This Thanksgiving we have a little something for everyone! Special little touches for friends, family and even our furry friends. This year we were introduced to a number of very special ways to let the special people (and animals) in our lives know how thankful we are for them. Serve up special cocktails or mocktails to our friends with this recipe using Sipp Sparkling Organic Drink and inspiration for Clean Cocktails for the Modern Mixologist. Serve up a special Thanksgiving dessert that is as good as it looks or send this Edible Arrangements to friends and family far away. Don’t forget your furry friends. Serve them up Solid Gold Superfood treats for cats or dogs.
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Sipp Sparkling Organic Drink and Clean Cocktails for the Modern Mixologist
I love to share cocktails with my guests and my new book, Clean Cocktails for the Modern Mixologist had just the right recipe for Thanksgiving Dinner! Jut four ingredients and the Spiced SuBourbon is made. I think I could even make it in a pitcher and garnish as I serve. Just like the name says, it’s Bourbon, Cloves, and Clemintine Juice. This one is single serving recipe, but you can always make more or choose from the many pitcher sized recipes available. The recipes in Clean Cocktails feature low calorie spirits, fresh juices, no artificial sweeteners and spices. It even shows you how to make many of the flavored simple syrups mentioned in the recipes, so you serve fresh, not from the shelf.
Each year for the holidays the girls ask me for sparkling grape juice. This year I can do better, for us all with Sipp Sparkling Organic Drinks. Available in 6 different flavors we were able to enjoy the Mojo Berry with Raspberry, Mint and Lemon flavors. While the children enjoyed it served chilled, I decided to take advantage of the tart taste of lemon and raspberry but “adulting” it up with one of my favorite drink inspirations, the Moscow Mule. Here’s how.
Raspberry Mint Moscow Mule Recipe
Copper Cup (traditional cup used for Moscow Mules)
Sipp Organic Sparkling Drink – Raspberry Mint
Ginger Beer – We used Karbach Ginger and Lemon
.5 ounces of Vodka
2 sprigs fresh mint
2 fresh raspberries
Fill cup with ice. Add vodka. Add 1.5 ounce Ginger Beer. Top off with Sipp Organic Sparkling. Clap fresh mint in your hand to release the flavor. Drop mint into glass and garnish with fresh raspebrries. Really refreshing and delicious light cocktail to share with friends and family while enjoying your appetizers before Thanksgiving Dinner.
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Petlanthropy: The Purrfect Gift
Hurricane Harvey brought with it a great deal of devastation in our area. One of the most heartbreaking is what has happened to so many animals. Pets were separated from their families and many have been abandoned. Frightened by the storm some were found many miles away from home. This puts even more strain on the limited resources our local pet shelters and organizations have available. Each month, and especially during the holidays we decide on one non-profit organization to donate to.
This month my middle daughter selected a local pet shelter as her non-profit to make a donation to. To help her with her efforts, which included collecting items needed by the shelter from our neighbors, I found out about Petlanthropy Donation Gift Cards. Petlanthropy Gift Cards can be purchased online, then given to someone special. Select from $25, $50, $100 or $200 gift cards or create your own amount. They can then go to the Petlanthropy website starting December 1 and apply the value of the gift card to any local animal shelter or donation page. What a great gift to give to your friends and family, which keeps on giving!
Petlanthropy provides many valuable services including: medical care for homeless animals who need treatment to be adoptable, vaccine and sterilization clinics for owned animals in underserved and at risk neighborhoods, transport small and medium sized dogs from crowded shelters to out of area forever homes and provide qualifying Veterans with no cost adoption of select shelter cats and dogs. Services also include helping to dramatically increase cat adoptions at local shelters through programmatic media, marketing and adoption fee subsidy programs and implement life saving, fill in the gap software and infrastructure programs for local animal shelters nationwide.
Solid Gold Superfoods Chewy Dog Treats with Turkey, Sweet Potato and Cinnamon
One thing our family is very thankful for is our precious pet Toby. Toby is a rescue dog and he’s been a blessing in our lives. He is so loving and protective of our family. We couldn’t celebrate a special holiday and leave him out! We were thrilled to get the opportunity to try the Solid Gold Superfoods Chewy Dog Treats with Turkey, Sweet Potato and Cinnamon! He was smelling the box before I could even get it open so I knew there had to be something good in there. The bag came out and he started wagging his tale and doing the doggy happy dance. I couldn’t believe how well he behaved for his picture below. I admit it took three tries for him to be able to sit still long enough because he REALLY, REALLY wanted this treat. The kids were even eyeing it when they came home thinking it was a cookie for them, it smelled so good.
Solid Gold Superfoods Chewy Dog Treats with Turkey, Sweet Potato and Cinnamon are made with all the yummy flavors of the season including Thanksgiving favorites Turkey and Sweet Potatoes. Natural, grain free treats that my dog is really enjoying. We place them with cream cheese in his Kong and freeze or simply give him one straight from the bag to show him a little love. It’s his “happy hour treat” – when the kids get home from school he gets one every day.
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Salted Caramel Harvest Bouquet with Orange Swizzle Berries from Edible Arrangements are the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving Day celebrations! So beautiful to look at and delicious to eat. And, you have the beautiful pumpkin bowl to save and use next year. Your hostess or family will really enjoy the Salted caramel apple wedgies (those were my favorite of the whole arrangement!), chocolate dipped strawberries with festive orange swizzle, pineapple leaves, chocolate covered pineapple “apple”, grapes, strawberries and cantaloupe. You can even order them up until the last minute! Or consider one of the fun holiday arrangements also available during the month of December. Serve it up with your pies for Thanksgiving dinner dessert or a gift to your hostess. You could also send to family far away to wish them a very Happy Thanksgiving Day.
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No matter what or who you are thankful for this Thanksgiving, there is a unique and special way to celebrate it with these ideas. We like to add some new ideas with our tried and true traditions and hope you will too. Enjoy these suggestions and from our family to yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!