Eight Tasty Cocktail Recipes for Summer Entertaining

by Dinah Wulf

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My regular guest author and contributor, David Edessa works really hard at coming up with his own unique cocktail recipes exclusively for DIY Inspired.  Since it is officially summer, I thought I’d put together a round-up of eight amazing tasty cocktail recipes for Summer that you must try this season while entertaining at home.

Cucumber Lemon Spritzer

A refreshing combination of cucumber water, basil, and fresh lemon juice

Apples & Oranges Cocktail Recipe

A mixture of fresh organic fruit juices and vodka

Peach Zinger Cocktail Recipe

Homemade ginger simple syrup with peach schnapps and vodka

Iced Java Cocktails

Three sweet and creamy iced recipes perfect for a summer get together

Frozen Daiquiri Recipes

Tasty frozen summer drinks including banana and cantaloupe daiquiri recipes

Strawberry Shortcake Shake

Yummy strawberry dessert cocktail with a bonus Almond Joy martini recipe

Watermelon Agua Fresca

David wrote this one for Cinco de Mayo, but this is good any time of year!

Spiked Gummy Bear Jello Shots

And finally, for the more adventurous, life of the party, make your own spiked gummy bear shots!

Bonus!  I thought I’d throw in how to make your own candy infused alcohol!  This is a step by step tutorial on how to make infused alcohol with Skittles, jelly beans, and Jolly Ranchers complete with six cocktail recipes and two shooter recipes.  Enjoy! And as David always says, “Drink responsibly and drink smart.” Learn more about David here.

A big thank you to David for all your contributions and hard work!

DIY Candy Valentines with a Free Printable

by Dinah Wulf

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Even though my daughter is not yet old enough to be in school, I thought it would still be fun to come up with some DIY Candy Valentines with a Free Printable for my DIY Inspired readers.  I figured my daughter and I could pass the ones I made for this post out to friends and loved ones.  I have done a candy sayings post in the past to help cheer up my husband when he hurt his foot last year, so if you need more inspiration or want to use different candies check out that post.  If you like these, please help yourself to this free printable!

DIY Candy Valentines with a Free Printable

Here are the sayings that I used this time.  I tried to be creative and funny.  Let me know what you think!  If you have other ideas, I’d love to see your sayings in the comments below.

  • Fruit Snacks – “Orange you berry happy I’m your Valentine?”
  • Blow Pop- “Life without you would blow.”
  • Almond Joy- “You bring me so much joy it’s nuts!”
  • Chiclets- “You’re a sweet chick.  Will you be my Valentine?”
  • Pop Rocks- “You Rock, Valentine!”
  • Whoppers- “You’re a Whopper of a Valentine.”

I used favor bags, scrapbook paper, and ribbon to embellish them.  Double sided tape makes it easy to assemble.  Here are a couple more photos.  I had a lot of fun making them.

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I hope you print them out! Enjoy and don’t forget to leave your candy sayings!

***Bonus alert! I am so excited to share two more bonus Valentine’s Day crafts from my friends, Loren from Pandora’s Craft Box and Barbara from Chase the Star!***

Here is Barbara’s adorable Valentine’s Day Banner!

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And here is Loren’s cute Cupid Felt Valentine’s Snow Globe!

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Happy Crafting!

 

 

A Peppermint Christmas

by Dinah Wulf

Lucky for me working on and researching inspiration for my blog is all part of this dream job.  I wouldn’t have dreamt in a million years that I would have this much traffic to my site.  I was doing my daily Pinterest search and came across the pin from Bellenza and it got me excited for the upcoming Christmas parties this year!  It also inspired me to write this post (Thanks, Bellenza).  I love the traditional red and white colors for Christmas décor so I thought I’d put together a few fun pieces of inspiration for a peppermint Christmas!

Here is the original inspiration.  Isn’t it amazing? I was trying to narrow it down to one favorite party treat that I like the best but it was absolutely impossible.

Here is a fun idea from The Invitation Shop, using Christmas candy in glass vases for stunning floral arrangements. I like this idea using recycled Mason jars.

Leave it up to Martha and her art of presentation. This gift wrapping idea is so simple and elegant.

Holy cuteness!  I can’t get over these Santa Hat Topiaries from Paint Me Plaid.  They make the most adorable Christmas centerpiece.  Better yet?  Besides the paint, all the supplies were found at a local dollar store.

Here is a simple, yet beautiful mantel by My French Country Home. I particularly love the glass vases.

The perfect DIY gift, how cute and fun is this candy cane sugar scrub from Jacolyn Murphy.

Last but definitely not least!  Santa would be extremely excited to find this waiting for him at your house after a long night of delivering toys!  This Red Velvet Cupcake in a Jar by My Baking Addiction is fab and looks tasty too! Perhaps intended for Valentine’s Day, just switch out those heart sprinkles for some Christmas themed sprinkles.

Here’s to a very Merry Peppermint Christmas!

 

Lego Theme Party Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

My brother purchased the Lego Haunted House this year for Halloween and I got inspired to write this pot.  Even though most the Lego theme parties I see are for boys, I LOVE Legos and I’m hoping Mia, my daughter will one day love Legos too!  If that day comes and she wants to have a Lego theme party, I’ve put together some fabulous ideas I’ve found on Pinterest and out there in the blogosphere. Here are some fun DIY Lego theme party ideas that I hope you enjoy!  The links I provided are full details of each amazing party.

Decorations:

What I love about Legos is that they are so bright and colorful.  When decorating for a party, just think of bold primary colors, black, and white.  Check out this amazing Lego Dessert Table Display, complete with free printables, this elaborate display was made with gift wrapped juice drink boxes.

I love this Lego Wall Art made from colorful scrapbook paper.  It’s such a creative yet inexpensive idea that makes a big impact.

Who says you have to buy all your party decorations.  This Lego utensil holder is made of… you guessed it…Legos!  What else can you make?

I love this soap dispenser for the bathroom!  What a great idea!

Goodies:

There are so many great Lego food and goodie ideas.   I have actually done a tutorial for easy Lego marshmallow pops in the past.  Here are some tasty looking Lego cookies.

More Lego cookies!

How fun is this Lego Jello?

Favors:

Check out these cute Lego gift bags.  You can purchase regular gift bags and add circles with scrapbook paper.

These adorable Lego Jars and made out of recycled baby food jars. Fill them with Legos or candy and you have the perfect party favor.

Check out this dessert display with colorful gumballs and clear square boxes.  Add a themed label and they are perfect to take home.

 

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Yes To Fruits and Veggies

by Dinah Wulf

Yes To Fruits and Veggies

I am guilty.  That’s right.  Guilty.  I am guilty of completely being gluttonous and indulgent in those tempting and beautifully decorated displays of sweets that seem to be the center of every shower, special event, or gathering.  Each one, found on every blog (even this one), is usually a magnificent color scheme to fit a specific well-thought out party theme.  There are beautifully designed signs and labels and banners, a variety of apothecary jars filled with candy, and matching platters with cookies and cakes… SO GOOD (and pretty too)!

Now that I am a parent, I have to make smart choices not only for myself but for my child.  Don’t get me wrong, I will STILL have my sweets table at my parties but it just may be a small one.  I decided to put a post together showing ways to display healthy fruits and veggie crudité for your next party as an alternative to the sweets table (or at least an addition) to help live a greener and healthier life. Here goes…

We all do it…use recyclable bags, wear Tom’s, try to take quick showers…basically taking small steps to live a greener life. Well, here are three more tips for you (and your family) to try!

1) Use water and vinegar to clean your windows (instead of Windex)

2) Bring a coffee cup on your next run

3) Start using natural skin and hair care products (try Yes To, a line full of natural treats – like fruits and veggies)!

A GIANT thank you to Yes To for sponsoring today’s post!

 

Holiday Treat Gift Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

My initial inspiration for this post was poop.  Yes you read that correctly.  Poop.  I kept seeing Pumpkin Poop and Reindeer poop ideas on Pinterest that I decided to write a post on it!  These holiday treat gift ideas are all great ideas, I must say.  They are affordable DIY gifts for a classroom, holiday party favors, or even gifts for a group of friends or family members. Let’s start with the poop, shall we?

This first one is Pumpkin Poop complete with a poem!

I started to carve my Pumpkin, with my carving knife and scoop,

But my pumpkin got so scared that he took a little poop!

It looked so cute and funny, just like a candy treat,

So I’m sharing it with you now, because you are so sweet!

This Pumpkin Poop was listed on Etsy but no longer available.  The beauty of it is you can make it yourself!

Here is another one with a poem.  This time this poem is about Reindeer Poop!

Santa looked at his list.  He even checked it twice.

And he found out you haven’t been very nice.

Since coal is so expensive, here’s the inside scoop.

Santa is filling your stocking with lots of Reindeer Poop!

Don’t like poop?  Try reindeer noses with eight chocolate malted balls and one red gumball for Rudolph’s nose.

OK, last poop one with a poem!  This time snowman poop!

Heard you’ve been naughty so here’s the scoop.

All you get for Christmas is Snowman poop!

This is a simple hot chocolate pack with mini marshmallows.  I’d add in a mini candy cane too!

This is a cute treat to leave out for Santa.  Chocolate donuts, jelly bean red noses, and pretzel antlers.

Another donut idea, these snowmen on a stick are adorable and easy to eat!

This would be perfect for a hot chocolate bar at a holiday party.  Or consider wrapping these marshmallow pops up individually with a hot cocoa packet!

Here’s another fun marshmallow pop idea.

A perfect thank you with a message, “Thank you for giving a hoot!”

The best for last… These chocolate bag of skeletons may possibly be my favorite!

 

 

Salted Butter Pecan Martini

by Dinah Wulf

Salted Butter Pecan Martini, Written By David Edessa

Check out all of David’s FANTASTIC cocktail party recipes!  Find the perfect one for any occasion.

Many years ago a friend turned me on to dipping salted potato chips into soft pecan ice cream. I was reluctant to try at first, however, the salt and sweetness of the ice cream made me a fan. This Salted Butter Pecan Martini recipe is reminiscent of that taste for me…enjoy!!! :)

Salted Butter Pecan Martini recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Van Gogh Vanilla Vodka ( your favorite brand will due in a Vanilla Vodka)
  • ¾ oz. Butterscotch Schnapps
  • ¾ oz. Frangelico Liqueur
  • ½ oz. Baileys Caramel
  • 1 oz. Heavy Cream
  • Torani Salted Caramel syrup

Glass Prep Instructions:

Place martini glass in freezer for 15 minutes to half an hour. Pour the caramel syrup into a shallow plate and in another plate crushed candied pecans. Then, dip the rim of a chilled martini glass into the plate with the caramel syrup and then dip the chilled glass into the plate with the crushed candied pecans. When done place prepped glass on parchment paper for easy release and place in freezer until ready to use.

If you feel you need more of a salted rim. Try the following rimmer mix along with the crushed candied pecans.

Rimmer Mix Instructions:

  • ½ cup turbinado sugar
  • ½ cup crushed Maldon sea salt
  • ¼ cup crushed candied pecans

Instructions:
Place all liquid ingredients in a shaker tin (except syrup) with ice. Shake vigorously for at least 20-30 seconds or tin is frosted. Pour ingredients into prepped glass.

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Four Easy Halloween Party Treats

by Dinah Wulf

I always go to my best friend’s house on Halloween to take the kids Trick or Treating.  This is what I brought over for Halloween last year (it was too late to post after Halloween).  I made these because, 1) All of these treats are SUPER easy to make, 2) I can’t cook, 3) They are quick and painless to make because it requires no cooking or baking.  Here are Four Easy Halloween Party Treats:

Monster Fingers 

This version of the traditional rice Krispie treat uses Cocoa Krispies with an almond sliver “finger nail” painted with red food coloring.

Spider Devil Eggs

Traditional deviled egg recipe with a black olive spider.  Cut the olive in half using one half for the body and the other half for the legs.  For my deviled egg recipe, I mixed hardboiled egg yolks, mayonnaise, and mustard. Tip: When peeling hard boiled eggs, run them under cold water to make it easier to peel.

Freaky Fingers

These are my favorite. I have a full tutorial for this candy dipped finger food.  While the candy is still wet, insert an almond sliver as a finger nail.

Candy and chocolate dipped Apples

Simply cut apples into bite sized pieces and dip them with melted candy or chocolate with a toothpick.  Decorate them with festive sprinkles or nuts. Allow them to dry on wax paper.

I made all four treats in no time at all.  I think the hardest part was peeling the hardboiled eggs! How much easier can you get?  Hope you try these out!

 

Mickey Mouse Theme Party

by Dinah Wulf

I have another fabulous party done by my best friend Jennifer Hostetler.  This time, she did a Mickey Mouse theme party for her daughter’s second birthday party.  She did an amazing job!

Here are some of the details of this Mickey Mouse Theme Party.

Much of the decoration was in the food table and dessert table.  After all, that’s where the guests spend most of the time right?  The primary color pallet was red, yellow, and black.  Jen bought inexpensive red and white polka dotted fabric from the craft store.  She draped it to create a back drop for goodies table.  Jen made accordion decorations and a flag banner the said “Hot Diggity Dog”.  To save money, everything from the caramel apples to the rice krispie treat Mickey heads was homemade.  She cleverly used marshmallows and Oreo cookies for mouse ears.  Jennifer also made a sweet flag banner with Becca’s name on it to adorn the red and yellow Mickey cake.  She had some photos on canvas made of Becca dressed in red and black.

Outside, Jennifer had a hot dog bar complete with all the toppings.  She had a large birthday banner and yellow and red lanterns to frame the table.  Using a circle cutter, Jennifer made several Mickey Mouse heads, scattered throughout on the tables and walls.

The party was a success and we all had a great time.  Thank you, Jen for sharing another amazing party with us!

Check out more of Jennifer’s Parties:

 

 

Circus Theme Party Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

One of my most popular posts is the carnival circus theme party my best friend Jenny did.  I get emails all the time about how she made the centerpieces, games, and decorations.  With so much imagination and creativeness out there, I thought I’d share some more circus theme party ideas I have come across.  These are such great and simple decorating, favor, and entertainment party ideas that anyone can do for little cost.  Here we go!

This is so cute! There are so many ideas in this site but this one caught my eye.  I believe it is marshmallows to look like popcorn!

What a spread on this vintage inspired circus party! It’s fabulous!

These goldfish favors are a very cute, simple, and inexpensive favor idea by Thoughtfully Simple.

Other ideas from Thoughtfully Simple are these cute hot dog stand with easy to grab chips and a photo booth… just like the real circus!

This is also a great colorful and tasty circus party favor idea.  I’ve seen these plastic popcorn buckets in the $1 bins and several retail stores.

You can’t have a circus themed party if you don’t have red clown noses!  This is a clever and fun idea.

If you’re stuck indoors, this is a smart solution for a big top feel.  Use plastic party table cloths or streamers to get the full effect.

I hope you try these out!  I’d love it if you came back to share it if you do!

 

Summer Birthday Party Food and Drink

by Dinah Wulf

Since I had so much to share for my daughter’s birthday party I broke the posts into: Summer Birthday Party Sneak Peek, Summer Birthday Party Decorations, and today’s post Summer Birthday Party Food and Drink. Let’s get to it!

Food

We had a hot dog bar complete with all the toppings, sauces, and recipe suggestions.  Here are the Hot Dog Recipes I used:

  • LA Mexican- Jalapenos and bacon
  • Texas- BBQ, cheddar, onions
  • New York- mustard and sauerkraut
  • Coney Island- chili, mustard, onion
  • Southern- ketchup, mustard, onions, pickles, chili
  • Chicago- mustard, relish, tomatoes, onions, pickles, peppers, celery salt
  • Hawaiian- ham, pineapple, onion, mayo
  • Southwest- Corn, olives, cheese, onions, ranch
  • Mia- EVERYTHING!

For sides I served potato salad, fruit skewers, party mix, chips, pretzels, jello with whipped cream, and cookies.

Drinks

I used a dresser to display the drinks.  I also kept the extra hot dog buns and chips in the drawers for easy access.  I simply made lemonade with sliced lemons, and strawberry lemonade with sliced strawberries.  I also have a jug of ice water on hand and a bottle of citrus vodka if the adults wanted to add a little kick to their drinks!

Decorate Your Own Cupcake

This station was a hit because it doubled as an activity for the kids.  It also made it cheap and easy to get plain non decorated cupcakes.  The topping I put out were chocolate chips, mini M&M’s, marshmallows, mini Oreos, gum drops, and chocolate balls.  I also had caramel, chocolate, raspberry sauces and whipped cream.

The party was a blast! I couldn’t thank my friends and family enough for all the help!!

 

 

Strawberry Shortcake Shake and Almond Joy Martini

by Dinah Wulf

Written By: David Edessa

This weekend I had two treats at a friend’s dinner party. First, a 1988 Talisker Single Malt Scotch Whisky with two ice cubes just to chase that burn away and let the flavor of the whisky surface…… It was delicious!!!  The second treat was an IPA from Full Sail Brewery.  I highly recommend both if buying a gift for a Scotch Whisky fans and Indian Pale Ale lovers!!!

This week, I’d like to share two more alcoholic treats, the Strawberry Shortcake Spiked Shake and Almond Joy Martini.

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Strawberry Shortcake Spiked Shake:

Ingredients:

  • ¾ oz. Pinnacle Cake Vodka
  • ¾ oz. Amaretto Liqueur
  • ¼ cup frozen strawberries, thawed
  • ½ cup vanilla ice cream
  • ½ cup crushed ice
  • Whipped cream
  • Crushed Graham crackers

Instructions:

Place thawed frozen strawberries, amaretto liqueur, vanilla ice cream, crushed ice, and vanilla vodka into a blender. Cover and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and garnish with whipped cream and sprinkle crushed graham crackers over the top.

Almond Joy Martini:

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Chocolate Vodka
  • ½ oz. Frangelico Liqueur
  • ½ oz. White Crème de Cacao
  • 1 oz. Piña Colada Mix
  • ¾ oz. Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
  • Hersey’s Chocolate syrup

Instructions:

Take martini glass and drizzle chocolate syrup inside the glass and store in freezer to chill. Add all ingredients into a martini shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Then, trickle the Godiva over or down the round back side (convex side) of a bar spoon or teaspoon (not down the handle) into the glass while keeping the spoon end against or very near the wall of the glass. The end of the spoon should also be kept above and near the bottom or previous layer. The ingredient should flow gently down the side of the glass and onto the previous layer.

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DRINK RESPONSIBLE & DRINK SMART!!!

Check out a full list of David’s Cocktail recipe index including tutorials and non-alcoholic beverages.

 

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Last Minute Party Appetizers

by Dinah Wulf

Every year we go to my best friend’s house for the Fourth of July.  It’s a casual potluck style get together and I always have a ton of fun.  This year I was assigned appetizers.  Although I didn’t know this until yesterday I was able to put together some fun festive last minute party appetizers.

Finger foods work best, in my opinion, at casual outdoor parties like this one.  You don’t have to worry about supplying/holding/throwing away utensils.  My favorite “party utensil” is the toothpick or skewer.  It’s so easy to put together and they look great too.

This year, I went with the red, white, and blue theme and made raspberries, star shaped marshmallows, and blackberries on toothpicks.

I also make skewers with cold tortellini with Italian dressing, salami, and cheese.  I made little festive flags on my computer and printed them on address labels.

Some other toothpick/skewer last minute party appetizers to consider are:

  • Any combination of fruit
  • Any combination of veggies
  • Cucumber, olives, blue cheese, and tomato
  • Mozzarella, basil, and cherry tomato
  • Gorgonzola, apple, bacon
  • Deli meat, cucumber, tomato
  • Any combination of gummy candies
  • Any combination of deli meat, cheese, and tomato

Tips:

  • The more colorful the better
  • Consider using a small cookie cutter for fruit and such
  • Marshmallows are inexpensive and can be dipped in chocolate, sprinkles, or melted candy to fit any party theme.
  • Gummy skewers are fun for candy bars.  They can also be wrapped in a clear plastic treat bag, tied with ribbon, and given as a party favor.

 

Cocktail Desserts and After Dinner Drinks

by Dinah Wulf

Cocktail Desserts and After Dinner Drinks

The first one is reminiscent of my mother’s favorite candy bar… The Milky Way.

 

Milky Way Cocktail Martini:

Ingredients:

  • 1½ oz. Vanilla Rhum
  • ¾ oz. white crème de cacao
  • ¾ oz. Irish cream liqueur
  • Hersey’s chocolate syrup

Instructions:

Place a martini glass in a freezer till cold. Place 1 cup of ice cubes into a cocktail shaker. Pour the vanilla-flavored rhum, white creme de cacao, and Irish cream liqueur over the ice; cover and shake vigorously. Dump the ice and water from the martini glass and drizzle the inside of the glass with chocolate syrup. Strain the cocktail into the glass to serve.


Tiramisu Cocktail Martini:

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Vanilla Rhum
  • ½ oz. Godiva White Chocolate liqueur
  • ½ oz. Bailey’s Coffee liqueur
  • ½ oz. Frangelico liqueur
  • ½ oz. White Crème de Cocoa liqueur
  • ½ oz. Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Monin Strawberry syrup
  • Crushed Toasted Espresso Beans
  • Tiramisu Cocktail Rimmer Mix (recipes below)

 

Instructions:

Place a martini glass in a freezer till cold. Place 1 cup of ice cubes into a cocktail shaker. Combine all liquid ingredients into the shaker. Shake vigorously until the cocktail is thoroughly chilled. Place powdered chocolate, nutmeg, and cinnamon on a flat dish and strawberry syrup in a separate dish. Dip the rim of a martini glass in the grenadine and then dust the rim in the chocolate mix. Strain shaker into prepared glass. Garnish with toasted crushed espresso beans by floating in the center of glass.

 

Tiramisu Cocktail Rimmer Mix:

Ingredients:

  • ½ tsp. Chocolate powder ( more of in mix)
  • ½ tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. Ground Nutmeg

Preparation:

Mix all together evenly in a bowl with a spoon. Store it in dry location.

 

Peanut Brittle Cocktail:

Ingredients:

  • 1¼ oz. Vanilla Vodka
  • ¾ oz. Nocello Walnut Liqueur
  • ¾ oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream Caramel
  • ¼ oz. Butterscotch Schnapps
  • 1 scoop Peanut Butter (smooth)
  • 1 oz. Agave Syrup
  • ½ oz. Heavy Whipping Cream

Instructions:

Place peanut butter with vodka, Simple Syrup and heavy whipping cream in a food processor until peanut butter dissolves. Add remaining ingredients and shake with ice in a shaker. Strain into a cocktail glass over ice.

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Baklava Martini Cocktail:

Ingredients:

  • 1½ oz. Pistachio Bourbon (recipes in cocktail library)
  • ½ oz. Amaretto liqueur
  • ½ oz. crème de cacao
  • ¾ oz. Orange Honey
  • ½ tsp.
  • Baklava powder (recipes below)

Place a martini glass in a freezer till cold. Combine amaretto, bourbon, crème de cacao, simple syrup, and cinnamon in a cocktail shaker full of ice. Shake well; strain into a chilled martini glass.


Baklava Cocktail Rimmer Mix:

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. walnuts, coarsely ground
  • 1/2 lb. almonds, coarsely ground
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon

Preparation:

If you are using a food processor to grind the nuts, process the almonds separately from the walnuts. Almonds take a bit more time to grind than walnuts and you don’t want the walnuts to be ground too finely. Using a coffee grinder, grind walnuts or almonds until they are finely ground. Store it in dry location.

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Café Mocha Pistachio (cocktail):

Instructions:

  • 1 oz. Pistachio Bourbon ( recipes in cocktail library)
  • ½ oz. Grand Marnier
  • ½ oz. Godiva Chocolate liqueur
  • ½ oz. Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Coffee
  • Coffee powder

Ingredients:

Combine all liqueurs and cream in a mug. Stir in hot black coffee with light sprinkling of chocolate powder. Optional, add whipped cream for a garnish.

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How to Make Candy Infused Alcohol

by Dinah Wulf

Written By David Edessa

Candy Infused Booze- Cause the Candy Man Can!!!

 

This is great for Memorial Weekend… Especially since infusion has to be made at least two to three days prior.

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How to Make Candy Infused Alcohol

WARNING- Not for the under aged!!! Or the completely immature!!! :)

Infusing alcohol candy and creating a candy flavored drink is nothing new. However, it always has been a fun thing to do for parties and the holidays. You can even create color matching with your party’s decor by separating the colors of the candy. There are two colorful candies that I personally find easiest to work with…. Skittles and Jolly Rancher, however, there are many more listed below. For the recipes I will be using Jolly Rancher (Skittles & Jelly Bean candy will also use the same procedure).

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Candies that can be used and flavors are…. (All flavors are not represented)

Jolly Rancher candies come in many different flavors, including:

Blue Raspberry, Watermelon, Cherry, Sour Green Apple, Sour Watermelon, Raspberry, Wild Strawberry, Raspberry Lemonade, and Peach.

Help Bring back Lemon Jolly Rancher -Unfortunately in 2004 lemon flavored Jolly Rancher was discontinued. It was one of my favorite flavors as a child. I believe that the Lemon Jolly Rancher would have made a great lemoncello like infused liqour.

Another great alternative is Jelly Belly Gourmet Jelly Beans and Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans. And if you are looking for a candy to use that is Kosher or Halal, then look no further….JELLY BELLY gourmet jelly beans.

Jelly Belly flavors:

Bubble Gum, Cantaloupe, Chili Mango, Juicy Pear, Kiwi, Mango, Orange Sherbet, Strawberry Cheesecake, Strawberry Jam, Toasted Marshmallow, Tutti-Frutti, Wild Blackberry, Apricot, Chocolate Cherry Cake, Super Fruit Mix with Açaí Berry, Grape Crush, Orange Crush, and Pomegranate Cosmo.

Jelly Belly Sours flavors:

Sour Lemon, Sour Orange, and Sour Apple

Original Fruit Skittles:

  • Blackcurrant (purple)
  • Lemon (yellow)
  • Lime (green)
  • Orange (orange)
  • Strawberry (red)

Tropical Skittles typically have two flavors in one skittle:

  • Banana Berry (yellow)
  • Kiwi Lime (green)
  • Mango Tangelo (orange)
  • Pineapple Passion fruit (blue)
  • Strawberry Star fruit (pink)

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One 1.75 liter bottle of rhum or vodka. Do yourself a favor and utilize a reasonable priced liquor and always a clear liquor. There is no need to purchase an expensive vodka or rhum (nothing above 80 proof), but avoid utilizing rough cheap booze. Remember that the infuse liquor will still need to be mixed or shaken with something(mixer or liqueurs) to take that burn flavor from the alcohol away in your cocktail recipes.

Infusion Procedure:

I tried to be as generic as possible on main ingredients in the infusion procedure. The purpose is that you can utilize vodka or rhum and different candies based on your personal taste, yet the process is always the same. I used Jolly Rancher Sour Watermelon, Raspberry, Cherry, Wild Strawberry, and Peach for the cocktail recipes. And as for the booze I used rhum (rum).

Five empty plastic water bottles to split the liquor equally yet do not fill to the top. Also, if you do not have five containers you can purchase five pint flasks of vodka or rhum and pour into a bowl a quarter to half the liquor.

  • 1.75mL Bottle White Rhum
  • 3.75 lbs. bag of mixed Jolly Rancher hard candy.
  • Five empty plastic water bottles
  • A funnel

Make sure to cover your work area with newspapers or plastic, I also like to use rubber gloves. When infusing with candy it can get messy and stain your surface and hands as well.

Candy Ratio:

  • 10 Skittles to 1 oz. of Booze
  • 2 Jolly Ranchers to 1 oz. of Booze
  • ¼ Cup single flavored Jelly Beans to 8 oz. of Booze

Separate your candies into five groups based on flavors. Set up your Infusion Bottles and fill your bottles with approximately 6 ounces of rhum or vodka in each. Pour the candies of one flavor into one bottle, and then repeat process until you have all five bottles filled with candy and liquor. Make sure your hands are dry before handling candy. You might have to top off containers with more booze, make sure to leave room in the bottle for agitation when shaking sealed bottles. You will see that the colored candy coating has already rubbed off into the liquor quickly, but the core of the candy still have a lot of dissolving to do. Let candy soak for 48 hours (Jolly Ranchers 24 hrs.) while shaking containers vigorously 2 to 3 times a day. Once they’re all dissolved, you’ll notice a lot of white muck or other particles floating at the top (depending on candy being used). Then strain and filter liquor after forty-eight hours using a dampened coffee filters and funnel or sieve (wetting the filter before putting it into the funnel and straining allows you to retain more of the liquor). Place four to five coffee filters in the funnel or sieve over a measuring cup. Then remove top filter every time you feel the filters are clogging from the candy particles. Some colors will need to be filtered through the process twice. Then I took the liquid from the measuring cup and poured it into a clean flask using a clean funnel. Repeat this process for each flavor. In the end, you’ll have about 5 containers holding 8 ounces of candy infused liquor in each. Place finished flasks in cooler to chill before serving.

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Cocktail #1

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Infused Strawberry or Raspberry Rhum
  • ¼ oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 5 oz. Sprite

Instructions:

Pour lemon juice and rum over ice in a tall glass. Fill with Sprite.

Cocktail #2

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Infused Watermelon Rhum
  • ½ oz. Peach Schnapps
  • 5 oz. Sprite

Instructions:

Pour lime juice and rum over ice in a tall glass. Fill with Sprite.

Cocktail #3

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Any Infused Flavored Rhum
  • 4 oz. Sprite

Instructions:

Add 2 oz. infused rum to tall glass filled with ice. Fill with Sprite.

Cocktail #4

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Any Infused Flavored Rhum
  • 4 oz. Seagram’s Ginger Ale

Instructions:

Add 2 oz. infused rum to tall glass filled with ice. Fill with Ginger Ale.

Cocktail #5 (martini)

Ingredients:

  • 1½ oz. Any Candy Infused Flavor Rhum
  • ½ oz. orange liqueur (Triple Sec, Grand Marnier, Cointreau, etc.)
  • 1 teaspoon superfine sugar or ½ oz. simple syrup
  • ¾ oz. freshly-squeezed lemon juice

Instructions:

Mix the infused booze, orange liqueur, sugar, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice; shake vigorously. Pour strained liquor into sugar-rimmed martini glass and garnish with a twisted peel of lemon. To create a sugar-rimmed glass, take a lemon wedge and rub the drinking surface of the glass so it is barely moist or flat plate of triple-sec. Dip the edge of the glass into a flat plate of superfine sugar. I recommend keeping plenty of room between the mix and the sugar rim (also avoids spillage on your carpet)

Cocktail #6

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Raspberry or Cherry Infused Flavored Rhum
  • 4 oz. Coca-Cola

Instructions:

Add 2 oz. infused rum to tall glass filled with ice. Fill with cola.

Shooter #1

Ingredients

  • 1 oz. Any Candy Flavored Infused Rhum
  • 8 oz. can Red Bull energy drink

Instructions:

Pour a small can of red bull into a tall glass. Add infused liquor and serve.

Shooter #2

Ingredients

  • 1 oz. Any Candy Flavored Infused Rhum
  • ½ oz. Triple-Sec
  • 1 oz. Sour Mix

Instructions:

Pour all ingredients with ice into a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously then strain into shot glasses.

The best thing with this infusion at a party setting is to keep it simple….. Even just straight as a shooter.

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DRINK RESPONSIBLE & DRINK SMART!!! And always follow the rainbow :)

Cherry Themed Twin Baby Shower

by Dinah Wulf

Earlier I shared a sneak peek into this Cherry Themed Twin Baby Shower, showing you the invitations that I made and the game prizes that doubled as centerpieces.  We had such a great time and I wanted to show you a little more of some things my girlfriends and I did.

Party Favors

I found these cute little baskets and filled them with a liner and round red chocolate candies.  I simply made a label on my computer that said, “Double the Sweetness”, printed them, and used ribbon and cardstock in pink, red, and green to embellish each basket.  We had a favor at each place setting and scattered a few on the buffet table.

Food and Drink

We wanted the shower to be casual and fun so we decided to serve a buffet and had each guest help themselves.  I made signs for the drink table outside.  One for the guest of honor’s sweet tea craving and one for the Champagne punch.

I also made simple signs to “Please Help Yourself” so that guests would know they did not have to wait to dig in.

Instead of having a messy fruit bowl, I made individual fruit cups with cupcake liners and used a circular craft punch to line them with foil.

For dessert we had red velvet and chocolate cupcakes with two cherries on top.

 

Decorations

Outside we hung a clothing line with pairs of matching clothes for the twin babies.

The game prizes doubled as centerpieces and graced each table with two “twin” balloons to represent two cherries.

Small pink and red lanterns were hung in pairs with green ribbon to look like giant cherries.

We also had a cherry themed shirt made for the guest of honor to wear at the shower. Congratulations, Jen!

I LOVE MY GIRLS!! BTW, Watch out because I’m rallying for the favorite Auntie position!

 

White Party Inspiration Board

by Dinah Wulf

I had so much fun looking for St. Patrick’s Day inspiration and posted a St. Patrick’s Day inspiration board last week.  I had such a great response to it, so why not do it again!  This time, I wanted to the focus to be a White Party. I threw one several years ago (long before my blogging days) and it was so much fun.  It was a Bridal Shower white party where all the guests wore white with wide brimmed hats.

When I think of all white, I think of crisp, clean, and elegant.  Putting together this inspiration board for an all-white party or for an all-white wedding reminded me of my own personal version of Pintrest.  I pulled together some great ideas for decorations, favors and gifts, and sweet treats for desserts.  Many are from Etsy.com, one of my favorite websites.  If there is no link (scroll all the way down to the list) to the picture you are looking for, I apologize ahead of time (I couldn’t find it)! Hopefully it will inspire you anyway.

Decorations:

Sweet Treats:

Favors & Gifts:

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St. Patrick’s Day DIY Inspiration

by Dinah Wulf

My husband LOVES St. Patrick’s Day (even though he’s not Irish).  We thought we’d start an annual St. Patrick’s Day party at our house… starting NEXT year.  Since we just moved in, we thought it’d best to just start with getting some ideas first.

There were so many inspiring St. Patrick’s Day ideas that I decided to do a photo gallery.  It was impossible to narrow it down to a few pictures.  I explored my usual websites like BHG and Martha Stewart and also some of my favorite blogs as well as Pintrest.

So, at the end of this photo gallery is a list of links for the sources, some with tutorials, and some with free printables, to all this amazing St. Patrick’s Day DIY Inspiration.

St. Patrick’s Day Party Ideas:

St. Patrick’s Day Decorations & Crafts:

St. Patrick’s Day Sweet Treats:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shamrock Paper Centerpiece

 

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