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EVERYTHING BIRTHDAY CAKE

Today I’m 61…..  So, let’s talk birthday cake! And cocktails…ok…

BOOZIE BIRTHDAY CAKE COCKTAILS!

There are so many theories about where birthday cakes originated, and even when the first birthday candles were blown out, but the tradition has survived the test of time with newer variations popping up daily. Just check out the Pinterest Birthday Cake board!  So many cool ideas from so many amazingly creative people! 

Click here to see why you get to celebrate your birthday every year!  Go figure that the ancient Romans were the first to celebrate birthdays but only for men! Yikes!

SO MANY CHOICES!! TOO MANY CHOICES? NOPE.

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CHEERS TO CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS! recipelarge_uvbdaycake

THE SIGNATURE PINNACLE BIRTHDAY CAKE

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1 PART DeKuyper® Vanilla Liqueur
1 PART Half and Half
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THE UPSIDE DOWN CAKE

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2 OZ SMIRNOFF® ICED CAKE
1 OZ ORANGE JUICE
1 OZ PINEAPPLE JUICE
TOP OFF WITH CLUB SODA
GARNISH WITH SPRINKLES + CHERRY AND AN ORANGE SLICE.

PINEAPPLE UPSIDE DOWN CAKE

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1 part UV Cake Vodka
3 parts pineapple juice

Blend with ice and serve.


THE STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE MARTINI

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3 FRESH STRAWBERRIES
2 OZ LEMONADE
0.5 OZ AMARETTO LIQUEUR
MUDDLE STRAWBERRIES AND VODKA + ADD THE LEMONADE, AMARETTO AND A LITTLE ICE TO A COCKTAIL SHAKER + SHAKE BRIEFLY BUT VIGOROUSLY +

STRAIN INTO A CHILLED MARTINI GLASS + GARNISH WITH A STRAWBERRY

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  • 1 OZ Baileys® Vanilla Cinnamon Irish Cream
  • .5OZ Smirnoff® Iced Cake™ Flavored Vodka
  • Whipped Cream & Multi-colored Sprinkles
  • Mix ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Strain into a shot glass.
  • Add whipped cream and sprinkles.

And…my favorite one….THE EXPRESSO MARTINI that my daughter Jodi surprised me with after an amazing sunset cruise around Chicago last week!

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2 OZ Baileys® Espresso Crème Liqueurcocktails_baileys_espresso_martini

.25OZ Smirnoff® vodka

 25OZ Espresso

Shake over ice and Strain into a martini glass.

Thank you for swinging by today and I hope you enjoy making these boozy birthday creations or some of your own! Cheers to many more birthdays, big and small!

Laura

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IT’S THE PLAYOFFS! Game on! All in! Menu… Cavalier’s Cocktail, Mini Chicken Pot Pies, Bourbon BBQ Sliders with Spicy Slaw

CAVS VS WARRIORS

At our house, if there is a ball involved, we will either be at the game, or it will be on our television…our 75 inch television. So, “Why, ” you ask, “do you need to be at the game with a television that large and in HD???” I have once answer: my husband Steve. So tonight, the Cavs are playing against the Warriors, and this is an important game. Steve decided to watch the game at home tonight with a few friends, so I thought I would throw a few appetizers and a …Cleveland Cavaliers Cocktail!

Here are a few do ahead appetizers that won’t keep you from center court! GO CAVS! (I guess I get a little excited about it too :))

CLEVELAND CAVALIER COCKTAIL aka my favorite:

THE SUNSET 

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  1. 1/2 ounce Coconut Rum
  2. 1/2 ounce vodka
  3. 1/2 ounce crushed fresh watermelon or tiny melon balls.
  4. 1/2 ounce Pineapple Juice
  5. Scoop watermelon into a blender and blend till smooth.
  6. Chill ingredients prior to use.
  7. Place small scoop of watermelon  or small melon ball in the bottom of a small glass.
  8. Combine rum, vodka and juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until well chilled. Strain into a shot glass. 

MINI CHICKEN POT PIE BITES

MINI CHICKEN POT PIES

Ingredients

2 cups Green Giant™ frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
1 cup diced cooked chicken
1 can (10 3/4 oz) condensed cream of chicken soup
1can (16.3 oz) Pillsbury™ Grands!™ refrigerated biscuits

Steps

1 Heat oven to 375°F. In medium bowl, combine vegetables, chicken and soup; mix well.
2 Press each biscuit into 5 1/2-inch round. Place 1 round in each of 8 greased regular-size muffin cups. Firmly press in bottom and up side, forming 3/4-inch rim. Spoon a generous 1/3 cup chicken mixture into each. Pull edges of dough over filling toward center; pleat and pinch dough gently to hold in place.
3Bake at 375°F 20 to 22 minutes or until biscuits are golden brown. Cool 1 minute; remove from pan.

BOURBON BBQ MEATBALL SLIDERS with HORSERADISH COLESLAW

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FOR THE SLIDERS

  • 1 lb. each ground turkey & ground beef
    Salt And Pepper
    3 Tablespoons Butter
    1 whole Large Onion, Diced
    1/2 cup Whiskey
    ½ cups Ketchup (Heaping)
    ½ cups Brown Sugar, Packed
    ÂĽ cups Bourbon Whiskey
    1 teaspoon Fresh Lemon Juice
    1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce12 whole Slider Buns Or Dinner Rolls, Split
  • Form the meat into 12-2″ meatballs and flatten into small patties.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Melt the butter in a skillet over medium-high heat and cook  about 3-4 min. per side.
  •  Remove the patties from the skillet and set aside.
  • Drain off grease, leaving about 2 T.
  • Salute onions 2-3 min.
  • Add ketchup, brown sugar, whiskey, lemon juice & Worcestershire.
  • Cook 2-3 min.
  • Place patties in sauce, turning to coat, and simmer till hot.
  • Place the patties on buns spooning sauce over top.
  • Top with spicy slaw & top of bun. Serve!!

FOR THE SLAW

WHISK TOGETHER:

  • 2 T. prepared horseradish
  • 2 T. olive oil mayo, & cider vinegar (may use play yogurt)
  • 1/2 t. each black pepper & kosher salt
  • 1/4 t. cayenne pepper

Add 4 C. coleslaw mix & refridgerate.

FUN SERVING IDEAS!

CAVS GLASSES

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SUNSETS HAPPY HOUR! Easy Entertaining Ideas; Summer Charcuterie & Summer Sangria

  • Ahhhhh…Summertime!

Sunsets, cocktails, and little delicious bites. Here are a few quick ideas and entertaining tips to keep you out of the kitchen and enjoying your sunset guests!

how_to_make_a_legit_charcuterie_board_1Talk about simple! Try putting together a cheese tray or charcuterie board. It’s all about an arrangement of cheeses, fruits, meats (optional) nuts, dips and crackers or breads.Go to your local market and purchase a small assortment of your favorites or check out pinterest for ideas to copy! Pretty soon you will be starting a board of your own if you haven’t already!Add a little SUMMER SANGRIA to the party, and it’s hit!

SUMMER SANGRIA

summer sangria1 small carton of raspberries, cut up in small pieces
1 small carton of strawberries, cut in small pieces
1 lime
1 granny smith apples, cut up
1 bosc pear, cut up
1 serrano pepper (more if you are daring)
1 bottle of chardonnay or any white wine you love
1/2 cup of white grape juice
1/4 cup of sugar
1 can of club soda
Mint leaves for garnish
Layer all fruit in the bottom of a pitcher, dusting sugar between each layer.

Add the wine, grape juice and club soda. Garnish with mint and enjoy!

PINTEREST PIN When looking for ideas,  Pinterest is the place to find amazing recipes, inspirations for decorating, gardening, and just about anything!

Check out my Pinterest board 
for simple entertaining ideas. While you are there, visit my APPETIZERS & BITES board. It’s stacked with mouthwatering recipes.

PINTEREST is easy to use, filled with great ideas, and….careful…..it’s addicting! PINTEREST PIN

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