Galentine’s Day Cocktail: Pink Mimosa

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Parks and Recreation‘s Leslie Knope coined the term “Galentine’s Day” eight years ago, and ever since it’s become just as much a part of Valentine’s Day traditions as chocolates. A few years ago, I teamed-up with a few of my favorite gals for a Galentine’s Day brunch full of festive fun and of course, lots of pink.

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One of my favorite results of that party was a new twist on a classic drink: the pink mimosa. Made with pomegranate juice, grapefruit juice, and bubbly, this pink mimosa is perfectly ladylike, but I’m sure guys will love it too.

Let me know if you give it a try for Galentine’s Day, or any other event coming up this spring.

Cheers!

xx, Annette

Grapefruit and Pomegranate Mimosas
Serves 6
You will need:

– ½ cup granulated sugar
– ½ cup water
– 2 cups grapefruit juice*
– 1 cup pomegranate juice – such as POM
– 1 bottle Rose Champagne, well chilled
– Pomegranate arils to garnish

To prepare:

Heat the sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat – until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from the heat and cool completely. Refrigerate until cold – at least 2 hours. Combine the simple syrup, grapefruit juice, and pomegranate juice in a large pitcher and chill for at least 1 hour.

Combine 2 ounces of the grapefruit mixture with 4 ounces of the chilled rose in a champagne flute. Garnish with a few pomegranate arils.

*Fresh squeezed grapefruit juice is simply stunning in this festive take on a traditional mimosa, but for a time-saver look for fresh squeezed grapefruit juice in the produce section of your local market.

Photography by Lesley Graham
Recipes Meghan Splawn

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How to Elevate Boxed Cake Mix, Just in Time for Valentine’s Day

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Hi Everyone! It’s Nicole, Annette’s friend and web-manager, and I’m back with a fun, festive post for Valentine’s Day. Let’s start at the beginning: I am a pretty good cook! I enjoy putting my own twists on recipes, and my specialties are sauces and condiments. I make a mean aioli.

That said, I am absolutely not a baker. It’s just not my forte. I enjoy adding a dash of this or a pinch of that here and there, so the precision of baking just isn’t my thing. But, since I love chocolate, cookies, and creme brûlée just as much as the next gal, I’m always looking for ways to incorporate baking…kind of. My current favorite trick: elevating boxed cake mix.

While you can elevate boxed cake mix many different ways, there are two no-fail ways to take boxed mix from drab to fab. First, bake it in a fun dish.

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This serves two purposes: one, it instantly makes the cake look like you spent more time on it. Two, you can serve your cake directly from the dish. Presentation is huge!

I picked up these ceramic bakers from HomeGoods for a steal. One thing to remember: if you are baking in ceramic, you have to watch the cooking time. I added 5 minutes to the cooking time of the Godiva boxed mix I picked up, but I kept a keen eye on the cake the entire time it was baking.

Another way to elevate boxed cake mix? Make your own fabulous icing. Icing is so easy. Truly. It requires just a few ingredients (namely butter and sugar). I used a recipe found on Jenny Steffens’ blog for a chocolate glaze. It tastes almost exactly like your grandmother’s Texas sheet cake icing and by the end of the afternoon, I was eating it with a spoon. Whoops! Note: I used 2 cups of powdered sugar when I made mine.

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For even more festive fun, you can add a creative design using sprinkles or chocolate pearls – which will only make it look even LESS like boxed cake (win!).

I love the idea of impressing your significant other or girlfriends with a fun, semi-homemade cake like this one for Valentine’s Day. They’ll all be impressed, and you’ll be stress-free!

xo, Nicole

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8 Valentine’s Day Cocktails: My Favorite Sexy Sips

 

I'm a girl who loves a great cocktail, and Valentine's Day cocktails are so much fun. Here's a round-up of some of my best sexy sips from over the years!

As you well know, I’m a girl who loves a great cocktail, and Valentine’s Day cocktails are so much fun. Over the years, I’ve prepared many drinks inspired by Valentine’s Day, especially since the holiday is one of my favorites.

Today, I wanted to bring you a round-up of some of my best sexy sips from over the years. All of these are perfect for celebrating with someone you love. Grab two glasses, a few ingredients from your bar, and get to mixing. You could even make a plan to make several of these cocktails and have your own little mixology class right at home. Sounds like a great date night to me!

Get the recipes for Valentine’s Day cocktails: 

Big Read Lips // Grapefruit Pomegranate Mimosa // Negroni // In the Pink // Lust and Loving in Las Vegas // Fiore // That’s Amore // You Make Me Blush

Happy Valentine’s Day weekend!

xx, Annette

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Color I’m Crushing On:: Red

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With Valentine’s Day this weekend, it only seemed appropriate to wrap-up the week with a color I’m certainly crushing on recently: red. I love red. In fact, I love it so much that my work table in my office is a vibrant red shade. What can I say? It keeps me focused throughout the day.

Traditionally, the color red evokes feelings of energy, vigor, and of course, passion. Incorporate red into your wardrobe, your office, and even your kitchen for a punch of color. Add a subtle splash of it whenever you can, but most of all, enjoy being festive with the ones you love this weekend.

  1. Record Player
  2. Diptyque candle
  3. Sephora cream lip lip stain
  4. Swingline stapler
  5. Tory Burch saddle bag
  6. Martiniano glove shoe
  7. Hay storage boxes
  8. Williams-Sonoma heart platter
  9. KitchenAid stand mixer

What’s your favorite way to enjoy red?

xx, Annette

 

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Sexy Sips for V-day

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As you know, I am a girl that loves a cocktail.

Any excuse for a celebration…that’s me. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I pulled out all my faves, and of course Campari and Aperol needed to make an appearance. Here are some sexy Valentine’s Day cocktails for you and your love to enjoy on this very special ♥ day.

I love love… therefore toasting to LOVE seems so perfect with these yummy concoctions.

Sexy Sip #1

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You Make Me Blush
Serves 1

You will need:
– 1 oz Sky Vodka
– 1 oz Rhubarb Shurb
– 1 oz. lemon simple syrup
– 4 drops 1821 Meyer Lemon and Ginger Bitters

To prepare simple syrup & cocktail:

Combine juice of 1 Meyer lemon, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup sugar. In a small pot, bring the ingredients to a boil about 10 minutes, set aside to cool.

In a shaker filled with ice, place all ingredients and shake vigorously until completely chilled and mixed. Strain into a martini glass, and garnish with a twist of Meyer lemon peel.

Sexy Sip #2

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Big Red Lips
Serves 1

You will need:
– 1 oz Campari
– 1 oz Blood Orange Maraschino Cherry Syrup
– 1 oz Cinzano Rosso
– splash of club soda
– slice of blood orange for garnish

To prepare simple syrup & cocktail:

Combine the juice of one blood orange, 1/3 cup maraschino cherry juice, and 1/2 cup of water. In a small pot, bring the ingredients to a boil about 10 minutes, set aside to cool.

In a shaker filled with ice place all ingredients and shake vigorously until completely chilled and mixed. Strain into a coupe glass, garnish with a slice of blood orange.

Sexy Sip #3

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Lust and Loving in Las Vegas
Serves 1

You will need:
– 1/2 cup of Lemonade
– 1/2 cup of Aperol
– Splash of Prosecco
– lemon sugar for the rim
-1/4 orange slice for garnish

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Serves 8

To prepare Lemonade & cocktail: 

1 1/2 cups lemon juice, 1 3/4 cups sugar, 8 cups of water. Combine all ingredients in a pitcher and chill until needed. *You can also use store bought lemonade.

Rub a white wine glass with water and dip into the lemon sugar. Add ice, lemonade and then Aperol, fill the glass to the top with the Prosecco. Serve with a straw and orange wedge.

Happy Valentines Day to all you Lovers out there. xx

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