Pinnacle® Peachy Keen Cocktail: Your Perfect Summertime Sip!

Pinnacle® Peachy Keen Cocktail

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Beam Suntory Inc. sent me a bottle of Pinnacle® Peach Vodka to try (and I thought it was super yummy!) All content is original and all opinions are my own. All trademarks are the property of their respective owner.

There’s nothing more relaxing on a hot summer day than sitting on the porch with an ice cold drink. Fruit-based cocktails are so refreshing this time of year, so today I’d like to share a recipe that will leave you feeling peachy!

Say "Cheers" With The Pinnacle® Peachy Keen!

This drink is light, fresh, and super easy to make – because who wants to stand around in a hot kitchen on a long summer day?!

Peachy Keen Cocktails

Pinnacle® Peachy Keen Cocktail


1 part Pinnacle® Peach Vodka
2 parts lemon-lime soda
Peach slices for garnish (Optional)

Pour soda and vodka into a cocktail glass filled with ice and stir. Add a slice of peach to your glass if desired for an extra dash of color and sweetness!

How to Make a Pinnacle® Peachy Keen

It’s so easy to make this cocktail, since all you have to do is add the Pinnacle® Vodka to a mixer and hey presto! You have a yummy cocktail! Pinnacle® Vodka is the only vodka that has over 40 fun flavors, so it’s a great addition to your home bar since it makes it easy to create a rich drink without a lot of ingredients. I often find myself looking through my cupboard wondering, “What in the world should I mix my spirits with?” – and now that I have a few bottles of Pinnacle® Vodka on hand, I can easily create fab cocktails without having to buy a ton of ingredients! Plus, Pinnacle® offers premium flavor quality at a wallet-friendly price, so it’s the perfect spirit to stock in your kitchen.

Every time I make cocktails with fresh fruit, I get rave reviews from my friends, so the Pinnacle® Peachy Keen is the perfect summertime drink to share! Cheers!


Since I’m such an Instagram fan, I couldn’t resist taking this fun #CocktailSelfie for a cool twist on the usual foodie photos! Share your photogenic drinks with the hashtag so I can check them out and drool over the deliciousness with you!

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Lunchbox Solutions With Nature’s Path EnviroKiz Cereal: No Bake Cookie Clusters

Samples provided.

Welcome back to school, mom and dad! You made it past the summertime and now your family can get back into a routine. One of my school day (or should I say “daze”) tasks is packing lunches. This can be mundane; a new food item is always welcome to stir things up for me and my children. Nature’s Path organic, gluten-free, non-GMO EnivroKids cereals is here to help you mix things up!

This week I had my Kindergartener helping me in the kitchen to make No Bake Cookie Clusters using Choco Chimps and dried fruit coated in chocolate and peanut butter.

Choco Chimps
Let’s get out of the same old, same old and throw some fun into the lunchbox. These cookies could also be something new to set out on the table for an after school snack. Grab your littles and these ingredients:

  • ¾ cup bittersweet chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • 1 TBSP butter
  • 3 cups EnviroKidZ Choco Chimps TM cereal
  • ¼ cup chopped dried apricots
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup raisins

Let your helpers locate the needed measuring cups while you chop the apricots.

Kitchen helper

Now let’s begin!


Here’s how it went for us:

Making the No Bake Cookie Clusters

And our reviews of the No Bake Cookie Clusters? We all liked them, even the “big kids.” The custers do tend to melt in your hand and get soft when not refrigerated, so I would recommend them for after school snacks or in a lunchbox with an icepack. You can find more recipes on the Nature’s Path EnivroKidz website, and stay tuned to Mom Start as we’ll also be testing Peanut Butter Banana Sushi and Leapin’ Lemurs Grape Pops.

Country Whoopie Pies Recipe

This is the final recipe today courtesy of Country Crock. We love working with them because it’s a product I’ve used since I was a child. Plus they have this fun Lollapalooza theme. All of these recipes are made with Country Crock®, which adds a country fresh taste to family recipes and is made with real, simple ingredients including delicious oils, purified water and a pinch of salt and will get you moving to the beat. Country Crock is the go-to ingredient in the kitchen whether baking, cooking, spreading, sautéing or topping and is now is now sold in a new rectangular, space-efficient package that is reusable and recyclable where facilities exist. 


Live and let Pie (Country Whoopie Pies) – A remix of “Live and Let Die” by Paul McCartney – Pie that will change your outlook on life.


Country Whoopie Pies Recipe


  • CAKE:
  • 6 Tbsp. Country Crock® Spread
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup Country Crock® Spread
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 jar (7 1/2 oz.) marshmallow creme
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. Beat Country Crock® Spread with granulated sugar in electric mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in egg.
  3. Whisk flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in another bowl, until thoroughly combined. Alternately add flour mixture to egg mixture with milk and vanilla. Beat just until blended. Drop into 26 two-tablespoonful rounds on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper or ungreased.
  4. Bake 8 minutes or until cakes are done. Let stand on cookie sheets 2 minutes, then remove to wire rack and cool completely.
  5. For Filling, beat Country Crock® Spread, shortening, confectioners sugar and vanilla with electric mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in marshmallow creme until well blended, about 3 minutes. Evenly top 13 Cakes with marshmallow creme filling, then top with remaining Cakes. Tightly wrap each pie in plastic wrap to store.

Old Fashioned Berry Shortcakes Recipe

Recipe number four from Country Crock.

It’s a summer to remember when you have shortcake. Bake It Out (Old-Fashioned Berry Shortcakes) – A remix of “Shake It Out” by Florence and the Machine – These shortcakes will leave you with no regrets.



Old Fashioned Berry Shortcakes


  • Biscuits:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup PLUS 1 Tbsp. granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup Country Crock® Spread
  • 1/2 cup PLUS 2 Tbsp. milk
  • Filling/Topping:
  • 3 cups thickly sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 4 Tbsp. granulated sugar, divided
  • 2 cups (1 pint) heavy cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract


  1. For biscuits, preheat oven to 375°. Spray baking sheets with no-stick spray. Whisk together flour, 1/4 cup sugar, baking powder and salt in medium bowl. Cut in Country Crock® Spread with pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture is size of small peas. Drizzle in milk and toss with a fork until soft dough forms.
  2. Drop mixture into 8 mounds, 2-inches apart, onto prepared baking sheets. Sprinkle tops with remaining 1 tablespoon sugar. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until bottoms are golden and toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool on wire rack.
  3. Meanwhile, to make Filling/Topping, toss strawberries and blueberries with 2 tablespoons sugar in medium bowl; set aside tossing occasionally, until juicy, about 20 minutes.
  4. Beat cream, remaining 2 tablespoons sugar and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form.
  5. To serve, split biscuits in half. Evenly top bottoms with berries and their juices, then evenly top with some of the whipped cream. Top with biscuit tops and remaining whipped cream. Garnish, if desired, with additional berries.

Country Crock Sugar Cookies Recipe

Third recipe today from Country Crock!

Sugar Sugar (Country Crock Sugar Cookies) – A remix of “Shiver Shiver” by Walk the Moon – So tasty, it’ll give you the shivers.


Country Crock Sugar Cookies Recipe


  • 1 cup Country Crock® Spread
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt


  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Beat Country Crock® Spread with sugar in large bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in egg and vanilla scraping sides occasionally, until blended. Beat in flour, baking powder and salt just until blended. (Do not overbeat).
  2. Using lightly floured hands shape dough by 2 tablespoonfuls into balls. Arrange 3-inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Gently press balls into 2-1/2-inch circles. Pinch bottom to form point of “heart”. Gently indent dough in center on top to shape into “heart”.
  3. Bake 12 to 14 minutes until edges are lightly golden. Cool 2 minutes on wire rack; remove from sheets and cool completely. Decorate as desired*

*To decorate, stir 4 teaspoons warm water into 1 cup confectioners sugar until smooth. Tint with food color, if desired. Spread on cookies and sprinkle with colored sprinkles.

Cost per recipe*: $2.70 Cost per serving*: $.11 *Based on average retail prices at national supermarkets.

Spicy Honey Roasted Wings Recipe

Here is another summer fun recipe in honor of Lollapalooza from Country Crock

Shut up and Dip (Spicy Honey Roasted Wings) A remix of “Shut up and Dance” by Walk the Moon – Forget all your worries with these tasty wings – perfect for dipping– and so good they’ll leave you speechless.   SpicyHoneyRoastedWings

Spicy Honey Roasted Wings Recipe



  1. Preheat oven to 425°. Spray bottom of broiler pan with nonstick cooking spray; set aside. Cut tips off chicken wings (save tips for soup). Cut wings in half at joint.
  2. Arrange chicken in prepared pan. Bake 1 hour or until chicken is thoroughly cooked and crisp.
  3. Meanwhile, combine melted Country Crock® Spread, hot pepper sauce, honey and salt in large bowl. Add cooked chicken wings; toss to coat.

*Such as Franks® Red Hot Sauce.

Country Crock Charred Corn & Zucchini Saute Recipe

Sauté with Me (Charred Corn & Zucchini Sauté) – A remix of “Stay with me” by Sam Smith – A helping of this and no one will be leaving anytime soon. 

With Lollapalooza closely approaching, we thought it only appropriate to share easy summer recipes. Country Crock shared these great summer recipes that we are going to be blasting you with today. So keep a look out for summer yum!



Country Crock Charred Corn & Zucchini Saute


  • 4 Tbsp. Country Crock® Spread
  • 3 ears corn-on-the-cob, corn removed from cob, (about 2 cups)*
  • 1 medium zucchini, quartered lengthwise then sliced crosswise
  • 3/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/4 tsp. salt


  1. Melt 2 tablespoons Country Crock® Spread in large nonstick skillet over high heat and cook corn, zucchini and red onion, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are lightly browned and tender, about 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in remaining 2 tablespoons Spread and salt. If desired, garnish with your favorite herbs such as chives or parsley.

* 2 cups frozen corn kernels can be used instead of fresh corn.

Rustic Dried Cherry Salad Recipe

Bertolli Olive Oil is celebrating its 150th Anniversary and I was inspired to create a salad. Actually my daughter picked out this recipe. She LOVES salads and I love that she likes to eat healthy. Plus after making this salad we found out that it’s actually quite delicious!



3 cups cubed French bread
1/4 cup walnuts chopped
1/2 cup dried cherries chopped
2 celery stalks, trimmed and diced

3 Tablespoons Berolli Olive Oil
3 Tablespoons Raspberry vinegar
1 Tablespoon honey
2 Tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon curry powder


Preheat oven to 350. Spread bread cubes on a cookie sheet and toast for 15 minutes, cool completely.

Toast walnuts in medium skillet over medium heat constantly stirring

Combine walnuts, cherries, celery and bread

Combine dressing ingredients and toss salad with dressing.


Snackers Quesadilla: For Your Snacking Emergencies!

Snackers Quesadilla

MomStart is a Hormel Foods Extended Family Blogger.

They say necessity is the mother of invention, and never is that more true than when you’re hungry. I had one of those days recently where I had been running around all afternoon with no time to eat, and I was starving! Luckily, when I came home, there was a shipment from my friends at Hormel with some of their latest and greatest goodies. I decided to whip up a little snack for myself with no time to spare!

Snackers Quesadilla


2 Herdez Flour Soft Taco Tortillas
1 package of SNACKERS Cheesy Bacon & Jalapeño Dip
Safeway Select Garlic Lover’s Salsa


Melt a pat of butter in a frying pan over medium heat. While the pan warms up, heat the SNACKERS dip in the microwave according to directions on the package. Once fully heated, spoon SNACKERS and salsa over a tortilla. Cover with a second tortilla and put in the frying pan, cooking until crispy on both sides. Eat and be glad that your snack emergency has been solved! ;)

AirFryer Potato Croquets Recipe & Giveaway

We all love the taste of deep fried foods, but not the calories or the mess of cooking with so much oil. The Philips Airfryer was created to solve this dilemma as its unique design lets you fry food with just a tablespoon or two of oil and drains excess fat from food while cooking. It’s super easy to clean up as it is dishwasher safe and makes delicious food. I’ve cooked in mine quite a bit since I received it.


Here is one of our last recipes:

AirFryer Potato Croquets Recipe




6 Small red potatoes, cubed
1 egg yolk
½ cup parmesan cheese, grated
2    tablespoons    all-purpose    flour
1 pinch salt
1 pinch black pepper
1 Cayenne pepper


2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1    cup    all-purpose    flour
2 eggs, beaten
½ cup panko


Boil the potato cubes in salted water for 15 minutes.    Drain    and    mash    finely    in    a    large    bowl    using a potato masher or ricer. Cool completely. Mix    in    the    egg    yolk,    cheese,    flour.    Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Shape the potato    filling    into    the    size    of    golf    balls    and    set    aside.

Preheat the Airfryer to 390°F. Mix the oil and breadcrumbs and stir until the mixture becomes loose and crumbly. Place each potato    ball    into    the    flour,    then    the    eggs    and    then the panko and roll into a cylinder shape. Press coating to croquettes to ensure it adheres. Place half of the croquettes into the cooking basket, cooking each batch for 7-8 minutes or until golden brown.


Now as part of working with Phillips we have a special giveaway.

Enter to Win:

recipe box
seasoning set
Misto oil sprayer
measuring spoons
Philips Airfryer coupon [good for 20% off on up to two Airfryers (any model) per customer]
Philips Airfryer recipe book

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