March favorites

Hi everyone,

Today I’m going to be doing my March favorites. It’s crazy how fast March went by but here we are and I think I have a good mix this month, so let’s get into it.

Starting with beauty, I have a couple of favorites from my March Sephora Play Box, which I will link below if you haven’t read yet. The first is the bag itself, It’s blue tie dye and it says ‘Beauty Is My Spirit Animal’ in white lettering and it has dark blue drawstrings. The theme for this month was Festival of Beauty and it really came through with both the design and the products.

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My next beauty favorite is the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner. This eye liner is absolutely fantastic and I can 100% understand why so many people love it. This is definitely going to be staple in my makeup bag.

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My second to last beauty favorite is the Amika Nourishing Mask. I used this in my hair two days ago and I’m really happy with it. Not only does it smell amazing, but it has made my hair extra soft. Definitely recommend this if you’re looking for a good hair mask.

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And my last beauty favorite is the Bobbi Brown Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm. You put this on before you put your makeup on and it gives your skin a little extra oomph and brightness. I didn’t know if I would like this, but I really do.

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Moving on, I have a couple of food favorites, the first is Tim’s Cascade Chips. I’m not someone who eats chips a lot but if I’m craving them Tim’s is what I go for.  The flavor that’s in my pantry right now is the Original Lightly Salted, but all the flavors are great.

My next food favorite is Kinder Joy. I watch a lot of British YouTubers and I always see them eating Kinder Eggs and Kinder chocolate and I’ve always wanted to try it but I knew the eggs were banned in America. So when I saw Kinder Joy in Albertsons I was really surprised but I picked one up and the chocolate was really good. And in Kinder Eggs you get a little toy, so they would make a great addition to Easter baskets.

And my last food favorite is actually a drink and it’s Sprite Cranberry. Sprite is my favorite soda and I do really like cranberries and the cranberry flavor and this didn’t disappoint. It was refreshing and the cranberry was just right.

My next favorite is Major League Baseball. Yesterday was Opening Day for baseball and I could not be happier that it’s back. It’s my favorite sport and I’m excited to cheer on my Mariners. Game 1 certainly was exciting and I can’t wait for the rest of the remaining 161 games. I think they’re going to have a great season.

I have a TV show favorite this month and it’s The Curse of Civil War Gold on History Channel. It’s along the same vein as The Curse of Oak Island, which is one of my top five favorite shows, but this one is about possible Civil War gold at the bottom of Lake Michigan. I personally do believe that there is gold at the bottom of the lake and I hope Kevin Dykstra and his team are able to find it.

And my last couple of favorites are music favorites. The first is Take Me To The Pilot by Elton John. I came across this song in a very random way, I was on YouTube watching an old episode of the Graham Norton Show, which I love, and Elton was a guest along with Jack Black and they got talking about the song and I knew I had heard the title before but couldn’t remember the song itself. So I looked it up and it’s great, a really fun song.

My next song favorite is Mr. Blue Sky by ELO. I’ve loved this song for a long time, but have come back to it recently because it’s a fantastic spring and summer song. It’s one that you want to play with the windows down.

My last music favorite is Jeff Lynne’s ELO Wembley Or Bust album from their concert at Wembley Stadium in 2017. Top to bottom it’s a fantastic album full of amazing songs, I don’t know that I could pick one favorite but I love All Over The World, Rockaria, Shine A Little Love and When I Was A Boy, that one reminds me of my dad and if I keep listing songs I’ll end up listing the whole album. It’s on iTunes and YouTube so definitely go and give it a listen along with the other songs I mentioned.

That about wraps it up for this post, if we had any of the same favorites this month let me know and if not I’d love to know what you did love during March.

Until next time, enjoy your favorites and I hope you had a great March :).

-K

March Sephora Play post:

https://kyranycoleblog.wordpress.com/2018/03/21/march-sephora-play-unboxing/

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Easter cocktails

Hi everyone,

Today I’m going to be doing the follow up to yesterday’s Easter Treats post with Easter Cocktails. These are all delicious and perfect for any Easter or spring party, so let’s get into it.

The first cocktail we have is the Pink Bunny. This is a really fun take on a Gin and Tonic and this recipe makes 3 drinks.

What you need:

  • 1 can of frozen pink lemonade, 12 ounces
  • 6 ounces of gin
  • 12 ounces of tonic water
  • Pink sanding sugar
  • For Easter, a pink Peep

What you do:

  • Mix your gin, tonic water and frozen pink lemonade in a pitcher.
  • Dip your glasses in water and press into the pink sanding sugar until sufficiently coated.
  • Pour your drink into the glasses. If this is for Easter serve with a pink Peep on the rim, otherwise serve as is and enjoy!

The second cocktail we have is the Cottontail Martini and this recipe makes one drink.

What you need:

  • 1 1/2 ounces of whipped vodka
  • 1 1/2 ounces of coconut rum
  • 2 ounces of half and half
  • 1/2 ounce of cream of coconut
  •  A splash of pineapple juice
  • Sweetened coconut
  • Honey
  • Marshmallow

What you do:

Martini Glass:

  • Take two shallow dishes and put them next to each other. In one add the sweetened coconut and in the other put about a teaspoon of honey.
  • Dip the glass in the honey then the coconut until it’s sufficiently coated. Then set aside.

Martini itself:

  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the whipped vodka, coconut rum, half and half, cream of coconut and pineapple juice. Shake and strain into your prepared glass.
  • Serve with a marshmallow on the rim and enjoy!

And the last cocktail we have is Berry Champagne Punch and this recipe makes 20 drinks.

What you need:

  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 6 ounces of fresh raspberries
  • 6  ounces of fresh blackberries
  • 6 ounces of fresh strawberries
  • 1 bottle of champagne or sparkling wine
  • 2 liters of lemon lime soda
  • Fresh berries

What you do:

  • Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Take off the heat and let it cool. Store it in the fridge until you’re ready to use it.
  • Combine the raspberries and 1/4 cup of the previously made syrup and puree that until it’s smooth.
  • Repeat that process with the blackberries and strawberries and strain all the purees through a fine mess strainer to remove seeds.
  • Add one tablespoon of the berry puree to a wine glass or champagne flute and fill the glass half way with champagne. Gently stir until combined.
  • Top with more champagne and/or the lemon lime soda.
  • Serve and enjoy!

That about wraps it up for this post, if you guys have any cocktails that you love for Easter let me know and if you make any of these tweet me a picture or tag me on Instagram.

Until next time, enjoy your cocktails and I hope you have a happy Easter :).

-K

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St. Patrick’s Day cocktails

Hi everyone,

Today, as St. Patrick’s Day is on Saturday, I thought it would be the perfect day to talk about some cocktails for the holiday. I’m also going to be putting up a St. Patrick’s Day treats post in a couple of days so look out for that. I’m going to be having a little party, so these will be perfect for that. I personally don’t like Guinness, so I’m always looking for a non Guinness drink for St. Patrick’s Day. And with that said, let’s get into it.

The first cocktail we have is an Apple Martini and this recipe makes one drink.

What you need:

  • 2 ounces of vodka
  • 1 1/2 ounces of sour apple liqueur
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of lemon juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Green apple slice to garnish, optional

What you do:

  • Take a cocktail shaker and fill it 3/4 of the way with ice cubes then add the vodka, apple liqueur and lemon juice.
  • Cover and shake for about 10-15 second and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with apple slice.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Next up we have a Lime Margarita, always a favorite, and this recipe makes six drinks.

What you need:

  • 1 1/2 cups of gold tequila
  • 3/4 cup of triple sec
  • 3/4 cup of fresh lime juice
  • 4 tablespoons of sugar
  • 8 cups of crushed ice
  • 2 tablespoons of kosher salt
  • 6 lime wedges

What you do:

  • In a large pitcher, combine the tequila, triple sec, lime juice and 2 tablespoons of sugar, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Finally add in the crushed ice.
  • In a shallow bowl mix the 2 remaining tablespoons of sugar and the salt.
  • Moisten the rim of the six margarita glasses with a lime wedge and dip them in the salt-sugar mixture.
  • Pour the margaritas into the glasses and garnish with the lime wedges.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Our second to last cocktail is the Irish Mule and this recipe makes one drink.

What you need:

  • 2 ounces of Irish whiskey
  • 1/2 ounce of fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 cup of ginger ale
  • Ice

What you do:

  • Fill a glass or Moscow Mule mug if you have one, with ice and add in the whiskey and lime juice and stir.
  • Top with the ginger ale and a lime wedge.
  • Serve and enjoy!

And our last cocktail is a Bailey’s Martini and this recipe makes one drink.

What you need:

  • 1 1/2 ounces Bailey’s Irish cream
  • 3/4 ounce of chocolate vodka
  • 3/4 ounce of caramel vodka
  • Cocoa powder and mint leaves for garnish, optional

What you do:

  • Put the Bailey’s and two vodkas in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake.
  • Pour into a martini glass and garnish with the cocoa powder and mint leaves.
  • Serve and enjoy!

That about wraps it up for this post, if you guys have any drinks/cocktails that you love for St. Patrick’s Day let me know.

Until next time, enjoy your drinks and have a happy St. Patrick’s Day :).

-K

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Valentine’s Day cocktails

Hi everyone,

Today I’m going to be doing part three of my Valentine’s Day posts and today it’s all about Valentine’s Day cocktails. I love a good cocktail and the four I’ve selected for this are so good and definite crowd pleasers.

So first up we have Love Potion No. 9, it’s a triple berry martini and it’s one of my favorites. This recipes makes two drinks.

What you need:

  • 1 cup of pomegranate juice
  • 3 ounces of strawberry vodka
  • 3 ounces of Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur
  • 2 heart cut strawberries to garnish, this is optional
  • 2 small pieces of dry ice, this is also optional

What you do:

  • First, in a cocktail shaker, add the pomegranate juice, vodka and the Chambord. Shake to combine.
  • If you are using the dry ice, then place one small piece in the bottom of each glass. Then pour the martini over the dry ice.
  • Garnish your drinks with two of the heart shaped strawberries on a skewer.
  • Wait for the dry ice to dissolve completely.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Next we have Strawberry Moscow Mules. Moscow Mules are always great and this is a fun twist on the classic. This recipe makes one drink.

What you need:

  • 1 1/2 ounces of vodka
  • 1 1/2 ounces of strawberry soda
  • 1/2 a small lime
  • 8 ounces of ginger beer
  • Sliced strawberries and limes to garnish, this is optional

What you do:

  • You can do this in a tumbler or a copper mug, but first add ice.
  • Add the vodka, strawberry soda, the juice from the lime and the ginger beer.
  • Stir to combine and garnish with the sliced strawberries and limes.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Our second to last cocktail is the one that I haven’t tried yet and it’s simply called Lady in Red. And this recipe makes one drink.

What you need:

  • 1 1/2 ounces of Maker’s Mark bourbon
  • 1 ounce of pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 ounce of lemon juice
  • Chilled ginger beer

What you do:

  • Add the Maker’s Mark, pomegranate juice and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker that’s been filled with ice.
  • Shake for about a minute then pour into an ice filled glass and top with the ginger beer.
  • Serve and enjoy!

And finally we have Pink Strawberry Sangria. This is also a great drink for summer parties. This recipe makes 12 drinks.

What you need:

  • One bottle of pink moscato wine, 750 ml
  • 1/2 cup of strawberry vodka
  • 2 cups of lemon lime soda
  • 6-10 large strawberries, sliced

What you do:

  • In a large pitcher combine the wine and the vodka and add in the strawberries. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Right before serving add in the lemon lime soda.
  • Pour over ice filled glasses.
  • Serve and enjoy!

That about wraps it up for this post, if you guys make any of these drinks tweet me a picture or tag me on Instagram.

Until next time, enjoy your drinks and I hope you all have a happy Valentine’s Day :).

-K

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Valentine’s Day drinks: Non-alcoholic edition

Hi everyone,

Happy February! As Valentine’s Day is coming up I thought it would be fun to do some festive food and drink posts. There will be three in total, one food and two drink, and we’re going to start with some fun and delicious non-alcoholic Valentine’s drinks. Whether you’re having a big party or just want to make some different for your family, these drinks are perfect.

First up we have a Cran-Raspberry Spritzer. Typically Valentine’s Day is full of so much candy and sugar and these are so refreshing.

What you need:

  • 16 ounces of Cranberry-Raspberry juice
  • 20 ounces of lemon-lime soda
  • 1 lemon, quartered
  • Fresh raspberries
  • Ice cubes

What you do:

  • First you’re going to fill four glasses with even amounts of ice. Once you’ve done that divide the Cran-Raspberry juice among the glasses.
  • Then add the Lemon-Lime soda, topping them off and making sure to divide the soda evenly.
  • Take the lemon and squeeze it into the drinks for a hint of brightness and freshness.
  • Garnish with a couple of fresh raspberries and stir.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Next up we have Sweetheart Punch. This drink is not only perfect for Valentine’s Day, but great in the summer.

What you need:

  • 1 container, 64 ounces, of strawberry lemonade
  • 1 liter of lemon-lime soda, for this and all others that call for soda I use Sprite because it’s my favorite
  • 1 container, 1/2 quart of raspberry or strawberry sherbet, whichever you prefer

What you do:

  • Chill the strawberry lemonade and soda in the refrigerator for a few hours.
  • Once chilled, pour the strawberry lemonade and soda into a punch bowl or pitcher. If you go with a pitcher make sure it’s gallon size, and stir to combine.
  • Pour the mixture into glasses and top with a scoop of sherbet.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Our second to last drink is one of the easiest and it’s Red Raspberry Punch.

What you need:

  • 2 liters of 7UP
  • 1 cup of frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 quart of raspberry sherbet

What you do:

  • First, pour roughly half of the 7UP into a punch bowl, this can also be made in a pitcher. Then add the frozen raspberries.
  • Scoop the sherbet into the bowl, or pitcher, and top with the rest of the 7UP.
  • Give it a stir and let the flavors mix together.
  • Serve and enjoy!

And lastly, we have a fun spin on a classic, Shirley Temple floats. There are a couple of different ways you can make a Shirley Temple and this one is one of the easier ways.

What you need:

  • 2 liters of lemon-lime soda or ginger ale
  • 1 large bottle or two small bottles of maraschino cherries
  • 1/2 gallon of vanilla ice cream

What you do:

  • Place a couple scoops of the vanilla ice cream into tall glasses
  • Pour a tablespoon or two of the maraschino cherry brine over the ice cream. If you don’t like grenadine or can’t find it this is a great substitute.
  • Add the soda and top with a few cherries.
  • Serve and enjoy!

That about wraps it up for this post, the next post will be Valentine’s Day treats and that will be posted in a couple of days so look out for that.

Until next time, if you guys have any fun drinks let me know and if you make any of these let me know how they turn out :).

-K

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Blogmas Day 8: Holiday cocktails

Hi everyone,

Welcome to Blogmas Day 8! Today I’m going to be talking about some holiday cocktails. These are simple enough and quite good. Large party or small night in with friends, these will be a hit.

The first is an incredibly simple Christmas Sangria.

What you need:

  • 2 bottles of Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio
  • 3/4 cup of sparkling apple cider
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of halved cranberries
  • 3/4 cup of whole cranberries
  • 1 chopped Granny Smith apple
  • 3 sprigs of rosemary

What you do:

  • Combine all the ingredients in a large pitcher and stir with a wooden spoon, it helps the sugar dissolve
  • Put in the fridge for at least 4 hours
  • Serve and enjoy!

Next up we have easy Cranberry Mimosas. The perfect holiday drink.

What you need:

  • Cranberry juice cocktail
  • Orange Liqueur, Triple Sec
  • Champagne, whichever is your favorite
  • Fresh cranberries and fresh rosemary for garnish, this optional

What you do:

  • Fill your champagne flutes 1/3 of the way full with the cranberry juice cocktail and add in a splash of the orange liqueur. Then fill the remaining 2/3 of your glass with champagne.
  • To finish it off garnish with the fresh cranberries and rosemary sprigs
  • Serve and enjoy!

Moving on we have a drink with an adorably kitsch name, that I love, and they are Santa Claus-Mopolitans. There are two versions of this recipe, one for a party and one for a single drink, and I’m going to put them both in because this drink is that good.

What you need:

Party

  • 64 ounces of Cranberry Juice, one bottle
  • 64 ounces of White Cranberry-Peach Juice, one bottle
  • 16 ounces of Triple Sec
  • 8 ounces of Vodka

What you do:

  • Combine ingredients and chill in the fridge for at least 3 hours
  • Pour into rimmed glass and garnish with fresh cranberries
  • Serve and enjoy!

What you need:

Single drink

  • 1/2 cup of Cranberry Juice
  • 1/2 cup of White Cranberry-Peach Juice
  • 1 ounce of Triple Sec
  • 1/2 ounce of Vodka

What you do:

  • Combine ingredients and shake with ice
  • Pour into rimmed glass and garnish with fresh cranberries
  • Serve and enjoy!

To rim the glasses

  • Put lime juice and clear corn syrup around the outside of the glasses
  • Dip glasses in a mixture of white sanding sugar and sweetened flake coconut

And lastly we have Apple Cider Moscow Mules.

What you need:

  • 4 ounces of Hard Apple Cider
  • 4 ounces of Ginger Beer
  • 1/2 ounce of Absolut Citron Vodka
  • The juice of half a lime
  • A dash of ground cinnamon

What you do:

  • In a cocktail shaker, add ice cubes and combine the hard cider, ginger beer, vodka, lime juice and cinnamon and shake
  • Pour the mixture into a copper Moscow mule mug filled with crushed ice
  • For the garnish top with a lime wedge, an apple slice and a cinnamon stick
  • Serve and enjoy!

That about wraps it up for this post, if you guys make any of these drinks tweet me a picture or tag me on Instagram. And if there are any cocktails that you guys like to make during the holidays let me know, I’d love to try them.

Until next time, have fun at your holiday parties and happy drinking :).

-K

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Blogmas Day 4: Holiday drinks

Hi everyone,

Welcome to Blogmas Day 4! Today I’m going to share some fun and delicious holiday drinks. These ones are all non-alcoholic, but I have a holiday cocktail post going up later in the month. You’re sure to be a hit at any party, or night in with these four drinks.

The first is a delicious Eggnog Hot Chocolate because it’s not the holidays without hot chocolate of some sort.

What you need:

  • 3 cups of eggnog
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces of chopped white chocolate
  • Whipped cream, for topping
  • Ground nutmeg, to sprinkle on whipped cream, both are optional

What you do:

  • Add the eggnog, milk, vanilla and chopped white chocolate to a medium sized saucepan and stir together
  • Cook mixture over medium heat and stir occasionally until the white chocolate has melted
  • Bring to a simmer and give it a stir to ensure your white chocolate is completely melted and incorporated
  • Remove the hot chocolate from the heat, top with whipped cream and nutmeg
  • Serve and enjoy!

Next up we have a spin on a classic, Christmas Sherbet Punch.

What you need:

  • 2 liters of Hawaiian Punch
  • 2 liters of Sprite, or your favorite lemon lime soda
  • 1 carton of raspberry sherbet
  • 46 fluid ounces of pineapple juice, 1 can

What you do:

*This recipe has a step that I hadn’t thought of before, but is actually a great idea

  • The night before serving pour Hawaiian Punch into two ice cube trays and put in the freezer. Ice cubes are used in punch anyway, you may as well make it so they don’t water it down
  • In a large punch bowl add the Sprite, pineapple juice and remaining Hawaiian Punch
  • Stir, then add the raspberry sherbet and Hawaiian Punch ice cubes
  • Give a final stir then serve and enjoy!

Second to last we have Grinch Punch. The Grinch is a favorite for many people and this is a great way to tie that in to any party.

What you need:

  • Two 13 ounce packets of unsweetened lemon lime Kool-Aid
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 12 ounces of pineapple juice, 1 can
  • 12 ounces of thawed frozen lemonade concentrate, 1 can
  • 1/2 a liter of Sprite
  • Ice
  • Red sanding sugar

What you do:

  • Pour two quarts of water into a one gallon pitcher of water and add the Kool-Aid and sugar. Stir until the sugar has dissolved
  • Add the pineapple juice and lemonade and stir
  • For extra festive flair dip the tops of the glasses in water and dip into the red sanding sugar. It gives it a great look
  • Right before serving add the Sprite and the ice
  • Serve and enjoy!

And lastly we have Spiced Caramel Apple Cider.

What you need:

  • 4 cups of apple cider
  • 1/4 cup of caramel topping
  • 1 teaspoon of apple pie spice
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream

What you do:

  • In a medium sized saucepan add the apple cider, apple pie spice and caramel topping
  • Bring that to a simmer and add in the vanilla extract
  • Take off heat and pour into mugs
  • Top with whipped cream, caramel topping and a sprinkle of apple pie spice
  • Serve and enjoy!

That about wraps it up for this post, if you guys make any of these tweet me a picture or tag me on Instagram. And I’d love to know what drinks you guys love during the holidays.

Until next time, have fun at your holiday parties and enjoy your drinks :).

-K

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