Saturday, January 8, 2011

1/8/11: Happy Birthday, Elvis!

Elvis would have been 76 years old today. And in honor of the King of Rock 'n Roll.....the tradition will continue! Pickle soup for dinner, followed by pink piña coladas and a viewing of "Blue Hawaii"! Happy Birthday, Elvis!

Piña Colada
2 oz pineapple juice
2 oz cream of coconut (goya's is pretty good. coco lopez is what i usually use.)
1 1/2 oz light vodka (I used Bacardi)
1 cup of ice

Throw it in a smoothie maker (trust me, it's better than a regular blender....unless it has a smoothie setting) without the grenadine. As it's blending, add the grenadine until it's the pink color you want!!!

Use a fat straw...and don't forget the paper parasol!

Monday, January 3, 2011

1/3/11: A little Feng Shui or whatever it's called

This one is for my friend...Heather F.... because she's at the melting pot RIGHT NOW enjoying my favorite* cocktail!

Yin Yang Martini
  • ½ ounce Godiva white chocolate liqueur
  • 1 ounce Stoli Vanilla vodka
  • ½ ounce White crème de cacao
  • 3 ounces Vanilla ice cream
  • crushed ice as needed
Blend these ingredients in a blender and pour into a 10–ounce chilled martini glass. Garnish with dark chocolate shavings in a yin yang shape and add dark and white chocolate wafers for the dots of the yin yang.

* one of my favorites from the melting pot. i mean, really, how can you pick one??? And credit for the photo belongs to Heather, too!!!!!!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

1/2/11: And it begins...

So much for 2011 being off to a great start!
So, hubby & daddy tried fixing the roof today. Yes, it  has stopped leaking, but after taking a bunch of shingles off, finding the area that's soaked, buying a [cut] sheet of plywood, and new shingles (they had everything else) they discovered that there is NO hole in the roof! The blizz-izzard we had caused ice build up - or as my dad called it, an ice dam - and the snow that was melting had nowhere to go but into the wood and seeped in! I guess it's good news that there's no hole, but the time spent and money on supplies will be missed. And when it gets warmer, the ceiling in the master bedroom will need to be replaced.....since those water spots on the ceiling are what made us discover this problem to begin with!!!

Until then, though, I will continue to forge ahead with my cocktail adventure. Today's cocktail is called a Money Shot, and so I have included an image for you as well as the recipe!

Money Shot
1/2 oz vodka (Svedka, thank you)
1/2 oz Irish Cream (today I used Bailey's)
1/4 oz coffee liqueur (yup, still Kamora)
Splash of cream (or, in my case, fat free 1/2 & 1/2)

Mix in a shaker with ice. Strain into a shot glass.
Or, if you aren't in a shooter move, like me, pour into a glass - ice and all, sip & enjoy!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

1/1/11 - HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!

So, here I sit with my hubby, our puppy....and my mom and dad. They are here to help us fix our 1st headache of the new year. There's a hole in the roof! Weirdly, since we bought the house in August, there have been a number of rainstorms - and some were pretty bad. But we never had a problem with a lea in the roof until this week. Thank you blizzard of really but the icing on the rancid cake that was 2010. Maybe this will be the only big issue that we have to deal with this year, so that we can get on with getting all of our "wants" done and not all of the "needs."

Know what I needed? Something to relieve the major headache that was born in my brain this morning when Jason found that leak....

Spiked Mocha

1oz coffee liqueur (again....Kamora....)
1oz creme de cacao (i used clear, but brown is cool, too)
Espresso or strong brewed coffee
Whipped Cream
Brown Sugar

Mix liqueurs in a coffee mug (I used a clear glass Irish Coffee mug for aesthetic pleasure). Add much as you'd like...but leave a little bit of room at the top! I don't have my espresso brewer/maker available (he has the week off - ha ha ha!) so I just used french roast coffee in my Keurig on the smallest setting. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle a little brown sugar on top. Use a chocolate candy stick or a chocolate peppermint candy cane as a stirrer.

Be wary: this thing will knock you out - even if you use regular coffee! Or, maybe I'm just a lightweight.....