Cranberry Apple Cider Punch

Cranberry Apple Cider Punch

Cranberry Apple Cider Punch

Cranberry Apple Cider Punch is the perfect drink for the season and all the parties that come with it!

To say that I’m excited for all the holidays that are around the corner is an undertenant I just can’t wait for them to roll out! There’s something about fall and early winter that calls for parties and gatherings and get-togethers with friends and family + we also get some major holidays like Thanksgiving where good food and drinks are a must.

Every time that I host a party at my home during these months, even if it’s just a meeting with a book club, I make sure that there’s enough Cranberry Apple Cider Punch for everyone, this drink is a total crowd favorite and it’s so delicious I just can’t stop making it.

In case you are wondering, yes, this is also alcohol-free which makes it the perfect drink for the whole family.

I also love that this recipe features all the flavors that are famous during this season, think apples and cranberries and a good amount of spices (can we just agree that cinnamon just makes everything taste like a happy holiday?).

I believe that the reason why this is so flavorful and delicious is that we are making it from scratch. That’s right, we are making homemade apple cider! But worry no! This is incredibly easy and there aren’t any complicated steps or difficult to find ingredients at all!

And while it definitely takes a bit more time than using the bottled version, most of it is hands-off time which is great. That and the fact that the flavor is mind blowing good + how your home smells while this is being cooked are the things that for me, make cooking it from scratch totally worth it!

Cranberry Punch Recipe


  • -4 Cups red apples, chopped
  • -2 Cups sun-dried cranberries
  • -6 Cups water
  • -1 Cup brown sugar
  • -3 Cinnamon sticks
  • -1 Tbsp cloves
  • -3 Tsps ground nutmeg
  • -Thyme sprigs for garnish
  • -Sliced apples, orange, and pears for garnish


  • -In a pot over medium-low heat add the water, apples, 1 cup of cranberries, brown sugar, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and nutmeg.
  • -Cover and cook for 1 hour.
  • -Remove the cinnamon sticks and cloves.
  • -Pour the content of the pot into a blender and blend until smooth.
  • -Transfer to the pot and let it simmer over medium heat for 1 hour.
  • -Using a cheesecloth (or a strainer) strain the apple cider into a large pitcher.
  • -Add the apple slices, orange slices, pear slices, cranberries, and thyme sprigs to the glasses. Pour the apple cider into the glasses.
  • -Serve and enjoy.

Cranberry Apple Cider Recipe

National Iced Tea Day

This post is sponsored by Snapple in conjunction with Acorn Influence.  All opinions are mine.

Summer has been great for my family so far.  We’re loving the shade that the trees at our new home provides.  We’re making good use of the industrial strength bubble maker I bought.  Our chalk drawings are getting better and better.  As a family we keep going and going and it’s important to me that we take time to slow down.  One way I love to relax and slow down is to have a picnic or even a drink outside.  Just being in nature and talking with each other does wonders for my mood.  The stress of my to-do list just melts away.


Two of my favorite drinks of summer are lemonade and ice tea.  Snapple has come up with a new flavor of tea and it’s absolutely delicious.  It’s a mango tea and it has the cutest name (I’ve always been a sucker for a cute name!) – Takes 2 to Mango Tea.  Snapple’s brand slogan is “Made from the Best Stuff on Earth” and yea, this Snapple Mango Tea is the best stuff on Earth.

I went to Walmart and purchased a case of Snapple Takes 2 to Mango Tea because it’s so good and I knew my husband would love it.  He did and he even had it opened and in the fridge before I got a picture of the 6 pack case.  I actually went back to grab a few more cases for our party today and I still didn’t manage to get a picture.

The tea tastes freshly brewed and is full of mango flavor.  I love that it’s sweet but not too sweet.

Get this new flavor, Snapple Mango Tea today at Walmart. Because June 10th is National Iced Tea Day Snapples are on Rollback at Walmart until July 31st!  Get it by the bottle to try it out and then go back for the case like we did. Walmart makes it easy to stock up…especially with their grocery pick-up.

Living Boldly

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by the J.M. Smucker company. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

There have been many instances in my life when I felt that I was doing more than stepping out of my comfort zone, I was jumping out.  Maybe not jumping with excitement but jumping nonetheless.   Standing timidly as if on the top of a wooden platform that I just climbed 30 feet to get to.  The deep water was below me.  I couldn’t climb down, I had come too far.  It wasn’t a jump in the air.  It wasn’t with a squeal of excitement I jumped.  I just kind of stepped off.  Stepped off into deep and cold water.  After a while the water became comfortable and warm.

I find myself doing that time and time again in life.  It’s as if I nonchalantly meander further than I would ever feel comfortable only to realize what I’ve done, dread it, hold my breath and conquer my fears.  The jumping off the tower was more than an illustration, it is something that really happened to me at a leadership conference (of all places!) when I was in high school.  The teens I was with (more importantly the teen boys) were too scared to do it so I said I would.  What was I thinking?!  This happened again when I went to a college I had never properly visited and didn’t know a soul there.  And again when my class chose me to speak at our graduation and I agreed (I’m not a naturally gifted speaker!).  When I went to Ireland by myself to stay for three months with a family there.  When I accepted a job at a radio station (Not a quick witted speaker, remember?).  Time and time and time again I’ve put myself out there and I can’t remember a single time regretting it.  Even owning a blog where I share of myself feels bold.  It is bold because I have thin skin and the sometimes cruel emails I receive cut deep.

Living boldly is something I want to pass on to my kids.  It’s not about never being scared but about pushing through the fear.  It’s not a boastful, “look at me” type of boldness but a silent “I can be who I am without fear” type of boldness that I wish for my children.

School Pictures 2016!

My daughter had her first day with our new homeschool community this week.  She didn’t know anyone and she wasn’t scared a bit…or maybe she was but pushed through it like her mommy.  She beamed with excitement the whole day long but I’m sure I was beaming brighter.  My little girl was being bold, so beautifully bold.

Sprinkle Cup

For her first day I made her a special breakfast complete with sprinkles.  Sprinkles on the waffles.  Sprinkles on the glass of milk.  For myself, I enjoyed Dunkin Donut’s new Dunkin’ Dark® coffee with pumpkin spice biscotti.  I thought about throwing some sprinkles on top of that lovely foam but I figured they’d sink anyway.  One of my favorite parts about mornings…okay, one of the few things I enjoy at all in the mornings is my cup of coffee.  My coffee and my family’s smiles and hugs.  That’s it.  For life’s bold moments, Dunkin’ Dark® coffee provides coffee lovers with a bold, smooth, and never bitter taste to keep us inspired (and awake!) through the day.

Dunkin’ Dark®

Dunkin’ Dark® coffee is Brewed for the Bold.  It’s for coffee lovers who aren’t afraid to take risks.  Even if you’re going to add a lot of frothed milk to it, you can still be bold.  🙂  Maybe you’re thinking about pursuing a lifelong dream or maybe you just want to mix up your morning routine with a bold cup of joe.  Give Dunkin’ Dark® a try, it’s the perfect bold blend!  You can pick it up at any grocery store or order online at  Dunkin’ Dark® comes in K-Cup® Pods (10-ct or 16-ct) and 11-oz. and 18.4-oz. packages of ground coffee.  By choosing this 30% Rainforest Alliance Certified™ coffee, you are directly supporting the Rainforest Alliance.  For more information on Dunkin’ Dark®, click here:  Dunkin’ Donuts® is proud to partner with Becky Hammon, the first female full-time assistant coach in the history of men’s professional basketball.  Check out Becky’s story and how she is bold she is!

Dunkin Donuts Dunkin Dark

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Root Beer Float Day!

Today, August 6th, is National Root Beer Float Day!  It’s the perfect excuse to enjoy a delicious, creamy, and freshing float.  Just grab some ice cream and a soda like A&W Root Beer and add to a glass.  Compensation was provided by Dr Pepper/Snapple via MomTrends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Dr Pepper/Snapple or Momtrends.

Root Beer Float

When I was a kid I can remember my parent’s loving root beer floats.  I tried it a few times but I was never really a fan.  Don’t get me wrong, I liked pop (as we called it) and ice cream but mixing the two together just seemed to do an injustice to both ingredients.  My husband loves root beer floats and it’s what he gets every time we go out to get ice cream.  I always thought he was crazy until he convinced me to try his earlier this summer.  I was surprised how much I really liked it.  I guess my tastes have changed over the years as I’ve grown up.  Now I can’t get enough.

Ice Cream Float

I’ll be honest, I’ve been on a BIG float kick this summer.  I go through phases of my late night snacking and this summer it has been float after float.  IBC floats, A&W floats, Dr Pepper floats and even Orange Crush floats!  I’m enjoy a float right now as I’m typing this and I’m sad to say that I just scraped the last of the vanilla ice cream from the carton.  Unless I run to the store tomorrow I might be trying a rocky road root beer float.  Who knows though, maybe that will be delicious?  Did you know that Dr Pepper, IBC, A&W, Crush, and Stewarts are all under the Dr Pepper Snapple Group?  I had no idea!  Now every time I go down the drink I’ll I see the Dr Pepper Snapple Group brand everywhere.  Who knew my favorite drinks were all from the same brand?  I didn’t realize I was so brand loyal!  The Dr Pepper Snapple Group brand has a variety of regular, reduced, and zero calorie options.  Plus, they have caffeinated and non-caffeinated drinks too.  They truly have a drink for everyone!

IBC Root Beer Float

If you like floats, what’s your favorite flavor of float?  Find more delicious flavors to choose from at


Very Berry Spritzer

Very Berry Spritzer

Spritzers are my favorite summer drink. It’s super cold, super refreshing and really easy to put together. Lately, I’ve been experimenting with different spritzer recipes looking for my favorite flavor combo and I think I found it! This Very Berry Spritzer it’s just everything you need after a warm sunny day spent outdoors.

Fruit Spritzer

Very Berry Spritzer it’s packed with berry flavors. I’m adding some fresh raspberries and strawberries, it also has an herbal punch that really compliments the drink and at the same time helps to decorate it and make it look straight out of a fancy restaurant. I’m using thyme because is what goes better with the berries but you can also use mint or even basil.

Also, I’m keeping the things here in the mocktail side as I don’t drink, so I’m using lemon soda to give it that carbonated, bubbly kick that makes the drink taste even more refreshing.

However, what makes this recipe extremely good for summer is the little berry that’s decorating the glass. Instead of using a fresh berry I used a frozen one so you can eat it like if it was a popsicle with your drink. Or you can just drop it inside your drink like a flavored ice cube.

I seriously mean it, my friends, there’s nothing like lounging in the backyard with a huge glass of Very Berry Spritzer while nibbling on a frozen strawberry. It’s summer in a drink.

This Very Berry Spritzer is as easy as mixing everything together, pouring it over a ton of ice (the more the merrier), garnishing it with fresh herbs and enjoying it when the weather is hot.

Berry Spritzer

Very Berry Spritzer


  • –  ⅓ Cup berries
  • –  Lemon soda
  • –  Ice


  • –  Thyme
  • –  Strawberries


  • –  Add to ice a glass, then add the berries
  • –  Fill the glass with lemon soda and stir it.
  • –  Slice 1 strawberry and place it on the edge of the glass to garnish.
  • –  Add some thyme.
  • –  Enjoy!

Strawberry Drink

Pistachio Green Smoothie Recipe

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Pistachio Green Smoothie

I can’t hardly believe it but Saint Patrick’s day is almost here! If you’re looking for a healthy way to celebrate the holiday you should try a green smoothie! Certified Nutritional Health Counselor and founder of Hands on Healthy, Sara Siskind, has created a delicious Green Pistachio Smoothie.  She has allowed me to share her recipe and she promises that it will energize!  I know that I can’t wait to try it.  So, gather your friends around and enjoy sipping on a pistachio smoothie this St. Paddy’s day!
Oh and luck o’ the Irish, top of the mornin’ to ya, and have a whale of a time!
Recipe Type: Beverage
Author: Sara Siskind
Serves: 2
Perfect green smoothie for St.Patrick’s Day or any day of the year! Delicious and nutritious!
  • – 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • – 1/4 cup Setton Farms Pistachios
  • – 2 handfuls baby spinach
  • – 1 banana (frozen is best)
  • – 2 Pistachio Chewy Bites chopped into small pieces
  • – ice as needed
  1. Place all ingredients except the PCB into a high power blender.
  2. Blend until creamy.
  3. Pour into 2 glasses.
  4. Enjoy!