Category Archives: THS Recipes

Cheers to Cucumber Lemon Vodka and the 10 Cocktails We’ll Clink Together

We watch A LOT of Good Eats at THS HQ.  Alton Brown has inspired us with our daily eats of course, but also with our adult beverages!  Have you seen the episode on Bloody Marys where Alton makes Tomato Vodka?  Nick and I have seen it several times and each viewing we note how simple the process is and mention that “we really need to try that soon!”

Thanks to a couple of generous gardeners in my life, I found myself with a pile of cucumbers on my kitchen table one weekend last month.  Determined to hold on to those summer feelings as long as possible, we decided it was time to try our hands at vodka infusion! 


I can’t stress this enough: Infusing vodka is super simple.
I took slices of my garden cucumbers and placed them in a large ball jar. 
I added a few slices of lemon and poured triple distilled vodka to the top before sealing the jar tightly.
We stored the jar in a cool, dark spot and gave it a shake every few days.
About 3 days in I removed the lemons.
About 3 days later, I removed the cucumbers by straining through a mesh strainer.
Now the question is – how to use it?!

I did some internet hunting and found ten recipes I want to try using my Cucumber Lemon Vodka creation.

This Cucumber Vodka Soda recipe from How Sweet Eats uses actual Cucumber Juice [Jess includes how-to for those of us without a juicer in the kitchen – SCORE!] and regular vodka. I’m thinking upping the game with the Cucumber Lemon Vodka is simply the right thing to do.

Foodie Crush’s Cucumber Delight Cocktail is all about refreshment; even the melon ball and cucumber slice garnish look mega-refreshing. Mule-like with the inclusion of ginger beer with a bit of sweet and sour partnership found in lemon juice and simple syrup. Ahhhhhhhhhh!

Dear, A Bubbly Life – Thank you for teaching me the simplicity of How to Make a Cucumber Salty Dog Cocktail. After my summer of 2013 quest to “make grapefruit vodka and soda my drink” this is an obvious choice. Can you believe I’ve never known what a Salty Dog was before I started looking for recipes to make with my vodka creation? 

It’s important to remember that the most refreshing cocktails are often the most simple.  Pixels and Crumbs delivers the perfect easier-than-pie glass with this Cucumber Vodka Cocktail. I think this is the perfect beverage for chasing a happier hour after a hard day at the office.

I’ve decided that taking the time for homemade lemonade and stirring up some Cucumber Lemonade for Grown-Ups from Set the Table is a great way to savor summer into the start of fall. I have a sweet vintage lemonade set I was gifted years ago and I love using the pitcher for fancy cocktails on a whim.

cucumber lime

It wasn’t long ago that I declared limes my favorite fruit, making this Cucumber Lime Zinger from Kitchen Konfidence a no brainer for Cucumber Lemon Vodka consumption.  I think this cocktail would pair really well with shrimp tacos or beef fajitas

The Firecracker from Creative Culinary is a watermelon, lime and cucumber cocktail fit for celebration. This screams “serve me with finger sandwiches!” and “sip on the porch!”  Who wants to come over?

A cocktail named Garden in a Glass is clearly a check in the “healthy decision” box, right? My Life and Kids blends watermelon, lime, agave and vodka for a freggie-filled glass of adult deliciousness.

My sister, Melissa, first taught me of the wonders of Moscow Mules while visiting my parents at a few years back. Mules have been one of my go-to travel cocktails ever since; I love the blend of sweet and spice, along with the copper mug novelty.  Cucumber Moscow Mule from The Culinary Compass seems like a great way to enjoy the infusion. 

Fresh flavored and gorgeous to look at, this Cucumber Pineapple Mini Martini from I’m Bored, Let’s Go is totally on the list for the next at-home cocktail night!  That speckle! That flavor combo! I’m IN!

Do you have other suggestions for how to use my Cucumber Lime Vodka infusion?

Honey Peanut Butter Yogurt Crunch End of Summer Picnic Salad

This post is sponsored by Stonyfield as part of my participation in the Stonyfield Clean Plate Club.

This month the Stonyfield Clean Plate Club is partnering with Justin’s Peanut Butter, a small batch nut butter company dedicated to community involvement and sustainable practices while creating delicious, high quality products.

Justin’s products are available online and in grocery stores nationwide. Since first bite several years ago, I’ve been a fan of Justin’s Maple Almond Butter.  It’s a jar in my normal rotation for eating with carrot sticks and apple slices, or making adult “ants on a log” smearing a spoonful onto a piece of celery and adding dried cranberries or blueberries.  And I can officially report that Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups make a great treat after a long shopping trip. [Thanks, Target check out aisle.]


When it came time to combine the super powers of Stonyfield and Justin’s, I decided to pair Stonyfield Plain Greek Yogurt and Justin’s Honey Peanut Butter.  PROTEIN POWER!!!

This recipe is ridiculously simple and can easily be customized depending on your needs. [Next time I want to add coconut flakes and chai seeds!] It is a colorful, FREGGIE-FILLED side dish that makes a great table addition at your end of summer picnic.  The leftovers keep really well in the fridge, making this one of my favorite recent bring-to-work lunches, too. Toss in some diced grilled chicken and serve with mixed greens: office lunch upgrade!!


Honey Peanut Butter Yogurt Crunch End of Summer Picnic Salad


  • ½ cup Stonyfield Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 2 Tablespoons Justin’s Honey Peanut Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 3 cups diced apples [I prefer a small dice for this salad]
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • ½ cup golden raisins [we love Trader Joe’s California Gold Raisins!]


  • In a small bowl, whisk together yogurt, peanut butter and honey until well combined.
  • In a large bowl, toss together diced apples [I used a mix of granny smith, gala and red delicious!], shredded carrots, and raisins.
  • Poor yogurt mixture over salad ingredients and fold until well coated. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.


#SummerCravings To Do List [and a prAna Giveaway!]

This post is sponsored by Stonyfield as part of my participation in the Stonyfield Clean Plate Club.


This month Stonyfield Clean Plate Club is partnering with sustainable clothing brand prAna to ask what we are craving this summer! You know I love a seasonal goal list, so I spent some time this thinking about what has the potential to bring me JOY this summer and created a  2016 #SummerCravingsTo Do List for myself.


Here are the things I’m craving this summer and will myself to make time for before autumn arrives…

#SummerCravings To Do List

Sway my way at outdoor concerts.  Is there anything better than being outdoors warm evening listening to live tunes as the sun sets into sweet summer nights?  I think not! Thankfully, there is a park very near by that has a variety of amphitheater performances all season long. I’ve also seen a handful of local bars hosting outdoor shows, too. I could get down for jams with cider and pub food! Who’s in?

Find a go-to easy up-do. I’m 100% in favor of the gather hair on-top of head in the messiest, uneven bun possible and finish with BAMR band look, but I’m also really digging this quarter-up top knot found at The Beauty Mark [Though I did also find a few BAMR band patterns I’m digging from the new release, too…]


Get away from my Weekend Leggings routine.  I’m uber thankful for this month’s partnership with prAna giving me the chance to take a pair of the Kara Jean our for a spin.  These pants come in a variety of solid colors and prints, too; my pair is indigo. I love how soft and stretchy these low-rise slim-fit jeans are, but my favorite two features are the length [perfect for my fellow tall ladies!] and the beautiful design detail on the button.  The Kara retail for $89 regular price, which is a bit outside of my normal clothing price-point for a pair of jeans, but I’ve seen them on sale for $59.50 which is much more my style. For a chance to win a pair of Kara Jeans for yourself, leave a comment on this post telling me what’s on your #SummerCraving To Do List!

Go Garage Sale Hunting! I’d love to stumble upon some treasures to help me complete one of my DIY Dream List Projects; I am hoping to find a clip board collection in need of some decorating.  And I’ve got a handful of buttons ready to create my own wall art inspired by this Brigitte Herrod piece, I’d love to uncover more on the lawns across town.


Pack a breakfast picnic. Who says picnics can’t happen in the morning? We’ve got a great location a couple blocks from THS HQ; just close enough that even a pre-work day breakfast picnic would be do-able!

Sip on Shugarmom’s Summer Slush is a summertime staple.  We recently picked up new rainbow colored lidded containers that will be perfect for storing batches in the freezer!


Create some more s’mores! Can we talk about these 9 fancy-them-up s’more recipes? [Side note: I really dig the stuff that is shared on the Shari’s Berries blog, and this is yet another example of that.]

Venture to outdoor Happy Hour with my co-workers. There are a handful of locations in Schenectady with great patios and there is one specific location I’m really looking forward to visiting – Centre Street Pub. I’ve visited inside for trivia a handful of Tuesday evenings, but I’ve yet to take advantage of the outdoor space which I’ve heard has a great vibe and includes yard games like corn hole. I also know of some rooftops in need of a visit soon; I’m looking at you Nico’s.

time capsule

Build a time capsuleShameless reminder of these “Let’s Make a Time Capsule” instructions from #THS30Days.

Enjoy COLD foods. Fresh fruit and yogurt for breakfast, stacked sandwiches for lunch, crunchy crisp salads when it comes time for dinner and endless frozen treats for dessert.  I’ve been collecting some refreshing meal ideas here: Summer Yums

Add more tarty citrus drinks.  Fresh squeezed lemonade is one of the BEST nostalgic summertime treats, and lately I’ve been all about lime beverages after trying [and falling for] this Stewart’s Fountain Classics Key Lime soda on a whim. I’m all about tart, sweet, citrusy drinks right now.  As a matter of fact, lemon and lime tarty goodness totally inspired my smoothie creating in the kitchen this month.


Straw-Cherry Limeade Smoothie [Single Serve]

Add ingredients in order listed to single-serve blender cup. Pulse until well blended. Enjoy!

Wild Blueberry Lemonade Smoothie [Single Serve]

Add ingredients in order listed to single-serve blender cup. Pulse until well blended. Enjoy!


Both of these smoothies are fabulous, but the Straw-Cherry Limeade Smoothie blasted to the top of my favorite smoothies list so much so that it has replaced my previous go-to morning blend [Pineapple Coconut Cherry] which I haven’t made since first sipping this new fav!

_PRANA2Hey, you!! Don’t forget: For a chance to win a pair of super soft, hella-flattering prAna Kara Jeans for yourself, leave a comment on this post telling me what’s on your #SummerCraving To Do List!  I’ll choose a winner at random after Wednesday, June 15th so be sure to enter by then!