Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Recent Adventures with Sneaky the Elf

Boy has Sneaky been fun this year!  Even though there are those moments at 11:30 at night when Mr. Crazy and I look at each other half asleep asking "did you move the elf"?  But the second the kids find him in the morning make the late night adventures worth it... especially since I'm one who doesn't just like to move our elf... I like to create a scene of what he froze doing.
So without further ado... here is a continuation of our Sneaky Elf on the Shelf pictures:

Do you have an Elf on a Shelf?  Where has yours been spotted in the mornings?  I would l.o.v.e. to hear your ideas!


Sunday, December 11, 2011

Taste the Rainbow

Since Pinterest has become the new love of my life (sorry Mr. Crazy), finding ideas (and the time to do them) has become a main objective.  Knowing that my birthday is a mere 5 days away but we celebrated last night, I knew I had to try the ever-so-tempting Skittles infused Vodka that I saw on there.  I've created my own tutorial... and let's just say, the day and a half wait for the infusion was very well worth it.

Here is what you will need:
Vodka (6 ounces per bottle) - don't skimp on this step... buy Smirnoff or better.
5 empty water bottles
2 bags of skittles
Coffee filters
5 containers (I didn't have clear jars or flasks, so plastic containers sufficed.)
Funnel (because they make everything easier)

First step is separate the Skittles by color.

Then fill each water bottle with approximately 6 ounces of Vodka.  Take a shot if you feel the need.  Stay sober.

Put each set of colors into separate bottles and shake shake shake like crazy.  The more shakin, the better.

Don't these look super pretty so far???... just wait until you taste it!

Let sit overnight so the candies can dissolve more.  And if you want, shake a bit more before going to bed.  I told you shakin is good.  ;)
The next day, you will need to filter out some white sugary foam that forms at the top of each bottle.  I simply put a coffee filter in a funnel and filtered that way.  This process takes a little while so the more funnels you have to "multi-filter", the better.

Then voila!  You have Skittles flavored Vodka!!!

I put these in our freezer to chill prior to the party.  You can mix it with Sprite, Mountain Dew, Ginger Ale.  Have it on the rocks for all I care.  Just drink responsibly... and taste the rainbow!  We sure did.

Who knew Skittles + Vodka could be so awesome?


Saturday, December 3, 2011

Today = Baking Like Crazy

With the exception of a couple hours spent at a loud pizza place for my son's soccer banquet, I have been in the kitchen since 8am baking away.  Being a recent SAHM, I'm trying to get my baking business off the ground so at home is where I can stay... for good.
I am participating in a Christmas boutique in the Los Angeles area tomorrow so I'm working on four orders of Monkey Bread, two dozen Mochaccino Cupcakes, two dozen Sugar & Spice Cupcakes and last but not least, my super yummy Hot Chocolate Cookies.  It's ok... you can drool.
So while my cupcakes are in the oven, I just wanted to quickly update how our Elf on the Shelf, Sneaky, was doing.  He sure is a mischievous little elf.  Here is what he has been up to:

It's been so much fun in the morning to watch my kids run around looking for where he is... and even better when they actually find him.  

Linking my previous post to the following party!
Check out her page - she has soooo many great ideas!

Happy December 3rd!... and Happy More Baking to me!