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Holiday Cocktails

I really am a sucker for a pretty cocktail, especially a festive or holiday cocktails. So when Sierra Mist asked me to test out two of their festive holiday cocktails all I could say was …. “get me my shaker!”

I was really eager to test out these two unique cocktails because although I like a little fizz in my drink — I am not a fan of sugary sodas. Sierra Mist seemed like a great alternative since it is made with real sugar, no artificial ingredients and is 100% natural flavoring.

So, I put my mixologist’s hat on and created these:

holiday cocktails

 Pretty, right? Say hello to Meet me at the Mist-letoe & Frost Bite.

recipe | holiday cocktails

Meet Me At The Mist-letoe…Martini

Ingredients

2 oz. Sierra Mist Natural

1 1⁄2 oz. Raspberry Vodka

3 Leaves fresh basil

1⁄2 oz. Fresh lime juice

1 oz. Blueberry juice

Directions

1. In a glass, muddle two basil leaves and lime juice, then add to shaker

filled with ice

2. Add raspberry vodka and blueberry juice to the shaker; shake well and

strain into a martini glass

3. Top with Sierra Mist Natural

4. Garnish with a basil leaf for decoration (optional)

 

 

Frost Bite

Ingredients

3 oz. Sierra Mist Natural

1 oz. Blue Curacao

1 oz. Coconut Vodka

Fresh mint

1 oz. Pineapple juice

Fresh blueberries (optional)

Directions

1. In a shaker filled with ice, mix coconut vodka and pineapple juice

2. Add blue curacao, fresh mint and blueberries (optional)

3. Shake all ingredients well and strain into a large glass filled with ice

4. Top with Sierra Mist Natural

5. Garnish with fresh blueberries for a holiday twist (optional)

So I thought it’s be fun to see which cocktail you’d most like to try. Are you a Meet Me at the Mist-letoe or a Frost Bite? Here’s my favorite…

 

Now tell me, which would be yours?

Don’t forget to check back for 2 more recipes (one cocktail and one mocktail!) plus a cool giveaway from Sierra Mist!

You can also “Like” Sierra Mist on Facebook and check out other recipe ideas.

This is a sponsored post. I was provided products and/or compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.

 

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Thoughts :: Need Thanksgiving Ideas? Me too.

thanksgiving ideas - table

If you haven’t seen this AMAZING Thanksgiving tablescape from Chris from Celebrations At Home — you must. Check out her feature over on Daily Grommet’s blog today (she’s got some great styling tips and Thanksgiving ideas).

It’s right around the corner — Thanksgiving. Actually, it’s in less than a week. What have I done to prepare you ask? Nothing. Nope, nada. The good thing about sticking to simple entertaining and hostessing ideas is that (when needed) you can pull it all together last minute (yep, literally).

I thought I’d keep it real and share with you all that I am lagging in my planning, but that I’m okay with that. I’ll turn to some of my favorite past ideas like these:

And I’ll throw in some new Thanksgiving ideas like the ones Chris shared here. How about you? Are all your T’s crossed and I’s dotted? How is your Thanksgiving planning coming together?

If you could use a little help pulling your thoughts and ideas together, join me and several other entertaining, design, food, and craft bloggers on Twitter Monday night the @DailyGrommet #HolidayHelp chat. More details here.

Hope to share (and learn) with you there!

 

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Simple Halloween Ideas {Peep Smores}

This year, I am all about finding simple Halloween ideas (this year just seems to be moving so much faster than normal and I can’t keep up!). I’ve been finding great DIY decor ideas and great Halloween treats over on Pinterest like these smores made with peeps! I decided these were the perfect {simple} treats to make for all of the neighborhood kids so I whipped them up last night. Here are the stars of the show:

Simple Halloween Ideas

 

-1 graham cracker (broken in half)

-2 mini Hershey’s

-1 ghost peep (they have pumpkin peeps too if you’d rather mix it up)

Place in a bag …

Smores - Simple Halloween Ideas

 

And there you have Halloween peep smores — such a simple treat! I tied the bag up with ribbon and a cute Halloween tag. The ones above are free printables from Anders Ruff Custom Designs. You can download yours too here.

What simple Halloween ideas have you found lately? I’d love to hear about them!

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Halloween snack mix + printable

I whipped up this Halloween snack mix the other night in about 10 minutes (made a big ole’ batch and stored it in a big ole’ jar!). My secret recipe  at the end of the post.   ;)

 

Halloween snack mix

I made a big batch of this and used for different things:

-sent with kiddo on a recent amusment park trip

-made gift jars for friends

-made a cute after school treat for my girls

You all liked the St. Patrick’s Day treat I shared, so I thought I’d share this one too — nothing fancy, just a simple surprise waiting for them after school.

printable - Halloween snack mix

A little festive snack — you know to get in the Halloween spirit.

 Halloween trail mix

Add some milk (it does a body good) + a cute paper straw = SIMPLE.

Here’s the image I created if you want to use it. Just right click + save. Then open in a word doc and print.

 

Halloween Trail Mix Recipe

Note: I don’t do exact measurments — more like a handul of this, a handful of that. So just increase what you love and leave out what you don’t!

Combine:

-Chex Mix cereal (I used honey flavor)

-Chocolate Cheerios

-Roasted Peanuts

-Butter Popcorn (make sure to toss a few handfuls in your mouth for good measure)

-Reeses Pieces (and then toss some of these in your mouth with the popcorn – trust me!)

-Fall colored M&M’s

-Candy Corn and Candy Corn pumpkins

That’s it! Mix it all up and enjoy!

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{Simple} Cake Decorating Ideas

Want to roll your sleeves up and get elbow-deep in icing? Okay, maybe you’re not that intense, but if you are looking for some simple cake decorating ideas, I think you’ll enjoy these photos.

On a side note, I know first hand what it’s like to be elbow-deep in icing. Many moons ago I spent  4 years as a cake decorator and we used to mix up our butter cream in a giant industry grade mixer and then fill up trash can-sized containers of this sweet stuff. Man, that was some messy (yet sweet) work. I think I sort of miss it.

Oh well, here are some cake decorating ideas that will require A LOT less icing!

 cake decorating ideas | layers

Spruce up the inside of your cake by making colorful layers that will be revealed once the cake is cut.

 

cake decorating ideas - ruffles

Learn how to decorate a stunning ruffled cake with this great video tutorial.

cake bunting

Do a basic white icing and then top the cake with a simple DIY bunting (you can use paper, ribbon or mini poms).

donut holes on cake

Better yet? Top the cake with cake balls or mini donut holes rolled in sprinkles (I love this look)!

I hope these ideas inspire you to whip up some icing! Speaking of icing, I’m on the hunt for a go-to  recipe. Do you have a favorite? Share in the comments or on our Facebook page — I’d love to try it!

Sources: Rainbow LayersRuffles, Bunting, Donut Topped.

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Ginger beer cocktail

I teased you with a photo of this ginger beer cocktail the other day when I shared about simple meals for two and I’m back to share this recipe as promised.

It’s a great drink for those who like beer but also enjoy a nice cocktail … the best of both worlds in one simple package — the Ginger Beer Cocktail:

ginger beer cocktail

In shaker combine:

1 parts vodka

2 parts ginger ginger beer (or your favorite ginger ale)

shake and strain into glass

garnish with a thin piece of fresh ginger

I used ginger ale (with Jasmine Tea) by Bruce Cost found at BevMo.

*This cocktail goes wonderfully with any Chinese or Asian dishes you are serving.

Cheers!

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