My sweet tooth gets me in trouble. I can’t say no to most sweet treats that end up in my path. If it’s a new dessert idea, I have to try it because I need to stay in the know. If it’s a classic then I need to try it to see how it stacks up to others I’ve had. It’s really not good for my waistline. But you know what is good for me? Reading dessert cookbooks. I don’t gain any weight that way. And because I possess little to no baking skills, I don’t have to worry about making these things at home. But that doesn’t stop me from devouring the pages of a beautiful book. If you haven’t checked out the cookbook, Eat More Dessert from Jenny Cookies, you have to! It’s SO well done. And not only are there super yummy sounding recipes, there is also tons of fantastic party inspiration. You’re really going to love this book!
If you’ve read this blog for any length of time you know that I love a good Moscow Mule. I’ve shared many varieties of this fine summer cocktail and today I have another vodka mule recipe to share with you.
A few weeks ago I went up to Los Angeles for the launch party for a delicious new flavor of Absolut. Oak by Absolut is full of flavors like caramel, cinnamon and vanilla but not in a flavored vodka kind of way. No, this vodka is aged in barrels and the flavor notes are picked up during that process. It adds a richness and warmth to the vodka that you would normally find in whiskey. It is the perfect ingredient to switch up a classic vodka mule recipe. And perfect for your summer imbibing.
I’m not exactly outdoorsy. But we have a local spot, called Tanaka Farms, that I love to visit. It’s a great place to take your family in Orange County to pick your own veggies and fruits. I was recently invited to attend a blogger event there, hosted by Tree Top, and it was amazing. Not only did I get to know the family behind the farm a little bit better, but I learned that Tree Top is a pretty amazing brand. While I was familiar with the brand before, and have purchased their products forever, getting to hear more about their company philosophies and goals really turned me in to a fan.
You have to make a brownie cake. For real. Because look how cute it is. I love to serve things in a new way at the parties I throw. It’s such a fun way to add special details that the guests will love. Sure, you can serve a plain old cake. But why not serve a brownie cake? It’s something you don’t see everyday, everyone (well, just about everyone) loves brownies and it’s SO easy. So just make one, ok?
Sorry Dads. From here on out, every Father’s Day will be celebrated with balloons. Your “Pop” will love it. Get it? I don’t love when balloons pop but in this instance, I’m embracing it. There is no better way to jazz up a gift for Dad than with this super simple Father’s Day craft idea. The prep is easy and the kids can totally have a hand in making a super special moment for Dad.
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GIVEEXTRAGETEXTRA #Walgreens #CollectiveBiasYou know how it goes. Sometimes it’s easier to do the work yourself than to train your kids how to do it correctly. But I recently realized that my kids are capable of so much more than I gave them credit for. When I was down and out with the stomach flu a few months ago, my oldest floored me by putting away all the clean dishes from the dishwasher. Without being asked. Or bribed. It was HUGE for me. He told me he knew it would help me out and a light bulb went off in my head. One of the reasons I had resisted putting together a chore system for them was because I didn’t want it to be about how much they could earn. I wanted it to be about how their actions could help another family member. We came up with an easy plan where they are incentivized to help out around the house, but the focus is on helping others. I created a chore list to help prompt their actions. I really love how it’s working!