Holiday Traditions, Episode 09

How old was Alison when she found out Santa wasn’t real?  Why does Larisa call her tree a “New Years” tree?  Oh – and what are those strange dolls below?  Get cozy and chat holiday traditions with us! Links mentioned in this episode: Drink Recipe: Holiday Sangria Larisa’s holiday gift guide with a healthy spin Boozy advent […]

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Holiday Sangria

Ingredients 1 Bottle Dry Red Wine 1 Cup Apple Cider 1/2 Cup Brandy or Whiskey 3 Oranges 1 Cup Cranberries Instructions Cut up the fruit and add to a large pitcher Add the bottle of wine, apple cider, and liquor to the pitcher Stir and let sit for several hours Add ice prior to serving or serve over ice

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Grocery Store Hacks, Episode 08

Who does the grocery shopping in your house?  Brown eggs or white eggs – which one is better?  Where is the garlic capital of the world?  All this and more as Larisa and Alison dive into somewhat unknown, but vitally important, grocery store hacks. Links mentioned in this episode: Drink Recipe: Charred Blood Orange Negroni What produce […]

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Charred Blood Orange Negroni

Ingredients 2 ounces Gin 2 ounces Red Vermouth 2 ounces Campari 2 Blood Oranges 1 Tablespoon Grapeseed oil Instructions Cut one of the blood oranges into slices and brush with grapeseed oil Heat a frying pan and cook the blood oranges for 2-3 minutes on each side until slightly charred Fill two highball glasses with ice and add one ounce of each liquor (gin, […]

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The Importance of Sleep, Episode 07

Sleep plays an important role in both physical and mental health.  Just as important as the food you eat and the air you breathe, sleep can positively and negatively impact your health.  So why do we sometimes neglect this need and is it really worth it?  Digging into the facts, Alison attempts to convince Larisa […]

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Kir Royale

Ingredients 2 Tbsp Creme de cassis 10 ounces Dry Champagne or Sparkling Wine 1 Lemon for garnish Instructions Add one tablespoon of creme de cassis to each champagne flute Top the remainder of the glass with champagne or sparkling wine Garnish with a twist of lemon and enjoy!  

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Healthy Home Remedies, Episode 06

Sometimes a home remedy can be just as effective as a doctor prescribed solution.  Next time you’ve got a case of the sniffles or an upset stomach, give these tried and true home remedies a try!  As a bonus, find out what Larisa’s doing in this picture that her husband calls her “weirdest thing yet.” […]

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Home Remedies and Natural Cures

As conventional healthcare costs continue to rise and as the idea of being more mindful when taking medication becomes more widespread, home remedies have become more appealing.  What if you could use ingredients you already have on hand to tackle a common issue?  You can!  Read on for my recommendations on how to treat a […]

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Apple Cinnamon Hot Toddy

Ingredients 1 Apple Chopped 3 Cups water 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon 2 Cinnamon Sticks 2 Tablespoons Honey or Maple Syrup More if you prefer a sweeter hot toddy 2 Tea Bags Earl Grey Tea 4 Ounces Whiskey 1 Lemon Instructions In a medium saucepan, combine water, chopped apples, cinnamon, cinnamon sticks, and honey. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the apples have softened. Remove from heat and add […]

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Tips for a Healthy Thanksgiving, Episode 05

Thanksgiving doesn’t mean you have to let all healthy habits go.  Spice up the holidays with new traditions and get the whole family involved!  Find out how us foreigners (Canadian and Russian) have adapted to American Thanksgiving and hear our best tips for keeping the ultimate food-focused holiday just a tad healthier. Links mentioned in […]

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