Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Red, White and Blue Jello Shots

I whipped these beauties up for a Memorial Day pool party but they are perfect for 4th of July as well. 

You will need: 
30-40 1oz plastic cups. Sold in the paper product section of grocery stores. 
3oz box of strawberry Jello
3oz box of berry blue Jello 
2 2/3 cups vodka or tequila, flavored or not
2 cups plus 1 1/2 tablespoons water 
2/3 heavy cream 
2/3 cup milk 
1/4 cup sugar 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
1 1/2 teaspoons Knox gelatin 

To make the blue layer:  
1) Heat 1 cup water, add berry blue Jello mix, stir until dissolved. 
2) Add 1 cup vodka, stir. 
3) Remove from heat and let cool. 
4) Distribute evenly into 1oz cups, filling only 1/3 full, then refrigerate until set. 

To make the white layer:  
1) Place Knox gelatin powder and 1 1/2 tablespoons water in a small bowl. let soak for 5 minutes to allow gelatin to bloom. 
2) In a medium saucepan, heat cream, milk, sugar and vanilla to a simmer, stirring occasionally. 
3) Remove from heat, add gelatin mixture and stir to dissolve.
4) Add 2/3 cup vodka  
5) Let cool 10-15 minutes before pouring over blue layer. 

To make the white layer:  
1) Heat 1 cup water, add strawberry Jello mix, stir until dissolved. 
2) Add 1 cup vodka, stir. 
3) Remove from heat and let cool. 
4) Distribute evenly into 1oz cups, filling only 1/3 full, then refrigerate until set. 


Monday, June 13, 2016

Casa Blanca: Santikos Newest Theatre

I received compensation in exchange for this post but all opinions are my own. 

I recently had the opportunity to tour and learn more about Santikos newest theatre, Casa Blanca. Casa Blanca is so much more than a theatre. 

Casa Blanca has 16 bowling lanes. Enjoy either before or after your movie watching experience. 

Full-service sports bar. Drinks purchased can be brought into any movie. That means mom can enjoy a glass of wine while the kids enjoy Finding Dory on the big screen. 

Speaking of big screen, check out the 100% laser projection multiplex screen. Thats a 6' 5" man standing down there. Im sitting half way up and I couldn't even capture the full screen. 

Moviegoers can enjoy in-theatre dining with an upscale menu and recliner with oversized seating. 

Santikos is more than just great movies. Santikos Entertainment now exists for the sole benefit of the communities in which it operates. Dollars spent on movie tickets and amenities are funneled back into the local community in the form of donations, sponsorships, grants and programming that educate, cure, support and otherwise enhance lives of the citizens that support Santikos Entertainment. Santikos will donate $12 million to the community this year alone. Which translates to $400,000 a week for the community over the next 10 years. 

Now it's your turn to experience Santikos. Im giving one lucky reader 4 VIP tickets good for any movie at any Santikos theatre. Give-a-way ends on Friday, June 17th. Winner will be notified by email and has one week to claim their tickets. 

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Red, White and Blue Dessert

Whip up these red, white and blue treats for the long weekend. Keep this recipe handy for the 4th of July.

1 lb Strawberries
1 Carton Blueberries
1 Tub of Philadelphia Cheesecake or Homemade Cheesecake
1 Wilton Piping Bag
1 Wilton 32 Icing Tip

Step 1) Wash the Strawberries and pat dry

Step 2) Cut the tops off the berries, don't cut too far

Step 3) Place the berry flat on a cutting board, cut an X in the top of the berry, do not go all the way down

Step 4) Place tip inside piping bag and fill a piping bag with cheesecake

Step 5) Put icing tip inside X cut into the strawberry, start piping cheesecake moving upwards

Step 6) Finish with a blueberry on top of cheesecake

Step 7) Enjoy! 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Why I'm Supporting Alamo City Pit Bull Rescue

I am supporting Alamo City Pit Bull Rescue and Rehabilitation today during the BigGiveSA. Ive witnessed how ACPBRR has helped countless pit bulls in the San Antonio area.

These amazing dogs come to ACPBRR broken, abused and neglected. Fosters lovingly nurse these sweet dogs back to health and teach them how to live in a household. ACPBRR covers all medical costs which add up fast. 

Sadie: Before and After

San Antonio has a huge stray dog problem. ACPBRR gets requests everyday to take in more dogs. Without your donations ACPBRR cannot continue to save lives. 

Tank: Before and After 

Please consider donating today during the Big Give SA Alamo City Pit Bull Rescue and Rehabilitation:


Sunday, April 24, 2016

Nautical Cupcakes

Back in March my friend had an amazing nautical bachelorette party. Tasked with bringing dessert I searched for the perfect themed cupcake. These beauties may look difficult but are really super easy to make.

You will need:
1 bag Navy Candy Melts
White Icing of Choice
White Cupcakes, either from scratch or from a box
Blue Food Coloring Gel
2 Small Icing Bags
1 Large Icing Bag
Wilton Icing Tip #32 
Cupcake liners (I ordered mine on Etsy)
Wax Paper
Clear sugar crystals

Start by printing out the anchors to use as a pattern. Place pattern on a tray and cover with wax paper. I googled "anchor outlines" and searched until I found one I liked. Melt candy melts as directed on the package. Pour melted candies into a Wilton plastic squeeze bottle and follow the patten. Place tray into the fridge to harden.

Make white cupcakes of choice. Dye half of your icing blue using blue coloring gel. I wish I would have made mine a little darker so be generous with the color. Place blue icing in a small icing bag and the remaining white icing in the other small icing bag. Take both bags and place them in the large icing bag with tip.

Ice cupcakes as normal. Both colors will come out and swirl naturally. I love that it looks like a little cloud.

Take anchors out of the fridge and peel them off the wax paper. Place on top of cupcakes and sprinkle with crystals.

Ta Da! Perfect little nautical cupcakes that matched the theme. We had a blast and munched on these all weekend.

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Monday, March 21, 2016

My Extreme Escape Experience

Disclaimer: I was given the opportunity to experience Extreme Escape, with three friends, at no cost. However, all opinions expressed here are my own. 

Photo From Extreme Escape Facebook

Looking for some out-of-the-box fun? Look no further! Extreme Escape just opened in Northwest San Antonio.

Picture it, you walk into the room, the door shuts and a voice comes on the TV screen above. The mystery voices gives your group one clue before the clock starts ticking down. If you don't make it out of the room before one hour you become the undead. 

Extreme Escape offers four rooms to choose from, each with a different theme. Since my husband is a Walking Dead fan I picked the Undead Room

Photo from Extreme Escape Website

The theme of the Undead Room is that you and your team are trying to survive the zombie apocalypse. You hear of a doctor that may have an antidote that could stop the infection and save humanity. The room is set as the bunker where the doctor was last located. You must get in, secure the location and find the antidote.

Watch more about the Undead Room here:

My friends and I had a blast! We made it out of the room with 22 minutes to spare, phew! We all worked together to find and solve the clues. The first few minutes were kinda hectic. We didn't know what to focus on or what to do. Once the first clue was found we moved quickly and got it done. 

I would definitely try another escape room at Extreme Escape. I have my eye on the Master of Illusion room.   

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Garlic And Herb Sweet Potato Fries

I was looking for a side for dinner and noticed I had two small sweet potatoes that needed to be used soon. BOOM. Sweet potato fries.

1-2 Sweet Potatoes
2 tbsp. Olive Oil 
1/2 tsp. Sea Salt 
1/8 tsp. Pepper
3 tbsp. Parmesan Cheese  
2 tbsp. Fresh Italian or Dried Parsley 
1 Garlic Clove Minced 

1) Preheat over to 450 degrees.

2) Line baking tray with parchment paper and set aside. 

3) Slice sweet potatoes, skin on, into 1/4 inch round slices. 

4) Cut the slices into 1/4 batons (fries). 

5) Place sweet potatoes on your baking sheet and toss with olive oil, salt and pepper until evenly coated. 

6) Place in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and starting to crisp on the edges. Toss the fries once after 10 minutes. 

7) While the fries are cooking, mix the garlic, parmesan and parsley in a small bowl. 

8) Remove fries from oven and top with cheese, garlic and parsley mix. 

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