Summer is just around the corner and with it comes camp, travel, activities, and seemingly endless days trying to find ideas to keep the kids occupied. After all that who doesn’t deserve a little spiked reward? (PS: For preggo Moms, those who din’t drink & kids, this is just as tasty without the booze).
Yummy Mummy Recipe: Grown Up Tropical Punch
For one punch bowl batch:
26oz Vanilla Vodka
Pineapple Juice (we juiced a whole one fresh- AMAZING!)
1L Orange Juice
1L Cranberry Cocktail
1L Ginger Ale or Lemon Lime Pop
Orange Slices for garnish
Optional: Scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream (for a dairy free option, coconut ice cream is to die for in this!)
Mix all ingredients in a punch bowl with a shwack of ice; if using, scoop ice cream & float on top.
Garnish with orange slices
All ready to go!!!
This punch will make you feel like you’re on vacation so make sure you enjoy responsibly!
This week’s recipe comes to us courtesy of Chelsea Cattermole of Around Town With Mommy (check out her bio at the end of this post). It’s great to enjoy comfort food, but we need a reminder that Summer did and will happen again this time of year. I think chilli & margaritas will serve that purpose! Us Moms need our grown- up juice, especially with the chaos of the holidays upon us. So enough with the chatter & onto the good stuff! 😉
Yummy Mummy Recipe: Turkey Chili & Lime Margaritas on the Rocks!
1 1/2lbs ground turkey
1 cup diced onion
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup mushrooms
1 bay leaf
1 tsp salt
1 tsp marjoram
1 1/2 tsp chilli powder
2 dried chilies (optional)
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 16oz can diced tomatoes
1 6oz can tomato paste
In a large pot cook the ground turkey.
Add the vegetables and cook for approx. 5 minutes; add the sugar & seasoning and cook for another 5 minutes.
Add the diced tomatoes and tomato paste and bring to a boil.
Toss in the kidney beans, reduce heat to low & simmer for 1 1/2 hours.
Adjust the spices to taste, adding more or less, depending how hot you like it!
This yummy goodness was brought to you courtesy of Chelsea. See below to get to know her & don’t forget to check her out at Around Town With Mommy!
I’m Chelsea from Around Town With Mommy and a proud mother to a baby girl named Marley.
Since becoming a parent, I’ve noticed that there aren’t that many websites or even blogs that help other mothers. So I have decided to create Around Town With Mommy, for new moms like myself with the tricks and tribulations of being a new parent, feature different companies that both the mother and baby would love, cute DYI projects, great recipes that the whole family would love, and of course the name says it all, events that are happening around town that are family friendly!!!!
I hope you enjoy
Oh yeah… keep an eye out…. as I may do some special blog post about mine and Marley’s adventures
I don’t think I need to say this, but it’s that cozy time of year. Time to curl up in front of a fire with a book and a cup of something warm & comforting. There’s so many delicious choices: coffee, tea, hot chocolate, steamed milk, apple cider….
This week I couldn’t resist brewing up a batch of cider. It just felt right. And the nice thing is you can spike it and no one will judge you for having some grown up juice in the afternoon!
This is my own recipe that I created by looking at a variety of sources and taking my favourite ingredients. It makes a strong cider with a rich flavour, but can be diluted for a milder version. Perfect for taking along for a crisp evening walk or relaxing in the cozy comforts of home.
1/2 cup each orang juice & cranberry juice (not cocktail)
3 cinnamon sticks
3 star of anise
2 tbsp mulling spice
1 orange rind
1 cup red wine (optional)
For a milder version, add an additional cup of apple juice or water.
Pour all liquid into a large pot; put heat on high
Peel or grate the rind of 1 orange & add to pot
Add cinnamon sticks & all other spices. Tip: you can use a ball tea diffuser or cheesecloth sache for the grated orange rind & spices to save you from having to strain the cider when ready
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat & simmer for 1/2 hour.
Garnish with a cinnamon stick & enjoy!
If you are unable to find mulling spices pre- mixed, you can buy the individual spices and make your own signature blend. These typically include any or all of the following: allspice, cinnamon, cloves, star of anise, cardamon. Taste your cider as it brews to achieve the flavour you desire. I recommend starting with a stronger batch & diluting to taste, since this will keep the flavours balanced, rather than ending up with spicy apple juice 😉
Also, it is important to use pure cranberry juice not the cocktail because the cocktail lacks the rich flavour & tends to have a lot of added sugar. I stock up at Trader Joes when I go to the States- it’s the cheapest I’ve found and has great flavour.
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