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How to stir up a pitcher of Brazilian Fun!

  • Peel the green rind from 4 large limes into 2-inch strips
  • 1 cup fresh lime juice
  • 8 (1/4 inch thick) slices of peeled fresh ginger
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 30 large fresh mint leaves + 10 mint sprigs for garnish
  • 1 cup rum
  • 3 cups ice cubes
  • 5 cups ginger beer or ginger ale

Combine the lime peel, ginger, sugar and 30 mint leaves in a medium bowl.  Using the handle of a wooden spoon, crush the lime peel, ginger and mint leaves together.  Add lime juice and mix well.
Transfer mixture to large pitcher.  Add the rum and cover.  Place in refrigerator to chill.

To serve, stir in ginger beer or ginger ale.  Fill cocktail glasses with ice cubes and pour.  Garnish with mint sprig.

Turn up the volume and dance the night away!


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The “Dolch”.  Dolce was one the smaller pups in the litter, and, from day one, she was determined to be next to me or on me.  When we took the puppies to the vet for their first set of shots, somehow, she ended up on my lap.  From then on, she has been our 100 pound lap dog.

When she was 6 months, she needed shoulder surgery.  While recovering, Dolce would sit on the sidelines with my husband and me, watching Tiamo and Amore play.  This turned her into a big cuddle bug.  Boy, does she love her hugs!

Of the three, Dolce is the most passive, except when it comes to loading up into the car.  she could be 20 yards behind the other two, but it’s a sure bet she’ll be in the car and on my lap before either Tiamo or Amore can even think about jumping up into the car.  It’s a sight for other drivers when they pass us.

Today, Dolce is one of the sweetest dogs.  She still sits right next to me.  She still comes up on the bed for a night-time cuddle session.  She still wants the front seat of the car (passenger beware).  And, she still continues to sit on my lap no matter where we are.

Dolce has lived up to her name!




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AMORE’ – our little “first”!  First to be born, first to climb out of the whelping pen, first to bark and first to start mischief!  Amore’ is our hyper-active child.  She loves to run just for the joy of it.  Loves to chase lizards and bunnies.  Loves to jump in water and shake to see where the water drops fall.  Loves to pull apples off the tree and loves life to the fullest.  We kept our little “first”.  A handful, yes, but worth the adventure.Image