Blood Orange Rosemary Fizz

I think its safe to say if you put a blood orange in it I will love it. There is something about the beautiful color and extra tangy-ness that takes anything its in to a new exciting level. This drink is a lot of fun but if the idea of rosemary in your drink if off putting-don’t worry, it’s very subtle and refreshing. Even my mom liked this drink and she is a  pretty by the book screwdriver drinker.  Once you have the simple syrup made and cooled this drink takes no time to put together, another bonus in my book. If you don’t like Gin you can use Vodka instead but try it the original way first, you might be surprised what the Gin offers. Enjoy!


Blood Orange Rosemary Fizz

 For the Rosemary simple syrup

1 cup sugar

2 cups water

1 sprig of rosemary

Place the sugar and water in a saucepan and heat until it just starts to boil, stir until the sugar is melted and remove from the heat. Put the rosemary sprig into the simple syrup and steep in for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, remove the rosemary sprig and place simple syrup in a jar and place in fridge to cool. This will keep for up to a week.

For the Drink:

2 Ounces Rosemary simple syrup

2 Ounces Gin

2 Ounces Blood orange juice (freshly squeezed or purchased)

2 Ounces Sparkling Seltzer water (or tonic water)

Combine equal parts of the rosemary simple syrup, gin and blood orange juice in a tall glass. Give it a sir and then fill the glass with ice, leaving a little room for the seltzer water and stir well. Top off the drink with 2 ounces of seltzer water, garnish with a sprig of rosemary or a slice of blood orange.

Recipe Adapted from : 101 Cookbooks

Cheddar Bay Biscuits with Home Made Bisquick

I know you have done it; gone to a restaurant and filled up on bread… well I have. I can think of three restaurants off the top of my head that I love because of their bread. I will admit sometimes I feel ordering a meal is not necessary because I could simply scarf down bread for my dinner.

These biscuits are very popular and for good reason, they are delicious- what’s not to like, bread-cheese-butter-garlic, yum. The scary part is how simple they are to make, oh wait, you don’t have Bisquick, no problem, you can make that too!

Cheddar Bay Biscuits

Yield: 15 biscuits

2 cups Bisquick mix
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar
2/3 cup milk
3 tbsp butter
1 tsp dried parsley (you can use fresh)
1 tsp garlic salt

Preheat oven to 400˚ and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or use a baking stone.

Mix Bisquick, garlic powder and cheese in medium bowl.  Stir in milk until just combined.  Scoop lumps of dough onto the cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes.

While they are baking, melt the butter, then stir in the parsley and garlic salt.  After 10 minutes, pull them out of the oven and brush them with the butter mixture. Bake for another 5 minutes, or until golden brown.

Before serving, brush the biscuits with the remaining butter mixture.

*The beauty of the recipe is that you can change it up however you see fit. You could use buttermilk instead of milk and substitute pepper jack cheese and some cayenne pepper, the combos are endless.

Recipe Adapted from: Pennies on a platter

Homemade Bisquick

  9 cups flour

  1/3 cup baking powder

  1/4 cup sugar

  1 1/2 cups shortening

  1 tablespoon salt

  1 cup powdered milk (optional)

  2 teaspoons cream of tartar (optional) –I did not add this

  In a large mixing bowl or food processor, mix all the dry ingredients together. Then cut the shorting into the mix or if using a food processor pulse in the shortening until it resembles sand. Store in an airtight container, does not have to be refrigerated.

*I halved this recipe and had plenty for two batches of biscuits.

Recipe adapted from:

Happy New Year!

My beautiful girl

I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday season. I think for me it was a whirlwind of craziness. I had plans to make and post so many things and unfortunately fell short, actually I totally sucked. This year I hope to make a better schedule for myself and get many more recipes on here to share.

We had a wonderful Christmas and Gattor now three, really understood the excitement and  the Christmas spirit this year and was filled with joy and anticipation most of the month. Our Elf on the Shelf, Marshall got my sleepy head right out of bed every morning because she was so excited to see where he was. I almost cried when we put him away.

So for this year, my only hope is to get better organized and simplify my life.  As for this site, I have a lot of exciting ideas and lots of things to share and explore. I really want to start cooking more from scratch and making so much more by hand- last night I made corn tortillas for the first time. I also got a new camera lens for Christmas and I cannot wait to explore what it can do!



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