patron tequila chocolate milk

Grown Up Chocolate Milk

Y’all! Can’t believe that we’re just a few short days away from Christmas. This year has really flown by. Just like last year and the year before that. Who’s with me? I remember being younger and desperately wishing to be older. If I only I knew that it certainly speeds up and never slows down, maybe I wouldn’t have wished for it so hard. But of course there are perks to being able to sit at the big kid table during the Holidays. Like getting to indulge in a few adult beverages. Right? Over the years I’ve grown to be the cousin that brings cookies and a cocktail or two to our Christmas Eve functions. Which is why I’m excited to have teamed up with Patrón to craft two holiday cocktails. One for Christmas Eve and the other for New Years Eve – so stay tuned for that! Not only is Patrón my hands down favorite tequila to use in cocktails this year’s One Liter Limited Edition bottle is quite the showstopper. And I’m already planning on ways to reuse the bottle around my apartment once it’s empty. Making it not only the perfect addition to your bar at home…

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Loaded Tecate

This post has been sponsored by Tecate Light. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Must be 21 or older to consume alcohol. Please drink responsibly. They weren’t lying. Time really does fly as you get older. I can’t believe that I’m sitting here writing this post at the beginning of December when it feels like summer was just a few days ago. This past year has been one of my busiest to date, and this Holiday season is proving to be no different. Pizza parties, gift exchanges, trips to Baltimore and Alexandria, ugly sweater AND wigs for a friend’s birthday. The past few weeks have been crazy busy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Whenever my friends and I are together it’s a guaranteed good time. Full of laughs, lots of love, and at least one or two funny memories we’ll group text about for weeks to come. A few weeks back we all got together for a build-your-own pizza party, and I was in charge of the liquid refreshments. Well, also in charge of rolling out roughly 20 personal pan pizzas and acting as Pizza Traffic Control. Type A personality, especially in the kitchen, reporting for duty!…

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jim beam black whiskey cocktail

Whiskey Sour Recipe

 Y’all. Can’t believe that it’s already Christmas! This year has really flown by, but I’m definitely excited to spend the next couple of days with friends and family celebrating. Celebrating the year that’s passed, and all that is coming our way. I’ve got a handful of get togethers with friends over the next few days and this whiskey sour is definitely on the menu. It’s the recipe I picked up when I got the chance to sit in on a cocktail class at the Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse last week. Can’t go wrong with a classic whiskey sour. BUT you can definitely spice it up a bit. How? By adding your favorite jam to the mix. Want it a bit spicy? Throw in a dollop or two of a Jalapeño infused jam. Something a little sweeter? Strawberry all the way. Plus, this is the PERFECT cocktail for your holiday party. A whiskey sour in itself is super easy to make. Since it’s just whiskey, sour mix, and egg whites. Meaning it’s a breeze to make ahead of time. So go ahead and whip up the base in bulk for your guests, and then have jams for them to choose from….

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ginger and lime milk chocolate

Dagoba Chocolate

I’m sharing DAGOBA in my life as part of a sponsored series with Socialstars.  We all know that it’s next to impossible to make a Target run and not find one or two (maybe twelve things) that you didn’t know you needed. On my latest run to Target that find looked a lot like nabbing the entire selection of DAGOBA chocolate bars. I mean, it is the holidays after all, and what I don’t end up eating/using in a recipe will make for the perfect gift. Right? Anyways, I’ve managed to sample essentially every one – like Picante Chocolate, Extra Dark, and Ginger Lime. But hands down my favorite has to be Raspberry Mint. The mint and raspberry really helps to mellow out the sweetness of the white chocolate in the perfect way. Already thinking of a few ways to each of the above in a recipe (or two) that’ll be coming to the blog later this month. Most excited about huge dark chocolate chunks in my chocolate chip cookies though. That’ll be topped with a generous helping of flaky sea salt and maybe some pretzels. Kitchen sink cookies anyone?! Mother is watering just thinking about how delicious AND addicting…

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chili hash browns topped with egg

Sunny Side

Confession time. My grandma would roll over in her grave if she read this, but I’ve never mastered the art of a sunny side up egg until now. I know, I know. I’m a failed Southerner through and through. Which is why I’m excited to have teamed up with Made In Cookware today to redeem myself with their AMAZING non-stick fry pan. Y’all, I’m not usually one for a non-stick pan, but adding this one to my cookware arsenal was one of my wisest decisions to date. The quality is top notch. Nothing stuck to the bottom, at all. I was even able to wipe the bottom of the pan clean with a paper towel after I accidentally broke a yolk in the pan. No mess. No fuss. Nothing. So what’s not to love? Now I’m able to whip up sunny side eggs just like my grandma did for years. Still miss her cooking to this day if we’re being honest, but more than happy to carry on the torch with my Made In Cookware fry pans. So why did it take me 27 years to master the art of properly frying an egg? Well, not investing in quality cookware is the main…

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