Giveaway, New Look & a Cocktail to celebrate!

Spiced Applepie-tini©Rhonda Adkins Photograhy 2013

What do you think? Isn’t it amazing! A bit of a shocker, the new look, but I love it. For months now I’ve been working with Melissa, web designer (Fine Lime Designs), food blogger (Eyes Bigger Than My Stomach) and food photographer extraordinaire to give the blog a whole new look. Don’t get me wrong, I loved my dark biker chick look but, like my kitchen, I needed to change the look and do a little redecorating. I also needed to marry my photography site to my blog and Melissa was the perfect person to do that. Having another food blogger and photographer work on your site is the best, she totally understood my needs. It really was all about highlighting the photographs (you know, the job I get paid for) and I wanted to be able to update and change some things myself which Melissa has got all set up for me.

To help me celebrate Melissa has generously offered to do a custom Social Media icon make over for one lucky person. Wow, yay! Melissa is the easiest person to work with and she’ll bend over backwards to make sure you get the perfect icon!

For you non-web readers I have a Salter Bamboo Kitchen Scale from Sur La Table to giveaway, couldn’t leave you all out.



No celebration is complete without a great cocktail (at least not in my world). I created this great fall cocktail (which is also pretty tasty virgin style) which I’m dying to share. I created this signature cocktail for Downtown Great Falls merry.Art.mas tour which is sponsored by the Downtown Chicks as a fundraiser for the Great Falls Urban Art Project.

At our last meeting I had the chick’s test this party sized recipe and got thumbs up all around. It embraces all the fall flavors I love, apple, cinnamon, ginger and allspice. I created it as a vodka martini but it is also fabulous served hot with some Captain Morgan’s spiced rum, it’ll warm you right up!

Spiced Applepie-tini©Rhonda Adkins Photograhy 2013



Spiced Applepie-tini
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  1. 1 gallon apple cider
  2. 1 gallon apple juice
  3. 10 cinnamon sticks
  4. 1 cup white sugar
  5. 1 cup brown sugar
  6. 2" piece ginger, chopped
  7. 1 teaspoon whole allspice
  8. 2 bottles vodka
  9. 1/2 cup vanilla sugar
  10. 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1. In a large pot add apple cider, apple juice, cinnamon sticks, sugars, ginger and allspice. Bring to a boil, turn off heat, cover and let steep overnight. Strain the apple mixture.
  2. Mix cinnamon and sugar in a small shallow bowl. Moisten edge of martini glass and dip in cinnamon sugar to coat rim. In a martini shaker, fill with ice, add 3 parts apple mixture to one part vodka. Strain into martini glass and garnish with an apple slice if desired.
  1. To make vanilla sugar, split a vanilla bean and place in a jar. Add two cups raw cane or other coarse sugar. Seal tightly and let sit for 1 to 2 weeks, shaking or stirring occasionally.
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12 Responses to Giveaway, New Look & a Cocktail to celebrate!

  1. Karen October 18, 2013 at 8:41 am #

    Love the new look! Just beautiful… and that ‘tini sounds great, too!

    • Giggles October 18, 2013 at 8:54 am #

      Thanks Karen, I love the redecorated site also. The tini is great albeit a little dangerous…

  2. Janice October 18, 2013 at 11:10 am #

    Well done, Rhonda!

    • Giggles October 20, 2013 at 7:55 pm #

      Thanks Janice!

  3. Gloria R. October 18, 2013 at 11:40 am #

    Love the updated look! Also love the look of the Applepie-tini. 🙂
    Great going!

  4. Debra October 18, 2013 at 6:02 pm #

    Beautiful. I miss the biker chick look but you look ultra sophisticated now. So exciting! This drink rocks. I I’ll have to size it down a bit though or throw a huge party, one or the other!!!!!!!!

    • Giggles October 20, 2013 at 7:56 pm #

      There is a tear shed for my biker chick look for sure. And I say go for the huge party!

  5. Lea Ann October 20, 2013 at 5:51 am #

    I really like the new look Rhonda. And I’ve been searching for someone to tweak my site. I’m glad you kept the orange color theme. It’s so “you”. Love it. And I’d love to win this give away. I always see those cute little custom icons and am jealous.

    • Giggles October 20, 2013 at 7:59 pm #

      Lea Ann, I thought of you right away when Melissa suggested the Social Icons! I don’t know when orange became so me, but it is definitely me. This past summer I did a team building exercise (personality test) and my personality was orange, ha, wasn’t that ironic.

  6. Alyson B. Brookman October 20, 2013 at 6:17 am #

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  7. Melissa L. October 31, 2013 at 11:28 am #

    I would love to be entered to win. Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. Kitchen Butterfly November 3, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

    I love the new looks Rhonda. Fresh, clean and appealing. Well done to yourself and Melissa.

    I love your ‘About’ page.

    Stay well