Thirsty Thursday: Ginger Grapefruit Martini

So the the ‘3’ in the numerical pad in our computer keyboard doesn’t work anymore. Why? Well, I might have been drinking and messing around on the Internets while I spilled the whole glass on the keyboard. I might have been a little tipsy. I hope I was not blogging…

Well, I what was I drinking?? I was drinking Domaine de Canton and some seltzer. I just love that DdC. I can get by with some of my homemade ginger simple syrup, vodka, and seltzer but it’s just not the same. Domaine de Canton is a smooth ginger flavored cognac in a beautiful bottle. The bottle matters. I swear!

 

 

This Ginger Grapefruit Martini uses Domaine De Canton, vodka, and fresh squeezed grapefruit. Grapefruit, as well other citrus, is in season in the winter so this is a perfection seasonal drink to enjoy before dinner, at a party, or while wrapping presents. I can’t guarantee how well your wrapping will turn out after a drink or two but that’s half the fun! Blame Santa’s elves.

Since this week’s Thirtsy Thursday is brought you by the flavor ‘Ginger’ (that feels very Seasame Street to me), Amanda made this Gingerbread Hot Chocolate. Less devilish than my drink but equally perfect for the season. Don’t you just love a nice hot chocolate after you come in from a cold afternoon outside or to wind down the day? This is so perfect for those occasions.

Ginger Grapefruit Martini

Ingredients

  • 4 oz fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 2 oz Domaine de Canton
  • 1 oz vodka
  • sugar
  • segment of grapefruit or lime, for garnish

Process

  1. Rim the martini glass with sugar.
  2. Combine the grapefruit juice, Domaine de Canton, and vodka together. Pour into the martini glass.
  3. Garnish with the grapefruit segment or lime wedge.
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‘Zoo’- LO… lions, tigers, and something else, oh my!

Ah, as the temperature dips the craftiness increases. It’s nice to kill a whole night r even day by scrapbooking without feeling guilty about missing a great day outside. Clearly, I’m not the only one who feels this way as the ever fabulous Cathy Zielske tweeted this awesome meme. It’s a rif on Game of Thrones and scrapbooking…

I just love this. It totally made my day when I saw this. And yes, it reminded me to order more adhesive.

So getting back in gear with scrapbooking has been a lot of fun. I’ve really been trying to use products I have not used before or in a long time or products in ways I have not used before. It helps me stretch my imagine and use my stash.

My stash of paper and alphas has been getting a tad extreme so be prepared to see layouts using a lot of them as I try to use them creatively. In this case I used 5 pieces of paper to layer on a solid cardstock. The grey and white pieces that look hand drawn were actually patterned rectangles on a piece of patterned paper that I individually cut out, so I guess that brings the papers up to 6 kinds. I finished up a pack of stickers I had as we well as used new brads ad other 3d embellishments. My favorite thing I that I used are the 4 different kinds of Mini Market Alphas that I used to label each photo. I seriously love this alphas from October Afternoon.

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Black Cherry Yogurt Brownies

A few weeks ago Price went back home to celebrate one of his best friend’s birthday and help his brother rip out their kitchen to begin the process of getting a new one. Well, I was solo for the weekend so I basically was a bum wearing P-jams, watching the trashy shows I enjoy and he cringes at, and making a huge mess in the kitchen. It just so happened to be FREEZING cold that weekend. Since we are new homeowners experiencing our first winter in this house and PAYING for heat (all our previous rentals included heat and hot water) we decided to use the heat sparingly. So that means lots of layers and sweatshirts. Sexy.

 

Well, being the super smart person that I am, I decided that the best thing to warm the place up while also serving another purpose… baking. 2 birds, 1 stone.  Plus I get a treat in the end!!

 

 

The Chocolate Cherry Yogurt Brownies from Chobani are so rich without being too devilish. Using yogurt makes the brownies really moist without adding a lot of fat. These really rich brownies but they don’t make you feel guilty. I think they are best hot out of the oven but if you store them in an air tight container they can stick around for 3 days. I suggest that if you need to layer the brownies in the container you put a piece of parchment paper between the layers of brownies so they don’t stick together.

Chocolate Cherry Yogurt Brownies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Chobani Black Cherry Greek Yogurt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 10 oz semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Process

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8- inch baking pan.
  2. Melt the chocolate chips with the butter, let cool.
  3. Whisk the yogurt, sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract.
  4. Mix the melted chocolate and yogurt mixture together. Stir in the flour and salt.
  5. Pour the brownie mixture into the baking pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until a skewer is inserted and is clean upon removal. Let cool and cut into 9 pieces.

Chocolate Bourbon Truffles- SRC

I’m so ready for Christmas and all the craziness that comes with it. Actually, I’m not at all but I’m trying. At least I will bake and cook myself into the holiday spirit. I have so many recipes bookmarked it’s a bit crazy. But I’m looking forward to tackling that list.

Something you should add to your holiday baking list are these Chocolate Bourbon Balls.  As soon as I saw these on Shari’s blog, The Saucy Gourmet, I knew that these would be perfect to make for this month’s addition for Secret Recipe Club. We are taking next month off from posting so I wanted to share something perfect for the holidays.

 

These are so simple to make and a great treat for the holiday season. In all they took me an hour to make and that included 30 minutes of me watching Parenthood while they cooled for 30 minutes. Not bad at all. Shari suggests that you make them a few days in advance of serving them to allow the flavors to meld together and for the bourbon to mellow out. I follow no such instructions and didn’t wait so they had a real kick to them but were still soooo good. But it’s really great that you can make these in advance of a party or a cookie swap when you are super crazy swamped with a million other holiday things they will be ready and waiting for you.

 

 

Prior to making these I recruited one of the general contractors I work with into explaining bourbon to me. Bourbon is American made whiskey that is barrel-aged, which is why it is pricier than something like vodka. We discussed what bourbon to use in this recipe as well. Since this doesn’t have many ingredients it would be best to use a good quality bourbon so you don’t pucker up as you eat the bourbon balls. Basically, he suggested to skip using Jack Daniels (unless you get a nice specialty bottle). I was still confused so I called him from the liquor store… after work. Oh those general contractors are such good sports, which is why I gave them all of these bourbon balls!

Chocolate Bourbon Truffles

Makes 30 1” round truffles

Ingredients

  • 6  oz (1 cup) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup bourbon, such as Maker’s Mark
  • 55 Nilla wafers cookies
  • 4 oz (1 cup) walnut pieces
  • Sugar of rolling

Process

  1. Using a food processor (or a knife and some patiences), crush the Nilla Waffers and walnuts together until fine.
  2. In a medium sized, heavy-bottom pot, melt the chocolate on low heat. Once melted, remove from heat and add the sugar, corn syrup, and bourbon and mix until chocolate mixture is smooth again. Thoroughly mix in the Nilla Waffers and walnut mixture to create a dough.
  3. In the pot, divide the dough in half by scoring the top, then divide those 2 sections in 5 equal sections. Let the dough cool for 30 minutes.
  4. Once the dough has cooled, remove from the pot and roll the 10 sections into even sized logs and then cut each into 3 pieces. Roll the balls and then coat with sugar.

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Secret Recipe Club

Check out my previous Secret Recipe Club Posts:

October: Bacon, Mushroom, Onion, and Cheese Stuffed Bread

September: Spiced Black Bean, Grilled Avocado, and Goat Cheese Tacos

August: Birthday Cake Oreo Truffles

July: Tropical Pork Pineapple Kebabs

June: Cheesy Garlic Knots

May: Berry Brownie Torte

April: Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream

March: Sauteed Green Beans with Lemon and Almonds

February: Fried Pickles

January: No SRC postings

December: Shrimp Sriracha Stir Fry

November: Vegetable Enchiladas

October: Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Check out the rest of the reveal day posts!


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11.20-25: Thanksgiving Long Weekend Recap

{Tuesday Night} finished punch listing early| get bourbon | drive home | Price cleans the rabbits cage /& I talk to Rosa re: going away | laundry | eggs with guac & toast for dinner | clean out the fridge| grocery store for SRC prep| shower | finish packing | Price went to bed at 11| photo editing | bed at 11.45

{Wednesday} alarm at 3am | dress and feed the rabbits | call cab | at airport at 4.15am | mcdonalds | 6am flight | Phoenix | get bags | starbucks | Tom picks us up | Walmart for pie & see Tom’s school | house |nap |Jack in the Box & Walgreens | star gazing | hot tub | bed

{Thursday- HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!} Wake up early | lounge around | watch the news | call family | breakfast | Today Show | Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade |Price and Tom carve the turkey| lunch | football | pie | phone calls| more football and mystery shows|pickles and wine | hot tub | bed

{Friday} wake up for Black Friday online sales | shower and get ready | drive around and head to the zoo | nap in the car | World Wildlife Zoo and Aquarium |another nap in the car | lunch at Monti’s |back to Tom’s | feet in the pool and catch up on twitter | lounge around | caulk the tub | blog drafts | In & Out for dinner | Walgreen’s | lounge around watching the end of the dog show and reading Food Network Magazine | go to bed

{Saturday} stupid dog woke us up | coffee | blog drafts | get Powerball tickets |McDonald’s for more coffee | drive around the neighborhood | back to Tom’s | Men Who Built America marathon | shower & get ready | lunch at Filibertos | drive  around the neighborhood  | sit by the pool | more Men Who Built America marathon | writing blog drafts | leftovers | hot tub | showers | bed

{Sunday} Price and Tom got coffees & breakfast | eat breakfast outside | packing up | leave for the airport at 10.30 | have drinks and lunch | 1.30 flight | home at 8.45 | bunny love | relaxing and then bed

price misses jet blue

fire pit_01 fire pit_02

dummy heads shot in the head dummy

jack in the box curly fries

price made breakfast

thanksgiving thanksgiving turkey

in and out burger_01in and out burger_02

playing powerball filiberto's_AZ

heidi braids

chopped salad burger

us- flight home