Pina Colada

Since starting my new job a week ago, I feel both revitalized and exhausted. My body aches from standing all day, but at the same time is also glad not to be slumped at a desk. I’ve met lots of wonderful people, and nearly talk my husband’s ear off when I get home. I feel free.
However, my achiness and excitement has kept me almost completely out of the kitchen. The only worthwhile thing to come out of my oven was a batch of icebox cookies I threw togther last weekend, using a bag of toffee bits I found floating around in the pantry. Oh, and there were my favorite mocha muffins, unfortunately lackluster due to the absence of the chocolate chips. I did get a new cookbook, though, and am anxious to dive in soon.
I was informed this morning that a nor’easter is coming our way Friday. A blizzard, people. With more than six inches of snow. SNOW! I know this is Maine and all, but I mean come on. It was nearly seventy degrees when we visited Connecticut two weeks ago. Why not us? I want that.
I had a talk with Mother Nature, and she said that if I drink enough of these, I’ll get warmer and not be so mad about the weather. Seems a bit strange, but hey, I’m not going to argue with her anymore. She’s one fickle lady.
Pina Colada
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This is a great, simple recipe that uses coconut milk instead of cream of coconut, which I dopn’t typically have on hand. This drink is smooth and rich, but not too heavy. It’s also really easy to make large quantities for parties.
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup dark rum, like Meyer’s
1-2 tablespoons white sugar
4 cubes ice
Combine all ingredients in a blender, process until smooth. Divide into desired glasses and enjoy. (The coconut milk tends to separate out after a little bit, so I like to garnish the drink with a little umbrella or lemon slice to stir the liquid when this occurs.)

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