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Down By The Creekbank and Pear Ginger Soda

Happy Friday to you!

I woke this morning to SNOW!!! I could hardly believe it. So of course I had to listen to Christmas music and sip hot apple vanilla tea and nibble on dark chocolate. It just had to be done. 😉

How are you today? How was your week? Are you oh so ready for some down time this weekend?

I’ve been so wretchedly sick this week but there have been such bright spots along the way that I can’t stop grinning when I think of them.

Like an afternoon spent by the creek, admiring the new leaves and brilliant yellow blossoms, and watching a muskrat busy himself. He scrabbled about for foliage on the creek bank, secured a wad of leaves in his mouth, then slid into the water and paddled across to his home under the forsythia. If I had to live on a creek bank, I’d be pleased as punch to have a bright yellow forsythia guarding the entrance.

I’m not a fan of tagging in nature, but I had to smile at this cheery heart spray painted on the side of a tree.

I’m avoiding too much sugar these days, so I’ve been concocting all sorts of fresh juices like mango, apple, and clementine, and mixing them with soda water to make drinks that feel like something special. My favorite one this week was Pear Ginger Soda made with bright green pears, fresh ginger and several glugs of club soda. Served in a fancy-shmancy glass it made me feel quite spoiled.

What little thing are you going to spoil yourself with this weekend?

PS – I’ve been upgrading my blog and all sorts of things this week. Those bright colored buttons to the right will link you up with all of them should you be interested in connecting through places like Flickr, Tumblr, and YouTube. I’d love to join you there. 🙂

Pear Ginger Soda


1 pear, washed and cored
1 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1 cup club soda, chilled


  1. Juice pear and fresh ginger together.
  2. Pour into fancy goblet and add club soda.
  3. Stir to mix and drink happily.
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Corinne @ Gourmantic - Your soda sounds so refreshing in summer. Pity it had to snow!

Joanne - I’m sorry you’ve been filling ill my dear! Hopefully all is better soon.

And at least you can appreciate some of the brighter happier moments in life! Pear ginger soda, hearts drawn on trees, snow in April… 😛 Hope you have a great weekend!

hila - Sorry to hear you’re still unwell, but happy to hear you’re spoiling yourself. I’m spoiling myself these days by allowing myself a little longer in bed in the morning. I wish I had more fancy ways of spoiling myself! Beautiful photos, as always 🙂

Mary - What a refreshing drink. It sounds different and delicious. I hope you have a great weekend. Blessings…Mary

{lauryl} - Krista, so sorry you are unwell. Hope this weekend finds you on the road to recovery. xoxo

Rebecca - Yum, great recipe!

Nicole - It snowed at your place last night??!

Love the image of the muskrat, and the soda sounds so good! I’ll have to try it. 🙂

RamblingTart - I love it too, Duchess. 🙂 I juiced mine with a juicer, but if your pears are really ripe, you could probably just grate them then squeeze them dry with cheesecloth. 🙂

Duchess - HA! Fabooo! I love that flavor combo. Oh cant wait. What do you juice a pear in… on… with?

RamblingTart - Isn’t it so lovely, Linda? Thank you for your kind words. Today is a better day and I’m grateful for it. 🙂

RamblingTart - You are so cute, Val! I can see you now peering out your window. 🙂

RamblingTart - It is strange indeed, Anna! It’s supposed to be spring! 🙂 Your weekend with your man sounds fantastic. 🙂 You guys do the coolest things. 🙂 Can’t wait to meet you in person!

RamblingTart - Oh Mia, I’m sorry about whatever disrupted your life for a while. I’m so very glad to see you back. 🙂

RamblingTart - Me neither, Brenna! But it’s all gone now and GORGEOUSLY sunny! 🙂

LindyLouMac in Italy - What magnificent forsythia! So sorry to hear you are not feeling so good again 🙁

bellini - It is still dark outside but I had to rush to the window to make sure we had no snow. It has been colder!Love your soda for that special treat!!!

Anna Johnston - Wawhoooo… Love the Soda… And well Im guessing it is pretty strange that its snowing your end? But it is absolutely freezing here, sigh… Winter is upon us. 🙁
This weekend Mr HG & I are going to do all the teenage fun things like….. Bowling, Ice-Skating, Putt Putt Golf, we are going to drink Coke Floats and Chocolate Cupcakes. Its nearly our anna-versary, so the cute treats are beginning. 🙂
Get better soon lovely, only a few months and you’ll be here for good!

Mia - I am very sorry for being so late , but life did something that brought me to a stand still!
AM happy to be here in time for a Pear ginger soda ,summery and fresh, and by the creek sounds even better.

Brenna [fabuleuxdestin] - Can’t believe it snowed! That soda sounds yummy 🙂

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