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My Favorite, Simple Cocktail Recipe

Eye Candy CocktailI’m just going to say it- I love Tuaca. My partner in crime (Bunniey) and I discovered it in our early 20s, and life has been that much better since. It is a vanilla citrus liqueur, but it is brandy based and 35% alcohol. This makes it the same strength as most liquors, so beware that it is much stronger than the “liqueur” in the name implies. It’s good in pretty much anything, but this is my go to cocktail.

 

 

 

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Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces Tuaca (substitute Pinnacle Whipped Vodka for a lemon meringue pie taste- my second favorite)
  • 3 lemon wedges
  • ice

Directions:

Cut your lemon into eight wedges (or four if it’s a tiny lemon). Muddle three wedges. If you do not have a muddler, you can use anything to smash the juice out of the lemon. Try a wooden spoon or the handle end of another cooking utensil. If you just really don’t want to muddle, you can use lemon juice instead (about half an ounce, to taste). For the best mix of flavors, pour this into a shaker (you can leave the lemon peels in for extra flavor and more of a mojito look) with the Tuaca and ice, then shake. Pour everything into a glass and garnish with a lemon wedge. You can also stir all of the ingredients, it’s up to you.

If this tastes too strong for you, add some lemonade or soda water.

For a mocktail, you could try adding the muddled lemon to a vanilla cream soda, and add a dash of orange juice.

Enjoy!

Jillian

Living That Oily Life

When you get your starter kit, what do you do with it? Here is how I use each of the oils in the starter kit. There are soooo many other ways, and I can also show you how to get ideas with the resource app I will help you get.

Oils that you get in the starter kit:

1. Copaiba: I use this as a base in my homemade perfume. Smells yummy and I combine it with spruce, tangerine, and vanilla extract (and water and witch hazel. Let me know if you want the recipe or info on how to make your own perfume). Heaven!

2. Thieves: I use this in a roller (I can show you how to make these, it’s easy!) on the bottom of my feet when I feel like I’m getting sick.

3. Lemon: cleans so much. Gets sticky stuff off. I used it to get pitch off my hands! I also used it to clean the spilled mineral makeup that had stained my quartz countertop. It comes off when nothing else worked! Add it to your water for flavor. Diffuse it to smell like sunshine.

4. Peppermint: probably my overall favorite oil, besides valor. I dab it on my head straight when I’m getting a headache. I’m not trying to say this can cure any disease so don’t tell the FDA, but it is very soothing to me and that’s all I’m saying I’m writing. I carry it with me everywhere. I’ve also used a drop in water when I don’t have gum and my breath is gross, or to help settle my stomach.

5. Digize: for stomach issues, just apply topically. The smell of fennel is a little too much for me. But it wooooorks. I made a roller with digize and some peppermint (to distract me from the smell) and it totally works!

6. Citrus Fresh: I diffuse this all the time at work. It’s very calming and helps me feel focused. It’s also the oil that my boss loves the smell of, and since we share an office, this is key!

7. Frankincense: great for skin. I make my own moisturizer with it, but you could also put a few drops in your regular moisturizer. I’ve used it in bath salts. It has a rich scent, it could also be a good perfume base note. I used enough of it that I ran out, so sadly I haven’t used it in a while.

8. Raven: I use Raven when I’m feeling sick, especially any kind of congestion. I made a roller that I put on my neck, chest, and back. I diffuse it as well.

9. Lavender: all of the things. I will mix it with epsom salt and baking soda to make homemade bath salts. It takes two minutes maybe and then I keep them in a pretty jar on my counter for whenever I have time for a bath. Okay. Not that often. If I burn myself, I’ll put it on the burn and it feels much better. For a sunburn, I put a few drops in my aloe lotion. Of course I diffuse it, often mixed with other oils. Lavender and peppermint together is delicious! Sometimes I’ll use a toothpick drop in a cocktail or in lemonade.

10. Stress Away: this is a blend that contains a bit of vanilla extract. Vanilla is my favorite scent, and there’s no such thing as vanilla essential oil. This blend is the answer! I have a small bottle at work that I smell when things are overwhelming to help me remember that work stress is a small thing. It smells delicious. I also diffuse it sometimes at bedtime.

11. PanAway: I have two back up bottles of this, besides the open bottle on my oil rack. I love the smell (it has a bunch of mints in it) and I use it when I have sore muscles. I have also used it in bath salts, but you need to do this in moderation because some people don’t like the tingling feeling that mint will give you!

12. Tangerine: I mentioned above that I use it in my perfume. I also diffuse it- so freaking good. Some people use it in water.

Hit my up if you have more questions, or tell me what your favorite oil is!

Jillian

Beautiful Blogger Award

beautiful-blogger_awardGuess what? I was nominated for the Beautiful Blogger Award by Arlene at Puffing Colors. My favorite thing about Arlene is that she loves bears, because bears are my favorite. She even has a tag “cute bears”. I don’t even have that!

Four short rules: link the blogger who nominated you; list seven random things about yourself; nominate seven creative, beautiful bloggers; notify the people that you nominate

***Seven random facts***

1. I am so proud of the fact that I can change my own tire on my car, but I recently crashed it and was unable to get the spare out of the trunk because it was screwed in so tightly. Epic fail. All that pride for nothing, still had to call a tow truck.

2. I just found out today that yellow peonies exist. Umm. I must have them. Next year during peony season I will find them. I swear.

3. Every time I go to the zoo, I visit the black bears twice. Sometimes I make up excuses, sometimes I just tell people that we have to see them again and run toward them like a five year old 🙂

4. I am actually very morally opposed to zoos. However, I am a hypocrite on this issue because I cannot resist the animals. Someday I may work this out in my head.

5. I dye my hair much darker than it is, and my eyebrows don’t match. I will pretty much not even leave the bathroom without putting on brow powder. It’s a bit of an addiction. One time I couldn’t get to my apartment because of police roadblocks after my shift waiting tables and I really needed a shower. What did I buy at the store? A new outfit and brow powder…

6. I love fresh cherries, and they are my favorite summer snack. Well, except cocktails and ice cream, but those feel much less virtuous.

7. My favorite colors are yellow and pink.

***my seven beautiful bloggers are***

by Jen Lawson (who doesn’t really do these, but click on her anyway!)

Flashes of Clarity

All-Round Better Me

Only Bad Chi

Did That Just Happen?

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New Pollyanna

Check out their blogs, and, if you’re in the Pacific Northwest, go find some air conditioning! This is all too much for me right now. I’m hiding inside with my ice water and my portable air conditioner.

Jillian

Simplify Sunday- Strawberries and Cleaning

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I thought I would check cleaning out the bedroom off my list this week. As it turns out, there was not a single thing to get rid of in the bedroom. It is already really minimal. There isn’t even anything in that closet except two summer weight coats that I’m not currently using. I still feel good knowing that’s it’s been gone through, but I got off way too easy on this week’s project. That being the case, I decided to also provide you with a cocktail recipe!

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I love to make up drink recipes, but I try to keep them as simple as possible. This has a few steps, but the ingredients are basic, with no extra sugar or pre-made mixes involved. It’s important to me to know what I’m drinking 🙂

Strawberry Sunset (serves 1 strong drink)

  • 5 strawberries
  • 3 ounces whipped cream vodka
  • 1 tablespoon limeaid (or just lime juice)
  • 3 ice cubes

Muddle the strawberries (save one for a garnish, if you like) until they are all smashed up! Then muddle in the vodka and limeaid. At this point, if you’re okay with the texture, you can just stir in the ice cubes for a few seconds to cool down the drink, then pull out the ice cubes and pour into a glass. If it’s too chunky, pour it in the blender for a few seconds (I ended up doing this). If you leave the ice cubes in when you’re blending it, you will get more of a daiquiri like texture. I took them out and got a thinner texture (I’m not crazy about frozen drinks).

Bottoms up!

Jillian

 

Weigh In Wednesday- Sun Bear Edition

sun bearMy weight is still stable this week.

I went to the zoo over the weekend, and I saw this Sun Bear. Poor Sun Bear! He had too many cocktails last night, or maybe just didn’t stick to his diet very well. 🙂 He is obviously my spirit animal, so I had to take a ton of pictures. I know exactly how he feels.

Sometimes I just want to give up on myself. EVERY DAY I continue to indulge in something that I meant not to.

However, unlike the bear, I have freedom. I can make my own choices, go where I want, do what I want. I want to start viewing my health like I view my budget. I love having a budget for my money, because it allows me to see exactly where I have room to splurge. I have $50 extra dollars, I can choose where to put it and that gives me freedom.

So… I’m proposing that I (we? who’s on board) use that freedom with my lifestyle change. If I mess up in one way, I give up and do everything wrong. THAT’S TERRIBLE! If I did that with my budget, I would probably be homeless or in jail. If I want to not work out, I can’t have a drink. If I want a drink, I can’t chase it with chocolate. See what I mean? I know what this is- it is moderation. The very thing that people have been preaching at me my whole life, and I haven’t found. Now is the time.

Does anyone have any help for me? I think Nike’s slogan is all I really need here 🙂

Jillian

How To Set Up a Home Bar

full barI have always loved to be prepared for visitors. I like to have something cool to offer when people come over. Having a fully stocked bar isn’t something most people do at home, and maybe that’s why I think it’s so fun. Plus, you know, I like drinking 🙂

This is what my bar looks like. I couldn’t find an actual bar that I really liked, plus they all looked kind of lame and didn’t fit in our great room. I had been begging for one for ages, and J and I finally agreed on this sideboard from Dania. It works well because I just keep everything on top, and use the cabinets for extra dishes and cookbooks. However, you can use anything. In my old studio apartment I used a cool wine rack/cart (similar) that I got off craigslist for $20. You could also use a shelf in your kitchen, the counter top, and old dresser- anything!

starting a barWhen you’re starting out, just go basic. Liquor and supplies are really expensive! I drank cheap liquor until I was about 25, and then I started feeling really hungover from it. Apparently when you get old you need that extra filtering! If you’re young, you can probably get away with it 🙂

This is a basic starter kit idea. You’ll need glasses of some sort. I’ve seen cool glasses at the Dollar Store for $.50 each. The most important are rocks glasses, shot glasses, and martini glasses (add wine glasses if you drink wine). I added a shaker because they are so useful for so many drinks, a wine/bottle opener for obvious reasons, and straws. Having straws takes your drinks up a notch!

Pictured here are vodka, light rum, whiskey, and a specialty liquour. Start with what you like to drink, and then expand by watching what your friends drink or what looks cool on drink menus. With vodka, rum, and whiskey you can make a lot of stuff. A specialty liquour just makes things more fun. You can get fruity flavored things like peach schnapps, or something creamy like Bailey’s Irish Cream (I personally buy cheaper Irish cream because I think they all taste the same).

Let me know if you decide to stock your bar! It’s also a really cool idea to have a “stock the bar” housewarming party. Just have everyone bring their favorite bottle and mixer, then you keep what’s left over. Happy mixing!

What’s your favorite cocktail recipe?

Jillian