Drink Recipe: Volcano Screwdriver with Mongibello Blood Orange Juice

What! A blog post? Yes, I do still blog from time to time. In fact, I have a backlog of posts just waiting for me to finish and publish. It’s just that, well, life gets in the way sometimes, okay a lot of times. But never fear – I have come upon a chunk of free time in my schedule so I’m returning to this blog that I love, in the town I love. Stay with me here, because there’s a tasty cocktail at the end of this post.

Mongibello Juice glass

What you see here is some pretty amazing juice. It is Mongibello Blood Orange Juice, available at Bristol Farms and on sale through October 16 (that’s next Tuesday, so make your field trip to Bristol Farms NOW). The orange trees grow on the side of Mt. Etna in Italy, where the soil is perfect and the juice is squeezed fresh, then frozen for its journey all the way to us in The Bubble. That means it tastes heavenly.

What’s great about Mongibello Blood Orange Juice is that it’s not only delicious for the whole family, but also, you can make a cocktail out of it!

Because Mt. Etna is a volcano, I went for a volcano-inspired hybrid cocktail this time. May I present to you…

The Volcano Screwdriver with Mongibello Orange Juice:

Part mimosa, part volcano, part screwdriver, but all Mongibello, and all delicious. I know because let’s just say I tasted several versions of this recipe until I got it just right.

mongibello juice volcano screwdriver

Volcano Screwdriver with Mongibello Orange Juice

Ingredients:

3/4 cup Mongibello Blood Orange Juice
1 1/2 ounces raspberry vodka
1/2 ounce Prosecco
fresh raspberries for garnish

Directions:

Mix juice and vodka in a shaker with ice.
Divide mix into two Champagne flutes. This will fill them 2/3 to 3/4 full.
Add Prosecco to fill.
Top with a splash of raspberry vodka.
Garnish with raspberries.

mongiobello juice drinks

Cheers!

Mongibello Blood Orange Juice is available at Bristol Farms and on Amazon 
You can follow Mongibello Juice on Instagram for recipes, serving suggestions, and inspiration!

This is a sponsored post. All ideas, opinions, and preference for a little extra vodka are my own. This recipe got “two enthusiastic thumbs up” from Sybil, my taster. 

mongiobello juice top of glass

 

Win a White Pizza from Fresh Brothers!

Fresh Brothers introduced a seasonal White Pizza recently, and I sampled one with my family. Spoiler alert: delicious food bomb. I recommend. Read more to enter my giveaway to win your own delicious White Pizza!

Fresh Brothers’ three cheese White Pizza features dollops of creamy ricotta, romano and crushed garlic on fresh-made crust drizzled with extra virgin olive oil, layered with ricotta and topped with all natural mozzarella. You can customize the White Pizza and choose from your favorite toppings, and you can also choose thin-crust, skinny-crust or deep dish crust with the option of gluten-free. The new pizza is available at all 18 locations across Southern California, for a limited time.

white pizza at fresh brothers slice

“We wanted to create a fresh and flavorful new pizza for families and friends to share during the holiday season,” says Adam Goldberg, CEO and Founder of Fresh Brothers. “Our customers and team members were seeking an alternative to our fresh packed tomato sauce and we’re excited to deliver on their requests.”

white pizza ad fresh brothers

The pictures look great, but I wondered if my kids, who have only had red-sauce-lined pizza, would like this new creation. I ordered some of Fresh Brothers’ amazing meatball sliders, too, just in case.

The verdict: three out of four of us really love the White Pizza. The deep dish crust version makes it decadent – it’s a hot, cheesy pile of dough and cheese. I mean, what could be better? The fourth (our youngest) gave it a try but he likes his Fresh Brothers meat and sauce, so sliders it was for him.

meatball slider fresh brothers

The White Pizza is only available at Fresh Brothers during the winter holidays, so get over there and try it now! Enter here to win a virtual coupon for one! Just leave a comment ON THIS POST by 11:59 PM on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 23) to enter, and make sure you use a valid e-mail address. The winner will be chosen at random and notified on Black Friday (Friday, November 24). Extra entries if you follow @agourahillsmom on Instagram or join my new Facebook group (I know…), Moms of Agoura Hills (mention your follow or your group request in your comment to get the extra entries). The prize: One Medium Cheese/Pepperoni Pizza, One Medium White Pizza and an order of sweet knots (3x) from Fresh Brothers.

Delivery only available for residents within 3 miles of Fresh Brothers stores throughout Los Angeles. No expiration, service charges or dormancy fees. This virtual gift card will not be replaced if lost or stolen. Not redeemable for cash, except as required by law. Not valid at LAX. My family received a complimentary, delicious Fresh Brothers meal. All opinions and full bellies are our own.

My Amazing Banana Bread – Recipe

Who doesn’t love bananas? I buy a bunch every time I go grocery shopping, and my family eats all but 1 or 2 of them. They just don’t dig bananas that are even a little bit too ripe. (What’s your banana number?) To me that means one thing:

banana bread graphic

My mom taught me how to make banana bread when I was young, maybe I was 12 years old. I have always had this banana bread in my life. She wrote the recipe down on a recipe card that my girlfriends had given to every bridal shower guest, and then I collected all the recipes in a matching recipe box. (For you youngsters, that’s how we used to collect recipes before Pinterest.)

I make this banana bread all the time. I make it to keep on the kitchen counter for my family to eat. I make it for potlucks, for bake sales, and for people who just had a baby or surgery or a death in the family. Everyone loves it. Everyone raves about it.

But the recipe isn’t a secret. It was from the Jiffy Mix box, probably a box that my mom had in the house when I was little.

I make my own baking mix now so I don’t use Jiffy Mix, but it’s easy enough to buy a box of that pre-mixed baking mix and whip it out. This is how easy it is:

Ingredients:

2 cups baking mix
2 eggs
1 cup mashed bananas
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter

Directions:

Cream the butter and sugar together.
Beat in the eggs and banana.
Stir in the baking mix until you form a moist batter.
Use a rubber or silicone spatula to scrape batter into bread loaf pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes.

And this is what you get, and it’s amazing, and everyone loves it:

banana bread on cutting board

Photo by Jo del Corro via Flickr