Bonus points: These drinks are so easy to make and affordable too , you can even throw them together yourselves for other pre-wedding events like engagement parties, bridal showers and more. Citrusy and straightforward, lemon drop champagne punch will leave all your guests wanting more. Your guests will be coming back for more. Yes, please. The whiskey-loving guys and girls!
Feel free to serve hot or cold or adjust the fruits to your liking apples, kumquats—what have you. All you need is simple syrup, mint leaves, lime juice, white rum, soda and—yes—fresh watermelon. Simply grab your favorite champagne, sparkling wine or prosecco and mix with scoops of sorbet. Trying to serve your wedding guests on a budget? We get it.
All you need is oranges, water, tequila, and some store-bought lime-ade. Garnish with apple slices. Everyone loves a Moscow Mule—so why not upgrade it with a little kick of mint? If you already know how to make a Mule, this should be easy—you just need vodka, fresh lime juice, ginger beer, and some simple syrup. Does this happen to anyone else with their job?
I feel like I literally plan weddings in my sleep. Give me all the recs you got. What keeps you dreaming peacefully at night? I love disconnecting from technology and making a mess in the kitchen. Cause duh. I just started watching the second season of makingamurderer. I choke up every episode because I feel so thankful and grateful for my life I get to live. I felt like I wanted to add a slower, more relaxing form of stress-relief while also working on my mobility lol makes me feel like a grandma.
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Below, drink specialists share their favorite wedding cocktail ideas to pass on to your beverage caterer or bartending service. Coming up with a cute, personalized name for the drink is on you! Check out that champagne seating chart!
My recent observation is that brides and grooms seem to need a primer on what is appropriate, what is acceptable, and what is just plain tacky. For some brides and grooms, the bar is the most significant expense at the wedding. They choose less expensive appetizers and dinner entrees, but they go all out when it comes to the bar.
By the time they choose the top shelf, the additional fancy signature drinks, micro-brews, and add-on champagne, some couples spend more per person on beverages than food. Other couples go to the opposite extreme, wanting to provide as little alcohol as possible to their guests. Occasionally, the bride and groom are just trying to do the bar on the cheap. Ticky tacky. There are different bar levels available for you to choose from through most caterers and venues.
At the lower, more-limited end, you can only offer beer, wine, and soft drinks. Top shelf includes everything you can think of, and then, of course, there are the add-ons. You are not obligated to offer top shelf anything to anybody — let your snotty aunt who only drinks Belvedere suck it up for one night and drink rail-level vodka.
Just offer what you can afford. A cash bar at a wedding violates just about every possible rule of etiquette for properly hosting the event. Signature drinks are a fun way to goose up a limited bar without spending a fortune. You can offer beer, wine and a signature beverage or two — something fun that represents or is a favorite cocktail of yours.
Some of my clients try to save money by only serving limited alcohol for part of the wedding reception. I do not recommend changing the bar level halfway through the night for a couple of reasons. Offer what you can afford, and have that same list of beverages available throughout the evening. You are tipping your service staff or you should be and the caterer has been paid for the beverages. If some of your guests wish to slip a bill to a fantastic bartender, great! At least not at a wedding reception where everything should be paid for by the host and hostess.
When you factor in the inevitable family drama and deluge of details, the emotional costs alone can be incalculable. Simply invite your parents or not! Will Great Aunt Gloria lose it over being left out? Weigh that against being able to recognize — and be truly happy to see — every face in your crowd.
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Garnish with a lavish mint bouquet. Aviation Gin 0. Templeton Rye 0. Lairds Apple Brandy proof 0. Cognac Hennessy is always a classic choice 1 oz. Thai basil-toasted peppercorn syrup the amount may have to be adjusted depending on the sweetness of the grapefruit juice 2 oz. Garnish with a Thai basil sprig. Rosemary Simple Syrup: 2 cups of water 2 cups of sugar 6 sprigs of rosemary In a small sauce pan over medium low heat, dissolve the sugar into the water for about 5 minutes.
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Nanaimo Bars sound to me like the result of one of those urges do you ever get these? They have a thick, indulgent bottom layer of chocolate-bound pecans, coconut, and crushed graham crackers. Not just any graham crackers, mind you!
No, literally. I was rolling, rolling, rolling out dough into the night to bake up my stack of golden crackers. The result will be just as delicious. The other two layers of a Nanaimo Bar are similarly heavenly. A middle layer of rich vanilla custard balances the chocolate overload, and a thin layer of hardened chocolate on top completes the bar. Each bite has a little crunch, a little cream, and a LOT of sweet, rich, chocolatey goodness. Directions: 1. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade, combine the flour, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt.
Pulse on low to incorporate. Add the butter and pulse on and off, until the mixture is the consistency of a coarse meal. If making by hand, combine aforementioned dry ingredients with a whisk, then cut in butter until you have a coarse meal.
No chunks of butter should be visible. In a small bowl or liquid measuring cup, whisk together the honey, milk and vanilla. Add to the flour mixture until the dough barely comes together. It will be very soft and sticky. Turn the dough onto a well-floured surface and pat the dough into a rectangle about 1 inch thick. Wrap in plastic and chill until firm, about 2 hours, or overnight. Divide the dough in half and return one half to the refrigerator. The dough will be quite sticky, so flour as necessary. Cut into 4 by 4 inch squares.
Gather the scraps together and set aside. Place wafers on one or two parchment-lined baking sheets. Chill until firm, about 30 to 45 minutes. Repeat with the second batch of dough. Adjust the rack to the upper and lower positions and preheat oven to degrees Fahrenheit degrees Celsius.
Gather the scraps together into a ball, chill until firm, and reroll. Dust the surface with more sweet rice flour and roll out the dough to get a couple more wafers. Prick the wafers with toothpick or fork, not all the way through, in two or more rows. Bake for minutes, until browned and slightly firm to the touch, rotating sheets halfway through to ensure even baking.
Might take less, and the starting location of each sheet may determine its required time. The ones that started on the bottom browned faster. Another way to do this is to place in a large ziplock bag, force all air out and smash with a rolling pin until wafers are crumbs. For bottom layer: Melt unsalted butter, sugar and cocoa in top of a double boiler.
Add egg and stir to cook and thicken. Remove from heat. Stir in crumbs, nuts and coconut. Weird, but true. Making or baking anything neat for Christmas? She is uploading more art as I write. Far and away my favorite:. Do stop by her Redbubble store! You can buy these images printed on T-shirts, stickers, and mugs. Boy, does that sound bogus! Read the rest of my latest at The Catholic Weekly. My younger son used to keep a running list. He just needed to write it down.
I wish I had saved it. I do remember that Nazis and tuna noodle casserole both turned up. Come on. Bing Bloody Crosby. Cookie swaps. Oh, no, sorry, we only take cash. Because people have cash with them, all the time. That is a thing that happens. Cookie cash! One gift does not turn into thirty-six gifts. It has two syllables. And it refers to something which is already, by definition, fun and nice.
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I almost bit through my own hand, trying not to scream. Must be December. Birthday party!
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Birthday girl asked for pizza after a Frozen-themed party. Decorations were blue table cloths, white tissue paper garlands and cotton balls strung on thread to make snow:. I got a bunch of plastic and foam snowflakes, plus blue and white plastic gems, sparkly pipe cleaners, and a bunch of spools of ribbon, and the kids made snowflake wands. So, marshmallow creme is very easy to use, and makes a lovely, smooth, alpine surface, very much like a heavy snow kissed by the wintery sun.
These cakes were supposed to have little Frozen figurines on top, but of course the only one we could find on party day was Sven, who happened to be headless. So we just shoved some candles in and sang louder. Kid loved it. Now you know how I spend my evenings, besides drinking. Hamburgers are good. You throw the chicken breasts in raw and whole, along with everything else, and shred them up after the soup is done cooking. Just delicious. I skipped the adobo chipotle peppers, because the kids are getting sick of spicy food. I ran out of cumin, so I used a premixed packet of taco spice for one pot.
The non-premade-spice pot was slightly nicer, but they were both good. I used two breasts per recipe, not the three she calls for, and it was plenty chickenfull. This is the cornbread recipe I use.
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I run a pat of butter over the top when it comes out of the oven, to give it a pretty sheen. Can I just? I love grilled pita pockets. So nice. I fried them in a little olive oil, and they get the thinnest little bit of crunch on the outside, but stay chewy on the inside. Plus, the recipe calls for you to include the beet greens , and you have to blanch them first. I want to go to my grave without ever having blanched anything. So I borrowed some rice from the Christmas box my daughter was planning to deliver to Vincent de Paul.
Yes, I did. Then I took the overpriced beets out of the refrigerator, thought one last time about blanching, and threw them away. Vincent de Paul would have been so proud. I already told you about Thursday. She put a thumbprint in each one and added a spoonful of jelly, but you can all kinds of things with these cookies.
The original plan was to make stained glass cookies. You make standard sugar cookies with a cut-out in the middle, and bake them until they are set, but not browned. Then you carefully spoon crushed hard candies into the cut-out and finish baking for the last few minutes. The candy is supposed to melt and make a stained glass effect. Last time we made these, I thought tin foil would work. Which it does, as long as you like foily cookies that wake up your tooth nerves.
I had already crushed up the candy, though, so I funnelled it into a bowl for later use. This morning, I found Corrie sitting at the table with said bowl and a spoon, having a fine, crunchy breakfast for herself. Fish sticks, shredded cabbage, avocados, lime juice, cilantro, sour cream, and salsa on tortillas.
Also takes baby, because he is superman. Comes home, drops off kids, goes to work in town D.
We all go to the bathroom. Then we pack up Kids 9 and 10 and go to School C in Town C, where we pick up Kids 6, 7, and 8, then swing by the library in Town B to pick up Kid 5 who goes to School B, and then pick up Kid 2 who has walked from the bus stop to her doctor appointment in Town B.
After the concert, we drive home, drop off Kids 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 in town A and pick up Kids 2 and 3 in Town B. And no, there was no way of just prudently planning ahead to make things simpler. This was planning ahead.