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Party Time | Cinco de Mayo

Hola Babes! In anticipation of Cinco de Mayo, I’ve got some festive fiesta inspiration for you!

But first, a little history lesson.

Cinco de Mayo is a day to pay tribute to the Mexican army’s improbable victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The French army was well-equipped, had twice the man power, and had not been defeated in almost 50 years, but under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín, 4,000 Mexican soldiers defeated the French forces. As Time magazine remarked, “The Puebla victory came to symbolize unity and pride for what seemed like a Mexican David defeating a French Goliath.” Mexico did remain occupied by the French a year later, but the victory at Puebla helped establish a much-needed sense of national unity and patriotism.

In America today, due to typical over-commercialization and general stupidity, Cinco de Mayo is an excuse to buy (racist) fake mustaches from the party store and get bombed on tequila. I try to keep the core spirit of any holiday in mind when celebrating, so for Cinco de Mayo, I’ll be cooking up some authentic Mexican recipes and enjoying the sunshine with friends. No appropriation or inebriation for this babe.

If you’re interested in celebrando, here’s a look at some Cinco de Mayo food & fun:

Margarita | Barbacoa | Corn | Guacamole | Sorbet | Agua Fresca

Table | Gilded Piñata | Streamers | Planters | Wall Hanging | Cactus Piñata | Flowers

How will you be celebrating Cinco de Mayo?

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Birthday Babe

Here are a few photos from various celebrations early this month.

My babe Bekah, my boo, & I celebrated early with brunch in downtown Anchorage.

Once in California, I celebrated with my family in Los Angeles.

Finally, I celebrated my BFF Ashley’s birthday in Venice along with some of our friends.

Because I live in Alaska and my family & dear friends live in California, we don’t normally get to spend special occasions together. It was really such a pleasure to celebrate with all the people I love this year. Truly a fabulous start to my new year!

How do you like to spend your birthday?

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St. Patrick’s Day Libations

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, here are some festive cocktails to get your party started!

  1. Green Tea Mojito from The Kitchn
  2. Drunken Leprechaun & Pot-O-Gold from Real Housemoms
  3. Irish Car Bomb from bogerk
  4. St. Patrick’s Day Cocktail from Style Me Pretty
  5. Irish Flag Shot from DrinkedIn
  6. Grasshopper Ice Cream Cocktails from Dine & Dish
  7. Guinness and Baileys Jello Shots from Brit + Co
  8. Green Apple Sangria from Made With HAPPY

Are you doing anything festive for St. Patty’s Day?

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Valentine’s Day Goodies

Here’s a collection of sweet and savory treats sure to fill you (and your tummy) with love.

  1. A “Hearty” Breakfast from The Dating Divas
  2. Salad w/ XO Cheese from workmanfamily
  3. The Paloma from BS’ in the Kitchen
  4. Slice n’ Bake Valentine Heart Cookies from Lauren’s Latest
  5. Easy Mixed Grill from Better Homes and Gardens
  6. Valentine’s Popcorn from Gimmie Some Oven
  7. Roasted Heart Potatoes from Haniela’s
  8. Meringue Kisses from Bakerella
  9. Heart Shaped Caprese Salad from education.com
  10. Cheery Cheesecake Shooters from The Pioneer Woman
  11. Love You Potpies from Taste of Home
  12. Sugar-Free Valentine’s Snacks from Two Kids Cooking
  13. Mozzarella Cheese Filled Hearts from Hungry Happenings
  14. Chicken Soup with Heart-Shaped Carrots from Sophistimom
  15. Spiced Pomegranate Cocktail from Honestly Yum

What are you cooking up for Valentine’s Day?

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Hump Day Treat | Halloween

Today’s Hump Day Treat is actually 5 treats!

I’ve got two cocktail recipes, two cocktail garnish, and a spooky set of  stemware; all perfect for your Halloween celebration.

  1. The Blackbeard from Honestly Yum
  2. Black Widow from DIY Network
  3. Eerie Eyeballs from Martha Stewart
  4. Spider Ice Cubes from Peppermint Creative
  5. Onyx Stemware from Z Gallerie

What will you be drinking this Halloween?

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Birthday Cake Shot | Hump Day Treat

This week, my college roommate, my sister, & my boo celebrate their birthdays! Happy Birthday Mary, Ashley, & Nic!

To honor some of my favorite babes, I thought I’d make a delicious, festive treat. This Birthday Cake Shot is a rich & decadent drink perfect for a 21 and over birthday celebration.

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 oz Cake flavored Vodka
  • 1 oz Creme de Cacao or Chocolate Liqueur
  • 1 oz Half & Half
  • Whipped Cream for garnish
  • Honey or Frosting for rimming
  • Sprinkles for rimming
  • Shot glasses
  • Shaker filled with ice
  • Jigger or other measuring cup

IngredientsPrep your shot glass by dipping the top in honey/ frosting, then pushing the glass into the sprinkles, taking care to cover the honey/ frosting throughly.

Into the ice filled shaker, pour the vodka, creme de cacao, and half & half. Shake well until chilled through, and strain into shot glasses. This recipe makes 3 small (1 oz) shots.

Finished ShotTopped with whipped cream and more sprinkles, this shot is a sweet way to celebrate the birthday babe!

Who’s celebrating their birthday this month?

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