Decadent strawberry choco dessert cocktail

IMG_8200 _SnapseedDo you need a little more ‘kick’ to your dessert after this week?  Well, sometimes I have  weeks days like that too.  This dessert cocktail is definitely deliciousness in a glass.  The how to: Mix 1 part strawberry shortcake or other dessert flavored vodka, 1 part coffee liqueur, and fill it up with almond milk into a shaker of ice.  Shake well and pour the whole mix including ice into a glass. For a martini, rim a glass with chocolate syrup and pour sans ice.  Garnish with a strawberry and a few choco chips. Enjoy and TGIF my friends, Jessica.  
IMG_8197 _SnapseedIMG_8199For more cocktails go here, here, here, here, or here!


Berry sparkler cocktail

DSC_0022 DSC_0028 DSC_0039 DSC_0041 DSC_0013For this drink I made a sorbet and simply poured sparkling wine on top–it was a great drink for our backyard BBQ/grilling night and a sorta celebration of my birthday.

Berry sorbet: 3/4 C sugar, 3 C frozen mixed berries, 1/8 C key lime juice, optional *add ice. Blend well in a blender. Freeze for 3-4 hours.

Spoon into glasses and pour sparkling wine to fill or sprite for a non-alcoholic version.  Add a few fresh berries to garnish and have a sweet weekend ya’ll!

Hot tamale popcorn balls

DSC_0002 DSC_0003 DSC_0007 DSC_0012 DSC_0014Hey guys, this is going to be short and sweet, no pun intended, since I’ve got to run some errands today. I’m going to make some homemade ice cream with a $2 thrift store ice cream maker, I’m super excited!!!  Anyways, with the super bowl coming up and V-day in a month these hot tamale popcorn balls are a perfect little snack!  And super duper delicious, I’m not kidding.  I just followed Martha’s recipe but used pink peppermint flavored marshmallows, cuz I love pink, heh:) and hot tamale candies instead of her cranberries.  Use whatever you want, it’s fun and really sticky!


Pretzel Bark by my sister

pretzel bark
Oh my gosh, you guys, this looks amazing! My sister has become quite the baker and she made this for her coworkers (I’m sure she would have made it for me but that we live 800 or so miles apart *insert a sad face here) She was awsome enough to make this tutuorial for me to share with you all! I’m so excited to post this and to later try it myself! Thanks Carly, I miss you lots!
pretzel tutorialJust click on this picture for the full tutorial or get out your magnifying glass (until I learn how to resize this image in photoshop it’ll have to be this small, sorry)  Happy baking!

Basil Pesto Salmon

pesto salmonDoesn’t this salmon look delicious! It’s because it was:) And I didn’t even make it. Yeah, I bought it at Coscto and I’m REALLY impressed! We’ve been members for a few years because it saves us money on our dog and cat food but have been increasingly happy about the quality items we find there; everything from books, pajamas and outerwear, to produce, tortilla chips and peanut butter.  It really is worth shopping there. Anyways, I usually buy the frozen fish and make it myself but this looked so good I had to try it. Even the Mr. ate all his up and he’s only so-so happy about eating salmon.  I thought that the basil-pesto butter on top was a perfect complement to the fish so here’s a recipe:

1 salmon fillet// basil pesto sauce (try this recipe or this other recipe)// Bake salmon for 15 minutes at 400.

So good and good for you too.  Enjoy, Jess.

Salty ginger & grapefruit martini

grapefruit martini ginger grapefruit martini ginger grapefruit martiniI mixed this recipe the other week as a slight take on the Salty-dog which is vodka and  grapefruit juice in a salted glass.  Since I have a slight martini obsession, as you guys may have noticed, I made just that and will definitely make this one again!  I love how the ginger flavor mixes really well with the grapefruit and salt; it’s just enough.

Here’s the recipe: //2 parts vodka//1/2 part ginger liqueur//1 part triple sec//2 1/4 parts grapefruit juice

Rim your martini glass with salt; I used margarita salt.  Shake the mixture over ice and strain into your martini glass. Garnish with a slice of grapefruit.  I hope you like it!

Save a vampire, plant garlic

It’s no lie that I can’t get enough of garlic.  I just found a garlic roaster at the thrift store for $1 and I’ve been using it almost daily now (thanks Costco for bulk garlic).  Once the garlic is nice and soft (350 in the oven for about an hour) I’ll squeeze it out and use as a cracker spread or even on a sandwich.  It’s also one of the best smelling things to cook!

I don’t have a lot of luck planting things (I mean, look at those pics of my dirt, it’s not even really dirt, it’s wood chunks and sand) but I thought I’d try to plant some garlic before it freezes.  All I did was peel off the layers and seperate the bulbs then plant the garlic pointy side up about 3 inches down.  Hopefully I’ll remember where I planted them;)