Drunkin Maple Cherries



    The cherries are coming! The cherries are coming!  It is that time of year again when cherries are making their way back into the scenery.  Awhile ago a gentleman that I worked with told me about Bourbon cherries.  I was intrigued.  Finally I made them, only my rendition.
     While at the liquor store I was looking for bourbon, and then the thought of honey bourbon and cherries crossed my mind. Mmmm, that has to be tasty.  To my disappointment they were out of Honey Jack, but what did appear before my wandering eyes....Maple Crown.  I then became happy again.  What a perfect combination.  The next best thing was born. Simple and easy, not to mention quite delectable.

Drunkin Cherries

4 cups black cherries
750 ml bottle of Crown Royal Maple Finished Whiskey
1 cup water

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.  Refrigerate over night. Munch on the tasty morsels through out the coarse of the next evening.


Healthy Green Goddess Dressing

     Its a new year and its time to get healthy.  I am trying to cut back on fats and cut out sugar as well as dairy and wheat.  What? You say.  Yes. Not forever, just for a bit. I love pasta and bread and will never fully succumb to FOREVER.  I am trying to find ways to add flavor to my fruits, veggies, beans, and nuts.  Here is a delicious dressing/dip that I adapted from Oh She Glows.

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup packed avocado flesh 
  • 1/3 c raw cashews
  • 8 tbsp water
  • 5 tbsp apple cider vinegar*
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup onion
  • Pinch of cayenne (optional)
  • 3 dates
 Add ingredients to a blender or food processor and mix until well combined.  Serve with vegetables as a dip or on salads as a dressing.