I have wild mint growing uncontrollably in my yard. If you happen to live nearby and need mint just let me know. I have an UNLIMITED supply and you’re welcome to come pluck some up. I’m not kidding when I tell you it grows like weeds. There’s no taming it. It comes back every. single.year. And while it used to aggravate me at first, now I’ve grown to embrace and respect it’s persistence. Not to mention besides smelling amazing I can have all the mojitos I could possibly want. Silver lining.
Do you love coffee as much as I do? If you know me you how much I HAVE to have coffee. I have a HARD time starting my day without it and it’s probably best for everyone if I do have it and immediately after I wake up. The stronger the better too. I’m a dark roasted bean kind of girl. Italian roast please.
Granitas are pretty much an adult version of a snow cone and what’s not to love about that. This version is made up of freshly pureed strawberries and my bubbly beverage of choice – Prosecco. Hence the name boozy berry granitas. I’m very smart like that. They’re perfect for a lazy afternoon on the deck under the umbrella shopping on Amazon (is that only me?). Or for a get together with the girls, or just because. Really you don’t need a special occasion. I am just a social butterfly and company is nice. Especially when they bring more Prosecco. Ehem.
If this keeps up around here I might have to change the name of the blog to boozy bell’alimento. Has a nice ring to it though. We’ve madeLIMONCELLO, AMARETTO, bootleg KAHLUA and now onto bootleg Irish Cream. It was only natural since St. Patrick’s Day is this weekend. Everyone is Irish this weekend so why not and to be honest I’m not really a corned beef and cabbage kind of girl so homemade Bailey’s Irish cream it was.
If you know me you know that I like a cocktail every now and then. Usually it’s a fruity little fru fru number (when it’s not a glass of wine) that’s bright, colorful and happy. Preferably with a cute little straw. Girly to the core. No dirty martinis for this girl (an apple-tini that’s another story). Exactly like this Blood Orange Vodka Cocktail. Blood oranges are in the market now and when I see them I gravitate to them like a shoe sale. I simply must have them (despite them costing me $1 each I have no control). They are one stunner of a fruit. That color. Swoon. I knew they would make a spectacularly girly cocktail perfect for a girls night in while catching up on while noshing on salame and cheese. And then perhaps a movie with vampires. What? Don’t act like you don’t like them. I can’t be the only one.
Coffee. I have to have it. Plain and simple. It’s not pretty when I don’t. I love it in the morning, rubbed onto my steaks, ask a facial scrub (yep) and even in cocktails. You know that coffee liqueur that starts with a K and ends with lua yep this is a pretty awesome knock off if I say so myself. Until recently, I didn’t realize you could make so many of my favorite adult libations at home but you CAN and should. Besides tasting amazing it will save you a bundle. Now you can get those shoes you’ve been eyeing. You’re welcome.
We’re raising our glasses and getting ready to escort 2012 out and 2013 in! Are you throwing a party? Do you need some last minute simple yet chic ideas? We can help. We’re having a few friends over tomorrow night to celebrate and we’ll have an array of simple yet satisfying appetizers and sweets out to nosh on throughout the night. Simple is always my motto and helps keep me sane while entertaining.
If you’ve ever been out on the town with me (when I’m not drinking wine) you know I like Amaretto. Typically it’s a double on the rocks. My brand of choice is DiSaronno. I like the taste and how I can feverishly spin the bottle top around before serving. Don’t judge. What I don’t like, the price. It’s spendy. Around $25 bucks for the “regular” sized bottle. I can’t tell you how many bottles I have purchased. Too many. No more. Why? I found out I can make a pretty dang near copy cat version at home for a fraction of the price. Yes homemade Amaretto baby. Go ahead and grab a glass you’re going to want some of this.
Happy Holidays! Now that Thanksgiving is past I’m already thinking about all of the entertaining we’ll be doing from now thru New Year’s Eve. Yes I get a little giddy about things like that. I’m a complete party nerd. There I said it. We like to keep things simple and easy whether we’re entertaining 2 close friends or a group of 20. Besides the usual suspects we like to throw in some holiday beverage flair.
I love coffee. I mean I REALLY love COFFEE. GOOD coffee. You know the kind you wake up slightly grinning about because you know what’s coming kind of coffee? I told you I love it. I’ll take an espresso, cappuccino, frappucino, caffe latte, macchiato, or yes a shakerato please. What’s a shakerato you ask? Well let me tell you about this caffeinated cocktail-ish drink. It starts with 7 grams of freshly ground coffee beans, a splash of Amaretto a little sweetener, chocolate and a cocktail shaker. Would you like one? I’m seeing another coffee inspired party in my future just so we can serve these.
I have to admit, I loved Capri Suns as a child. They came in a cool, shiny, silver pouch; you poked them with a straw (not too hard or you’d sprout a leak. Not to worry, nothing a pair of scissors and a pour into a glass couldn’t fix.) They were cool, and I was cool for drinking them. At least that’s how I remember it.
So yes they hit that nostalgic button for me. These new Capri Sun Super Vs are not my childhood Capri Suns. They’re better. Why? Because they’re full of — shhhhh — veggies and fruits!
I, for one, am so excited that it’s summer time. That means our days get started a little later (no rushing to school, packing lunches, looking for last night‘s homework that somehow got left out of the backpack), and we get to spend most of our time in flip flops. But crazily enough now that the kids are out of school it somehow seems we’re even busier now than during the school year. With a million activities pulling us in every direction it can be difficult to squeeze in downtime — which we all so desperately need.
Have I told you lately how much I love my job? I really do (well except for doing dishes but hey we can’t have it all right). Part of my job includes traveling. Tough right? Last week we jetted off to Seattle. Susan and I had big plans for the city, one of which included a swanky soiree we co-hosted Friday night.
We’re all crazy busy these days. Somtimes I even think that our summer schedule is more hectic than the school year schedule (go figure). I know for me, our insanely hectic schedule often makes it hard to maintain a healthy diet and manage a balanced lifestyle. Consuming a diet rich in nutrients is important to give us all the energy and nutrition we need to help get through the day. Florida Orange Juice is a step in the right direction.
Summer time in our house means we drink a lot of Lipton’s Iced Tea. Typically it’s sweet iced tea (we do live in the South y’all). But now we’re going to be adding a new mix to our mix ; ) I recently was sent samples of Lipton’s new Lipton Tea & Honey to try. Instead of sugar it’s sweetened with, you guessed it, HONEY! It’s a cinch to make, no boiling, no stepping, just tear open one of the pouches, add water and stir. Simple right?
Are you looking for a light and refreshing alternative to white wine, champagne and traditional ciders that you can enjoy year round? Try the newly released Michelob ULTRA Light Cider. It’s a light, naturally sweetened and gluten-free cider made from crisp apples. You can drink it straight up out of the bottle or serve it over ice. Best part, it has 1/3 less calories than an average bottle of the leading regular hard ciders. Weighing in at ONLY 120 calories each for a 12 ounce bottle ; ) How’s that for a skinny hard cider? Now you can go ahead and splurge on that piece of cake you’ve been eyeing ; )
I have noticed that “bellini” is quite popular amongst bell’alimento searchers. You all have good taste! They’re light, refreshing, fruity and perfect for summer sipping. Last summer we shared a FROZEN PEACH BELLINI . Today we’re bumping up the berry factor and making very berry bellinis. Made with a trio of berry goodness: strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. It’s fruity, slushy and I’m willing to bet you won’t be able to stop at just one. Or maybe that’s just me?
Well H-E-L-L-O gorgeous! One sip of this tall drink of water deliciousness and you’ll be shaking your hips to the rhythm of the Mambo that will be playing in your head. I fell in love with these mojitos while I was in Monterey at the Dole Summit. I am obsessed with mojitos (one of the sole reasons I grow mint). I do have to admit that I had never imagined putting arugula into a cocktail before. But guess what? It works! The arugula lends a subtle peppery bite the cuts the traditional sweetness of the mojito .
Having company over shouldn’t be stressful. I love to have a few nibblers out when my guests arrive so that we can catch up while I’m finishing up dinner and they don’t starve to death. I have a list of go to appetizers that I love to use depending on the season (and let’s face it how much time I have to prep) but one of the simplest and easiest is a no cook appetizer tray! It literally takes less than 3 minutes to pull together and will make you look like a supah star!
Cinco de Mayo is in just a few days. Are you craving Mexican food and Margaritas? Are you up for celebrating but don’t want to do any of the cooking? How about grabbing the family and heading to Chili’s. It’s a family friendly restaurant that won’t break the bank. We’re big fans of the budget friendly lunch menu and the 2 for $20 dinner menu. You share an appetizer and get two FULL size entrees. The chips and salsa and chips with fire grilled corn guacamole are two of our favorite appetizers. The quesadilla explosion salad could easily feed two of us so the portions are generous to say the least. And our kids love the PepperPal Kids menu so it’s a win win for all of us. Not to mention it leaves a little denero left over to splurge on a drink or two. I happen to be a sucker for a margarita.