October 31, 2012

XO Treat

Happy Halloween!

Hubby and I recently went on a double-date with good friends to a favorite authentic Mexican restaurant. A lady was walking around handing out sample shots of a coffee liqueur - Patron XO Cafe. It's actually tequila and coffee extract. Ah, yum! She also handed out Halloween-themed recipe cards. Since we like to have a gathering on our favorite pagan holiday, I decided we should have a signature adult beverage for the festivities. I picked the Butterscotch Treat and of course had to taste test before I serve to guests. Home run!!! Here's the recipe -

3/4 oz. Patron XO Cafe
1/2 oz. Butterscotch Schnapps
1/2 oz. White Creme de Cacao
3/4 oz. half & half  I use unsweetened Vanilla Almond milk cause that's what I'm into these days
cinnamon and sugar  I skip this
Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass. Or mix in a juice glass and stir with finger like I did.

More recipes here.

Happy Trick-or-Treating!

October 18, 2012

Getting Pinned

I have a new interest - Pinterest! I'm not going to call it an obsession because thankfully I am not spending all my free time pinning, but it's a lot of fun. It totally appeals to my organizational sensibilities. I used to spend hours creating my own "boards" for decorating, gardening, travel, etc. and now I peruse, pin and modfiy away. I'm pinning outfits I want to put together, places I want to visit ... toying with the idea of moving WAY south when Chunky is done with high school ... decorating, planning Sassy's wedding for 2021 and my own 50 Shades of Grey casting. Join the fun!

October 13, 2012

October Birchbox

I got the goop box!
It's a little anti-climatic. Especially compared to the recently read 50 Shades of Grey trilogy (oh my!).

DDF Wrinkle Resist Plus Pore Minimizer Moisturizing Serum - thank goodness this isn't a "night" product. The description says "It gives you instant gratification by hydrating skin and shrinking pores. At the same time, the peptide-packed formula exfoliates and repairs skin cells for lasting anti-aging benefits."

OROFLUIDO Elixir Hair Oil - anxious to see if this is as good as the Shu Uemura oil

Chantecaille Faux Cils Mascara - trial size, perfect for my travel bag (if I ever travel)

Embryolisse Anti-Aging Firming Cream - another trial size so going in the travel bag

Lemon LUNA Bar - this is going in my school book bag as I'm always in need of a snack at the 2:30 pm break.

October 10, 2012

N is for ...

You know the saying, it takes a village to raise a child? Well, I believe that. I also believe I can be a village idiot. And I'm not alone.

One of my best friends called this morning ... we talk often on the drive to and from work ... to tell me she'd just woken my daughter up to go get her 3 yr old daughter some pajamas at nearby Target. Huh? Turns out today was PJ day in honor of the theme for the letter of the week, "N". The theme for the week was "Night". She thought it was "Nose". Nice! Luckily munchkin's daycare is at the end of our block and Sassy babysits for her so there's a connection. I love that my friend felt comfortable enough to call Sassy in for help and I especially love that Sassy was all too happy to help.

Cut to mid-conversation, I receive a call from home ... Chunky. He never calls me (I've recently become aware that it is a 12 going on 13 year old boy's mission in life to avoid his mother at all costs) so I answer immediately.

Me: Hi
Chunky: Um, hi. Did you pick up my meds?
Long, awkward pause
Me: Uh, no. I think it's a good day to take a break.
Ya think so smarty pants?! You forgot to pick up your kids medicine and that's what you have to say for yourself?
Chunky: Ah, ok.

Of course I picked up the meds on my way home from work. Of course Chunky tells me he had two tests today when I arrive home.

N is for Naughty mommy. Oh dear, there goes that ever elusive mother of the year award ... again.