January 2011 archive

{Raspberry} Chocolate Martini

Looking for a simple cocktail to serve your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day? Or just something decadent to try yourself? You’ll love this simple Chocolate Martini.

chocolate martini

Chocolate Martini

-Chocolate syrup

-3 oz Chocolate Raspberry Vodka (I used Godiva)

-Raspberries for Garnish

*Swirl chocolate syrup in the martini glass and place in the freezer. this lets the chocolate set up so it doesn’t mix in immediately when you pour in the vodka. Once set, shake vodka over ice and strain into martini glass. Garnish with raspberries.

You might also like this Chocolate Kiss Martini recipe or this Sweetheart Martini. Cheers!

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Raspberry Cupcakes a la Vodka

This cupcake recipe is for adults only. Dark chocolate, raspberries and flavored vodka. Perfect for Valentine’s Day or your next (adult only) gathering. I promise, they are as good as they sound.

cupcakes

I prefer to make mini cupcakes because you can get all the flavors in one bite, they are smaller (which I like) and well, they are just plain cute. This is my Babycakes maker. I can whip our 8 mini cupcakes about every 6 minutes. I put in red paper liners.

mini cupcake maker

Next, I filled the liners 1/2 way full with my dark chocolate vodka cupcake batter (top secret recipe below).

Six minutes later, this delicious chocolaty creation emerged.

cupcake recipe

Then I whipped up my raspberry chocolate vodka flavored icing. Another top-secret recipe I’ll share with you below.

raspberry cupcakes

And then I created this work of art. A dark chocolate cupcake infused with chocolate vodka and iced with a raspberry chocolate vodka icing. Topped with a fresh raspberry.

cupcake recipe

Or fluffy pink heart shaped marshmallow. You pick.

Top Secret Cupcake recipe:

-Your favorite chocolate cake mix. Substitute part of the water for the chocolate vodka. I used a dark chocolate mix that called for 1 1/3 cup water — so I used 1 cup water and 1/3 cup chocolate vodka (I used Godiva).

Top Secret Icing Recipe:

-Your favorite jar of whipped icing. Add in a drop of red or pink food coloring and half a shot of raspberry chocolate vodka (I used Godiva). Whip it up.

What do you think, do you want one?

For more (alcohol-free) Valentine’s Day cupcake ideas, click here.

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Vodka Soaked Berries

Want to know how to make chocolate covered strawberries even better? Try soaking them in chocolate vodka overnight before you dip them!

how to make chocolate covered strawberries

First, rinse your strawberries. Then place them in a jar. Pour in chocolate vodka until they are submerged. Seal and refrigerate for 24 hours. *Note – you really need to let them soak. I ate one after only 6 hours and your could note yet taste the vodka.

chocolate covered strawberries recipe

After 24 hours (or so), remove the strawberries from the jar of vodka and pat dry. Then dip into your favorite melted chocolate (I chose white chocolate).

chocolate covered strawberries recipe

Then arrange your vodka-soaked dipped berries onto a cute cake stand or platter. Your loved ones will be oh-so-thankful!

Chocolate Covered Strawberries Recipe

-Large Strawberries

-Chocolate infused vodka (such as Godiva)

-Chocolate for melting

*Rinse berries and soak in a jar of vodka for at least 24 hours. Remove berries from jar and pat dry. Dip berries into melted chocolate and let dry on wax paper. Plate and serve!

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Pink & Green Baby Shower

Looking for ideas for baby shower decoration ideas? This pink and green baby shower is perfect for welcoming that sweet baby girl! Hosted by my very best friend – this shower was planned around thoughtful touches and a clean, simple feel. I think she did a fabulous job!

baby shower decoration ideas

A “Baby” sign welcomed guests as they arrived. This simple decoration can be made using white wooden letters from your local craft store. Glue them to a 1.5″ gingham ribbon and secure to the door. Simple! One of my favorite baby shower decoration ideas is the clothes line (you might have seen me do it here and here). You can purchase baby clothes in the color scheme of the shower and then after, place them in a basket and give to mom-to-be.

What I love about this tablecape is that it is so clean and simple. Groups of flowers (all picked up from the local farmers’ market that morning) add a pop of color to the light green table runner.

Lovely, isn’t it?

Mixing types of flowers adds texture to your table. Feel free to mix it up!

These pink lemonade jars were placed at each setting. A darling white and green striped paper straw tied to each one.

These simple DIY wine glass charms added a nice touch to the champagne glasses.

Baby shower food consisted of salads, pastas and warm sandwiches. For dessert, mini cheesecakes with a topping bar including these gorgeous fresh berries.

A book of “wishes & advice” was created using scrapbook elements and guests were asked to leave their thoughts for baby & mom-to-be.

Guests were “showered with thanks” with these plumeria soap bars. They smelled AMAZING and were handmade by thesoapguy.com (a great favor idea!).

I custom designed invitations for this shower, but I am really liking these 4 above. Any of them would set the tone well. 1. Baby Girl 2. Vintage Baby 3. Spring Swirls 4. Birdies

Thank you to Sarah for sharing this event with us and to Priscilla for allowing us to use these wonderful photos. And congrats to mom Melissa!

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Zebra Party

Look for ideas for a wild party theme? This party was for my daughter (she turned 10!) who requested a zebra party. She chose purple (her favorite color) to compliment the black & white zebra theme but any color would have worked well. The party was small with about 8 girls — but it was fun!

Zebra party decor proved to be a little trickier than I thought, but we managed! Zebra table runners tied it all in well. Purple plates and zebra napkins from our local party store and black and white paper straws matched perfectly!

We didn’t need too many sweets (just 8 girls) so we chose her favorites. Cupcakes, (purple) chocolate covered pretzels and white chocolate covered Oreos.

As the main activity, we decided on a DIY photo booth. Here we are goofing around before the guests arrived. We made mustaches and lips on sticks (SUPER simple), had a ton of big glasses, hats, scarves, you name it! The girls had so much fun posing with one another.

Here is little sister getting all the pics she can before the “big” girls arrive.

While the girls were eating lunch, I snuck away to print out the photos they had taken. Each girl was given a fuzzy zebra picture frame that had their silly photo inside – they were a hit!

Zebra Table Runner – CV Linens (less than $5 each!)

Black & White Paper Straws and Zebra Cupcake Liners – The Sugar Diva

Zebra Printed Treat Bags – fort & field on etsy

Zebra Oreos – Sweeties by Kim

Purple Polka Dot Party Hats – Kate Landers Events

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Valentine Desserts: Cupcake Ideas

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time of year to brush off your dusty apron and get baking some cupcakes for your sweets! It’s all about the love and thought behind your baked works of art, so why not try something new? Your loved ones will love you just as much if your culinary creations are photo worthy– and I’ll bet they will still taste amazing! Here are some of my favorite Valentine cupcake decorating ideas. Get inspired!

What a simple touch….tie a ribbon around the base of your cupcake for some festive flair! This cupcake has no icing, instead it is dusted with powdered sugar. This fabulous treat was (and the recipe) found on BHG.

This sweet cupcake design if simple enough for anyone, have your kiddos help you! Simple decorate your cupcakes with conversation hearts! For a yummy cupcake recipe visit Bakerella, she is the cupcake goddess behind this creation!

Again, a simple ribbon tied around the cupcake is such a simple touch. The roses on top of these cupcakes were made by rolling colored fondant. Check out Bakerella for the simple cupcake decorating steps and make them yourself!

I hope you feel inspired to whip up some sweets this valentines day! What do you plan on making for your loved ones?
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