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Mint-Lime Julius

Snow, frigged temperatures, Northern MN, cross country skiing, a warm cabin, the Goldies and a delicious cocktail(s). Who could ask for anything more? Not me that’s for sure!

The Goldies and their men have made it a tradition to get together for “ski weekend” on Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend for the last eight or nine years (we couldn’t agree on how long it has been).  Some how, it just happens to also traditionally be the coldest weekend of the year.  This year the car thermometer read -22 degrees on our way to the Golden Anniversary State Forest ski trails in Grand Rapids, MN.   That’s right, the cold doesn’t stop us.  In fact, I myself have found a benefit of getting outside and working up a sweat in the cold weather: it suddenly feels like it’s 75 degrees:)  If you haven’t been skiing at Golden Anniversary, I highly suggest it.  The soft rolling hills combine with blue skies, green forest, white snow and peacefulness of the woods are a delight for all senses.

So what were the men during while the Golides were skiing you ask? Shopping of course!

After a blissful afternoon of skiing we nestled in the warm cabin for some good conversation, laughter and of course Tiffany’s craft cocktails. This year, as usual, I concocted a few new cocktails to test out.  A few of them were OK, not really worth remembering.  But this one we all decided, was one to get in the books!

Per cocktail:

3-4 mint leaves

1/4 wedge of lime

2 ounces of Coconut Bai Juice

2 ounces vodka (could probably use white rum too)

Lime soda water


Method: muddle mint and lime in a short glass.  Add ice, vodka, Bai and then fill the rest with soda water. DONE!

Thanks for being my best friends Goldies! You inspire me in so many ways! XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXXOXOXOXOXOXOX

The freezing temperatures turned our hair into beautiful pieces of art! Jaime’s hair looked like moth antenna’s!

We were pretty excited about the new-found cocktail!


Strawberry-Basil Mojito

Somehow, summer always knows it is supposed to arrive after Memorial Weekend.  Here we are, the weekend after Memorial and the once the cool, rainy days have turned to steamy and dry! Oh ya baby, bring on the summer!

This years kick-off to summer started with a 4-wheeling trip to Hurley, Wisconsin with two of the Goldies and their counterparts.  We had a great time filled with laughter, cocktails, 4-wheeling, and of course lots of iron ore!  While the days leading up to our trip were cool and rainy, in true Goldie fashion the weather cleared just long enough for us to enjoy our outdoor adventure.  If you like 4-wheeling Wisconsin is super 4-wheeler friendly;  they have miles of trails set up and welcome the vehicles in most any small town.

The gang! This was our “before” picture, we had so much fun that we forgot to take the “after” one!

To make a long story short, we had a FANTASTIC time and hope to do the same thing again next year.

Of course there was some mud and Shane had to get involved!

The weekend following our kick-off was a laid-back one.  I spent the weekend doing chores around the house and just plain enjoying the hot, hot, hot days!  The weather inspired evening outdoor cocktails.  I REALLY wanted a Mojito but I didn’t have any mint; so what did I do? I got creative of course!  I remembered that I had some frozen organic strawberries from my local food co-op and some potted fresh basil.  The two quickly came together in harmony in my new summer favorite: Strawberry and Basil Mojito!

The Drink:

2 oz White Rum

3-4 Basil Leaves

2-3 frozen Strawberries (they wouldn’t need to be frozen)

Lime LaCroix Water

Stevia or other sweetener of choice (optional)


In a short glass muddle the basil.  Add the ice, strawberries and Rum and then fill the remainder with LaCroix.  I like a bit of sweetness so I add stevia.  Some people don’t like stevia so feel free to add whatever sweetener your heart desires.

It was a glorious summer evening in Harris, MN!

The hot weather lead to lazy dogs!

Shane didn’t want to come inside:)