Oct 22, 2014

What the What?! Wednesday

It's Wednesday which means time for another installment of What the What?! Today anything crazy, funny, outrageous, interesting or amazing goes!

My alomst 3 year old niece, Emma, has a very active imagination. Here's a conversation between her dad (my brother) and her mom (his wife).

Apparently, she unrolled an entire thing of toilet paper to make her "blue ribbon bunny." Whaaaaat?!

Oh, sweet Emma!


How am I supposed to do that, Daily Mail?!
Wonder what exactly this job entails.

Happy Hump Day!!!

Oct 21, 2014

Scary Good Halloween Cocktails

Celebrate October's big holiday with a grown-up twist. Check out these adults-only treats!


Blood Orange Bubbling Elixir

1.5 oz Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur
4 oz blood orange juice
2 oz sparkling wine (or sparkling rose)
Blood orange slices (optional)

Directions: Fill a pilsner glass with ice (and slices of blood oranges, if desired.) Add blood orange liquer and blood orange juice. Top with sparkling wine and stir well







Dawn of the Dead

1.5 oz Cruzan Strawberry Rum
2 strawberries, mulled
4 raspberries
10 mint leaves
0.75 oz lime juice
0.75 oz simple syrup*
1 oz cranberry juice
Splash of sparkling rose

Directions: In a cocktail glass, muddle berries and mint leaves. Add Cruzan Strawberry Rum and cranberry juice. Top with ice and sparkling wine. Stir well.



Black Widow

1.5 oz Don Julio Blanco Tequila
1 oz fresh lime juice
1 tsp agave nectar
4 basil leaves
3 blackberries

Directions: In a mixing glass, muddle three basil leaves and two blackberries. Add Don Julio Blanco, fresh lime juice and agave nectar. Top with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass over ice. Garnish with remaining basil leaf and blackberry.



Poison Apple Fizz

2 oz Effen Vodka
1 oz lemon juice
1 oz simple syrup*
2 dashes ground cinnamon
2 oz hard cider
Garnish: orange slice

Directions: Combine vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup and ground cinnamon. Top with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a tall Collins glass filled with ice. Top with hard cider and stir well. Garnish with orange slice.


Witch's Bellini

1/2 cup Effen Black Cherry Vodka
2 cups frozen berries
0.5 cup pomegranate juice
1.5 cups sparkling wine
1.5 cups ice
3 tbsp of sugar (add more, if needed)

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a blender cup. Blend on high until blended smooth. Pour into small glasses.

*Simple Syrup: 1 part water; 1 part white sugar. Combine sugar and water. Stir until completely dissolved. You can also heat on stovetop to dissolve faster.


Oct 17, 2014

Friday 10.17.14

//1// It's almost voting time here in Michigan! I am a huge,  huge, HUGE advocate of women voting. We need to have our voice in legislation and to do that we need to vote. Women have had the right to vote for less than 100 years in our country. That's a pretty short amount of time considering the US was formed in 1776.

One thing I'm an even bigger advocate of - for all genders - is casting an educated vote. Do the research!  Don't vote for someone your favorite celebrity is endorsing, by political party, or the way your spouse or friends are going to vote. Take time to check out all the candidates and see who makes the biggest impression on you and who's beliefs match the closest to yours. I picked up the above Nonpartisan Voter Guide at my local library. It's helped me review all the candidates so that when it's time to go to the polls, I feel I can make an informed decision.

//2// I've been thinking about my grandparents a lot lately. They both had birthdays in October and it was the wedding anniversary month. My Papa passed away in July 2011 and my Grandmommie passed away in March 2013. I could go on and on, but I'll keep it simple. They were really cool people that really helped shape me and I learned so, so much from them. I love that there are little things I do everyday that makes me think of them.

//3// I'm so excited that I finished Christmas shopping for my nieces and nephew - H, E, G, and soon-to-be E! I'm the aunt that gives practical gifts. I usually go with books or personalized Christmas ornaments. I found a way to be practical yet really fun this year. I don't want to give it away because I want their parents to be suprised too! Nick and I pretty much only do presents for the kids so I'd say my Christmas shopping is DONE!

//4// This for all my Southern blogging friends because there's a little big part of me that wishes I was a Southern Belle.

//5// Summing up the week:
Have a great weekend!