Tuesday, January 15, 2019


(a poem)

A Dirty Chai Frapp
Left alone
Half consumed
And otherwise forgotten
Sat on a shelf
In the icebox
Wishing for more

I'm sure this has happened to all of us.  We get excited to order a fancy drink, choose the largest size possible to get your money's worth and just can't finish it.  It sits in the fridge overnight and maybe you take a sip out of it the next morning and think "Ugh, this is wayyyyy too watered down to drink."  Maybe your first impulse is to throw it away- dump it down the drain and toss the cup?  Maybe you try to force it because you spent the money and hate when things go to waste?

Why?  Why waste it or force it or feel badly about letting it sit?  So what!? You enjoyed something fresh from the blender, drank until you no longer desired to consume any more (which isn't actually a bad thing) and let it sit overnight.  The Frapp got weird.  Okay, SO!?  JUST UPCYCLE IT!

Here's an example:

Original drink: Venti Dirty Chai Frapp with Soy Milk (that's chai tea, soy milk, and a shot of espresso blended with ice)

Upcycled Drink: melted Dirty Chai Frapp mixed with Good Karma Foods​ Flax Milk, chocolate protein powder, a banana, and Running Pump Roasting​ Birthday Cake coffee and blended in a vitamix with coffee cubes made from Running Pump Roasting's French Vanilla coffee.

Experiment: SUCCESS!

How easy!  I utilized a few ingredients I had stocked up around the kitchen and created something entirely new and interesting from what some might see as trash.  And yes, of course I recycled the cup to be used again for this drink.  Why waste it?

Saturday, January 5, 2019


RESET BUTTON | Welcome to the new Peace, Love, Guacamole.  Sit back, relax, and watch it evolve as everything should and everything does... eventually.

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Monday, March 19, 2012


LAKEWOOD, COLORADO - Choose from a list of 150 whole and loose leaf teas accompanied by some light affordable fare and marvelous munchies at downtown Lakewood's Belmar Tea Bar.  A relaxing environment with both indoor and outdoor seating, the vibe here is comfy casual.  A perk of Wystone's corner location, plenty of sunlight illuminates the orange, sage green, and cream decor, giving it a natural, organic, and delightfully friendly bistro feel.

Thursday, March 15, 2012


BOULDER, COLORADO -  Founded in 1969, Celestial Seasonings has grown to be one of the largest specialty tea manufacturers in North America.  Originally picked in the Rocky Mountains, its all-natural ingredients are now harvested from 35 different countries around the world, ensuring that that the most authentic ingredients are used in their teas for a healthy, flavorful experience in each cup.  Last week, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to visit their facility in Colorado for a tour and tea tasting.

Sunday, February 26, 2012



So, it's New Year's Eve and 2010 is turning into 2011.  I have been recruited to make all sort of scrumptious appetizers accompanied by an enormous party-sized batch of my now infamous Hippie Juice for a friend's NYE get-together and a strong request was made for jello shots.

I was already preparing my signature Raspberry Jello with Watermelon Vodka Shots using a ratio passed down to me for perfection: 2c (JELLO) : 4c (HOT H20) : 2c (COLD H20) : 2c (LIQUOR) when I came up with the idea to utilize the surplus of Hippie Juice leftovers to develop a new shot recipe... I settled on Berry Blue Jello and began the merriment of mixology.

  • 2 Large (8 Serving) Packages of Berry Blue Jello
  • 4 Cups Boiling Water
  • 1 3/4 Cups Cold Water
  • 1 1/4 Cups Smirnoff Watermelon Vodka
  • 1/2 Cup Malibu Coconut Rum
  • 1/2 Cup Triple Sec
Get yourself a 4 cup measuring cup.  It will make your life easier.  While you're at it, make sure that you have tons of those little rinsing cups they use at the dentist handy.  Next, make several shelves worth the room in your fridge... and freezer.
  • Pour 1/2 Cup Malibu Coconut Rum into your measuring cup.
  • Add 1/2 Cup Triple Sec into your measuring cup.
  • Plus 1 1/4 Cups Smirnoff Watermelon Vodka.
  • Top this off with 1 3/4 Cups of fresh, clean water.
  • Refrigerate until you can honestly say that the mixture's adequately "chilled."  (You'll know)
  • While you're waiting for the mixture to chill, set up your little dixie cups in a big tray so they don't spill all over the place when you move them.
  • They'll be chilling for a few hours.
  • Bring 2 Cups of water to a boil.
  • Turn off the flame and move the pot to a cool burner.
  • Add 2 (8 Serving) Packages of Berry Blue Jello to your pot of boiling water.
  • Stir for about 2 minutes as the powder dissolves.
  • Once dissolved, stir in all 4 cups of your cold mixture.
  • Enough mixing!  Divvy up your liquid jello into the dixie cups, filling them 3/4 way.  I suggest using a ladle and holding a funnel over each cup so you don't make a blue mess of your counter... or floor.
  • Carefully move the tray of liquid jello-filled cups into your refrigerator.
  • Let those bad boys cool and solidify for at least 4 hours.
  • Then move them into the freezer for a short time because the alcohol probably hindered their ability to solidify properly... by a short time, I mean an hour tops.
  • Put them back in the refrigerator once you know they're solid.
  • Share with friends!

Thursday, July 15, 2010



Once upon a time in the Summer of 2010, a joyous gathering of assorted performers and costumed companions inspired the name of a concoction now known as "Hippie Juice" when a recycled container filled with pink lemonade perfection was shared and enthusiastically enjoyed a surprise dance party on an island during a sunshower.  There were hula hoops, streamers, and instruments of musical merriment at our annual gathering celebrating life, costumes, and colorful creativity.  We paraded and danced until the sun set and it was a beautiful time to be alive in New York City.

The recipe itself was developed entirely by chance.  I'd hosted a birthday party for a friend the night before and discovered a collection of primarily empty bottles of assorted liquors left on the counter, a donation to the house.

There was quite a bit of watermelon vodka and pink lemonade mix from the vodka lemonades, a tiny bit of Malibu left from the bay breezes, and an equally tiny bit of triple sec.  I decided to measure these out and funnel them into a recycled orange juice bottle by smell, adding some of the pink lemonade mix and filling the remaining space with water until it reached the top.  I added a few slices of strawberry for good measure that had been left over from the birthday cake I made the day before.  The result was surprisingly good and incredibly sweet.

The recipe I came up with was simple:

- Water
- Country Time Pink Lemonade Mix
- Fresh Strawberries
- Smirnoff Watermelon Vodka
- Triple Sec
- Malibu Coconut Rum

- Simply Brand (Apple, Orange, Etc.) Juice Container (59 oz carafe) or equivalent
- Measuring Cup
- Funnel
- Knife
- Cutting Board

Easy Prep:
Carefully wash out your Simply brand Juice Container.  Then use the funnel to neatly pour 4 scoops of Country Time Pink Lemonade into the container.  Next, measure out 1 cup of Smirnoff brand Watermelon Vodka, 1/3 cup Triple Sec, and 1/3 cup Malibu Coconut Rum into a measuring cup and use the funnel to add your mixture.  Using cold water, fill the rest of the container up to the base of the neck.  Rinse 4 strawberries and cut straight across with a knife to remove the stem.  Then place the strawberries upside down on the cutting board and slice evenly into 4 pieces using two motions forming a cross.  Drop the strawberries in, add water to the top, cap and shake gently to mix.  Refrigerate and voila! Hippie Juice!

Serves 4-8 depending on cup size.


Friends loved this drink so much that they asked me to convert it into a jello shot recipe... and the rest is history.