Shamrock Milkshake

St. Patrick’s day is full of fun and green.  This is a delicious festive treat. Move over, McDonalds! 🙂


2 cups vanilla ice cream
1 ¼ cups 2% lowfat milk
¼ teaspoon mint extract
8 drops green food coloring

Combine all ingredients in blender and blend on high until smooth. If needed, stop blender and stir with a spoon to help blend in ice cream. Makes 2 servings.

Make a Wish ★

This weekend was fabulous. We started off Friday night with an incredible birthday dinner at Fleming Steakhouse in West Hartford, CT for our friend Jonathan.  It was phenomenal from the floating orchid center pieces to the incredible drink menu.  My favorite part was roasting the guest of honor.  It was a very fun twist to a fabulous party.


{Beautiful floating Orchid cecnterpieces}

{French Vanilla & Lime Cupcakes with an X-Rated Fusion Butter Cream and a candied Raspberry}

{My hair jewelry from Charming Charlie}

{personalized drink menu}

Cocktails Under 200 Calories

Happy Friday everyone!  With a fun-packed weekend ahead, here are a few suggestions to keep your drinking calories in check for the big game.  Delicious, fresh cocktail recipes all under 200 calories!

1. Skinny Margarita

Servings: 1 • Serving Size: 1 drink • Points: 4 ww pts
Calories: 185.5 • Fat: 0.0 g • Protein: 0.2 g • Carb: 6.4 g • Fiber: 0.2 g 

  • 2 oz of Clear Premium Tequila
  • .5 oz Orange Liquor
  • Juice of 1 Fresh Lime
  • Ice

Combine all ingredients over a glass of ice and garnish with a lime wedge

2. Cran Razzy

Cran Razzy Recipe

  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries, for garnish
  • 2 cups cranberry-raspberry juice
  • 2 cups seltzer
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice, plus 4 wedges for garnish
  • 6 ounces (3/4 cup) vodka
    1. If using fresh raspberries, freeze them in a single layer for about 1 hour (or overnight) before proceeding with Step 2.
    2. Combine cranberry-raspberry juice, seltzer, lime juice and vodka in a pitcher. Divide among 4 ice-filled glasses. Garnish with frozen raspberries and lime wedges.
  • Per serving: 163 calories

3. Monkeylada

Monkeylada Recipe

If you are like me, I LOVE pina coladas, minus that they can be up to 800 calories.  This version duals as a beverage AND dessert and has around 200 calories.

  • 2 very ripe bananas
  • 1 cup diced fresh pineapple, plus 4 wedges for garnish
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup “lite” coconut milk, (see Tip)
  • 3 cups ice cubes
  • 6 ounces (3/4 cup) light rum

Puree bananas, diced pineapple, pineapple juice, coconut milk and ice in a blender. Stir in rum. Divide among 4 glasses. Garnish with pineapple wedges

Naughty meets Nice

Our childhood memories make us smile and feel nostalgic.  So, why let them go?  This post is about putting a little twist on some youthful favorites.

Girl Scout Cookie Martini anyone?

Pour ingredients into a stainless steel shaker over ice, and shake until completely cold. Strain into an old-fashioned glass, and serve. 
From sweet & innocent to cute & sexy.  Rock some pigtails for a sexy, youthful look.
Sexy little bows can bring you back to your childhood, however amp up the cutesty by accessorizing with a fun mini-skirt or a sexy bow in your hair.

DIY Food Gifts

Having trouble finding the right gift for your favorite coworker or your aunt?  A gift filled with homemade treats can be the most thoughtful and successful.  It can take a little time but your recipient will appreciate the personal touch and it can save you a little money.

1. Chocolate Pretzel bites.  Recipe is here. To add a festive twist, use seasonal color M&Ms and hershey kisses.  My personal favorites are the white chocolate peppermint kisses.  Put in a nice jar and add a bow.

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2. Homemade Peppermint Hot Chocolate.  So easy!  Just grab a jar, throw in some hot chocolate mix, marshmallows, chocolate chips, and some crushed pepperminy candy.  Delicious and presentable gift.

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3. Cookie Mix in a Jar or S’mores in a jar.  Grab your favorite ingredients for cookies, and put in a jar.  Attach the recipe and voila!

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4. Reindeer Food.

Not a baker?  Thats ok, buy small cookies or chex mix and just decorate the bottle.  I found this on Sweet Cheeks Tasty Treats’ blog.  Below is a frappucino jar form Starbucks.  How thrify & creative!

4. Cookies in take-out Chinese container.  Buy or bake- the packaging makes all the different.  have a variety of Christmas cookies and just throw them in a decorative container!

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