Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Blackberry Lavender Cocktail-Guest Post with Blahnik Baker

Hi friends!! Since my life is sorta full-on wedding crazed mode I asked a few of my bloggy friends to help me out and rustle up some guest posts for you to read! And you are in for a TREAT! Zainab from Blahnik Baker has posted over here once before and you all LOVED her (I could you not-she's such a sweetie!) Not only is she busy running her own blog but she's also preggers! And yet she still said she would give me a hand-now that is friendship! Plus...she's sharing a cocktail. Yeah! I'm so happy that there's finally a cocktail on this blog! Take it away my friend <3
Hello Cooking actress readers!! I’m Zainab from Blahnik Baker and I am so excited to be here again today sharing a recipe with you. When Kayle asked us to help with the blog as she prepares for her upcoming nuptials, I knew this would be the perfect opportunity to celebrate her and Michael’s wedding. Nothing says celebration like a good ole cocktail…. a refreshing, summer berry cocktail to be exact. That’s why I am bringing her and you this Blackberry Lavender Cocktail. Let’s toast the soon-to-be newly weds :)
I have a weak spot for fruity drinks and love making them at home. This blackberry lavender cocktail embraces everything good about Spring…and the start of summer. A sweet blackberry mojito is muddled with a floral lavender simple syrup to give you a refreshing mocktail but of course you need to add the alcohol to make it a real party. So feel free to top off with tequila, rum or vodka. Make it in a large pitcher for any showers, parties or BBQs you are hosting; or just  enjoy a glass or two with your boo at home.
Kayle, I am so happy for you and Michael! You two are the loveliest couple and I wish you a wonderful, beautiful wedding day!! It will be magical :) I hope that your marriage is filled with nothing but happiness, kindness and love for each other.

Blackberry Lavender Cocktail

Author: Blahnik Baker

  • 1/3 cup lavender simple syrup (recipe below)
  • 10-12 fresh blackberries
  • 6-8 fresh mint leaves
  • juice from 1 lime
  • ¼ cup tequila or vodka (or more to taste) (optional)
  • ice cubes
  • Sparkling water
  • Garnish: fresh blackberries, mint leaves, lime wedges
Lavender Simple Syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup granulated water
  • 1 tablespoon dried lavender
  • To make the simple syrup:Add all the ingredients to a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Once sugar melts reduce the heat to medium and let syrup cook until slightly reduced. Remove from heat, strain to remove lavender and let cool.
  • To prepare cocktails:Divide the simple syrup, blackberries, mint leaves and juice of lime between two glasses. Muddle the ingredients together to release the juices of the blackberries and mint. Add in tequila if using. Add 3-4 ice cubes to each glass and top with sparkling water/club soda. Mix well and enjoy. Add more simple syrup to taste.

THANK YOU SO MUCH ZAINAB! You're so sweet <3 
Now let's all show our appreciation by following Blahnik Baker!!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Wholesome and Decadent Chocolate Chip Cookies-Guest Post at Golden Barrel

I know.

Those cookies.

You can hardly even read this right now, can you? All you can think about is how to make these cookies enter your life. And do not fret-we'll get to that! First, I have to share some news with you!
I'm going to, on an occasional basis, be sharing recipes over on Golden Barrel's blog (Golden Barrel is a company, based out of Lancaster, PA, that creates baking products such as mixes, molasses, coconut oil, sugars, etc.--I talked a bit about them when I posted these delicious cookies back in January.)

These cookies are the first of those recipes!
Golden Barrel makes such an amazing variety of products that I knew I wanted to use a few of them in a recipe: so I used their raw sugar and molasses (to form a sort of extra delicious, un-refined, dark brown sugar) as well as their coconut oil (which completely replaces the butter, making these cookies dairy free and a bit healthier!) And these cookies could not have turned out better!
Even though they're made with coconut oil instead of butter-you do NOT taste the coconut at all and the texture is still so perfectly gooey and chewy and wonderful! The flavor is insane-they taste super high quality and they're the tastiest cookies I've made in a long time. Seriously...I could gush about how tasty they are for a LONG time, but why don't you just go check out the post and read about it there? And, while you're at it, get the recipe so you can make them for yourselves and see HOW GOOD they are!

Head on over to the Golden Barrel blog for the full post and recipe!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Something Saturdays (5/23/15)

This was a pretty good but extremely stress filled week! Saturday I got to hang out with my best friend Alex for a few hours which is always the best--and Michael got to hang with his best friend too and the four of us hung out together. Which was fab. Our RSVP cutoff date was last weekend so I spent a lot of this week hunting down responses (still have about 10 more to go), freaking out about the fact that somehow how guest list is in the 230's which BLOWS MY MIND (because we invited over 300), tallying costs (and scrambling to figure out how we're going to meet the minimum at our reception location now that our guest list has shrunk), starting to put together seating arrangements, making a wedding timeline, and generally just worrying about everything I still have left to do and we're less than a month out. I didn't sleep most of this week (my brain WOULD NOT stop replaying all the things I have to do over and over again...and they weren't even new things! Just stressing about all the stuff I know I need to do). But we also got to go see Michael's sister's choir concert. And last night we went to my grandpa's 80th birthday party-which was so fun! I don't get to see that family often so it was nice and my grandpa was so adorable, pretending to be miffed :P

And today....

ARE OUR BACHELOR/BACHELORETTE PARTIES!!! EEEEEE!!! Michael is going over to his mom's where he and the boys will eat, drink (some of them), play videogames, and do other stuff that is a surprise for Michael so I can't say :P My girls are all meeting me here at our house and we're going to get an early dinner and then come back here to play "Once Upon a Murder Mystery"! It's a murder mystery game set in a fairytale land. I'll be playing Ice White (which is essentially Snow White) and each of the girls have their own characters too! I'm sort of unreasonably excited about it! I'll tell you about how the shenanigans went down in next week's catch up :)

In the meantime-HAVE A GREAT MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND! This marks the opening of my grandma's pool so we'll be heading over for the 1st cookout of the season tomorrow. Hooray!

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