Pear Butter Sparklers

October 9, 2014
Pear Butter Sparklers | Magnolia Days

Autumn is starting to show its colors here in the South. I look outside and see the leaves on my dogwood tree change from green to muted red. Further in the distance are specks of yellow throughout the woods behind my house. Each day brings a new layer of leaves on the ground. A cool […]

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German Strawberry Wine Punch (Erdbeerbowle) for #SundaySupper

August 22, 2014
German Strawberry Wine Punch | Magnolia Days

He was pouring the bubbly into a big bowl. Strawberries floated and almost danced with the bubbles. You could see a certain smile on his face. It was clear this was a special celebration. The family was gathered under one roof which only happened every few years. This gathering called for a particular special beverage […]

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Grilled Lemon Cherry Drop Martini

July 10, 2014
Grilled Lemon Cherry Drop Martini | Magnolia Days

Fire up the grill because it’s martini time! Are you a little surprised by that statement? Honestly, I would have been too. Grilling is something I never thought would be a part of a cocktail. The adventurous path of cooking took me to a whole new place. Now that I’ve visited it, I know I’ll […]

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Blood Orange Pineapple Rum Cocktail

January 30, 2014
Blood Orange Pineapple Rum Cocktail | Magnolia Days

It started with swizzle sticks. Actually, it was when a package arrived full of goodies. The box cutter sliced through the packaging to reveal the assortment inside. Excitement set in as each item is lifted out of the box. New inspiration was found and old memories were ignited. Thoughts went back to a vacation in […]

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Sparkling Pomegranate Pinot Punch for #SundaySupper

January 26, 2014
Sparkling Pomegranate Pinot Punch | Magnolia Days

You exit the kitchen and head to the den. You stop to look for a place to sit. It’s packed with friends and family cheering on their favorite team. The walls almost shake with loud bursts of happiness and disappointment. Arms are raised in joy and heads hang with sadness. Friendly banter goes back and […]

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Apricot Fizz for #SundaySupper

December 29, 2013
Apricot Fizz | Magnolia Days

Thousands of tiny bubbles are rising to the surface. Each one is a perfect round ball reflecting images from outside the glass. Some bubbles burst as they hit the surface and others stay to float around the top. The moments of our life are like those glistening spheres. We have thousands of moments within a […]

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Apricardamom – Homemade Apricot Cardamom Liqueur

December 26, 2013
Apricardamom - Homemade Apricot Cardamom Liqueur

Loved ones are gathering for a celebration. They are greeted with hugs and smiles as they arrive. The bar is set with an assortment of libations. You know it’s a special time when you see liqueurs line up next to the usual bottles of wine, liquor, and mixers. You glance at the flavors and see […]

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Liquid Gold Cocktail

November 7, 2013
Liquid Gold Cocktail | Magnolia Days

Old man winter is knocking at the door. Outside he is sending a chilly breeze and cooling down the night air. Colorful leaves are falling from trees and blanketing the ground. Landscape maintenance changes from mowing grass to gathering leaves. After a day sprucing up the yard, relaxing with a beverage is in order. Sipping […]

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Thai Iced Tea

October 29, 2013
Thai Iced Tea | Magnolia Days

Sweet tea is prevalent in the South. There are thousands of gallons of it consumed on a daily basis. Some make it with a pinch of baking soda which turns it dark brown similar in color to molasses. It is no surprise to sip on a glass so sweet it is reminiscent of maple syrup […]

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Vampire Delight Martini

October 22, 2013
Vampire Delight Martini | Magnolia Days

He planned the decoration for a while. Branches and leaves were cut and gathered to create a woodsy scene. He placed them around an aluminum wash tub filled with red-colored water. A light was hung to shine down on the tub. The setup was next to the steps leading up to the door. Right before […]

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