Tasty Tuesday: Boozy Samoa Milkshake

This Thursday is a Cookies and Cocktails event hosted by Girl Scouts of Western Washington, and I’m so excited to be on the planning team. If you’re local, you should check it out here. The event will showcase Girl Scout cookies in food and drink recipes, so I thought it’d be fun to come up with my own cookie cocktail – a Boozy Samoa Milkshake! Here’s what I got to create the milkshake:

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Make it Monday: How to host a Girl Scout Cookie Rally!

I’m celebrating all things Girl Scout Cookies this week on the blog! This Friday, Cookie Booth Sales (sales in front of stores) start in Western Washington. Before that, on Thursday night, I’m helping to host a Cookies and Cocktails event with my Girl Scout council (If you’re in the Seattle area, you should come! Buy tickets here). So, it seems like a great week to blog all about Girl Scout Cookies!

This past Friday, and every year at about this time for the past six years, my Girl Scout troop hosted a Cookie Rally to kick off Cookie Booth Sales. We always have so much fun, and it’s a great cookie kick-off. My girls are in eleventh grade this year and it’s their last year selling cookies, so it’s our last year hosting the rally. I thought it’d be fun to document what we do and how we do it as a resource for others who might want to replicate our fun!

We found a perfect location that has been our go-to every year for the rally – the local Skating Rink (Lynnwood Bowl and Skate is awesome!). The contract we worked out with the skating rink included a dinner option (pizza and a soda). We charged each Girl Scout the total amount to cover the skating and dinner, plus a small additional fee to cover our activity expenses and a fun patch.

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We also allowed parents/siblings to come to our event, and they paid to cover just the skating and food.

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Friday Favorites: Oscars Party

I’m really looking forward to the Oscars this weekend! I’ve seen several of the films nominated, and I especially love watching the red carpet arrivals. And, it should come as no surprise that I’m turning watching the Oscars into a party!

My first favorite is the wreath I’ll have hanging on the door to welcome guests. The wreath isn’t theme-y (is that a word?), but it matches my color scheme and it’s something I can use throughout the spring.

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I blogged about how to create this wreath on Monday. Check it out here.

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Celebrating National Margarita Day!

As a Texas native, I’ve had my fair share of awesome and not-as-awesome margaritas over the years and I definitely have a favorite go-to recipe. So, in honor of National Margarita Day, I’m sharing it with you!

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Ingredients for one drink:

  1. Salt, for rimming the glass
  2. Ice
  3. 1 1/2 ounces tequila (blanco, 100 percent agave)
  4. 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  5. 1/2 ounce Cointreau
  6. Orange slice

Salt the rim of the glass using the orange slice so the salt sticks. Shake the rest of the ingredients with cracked ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain into your glass over ice. Add the orange slice as garnish to showcase the fact that the margarita has orange flavor from the Cointreau. Serve and enjoy! Cheers!

Another favorite margarita recipe I use during the holidays is the cranberry orange one I shared a couple months ago.

Happy Margarita Day and party on!
JW

Make it Monday: Easy Floral Wreath

Happy Monday! It’s a holiday for me, and if you’re lucky enough to have the day off too, I’ve got the perfect craft for you!

Start to finish, this craft took 20 minutes. Seriously. And it’s so incredibly easy! Here are the supplies I used:

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  • Styrofoam wreath frame
  • 8 floral stems – I opted for a combination of yellow and pink
  • Striped ribbon – I used one spool and as you’ll see later, it didn’t cover the whole thing so I improvised. 2 spools would’ve covered the whole wreath frame no problem.
  • Wire cutters
  • Hot glue

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Pig Party Crafts

This past weekend my sweet friend and KΔ sister, Dayme, celebrated her daughter’s 2nd birthday with a precious Pig Party!

A few months ago, Dayme asked if I’d be interested in creating some festive food labels for the party and of course I squealed (like a pig – get it?! ;)) at the chance!

She gave me her basic idea – pigs with party hats – and let me run with it. I used the invitation as inspiration and set out for the craft store to see what I could find.

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Tasty Tuesday: Valentine’s Day Rosé Cocktail

Happy Valentine’s Day! Or, as it’s now known in my family – Happy Gemma’s Birthday! #proudauntie

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If you’re looking for a quick, tasty cocktail idea for your Val/Galentine’s Day celebration, I’ve got you covered! This rosé cocktail is very easy to make, it’s festive for Valentine’s Day, and, most importantly, it is yummy!

Here’s what you’ll need to make two cocktails:

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  • 1 oz. Grapefruit Juice
  • 1 oz. Sugar syrup
  • 6 oz. Champagne (splurge here!)
  • 3 oz. Rosé
  • 2 Egg whites
  • Edible flowers

A few notes on the ingredients…

Most of the time, if you’re using champagne in a cocktail, you can go with a less expensive bottle because the champagne will be masked by the other flavors. For this particular cocktail, the other flavors are really light, so you want a nice champagne with a good flavor, so splurge!

Adding egg whites to cocktails is a tradition that dates back more than one hundred years! Egg whites give cocktails a rich, creamy texture and a beautiful foamy cap. Unpasteurized egg whites are odorless and tasteless, so the addition is almost entirely textural.

Edible flowers can be found at most gourmet grocery stores, but you can also pick up roses from your regular grocery store. All varieties of roses are edible!

So, once everything is gathered, pour the grapefruit juice, sugar syrup, rosé, and egg whites into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

Give the shaker a good rigorous shake for about 15 seconds, then use the strainer to pour the mixture into two cocktail glasses (find my go-to cocktail glasses here. I also love these, these and these).

Next up, top with champagne.

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Add a rose, or edible flower of your choice, and serve!

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In addition to Valentine’s Day, this cocktail would be perfect for a bridal shower, bridal brunch, Mother’s Day, the list goes on!

If you’re looking for more Valentine’s Day inspiration, check out a couple of my previous posts:

Valentine’s Krispy Treats
Valentine’s Favorites

I hope you’re showered with lots of love today!

Party on!
JW

Make it Monday: Pallet Painting

Happy Monday, friends! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I kicked off my weekend at a Pints and Pallet Painting Class at a little brewery in our downtown. It was so much fun, and I’m sharing the details here because it was also SUPER easy, I learned some great tips, and it could definitely be replicated at home.

When we arrived to the class, everyone got to pick their pint. I chose a yummy apple cider and found my seat. All the supplies were set up and the pallet was ready on a tabletop easel.

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Rather than teaching to the entire group, the instructor Continue reading