Thursday, April 19, 2012

Vine Smoothie




And what is this you ask?  Vine Smoothies! A most delicious blend of Dutch Cream, Wine, and natural flavors! It isn't overly thick or overly sweet. It's perfect over ice or blended in a blender. The colors are super fun and no mixing is required! Come on, you can't get a better summer time easy to serve drink then this! Well...you could...but it wouldn't be as fun!

Oh! One of the awsome things about this Amazing drink....14% alc/vol!

Strawberry- This is as smooth as a homemade strawberry smoothie! My top favorite!
Berry- A little sweeter then the rest. but my second favorite!
Pineapple and Coconut- of course taste JUST like a Pina colda!
Peach- So I was finally able to try this! Peaches and Cream!!! DELICIOUS!

And now I can't decide between Strawberry and Peach as to which is my favorite! So grab one of each and you tell me!

Dottie ^_^
4-19-12

Alright The Rhester, ask and you shall recieve!

  • Nutrition Facts:
    Serving size 3.53 ounce
    Amount Per serving
    Calories 256
    Total fat 6.7 grams
    Saturated fat 3.8 grams
    Total Carbohydrate 38.7 grams
    Sugars 22.4 grams
    Protein 2.6 grams

    I contacted Vine Smoothies via Facebook and they replied quite promptly with this information! What a wonderful company to be so helpful and fast to reply!

    Dottie ^_^
    5-3-2012

Saturday, April 14, 2012

New Beers I've Tried!

Harpoon Raspberry Hefeweizen ! I mean I loved Shock Top's Raspberry...But I feel as if Harpoon has been able to top it! Harpoon has this delicious clean taste to it, with a fresh raspberry flavor ending! I did prefer this one closer to room temperature then super cold from the fridge.

"We have added natural raspberry flavor to our UFO Hefeweizen to create this beer.  Consistent with the hefeweizen style, this beer is unfiltered and cloudy with a solid foamy head.  UFO Raspberry has a distinctive, hazy rose color.  The scent of fresh raspberries hits the nose immediately, along with a subtle bready aroma from the wheat and yeast.  The body is light and the unfiltered yeast provides a soft mouthfeel.  The taste of the fruit compliments the beer nicely, neither overwhelms the other.  There is a faint sweetness on the palate, which finishes cleanly in a semi-dry, tart finish.

Hefeweizens originated in Bavaria and date back over 400 years.  Hefemeans yeast in German, Weizen means wheat.  The unfiltered yeast remains in suspension, giving this style its signature cloudy color and a soft mouthfeel. "- 
 http://www.harpoonbrewery.com
Harpoon Cider- If you like apple juice you will LOVE this beer! It tasted to me just like apple juice! Great super cold!
"Harpoon Cider is made from a blend of locally grown apples including the New England favorite, McIntosh. By fermenting this blend of varieties with our own yeast we are able to produce an aroma that has a clean, fruity character. This crisp, refreshing cider has just the right balance of ripe apple sweetness and tartness from the fruit’s natural acidity. The color of this smooth tasting cider is very light as a result of using only freshly pressed apples. Without the addition of preservatives, artificial colors, or sweeteners we have created a cider that is fresh, pure, and delicious. Enjoy!" - http://www.harpoonbrewery.com

I feel at times that they can describe it so muuuuuch better then I can. The Raspberry is currently on top of my recommendation list!

Dottie's Recommendation List
1. UFO Raspberry Hefeweizen
2. Shock Top Raspberry
3. Leinkugal's Summer Shandy
4. Smirnoff's Cranberry Lime
5. Seagram's Jamcain Me Happy

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Super Easy No Fuss Easter Rum Cake!

Easter, one of those great family holidays where everyone pulls out their cooking and baking skills. Yep, awsome for those of us who are eating...stressful for those of us who are doing the cooking and baking. So allow me to at least make one of the multiple tasks you will be taking on that much easier.

My friend, Lisa, made this delicious Rum Cake. As in, she made it once, made it two more times, and each time.....we have gobbled it all up! It tastes just as good as the first time she made it and wowed us! What's so great about this cake it takes so little time!

The basic Recipe:

Easy Rum Cake


Cake:
1 pkg of yellow cake mix
1 4oz pkg vanilla instant pudding
4 eggs
1/2 cup Rum
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup oil
1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350.
Combine in a mixing bowl and beat until smooth.
Sprinkle pecans in the bottom of a greased and floured Bundt Pan.
Pour the batter over the pecans.
Bake for 40-45 minutes until done!

Rum Syrup:
1 cup sugar
1 stick real butter (1/2 cup)
1/2 cup rum
1/2 cup water

Melt in a LARGE sauce pan and bring to a boil.
Boil 3 minutes and pour over the warm cake while it's still in the pan.
Allow it to set for at the least 30 minutes
Flip onto a plate and serve!


Now, this is a fun recipe to play around with! Try mixing and matching different flavors of cake mixes with different pudding flavors!!! Which is exactly what I've done!

Strawberry Coconut Rum Cake
1 pkg Strawberry Cake Mix
1 4ox pkg Vanilla instant pudding
4 eggs
1/2 Coconut rum
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup oil

1 tsp Lemon extract

Preheat oven to 350.
Combine in a mixing bowl and beat until smooth.
Pour the batter into a greased and floured bundt Pan
Bake for 40-45 minutes until done!

Rum Syrup:
1 cup sugar
1 stick real butter (1/2 cup)
1/2 cup rum
1/2 cup water

Melt in a LARGE sauce pan and bring to a boil.
Boil 3 minutes and pour over the warm cake while it's still in the pan.
Allow it to cool completely.

Cream Cheese Icing
1 6-8 oz pkg plain cream cheese
2 Tbls Sugar
5-6 Tbls Frangelico  (or a hazelnut liqueur)

Mix until well combined and at least mostly smooth. I did this with a fork and had tiny clumps of cream cheese.
Put a dollop on each slice of cake as you serve it!
To me this cake tastes so MUCH better the next day. So cook the previous night and allow it to set over night for so much more deliciousness the next day!

Try baking them in different pans as well! Just be careful not to use to much of the syrup on the smaller sized cakes! Happy baking!

Dottie ^_^
4-5/2012

Recipe coming tonight!

I was unable to get the Strawberry Coconut Rum cake recipe posted last night. I shall post it tonigt while I'm at work! Yay! Delicious recipe!
Dottie ^_^