Drink of the Week: Blackberry Lavender Lemonade & Her Drunk Cousin

Lav_DOW It’s time for the Drink of the Week!!!! This weeks Drink of the Week is a great solution for dinner parties.  This is especially true if you have someone that doesn’t or cannot drink.  I mean, do you really want to leave the poor person with the option of drinking water only? I didn’t think so.  So, to rectify situations like this I find that the best option is to make complimentary virgin drinks to whatever alcoholic beverage you choose.  Now, this doesn’t have to be a completely different drink but a drink that will only be adding a slightly new flavor profile with the addition of some good ol’ boozahol. Personally, I love bourbon and whiskey so I decided to pair up the lavender lemonade with my favorite Chicago whiskey, Koval.  This pairing will go especially well together because of the honey substitution in the lemonade and the extra flavor dimension given by the roasted blackberries and mint.  But more importantly, this combination of virgin and alcoholic drink options will leave your guests that drink happy all while keeping your glowing pregnant sister from disowning you. Note: Makes approximately 1.75 Litres

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My Workout & Playlist – Fartleking Good Time

Hey guys!

Today is all about getting fit!  That’s right, I’m adding a fitness page because I absolutely love working out. It’s the only thing that makes a normally hyper person such as myself feel more relaxed.  Also, being an athlete all my life, I don’t think it’s easy for me to get used to being out of shape. I mean I love getting my mind right with meditation but nothing can replace a good fartlek or longish run to and from Navy Pier. Coming off of this hip injury has been such a blessing and has gotten me excited to try new routines and get my tunes in order.  The featured playlist is part of my fartleking jams. I say part because I have so many playlist it’s ridiculous.  Sometimes it’s pure rock, hip hop, crappy dance music or a mix of all three.  I hope this playlist gets you amped and you are able to try out this awesome routine.

Note: Please consult your doctor before trying these workouts.  I’m am by no means a doctor but a blogger that is choosing to share her workout routine.

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Drink of the Week: Pancake Breakfast Latte

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Happy February!!! Or Snow Storm Monday…if you’re in the Midwest.

I wanted to start this week off by introducing my new Drink of the Week series where I will be sharing recipes from a different range of genres like cafe drinks to alcoholic party beverages. Now this came about after a combination of budgeting and trying to keep my dinner parties fresh. I’m not going to lie, going over my budget and seeing how much I had been spending on coffee was a little frightening last year…damn you LATTES! So, I decided to come up with some drinks that we can all enjoy at home and allow us to save some money in 2015.

Today, I wanted to start off with something simple that literally tastes like you’re drinking a big ‘ol plate of pancakes and in no way is that depressing. For my lattes, I use my Bialetti stovetop espresso maker and an Epica milk frother/heater carafe (links also in shop). However, the really important thing to get is an espresso maker because you can easily get some hot foamy milk goodness by whisking it via stovetop. Let’s get caffeinated!!

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Wonton Series Part II: Honey-Baked Tarts w/ Goat Cheese Mousse & Roasted Berry Filling

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Hey guys!!

It’s time for the second part of the wonton series!!!!  Now, I really wanted to do an asian/southern style wonton dessert but because peaches are out of season I had to come up with a brand new recipe. So low and behold this little treat that I might have eaten (cough cough….) a lot of.  It’s a really fast recipe that’s just in time for the holidays so let’s get to it.

Note: Makes ~25-30 tartlets using regular muffin cups

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Monday Christmas Instagram Giveaway! The ArtBag Clutch

Are you guys ready for a giveaway!?!

I’m super excited to be giving away one of my newer items that I’ve decided to carry in my boutique, the ArtBag Clutch. This bag pays homage to my drafting days as well as the woman that just likes to carry the bare minimum. One lucky winner will be getting this 12″ x 11″ low pile faux goat fur clutch with a vibrant peacock lining just in time for Christmas.

Note: Giveaway open to U.S. readers only (Sorry!). Giveaway ends Monday, December 8th at 11:59 PM Eastern time.

Rules & Procedure:

  1. Click on the Instagram photo announcing the giveaway, follow and comment (for number generator) by the deadline.
  2. I will use a random number generator to pick one winner.
  3. The winner will be announced on Wednesday and info will be gathered for a chic delivery.

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram for more giveaways and to check back for the winner.

~Tia