Pink Lemonade Margarita

It was a little chilly over the weekend here (for North Carolina) and my husband lit a fire in the living room fireplace while we watched a movie. We aren’t used to having a gas log fireplace–we have always had a wood fireplace–so we haven’t gotten the settings mastered quite yet. It got SOOOOO hot in our living room that I had to change into shorts and a t-shirt! With that dry heat radiating through the room, I was in the mood for an adult beverage. Since it felt like summer in here, I decided to make a summery drink… a Pink Lemonade Margarita. Food Advertising by Super simple to make and delicious! Tastes like summer… only 30 weeks to go!   Pink Lemonade Margarita print shopping list Preparation 5 min …

Classic Margarita

This is one of my favorite recipes for a Classic Margarita on the rocks… Classic Margarita with a Lime Sugar-Salt Rim print shopping list Preparation 5 min Total Time 0:05 Serves 1     adjust servings [img src=”https://lifeofaginger.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/classic-margarita-150×150.jpg” width=”150″ height=”150″ class=”aligncenter size-thumbnail” title=”Margarita Monday classic margarita”] Ingredients 1 1/2 ounces 100% agave, silver tequila 1/2 ounce triple sec 1 to 1 1/4 oz fresh lime juice 1/2 oz Simple Syrup (optional) – 1/2 C water and 1 C granulated sugar, bring water to a boil, add sugar and stir, continue boiling until sugar has dissolved. Let cool. Will last 1 week in a jar with a tight fitting lid. Ice Lime slice, for garnish Zest of half a lime 1 tablespoon kosher salt 1 tablespoon sugar Instructions Make the Lime …

Tasty Tuesday – Better Than Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte [recipe]

It’s that time of year again… you know what I’m talking about, no, not sweater weather (at least not here in NC yet), but Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte time! I don’t actually drink coffee, at all! I don’t like the smell, I hate the taste… I don’t even like tiramisu, lol. But my oldest daughter LOVES to go to Starbucks and I NEVER take her… so I decided to create a copycat Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe just for her. (If you really want to kick it up a notch try making this yummy Pumpkin Spice Latte Syrup. It also delicious in chai.) Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte Food Advertising by Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte print shopping list Serves 1     adjust servings Ingredients 1 1/2 oz espresso (or 1/2 C strong …

Tasty Tuesday – Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Ever! [recipe & review]

I love to bake. I don’t do it as much as my kids would like, but when I do bake, I do it well! (Bread and cookies are my specialties, they never last longer than a few minutes in the house unless I bake when the kids aren’t home, lol).   Food Advertising by This is my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe of all time. And it was the perfect recipe to test out my new BakeitFun Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat I received as a sample. I always use parchment paper when baking cookies. I love how easily the cookies come off the pan and when I’m in a hurry I’ll just pick up the whole batch of cookies using the parchment paper and then place everything down on the cooling rack. I …

Tasty Tuesday – Chocolate Pretzel Bars

  My kids love to cook. Every time I start to make something they ask if they can help. Being a MAJOR control freak, and usually in a hurry to get dinner on the table, I almost always say “not now, thanks for asking.” So to say my kids were over the moon excited when I received Kids Cooking Made Easy: Favorite Triple-Tested Recipes to review, is an understatement. They poured over the book cover-to-cover and picked out several recipes to try. But the only one they all could agree on making first was the Chocolate Pretzel Bars. Food Advertising by Before we get into the cooking, I’d like to talk about the cookbook. Written by Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek, this cookbook includes 60 easy-to-make, kid-friendly Kosher recipes. Not that you …

Tasty Tuesday – Chocolate Banana Breakfast/Snack Cookies

For the most part, my kids are very healthy eaters. Lean meats, whole grains, lots of fruits and veggies, and I limit their sweets. Or so I thought. I recently read an article about how much sugar is in most breakfast cereal and I was shocked! Here I thought I was giving them healthy food for breakfast, when in some cases they were eating the sugar equivalent of Oreo cookies. I wanted to find something that is nutritious, and easy for them to grab for breakfast on their own. They eat enough fruit during the day, and “it’s too hot to have waffles, mom!” So what’s a mom to do? Food Advertising by I kept running across “healthy” breakfast cookie recipes on Pinterest and thought I’d give one a try. …

Tasty Tuesday – Shrimp Tacos with Creamy Jalapeno Sauce

Last month I attended a meet and greet at Chuy’s with a group of area bloggers. We had the most fun tasting food, drinks, and spent a few hours chatting and laughing. The minute I read the description for the Baja Shrimp Tacos I knew I had to order them. “Baja Tacos – Freshly made flour tortillas with your choice of lightly battered and fried fish or shrimp, cilantro, red cabbage and Creamy Jalapeno sauce”. So simple, yet it appealed to me right away. My mouth watered when the plate was delivered. They looked so yummy! Food Advertising by   And didn’t disappoint! The tacos were excellent. I wanted to go back for lunch the next day, and the day after that and the day after that! But that wasn’t an …

Tasty Tuesday – Triple Berry Pie Crumble

Disclosure: I received a gift card from Schwan’s to purchase items from their service, but the opinions within this post are my own.   When I was little, my grandmother would buy the best stuff from the Schwan’s man! We especially loved their frozen fruit. Food Advertising by When I moved out to the East Coast I missed the Schwan’s truck. After we moved South, I would occasionally see a truck on the road but never in my area. Last week while coming home from an event, I so was excited to see a Schwan’s truck driving through our neighborhood I actually squealed! My daughter looked at me like I was crazy, lol. I loved that we could stock up the freezer with wholesome items from Schwan’s that were easy to prepare and …

Tasty Tuesday – Red Wine Sangria

I never really liked sangria, or at least I thought I didn’t like Sangria. I’ve tried it several times and just didn’t have a taste for it. I always thought it was too bitter. Until this version, that is. A good friend made it for me and insisted I try it. I took a tiny sip and was very surprised that I liked it. It was delicious! Now it’s a favorite to serve at parties. This sangria is light and fruity and a little on the sweet side (you can cut back on the sugar if you like it less sweet). Food Advertising by My favorite trick when making a pitcher of sangria or mixed drinks is to freeze some of beverage into ice cubes, so that when the ice melts it doesn’t water down …

Tasty Tuesday – Copycat Nan and Byron’s Train Wreck Fries

On Friday, I attended my monthly Moms’ Night Out Charlotte blogger meet and greet. This time it was at the ah-maz-ing Nan and Byron’s restaurant in Charlotte. I had such a wonderful evening visiting with friends, sampling the menu, and savoring a couple of their specialty libations. The Cadillac Jalapeno Margarita (Patron, Citrus Juices, muddled fresh jalapeno, topped with Grand Marnier-flavored Cadillac Foam and cayenne pepper) and the Farmhouse Lemonade (Bacardi Limon, Strawberry Vodka, Limoncello, citrus juices, muddled fresh strawberries and lemon) were two favorites. I REALLY wanted to try the G’Night Moon (Junior Johnson’s Midnight Moon Moonshine, soda water, Sprite, muddled mint and lime with a house made simple syrup) but I had to drive home later that night and knew if I had one more drink I’d be pushing …