Limoncello & Violette Spritzer Recipe with Healthy Probiotics

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This limoncello & violette spritzer recipe is the perfect cocktail for your spring brunch! Not only does it blend bright spring flavors into a refreshing drink, it also contains the same natural probiotics that you find in raw apple cider vinegar.

Limoncello & Violette Spritzer Recipe for Spring Brunch! This limoncello & violette spritzer recipe is the perfect cocktail for your spring brunch! Not only does it blend bright spring flavors into a refreshing drink, it also contains the same natural, healthy probiotics that you find in raw apple cider vinegar. #spring #brunch #cocktail #spritzer #entertaining #recipe

Truth be told, this cocktail recipe came out of my desire to find a way to use up the leftover Liqueur de Violette from a long ago party and limoncello. So I took a peek at similar cocktail recipes that were already out there and gave them my own twist with two of my favorite cocktail ingredients – vodka and drinking vinegar.

While I’m a huge fan of Pok Pok Som drinking vinegar, I chose to use Vermont Village Sipping Vinegar for my Limoncello & Violette Spritzer recipe instead. Not only is Vermont Village Sipping Vinegar available in smaller quantities (and at a better price point when purchasing from Thrive Market which is how I save on natural and organic products) but they are also sugar free.

I chose to use their blueberry & honey sipping vinegar which simply contains blueberry, honey and raw apple cider vinegar. This is also the one and only EVER sipping vinegar that my roommate will drink.

While she agrees with me that this sipping vinegar is quite delicious, especially in the craft cocktails I make up in our kitchen, she will still only drink it while holding her breath so as not to smell the vinegar. With that said, I’m quite sure half of you are nodding your heads in agreement and the other half are laughing your tooshies off.

Either way, if you’d like to give my Limoncello  & Violette Spritzer a try, here’s how to make it…

Limoncello & Violette Spritzer Recipe for Spring Brunch! This limoncello & violette spritzer recipe is the perfect cocktail for your spring brunch! Not only does it blend bright spring flavors into a refreshing drink, it also contains the same natural probiotics that you find in raw apple cider vinegar. #spring #brunch #cocktail #spritzer #entertaining #recipe

Limoncello & Violette Spritzer Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

1 oz. vodka
.5 oz. limoncello
.5 oz. liqueur de violette
2 oz. prosecco
1 oz. Vermont Village Blueberry & Honey Sipping Vinegar
1.5 oz. club soda

Directions:

Combine all ingredients and stir. Then pour over ice into a cocktail glass and enjoy! (I’m currently crushing on these Luminarc® 9oz Lowball Glasses available at Target.)

Learn how to make homemade cocktail bitters with bitter recipes for both orange bitters and peach bitters plus free printable labels!

More Cocktail Recipes to Try

If you like my Limoncello & Violette Spritzer Recipe, then you may also enjoy some of these other cocktail recipes.

You can also check out my Cocktail Recipes Pinterest Board. Or learn how to make your own homemade cocktail bitters. (It’s a lot easier than you might think!)

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White Chicken Chili Recipe

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This white chicken chili recipe is pretty darn amazing. Made with a blend of various beans, fried chicken breasts and seasonings, this chicken chili is perfect for those who prefer the heat of their chili somewhere between mild and medium.

White Chicken Chili Recipe! This white chicken chili recipe is pretty darn amazing. Made with a blend of various beans, fried chicken breasts and seasonings, this chicken chili is perfect for those who prefer the heat of their chili somewhere in between mild and medium. #chicken #dinner #recipe #chili

My friend, Bambi, is brilliant at taking seemingly non-compatible ingredients and throwing them together to create some of the most amazing dinner dishes I’ve ever had. Since I’ve been staying with her I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing dishes I’d never before imagined. So I decided to start taking photos of her food dishes and writing down the recipe as she goes.

This is the first of these recipes. As it’s for chili, it’s rather simple in comparison to some of her other dishes. However, it’s pretty amazing nonetheless. I hope you enjoy Bambi’s white chicken chili recipe as much as I do!

White Chicken Chili Recipe! This white chicken chili recipe is pretty darn amazing. Made with a blend of various beans, fried chicken breasts and seasonings, this chicken chili is perfect for those who prefer the heat of their chili somewhere in between mild and medium. #chicken #dinner #recipe #chili

White Chicken Chili Recipe

Ingredients:

1 – 1 1/2 lbs. chicken breast tenders
1 large yellow onion, coarsely chopped
5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 jalapenos, seeds removed/coarsely chopped
1 can diced tomatoes
1 ripe tomato, cubed
2 cups chicken broth
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
3 cans of beans (black, kidney, pinto, garbanzo, etc.)
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon white pepper
black pepper to taste
1 1/2 teaspoons seasoning salt
3 teaspoons dried oregano
1/3 Cup quinoa

Directions:

Begin by sauteing the chicken breast tenders in olive oil on the stove top until cooked through. Once cooked, remove the chicken from your pan and shred the chicken using a knife and fork.

How to Make White Chicken Chili

Return the chicken to the pan and stir in the garlic, onions and jalapeno. Saute the ingredients together, then add the entire contents of the pan to a large pot.

Add fresh and canned tomatoes, chicken broth, cilantro and beans to the pot with the chicken. We used a combination of beans so be sure to choose your favorites. (Bambi likes to add a can of garbanzo beans to her chili for extra texture.)

Now add the cumin powder, chili powder, salt, pepper, seasoning salt and oregano. Stir the ingredients into the pot of chili and allow to simmer for ten minutes.

White Chicken Chili Recipe! This white chicken chili recipe is pretty darn amazing. Made with a blend of various beans, fried chicken breasts and seasonings, this chicken chili is perfect for those who prefer the heat of their chili somewhere in between mild and medium. #chicken #dinner #recipe #chili

Finally, add the quinoa to the pot of chili both for added texture and to soak up the excess liquid. Allow to simmer an additional 30-40 minutes and your white chicken chili is ready to eat!

You can download and print this white chicken chili recipe here in PDF format (as pictured below.)

White Chicken Chili Recipe! This white chicken chili recipe is pretty darn amazing. Made with a blend of various beans, fried chicken breasts and seasonings, this chicken chili is perfect for those who prefer the heat of their chili somewhere in between mild and medium. #chicken #dinner #recipe #chili

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Molasses Cookies Recipe for Cold Winter Days Curled Up with Hot Cocoa

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If you’re looking for a cozy dessert to enjoy with warm cocoa this winter, then give this molasses cookies recipe a try! You will absolutely love how these soft cookies taste. Made with blackstrap molasses, warming ginger, cinnamon and clove, these homemade molasses cookies are perfect for sharing with friends, family and co-workers.

Homemade Molasses Cookies Recipe! If you're looking for a cozy dessert to enjoy with warm cocoa this winter, then give this molasses cookies recipe a try! You will absolutely love how these soft cookies taste. Made with blackstrap molasses, warming ginger, cinnamon and clove, these homemade molasses cookies are perfect for sharing with friends, family and co-workers. #recipes #cookies #molasses #baking

Adapted by my friend, Bambi, from the giant ginger cookies recipe found in Better Homes and Gardens Test Kitchen Favorites, this molasses cookies recipe does it right with extra spices to warm your stomach and heart.

Homemade Molasses Cookies Recipe! If you're looking for a cozy dessert to enjoy with warm cocoa this winter, then give this molasses cookies recipe a try! You will absolutely love how these soft cookies taste. Made with blackstrap molasses, warming ginger, cinnamon and clove, these homemade molasses cookies are perfect for sharing with friends, family and co-workers. #recipes #cookies #molasses #baking

Homemade Molasses Cookies Recipe

Yields about 24 molasses cookies.

Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
4 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
3/4 cup butter flavored shortening
3/4 cup white granulated sugar
1 1/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 egg
1/4 cup blackstrap molasses
2 tablespoons regular or coarse sugar

Directions:

Combine the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.

In large mixing bowl beat the shortening with an electric mixer on low for 30 seconds. Then slowly add 3/4 cup granulated sugar and the brown sugar, beating until fluffy. Add the egg, vanilla extract and molasses and beat well. Then stir the flour mixture into the egg mixture.

Shape the molasses cookie dough into 1 1/2-inch balls using a heaping tablespoon of dough for each ball. Then roll the balls in the two tablespoons of sugar and place onto ungreased cookie sheets about 2 1/2 inches apart.

Bake at 350°F in a preheated oven for about 10 minutes, taking care not to overbake. (They should still be puffed after baking.) Then let stand on the cookie sheets for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack. Allow to cool.

You can download and print this molasses cookies recipe here in PDF format (as pictured below.)

Homemade Molasses Cookies Recipe! If you're looking for a cozy dessert to enjoy with warm cocoa this winter, then give this molasses cookies recipe a try! You will absolutely love how these soft cookies taste. Made with blackstrap molasses, warming ginger, cinnamon and clove, these homemade molasses cookies are perfect for sharing with friends, family and co-workers. #recipes #cookies #molasses #baking

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Best Pork Tenderloin Rub Recipe for Your Crockpot Dinner

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Do you need a quick and easy recipe idea to liven up your weekday dinners? Give this best pork tenderloin rub recipe a try on your next crockpot pork loin for some fantastic flavor infusion!

Best Pork Tenderloin Rub Recipe for Your Crockpot Dinner! Do you need a quick and easy recipe idea to liven up your weekday dinners? Give this best pork tenderloin rub recipe a try on your next crockpot pork loin for some fantastic flavor infusion! #recipes #pork #porktenderloin #porkrub #dinner #crockpot #dinnerideas #food #weekdaydinners

It’s been literally years, I believe, since I last posted an actual food recipe. However, I’ve been staying with my dear friend, Bambi, since the last week of December and I am constantly bombarded with the awesomeness that is her cooking. I’m pretty certain that if she wanted to start her own food blog she would totally rock it. However, until the point in time that happens, I thought I’d share a few of her amazing recipes with you instead!

This best pork tenderloin rub recipe smells like complete heaven when rubbed onto pork and is the perfect pair with pork for a quick and easy weekday crockpot dinner. Keep reading for Bambi’s pork loin rub recipe along with a complete meal idea to bring it all together for a quick and easy weeknight dinner.

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Best Pork Tenderloin Rub Recipe

For a 1 – 1 1/2 lb. boneless pork loin roast

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 teaspoon ground black peppercorn
1 teaspoon apple pie spice
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder

Directions:

Using measure spoons, measure out the ingredients and combine a small glass bowl. Mix well to ensure all of the spices for this best pork tenderloin rub recipe are evenly distributed throughout the mixture. Then rub the seasoning on all sides of the pork.

Next, heat ghee, olive or walnut oil in a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat. (You can find the best prices on healthy and natural cooking and meal ingredients at Thrive Market. Plus get 25% off your first order when you sign up!) Once hot, brown the pork on all sides.

Then remove the pork loin from heat and place in your crockpot with your favorite veggies and a large can of French onion soup.

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Bring it Together for a Meal!

For our dinner, Bambi added the pork to the crockpot with an 18 oz. French onion soup, 1/2 cup of chunky applesauce along with a small (peeled and chopped) butternut squash.

She cooked it on low for about five hours then served the pork with steamed brussel sprouts and pasta! It was SO good. And there were zero leftovers!

This would also be great with green beans or asparagus and potatoes or quinoa or brown rice.

What are some are your favorite ways to enjoy pork? I’d love to hear about your favorite dinner recipes in the comments!

For more dinner recipe ideas, be sure to follow my Recipes Pinterest board. Or check out my favorite black bean dip recipe as well as this amazing green salad recipe with avocado and pistachios.

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Celebrating Holiday Traditions Through Life’s Changes

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Many of us grew up celebrating holiday traditions that were taught to us by our parents and families. You may remember some time honored traditions such as mailing out Christmas cards, decorating with natural elements, baking from scratch and even making homemade gifts. Even as we’ve grown up and left home many of us have continued to carry on those same holiday traditions we learned as children.

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However, some of these holiday traditions may have changed with time. Whether it was due to a death in the family or a move out of state, many traditions tend to adapt to the needs of our new families and life changes. But what makes these changes special as we shape our new traditions from old ones is the meaning and the stories we keep and carry on throughout the coming years.

Celebrating Holiday Traditions Through Change

Growing up and into early adulthood, my friend Bambi always made sugar cookies with her grandmother to celebrate the season. These cookies in turn were given to friends and family as homemade gifts. Using family sugar cookie and buttercream icing recipes that have been passed down through the generations, Bambi’s new tradition is making and then decorating those same cookies with her closest friends now that her grandmother is gone.

This year was the second year I able to participate in decorating cookies with Bambi as part of her new holiday tradition. That I’m able to be a part of something so meaningful to her, in turn makes it more meaningful to me. And while there was no amount of prodding, poking, coaxing, bribing or begging to convince Bambi to dish and share her recipes (sorry!) I certainly can’t imagine not participating as the years move forward.

Along with this Bambi also gave me one of the best presents she could gift me with this year – a new holiday tradition. So whether you’re looking to start new holiday traditions with your own friends or a new family, decorating Christmas cookies and holiday cookie exchanges are a longstanding tradition that I can certainly get behind.

So just how to do you go about planning a cookie decorating party? Keep reading to learn how my friend, Bambi, organizes her cookie decorating parties and for some great links to tips for hosting a holiday cookie exchange as well as a few sugar cookie recipes to get you started. Plus learn more about new holiday traditions other people have started and how to deal with holiday celebration overload.

Celebrating Holiday Traditions Through Life's Changes. Plus how to host a holiday cookie exchange and a collection of homemade Christmas cookie recipes.

Celebrating Holiday Traditions with Cookies

Prior to hosting her guests, Bambi prepares for her holiday cookie decorating event a few days in advance. She spends about two days baking sugar cookies using her grandmother’s recipe. Then in between the time she makes them and then everyone gets together to decorate them, they are stored in plastic storage containers in the refrigerator.

Celebrating Holiday Traditions Through Life's Changes. Plus how to host a holiday cookie exchange and a collection of homemade Christmas cookie recipes.

A few days later everyone shows up with a bottle of wine in hand. Typically Bambi also provides some simple appetizers like hummus, crackers and cheese. However, if we “accidentally” break a cookie, it’s like a bonus prize and gets eaten right then and there. But only after it’s been decorated, of course!

The buttercream icing isn’t made until the arrival of all her guests. New batches of icing are then made as we run out.

Annie! No sugar for you!

Posted by Rebecca D. Dillon on Saturday, December 2, 2017

Annie, Bambi’s rescue dog, always manages to walk under “mom” while she’s mixing more icing. Thus we have photos of her two years in a row covered in powdered sugar spots. (My own dog, Jasper, attended this year as well.)

Celebrating Holiday Traditions Through Life's Changes. Plus how to host a holiday cookie exchange and a collection of homemade Christmas cookie recipes.

Once the first batch of icing is ready to go, the icing, cookies and candy decorations are laid out on her dining room table within reach of everyone.

Celebrating Holiday Traditions Through Life's Changes. Plus how to host a holiday cookie exchange and a collection of homemade Christmas cookie recipes.

Then we all decorate our cookies on paper plates to keep the colored sugars and candies from making a mad dash for the floor.

Celebrating Holiday Traditions Through Life's Changes. Plus how to host a holiday cookie exchange and a collection of homemade Christmas cookie recipes.

The cookies are then laid out on the table on top of wax paper as each one is completed.

Once all of the cookies are decorated, they are packaged in reusable plastic containers. Bambi then gifts each of her guests a box of cookies and the rest get shipped to her friends and family back home in Wisconsin.

If you’d like to host your own holiday cookie decorating party, The Kitchn has a great article with ten essential tips to know before you begin baking. Additionally, Real Simple also has a great checklist for hosting a holiday cookie exchange that also works for hosting a cookie decorating party. Sugar & Charm as well as Handle the Heat also offer some great tips for hosting a cookie exchange.

Glazed Sugar Cookies Recipe with Buttercream Embroidery via My Name is Yeh Blog! Plus celebrating holiday traditions and how to host a Christmas cookie decorating party!

If you’re looking for Christmas cookie decorating ideas, I am head over heels for these glazed sugar cookies with buttercream “embroidery” from My Name is Yeh. You can find and print the recipe for these cookies here. I also really love the star Christmas cookies recipe from Tell Love and Party.

Printable Christmas Cookie Gift Tags via Cranberry Bush blog! Plus celebrating holiday traditions and how to host a Christmas cookie decorating party!

For gifting your homemade holiday cookies, Cranberry Bush has two super cute printable cookie gift tags. You can find more printable gift tags on my Printables Pinterest board. Or discover great gift wrapping ideas on my Pretty Packaging + Gift Wrap Ideas Pinterest board.

Starting New Holiday Traditions

I know when I went through my divorce from my first husband and my son inevitably ventured into adulthood, celebrating Christmas lost much of its luster for me. So much so that one of the best Christmases I had after getting separated was ice “skating” in my sneakers on the frozen parking lot of Market Square downtown with a friend. It wasn’t until I started making my own holiday traditions, that some of the magic of the holiday season started to come back for me.

If your old holiday traditions are no longer an option for you, then you may want to consider creating new ones. They don’t need to be religious or even fit into any particular winter holiday. They simply need to be something that brings you joy. Having something to that brings you and your loved ones together during what is typically the most depressing season of the year can definitely make cold days seem a bit warmer.

O’Boy! Organic, who moved away from his family in Michigan over twenty years ago, has a great article on the importance of holiday traditions and how they help to build unity and stability. He also shares his top five new holiday traditions. Number four is baking cookies with his kids.

There’s also a great post on HuffPost with ideas for 15 new traditions for families reclaiming the holidays after a divorce. Shared by their readers on their Facebook page, my favorites are creating a guest list for holiday get togethers to try new things, ditching the chaos of the Christmas tree tradition, taking a trip instead of giving gifts and of course, the best one yet, just finally being happy.

Does Celebrating Holiday Traditions Leave You Feeling overwhelmed?

In the midst of celebrating holiday traditions, both old and new, it’s also important to realize there is such a thing as too much tradition. Reluctant Entertainer touches on this in her post “Traditions: When Is It Time to Change?.” Women especially tend to put extra emphasis on holiday traditions which in turn can often lead to a lot of stress and guilt when they are unable to meet expectations. So this article offers some great insight into being able to say “enough is enough.”

Personally I know how it feels to be on this side of things, as I’m sure many of you do as well. And there were a few years that I especially struggled and therefore made the decision to opt out of holiday gatherings completely. And it is okay to do this. After all, your mental and emotional well being matter more than a dinner regardless of the time of year.

So if celebrating holiday traditions feel more like an obligation, it may be time to simply take time for yourself. After all, you’re not really celebrating holiday traditions if you’re spending much of that time trying to avoid a panic attack.

Additionally, if your head space isn’t where it needs to be to even attend holiday functions, much less embark on a new tradition, then you may be able to gain some insight from the article “Family Change: Don’t Cancel the Holidays!

Are you celebrating holiday traditions this year or starting new ones? I’d love to hear how you enjoy the holiday season in the comments below.

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