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Our Backyard Mother’s Day Picnic

2015 May 4

Every year for Mother’s Day my sister and I put our heads together and think up a fun way to celebrate our Mom. It’s usually something girly like a high tea at home or a picnic in the park which means skipping the crowds and un-intimate settings and creating something really memorable.

Backyard Picnic

Mothers Day Picnic

This year in honor of Mother’s Day, and keeping with our sisterly tradition, I’ve partnered with Clyde May’s Whiskey to share an easy idea, and recipes, for celebrating Mom in the comfort of your own casa! All of you last minute planners out there, you are so welcome.

Backyard Mothers Day Picnic

Mothers Day Picnic

Backyard picnics are easy to plan, relaxing to enjoy, and you don’t have to lug a heavy basket to the park! Set up a small makeshift table like we did with an old crate covered in fabric, or lay down a picnic blanket in your backyard. read more…

The Baby Maker

2015 May 1

In case you missed Leah’s delicious double-scoop announcement, Freutcake’s expecting not one—but two!—little babies. Cuteness overload! But don’t worry: Your Friday cocktail posts aren’t going ANYWHERE! It’s my great honor to be handling happy hour duty until the nuggets arrive.

The Baby Maker

Let’s kick off this adventure of boozing and oozing over Leah’s adorable bump with a super special cocktail I like to call…The Baby Maker! What? It’s so appropriate!

The Baby Maker Cocktail

This scrumptious recipe is loaded with sultry ingredients like tequila, ripe berries and a hint of cinnamon. Baby is not guaranteed. But you will feel sexier and sassier with each luscious sip. How could you not!

The Baby Maker Cocktail

So let’s all raise a Baby Maker to the beautiful mama to be! And to each other, because I look forward to cocktailing with each and every one of you. Leave your drink recipe requests in the comments below or even just a flavor you’d love to see in a drink (Wine? Pineapples? Bitterness? Chia seeds?)—no such thing as a wrong request! I’ll whip up somethin’ special for you, promise!

The Baby Maker Cocktailphotos by Erin Phraner

The Baby Maker Cocktail
Serves 2
A scrumptious cocktail loaded with sultry ingredients like tequila, ripe berries and a hint of cinnamon.
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Ingredients
  1. FOR THE JUICE
  2. 1 heaping cup sliced strawberries
  3. 1 (6-ounce) container raspberries
  4. 1 ounce Campari
  5. 2 ounces fresh lime juice
  6. Pinch of salt
  7. Pinch of cinnamon
  8. FOR THE COCKTAIL
  9. 4 ounces Berry Juice (above)
  10. 4 ounces tequila
  11. 2 ounces fresh lime juice
  12. Lime slices, for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Make the juice: Puree the strawberries, raspberries, Campari, lime juice, salt and cinnamon in a blender until smooth.
  2. Strain and press the juice through a fine-mesh sieve into a liquid measure cup or bowl (stirring the juice in the sieve helps is strain faster). Refrigerate until cold or up to 1 week.
  3. Make the cocktail: Shake the Berry Juice, tequila and lime juice in an ice-filled cocktail shaker for 30 seconds. Strain into chilled cocktail glasses. Garnish with lime slices, if desired.
Notes
  1. Makes enough for two plus extra juice.
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Waiting on the Fun Part…

2015 April 28
by Leah Bergman

I have to admit, I’m still waiting on the fun part of this pregnancy to begin. Don’t get me wrong, I am over the moon excited and feel very blessed to be carrying these babies but let me tell you, it’s no cake walk…at least not for me. At about 4 weeks into my pregnancy I developed severe morning sickness. Honestly, unless you have experienced the constant nausea, food aversions, and mad dashes to the toilet first hand, it’s hard to fathom just how insanely bad it is. I never quite understood what my girlfriends were going through until it was my turn to experience it. So, for all of you who have suffered…I feel your pain. Believe me, I do!

Last week, I had a couple of really bad sick days back to back and got to a point where my body was refusing to keep anything solid or liquid down. It was time to go to the hospital. It turns out I have a very sever form of morning sickness, more common with twin pregnancies, that untreated can cause my body to become severely dehydrated and malnourished. When I checked into the hospital my body was in starvation mode and unable to process any food. I was given an IV of fluids, anti-nausea medication, a vitamin drip and an ultrasound. Thankfully the babies were just fine!

Waiting on the fun part

After getting my body back to being stable and back on solid foods again, I came home. The nausea and food aversions haven’t gone away but I do have the help of medication if I need it. The silver lining for me is knowing that the babies are healthy and that most likely, this won’t last my entire pregnancy. I have my fingers and toes crossed for 20 weeks…just 5 more to go!

I know it’s been a quiet around the blog but I hope to be back to feeling better and fully working very soon! I’m still creating some fun projects on my good days and can’t wait to get back into the kitchen…or outside in the sunshine for that matter. Thanks for being a loyal reader and a constant support. I read and appreciate every single one of the comments you left on my pregnancy announcement post and each one brightened my day.

Now, onto the future!

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