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  • 1 cup gin
  • 1 bottle sparkling wine (I used prosecco)
  • 1 cup grapefruit juice
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup framboise
  • 1/2 cup orgeat syrup (also called almond syrup… should be able to find at any large liquor store and it is SO delish)
  • Lots of fresh fruit, like orange slices, grapefruit slices, and pineapple wedges
  • sparkling water to top off (about 1 cup)
  • lots of ice


Stir everything in a big punch bowl — add as much sparkling water as you need to dilute, to taste. Double or triple depending on the size of your punch bowl or crowd! Serves 10

Recipe and imagery by Camille Styles.

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So I just spent the last half hour googling, “fun facts about burros.” Then, I got confused, and googled, “donkeys vs. burros.” Then, I just wanted to get things clarified and googled, “Custer state park burros.”

Guys, here’s what I discovered.

  1. Burros and donkeys are the same animals. But you knew that already, right? Or did you? (Not to be confused with mules and burros / donkeys – totally different, but we’ll leave that for another time. Maybe.)
  2. Custer State Park burros are known lovingly as the “Begging Burros.” If you’ve ever been there, you know why. If you haven’t been there, be prepared to give up everything edible you own.
  3. The Custer State Park burros were introduced to the area by humans as pack animals for those heading up Harney Peak, but became semi-wild as they were abandoned over the years.
  4. Burros can live for over 50 years.
  5. A burro is stronger than a horse of the same size.
  6. Burros can hear the call of another burro from 60 miles away.
  7. Their large ears help keep them cool.
  8. Burros are more independent in their thinking than horses and will reason, then make decisions based on their safety.
  9. Burro fur is not waterproof.
  10. Burros are herd animals.
  11. Burros groom each other. Like monkeys.
  12. Burros are associated with the God of Wine, Dionysius.
  13. A male burro is called a Jack. A female burro is called a Jenny.

Source. Source.

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And now you know. Because I know you’ve always wondered.


Awhile ago, I was doing my Facebook thing and scrolling through the feed when I saw a nice little status by Black Hills Balloons. They had thanked the Black Hills group for always putting out a spectacular album of submitted images each week. For those of you that have never submitted a photo, you submit your photo individually via message to the Black Hills group. Then, someone behind the scenes most likely saves each photo individually, orders them in the album, then tags the person in post. A long, long process (I’m assuming, if you know anything about curating photos).

And so I thought that little status was remarkable. Remarkable to take the time to thank someone, publicly. Remarkable to say something that isn’t said enough.

I like to keep these posts short and sweet, but wanted to leave you with this thought – what if championed the remarkable things in life, rather than the appalling or horrific or shallow things? What if we thanked people more, praised people more and complimented people more?

I think this world might be a little better off.