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    The Drink You’ll Crave All Summer: Berry, Rhubarb & Vanilla Collins

    The classic Vodka Collins has infinite opportunity for variation, but none so delicious as a pairing of two Simple Goodness Sisters’ Syrups: Rhubarb Vanilla and Berry Sage.   Paired together in this vodka Collins with a little bit of fresh lemon juice, the result is part fresh squeezed lemonade stand at a country fair, and part your great Aunt’s strawberry rhubarb pie. A vodka collins is made with fresh citrus juice, vodka, club soda, and the sweetener of your choosing. Obviously, we choose Simple Goodness Sisters’ syrups, for tasty, unique flavors reflective of the Northwest where we grow and craft cocktails. The Sumner’s Summer Solstice drink is sweet without becoming…

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    Cocktail Video of the Week: the Simple Goodness Sisters’ Jack Rose Cocktail

    The Jack Rose is a pre-prohibition (like, seriously OG) New Jersey classic cocktail we’re re-imagining to be solidly West Coast. It’s a little known drink (and surprisingly has NOTHING to do with our favorites from the Titanic) that will be widely popular with your friends once introduced. It’s fairly sweet but still pretty stiff, so it packs a pretty little punch. Speaking of punch, PUNCH describes the drink as so: According to David Embury’s The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks, the Jack Rose was, during the mid-20thcentury, a pillar of basic cocktail-mixing knowledge. The origin of its name is disputed: some credit it to an early 20th-century hit man called “Bald…

  • Talking Simple Goodness with Seattle Kitchen’s Tom Douglas, Katie O., and Thierry Rauturneau

    The Simple Goodness Sisters got our first brush with celebrity this week, when interviewed by famous and widely acclaimed (James Beard award winners!) Seattle chefs Tom Douglas and Thierry Rauturneau. We were not nervous one tiny bit, and if you believe that, Venise will sell you some ocean front property in Arizona next. What is also true, however, is that the syrups also had their TV debut this week! Read the blog for links to watch and listen.

  • How to make a Pomegranate sparkler cocktail

    This Sparkling Pomegranate cocktail recipe was originally posted to Youtube as a holiday party cocktail tutorial video, since it is great for big groups! The festive drink recipe is very easy to prep and serve and looks so festive. For those abstaining, I love that it is tasty, pretty, and one of the very few drinks that is hard to tell apart when it is made non-alcoholic. Watch the video to learn more!

  • Craft Cocktail Video of the Week: the cranberry mule

    The holidays, or any old Thursday, are the perfect time to make this easy to please, quick for a crowd, delicious cranberry mule cocktail. In this video how to we will show you how to whip one of these up after a holiday feast using leftover cranberry sauce, jelly, or chutney from the holidays. Join Belinda, bartender of Happy Camper Cocktails and sister/farmer, Venise, as they give their cocktail recipe tutorials on Simple Goodness Farm

  • The Fireside Sipper you Need to Make Tonight: the Huckleberry Spruce Tip Old Fashioned

    Need the perfect Fall drink for comfy chair snuggling, cozy sweater wearing, great book reading, nights by the fire? Of course you do. We all do. That’s what Fall is all about, Charlie Brown. And I’ve got the recipe – and the simple syrup!- for you! Imagine that cozy chair, that soft sweater, those warm slippers, that stormy night outside- what’s in your cup? You deserve something new. Something that wakes you up just a bit, intriguing you with its flavors even as it mellows you right back down in a warm whiskey glow. Something that tastes like a classic, revisited and renewed. You’ll need Huckleberry Spruce Tip syrup, so click…

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    Farewell to August Cocktail: A Marionberry Mint Simple Goodness Syrup recipe

    August is waning but my thirst for a craft cocktail shared with friends isn’t. Once my mid-August birthday rounds the bend, I know summer is coming to an end. My birthday typically coincides with the Perseif meteor showers, the hottest days of the summer, and lots of days on the lake. Recently, the Pacific Northwest has seen so much summer smoke from wildfires that August has been far less enjoyable than the long, hot, lazy days of my summers’ past, and some Seattlites with hazy eyes and burning throats are praying for rain and pinning pumpkin recipes on pinterest. But not me. I believe every season is owed its time…

  • Simple Goodness Syrups: Marionberry Mint & a Garden Mule cocktail

    Simple Goodness Syrups have launched, shipped, and wowed their first customers. After a humorously inefficient first shipping process (picture 8 months pregnant Venise carrying an armful of boxes into fedex twenty minutes before closing, and the lady behind the counter looking wary at best) the first shipped bottles are in the hands of customers across the USA and that feels really, really good. We are so proud to share a taste of the Pacific Northwest summer through these first edition Simple Goodness Sister Syrup flavors. We also sold a ton of bottles at the Garlic and Goats Festival at Venise’s farm last weekend to our local community and couldn’t stop…

  • A Fan Favorite: The Genevieve

    Our friends are as much a part of our success as our family and this fan favorite Happy Camper Cocktail original recipe is in honor of one of our besties, Genevieve. Genevieve was one of the OG Happy Campers who offered her critique on everything from the Happy Camper logo to the cocktail menu and this recipe is one that she insisted we put on our menu at our very first event. It was recently featured on SipNorthwest.com as a feature cocktail. It can be a little complex with the Rhubarb Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup, but our already bottled Rhubarb Vanilla Bean simple syrup makes this fancy cocktail a breeze!…

  • Tarragon and Quince Cocktail Recipe

    The Tarragon is currently reaching the end of it’s productivity in the herb garden on the farm but before it goes there is still time to enjoy it’s licorice tangy flavor in a cocktail.  If you are growing tarragon in your garden, you will want to watch it for flowering (the flowers don’t actually flower, they just make little buds) and the yellowing of the leaves towards the end of your growing season. When you start to see these tell tale signs that fall is near you should start to harvest and think about how to store it through the winter. My favorite way to store Tarragon is to freeze…

  • How Henry eats his veggies: one picky 1 year old’s menu

    It drives me crazy that my child won’t eat a balanced diet. Let’s just start there. In theory I know that kids are often picky, heck I was, though that was mostly my sister’s fault. I copied everything Venise did and she remains to this day a particular eater. In practice, Henry’s picky eating aggravates me to no end. I take food really seriously, always have. I love eating it (as an adult I am a pretty adventurous eater), growing it and cooking it. I also hate waste. So watching my child refuse to eat the veggies I have lovingly prepared for him is incredibly frustrating for me. When I first became a parent, feeding…

  • Galentine’s day recipes: Monster Cookies My Way, aka Coconut, Dark Chocolate and White Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

    These cookies were the other hit from Galentine’s Day. I have a terrible habit of trying new recipes before parties which has frequently led to much swearing and boxed Trader Joe’s scones being served (and now the secret is out- if you have scones at my gatherings, it may because I can’t serve f-bombs for dessert and that delectable looking pin was very very deceiving.) Here was such a case, except my gamble led to a big pay out this time. I am in love with these cookies. They are basically my dream cookie: dense, chewy, lacey, filled with coconut and accented by dark chocolate. They are not a traditional monster cookie, but…

  • Galentine’s Day Recipes: Potato Leek Soup adapted from Julia Child’s Potage Parmentier

    I promised to post the recipes from the Galentine’s Day party last week because this soup and the cookies I served were both big hits. The original Julia Child recipe is from the Art of French Cooking and calls it Potage Parmentier, so if you’re serving it for a party I suggest going with that title and impressing les pantalons off of everyone. Serving the same recipe by the name Potato Leek soup keeps it down to earth for an easy Sunday supper. Though an easy recipe, this was a soup 26 months in the making. I originally made it for  Christmas party two years ago, got great reviews, but then promptly forgot about…

  • Yellow Cake with Whipped Cream Filling and Vanilla Buttercream Frosting and a bittersweet “See You Later”

    I have no idea how to hold it together while writing a post about goodbyes, however temporary, so let’s just call this a cake recipe post. Today, my very best friend since the age of 15 is finally, after years of waiting, off to begin officer training in Alabama with the United State Air Force. I show my love in layers, so his going away party cake was my biggest creation yet. I am happy for him to begin this adventure, since adventure has after all been the common thread in our stitching, tugging us along in life in varied directions, states, relationships and careers. I’m proud that he made…

  • Waldorf Red (aka Red Velvet) Cheesecake Ice Cream

    Here it is, February 15th- the day when men in the USA collectively sigh with relief, thankful that they remembered to pick up the flowers or make the fancy dinner reservation. It is a day that, for me, is beginning with ice cream and deceit. I made this ice cream for my husband for his Valentine’s Day present, so I know it is wrong to be opening up the handwritten “happy Valentine’s Day love!” container and eating a few bites, but I simply cannot help it. This stuff is that good. We have a Valentine’s Day tradition of experiences over gifts. Neither of us enjoys a big crowd in a…

  • Chocolate Covered Sea Salt Caramels

    Signatures can be a double edged sword. For sake of example: While Stairway to Heaven brought Robert Plant and Led Zeppelin a great hit, it also brought an endless deluge of requests for the song, so much so that years after its release, Plant refused to play the song in concert. And a more personal example: our Grandma Nancy wears Clinique perfume. It is so completely entrenched in my brain’s idea of her that I cannot walk through an airport or mall without smelling it on someone else and immediately craning my neck for a sight of her. She has worn it as long as I can remember and she…

  • Ross’ Homemade Butter

    One of the best things about living off the beaten path is the access to real food. I love the fact that I never have to put eggs on my grocery list and that rather than having frozen pizza as our fall back plan we have delicious egg scramble with sausage, garlic, eggs and cheese on those lazy days when grocery shopping just isn’t worth it. And even if I don’t have something available on my farm it is likely that one of my neighbors do. This past week,  I was gathering ingredients for my Christmas recipes (lasagna, cookies, whip cream, pie) and finishing up my last minute Christmas shopping,…

  • Tom Douglas’ Tomato Soup

    If you don’t know who he is, you probably are not from around here. Tom Douglas is a restaurant mogul here in Seattle. A few of his restaurants I adore, a couple I don’t care for, and his cookbook has gone mainly unused on my shelf. The reasons are many: too busy at work, too many good episodes on my hulu queue after work, and quite honestly, too much work in some of these recipes for me. I don’t want to go on a special shopping trip for almond meal and three kinds of flours, and I don’t have the patience for most of the pastry in the Dahlia Bakery…

  • Homemade Bailey’s Irish Cream

    What sounds better than cuddling up with a loved one by a fireplace on Christmas morning with a warm cup of coffee and Irish cream in hand, smiling eyes set on the view of the glowing Christmas tree and the delight that is taking place under its bows? In this recent frigid Seattle weather, maybe Hawaii does (Hey hubby, Alaska Airlines’ current specials include flights to CA, AZ, and HI, just sayin’… ) But nothing else comes close. So this week while Troy was watching the Discovery channel’s  Moonshiners, I set to work making some moonshine of my own. As part of my annual goal to bring as much handcrafted goodness to the Christmas season,…

  • Avalanche Cupcakes

    We’re a multicultural family around here, probably like most families in the US, with a few countries of origin represented around our table and a litany of hyphenated titles to describe our relationships, including but not limited to “step-,” “half-,” “ex-,”  and even “ex-half.” This means our holidays are a mass of traditions, special foods and cultures coming together in one great smorgasbord of love and celebrating. Eggrolls for thanksgiving? Done it. Hanukkah/ thanksgiving combo? Yup, that’s happening this year. The challenge of trying to accommodate gluten-free kosher vegetarians all in one meal? Every time we get together. If you can relate, I invite you to try these cupcakes for your next family gathering.…

  • I think I Can, Can, Can, Part 2: Homemade Canned Applesauce

    This weekend found me trying to channel my inner-housewife and can homemade applesauce. I found out that canning is wicked stressful. I now understand the 1950’s woman’s dependence on barbiturates. What helped most was thinking of Nanny (yup, we like to talk about her a lot ’round here!) Nanny did not ascribe to the mama’s little helpers way of thinking. She did swear in the kitchen. She did not spill. She did not give her family botulism. She was the Grace Kelly of canning, the Katherine Hepburn of homemaking. I tried to channel her grace under pressure while making the applesauce she made so frequently, and only swore a couple times. And the effort was f*!?ing…

  • I think I Can, Can, Can: Part 1

    Some women get weak at the knees at the sight of small jewelry shaped boxes. For me, its all about the produce boxes. Let me explain- My dearly betrothed hates stopping anywhere on the way home. En route to somewhere, he happily obliges my tiny bladder, antique store blitzes and all around leisurely drives. On the way home though, he becomes a stickler of efficiency with one mission only: get home. Can anyone relate to this? I can’t be the only woman suffering through the potty dance on return destinations! So anyway, when he remembered me mentioning that I’d love for him to bring me some apples from the Thorpe…

  • Goat Milk Ice Cream

    Tonight my husband is in Boise, ID buying a new truck so I took the opportunity to skip dinner and get right to cooking the best meal of the day: dessert! The first time I tried goat milk ice cream was last year at the King County Fair when our 4H leader tried to raise moral in the hot and sticky barn with an afternoon treat. It was so sweet and creamy that I knew goat milk ice cream would probably become my next addiction. I have been hoarding my milk after my first three days of milking ( my husband drinks it faster than I can milk it) and…

  • It’s Almost Summer- Berry Cheesecake Parfaits

    As part of my annual “omigosh it’s almost summer!” freak out, I have been snatching up berries whenever they are on sale. I can’t wait until August when I will be able to pick the deep red, incredibly sweet little strawberries that grow here, so I made these cheesecake parfaits with strawberries that probably have a bigger carbon footprint than my husband’s big Ford truck. This summer, I will serve these at a party or family dinner on a hot day when turning on the oven turns our kitchen into hell. We will eat them on the deck after a meal of bbq chicken, vinegar coleslaw, and crockpot baked beans. For now, I made them one…

  • Venise’s Blog: Breakfast for Dinner – Goat Milk and Sausage Scramble

    We have now had our chickens for about a month and we are starting to get a surplus of eggs. For the first few weeks Ross was getting up early every morning to make himself eggs for breakfast, but the novelty of it all is starting to fade and so his egg consumption is starting to dwindle. I sold my first dozen eggs about a week ago to a coworker for $3, but I still had about three dozen extra so I decided it was the prefect time to try making breakfast for dinner (which I guess is a somewhat common thing among breakfast lovers). As a general rule of…