Friday, August 29, 2014
"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.
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
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.
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
But they're also kind of sad.
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
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.
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).
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
But food in shot glasses? Adorbs.
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!
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
I wonder how long it's going to take until that sounds normal! Maybe by the time the kid (we don't know the sex yet) can talk, it won't seem so weird. But for now, it's a little strange.
Since you all understand how family trees work, by now you've figured out that my sibling (in this case, my sister) is pregnant. And when you have a sister that's preggers, that means you'll be throwing a baby shower.
Even though you may choose not to have games, that doesn't mean you don't provide entertainment! Here are some tips to hosting a baby shower without games that is still fun and avoids those awkward lulls in conversations:
2. Decorate. Your decorations don't have to be super intricate or expensive, but lay out some tablecloths, make some sort of signage so people know where to go, and display the food and gifts in nice way. My mom just borrowed some of the onesies that my sister already had and hung them up on a clothesline outside our front door so people knew they were in the right place.
3. Play music! I can't stress this one enough! Really, this goes for any party. Whenever you're having people over, there are going to be natural breaks in the conversation and when that happens, you don't want dead silence. You just don't. It makes people want to run away and hide. So find a good playlist and have it going in the background.
4. Entertain. This really involves everything from when you greet your guests at the door to when they leave after everything has wound down. You need to tell them where to put their gift and jacket, facilitate the different 'activities' you have planned (games, eating, opening presents, etc.), mingle constantly, and refill food and drinks. Especially at a baby shower, where all of the people there will probably not know each other, look for the person that's sitting by herself and talk to her, but more importantly, introduce her to another person that doesn't know anyone else.
5. Make favors. My mom and I made a salt scrub so the guests can have something to remember the shower...get it?! I'll share the instructions soon!
That's all I've got for you, but I'd say the shower my mom and I threw for my sister was pretty successful. So, I guess I'm kind-of like an expert now.
Monday, August 18, 2014
Friday, August 15, 2014
Every once in a while, Austin and I will get totally addicted to a new TV show and we’ll have to binge watch the whole season, series, Youtube videos - whatever we can get our hands on!
I know we’re not the only ones that do this. I’m pretty positive that’s Netflix’s business model.
Anyway, a while back, we had a problem with a show called Tripping Out with Alie & Georgia. We watched all of the episodes in a week’s time and then we were sad when we had nothing left.
But, I just found out they’ve been doing a new web-based show called Classy Ladies!
On their show, they always made these fun, inspired cocktails with special infused liquors, homemade bitters and flavored simple syrups. It really was classy.
So making an infused vodka has been on my list of things to do for a long time. And, now that I know how easy it is, I’m kicking myself for not doing it earlier.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
So, that's not the recipe's fault. Pretty sure that's the definition of 'operator error.'
I think everyone loves the smell of fresh-baked bread. And the taste. But the kneading? Ain't nobody got time for that!
This recipe gives you the smells and the flavors without the sore fingers, wrists and arms.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Potato salad is the glue that holds it all together. It's the peanut butter in your PB&J. When it comes to inviting people to eat 'al fresco,' you have to have the stuff.
You just have to. People will seriously notice it's missing from the table if you don't. On multiple occasions, I've heard people scan across the table, and you can just see their heart sink as they say, 'oh, I guess we should've brought potato salad - I thought everyone would've brought potato salad.'
This recipe is my grandma's and it's the best I've ever had. Not that I'm a real potato salad connoisseur per se, but I have dabbled in many different recipes at this point. It's got the perfect balance of flavors with the potato base, crunchy celery, creaminess from mayo and sour cream, just a little hard-boiled egg and the salty/briny bite of the olives and olive juice.
Friday, August 8, 2014
It's not like Austin and I have something that just screams 'us.' We also don't typically like the same drinks. Not even the same types of liquor.
So, now we're back to just picking something we like and saying, 'Here! Drink this!'
Even though, I'm not usually that into whiskey, I like this mix quite a lot. Not sure it's quite a 'signature' though...I'll have to keep searching.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Don't act like you don't know what I'm talking about. Exactly everyone has been in that situation.
It's a safe bet for me. I love all mashed potatoes. With the skin on or off, real or even boxed, seriously, I'm not picky. Same goes for coleslaw. Sure, there's a difference and some are better than others, but I like it all.
Of course, if I got a choice, I'd choose this variation. A little bit tart from the vinegar, but still a creamy dressing. Plenty of the classics: cabbage and carrots, with an added sweet/sour element from the apples. Yep, I know what I want!
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
My sister is the latter.
This recipe was already an alteration of a cake mix, then she had to alter it again.
Basically, what I'm saying is that my sister is a good cook and this recipe makes a good cake!
Friday, August 1, 2014
Sounds perfect. There's always a 'but' though, right? Here's the 'but': you will run out of Corona before you run out of tequila.
The problem is that you're really just taking shot after shot of tequila at that point. Which is not really a problem 'cause you're camping!
You're not driving, and you were planning on passing out under the stars anyway.