The kids all love snowballs, the big kids at heart love snowballs, and now, here’s a snowball that everyone in between can love too (even if there’s no snow to be found): a perfectly wintery snowball float recipe! Let me just say that if you’re a sweets lover, then this has your name all over it. Honestly, how can you say no to a recipe with homemade vanilla soda you made on your own?
I’ve also decided that I’m officially SodaStream’s number one, self proclaimed spokesperson because I’m obsessed. I stopped drinking sodas almost four years ago and I reverted strictly to carbonated water since (coconut sparkling water is my jam!), and this is like heaven just opened up to give me all of the flavored sparkling water in the land… forever. Technically I haven’t run out of CO2 yet, but when that happens I’ll be sure to notify you of my mental breakdown. Until then, I have my machine sitting at the front of my kitchen cabinet so I can make drinks without even having to take it out. Don’t judge me…
photos by Jared Smith
I really only need half an excuse to bust out a sweater and cold weather drinks, but the fact that Houston has seen below 70 degree weather for three days straight now is practically a celebration in and of itself. To mark the occasion, this peppermint white hot chocolate recipe was a must-make. Plus, it looks pretty with my champagne marshmallows from Sugarfina and the polka dot plate set that Jared’s mom gifted me that I’ve been hoarding for a while, but this was all purely coincidental, of course…
Aside from it having the perfect winter tabletop aesthetic, this recipe is also the easiest thing you’ll whip up all winter long. Not kidding, it only takes 5 seconds of your attention and a slow cooker and you’re all set!
Well friends, it’s the weekend! Believe or not I actually won’t be working this fine Friday evening. In fact, we’re headed to Louisiana for a quick overnight break that involves sun and fun sans the emails. Basically it’s a weekend miracle.
In other news, I’m sharing these mojito ice cubes over on Lulu’s today! They’re actually the only reason I can make a decent tasting mojito at home. For those that prefer to skip the adult version, they’re also reallllly good in lemonades and sparkling drinks. You can thank me Monday.
Once upon a time I emailed Bombshell Bar Goods and practically begged her to be best friends, and by that I mean I asked her if I could use her glassware forever and ever until the end of time — I loved it that much. Obviously I needed a fitting embellishment to go with my token white and gold go-to color combo, so I made these DIY gold drink stirrers. Technically they’re brass, but girlfriend has a strict budget…
Before anyone goes jabbing at me with food safety regulations, let me come to my own defense by saying that A) I grew up playing in creeks in West Virginia that no one has even thought of enough to name, so food safety isn’t one of my fears or top concerns in life, and B) the FDA website specifically states that brass is food safe as long as it’s not in contact with food or liquids with a pH level below 6, such as wine, vinegar, or fruit juices. There, that’s my PA for the day, now the rest is up to you to decide if you’re okay with a little brass.
Now that that’s behind us, we can move on to the cuteness that is gold drink stirrers that you can make in all of five-minutes…
In case the pom pom leather luggage tags were a bit too girly for you, we have a whole other type of tag to float your boat: DIY leather bar and drink tags! It’s a similar concept, but a whole new aesthetic that the guys in your family won’t cringe from, which is perfect for upcoming Spring evenings.
recipe and tutorial from Molly of Almost Makes Perfect
New Years Eve is right around the corner, and while it’s super easy to drink Champagne straight all night — if you’re hosting a party or staying in, change it up and make some French 75s! They’re quick to make and delicious. My boyfriend and I made a huge batch as punch for our party last year and had to make at least 5 more batches – it was very high demand!
Now if you’re celebrating this year, here is a very easy and festive drink topper for you to get in the spirit!
DIY gold fringe drink toppers
- • Hexagon wood flourishes (you can buy them here)
- • Gold metallic tissue paper
- • Fringe scissors
- • Skewers
- • Craft glue
- • Heavy duty glue
Glue your skewers onto your hexagons using heavy duty glue and let dry for about 30 minutes.
Once dry, using your fringe scissors, make strips that are long enough to cover the width of the hexagon.
Using the craft glue, glue one piece of fringe to the very bottom of your hexagon and work your way up.
Layer on about 4 – 6 pieces of fringe. Turn the wood over and carefully trim around the edges of the hexagon. Repeat on the backside.
French 75s (adapted from New York Times, Yields: 1 drink)
- • 1 ounce gin
- • 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
- • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- • 2 ounces Champagne
- • Lemon twist
To make simple syrup, warm 1 cup sugar in 1 cup water in a saucepan over low heat until dissolved. Cool to room temperature before using. (There will be extra syrup; refrigerate if not using immediately.)
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake gin, lemon juice and syrup. Strain into glass and top with Champagne. Garnish with lemon twist and your festive drink topper!
recipe and tutorial from Molly of Almost Makes Perfect