Feb 18, 2015
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The Super Pooper Cake.  It’s a thing.

 

When my boys were in the midst of potty training I promised them cake if they didn’t poop in their diaper for 3 days.  I figured if they could resist the urge for 3 days, we were done buying diapers and they deserved cake!

 

The best thing about this cake is: YOU CAN USE ANY CAKE!  You can buy a cake, have a bakery make one for you, or bake your own damn cake because you are a MAKER!

 

In the video, I used a box cake for the ease (shut up), and made a buttercream frosting that I split into 2 bowls.  #1 for frosting the entire cake and @2 for the frosting bag to do the lettering.  I use the same phrase “Blank is a SUPER POOPER”  Obviously fill in your own kid’s name where it says “blank”.  Obviously.

 

Then get yourself some poopy looking chocolate bars, I use the Take 5 bars because they are poopy and tasty!  But feel free to get whatever candy you want to eat.

 

Be creative.  Make a big deal about it.  Put some candles on and sing Happy Birthday.  You need to let your little darling know how jazzed you are that diapers are now a thing of the past!  Get excited because this is a BIG DEAL!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Feb 14, 2015
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So after making that Blood OrangeCello for Twin Cities Live last week, I realized how easy it is to make a Limoncello-style liqueur.  It’s very easy.  I became addicted to the stuff.  So much so that I wondered if anyone had made a blackberry version….I searched and searched and I saw no evidence of Blackberry Limoncello.  Then and there I decided to create it.  And after tasting my first batch, it is good stuff, Maynard.

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The timeline of having the liquid sit for 48 hours is still there, it does really need that time to let the flavors develop.  And if you do any taste testing between 0-48 hours, you will see that it is not ready at all, it really does need 48 hours minimum to be fully tasty.  I actually prefer to let it set for 3 entire days, just to make sure it’s at it’s most flavorful.  I even went fully organic with the fruit, just because it was going to be soaking in the vodka and syrup, so why not keep all of the nasty chemicals out?

 

I served it ICE cold with a splash of lemon San Pellegrino.  But it would be mega delicious over ice.  Really tangy & sweet, and makes a pretty magenta color with the blackberry juices.

 

So make this already!  It is that good!!

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Blackberry Limoncello

 

2 1/2 cups of vodka, I used Grey Goose

6 large organic lemons, peeled then juiced

1 6oz. package fresh organic blackberries

1 cup water

1.5 cups sugar

 

Make sure all lemons are scrubbed under hot water and soap with a brush.  Peel lemons with peeler carefully.  Try to only peel off the skin without removing the white pith underneath.  It is very bitter and will make the liqueur taste bitter as well.  Put peels in large glass container with the vodka.  Set aside.
Juice the lemons.  You will get around 2 cups of juice
Next, make the simple syrup.  Add 1 cup of water, 1.5 cup of sugar, the blackberries, and the lemon juice to a medium saucepan.  Place over a high heat and bring to a boil, stirring once in a while for 4-5 minutes.  Let syrup cool to room temperature and then add to the vodka, berries included.
Let mixture sit for AT LEAST 48 hours in a cool, dark place.  When you are ready to serve, strain out the lemon peels and blackberries and store in the freezer.  Serve over ice, with soda or champagne. Makes around 4 cups.
Peeling the lemons.
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Adding lemon peel to the vodka.
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Juice those bad boys!  In most limoncello recipes, the never tell you to use the fruit’s juice, only the peel.  That is where a lot of flavor is!!!  Use it!
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Add the simple syrup to the vodka and let it develop.  It’s worth it.
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Now drink up!
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Feb 10, 2015
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I’m not sure if it’s obvious or not, but I hate over-produced, commercial anything, but nothing says “I put absolutely no thought into this” than box of generic store bought Valentine’s.  Barf.

 

My darling kiddo needed to bring a classroom amount of Valentine’s in for the impending holiday so I whipped up a little sweatshop in the dining room and we got cutting, pasting and assembling.  The 3 year old wanted to get involved but only had enough attention span to make 1 card, which he kept for him self, the little bugger.

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This year we did an owl theme with the nice and friendly “You’re a Hoot, Valentine”, which was not too gooey with love, or boring and dull.

 

I got all of the steps ready for the assembly line so the kid could put all of the pieces together.  The card was a 6×6 inch sheet of paper and everything was going to be attached to that, along with an owl pencil that I found in the dollar bins at Target, which I thought would tie the “owl theme” all together.  I had found a book of cool papers that were double sided and had a great variety of prints.  I cut beaks and wings out of paper scraps and used the always classy: googly eyes.  I found some sparkly gold bakers twine in the dollar bin also that would tie the pencils to the cards.

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I came up with a stencil for the owl shape, and cut out 18 owls on the funky Valentine paper.  Then, the kiddo attached the googly eyes, a beak and wings to the owl, who was glued to the 6×6 card.

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I had some blank bookmarks that I had found at the craft store, which I cut in half.  That is where the text was going to go and was glued to the upper left corner of the card.  I let the 7 year old do all of the writing and he added each classmates name and the Valentine message.  I also had a stockpile of glittery foam hearts from last year which we used to add a little sparkle to the card, underneath the text.  Then I used a hole punch in the upper right corner and tied the owl pencils with the bakers twine.

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This is the perfect project to do with a kid, my main job was to cut the owls and tie the pencils on while the kid can take care of the rest.  Creativity is your friend while making this project so you can use the owl as the basic idea or let this inspire you to come up with a totally unique idea!

IMG_1813The sweatshop shut down after we had made the 18 cards.  Don’ you love how each card is different?  It’s a fun and quick little project that you can do with the little cupids in your life.

Feb 06, 2015
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I made my second appearance on Twin Cities Live yesterday!  And for a second time, no bad words came out of my mouth!  Score!

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This time the theme was cocktails to make at home to celebrate Valentine’s Day.  It seems that I am becoming the Cocktail Queen over on TCL.

 

Please share the link, make the recipes and recommend this story to your friends!  Feel free to pin it to Pinterest also!

 

I made 3 cocktails, a Ruby Red Grapefruit Elderflower Sparkler made with St. Germain and Rose’, a Blood OrangeCello (which was SO GOOD!!!!), and a Frozen Cherry Mojito, with the option to make a non-alcoholic version, or get crazy and add that rum.

 

Grapefruit Elderflower Sparkler

1.5 oz ruby red grapefruit juice

1 oz St. Germain

top off champagne flute with Rose’ sparkling wine

 

 

Blood OrangeCello

2 1/2 cups vodka
5-6 large blood oranges peeled, then juiced
1 cup water
1 cup sugar

Make sure all blood oranges are scrubbed under hot water and soap with a brush.  Peel oranges with peeler carefully.  Try to only peel off the skin without removing the white pith underneath.  It is very bitter and will make the liqueur taste bitter as well.  Put peels in large glass container with the vodka.  Set aside.
Juice the oranges.  You will get around 2 cups of juice
Next, make the simple syrup.  Add 1 cup of water, 1.5 cup of sugar, and the orange juice to a medium saucepan.  Place over a high heat and bring to a boil, stirring once in a while for 4-5 minutes.  Let syrup cool to room temperature and then add to the vodka.
Let mixture sit for AT LEAST 48 hours in a cool, dark place.  When you are ready to serve, strain out the orange peels and store in the freezer.  Serve over ice, with soda or champagne.Makes around 4 cups.
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Making the simple syrup with the blood orange juice.  I loved how the liquid was red, but made bright orange bubbles.
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Frozen Cherry Mojitos

12 oz bag of frozen cherries

2 cups of ice

lime simple syrup (1 cup water, 1 cup sugar, 3 limes juiced and zested)

6-8 fresh mint leaves

1 cup cherry or coconut juice (non-alcoholic)  or 1 cup spiced rum

To make lime simple syrup, In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, water, lime juice, and lime zest over medium heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the syrup to cool to room temperature minutes before using

Blend all ingredients in blender until smooth.  Serve immediately.