First off- I just want to say sorry for being so MIA -only a Supper Sunday post last week?! *hangs head in shame*. But to make it up to you, I will be posting every day this week! and since I have already missed yesterday.., I will be putting up two posts today! But enough with my lackadaisical posting schedule- and on to the post topic today!
For this Tipsy Tuesday, what better topic than a 19th birthday bash- which is most definitely a tipsy event! Last Friday I hosted a surprise birthday for one of my friend’s 19th which included:
A little bit of this:
A little bit of this:
And a whole lot of this:
Which lead to this….
The cake itself is Black Magic Cake, found on Allrecipes- which I can highly recommend!
Then the filling is a chocolate ganache that was simply 12 oz of dark chocolate melted with 1 cup of whipping cream.
But the ultimate best part is the cream cheese frosting (a signature of all my birthday cakes growing up), which is simply 8oz of cream cheese, 1/2 cup of butter, juice of 1/2 a lemon and icing sugar to taste (about 2-3 cups) all whipped together! MMM- and really good for colouring and decorating! I promise this frosting is good for all cakes- not just carrot cake! And it was definitely a huge hit at the party!
Hope you are also having a wonderfully Tipsy Tuesday!
I thought I would share the drink of choice at my last girls night- white wine Sangria!! Also introduce my new feature: Tipsy Tuesdays- which should be self explanatory!
This was super tasty and perfect for sipping away while snuggling on the couch, chatting, watching movies and generally having a girls night. (AKA eating chocolate while we talk our faces off)
This was super simple and non specific, I looked up the general ‘How to Sangria’ and then just improvised from there.
These were the ingredients used:
1 bottle of white wine I used ‘ Lake and River 2011 Moonlight White’ which claims to be ‘an easy sipping wine that pairs well with good friends, long weekends and romantic dinners under starry skies’ -I’m sold
Slightly less 7-up than wine – alternatively use Sprite or Fresca or any generic citrus soda
2 shots of Triple Sec– this was a slightly random addition, I think it was supposed to be Cointreau- use anything for this or omit
Lotsa cut-up fruit & ice– I used orange, grapefruit and pineapple, because that is what I had- I actually used frozen pineapple pieces instead of the ice.
Mix ‘er all together in a pitcher or large bowl (you can smoosh the fruit a bit so it adds some lovely juices to the drink!) & serve into large glasses, making sure to get some of every fruit into the glass!
MMMMMmmmmmm – no girls night is complete without some Sangria!
What is not to love about New Years Eve?
This picture was from last New Year’s, which I was fortunate enough to spend in Barcelona, Spain- fancy-shmancy I know! Look at me just dripping in festivness!!
This year was more typical:
Spent with a couple of close friends: scattegories, sparklers, and more than a couple shots- really my fav way to spend any evening, but New Year’s in particular 🙂
I got thinking about what I like so much about New Year’s this year (or rather last year ha ha…)
and here are my TOP 5 FAVS about New Year’s!
#1 Shrimp rings with the horseradish tomato sauce (most delicious thing ever put together)
#2 Over the top glitter being a 100% legitimate make-up look for the night
#3 Sparklers / Fireworks / Confetti explosions
#4 Champagne (or shots- depending on how classy you’re feeling that night)
AND.. #5 Resolutions—
This year, instead of making my usual vague and overachieving resolutions, I have decided to make them a little more specific and a little more achievable. And the resolution I finally landed on was all about creativity and this blog in particular.
So without further adieu … I resolve to:
Post a minimum of 3 times a week to this blog- with possible increases to daily blogging in the future (but let’s not be too hasty yet..).
One of these posts will be my fixed feature of ‘Soup Sunday’ which will soon become ‘Supper Sunday’ as I am actually starting to see the end of all the soups I know how to make…
The second post will be a new feature ‘Wellness Wednesday‘ (that’s a working title..) because I’m actually really into all things health (having a psych/health degree) and I am always asked by my friends about my diet, motivation & positivity, and other fitness and wellness tips – so that will be a sort of ‘living your best healthy life’ kind of thing. Not to mention I have slightly fallen off the health bandwagon and this will hopefully encourage me to jump back on it!
Then on top of those two fixed posts, I will post a minimum of one creative post per week– whether it be a sewing project, a DIY, crochet, beading, possibly make-up tutorial (?)- anything creative!
Then after all of those minimum 3 three posts, I will try to post more things like outings, OOTD, or other tag-style things like ‘my favourites’ or hauls.
So I am anticipating a hectic schedule for myself this 2014, and hopefully this blog will give me the motivation I need to get all of that done- and possibly build my little community on here!
Looking forward to the upcoming Sewing and Life Adventures of Emerald Erin: 2014!! <3
♫ It’s the most wonderful time of the year ♫- yes Halloween! As both a sewing and Halloween fanatic, I can declare that this is indeed the most wonderful time of the year, a time of year where you can dress up however you want, in whatever costume, and you can make it yourself!