Cranberry lime vodka


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This year we did a lot of homemade gifts and this was my favorite out of all of them. Homemade cranberry lime vodka. Looks so festive and really a great gift. It wasn’t too difficult, just slightly time consuming (you have to poke holes in every single cranberry.) Very happy with the way it turned out though!

 

You will need:

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Step 1- poke two holes in each cranberry (EVERY SINGLE ONE). I did this step using a toothpick.

Step 2- cut 2 medium sized pieces off of the lime rhine.

Step 3- put the cranberries in the (clean) bottle, one by one, and add the lime rhine. [I used 2-3 2inch pieces of lime skin (that sounds really weird, no?)]

Step 4- pour about 2 tablespoons of sugar through the funnel into the bottle.

Step 5- pour vodka over the top of the cranberries and limes.

Step 6- close the bottle stopper and store for at least 2 weeks before drinking. Hint- the longer you let it sit the sweeter it will get.

Step 7- drink and enjoy. OR attach some drink recipes and a cute note and give as a gift!

I found a lime crantini recipe and a cranberry lime spritzer recipe that I attached with ours. I also noted on our gifts that if the bottles were retured, we would make them another batch next year. I hope it was tasty!

recipe adapted from: here.

Happy Friday & have a blessed weekend!

 

 

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Baby shower ideas

My friend Theresa’s baby shower was a few weekends and it was too cute. She is having a girl which makes it EXTRA fun for me (because I have three boys).

Emily and I revealed that we were the baby secret storks at the shower! Read more about that here: xoxo, the storks.

I made these perfectly baby pink rice krispies using strawberry marshmallows and sprinkles.

And this fluffy baby pink punch that was ever so tasty. 1 can pineapple juice, 2 liter bottle of ginger ale and scoops of raspberry sherbet  The trick is to only keep the pineapple juice cold and not the ginger ale for the perfect punch temperature. Didn’t it turn out just perfectly baby-ish and pink!!?

I also made little vanilla wafer cookies dipped in white chocolate and pink sprinkles. I really wanted to make pink things but these turned out looking a little like santa hats. Opps.

Not pictured: I made some sushi sandwiches for the momma to be because she loves sushi and obvs hasn’t been able to have it. Used Tastefully Simple’s Spinach and Herb dip mix with a little mayo, on a slice of bread with the crusts cut off. Stuck a slice of cucumber, ham, and swiss cheese in it and rolled like you would a sushi roll. Slice and add a toothpick to each one.

My sister-in-law did the baby food tasting game and made these cutsie little mason jars.

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Tut tut, it looks like fall

This past weekend we set out to get more pumpkins and squash because you just can never have too many. Then we stopped at Ralph’s grandparents grave’s (Ralph& Lucille, who he is named after) and put some solar lights up because last time we had a hard time finding their headstones. I never got to meet them but I hear from everyone that they were the most wonderful people. Ralph has always been extremely honored to be named after his Grandpa Ralph. The cemetery is up by St Lawrence seminary which is beyond gorgeous, especially around this time of the year.

On the car ride there we told the kids we were going to visit Great Grandma Lucille and Great Grandpa Ralph and when we got there they were confused that they weren’t there to greet us. It was super cute. Jack asked when he gets to go to Heaven because he really wants to meet this Jesus guy.

Anyway. It is super gorgeous up there and we love visiting the seminary, and I wanted to share some of the pictures.

Oh! We also made 2 bottles of mulled wine this weekend. It was so yum. I used my cousin Michael’s recipe that has been a staple at our family holiday gatherings. Here is the recipe:

You will need:

  • 2 bottles red table wine
  • 2 tablespoons mulling spices
  • 1 orange sliced
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 inch of ginger root
  • 1/2 cup sugar
Toss it all the the crock pot and heat on low for at least 3 hours. Serve warm.

Also, this happened.

 

 

 

 

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Chai tea & cinnamon muffins


These cinnamon muffin melts may be my favorite baked good from Tastefully Simple. They are delicious and all you have to do is add water to the mix and throw them in the oven! When they come out, let them cool briefly, then dip the tops in melted butter and the cinnamon sugar (also included).

They turn out perfectly every time! I make them quite often when I have guests over just because they are so simple and everyone loves them! Oh and lets not mention how much my kids like them. They eat off the cinnamon sugar topping and then want me to dip the half eaten muffin again in the sugar. :) It’s safe to say I am passionate about these muffins and there is a reason why Tastefully Simple has never discontinued them. You can view/order cinnamon muffin melts here!

Serve them with Tastefully Simple’s famous Oh My! Chai or an Oh My! Chai chiller! For a chiller just mix 1 scoop of Oh My Chai with 6 oz cold milk and ice in a shaker.

Not a chai fan? There are many other yummy options! Try a Caramel Mocha Frappe or Sweet S’more Cocoa!  I am so happy with all the new yummy drinks TS has to offer this season! Great holiday gifts and perfect for entertaining!

 

*contact me at hannahholzmann [at] gmail [dot] com to get 10% off your order or visit my online store here to place an order.

Happy Friday and thanks for reading!

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Classy bachlorette party ideas

A few weekends ago I threw my friend Corinne a bachlorette party in Madison, WI. I found some great ideas on Pinterest that I used, and wanted to share with all of you! (sorry some of the pictures aren’t great, some of them were taken with my phone.

Gift bags I made for all the girls filled with dark chocolate, candy rings, candy necklaces that we all wore. The gift tag said “I found a man, but I still need my girls”.

I made buttons for all of us to wear that said “She’s saying I do…want another drink”. I used a gold metallic marker to go over the o in do, and put a gemstone on top to make it look like a ring. For the brides button I made it say “I’m saying I do…want another drink”. (original idea found here).

I hot glued a thrift store veil onto a blue headband (something blue!) and also attached a pretty headpiece for the bride to wear. For the rest of us I made headbands with funky bows and feathers.

We all brought something pink to pass. I made watermelon fluff with a pretzel crust. Click here for the recipe.

I also made some Tastefully Simple juicy watermelon margarita slush! (which is unfortunately no longer available but there are some other great drink buckets here)!

One of the girls brought these strawberry margarita jello shots, in strawberries! They were so good and super cute! They even had salt on the top.

We had strawberry cupcakes with strawberry frosting. So yum!

We played a few fun games. I made this celebrity spouse game in Microsoft Word to see how many we could all get right and whoever got the least amount took jello shots with the bride. I realized afterwards that Angelina & Brad aren’t married yet…but basically…right?! (original idea found here)

Then I made up some mad libs about the happy couple, even in their wedding colors, and we had a blast going around filling them in. At the end I read them aloud to all the girls, it was pretty hilarious. :)

Here is the beautiful bride sporting her headband I made and bling-pop!

We took a moonlight cruise on Lake Mendota…it was beautiful & windy! We had gorgeous views of the capital all lit up at night.

Not a great pic but you get the idea…beautiful!

Then we headed downtown for the rest of the night!

Thanks for including me in your special day Cor! You will be such a beautiful bride.

So a bachlorette party really doesn’t have to be all about tacky you-know-whats……!

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