Posts by Carin Thumm

Cranberry-Ginger Vodka Tonic

Thanksgiving … it’s all about the turkey and ALL the trimmings. I mean: mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, green beans, Jello salad, cranberry chutney, brussles sprouts, PIE (all the pie), gravy, rolls, and probably the kitchen sink. One thing I’ve found through successfully navigating quite a few Thanksgivings as an “adult” is there is usually something that is often overlooked: COCKTAILS. Oh, sure – people bring wine and beer, but how

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Crock Pot Apple Butter

One of the best things about fall is small batch, farm to table apple butter. Most orchards worth their salt will sell BOTH apple butter and cider alongside their apples. I adore apple butter. REAL apple butter. I’ve tried buying mass produced apple butter at the store and have always found it tastes not quite right. Too sweet. Too spicy. No actual flavor. Too thin. I prefer to not think

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Chocolate Chip Mug Cookie

There’s little that goes better with a late night of reading (c’mon … just one more chapter) than a single, warm, gooey, buttery cookie … IN A MUG. Yes, you read that right: A cookie. In a mug. The mug serves two purposes – it keeps one’s hands WARM and it offers a bit of much needed portion control. Have I mentioned I’m basically Cookie Monster in human form? I

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Don’t Forget About Apples! Hot Spiced Cider

There’s a lot of attention given to pumpkin stuff this time of year. It’s EVERYWHRE. In your coffee, candles, food, lotions … if it were a weed, it’d be kudzu – highly invasive and slowly creeping over everything in sight. Happily, there are other things that scream fall that have nothing to do with pumpkin (please don’t be mistaken, my love for pumpkin is STRONG – in fact I’m sipping a

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Butterscotch Ice Pops

I’m hanging on to the ends of summer by the skin of my teeth. Not that I enjoy the hot humid weather that summer brings – but I enjoy the reasons it gives me to eat ice cream, popsicles, and snow cones. These things rarely make the transition into fall. One just doesn’t want a frozen treat when there’s a cool snap in the air. Until now. In my opinion,

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