I meant to write this post yesterday. I left my laptop sitting out while I went into the kitchen to test a new waffle recipe. The waffles were just okay (this recipe is better), but that didn’t stop me eating three of them. When I came back into the living room to sit down and write, I discovered the cat had decided to take a nap on my laptop keyboard.
My cat is clearly some kind of devious genius because she managed to step on just the right buttons to turn off my mouse. If Geoff would have been home, the problem could have been solved in about five minutes because he knows that laptops don’t just work by magic, but alas, he was out for the night. Obviously, I had no choice but to close my laptop and go to bed at 7:30. It actually ended up being a pretty great night.
But as you’re reading this, it’s Friday, and we all deserve to have exactly the drink that we really want. I really want a sweet and tangy Green Apple Martini. I’m not apologizing. You know it’s tasty. And the good thing about making this drink at home is that there’s no one around to judge you.
I ordered the green apple syrup on Amazon, but it was worth it. Green apple liqueur is pretty easy to come by here. And of course, vodka is vodka. Shake it all up with ice so that it’s crazy cold, and serve it in a fancy glass because you deserve it.
You just never know how things are going to go sometimes. This is why you always need to be ready to make a cocktail. This Green Apple Martini will get you through anything with a smile on your face.
Ooph. It’s been a week, kids. I need a drink. Like now. Nothing complicated. No syrups or shrubs to prepare. N fancy rims or garnishes. I don’t want to think. I just want to drink.
One drink, maybe a piece of chocolate. Fifteen minutes to feel sorry for yourself. Then you have to take a deep breath, let it go, and move on. Here’s to saying no to taking onto other people’s emotional baggage. Here’s to pulling back, going internal, and allowing yourself to relax and let go. Here’s to knowing there’s every possibility that tomorrow will be better.
I’ve made you a real life drink today. Three ingredients, and you’re well on your way to a spicy, flavorful drink that will have you totally chilled in no time. We’re mixing up our favorite spiced rum with ginger beer and a squeeze of fresh lime. Pour it all over ice, and you’re done.
Let’s be honest, this is the way we really drink most of the time? I mean, how often do you actually want to stand in the kitchen muddling up fruits and herbs after a stressful day? Fancy Instagram cocktails are beautiful, but this is real life, and this Rum & Ginger Beer is a real life drink. No apologies.
Cheers, my friends, to confronting where you are in life right now, and making the most of it. A little rum should help.
Christmas is almost here, and I can’t wait. As I write this, I have basically another half day of work left before I get to take over two weeks off. I’m looking forward to being utterly idle for hours at a time, watching all the movies and tv, reading all the books, and cooking something every day. Come by for copious leftovers.
It’s just Geoff and I for Christmas this year, and Geoff doesn’t have much time off work, so this will be an oddly solitary holiday season. I’m not remotely mad about it.
For most, though, Christmas break is all about getting together with family. From newborns to centenarians, you’ll likely be feeding people of all ages all at once during the holidays. So today, I’m offering you a versatile drink that can make a lot of people happy.
This Mistletoe Mocktail is a lime and ginger delight. If you’re too young to drink or don’t drink for any reason, this will be absolutely awesome. Sweet and tangy, with a touch of heat from ginger beer, you can easily make this for one person or twenty.
If spending so much time with your family is making you desperate for a bit of booze, or if you just want to make your holidays a little more merry, you could easily add a shot of vodka or maybe even rum to your glass to make this a legit cocktail.
Happy holidays, friends. May your days be merry and bright.
It’s my 40th birthday today. I don’t have any words of wisdom about getting older. I’m not sure I’m handling it as gracefully as I should be, to be quite honest. I’m just trying to carry on and stay awesome and look ahead to the adventures that await. And trying to remember to put on eye cream every night.
I thought I’d share with you some of my all time favorite recipes from the past five and a half years on my site. It was really difficult to pare it down, and I couldn’t quite make it to just 40. These are all things that I get really excited about cooking and eating. I hope enjoy them as much as I do.
Breakfast Pizza is a recipe I learned from a dear friend, and I love it almost as much as I love her.
Guys, we’ve got our Christmas tree up, I’ve already eaten once at the Christmas market, and I’ve even ordered a couple of presents already. Who even am I? Normally I leave everything until the last minute and run around in a panic trying to figure out what the hell I’m doing before Christmas morning. Granted, I still have quite a few gifts to figure out, and I haven’t even started thinking about a menu, but I’m currently feeling way ahead of the game.
I’m ready to relax into the season and really enjoy it this year. We’ve got advent calendars, I’m thinking of picking up a bottle of Bailey’s, and the Golden Globe nominations are being announced on Thursday. I’m all set for cozy, quiet days, or should I say nights as we’re only getting about seven hours of daylight at the moment. Thirteen days of work left, then I’m all the way in the Christmas spirit.
To help you get extra cozy this holiday season, I’ve made you some White Hot Chocolate, and it is tasty. We’ve got a whole bar of white chocolate in these two glasses. This is my husband’s favorite hot chocolate as he’s not a dark chocolate fan. It’s delicate and not outrageously sweet.
This is, admittedly more complicated than dumping some powder in a cup, adding boiling water, and stirring, but your still rather minimal effort will be rewarded. We’re mostly just chopping chocolate, heating, and stirring. And while you could skip the whipped cream and sprinkles, I can’t think of why you’d want to. It’s Christmas after all. Even if it’s not, there’s no bad day for sprinkles. And if you wanted to add some Bailey’s, I wouldn’t stop you.
Keep the long dark winter at bay by lighting the fire, bringing a tree into your house, and sipping White Hot Chocolate. It’s gonna be awesome.
White Hot Chocolate is sweet and smooth and so awesome.
100 grams white chocolate, chopped
1 teaspoon corn flour or corn starch
1/4 cup milk powder
1-1/2 cups whole milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Whipped cream and sprinkles to top
Chop your white chocolate relatively finely and pop it in a mixing bowl. Set aside.
In a small sauce pan, whisk together the corn flour and milk powder to combine. Add the milk slowly, whisking as you go to make sure you don't have any lumps.
Heat your milk mixture over medium heat, stirring frequently until it just starts to steam. As soon as you see steam, pour the milk over the chopped white chocolate, then walk away for about a minute. By this time, your chocolate will have melted. Whisk all this together until smooth.
Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and put it back over medium heat for about five minutes until it just starts to bubble around the edges of the pan. It will have thickened slightly as well.
Divide your hot chocolate between two mugs, top with whipped cream and sprinkles, and drink up while it's still hot.