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Sparkling Watermelon Mojito

I went to college in Fort Collins, and one of my favorite places to go for drinks was Ma’s Juice Bar. The bartender [Ma] was hilarious and her mojitos were strong AND delicious. Many a college weekend was started (and sometimes ended) at Ma’s with a spiked fruit smoothy followed by a round of mojitos. 

This recipe reminds me of Ma’s watermelon mojito, with less calories and can be made strong as you’d like. I  love how refreshing this easy sparkling cocktail recipe is! Just puree the fruit together and add your liquid ingredients. 


  • 3 cups seedless watermelon pieces
  • 3 lemons, juiced
  • ½ cup vodka
  • ¼ cup fresh mint
  • 2 cups Sparkling Ice Essence of Lemon Lime


In a blender, puree the watermelon and lemon juice. If you’d prefer to not have any fruit chunks, strain before adding to your pitcher. I personally think a bit of watermelon adds to the cocktail, but thats totally up to you.

Add mint, vodka, and Essence of Lemon Lime then stir. Serve over ice and garnish with fresh mint.


Apricot Jam Shortbread Bar Recipe

As we well know from The Sound of Music jam & bread is ALWAYS a winning combination. The weather in Colorado is just starting to take a chilly turn and the brisk evenings call for a warm cup of tea and a sweet buttery shortbread bar as a treat before bedtime. hickory-farms-apricot-jam-shortbread-cropped

Quick to make, this recipe whips up a tray of shortbread bars you can snack on all week long (if they last past the first evening).  Continue Reading…


30 Minute Recipe: Bacon Pork with Brussel Sprout Hash

When the work week is go-go-go it’s hard to make dinner plans that involve more than grabbing something  when running from one place to another. When I have a calm night at home the last thing I want is to have to make an elaborate meal the dirties up half the kitchen – which is why meals that are ready in 30 minutes or less are perfect for me.

Bacon Pork with Brussel Sprout Hash

Using Smithfield® Marinated Fresh Pork, I was able to whip up this delicious dish in less than half an hour AND have left overs for lunch this week. Perfect for any night of the week, Smithfield Marinated Pork is available at Safeway and comes in several delicious flavors that can be tossed into the oven or on the grill for a quick meal.

30 minute dinner recipe from Rocky Mountain Bliss

I used Applewood Smoked Bacon Pork Loin Filet for my dish because bacon is my favorite compliment for the rich earthy flavor of brussel sprouts. Continue Reading…


Peach Monkey Bread Recipe

With just a few steps towards making a delicious dish everyone enjoys Monkey Bread is the perfect go-to pastry for an early morning brunch. I’m not one for doing things by the book so when I looked at what ingredients I had in the fridge this weekend I decided to try jazzing up a classic by adding in some of my favorite fall produce – PEACHES. 

Peaches bring a fresh flavor and hint of sweetness that compliments the rich doughiness everyone loves about traditional Monkey Bread.  Continue Reading…