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And Google has not helped despite my certainty that I came across this recipe on the internet. About six months or so ago, I made this drink that contained pineapple, rosemary, and rum, but what made it special (and what eludes my Google-fu) is that rather than just pineapple juice, I had to peel, core, and boil a whole pineapple (almost certainly with some sugar), let steep the rosemary, and then add the rum. I'm fairly certain the original recipe called for two or three different types of rum (gold and dark, iirc, and maybe something else), but I only used gold. I'm also fairly certain that these were the only ingredients, but I can't be fully sure. I think at the end I added some club soda to the mix, but I don't believe this was called for in the recipe itself.

Does this cocktail sound familiar to anyone at all?

I think I could muddle my way through the process by memory, but I'd prefer to consult the recipe for proper proportions.

Any help would certainly be appreciated! I'd love to serve this drink at a dinner and for Mother's Day lunch. Thanks in advance.

DIY Christmas Gift ideas - Home made extracts

If you are like me, you are always looking for thoughtful gifts - whether or not they are home made. I like to make home made gifts, but only if I think they will be used and appreciated by the receiver. Here is my first batch for this year! They are quick and easy, and can be dressed up or down. Now is a great time to start them, since they have to sit for at least 2-3 weeks before they can be used. So you could make them now, and they will be perfectly ready by the time they are ready to pretty up and gift!

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a two parter

What exactly qualifes to be called a truffle? Is it just a chocolate shell with soft chocolate inside? Or something broader?

Also, I'm looking for a recipe for these chocolate covered strawberry cream filled candies I saw at godiva. Anyone have one, or can reccomend a good candy recipe website? I want to make some for little valentine gifts.

Here's a gift jar idea that could be cute for Vday as well:

Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

Layer the following ingredients in order in a wide mouth quart size canning jar:

3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup cocoa powder (clean inside of jar with tissue after this layer)
1/2 cup brown sugar (pack firmly)
1 1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 cup chocolate chips or shaved summer coatings
1 3/4 cup flour + 1 tsp. baking powder + 1/2 tsp baking soda (mixed)

Remember to press firmly between each layer. Place lid and ring onto jar.

Recipe to attach to jar:
Empty jar of cookie mix into large mixing bowl. Add 1 1/2 stick butter or margarine, 1 egg, and 1 tsp. vanilla. Mix until completely blended. Shape into balls and place 2" apart on sprayed baking sheets. Bake at 375 degrees for 13-15 minutes. Makes 2 1/2 dozen cookies

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Out of curiosity..

My mother bought me an Emerilware 8-inch frying pan the other day. It's stainless steel, with I believe copper on the bottom. What's the best way to take care of it? If anyone else has these pans, what's your experience with them?

Multo recipes!

For dry crusty knees or elbows, scrub an exfoliating treatment on them first then apply a paste of fresh mashed papaya or pineapple for 10-15 minutes rinse and finish with a moisturizer or vaseline for heavily crustified parts.

A good zit zapper:
clean your face, then steam it over a bowl of steaming water foor 10 minutes (don't burn yourself!). Exfoliate with 3T oatmeal, 1 t honey (unprocessed is best), 1/4 c warm water, 1 t white wine vinegar and 1 t lemon juice. MAssage into skin and rense. For an added bonus apply an oil absorbing mask and make sure your hands and pillow case are clean when you go to bed.

well i guess that's all for now...hope you enjoy!

More recipes

A shine enhancing hair rinse:
Boile water and steep 4-5 chamomile tea bags, add 2 tsp. of vineager and let cool. After you shampoo and condition, pour the mixture over your hair, Rinse with cool water.

To exfolieate and clear your pores make a mask of the following:
1/2 tomato, 2 T plain yogurt, 1 T brown sugar, 1 egg white, 2-4 T whole wheat flour and 2 slices of green apple (chopped). Mix all togethere and spread it on clean skin and let dry for 14 minutes, Rinse with luke warm water.

A good foot scrub:
2 cups Epsom salts, 1/2 cup almosnd or veggie oil, 1 T ground cloves. Mix together in a foot tub or large bowl. Rub mix over your feet for 5 minutes paying extra attn to rough spots, then rinse with warm water.

To really smooth out rough skin:
Mix 1 cup of salt and 1 cup of olive oil in a bowl. Rub on whatever you want to exfoliate and rinse. Mash together 1 avocado, 1 cc mayo, 1 banana and 1 tsp olive oil in a bowl ad microwave for 10 seconds. Smooth the mix on the area that you exfoliated and wrap a towel around them for 10 miutes. Wipe off with a damp cloth.


I promised someone in one of my communities some anti stress recipes and I'm only just now getting to it...which means I succk and I'm sorry but here goes:

This is less stress and more facial care BUT to shrink your pores, make a mask of the following:
In a glass bowl had mix 1/3 cup of sour cream, 3 T dry oatmeal and 2 T tomato juice with a wooden spoon. Cover and chill in the fridge for 10 or so minutes, apply to clean skin and leave for 20 minutes. If it tingles it's working. Rinse well and pat dry your skin.

not really food, but...

So, I'm pretty sick right now. Which is a bummer. When I was little and my lungs hurt like this, my mommy used to make a "mustard plaster", and put it on my neck and chest. Supposedly, it draws out/kills infection. It probably just worked because my mommy made it. Anyhow, I know it's made with mustard powder and baking soda and some other stuff (flour?)... or something like that. Have you ever made it? Can you tell me how to make it?

That would be so wonderful... :)

Edible fun? - Crossposted

With the Holidays approaching many of us are trying to think of inexpensive/creative gifts. Here's something incredible for someone with children on their list....

1 (16 ounce) container ready-to-spread chocolate frosting
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix well. Immediately ready for play! Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It should keep for a couple weeks refrigerated.

As with all edible clays, if the children are going to taste this clay, they should wash their hands before making it and taste it before they begin playing with it.

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