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Cinco de MINE

3 May

You know how in cartoons there is always that one character that is just about to save the day until he sees that BIG RED BUTTON that says “DO NOT PRESS”?  Well folks, thats me!  The more someone tells me to do something, the more intrinsically obligated I feel to do the exact opposite.

Case and point: The more I tried to force myself to write a post about healthy Cinco de Mayo margaritas, the more I wanted to rebel against this tequila-fueled holiday!

But what am I supposed to celebrate while everyone is throwing on their sombreros and tipping back Dos Equis?  Per usual, I found some alternatives!

Uno, Dos, Tres Rebelious Ways to Celebrate on May 5th:

1.  Cinco de Mustache

Defined by Urban Dictionary as “a day when men are men and celebrate the glory that is the moustache”.

All over the country, in places like NYC and Michigan, mustache (or moustache, if you prefer) lovers commemorate the facial patch by drinking PBR, rocking acid washed jeans and proudly flaunting their own unique mustache.

2.  National Hoagie Day

A hoagie, often referred to as a sub, grinder, sandwich, wedge, or po’boy, is one of America’s favorite meal staples.  Although the creator of this holiday remains unknown, May 5 has always been recognized as the official day to celebrate your favorite hoagie. 

Looks like this guy chose to celebrate Cinco de Moustache and Hoagie Day!

Eating a hoagie full of carbohydrates is an ideal precursor to a heavy night of drinking–no matter what holiday you decide to celebrate!

3.  Osama Bin Laden Cocktails

While this extremely cliche and politically-incorrect, I couldn’t resist including some of the recent cocktail recipes popping up online after Bin Laden’s recent death.  Drink at your own risk!

Osama Bin Laden:

1 oz Absinthe

1 dash Tabasco

Add dash of Tabasco to shot of absinthe and enjoy!

Red Death

1/2 oz vodka

1/2 oz Southern Comfort

1/2 oz almaretto

1/2 oz triple sec

1/2 oz sloe gin

orange juice

Pour all alcoholic ingredients into a tall glass with ice and fill to top with orange juice!

Red Death cocktail

But if you decide you are a little more old fashioned and want a healthy Cinco de Mayo, clike HERE for an older post I wrote about blood orange margaritas!

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Everyone’s Favorite 4-Letter Word: L-O-V-E

8 Feb

Sorry Salt-n-Pepa, we aren’t talking about that.  We are talking about L-O-V-E and it’s time to celebrate!   Now, who’s with me!?

“But wait, Steph…You don’t have a boyfriend.  You aren’t seeing anyone, going on dates or even casually drunk-texting a single male specimen.  I even heard a rumor you recently went to the movies alone.”

Statement 1: True. Statement 2: True.  Statement 3: I plead the 5th. 

But I truly believe Valentine’s Day is not just for those of us with a significant other! 

This quote from @TheSingleWoman sums it up perfectly:

“You don’t need a lover in your life to have love in your life!”

And what am I loving right now?  Valentine’s Day Cocktails!  I have an A-List Valentine’s Day party to attend this week and I am falling in love with the thought of making these drinks for all the guests! 

Raspberry Chocolate Kiss Martini (adapted from Martha’s original recipe)

1 1/2 oz raspberry vodka

3/4 oz creme de menthe

splash of diet cranberry

chocolate wafers or cookies (optional for rim)

For cookie rim: Crush cookies into a shallow dish.  Moisten the rim of the martini glass with lemon or lime juice and coat the rim of the glass with cookie crumbs.   

For martini: Pour all vodka and cranberry juice into a shaker with ice.  Shake vigorously and strain into martini glass.  Top with cranberry juice!

Steph’s Sweetheart-tini

1 1/2 oz lime vodka

3/4 oz triple sec

1 oz diet cranberry juice

splash of lemon juice

Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice.  Shake and strain into a martini glass!  Float (or sink in this case) some sweettarts on top! 

Peaches n’ Cream (adapted from Examiner.com recipe)

1 oz Peach Schnapps

1 oz Pinnacle vodka

1 oz vanilla soymilk

Peach slices (optional)

1/2 cup ice

Add all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth, adding more ice if necessary.  Pour into a tall glass.  For extra seduction, top with whipped cream!

 

Bad News for 2011

3 Jan

Dear 2011,

After much contemplation, I have decided I will NOT be making any resolutions for this upcoming year.  Please don’t take it personally–it’s not you, it’s me. 

The truth is…..I think New Year’s Resolutions SUCK.  For some strange reason there is nothing appealing to me about a list of things I can and cannot do for an entire year.  In the end, most people trash their over-the-top life changes by the beginning of February and are left feeling even more worthless than when they made the resolution. 

Therefore, I have decided to make you my own personal experiment–my chance to try EVERYTHING and regret NOTHING.

So here’s what I WON’T be resolving to do this year:

  • give up drinking–self explanatory…I enjoy drinking and in moderation and even in excess, it can be fit into a healthy, exciting lifestyle. 
  • DIET– every year,millions of people pledge to give up all their favorite foods and follow some crazy, extremist diet plan for the next 12 months.  TRUST ME–I was probably one of the worst diet bandwagoners.  Sorry 2011, but I am tired of it….diet’s don’t work and in fact, they really really blow. 
  • go to bed earlier–I know it’s important to get 8 hours of shuteye each night but this year I’m not going to kill myself if every now and again I  stay out an extra hour later at night, hit the snooze button in the a.m. and call it a day.  What’s the worst that’s going to happen?
  • save all off my money–I am a self-diagnosed workaholic so I hate not having a decent amount of money in savings at all times.  But let’s face it, I am no millionaire and my stingyness can really take the fun out of life at times.  So in 2011, I am not going to criticize myself for choosing “grande” over “tall”, full service over self service and  bottle of wine over box…  

If by the end of the year  I turn out to be an obese, unhappy homeless person on the verge of a mental breakdown, then I will send you a formal apology letter admitting how wrong I was.  I will promise to never eat a carb again and attend church everyday.  Maybe I will even give up drinking ……

In the meantime, I will be enjoying 2011 to the fullest…starting with this yummy White Blueberry Martini Recipe!

2011, I know this isn’t the relationship you expected and I really hope you understand.

Love,

Steph