Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Sparkling Ice: Passion Fruit Punch. YUMMY!

Preston, WA (August 2, 2018) – After months of speculation, Sparkling Ice®, part of the Talking Rain® Beverage Company portfolio, is excited to reveal the flavor of its limited-edition Mystery Flavor – Passion Fruit Punch!

"At Sparkling Ice, we're excited to share that the Mystery Fruit Flavor our consumers have been drinking all summer long has been revealed as Passionfruit Punch," said VP of Community and Customer Relations of Talking Rain Beverage Co., Nina Morrison.  "In fact, our fans and followers have been enjoying the flavor so much that they've made it one of our top selling Sparkling Ice products of the summer."

As part of the Mystery Fruit Flavor launch back in June, Sparkling Ice challenged fans to taste, debate and ultimately cast their flavor picks via social media using the hashtag #WhatTheFlavorSweeps for their chance to win over $45,000 worth of prizes, including a Bose Sound System, Sonos Wireless Speakers, iTunes gift cards, a year of FREE Spotify and more. Fans across the country cast their votes on social media, and winners were announced on a weekly basis from May 15th – August 7th.

"As a company, we've been anticipating the big reveal for months," added Nina Morrison. "Over 245K fans and followers participated in the social media contest, making it one of our most successful promotions to date. We had guesses ranging from Blueberry Lemonade to Watermelon, Fruit Punch and more. Even I guessed wrong!"

In addition to the weekly contest winners, Sparkling Ice will also be announcing a grand prize winner of the social sweepstakes on August 8th who will win an all-expense paid VIP trip to California to attend a major music festival in April 2019.

For more information about Sparkling Ice products and flavors, please visit www.SparklingIce.com, www.facebook.com/SparklingIce, www.Twitter.com/SparklingIce and www.instagram.com/SparklingIce.

About Sparkling Ice Beverages
Sparkling Ice beverages are made with zero sugar, and combine sparkling water, real fruit flavor, vitamins and antioxidants to offer great tasting, lightly carbonated beverages. Available in sixteen fizzy, fruity flavors, including: Black Raspberry, Orange Mango, Pink Grapefruit, Kiwi Strawberry, Coconut Pineapple, Pomegranate Blueberry, Peach Nectarine, Lemon Lime, Crisp Apple, Classic Lemonade, Strawberry Lemonade, Cherry Limeade, Strawberry Watermelon, Black Cherry, Grape Raspberry and new in 2018, Ginger Lime. Sparkling Ice is part of the Talking Rain family of beverages and retails for $1.19-$1.29. To locate Sparkling Ice, visit www.sparklingice.com/locate/.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

My New Favorite Moscow Mule!

Red, White and Blue, Berry Mule

Recipe Credit: Brooklyn Crafted

2 oz berry Vodka (blueberry or raspberry)
6 oz Extra Spicy Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Beer Mini

Muddle blueberries and blackberries in shaker.
Add vodka and shake.
Fill Moscow mule mug with ice.
Pour in muddled berries and vodka and fill with Brooklyn Crafted (roughly 6oz).
Garnish with blueberries and blackberries.

Dom and I had a couple of these last night.  WOW!  I love this Ginger Beer!

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

More Raccoon Fun Today!

Mama and her babies have me trained! 

Mama and Her Babies Feasting Today

This Little Gal is my Favorite.  Climbing up to get my attention from the Living Room window.

Are they CUTE, or what?  I'm like Pavlov's Dog when they appear!

Monday, July 23, 2018

July 29th is National Lasagna Day!

Explore Cuisine should be on your radar as a healthy addition to the classic comfort food. Explore Cuisine's Organic, Non GMO, Gluten Free Green Lentil Lasagna features 11g of protein per serving.

Dom and I LOVE Explore Cuisine.  I'll be making this on the 29th...  looks delicious!

Spinach Mushroom Lasagne


16 oz cottage cheese
1/2 c fresh basil, sliced into ribbons
1/2 c fresh parsley
1 t garlic salt
1 t Italian Seasoning
1 egg
1 T oil
2 c fresh mushrooms, quartered
2 c fresh spinach
8 oz of uncooked lasagna from Explore Cuisine
32 oz of spaghetti sauce
2 cups (or more) of shredded mozzarella cheese
Garnish: additional basil cut into ribbons


In a medium bowl combine cottage mix, basil, parsley, garlic salt, Italian Seasoning and egg. Mix together and set aside.

In a skillet over medium heat, warm the oil. Saute the mushrooms until they soften and they are starting to shrink. Add in spinach to wilt.

Combine mushroom and cottage cheese mixture.

Using a 9X13 baking dish pour 1/3 of the sauce into the bottom.

Add half the uncooked noodles, top that with 1/2 the mixture and 2/3 c of cheese. Repeat. You will end with a third layer of sauce.

Cover casserole dish with foil. Bake at 400 degrees F for 45 minutes.

Remove the foil after 35 minutes.

Garnish with remaining/additional cheese and basil.
Let sit and rest for 15 minutes before cutting into squares.


Explore Cuisine is known for its protein-packed plant pastas that are high in fiber, naturally gluten free, simple to prepare, organic, and delicious.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

July 24th is National Tequila Day (and conveniently also Taco Tuesday!)

Hi gang!  Thought I'd share some of these fun drink ideas from Sparkling Ice.

Sparkling Paloma:

½ oz Tequila
1 oz Fresh Grapefruit Juice
½ oz Fresh Lime Juice
½ oz Agave Nectar
Splash of Sparkling Ice Pink Grapefruit
Grapefruit Peel for garnish

Combine tequila, fresh grapefruit juice, fresh lime juice, and agave nectar into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a glass over ice. Add a splash of Sparkling Ice Pink Grapefruit. Garnish with grapefruit peel and serve.

Spicy Sparkling Margarita:

2 parts Blanco Tequila
½ part Cointreau
3 slices of JalapeƱo pepper
Juice of 1/8 lime
1 ½ parts Sparkling Ice Lemon Lime

Shake Tequila, Cointreau, lime juice and peppers with ice. Pour into rocks glass with salted rim and lime wedge. Top with Sparkling Ice Lemon Lime.

Sparkling Tequila Sunrise:

2 oz. orange juice
2 oz. tequila
½ oz. grenadine
2 oz. Sparkling Ice Classic Lemonade

Fill a tall glass with ice cubes, then the orange juice, and tequila. Top with Sparkling Ice Classic Lemonade and grenadine, then garnish with a maraschino cherry and orange slice and serve.