A Crockpot Cocktail

There is something exciting about a holiday party. Maybe it’s the Christmas sweaters or the beautiful garlands and lights. What we love the most is reuniting with the people we love, as well as meeting new people and making new friends. If you’re hosting the party, it’s an amazing feeling to have your nearest and dearest friends together in one space. Before you throw the holiday hangout, there are a few things you’ll need. Festive decor, delicious plates of food, but most importantly you need drinks for your guests to sip on during your soiree. You could have endless bottles of liquor and beer, but we believe in saving money and time. At our holiday party, we served a delicious crockpot cocktail, made specifically for keeping the guests warm and toasty.

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A Crockpot Cocktail

The Ingredients

1/2 Gallon Apple Cider
6 Cinnamon Sticks (Optional: Add more for presentation.)
2 Medium Navel Oranges
2 Tablespoons Whole Cloves
Rum of Your Choice (Optional)

 

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Step One.

Pour Apple Cider into a 2.5-quart or larger slow cooker. Add cinnamon sticks to cider.

 
 
 
 

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Step Two.

With a toothpick, poke holes all around the orange about 1/2″ – 1″ apart. Carefully poke the cloves into the holes in the orange.

 
 
 
 

Step Three.

Take the second orange and cut it into thin slices. Place all oranges into slow cooker.
(Optional: Cut extra slices of oranges for garnish.)

 

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Step Four.

Cook on low setting until hot and spiced through.

 

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Step Five.

Ladle into mugs along with an ounce of rum if using. Place a cinnamon stick in each glass and garnish with an orange slice for presentation and serve.

 
 
 

 

This recipe will undoubtedly make a killing at your holiday party. Serve this hot “crocktail” and watch your party unfold. You and your guests will be in the holiday spirit from beginning to end.

Feast Your Eyes on our Fancy Toasts

The holiday season gives us another reason to throw a holiday party. Deck your halls with garland and walls with wreaths and cook up some festive foods for your friends and family. At a typical holiday party, you will find a classic cheese board featuring brie, crackers, and apple slices. Although we love being surprised by this staple, we wanted to serve you appetizers with festive flair and originality. Our answer?

Fancy Toasts!

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Serve some fancy toasts as the base of your light fare at your holiday gathering. At our party, we didn’t serve just one but two different delectable edibles on the crostini. Everyone loves options, and your guests will thank you for it.

Feast Your Eyes on our Fancy Toast       Feast Your Eyes on our Fancy Toast

PB+J for Adults

You’re never too old for a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, but your partygoers will enjoy this mature manifestation of the classic childhood favorite. Smear peanut butter on your crostini as a delicious base. Add some coconut flakes for extra flavor and texture. Top off this fancy toast with some pomegranates for pops of flavor.

Brie Wish You a Merry Christmas

Adding some cheese to your carbs makes for the perfect and easy appetizer at your holiday party. Spread some fig jam onto the crostini and then place some brie cheese and apples atop the delicious smear. You can leave some of these stylish snacks as is, but for all of your non-vegetarian guests, add some prosciutto for a sophisticated touch.

Making these fancy toasts are as easy as pie (okay, probably easier than pie) and will keep your friends and family satisfied while they mingle and have a great time during the holiday season

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May The Summer Solstice Set You Free

May The Summer Solstice Set You Free

We will make any excuse to have a good time and celebrate, and a solstice or equinox is no exception. The Summer Solstice is this Wednesday, which is perfect because hump day is a prime time to celebrate as well as blow off steam from your work week.

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Wednesdays in Philadelphia are special during the spring and summer months as it is Sips in Center City. Happy Hour is hotter than ever before with prime time deals at many bars and restaurants from 5-7.

While it’s preferable to go to an intimate bar or hosting small gatherings with friends in the winter, in the summertime we will always choose a beer garden with our friends. Beer Gardens have a high energy that is ideal for solstice celebration. Let your inner extrovert come out to play and open yourself up to meeting new potential friends. Also, many of these beer gardens have Jenga or some type of game. I mean how could anyone say no to Jenga?

You might prefer a rooftop bar if beer gardens aren’t your speed. The rooftop bar is the sophisticated and classy cousin of the beer garden. They are usually more spacious and more options if you don’t like beer and have a tendency to feel claustrophobic. Bring in the solstice by sipping on cocktails with your nearest and dearest friends.

May The Summer Solstice Set You Free May The Summer Solstice Set You Free

Even though the easiest way to celebrate is through enjoying a nice alcoholic beverage in the sun, there are other fun things to do for the solstice that don’t include alcohol. For example, Art Museum Restaurant Week falls during the week of the Summer Solstice. Grab a few friends and make a reservation at one of the high end restaurants in the area.

In speaking of Museums, you have plenty of museums in this area at your disposal. The Rodin Museum is the one we want to visit the most for the holiday. The statues inside and outside are whimsical and remind us something out of Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The Revolutionary War Museum is another museum that would be incredible to visit on the Solstice. The museum isn’t located in the Art Museum District, but since it just opened in April we made an exception. We would love to start the season with learning about the start of our country’s independence from Great Britain.

For the South Jersey locals that don’t want to travel all the way into city, we don’t blame you for even a second. That’s why we have some events that are just as exciting as some of the events in Philadelphia. The Westmont Farmers Market is hosting a Summer Solstice Music and Food Festival in Haddon Township. The event will have the typical live music, food, and wine, but the festival will also have interesting additions such as fire breathers and belly dancers.

May The Summer Solstice Set You Free May The Summer Solstice Set You Free

This festival sounds like a dream come true, but we also think it is very appropriate to go on a hike and take in the serenity and beauty of nature. Skip work on Wednesday and go for a hike or bike in the Pine Barrens. See the tall trees and enjoy the butterflies. Just make sure to wear some bug spray.

Nature is beautiful, but if you only enjoy images of nature and don’t actually like being one with it then you should probably do something a bit more sophisticated and domestic. The scenic Valenzano Winery is located in Burlington. Enjoy some amazing wine and summertime greenery. They close around five o’clock so take a half day and go indulge yourself with some wine whether it is with good company or just enjoying a bottle alone.

Invite the warm weather and celebrate the hot sunshine by enjoying martinis and food with the ones you love. The most important thing about the summer solstice is to simply look around and take in all the season has to offer. Enjoy the beauty.

 

 

Cinco de Mayo: More Than Your Average Taco Tuesday

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Cinco de Mayo is tomorrow! It’s a time to celebrate the unlikely victory of the underdogs. And while we do love an unexpected ending and cheering on our fellow Americans, we really just love another reason to party. Taco Tuesdays are nice, but when the stars align and Cinco de Mayo lands on a Friday, you know we’ll be with our best amigos having a margarita (or two).

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Celebrations are easy. Festivity Essentials: food, friends, and liquor. Margarita Pitchers are imperative to celebrate Cinco de Mayo the right way. It’s a bright and vibrant cocktail to soak up some sun or to dance the night away. Live on the edge and try all the different flavors available. At the end of a long work week, margaritas are exactly what the doctor ordered.

 
 
 
 

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For balance, make your belly happy with anything that comes in a tortilla. Tacos, Burritos, and Enchiladas will be your best friend for the morning after. A carnitas taco with a salted rim margarita on the rocks is the perfect pairing. However, don’t forget the chips. Nothing is more magical than an endless bowl of chips, especially with guacamole, queso fresco, and salsa.

Make a point to celebrate with the ones you love. This is a time to enjoy life with your friends and loved ones. There is nothing like sharing food and drinks with favorite people.

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Philly has so many great places to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Since we’re on this side of the river, we’ll definitely be hitting up Distrito at the Moorestown Mall for their festivities. But here are a few other great options for you and your friends to enjoy. Make sure to check out everyone’s Cinco de Mayo Specials!

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DISTRITO | EL CAMINO REAL | DOS SEGUNDOS | EL VEZ | LOLITA
EL REY | LA CALACA FELIZ | DIA DE LOS BURRITOS | TORTILLA PRESS

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Clean in 2017

Clean in 2017

We are only a few days into 2017 and we are sure many of you are still suffering a bit from those post-holiday blues. However, now is the time to throw yourself into your New Year Resolutions. Many of us have chosen to get back into shape or further our journey in health and fitness. We are major advocates of healthy clean living and simply taking care of yourself mind, body, and soul. See how we will be living #CLEANin2017!

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Yoga is by far one of the most Zen physical activities to boost your health and mood upward (especially in Up Dog!). Before you head off to work, start your day with some morning flows and positive meditation. This will keep you balanced and be ready take on anything your day throws at you. Need a bit more in your practice? Try Pilates! Both of these exercises heal the body and the mind. Breathe those good vibes in!

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A Little Walk Goes a Long Way

We are all about the Parisienne approach to exercise: laid back and easy. It is all about making everyday activities more…well, active. Make the effort to take long walks. Take the stairs instead of elevators. It is a small but effective and healthy workout that can easily fit into your schedule. This activity will also allow you to reflect on the past and contemplate your future, which is a very healing experience that many of us forget to do.

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Some say that fitness is: 20% Exercise and 80% Diet. So we can’t forget that fitness starts in the kitchen! Ordering take out is so much easier than making a meal, but grocery shopping and cooking a meal is cheaper and is a productive task that adds to your culinary skills. Buy some good produce. We’re currently big fans squash, avocado (avocado toast anyone?!), and bell peppers. There are so many healthy options for a clean lifestyle and you get to learn new recipes you can show off to your friends and loved ones.  To make things easier, try the Yummly app. It gives you recipes based on your preferences (vegan/dairy intolerant/allergies). This tool will be useful for your health journey. Delete your Grub Hub app and get to your local grocer and get cooking!

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It’s hard to stick to goals and resolutions. Trust us. We know where you are coming from; but if you plan your work and work your plan, you have a fighting chance at sticking to it. Whether your goals are to lose weight or gain muscle, our main wish for you is to be a healthier person inside and out by year end.

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