Boozy Hot Chocolate

Good Morning friends! I hope that you all had an amazing holiday weekend. Monday may have come a little too quickly. Although I am prepping for the week ahead and getting back into the swing of things, I can not help dreaming about Christmas trees, good food, holiday movies, and the most delicious boozy hot chocolate. So today I am going to share with you an incredibly easy recipe that will keep you in the holiday spirit all week long.

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All you need is Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate, Milk (or Almond Milk), a bottle of Baileys, some candy canes, marshmallows, and cinnamon. In a saucepan simmer the milk until it is warm. Then in a glass mix in the milk, hot chocolate mix, and a shot of Baileys. Top the glass with marshmallows, cinnamon, and a candy cane. The candy cane will melt and create the most delicious peppermint flavor that compliments the chocolate and the creaminess of the Baileys. The cinnamon takes the whole thing to a new level.

It doesn’t get more festive than this folks. This is the perfect drink to bring us into the new month.

I hope this Monday isn’t too crazy for you all, and you have some time to sneak in a little Cyber Monday shopping.

xx Casey

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Creamy Mushroom & Rice Soup

Hi guys! I am coming at you this Friday with the perfect soup recipe for this chilly weather that is upon us. This super easy recipe is totally customizable and takes minimal effort. So pop open a bottle of wine, put a pot of this on the stove, and enjoy a cozy night in.

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The Ingredients 

1 cup of rice – I used Jasmine, but any type of rice would do!

1/2 cup diced onions

2 cloves minced garlic

1/2 cup chopped carrots

1/2 cup chopped celery

1 lb mushrooms

4 cups chicken broth

1 cup white wine

1 cup whole milk

2 tablespoons flour

Salt & Pepper to taste

Method of Prep

Cook rice until tender. Drain and set aside.

Heat oil in a pot over medium heat. Add onions, celery, carrots, and garlic. Cook until softened, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add salt, pepper, and mushrooms to the pot. Cook until the mushrooms have released all of their liquid and turn golden brown, about 15 minutes.

Add the flour and stir until the flour is no longer visible. Add the white wine. Continue simmering until the wine is reduced by half.

Add the chicken broth, and bring to a boil. The soup will begin to thicken quite quickly. Simmer for 20 minutes.

Add milk and cooked rice. Simmer for another 10 minutes.

At this point I wanted to add a little something extra so I added in about a cup of shredded rotisserie chicken. This step is completely optional, but I wanted to add a little something to make it even heartier. You can also add in some boiled potatoes or additional vegetables and sub chicken broth for vegetable broth and milk for almond milk to make a vegetarian version.

I am going to be honest with you, I ate the entire pot in three days. This is a recipe I will definitely be doubling the next time I make it.

xx Casey

Popsicle Cocktail

GUYS – Get ready for a super intricate cocktail recipe post. This is totally going to be a long one so get ready. Are you sitting down? Here is the list of ingredients: Bottle of Sparkling Rose, and a Popsicle.

Open up the bottle, pour yourself a glass, pop a Popsicle in, and enjoy. Obviously I used a bomb pop this weekend because I was feeling extra festive. Seriously sometimes the simplest of things are the most amazing. I am thinking some fresh fruit Popsicle placed in a vodka soda would be killer as well. This weekends drink of choice? I think so.

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Tonight I am keeping the good vibes rolling at the Florida Georgia Line concert. Nothing says patriotic like some country jams, good friends, and a Bud Light. Also did I mention they are performing with The Backstreet Boys… AND NELLY. Oh my lord… early 2000’s Casey’s heart is melting. I love me some Nelly and I am not ashamed.

Hope you all have an incredible weekend and I will check back in with you on Monday. Cheers!

xx Casey

American Pie Recipe

Good Morning Friends and Happy Monday! I am hoping that unlike me you are all at the beach or at the pool continuing on the holiday weekend festivities. I am counting down the hours until I have a dozen $1 oysters and a glass of rosé in my hands.

Today I am sharing with you a dessert recipe perfect for any 4th of July BBQ’s you may be attending tonight or tomorrow. These really is a quick recipe that is sure to make a splash! I am also going to share with you a couple trials and errors I learned along the way because let’s be honest, I am not America’s next top baker.

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For the Cherry Filling: 

1 Cup Sugar

2 Cups Pitted Cherries

3 Tablespoons of Cornstarch

1 Tablespoon of Butter

For the Blueberry Filling: 

1 Cup Sugar

3 Cups Blueberries

3 Tablespoons of Cornstarch

1 Tablespoon of Butter

You will also need: 

Pie crust – you can make your own or if you are short on time just pick up a box of pie crust like I did.

1 Egg – for the egg wash

Start by making the blueberry filling. Place the sugar, cornstarch, and blueberries in a small pot. Let the Blueberries sit in the sugar for 10 minutes to release the juices. Then cook the cherries with the sugar, stirring constantly, until the mixture is translucent. Add one tablespoon of butter and set aside. Follow the same directions for the cherry pie mixture.

Grease your pie tin with butter. Lay the first pie crust in the tin, and crimp the edges. Pour the cherry pie mixture towards the bottom of the pie. Then using a rubber spatula pour the blueberry pie mixture in the top of the pie where the stars will be. Next, take the second pie tin and cut out your stars and stripes. Layer the stripes on the pie and place the stars in the top left corner, making it look like a flag.

Place the Pie in the oven at 450 and bake for 40 minutes.

DO NOT forget to place tin foil around the edges of the pie for the first 15 minutes of baking. I forgot in my rush to get the pie done and the edges of my pie burnt. Hence why I only posted a before picture and not an after picture of my beautiful pie. I will just let you imagine it came out beautiful. However, it did taste awesome so 10 points for that right?

Hope you all have an amazing day today and tomorrow- full of life, liberty, and the pursuit of rosé.

xx Casey

 

 

 

Lemon & Lavender Bubbly Cocktail

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First of all how gorgeous is this sketch? I found this beautiful picture on Pinterest and I feel so sad that there was no link to the artist, but if I find it I will definitely share it. 

Happy Friday Friends! We made it through another week. This was a particularly hard week so it is safe to say that I am ready for the weekend to be upon us. I think we all deserve a drink, so today I am sharing with you one of my favorite light and bubbly cocktail recipes. This drink consists of lavender, fresh squeezed lemon juice, limoncello, and champagne. The absolute PERFECT drink for Spring if I do say so myself.

Remove the lavender flowers from the stem and combine with the limoncello and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker. Muddle the lavender flowers to release the oils. Strain into the champagne glass and top with champagne.

This drink is light and refreshing and perfect after a long week like this. Cheers to another weekend.

xx Casey

Mini Obsession: Knorr Pasta Sides

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Good Morning friends and Happy Thursday! It is great to see you back here on my little blog. Still adjusting to the new posting schedule (I was so tempted to post something on Tuesday!) but we are working on it. Today I want to talk about something that I have recently found and am currently LOVING. I am talking about Knorr Pasta Sides. I know these things have been around forever, and you are probably thinking Casey… what is so great about these things? Well let me tell you.

This week I have tried three different kinds and I am hooked. First of all they make dinner SO EASY. Seven minutes and these bad boys are done. Second, they help you create a full on meal without much effort. Third, they are 99 cents. Let that one sink in. Lastly, to my surprise they actually taste really damn good. So let’s talk about the one’s I have tried so far.

Side note: took pictures of my meals to send to my mom because I was so excited, but they look like a five year old took them so I am not posting them on here. If you are interested and would like me to take some updated pictures of the finished products I definitely can!

On Monday I made a chicken and green bean stir fry along with the Knorr Teriyaki Noodles. I am going to be really honest these tasted so good. They didn’t taste like that fake teriyaki sauce that some cheap Asian noodle sides taste like. This one was a real winner.

On Tuesday I made baked chicken tenders with a side of the Knorr Cheddar Broccoli Rice. Seriously another winner. There were actual chunks of broccoli in there, not just those green little specs that some rice packets pretend is broccoli. I am talking real florets. Also, the chicken tenders that I made were so good that I may just have to share that recipe with you in a future post! Also it totally helped that I had leftover Wendy’s Sweet & Sour Sauce and Chick fil A Sauce in my fridge.

On Wednesday I made Knorr Fettuccini Alfredo with Sautéed Chicken and Cauliflower. Three for three this one was amazing as well! As good as the Alfredo Sauce you can get in a jar and more than half the price. This one was definitely the most impressive so far and all you need to do is add a half a cup of milk.

Tonight I am thinking I am going to give the Chicken flavored noodles a try. Fingers crossed this one is as good as the last three! I am also really excited to try the Cheddar Chipotle Noodles, the Teriyaki Rice, and the Stroganoff.

Now I know these are not the best things for you. Trust me, I read the calories on the back of each one of these. But when your rent and utilities come out the same week and you are on a serious budget these really do come in handy, and it is nice to know you can have a tasty meal for a low price.

Have you tried any of these Knorr Pasta Sides? Let me know which one is your favorite!

xx Casey

Cold Pressed Watermelon Mimosa

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Easter is fast approaching and besides the obvious reasons for the holiday, when I think of Easter I think of family and brunch. This year my cousin and I are not going down to New Jersey to visit family for Easter so we will be holding our first annual Cousins Easter Brunch. We did two annual cousin Thanksgivings in the past and they were a BLAST, so I am very excited to spend the day cooking, eating, and drinking.

So today I am going to share with you a delicious (and healthier?) Mimosa Recipe featuring Trader Joes cold pressed watermelon juice. All you have to do is pour some in a glass and top it off with your favorite Prosecco. A nice Sparkling Rose would also be really good with this and would make the pink color pop even more. SO FESTIVE.

So there you have it, an incredibly simple and delicious mimosa perfect for your upcoming East Brunch. And for all spring and summer long really.. I think this might become a brunch staple.

xx Casey