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Pomegranate Mimosa #Freixenet

Pomegranate Mimosa #Friexenet

Pomegranate Mimosa #Friexenet

December is here, and it is unofficially the party season. Or at least it seems that way. Work parties, cookie exchanges, get togethers with friends, family events, and New Years Eve is right around the corner as well…it really doesn’t seem to end this time of year. I am not complaining at all, I love getting together with others and having an excuse to enjoy a glass of sparkling wine with a few appetizers.

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Pomegranate Prosecco

Pomegranate Prosecco 3 labeled

Today is New Year’s Eve!!  What do you have planned?  Are you going out tonight?  Are you hosting a party?  Do you just stay in, and hang out with your family?  We just stay in.  My birthday is tomorrow and my parents are here this year, so we will probably go out to dinner to celebrate, then hang out. We will see if we even make it to midnight!

For those of you hosting parties, or even just hanging out, I have a fun and festive drink for your night.  This is really easy to make.  I just put a few pomegranate seeds in a glass, squeezed in some lime juice, and topped with Prosecco (a sweet champagne).  The lime adds a little tart to the sweet champagne, and it is just a little different than plain champagne.

I hope that you had a great 2012, and that your 2013 is even better!

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Pumpkin Hot Chocolate

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It is finally October!!  I have been waiting for this for a few weeks now.  As soon as the temperatures started to cool, I was in the mood for pumpkin.  But I didn’t want to share it with you until October hit.  In my head September is reserved for apples.  So not only am I giving you pumpkin today, but it is also #ChocolateParty time!

This is a fun group to be a part of.  The first Monday of the month we share a chocolate recipe that incorporates a themed ingredient, this month pumpkin, last month apples.  Want to join?  Check out all the info here!

So to kick off the pumpkin season I made hot chocolate.  I will admit I was a little skeptical about this recipe.  I love chocolate and pumpkin together, but in a drink I wasn’t sure how it would be.  Well….it was amazing!  I seriously could not get enough of it!  The pumpkin is definitely present, but it is in the background.  The cinnamon with the chocolate is just so soothing, and perfect for a hot drink.

I made this when my 7 year old (the other pumpkin fan in the family), was at school.  I did save him a glass for when he got home.  I didn’t tell him what it was, just hot chocolate.  He took one sip, got a big smile on his face, and said “Pumpkin Hot Chocolate!”  He loved it, and drank all of it.  Which for him is impressive, I usually make him just a small glass, and he doesn’t finish it.  So this is a must make this fall!

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Peach Lemonade

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Peach Lemonade

What a busy weekend!  We got my sons room painted, including his red wall.  Almost all of his furniture is put together and in place.  There one last last shelf that needs to be screwed in.  At 10 last night, my husband and I were putting up the last 2 shelves.  The first one was really loud to drill into the wall, and the rest of the house was already in bed.  So we got the second one ready to go, and as soon as everyone is up this morning, it will take 5 minutes to finish.  Even with all the work, we managed to have some fun too.  We took a trip to Costco, and came away with more than we needed. Including some amazing steaks.  And we took part of Sunday and went up into the mountains.  It was so nice to go up there and walk around without dying of heat.  It was about 60 degrees, and it felt so good!

We were so busy, I almost forgot to write this post :)   Ok, I kind of did forget.  We had to disconnect the computer where my pictures are stored so we could paint another room.  I started writing this post on Monday morning (way later than I ever write a post), and now Monday night the computer is back, so I am finishing!  This lemonade just has to be shared though.

Peach Lemonade

Peaches are in season in Colorado now, and they are sweet, juicy, and delicious.  I bought way too many at the farmer’s market, so I decided to try lemonade with them.  I have done Raspberry Lemonade, and Blueberry Lemonade, so why not peach?

Peach Lemonade

If you have access to fresh peaches, you need to make this right away.  It is easy, and probably some of the best lemonade I have had.  The peaches work so well with the tartness of the lemon, it is just a very addicting drink.  It is perfect for a summer dinner on the patio, a barbeque with friends, or just to enjoy on these crazy hot days!

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