Monday, April 21, 2014

Mixology Monday: The Violet & Gold

The hubby and I were lucky enough to enjoy a romantic sushi dinner the other night while the boys stayed at home with their grandparents. It was wonderful! I ordered a cocktail called Violet & Gold and it was so unexpectedly yummy that I've tried to replicate it at home.

Here's how I think it's made:
  • 2 oz. bourbon (Bulleit is best, I think)
  • 1 oz. Creme de Violette
  • 1 Tbsp. lavender-infused honey*
  • Lemon twist
Place all ingredients except for the lemon twist into a shaker with ice. Shake for 30 seconds. Strain into a cocktail glass. Drop in the lemon twist and gently swirl. Add remaining ice.

*In place of lavender honey (it's hard to find in your average grocery store), a simple syrup works just as well. Add equal parts water and white sugar to a sauce pot on medium heat - 1/4 cup each should do it. Bring to a boil, remove from heat, add fresh lavender, and let stand for a minute. Then strain mixture over a jar or bowl to remove lavender bits.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Broccoli Almond Spread

I just found a recipe for the most delicious spread and it's packed with yummy greens and nuts. It's a simple combination of broccoli and almonds and it's featured in this month's Bon Appetite Magazine (page 109).

*Note: this is not my photo. I wish
I could make a spread look magazine-worthy like this.
Just blend 1/4 cup of roasted almonds with one and 1/4 cups of cooked broccoli in a food processor and boom! Instant spread. You can also add chunks of your favorite cheese to the mix before blending for even more flavor.

Depending on how well you blend the ingredients, this spread can be served on a sandwich or as a chunky, protein-packed dip with crackers.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Bachelorette Party Fun

I'm flying into Burbank tomorrow morning to kick-off a weekend of bachelorette party fun in honor of my best friend Briana. I'm looking forward to pool time, pedicures, and of course, the party itself, as this is a solo trip (kids are staying behind with daddy.) Thank God! This mama could really use a break.

Although most of Briana's party is already planned, I'm considering making something fun to add to the mix. Like a survival kit for everyone. Thank you Pinterest for having so many fun ideas!

Now if Saturday could only come a little quicker...

Snacks, water, bandaids, gum, Advil and breath mints.  
I love the title of this one. Very clever. 
I love the custom labels on this one.
A cute, cost-effective way to carry all the goodies. 

Friday Funny

You know those "shame on [insert company name here]" big banners that are often used by non-unionized workers to protest the unfair treatment of actual union workers? Well, this car dealership in Wichita clearly gets the insanity of it all.

Happy Friday, everyone!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Easy Egg Casserole

Right after I had the boys, someone signed me up for Parents Magazine. I never thought I would enjoy reading it, but it actually has some great material. Case in point: this delicious egg casserole recipe. It has bread, eggs, veggies and cheese and it took me all of 10 minutes to prepare before popping it into the oven.

I made this dish when we hosted company over the weekend and everyone went back for second helpings so I know it's good. I love easy cooking!

The prep work

The end result. Yummy!

Cheesy Egg Casserole:

  • 8 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups of low-fat milk
  • 1/2 tsp. salt 
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 12 oz. whole wheat bread, cut into 1" cubes
  • 4 oz. Canadian bacon
  • 1 cup of grape tomatoes, halved
  • 2 cups broccolini
  • 1 cup shredded Gruyere cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large bowl, whisk eggs, milk, salt and pepper. Place half of the bread cubes on the bottom of a 9x11 Pyrex dish. Layer with bacon, tomatoes, broccolini, and cheese. Repeat layering with remaining ingredients. Let stand for 10 minutes (or overnight if you'd prefer to cook the following day).

Bake uncovered for 50 minutes. Serves 8-10 people.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Mixology Monday: The Blarney Stone

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

In previous years, I would've been lined up at the pub by now with my friends and family, eagerly waiting to celebrate together. (Because nothing says "togetherness" like having a pint at 8am, right?)

Well, that sort of fun and chaos is not on the docket this year for me, I'm afraid. But if you're among the young and carefree who will be happily imbibing today with the masses, why not try something other than a Guinness? How about a Blarney Stone? It's a blend of Irish whiskey, lime juice and ginger beer. Sounds good, doesn't it?

 Drink with lime rind

The Blarney Stone:

2 oz. Irish whiskey
1 oz. lime juice
Ginger beer
Lime twist (a strip of the lime rind)

Add the whiskey and lime juice in a shaker. Shake for 15-30 seconds. Strain into a glass, top with a float of ginger beer, and garnish with the lime twist.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Friday Funny

In keeping with the body confidence theme today... Have a great weekend everyone!

"Soon the process will be complete!"