Drinks

Clean Eating Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer

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Hi my name is Jessica and I am obsessed with Autumn. I admit it. OBSESSED! All year I wait for the hot days to change over into cool, crisp mornings. I love Winter even more, but we will save that for another day. I enjoy a rich, indulgent pumpkin spice drink as much as anyone, but I try to be cautious with what foods I put into my body on a daily basis. I make every attempt to eat whole foods that are minimally processed. I decided I wanted to add more pumpkin spice into my life without all of the added sugars so I created this simple recipe. I really like to chill it for few hours before...

Christmas Brunch Cocktail

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Christmas is without a doubt my favorite time of year. The crisp air brings hopes of snow, cozy fires, and quality time spent with the ones you love. In my adult years I have grown to love a big Christmas brunch. I enjoy preparing eggs, bacon, biscuits, fresh fruit and of course no brunch is complete without a delightful cocktail! My go to Summer cocktail is a mimosa so for Christmas I decided to do a mimosa with a twist. The combination of cranberry and rosemary always puts me in the mood for holiday cheer. This year as you snuggle up close to those you love, open gifts, and sing carols I...

Crockpot Mulled Wine

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The ancient Romans are thought to have brought mulled wine to Europe in the 2nd Century. They believed by drinking warm wine brewed with certain spices they would ward off disease and keep themselves healthy throughout the colder months. I am not certain how or if mulled wine would improve my health, but I know it improves my mood! This recipe is simple and the perfect drink to warm up your home and put you in a state of relaxation and joy. The smell alone is enough to boost your mood- oranges, cinnamon, cider and wine will fill your senses with holiday cheer. We opted to avoid any added...

The Abbey: Coffee Shop and So Much More

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The first time I stepped foot into this lovely establishment located in the heart of the Avondale community, I fell in love. The vibe that greets you is one of warmth, neighborly love, and friendship. I have frequented a few times a month over the last year and loved chatting with Carrie and Noah as they made my whole milk lattes. The Abbey proudly serves a vast array of local products including Red Bike Coffee , Leaf N Petal teas , Bread Works Breads and they make their own pastries and sandwiches in house. Their pimento cheese sandwich is one of my very favorites! In my most recent visit, I...

Woodlawn Cycle Cafe

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There is nothing like the perfect cup of bright, chocolaty espresso made right in the neighborhood. This lovely new shop is called Woodlawn Cycle Cafe- combo handcrafted coffee bar/cyclist shop. The Euro-Industrial style cafe will have your heart yearning to snap photo after photo of this lovely space. They are serving up MapCap Coffee from Grand Rapids, Michigan and selling some pretty rad cycling gear. The idea of the shop comes from Armand Margjeka and Kyle Campbell, who are leasing the location from Rev Birmingham . Our city is coming back to life and spots like this are ushering in new...

Fire Cider

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When I was a little girl, my mom and I would go into Christmas shops. I distinctly remember the smell of cinnamon being in each store. Sometimes the stores would have hot apple cider to sip as you shopped. Those were my favorite. The taste and smell of spicy cider brings me back to those amazing times. We first tried this drink at our friend's wedding and completely fell in love. The crisp taste of apples and the hint of cinnamon will have you in a festive mood right away.

Warm Brandy Apple Cider for One

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Here in Alabama the weather is perfectly dreary. The wind is howling, the sky is a beatiful gray, and the rain comes and goes. This Autumn weather calls for a warm drink to sip as you cozy up and watch the leaves fall from the trees. Our recipe for Warm Brandy Apple Cider will make a marvelous companion for all of the brisk Autumn days ahead.

Thirsty Thursdays: Vegan Christmas Cocktails

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Only a few short days before Christmas! What better time to talk about Christmas Cocktails! I've put together a list of a few that I am excited to try. They are all vegan and vegetarian friendly. Happy Thirsty Thursday, everyone! 1. White Christmas Sangria from Cooking Stoned This beautiful drink comes to you courtesy of Jerry James Stone. I adore his quirky, vegan style. Check out the video for this fruit filled recipe here on Cooking Stoned . 2. Vegan Eggnog from Tasty Yummies I am absolutely in love with this next drink! I am a huge cashew fan because of their healthy fat content and the...

Monday Munchies Switchel: A cider version

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A new friend recently told me about a drink called Switchel. I had never heard of it before, but he boasted of its health benefits and delightful flavor, so I was intrigued. Switchel originates as an Amish tradition. The drink is used to quench thirst and aid in electrolyte balance during harvest time. Switchel typically consists of vinegar and ginger. Sometimes honey or molasses are added. I chose to use my Champion juicer and juice 6 apples, 1 carrot, and 1 small piece of fresh ginger. I then added 1/4 cup of cinnamon, 1 teaspoon all spice, 3 teaspoons pure maple syrup, a couple sprinkles...

Golden Milk

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I woke up this morning with swollen, puffy eyes, stinging ears, and a headache. I don't think my body is as excited about the Birmingham Fall as I am. I thought about making my Immune Boosting Chicken Soup, but realized I do not have that kind of time today. After dragging myself into work two hours late, I did a little research on Golden Milk in between clients. Here is what I found out. Golden Milk is believed to: 1. Act fast as an anti-inflammatory 2. Improve brain functions 3. May reduce risk of heart disease and Alzheimers I decided to take it a step further and instead of using simply...

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