White Russian with Rum Cocktail Recipe #StreamTeam

White Russian recipe with coconut rum  #Netflix #StreamTeamWhite Russian recipe with coconut rum  #Netflix #StreamTeamWhite Russian recipe with coconut rum  #Netflix #StreamTeamThis post is written in partnership with Netflix because I’m a #StreamTeam member, yo! 

My kids are totally at that stage where they notice, and comment, on everything. Including but not limited to: morning breath, extra arm flab, and adult beverages. My husband and I enjoy the occasional cocktail, wine or beer. If you are a regular reader of the blog, you know this. I post cocktail recipes often. And I love my wine. Our consumption is average. But if you were to hear my kids tell it, it would sound like we are ready for a program. They comment consistently when we have a drink. As my goal in life is to be the best parent I can be, it makes me question myself. Am I doing something wrong? AM I drinking too much. The answer, of course is no, but kids really do have a way of getting you to see something from a different perspective.

The White Lie. Kahlua cocktail recipe. #StreamTeamSo I came up with this cocktail that I call, “The Little White Lie” because it looks like iced coffee. But it’s not. It’s more awesome. It’s sort of like a White Russian. But instead of vodka it has coconut rum. And instead of milk it has coconut milk. And it’s so tasty. And perfect for brunch. To be clear, I would not drink this and tell my kids it was iced coffee. If I am responsible enough to drink a cocktail I am responsible enough to have those conversations with my kids. And quite frankly, I don’t drink a lot of brunch cocktails because when you get old like me, they just make you sleepy. We are super lucky that our kids understand that we won’t tolerate lying and the biggest infraction, so far, is when my youngest lied about not brushing his teeth. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this doesn’t change as they get older. But if it does, we’ll deal with it. And then probably have a large adult beverage after they go to bed.  (I kid, I kid…)

Coconut Rum cocktail recipe. Basically a white russian with coconut milk and coconut rum! So tasty! #StreamTeamIt is SO simple. And only needs these three ingredients.

The Little White Lie (a white russian made with coconut milk and coconut rum!) #StreamTeamAnd you just need a glass and a spoon. And some ice. You don’t even have to exert yourself with shaking anything.

Kahlua cocktail recipe with coconut rum! So tasty! #StreamTeamAnd it totally doesn’t matter what order you add it all in. But dang it, how had I forgotten how yummy Kahlua was?

Coconut rum cocktail with Kahlua and coconut milk. Great brunch cocktail idea! I love the way the coconut milk begins to mix with the Kahlua. I wish you didn’t have to stir it and could leave it all marbley and gorgeous.

Brunch cocktail idea. A white russian with coconut milk and coconut rum. The coconut rum gives it a slight sweetness. And I see this being a big player in my summer cocktails. When I’m drinking them responsibly. From time to time.

White Russian cocktail recipe with coconut rum instead of vodka. Do you like a traditional White Russian? You are going to LOVE this!

Coconut rum provided by Captain Morgan

The Little White Lie
 
This is basically a White Russian, but with coconut rum and coconut milk.
Recipe type: Cocktail
Ingredients
  • 1½ oz Coconut Rum
  • 1 oz Kahlua
  • 1 oz coconut milk
Instructions
  1. Pour all ingredients over ice.
  2. Stir and serve.

This cocktail was inspired by the Netflix series called “Bloodline.” YOU GUYS. I’m hooked! I just read that it is coming back for a second season and I’m so excited. I haven’t fully finished the first season yet but it is SO GOOD! It is about a family that has tons of dark secrets. It’s much darker than the shows I usually watch but by the end of the first episode I was sold and promptly watched the next three. The Rayburn family is stuck between a terrible truth and the lies they tell to keep it from being uncovered. It’s set in Florida keys and the moody location is almost like another cast member. The cinematography is stunning and absolutely draws you in. There are twists and turns all over the place and the people you think are good, aren’t as good as they should be. When I started telling my husband about it he was like, “that’s not a show you would usually watch.” And I agree! Can’t stop, won’t stop.

Sometimes it’s good to gently introduce an idea in a non-threatening way. Sharing these Netflix shows with my kids will make it easy for me to create a teaching moment where we can talk about lying in an easy way instead of trying to deal with it in the thick of an incident. Here are some great Netflix shows that can prompt discussions on lying with your kids:

Care Bears Season 1, Episode 8 Untruths and Consequences

A.N.T. Farm, Season 3, Episode 9 Pants on Fire

Jessie, Season 1, Episode 14 Worldwide Web of Lies

And for older kids:

Revenge (my fave!!!)

Pretty Little Liars

Thanks for supporting the brands that let me bring you fun content!

FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestStumbleUponShare

Retreat Planning and Wendy’s Fresh Salads

Wendy's Fresh Salads are a great quick lunch option. #BeyondTheBowl #CleverGirls #ad


I never ever thought that I would be someone who can’t find the time to eat. I love food and I hate to be hungry. But over the last few months, I have found myself missing lunch. It is always on super busy days of shuttling kids around or trying to get in a photo shoot for the blog that I find it hard to take the time to stop and eat. But I’ve also noticed something else. Where, in a jam, I used to be able to eat chips and call it lunch on those busy days, now I am resisting those empty calories. Am I growing up? Maybe a little. Or maybe it is because summer is coming up and I’d like to still be able to fit in to my clothes. And I’ve totally been craving salads lately. I never thought I’d find a decent, fresh salad from a fast food joint! But I did!

A better fast food option, Wendy's Fresh Salads. SO good! #BeyondTheBowl #CleverGirls #adAbout once a week, I pack up all the things I need for photo shoots, and head to Lauren’s house where we work together to hammer out posts for both of our blogs. If we’re lucky, one of us has to shoot a recipe that we can eat for lunch, but last week I needed to grab us a quick lunch on my way over. Have you heard about Wendy’s fresh salads?! OMG! They were so good. And a lot of chains claim to have fresh salads (wherein they use fresh, but then frozen items, which are then shipped to the locations to be assembled on site), these are legit fresh. Like, they cut heads of lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes and more, each morning for their salads. And the white meat chicken actually looks and tastes like chicken and is made to order when you order a salad. They make the salad from start to finish, at each Wendy’s, as if you would if you were making it for yourself at home. P.S. Wendy’s does not condone smoking. Especially smoking cats. (How hilarious is that shirt?!)

Wendy's Asian Cashew Chicken Salad. A fast, healthy lunch choice. #BeyondTheBowl #CleverGirls #adIt has come time for us to start planning our end of summer retreat for creatives and so we decided to make it a working lunch picnic. Our retreat is always in Palm Springs. And when Coachella rolls around, it is our reminder that we need to get planning. It is a total bucket list item to go to Coachella. Maybe next year we will begin our planning in between sets…a girl can dream, can’t she?

I need to be honest here. I am a fast food lover. I feel like it isn’t trendy to say that but I love a good hamburger/fries/soda combo from time to time. But I wouldn’t have even thought to order a salad. A bad salad is just plain awful. But look at those fresh veggies! They are crisp, not soggy, bright in color instead of not right looking. And that perfectly grilled chicken was so good! Check out this video which follows the romaine lettuce as it is picked in the farm to when it ends up in your Wendy’s salad. Pretty cool. They will be releasing more videos in this series sharing just how fresh the salads are. And for when I’m really trying to eat cleaner, I can skip the dressing and use just a squeeze of lime or lemon. Which will be a really hard switch since the BBQ Ranch dressing was so tasty.

Creative planning picnic. #BeyondTheBowl #CleverGirls #adThere are 5 different salads to choose from. Lauren tried the Asian Cashew Chicken Salad and I did the BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad. Because Applewood bacon and ranch. Yum. We talked about how we want to make our retreat a little bit different this year and set to work showing each other some visual inspiration we had gathered which will guide the look of our creative weekend in Palm Springs. If we couldn’t actually be in the desert, at least we really enjoyed our picnic lunch out in the sunshine. And I am sure if I had put the salad in to a real bowl, Lauren wouldn’t have known it wasn’t a homemade salad, which can’t be said for all fast food salads.

#campmixalot Pool Balloon BannerOur retreats include lots of pool time so you know a salad is the perfect lunch idea…You can see more about year 1 of our retreat and year 2 here and here. Want to come? Let us know here.

Backyard business planning with fresh Wendy's salads. #BeyondTheBowl #CleverGirls #adBeing able to grab a healthy, fresh lunch fast was awesome. Instead of focusing on what we were going to make, we could eat something prepared fresh for us and hash out plans for the retreat. Our retreats have a distinctive look each year and they also have a specific sound. I’m not sure the participants would even pick up on that but for me, a good playlist or even one great song, can really share the vibe I’m going for like nothing else. We brought the music out to our picnic so we could start to dial in what the weekend will feel like. So basically, we brought Coachella to us.

Easy summer picnic with fresh salads. And a little wine. #BeyondTheBowl #CleverGirls #adAnd since this was Friday, and we had a bottle of wine open for one of our shoots, we brought a little out for our picnic. For a minute, it felt like we were not in the middle of a work day but hanging out in the desert. Thanks, Wendy’s!  (Please drink responsibly. Wine is not sold at Wendy’s.) And I’m really excited to have a new go-to lunch option in these salads (I’m going to try the Apple Pecan Chicken salad next!). No more missing lunch because I can’t find something good to eat!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Avocado Hummus Recipe

Hummus Recipe with avocado .In the summer, all I want it guacamole. But even though avocados have “good fats” it still has a lot of fat. And maybe if you were eating a dainty portion of it, it would be fine. But I am not dainty. And when paired with a good tortilla chip, all bets are off. It could be a fight to the death at the guacamole bowl, if you get in the way of my guacamole eating. But then I discovered avocado hummus. It is pretty much like guacamole and hummus had a baby. The garbanzo beans cut down on the amount of avocado you need, but all the key guac flavors are there. Yeah!!!!!! I mean, who wouldn’t love hummus masquerading as guacamole?

Avocado Hummus Recipe. Its like guacamole and hummus all in one. So good! You can make it from scratch or you can start with a store-bought plain hummus base. But honestly, it really isn’t that much more work to make it from scratch since you’ll need to have the food processor out anyway. Just like with regular guacamole, you get to make this recipe the way YOU like it. Add the full jalapeno with seeds if you want it hot. Hate cilantro? (why? it’s so good!) leave it out or only put a tiny amount.

Avocado Hummus Recipe. Yummy flavors of cilantro, lime and jalapeno.Grab your food processor, give your produce a rough chop. And that is kind of it. Easy.

Hummus with avocado, jalapeno and lime. And lime juice. Don’t forget the lime juice. Lime juice is good.

Avocado Hummus RecipeAnd salt. Salt is always good. Just remember, if you decide to serve this with tortilla chips instead of the other snack options like I did, that they are really salty on their own so do a taste test with the chip to make sure you aren’t adding too much. You can see the rest of my hummus party here for more ideas on what to serve with it.

Avocado Hummus Recipe
 
This recipe is for avocado hummus which is what probably would happen if guacamole and hummus had a baby.
Recipe type: Appetizer
Ingredients
  • 1 can chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans)
  • 1 avocado
  • ½ jalapeno
  • ¼ cup cilantro
  • 3 TBSP lime juice
  • 2 TBSP water
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
Instructions
  1. Rinse and drain chickpeas and add to the food processor.
  2. Give them a pulse to start breaking them down.
  3. Rough chop the jalapeno, cilantro and avocado and add to food processor with chickpeas.
  4. Add the lime juice, and oil.
  5. Blend.
  6. Add water to get the right consistency.
  7. Enjoy with tortilla chips, pita chips, pretzels, pretzel chips, baby carrots or other vegetables.

 

Pear and Wine Cocktail Recipe

Wine cocktail with fresh herbs. You guys! Pear nectar, fresh thyme and lime juice. Sounds refreshing, right? And chardonnay? Hmmmm. When that recipe showed up in my inbox I just wasn’t sure. It had flavors that I love. It has wine which I love (although I am not the biggest chardonnay fan). But together? I had to try it.

Ice Princess Cocktail with pear and chardonnay.Fresh thyme. Could this be my herb for summer? Last year was all about the basil, but thyme! SO good!

Cocktail recipe with wine and pear nectar. The ingredients are simple. You just need pear nectar, lime juice, fresh thyme, a sweetener (mine was agave syrup) and Once Upon a Vine chardonnay.

Pear and wine cocktail for spring. Add it to a shaker.

Pear, lime and thyme cocktail with chardonnay.Add some ice. Next time I would give that thyme a quick muddle to release a bit more of the flavor.

Pear cocktail with wine, fresh thyme and lime juice. Don’t you just love the color? It’s super refreshing. And the flavor of this particular chardonnay worked really well with the pear. The Once Upon a Vine chardonnay isn’t overly oaky and has subtle honey flavor. It was super yummy on its own, but also makes for a perfect wine to use in a wine cocktail.

Refreshing summer cocktail idea.

Pear nectar and fresh thyme cocktail recipe

Wine cocktails for summerWine is the only alcohol used in this recipe so it is a really light cocktail. This would be a perfect one for a bridal shower or larger party where you are trying to keep your beverage budget in check.

Pear and wine cocktail recipe..Yeah for spring and summer cocktails! I love these lighter, more refreshing recipes.

*Wine and recipe provided by Once Upon a Vine wine. The cocktail was inspired by ABC’s Once Upon a Time and the “Frozen” storyline.

Pear and Wine Cocktail Recipe
 
This recipe was created by Once Upon a Vine Wines and was inspired by ABC's hit show, Once Upon a Time.
Author:
Recipe type: Cocktail
Ingredients
  • 4 oz. Once Upon a Vine Fairest Chardonnay
  • 2 oz. pear nectar
  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • ½ oz. simple syrup or agave syrup
  • 3 springs of fresh thyme
Instructions
  1. Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker and strain in to a chilled glass.
  2. Optional, give the thyme a quick, gentle muddle prior to adding ice to the shaker and shaking.
  3. Garnish with a slice of fresh lime and a sprig of thyme.
  4. Be sure to clap the thyme sprig between your hands to release more fragrance.

 

Need more spring cocktail ideas:

Blood Orange Sorbet Gin Float (One of my most pinned cocktails!)

Grapefruit Hibiscus Vodka Soda Cocktail

Strawberry Mint Moscow Mule

Best Champagne Punch Recipe

Lavender Lemonade

 

Tillamookies + Fave Links

New Tillamookies ice cream cookie sandwiches from Tillamook. So good! How delicious do these look? They taste it too! Tillamook sent me some of their new ice cream sandwiches, Tillamookies, to try out over the weekend. They each have chocolate coated waffle cookies to sandwich Tillamook’s delicious, creamy ice cream in the middle. The cookie is so crisp! These are best eaten straight out of the freezer. My youngest and I did a tasting of all four flavors at once, on a 90 degree day, and as they get softer, they start to squish out making them a bit messier, but no less tasty.

New Tillamookies ice cream cookie sandwiches from Tillamook. So good! I’m not usually a plain vanilla or strawberry ice cream fan but those were my two favorite flavors! In fact, 3/4 of our family fought over the last strawberry Tillamookies. My youngest won. Look for these in your grocery store! Thank you for sending them, Tillamook!

Here is what else I’m in to this week:

In case you missed it, my kids were interviewed over on Babble on how they would make over our house…

Are you guys shopping Paper Crush? Their stuff is super cute and it’s the first place I go for holiday themed decor and party goods!

I know St. Patrick’s Day is over now (did you get pinched?!) but I love this green party, especially the large honeycomb garland!

This post is almost a year old but I still want to live in this moon party. Scroll all the way to the end and she has some downloads for you!

It might be time to start thinking about a creative retreat for this summer. Who wants to come. Here’s what Lauren and I did last year.

OH! and I dyed my hair magenta and purple last weekend. On an interesting side note, posting this photo to facebook made me lose 40 followers. My hair and I are not taking it personally.

Have a great weekend!