August 18, 2016 21

Pineapple Sage Shrub + scenes from #bossbabefestMSP!

Pineapple Sage Shrub | @withfoodandlove

This pineapple sage shrub is my new favorite shrub.

But first this.

I’ve been putting off writing this post. Mostly because I needed to digest the moments, properly store away the memories and find the words to articulate the love I experienced in Minneapolis-Saint Paul this past July. For about six months Amanda and I planned a retreat for ten women. The setting was on a lake. In a lake house, where we’d all lay our heads under the same roof and dream the same dreams. To love and support each one another.

To build a sisterhood like no other.

Here’s the thing about what we do, as bloggers. It’s isolated. It’s spent mostly at home without any human interaction. With the occasional UPS man knocking at the door or baby crying or weird conversation with a cat, we are alone. In our kitchens and behind our cameras and computers. We spend our lives developing recipes and telling stories out of love, to share them with the universe to build a community. That community is comprised of readers, like you, and other bloggers who eventually become our confidants, coaches, muses, therapists, and best friends.

Only these are the kinds of best friends you can never get coffee with or hug. Only text, call and communicate by modern technology like social media. But nonetheless our bond is strong. Whether it’s a group of twenty, ten or two, wherever you find your friends, your support, your sisterhood – embrace it. Women loving women, it’s a damn beautiful thing.

Pineapple Sage Shrub | @withfoodandlove

Pineapple Sage Shrub | @withfoodandlove

Pineapple Sage Shrub | @withfoodandlove

Pineapple Sage Shrub | @withfoodandlove

Our official sponsor, Vital Proteins made #bossbabefestMSP a reality. Before I left, I introduced you to them here. Vital Proteins makes my marine collagen dreams come true! And a thank you to our other sponsors: Vital Farms, General MillsBob’s Red Mill, Rodelle, NOW Foods and Udi’s Gluten Free.

Also, a big thanks to LaCroix Water for pumping our veins full of carbonated magic for four straight days. And for making our final night of the retreat a dream world come true. Complete with a catered, farm-to-table plant-based dinner and all the mocktails/fauxtails and teatails we desired.

I worked with LaCroix leading up to the retreat to carefully craft a final meal together. An experience really. Of mixing different LaCroix flavors with botanical shrubs and floral tea syrups. They supplied the bubbles and I handcrafted the elixirs. It was a flavor explosion with infinite amounts of combinations. My favorite was the pineapple sage shrub with Lemon LaCroix, originally inspired by my pineapple sage bush in my garden. This shrub is sweet and tart and herbal.

Lastly, thank you Amanda. My partner in crime. My go-to girl, for all things. You sweet, beautiful soul you. Here are all the women who attended, read their version of the story and look at their pretty pictures in their recaps below.


#bossbabefestMSP | @withfoodandlove

#bossbabefestMSP | @withfoodandlove

#bossbabefestMSP | @withfoodandlove

#bossbabefestMSP | @withfoodandlove

#bossbabefestMSP | @withfoodandlove

#bossbabefestMSP | @withfoodandlove

Pineapple Sage Shrub

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Serves 1½ cups

Shrubs make for great drinks poured over ice with a little sparkling water. If you cannot find or do not prefer Lemon LaCroix any plain carbonated water with work beautifully. This shrub is honey sweetened, to make it vegan substitute the honey with agave, maple syrup or cane sugar. This will keep for a minimum of 7 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator.


  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 2 cups pineapple, diced
  • 1/2 cup local raw honey
  • 15 sage leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon pink himalayan or sea salt
  • 1 cup raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar
  • ice
  • sparkling water {I prefer Lemon LaCroix}
  • 1 ounce gin, totally optional


  1. In a small sauce pan, bring the water and pineapple to a gentle boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and add in the sage leaves, and muddle for a few minutes. Allow the mixture to rest for about 5 minutes. Then add in the honey and stir to dissolve.
  2. Strain the mixture, reserving the liquid and discarding the pineapples and sage pulp. Add in the apple cider vinegar, stir once more.
  3. Cool completely before use.
  4. To serve combine 2 ounces shrub over ice and top with sparkling water. To make it boozy, add 1 ounce gin or your favorite spirit.

This post is in partnership with LaCroix Water + all of the other brands that made #bossbabefestMSP possible; all opinions are my own.

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21 Responses to "Pineapple Sage Shrub + scenes from #bossbabefestMSP!"

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    Liz @ Floating Kitchen

    August 18, 2016 at 9:39 AM

    I feel so lucky to be in a sisterhood with you and these other creative beauties. Makes my heart happy. Such a wonderful weekend that I’m still thinking about on a daily basis. XOXO.

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      August 18, 2016 at 10:50 PM

      How’d we all get so lucky, huh? LOVE YOU. xx

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    amanda paa

    August 18, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    These memories, etched so deep in my memory. So incredibly thankful for you, for all the girls, for the sisterhood that was created. Your pictures capture all the beauty of the final night, and if I could pick a last meal, it would be this one all over again. Love you.

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      August 18, 2016 at 10:51 PM

      If I could redo this moment once a week for the rest of time I’d be one happy woman. xx

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    August 18, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    I love this. Such a great community to be apart of. Your photos are perfection.

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      August 18, 2016 at 10:51 PM

      Heather! Thank you! xx

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    Meg @ Beard and Bonnet

    August 18, 2016 at 10:09 AM

    Ok, you are officially the most inspiring group of women ever! Love, love, love that you all had this time together. There is nothing better than time spent with passionate, strong women.

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      August 18, 2016 at 10:52 PM


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    Phoebe @ Feed Me Phoebe

    August 18, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    A beautiful thing, indeed. You so perfectly summed up the struggle and glory of blogger life. That glory clearly hit a peak in MSP. What an amazing treat, and a great reminder to the rest of us about the power of IRL time. Loving the energy, and obvi the SRHUB. xxx

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      August 18, 2016 at 10:52 PM

      Speaking of IRL. I’ll be be back east in September. I’ll be texting you soon, xx.

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    August 18, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    This shrub looks incredible (also, who’s not a sucker for La Croix?)!

    It looks like you all had an amazing time, time spent with friends is one of my favorite things–so inspiring and uplifting!!

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      August 18, 2016 at 10:53 PM

      #lacroixismyspiritanimal <3

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    Tessa | Salted Plains

    August 18, 2016 at 10:48 AM

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. I just love seeing everyone’s lovely smiling faces!!! Everything about this makes me happy. :) xoxo.

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      August 18, 2016 at 10:53 PM

      So much beauty! And love! I only wish it could have included so many more of us!

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    August 18, 2016 at 11:57 AM

    What a beautiful, life-giving experience. We need our sisters and we need to make space for those relationships to blossom. So glad you got to experience something like that. The photos are magical.
    You’ve inspired me.

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      August 18, 2016 at 10:54 PM

      Libby sending love, xx!

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    Maggie at Eat Boutique

    August 18, 2016 at 4:54 PM


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    Sarah @ Snixy Kitchen

    August 19, 2016 at 2:48 AM

    The sisterhood you and Amanda brought together was something so special that I’ve been missing and needing in my life since…forever. No lie. You created something I’ve never ever been a part of before and it was pure magic. Love you! (PS. Did I read that you and Amanda are getting together again soon?! I vote that you move your trip to the Bay;)

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    August 23, 2016 at 9:19 PM

    What you and Amanda put together was incredible. You are such a talented boss lady, and I am so lucky to have you in my life.

    come visit me soon please.


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