Cucumber Elderflower Cocktail

The most refreshing drink you will have this summer. That is all.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 oz cucumber infused vodka
    • Infused vodka:  take a mason jar and add a few slices of cucumbers, fill mason jar with vodka and place in the fridge for at least 24-48 hours.
  • Cucumber slices
  • Juice from half of a lemon
  • 1 tablespoon of Elderflower Cordinal (or you can use St. Germain liquor)
  • Sparking Water or Club Soda

Steps:

  1. Muddle cucumber in the shaker.
  2. Add vodka, lemon juice and Elderflower.
  3. Add a few ice cubs.
  4. Add topper and shake.
  5. Pour into glass fill with ice and garnish with cucumber slice.

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Champagne + Whiskey Cocktail

Nothing can go wrong with a drink that has both bubbles and whiskey, right? If you are hosting New Year’s Eve your guests will not be disappointed. If you are attending as a guest bring the mixings (shopping list below) and be the life of the party. Check out the video for steps on how to create the perfect New Year’s Eve Cocktail!

Wishing you all a healthy and happy new year!!

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 Blackberries (Raspberries or blueberries can be used as alternatives)
  • Drop of Agave Nectar
  • 1 oz Whiskey
  • Prosecco (I know I ended up using Proscecco instead of Champagne but really any bubbles will do!)
  • 1/2 of a lemon

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DIY: Glitter Pumpkins

I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus but the holidays are making me jump right back into things! These glitter pumpkins are one of my favorite crafts to do for Fall. It’s a quick and easy craft for anyone who wants to add a little extra sparkle to their holiday decor. They also make for great last minute hostess gifts.

Check out the video for the tutorial!

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Materials:

  • Mod Podge Glue
  • Glitter (use a fine texture one)
  • Mod Podge High-Gloss Sealer Spray
  • Paint Brush
  • Butcher paper or Newspaper to use for prepping the table

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

3 Ways to Make Deviled Eggs

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These measurements are for two eggs.

Bacon & Chives:

  • 1 tablespoon of chopped cooked bacon
  • 1 tablespoon mayo (or Vegenaise is what I use)
  • 1/4 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon of chopped fresh chives
  • 1/4 teaspoon of chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • Dash of hot sauce
  • Garnish with piece of bacon and chives

Classic:

  • 1 tablespoon mayo
  • 1/4 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • Dash of red wine vinegar
  • Garnish with smoked paprika

Smoked Salmon & Fresh Herbs: 

  • 1 tablespoon mayo
  • 1/4 teaspoon grainy mustard (I use one with horseradish in it)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of chopped fresh chives, parsley, thyme and dill
  • Pepper to taste
  • Garnish with smoked salmon and fresh dill

How to Make Cake Pops

These delicious cake pops are much easier to make than they look. I promise you no one will have just one. I figured about 4 cake pops equal 1 cupcake, so don’t feel so bad when you go for seconds, or thirds….right!?!

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Summer Entertaining: The Goods

Summer Entertaining Essentials
  1. Blue Mason Jars – I stocked up on the limited edition blue mason jars. These blue beauties have multi-uses as vases, drinking cups, infusing alcohol (see #8), etc.
  2. Drink Tub – The tub makes it easy for guests to serve themselves.
  3. Pitcher – I prefer this stainless steel pitcher over a glass one, never have to worry about it breaking.
  4. Large Wood Cutting Board – Another multi-use item in my kitchen. I recently bought one of these and have used it as a serving piece for appetizers, part of a bar setup and as a center piece on a table. 
  5. Ikat Bowls – Add a pop of color to the table with these bowls.
  6. Ice Cream Attachment – This KitchenAid attachment has been on my wish list for awhile now. I have a bunch of recipes saved for the day when I actually get one.
  7. Kraft Paper – If you haven’t noticed I like to use kraft paper a lot. It’s a inexpensive material with endless uses.
  8. Jalapeno Infused Tequila – I’m attempting to make my own version this weekend. I’ll post the recipe on the blog soon!
  9. Myspace – I’m still trying to figure out the new Myspace interface but still digging it. Here are the songs I have on repeat this summer.

Double Duty Escort Cards

Keeping with the theme on trying to make weddings greener and not having a lot of paper waste, I really like the idea of doing “double duty” escort cards. The concept is to combine your escort cards and favors into one takeaway. These also work well for groomsmen or bridesmaids gifts, favors at bridal showers or name cards at dinner parties. Check out the video for additional ideas and have you subscribe to the YouTube channel yet? A new video posts every Friday!

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Summer Entertaining: Multi-Uses for Kraft Paper

Can you believe it’s June 1st already? I know I say this every year but I really mean it, time is flying by! Summer is rolling in and outdoor entertaining is ramping up. To keep things simple, I wanted to share some ideas on easy ways to style your summer event with Kraft paper. The best thing about Kraft paper is that it has multiple uses, is inexpensive (I picked up my roll at the Dollar Store), easy to clean-up and recyclable. Check out the video for different uses which include wrapping wine bottles with your menus, creating custom napkin ring holders or a painted table runner.

Get more inspiration and places to purchase kraft items by checking out my Pinterest board.

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