Sunday, August 31, 2014

365: Week 35

August 25 | Opening a special, early wedding present.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Happy Hour: Blueberry Orange Agua Fresca

When we were making the menu for the baby shower, I put agua fresca down on the list.  Then, I got made fun of for it.

"What is Agua Fresca?" (read that in a condescending, mocking tone), "Isn't regular water good enough?"

But, I made it anyway and everyone loved it.  Including the ones that were practicing their condescending/mocking voices earlier in the day.
They said things like, "Yum, that's delicious," and "Mmm, that's quite refreshing."

And the fact is that 'regular water' is enough, but infused water is better.  And, since it takes pretty much zero effort, you might as well class it up a little bit next time you're inviting people into your home.

Even if you just make it for yourself if you're trying to drink more water, it's still good and it's still almost effortless.  So just do it.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Layered Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse

The other day I had the strongest craving ever for Reese's Sticks.

Then, I got worried that maybe they stopped making them, but luckily Wikipedia told me, they were still in production.  It was actually the first thing that popped up when I Googled it, so I guess the panic hits a lot of people.
I pretty much like anything that has chocolate and peanut butter and the Reese's Sticks didn't exactly disappoint, but they definitely didn't live up to this chocolate peanut butter mousse that I made a few weeks ago for my sister's baby shower.

The nice thing is that these little guys take about as long to make as it would take you to drive to the grocery store.

Both layers are super light and fluffy.  Neither is too sweet or too rich.  It will easily satisfy any sweet cravings you get!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Watermelon Baby Carriage

At this point you've all seen the 'Pinterest fails.' And, they're really funny, sure.

But they're also kind of sad.
Nothing upsets me more than spending a lot of time and energy on something and then having it look like a scary mess on the plate.  Not a hot mess.  A scary mess.
This watermelon baby carriage was a Pinterest find, but it actually worked!

If I'm being totally honest with you, I didn't actually make this.  My mom did.  But since my mom is a real person and not a Pinterest liar, I think you can still trust that it is doable.

Also, when you're hosting a baby shower, it's pretty much a must.  Every. Single. Guest will comment on it and say how amazing you are as a hostess.  Promise.

Friday, August 22, 2014

White Peach Sangria

I'm not a wine drinker.  Every single time, I will choose beer over wine, a mixed drink over wine, and even no drink over wine.  It's not because I hate the taste or anything (although I do have a problem with room temperature drinks).  It's because wine gives me horrible headaches and it turns my face red.

My cheeks will get flushed and my temples will start to throb whether I have a couple sips or if I down a bottle.  So, don't try to tell me I just drank too much.
I've been told that it's because of the sulfites in most wines, but to be totally honest with you, I don't care enough to experiment and find out.  I just prefer other drinks.

After that little rant there, you're probably wondering why I even made a sangria then.
Good point.  It's mostly because it was being served to other people at a baby shower and it's partly because I really want to drink it without getting sick/embarrassed (red cheeks thing).
It always looks so nice and refreshing when people are drinking it then feverishly trying to scoop the booze-laden fruit out of the bottom of their glasses (and classy!).  This version is made with white wine, tons of peaches, strawberries and citrus and it tastes so so good!

Also, for some reason, the wine sucks all the color out of the strawberries so it turns this nice pink color :)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Shooters

Everything is cuter when you serve it in a shot glass.  Well, except for shots.  Shots are very rarely cute or at least the people taking them are very rarely cute.  (Contrary to what you think while you're taking them!)

But food in shot glasses?  Adorbs.
Pretty much every party, gathering, or event I've gone to, at least 3 people bring hummus with them.  Maybe that's just the crowd that I run with, but either way, it must mean that people like it.

What I don't like about hummus is that everyone reaches into the same bowl with their veggie sticks or pitas or whatever.  It takes about 6 seconds for that nice little swirl of hummus to be destroyed and then it looks completely unappetizing.

So, put a little dollop in a shot glass, drop your veggie sticks into it and problem solved!  Everyone gets to eat it and no one has to share or wonder which kid poked their finger into the bowl!

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