juices and sugary drinks. 4. A cool way to keep your desk beautifully tidy. 5. Hilarious merit badges made just for moms. Are you following Cool Mom Picks on Pinterest? We’d love...

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5 summer drink recipes: Copy your favorites from Starbucks and more at home

Other than my morning cup of joe (like one of these iced coffee recipes, yum), I tend to drink water. But when the heat is on, I find myself craving lemonade, frosty coffee drinks, and other summer coolers. I can down icy drinks from Starbucks and Jamba Juice all of the time, which can add up. So instead of hitting the coffee house, I recently found copycat recipes for a few of my favorites that use more whole ingredients and a lot less money. -Stacie My number one summer drink treat: a Frappuccino from Starbucks. This copycat Mocha Frappuccino recipe from...

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Sports drinks for kids, hold the artificial everything

We’re all a little prone to dehydration in the summer around here, so I’m not above letting my kids grab swigs of my Gatorade on a really hot day. It’s not the worst thing in the world, but it’s not the best. So I’m all for trying out an electrolyte-enhanced drink made just for kids, especially when the ingredients are 100% natural. Grombomb is a very cool little mom/pop devised beverage with flavors definitely made to appeal to kids–sour apple, lemonade, watermelon, fruit punch. Lemonade is the most subtle (says the mom) and the only one I could see...

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5 easy Fourth of July recipes to celebrate your independence from the kitchen

The best party recipes for occasions like the Fourth of July, are simple party recipes that allow you enjoy the celebration too. These festive treats are just that easy. You can even have little ones help with the prep work, while older kids can make some of these recipes completely on their own. Whether or not you have a little sous chef by your side, these July 4th recipes will have you in and out of the kitchen in no time.   It doesn’t get any easier than these delightfully simple watermelon stars via Hip Hip Hooray. (Edited to...

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Web Coolness – Amazing mocktail recipes, the baby products you can live without, and internet love for a bullied grandma

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Two yummy mocktail recipes for summer, from our own Stacie Billis. (We’ve got you covered in this heatwave, pregnant mamas!) Rootbeer float popsicles? Save one for us! Is Sesame Street coming to the big screen? Great decorating ideas at Apartment Therapy for your next summer party without spending a fortune or tons of hours of prep time. Design fans will be blown away by these ceramic dishes. So cool. Loving this gorgeous boy’s nursery which blends modern with vintage. What baby products...

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8 must-try smoothie recipes for a fresh and fruity summer

Fresh fruit is so glorious this time of year that sometimes whirling up a smoothie from a great recipe is the most I need to do with my farmer’s market score. All you need at the very least is ice and a killer combination of seasonal fruit. Or, get more fancy if you’re up for it with one of these tasty summer smoothie blends. Any of these 8 delicious recipes are worthy of a permanent spot on the counter for your blender. Believe me–you’re going to need it. Adding melon to a smoothie–like in this Green Melon Summer Smoothie from...

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Gourmet gifts for dad – Father’s Day Gift Guide

Gourmet gifts make great Father’s Day gifts for any dad, at least in our families. It’s hard not to be thrilled by a little something sweet (or salty or sour or beer-y) to go with that sentimental card. Here, a few tasty Father’s Day picks for the food-loving dad in your life, whether he’s big on grilling it, cooking it, or just eating it. The knives from Schmidt Bros Cutlery (at top) make great gifts for men who rule the kitchen, and this single 8″ teak handled chef’s knife is a great value. ($40 at Schmidt Bros) Cliche though it...

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5 great white wine cocktail recipes (and one great way to do good while making them)

Now that it’s unofficially summer, I’m in a white wine mindset, which also means delicious white wine cocktails. Fortunately I’ve got quite a few to share with you. But first, I want to share one of my favorite white wines–with a great story to boot. After a decade of making wine (and far longer drinking it), winemaker Christian Stark set out to make an affordable, great-tasting wine that also makes a difference in the world. Lucky for us, he succeeded with Stark Thirst. This Sonoma Chardonnay is a fresh, dry white wine fermented in steel tanks, which is a...

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7 Great Mothers Day brunch recipes–even for those too busy to make Mothers Day brunch

Mothers Day brunch is one of my favorite traditions. However ever since having kids, Mother’s Day poses a conundrum. I want it to be my day, which means not doing anything for anybody, but I also want to treat my own mama, and that requires some effort.The solution? Host a make-ahead brunch, then steal away with my husband while Grandma spends QT with her adoring grandsons. It’s the perfect plan. Here are seven great brunch recipes that can be prepped in no time–some even the night before–so that you can kick up your heels on Mother’s Day and still...

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Coffee talk: 6 amazing iced coffee drinks

With temperatures reaching 80 degrees in New York City in April, it’s officially time to make the switch from hot coffee to iced. I’ve got to be honest, though, in the legendary words of Coffee Talk” host Linda Richman, bidding farewell to my warm morning cup of joe makes me a little verklempt. (Talk amongst yourselves.) Thankfully, I’ve found 6 delicious iced coffee recipes will help us make a yummy transition to spring. Thai Iced Coffee (at top): Sound fancy? Please. Our good friend Jaden Hair of Steamy Kitchen makes it no big whoop to make. Her exotic recipe calls for...

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The baby shower gift that’s definitely not for the baby

This year, I thought one of the more inspired picks in our Baby Shower Gift guide was the Keurig coffee maker. I figure for those moms who thrive on caffeine (or will, once they start to accept their new sleep patterns, or lack thereof), it beats a sixteenth receiving blanket. But even if you’re not a new mom–or a mom at all for that matter–there are a lot of reasons to consider one. We’ve been using the Keurig Platinum Brewing System at home for the last month, and truly, it couldn’t be easier. Plus, it’s already paid for itself,...

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Kid vitamins that in no way resemble candy

I discovered Emergen-C after my first Bikram yoga class, and I remember thinking that it was the most brilliant idea ever. It made water actually taste good, and it was healthy, too. Now they’ve got a special line for kids, and Purple Drink has a whole new meaning. Emergen-C Kidz is exactly what it sounds like: Emergen-C formulated just for kids. With three fun flavors and no artificial colors or flavorings, we’ve been using it as another line of defense against the colds and flu marinating in my kids’ school classrooms. With 250mg of vitamin C and a host...

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Customized coffee mugs for keeps

I’ve always loved coffee, but it took becoming a mother to truly appreciate the wonder that is take-out coffee. Yes, the coffee is more expensive than if I made it myself, but my daily latte is an indulgence I allow myself for a few minutes of peace. However, there is one thing about my little coffee habit that’s been bothering me: All those paper cups can’t be good for the planet. In fact 500 billion disposable cups are made every year. So I’ve been looking for the perfect reusable cup. Enter KeepCup: barista-approved, thoughtfully-designed, BPA-free, reusable coffee cups. Pick your...

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New Year’s Resolution Help: Drink less with these great mocktail recipes

We’re continuing our series on help for the biggest New Year’s Resolutions with one that we’re seeing a lot of from our readers this year: Cutting back on the booze. Whether you’re trimming the budget, slimming down, or maybe even popping out (!) with a bun in the oven, I’ve put together a few thirst-quenching mocktails that are heavy on flavor and light on liquor. I have a feeling with this great list of drinks, you’ll hardly remember what you’re missing.-Molly Rosemary Citrus Spritzer I have a serious weakness for those little Christmas tree-shaped rosemary bushes that show up...

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A breakfast that you can squeeze into the morning

I started a new job right about the time my little guys went back to preschool. The rush to get everyone where they need to be has made our mornings a little, uh, more hectic than we’re used to. And while I do manage to give the kids a good breakfast in the morning, I cannot remember the last time I actually did so for myself. Fortunately, these new organic smoothies are a step in the right breakfast direction. The HappySqueeze pouches are the ultimate eat-on-the-run food, since you just pop the top and start slurping.  Organic, low in...

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