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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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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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Herbaceous Cocktails

Here’s a look at some serious herbal hard stuff sure to get you into the TGIF spirit. Cheers!

  1. Rosemary Rhubarb Cocktail from Slow Mama
  2. Basil Jalapeño Margarita from What Katie Ate
  3. Black Beauty from One Martini
  4. Thyme & Pink Grapefruit Greyhound from  Freutcake
  5. Meyer Lemon and Sage Hot Toddy from Katie At The Kitchen Door

What’s your favorite cocktail herb?

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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 | HDT
Food

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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Beauty, Design, Fashion, Food, Home

Jonesing for Joe

I’m not much of a coffee person, but lately I’ve been craving it like a mocha maniac. Because I can’t make a good cup of coffee to save my life, I’m not even going to try to share my own recipe today. Instead, here are some javalicious goodies for you brew babes.

MAC Fresh Brew Lipstick

Fresh Brew Lipstick

Fresh Brew Lipstick $16 from MAC

The Lion and the Lark But First, Coffee Instant Download Printable Wall Art

But First, Coffee- Instant Download- Printable Wall Art

But First, Coffee- Instant Download- Printable Wall Art $5 on Etsy

Pyknic Death Before Decaf Raglan

Death Before Decaf Raglan

Death Before Decaf Raglan $60 from Karmaloop

Cold Brew Coffee & Hazelnut Syrup

Cold Brew Coffee

Cold Brew Coffee

Here’s a quick Hazelnut Syrup recipe in honor of my dad’s passion for this coffee sweetener:

Heat all ingredients until sugar is dissolved. Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Bodum Eileen French Press

EILEEN Coffee Maker

EILEEN Coffee Maker $60 from Bodum

Anthropology Monogram Mug

Monogram Mug

Monogram Mug $8 from Anthropology

Embossed Cream and Sugar Containers

Embossed Cream & Sugar

Embossed Cream & Sugar $17 from Crate&Barrel

Put on a fresh pot, grab you favorite mug, & cozy up to these great coffee cuties!

How do you take your coffee?

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