Cheers to National Vodka Day!

by Mindy Lockard on October 4, 2015

Cheers to National Vodka Day!

To know me, is to know my love of the extra dirty vodka martini with three olives. It’s one of the only times I can say “extra dirty” and have it be appropriate.

Anyhoo, whether you’re a lover of martinis or not, here are a couple of tasty vodka cocktail recipes from our friends at Van Gogh Vodka.  The perfect way to raise a glass to National Vodka day… or another day of the week for that matter.


Spiced Appel

Spiced Apple

Created by Jonathan Pogash, The Cocktail Guru
1 Jalapeño slice
1/2 oz. Fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz. Honey syrup1 1/2 oz. Ginger Liqueur
1 1/2 oz. Van Gogh Wild Appel Vodka
Muddle the jalapeño slice in the lemon juice and honey syrup. Add remaining ingredients with ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with another jalapeño slice.

Classic Martini

DIRTY MISS MARTINI by The Cocktail Diva, Dee Brun {WifeStyle Conference}
2 oz. Van Gogh BLUE Triple Wheat Voka
1 tbsp. Dry Vermouth
1 tbsp. Olive Juice
Add all ingredients to a shaker filled with ice, shake well and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with olives.


Rosemary Sings the Blues
1 1/2 oz. Van Gogh Blue Triple Wheat Vodka
1 oz. Elderflower syrup
3 oz. Club soda
2 Rosemary sprigs
Add vodka, elderflower syrup and a sprig of rosemary into a mixing glass with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a tall glass filled with crushed ice and top with soda. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary.



Tailgating Tips and Tricks! | King 5 New Day NW

by Mindy Lockard on October 1, 2015

Happy October first y’all!

I’m in the beautiful city of Seattle today (if you haven’t been to Seattle in the fall, I highly recommend it) for a segment on tailgating. Because what’s more fall than pumpkin, soups, sweaters, jeans and tailgating.

Here’s a sneak peek at what we will be talking about and I will post all of the details tomorrow!

A cool way to store your beverages…


and DIY day and night games for the parking lot


And some great tips from my friend “Tailgate Todd”


{Okay, maybe his name isn’t “Todd” but it rolls off the tongue easier than “Tailgate Kirk”}

  • Tie a unique helium balloon and fishing line – so friends meeting you at your tailgate spot can easily find you
  • Keep everything easy to eat standing up or walking around – nothing that needs cutting
  • If you are in a stadium that allows for half-time run outs, cookies and grapes are perfect: quick and travel well on the walk back into the game
  • Bring your own garbage bags and (paper) recycling bag for bottles and cans
  • Have a separate cooler of cold, non-alcoholic drinks for the ride home – especially important after night games
  • If you are following your team to an away game, introduce yourself and offer a drink to the home team fans parked next to you


Today our friends in China celebrate the tradition of Mid-Autum Day or Moon Festival. A time to gather with friends and family, express their familial love by dining together, exchange traditional mooncakes…

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and watching lanterns light the sky in celebration of the splendor of the Autumn Moon.

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Whether you celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival and exchange mooncakes or not, Fall is the perfect time to celebrate and share the bounty of harvest. To reach out to those you love with the gift of homemade sweets.

One of our favorite recipes this Fall (an adaptation of Sheaffer Pen’s Banana Cake we made) is Peanut Butter, Banana Crunch Donuts. This high protein, Gluten Free goodie is a perfect for breakfast or after school snack. Always best warm from the oven.


  •  1 1/2 cup Coconut Sugar
  • 1 cup Crunchy Peanut Buttah (or you can say butter, I find it not nearly as fun to say)
  • 2 eggs (Brown Organic)
  • 1/2 cup Organic Apple Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 3/4 cups Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 Flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 3 Ripe Bananas

Cream sugar and peanut butter in a mixer. Add eggs and apple sauce. Sift together flour and baking soda, three times and add your dry mixture to milk and sugar. Next, mix-in baking powder and pinch of salt. Finally mash your bananas and mix it all together well. Carefully pour the mixture in to a donut shaped baking pan. Bake on 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until you test with a tooth pick and it comes out clean. You don’t want to over cook.

Allow to cool, dip into powder sugar and enjoy warm with a mug of apple cider.

or share…


Day 2: Back to School DIY

by Mindy Lockard on August 18, 2015

While my girls are giddy (okay, giddy may be an exaggeration for my 7th grader) over their back-to-school supplies, I am doing my own back to school shopping. I wish I could say it included shoes and handbags.

(insert crying emoji, you know the one with the tears running down the face)

My shopping includes cork boards, clipboards, pushpins, washi tape, chalkboard paint and leftover wallpaper.


Step 1: Cover the cork with paper, fabric or like we did scraps of Devine Color Wall Paper from last years over the top locker decor plan. I’m still embarrassed. I went overboard. Shocker, I know.

Step 2: Paint frame

Step 3: Decorate small clipboards

Step 4: Use pushpins to create a place to hang the boards

Step 5: Hang on the wall. Use the clipboards to post notes, honey-do-lists (sorry Ty) or important paperwork from school. This system eliminates the piles of paperwork and will help your family keep clipping along when it comes to back-to-school communication!

Plus, I always feel more organized when I’m gracious. I mean, gracious when I’m organized. Happy shopping Mamas!


KING 5 | Back to School DIY

by Mindy Lockard on August 17, 2015

Can you feel the Back-to-School spirit in the air? My girls are counting down the days until they return to the school routine. As delightful as summer is, it’s like pregnancy, easy in the beginning and a bit uncomfortable in the final days. All good things must come to an end and this family is looking forward to returning to a routine after two lazy months. Oh and to jeans, sweaters and warm Autumn soups.

Today we visit KING 5 New Day Northwest with a few simple DIYs to send the entire family into Fall with a fresh, organized and most gracious start! From elementary school lunches, locker decor and getting the entire family scheduled we’ve got you covered. Tune in today at 11:00 in Seattle and check back today – Wednesday here on the blog for all of our tips and tricks.

Today on air Maggie will be sharing some fun ideas to get your kids involved in the packing process!

Lady Bug


Step 1: Grab a Stemilt Lil Snapper apple

Step 2: Scoop out the core

Step 3: Gather supplies: peanut butter or honey, raisins, pretzel sticks and a cherry

Step 4: Cut out a triangle at the base of the apple to make wings

Step 5: “Glue” on the raisins with peanut butter or honey

Step 6: Add pretzel antennae

Step 7: Place the cherry at the head. For older children you can use a toothpick to secure.


Step 1: Grab a Stemilt Lil Snapper Apple

Step 2: Scoop out the center of both sides of the apple

Step 3: Cut 7 (breaking two inhalf) slices from one side.

Step 4: Gather supplies peanut butter or honey, eyes.

Step 5: Assemble the crab.

Star of the Lunch Box

Super simple! Make a sammie…


cut your favorite shapes out of the middle. A star, a heart, a ninja?



See you back here tomorrow with more fun!