If You Like Piña Coladas…

…and getting caught in the rain. It may be a rainy Christmas in some areas so why not celebrate with a song and some piña coladas? They’re bright, fresh and white just like the first snowfall! You can pair the Coconut Cake with Snowflake Frosting with these frosty treats!

Piña Coladas


  • Ice cubes
  • 1/2 cup rum
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup pineapple chunks
  • Pineapple juice (to taste for a sweeter drink) – you do not have to add but I like a sweeter taste
  • Sliced pineapple, for garnish
  • Maraschino cherry, for garnish
  1. Fill blender halfway with ice cubes.
  2. Add rum, coconut cream, coconut milk, pineapple chunks and pineapple juice. Puree until smooth.
  3. Serve and garnished with a slice of pineapple and maraschino cherry

Virgin Piña Colada


  • 1 cup of coconut cream
  • 1 cup of ice
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar (or more depending on how sweet you would like it)
  • 1-1/4 cups of pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup pineapple chunks
  1. Fill blender halfway with ice cubes.
  2. Add coconut cream,sugar, pineapple chunks and pineapple juice. Puree until smooth.
  3. Check the consistency. If it’s too thin, add more ice; if it’s too icy, add more pineapple juice.
  4. Serve and garnished with a slice of pineapple and maraschino cherry



La la la YUM 25 Days of YUM! – Bar Drinks

Step up to your bar and mix up some delicious drinks. Tis the season to introduce flavors such as peppermint and coconut to your favorite holiday drinks to give them that extra cheer. Baileys and Captain Morgan Parrot Bay Coconut make regular hot chocolate extra special!

Baileys Hot Co Co Bay

Serves 4


  • 4 oz. Baileys Original Irish Cream (25 oz. per bottle)
  • 4 oz. Captain Morgan Parrot Bay Coconut (25 oz. per bottle)
  • 4 oz. hot chocolate
  1. Add Baileys Original Irish Cream and Captain Morgan Parrot Bay Coconut Rum, and hot chocolate.
  2. Shake and pour into glass

Baileys Hot Mint Chocolate

Serves 4


  • 8 oz. Baileys Mint Chocolate Irish Cream (25 oz. per bottle)
  • 1 oz. Green Chartreuse
  • 4 cup(s) hot chocolate
  • Whipped cream to garnish
  1. Once hot chocolate is made, add baileys mint chocolate irish cream and green chartreuse.
  2. Stir until liquids are well combined
  3. Serve in your favorite hot cocoa glass

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Serves 4

  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 quart rice milk or almond milk
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips (3 ounces) (gluten free)
  • 7 peppermint sticks; 3 crushed (1/4 cup), 4 left whole
  • pinch of salt
  1. Place cocoa in a medium saucepan. Gradually whisk in rice milk or almond milk until cocoa has dissolved. Add chocolate chips and crushed peppermint; simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until chocolate and peppermint have melted, 8 to 10 minutes.
  2. Bring to a boil and immediately remove from heat. Add salt. Ladle into mugs; serve each with a peppermint stick.


La la la YUM! 25 Days of Yum – Cranberry and Spiced Rum Punch

On the fifth day of yummy, Kwegyirba gave to me, a yummy tangy drink to try with all my delicious cookies! Time to switch it up! Thanks to Aaron Sanchez of the Food Network, this punch will be a perfect addition to any holiday party or cookie swap (where you can show off all of your delicious cookies and other desserts).

Cranberry and Spiced Rum Punch


  • 1 orange, zested
  • 2 Mexican cinnamon sticks
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped peeled ginger
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 (25 1/4-ounce) bottle sparkling cider (about 3 1/4 cups), chilled
  • 4 cups cranberry juice cocktail, chilled
  • 1 (1-liter) bottle club soda
  • 1 cup dark rum
  1. Bring the orange zest, cinnamon sticks, cloves, ginger, water, and sugar to a boil in a small heavy saucepan, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Reduce the heat and then simmer, covered, 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let steep, uncovered, for 1 hour.
  2. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl, discarding the solids.
  3. Combine the remaining ingredients with the spiced syrup in a punch bowl and stir. Add ice before serving.


Two New Menus

More and more restaurants are taking into consideration individuals with Celiac’s disease, wheat sensitivity and intolerance to dairy.

I recently came upon the Legal Seafoods and Houlihan’s gluten-free menus online which was really a treat. I have been to Legal Seafoods a few times with my little brother and father and it is a great restaurant. But recently, I have stopped going there because I was unsure if I could enjoy the menus items I had previously ordered. But I found some new favorites that are gluten-free and just as delicious as what I had previously ordered. They also have a wonderful drinks selection! Refer to my gluten-free alcohol list and always remember to ask!

If you are a fan of Applebee’s and TGI Fridays, then Houlihan’s is right up your alley. Applebee’s after a day at work with my coworkers was a frequent summer spot. But one night, I decided to switch it up and took my boyfriend to Houlihan’s and it was such a cool experience. Great atmosphere and the food is pretty good. I tried two of the small plates (the beauty of small plates is that you can order more than one and not feel so stuff and they taste great) and they were great. Great drink selection as well. I now like it better than Applebee’s! (who would have thought)

Check out these fabulous restaurants gluten-free menus.

Pop That Bubbly

Food isn’t the only thing those who are gluten-free/wheat-free/have celiacs need to be careful with. Lots of drinks, especially alcoholic beverages do contain wheat/gluten. Beer is an obvious no for those who are gluten/wheat free and/or have celiacs but there ARE some gluten-free beers out there. Some alcohols such as rum and sparkling wine are always gluten-free but you still have to be careful and read EVERYTHING!  Drink mixes are also hidden gluten/wheat carriers and need to be checked as well. Below is a list from Celiac.com with gluten-free alcohols and mixes that takes some of the guess work out but again, read EVERYTHING!
  • Armagnac – made from grapes.
  • Beer – A number of premium and craft brewers now produce specialty grain gluten-free beers using non-gluten ingredients such as buckwheat, sorghum, rice, corn, etc. Not all the beers listed below use specialty grains, and some of them have had the gluten removed using special filters and/or enzymes, and in such cases they may not be 100% gluten-free (although each claims to test below 20 PPM gluten).
    • Against the Grain, World Top Brewery (United Kingdom)
    • Bards Tale Dragons Gold, Bard’s Tale Beer Company (USA)
    • BeerUp Glutenfrei, Grieskirchen (Austria)
    • Birra 76 Bi-Aglut, Heineken Italy (Italy)
    • Blonde (also Ginger and Apple Beers), Billabong Brewing (Australia)
    • Daura, Estrella Damm (Spain)
    • G-Free, St. Peter’s Brewery (United Kingdom)
    • Green’s Endeavour Dubble, Green’s (United Kingdom)
    • Koff I, Sinebrychoff (Finland)
    • Lammsbräu, Neumarkter (Germany)
    • Messagère, Les bières de la Nouvelle-France (Canada)
    • Mongozo’s exotic flavorded pilsners (The Netherlands)
    • New Grist, Lakefront Brewery (USA)
    • Nodogoshi, Kirin (Japan)
    • O’Brien Brown Ale, O’Brien Brewery (Australia)
    • Passover Honey Beer, Ramapo Valley (USA)
    • RedBridge, Anheuser-Busch (USA)
    • Residenz Bio-Reis-Gold Dunkel, Liebharts (Germany)
    • Schnitzer Bräu (Germany)
    • Sorghum Molasses Brown, Outer Banks (USA)
    • Toleration, Hambleton (United Kingdom)
    • Tread Lightly Ale and 3R Raspberry Ale, New Planet (USA)
    • Tumma Kukko, Laitilan (Finland)
  • Bourbon – Makers Mark
  • Brandy
  • Champagne
  • Cider – fermented from apples or other fruits. Some are safe, however, many add barley for enzymes and flavor.
    • Old Deadly Cider
  • Cognac – made from grapes.
  • Gin
  • Grappa
  • Kahlua
  • Kirschwasser (cherry liqueur)
  • Margarita Mix:
    • Jose Cuervo.
    • Mr. & Mrs. T.
  • Martini:
    • Club Extra Dry Martini (corn & grape).
    • Club Vodka Martini (corn & grape).
  • Mead – distilled from honey.
  • Mistico:
    • Jose Cuervo Mistico (agave and cane).
  • Mixes & Cooking Alcohol:
    • Club Tom Collins (corn).
    • Dimond Jims Bloody Mary Mystery.
    • Holland House – all EXCEPT Teriyaki Marinade and Smooth & Spicy Bloody Mary Mixes.
    • Mr. & Mrs. T – all Except Bloody Mary Mix.
    • Spice Islands – Cooking Wines – Burgundy, Sherry and White.
  • Ouzo – made from grapes and anise.
  • Rum
  • Sake – fermented with rice and Koji enzymes. The Koji enzymes are grown on Miso, which is usually made with barley. The two-product separation from barley, and the manufacturing process should make it safe for celiacs.
  • Scotch Whiskey
  • Sherry
  • Sparkling Wine
  • Tequila
  • Vermouth – distilled from grapes.
  • Wine – all wines, including port wines and sherry, are safe for celiacs.
  • Wine Coolers:
    • Bartle & James – their wine-based beverages (EXCEPT their malt beverages – read the label carefully!).
    • Boones – their wine-based beverages (EXCEPT their malt beverages – read the label carefully!)