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Bluth’s Original Frozen Banana Cocktail

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I can’t help myself.  “There’s always money in the banana stand.”  Now I said it, and I can move on.

Have you been watching Season 4 of Arrested Development on Netflix?  I am such a huge nerd fan!  So of course when I started to think about cocktails that would use up some frozen bananas I had on hand, I wanted to G.O.B. ’em up (double chocolate with nuts and two sticks).  I kid.

But I’m not the first person to see a frozen banana and think “Let’s add rum.”  I found this recipe for a Dirty Banana cocktail, and after longing momentarily for a tropical island vacation, my wheels started turning.  Why not substitute the walnut liqueur, Nocello, for Kahlua as the nuts on the frozen banana?

So I sent the hubby to the store to pick up some crème de cacao for the chocolate part, because this drink was happening.  But he called me with an even better idea.  Adult Chocolate Milk.  Oh yeah.  Somebody tell me that you have tried the Adult Strawberry Milk and loved it.  Because I’m really hoping it’s loveable.

To top it all off, I added whipped cream and chocolate-covered banana slices.  And aren’t the his and hers paper straws too cute?  But don’t let the sweetness fool you; this drink is strong enough for a Bluth at breakfast.

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Bluth’s Original Frozen Banana Cocktail

4 frozen bananas
4 oz. dark rum
1 oz. Nocello (walnut liqueur)
2 oz. Adult Chocolate Milk
2 oz. milk

Blend frozen bananas with rum, Nocello, Adult Chocolate Milk, and milk in a blender until mixture is smooth and frothy.  Pour in chilled glasses and garnish with whipped cream and chocolate-covered banana slices, if desired.

Makes 2 cocktails.

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Down-Home Goes Upscale with an Apple Moonshine Mint Julep

138/365 Down Home Mint Julep for The Preakness #365project #seekarendrink

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Are you watching the Preakness today?  Hoping that Orb will win?  Either way, this cocktail is a sure bet.

Inspired by Country Spoon’s Classic Mint Julep, I wanted to give my version a little extra down-home, Southern flair by using Apple Pie Midnight Moon Moonshine.  Don’t have silver julep cups?  No worries!  I gave my juleps a little uptown flair with these vintage, silver-dipped martini pitcher and glasses.

And they’re off.

138/365 Down Home Mint Julep for The Preakness #365project #seekarendrink

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Down-Home Apple Pie Moonshine Mint Juleps

crushed ice
1 T. xylitol, pulverized (or powdered sugar)
6-8 fresh mint leaves
1/2 c. Apple Pie Midnight Moon Moonshine

Fill martini pitcher or mixing glass with crushed ice. Add mint and pulverized xylitol and stir until dissolved. Add moonshine and stir again. Pour into glasses garnished with a fresh mint sprig and additional crushed ice (if needed).

Makes 2 cocktails.

SeeKarenFollow: This Week

Who else is overjoyed that it’s May?  In Indy, May is a month full of activity and celebration…including my birthday.  I usually share my birthday weekend with the Indy 500, so I’ve learned to make the most of it.  This week, however, was all about counting down to Cinco de Mayo (from the food I ate to the shoes I wore and of course the margaritas) and other random moments caught on Instagram.

I finally took down my tissue paper flower garlands, but only to replace them with red and blue crepe paper and glittery Cinco de Mayo decorations.  Yes, it does look a little like a 4th grade classroom up in there.  So?

120/365 Catching A Midsummer Night's Dream at #IRT #365project

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The hubby and I saw my all-time favorite ever presentation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Indiana Repertory Theatre this week.  The Shakespeare classic was depicted as a young boy’s dream set in the Belle Époque era.  Loved it!  And isn’t IRT beautiful inside?

Wah wah. It's a brownie sinkhole. #seekarencook

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Sometimes a great recipe starts with an epic fail.  This was the case with my Mexican Hot Chocolate Brownie Ice Cream.  I hadn’t planned on ice cream.  But when the brownies blew up in the over, fell while cooling, cemented themselves to the pan, and then turned out to be a pudding cake consistency inside, plans changed.  I have to say, though, they made the best ice cream ever!

122/365 random rainbow sighting #365project #nofilter

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This photo is why I love, love, love Instagram.  Because sometimes you spy a random rainbow in the sky.  And not only do you need to take a picture of this thing that makes you smile, but you also need to share it with others immediately.  Smiles all around!

When you look at what I pinned on Pinterest this week, it will appear that I was very hungry.  And thirsty.  All week.  I threw in a couple of crafty ideas at end.  Because they are awesome…not just to feel less guilty about my food cravings.

  1. Nacho fries are a brilliant idea.  Why hasn’t anyone done this sooner?  Maybe they have, but I wasn’t paying attention.  Never mind.  I want to try these soon; maybe even switch it up with sweet potato fries.  Yum!
  2. Month of May parties are all about the potluck.  I’m keeping this Royal Potato Salad recipe in mind for the next shindig.
  3. It’s probably dangerous that I can now make these cinnamon-sugar almonds in the crock pot.  As soon as I figure out how to make them with non-refined sugar choices, I may just be out-of-control.
  4. Speaking of out-of-control.  Chocolate-covered bacon toffee.  Someone please pry it away from me.
  5. I had an awesome idea this week.  Why not make my own version of a Choco-Taco with some leftover taco shells that I have in the pantry.  I spent a few days pondering ice cream options that would blend perfectly with the shells.  Then I found these Peanut Buster Choco Tacos.  So good; I’m totally going to copy!
  6. Roasted jalapeno margaritas.  Do I need to say anything else?
  7. Hot summer days are a comin’, and where would I be without these agua frescas?
  8. Ten gifts in one hour.  Hooray!  That’s what I’m thinking when I see these fabric key chains.
  9. How adorable is this no-sew lattice t-shirt?  I’m thinking you could customize it to your desired level of exposure (ahem).
  10. Not only do I appreciate the DIY wood transfer tutorial on this post, but the message is something that I need in my life.  Daily.

Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

Countdown to Cinco de Mayo: Blood Orange-Mango Margaritas

Blood Orange-Mango Margaritas #seekarendrink #nofilter

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Here it is.  The obligatory Cinco de Mayo margarita post.  I’ve been saving my last two blood oranges all week just to make these margaritas.  What?

Pretty Blood Orange-Mango Margaritas #seekarendrink #nofilter

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It’s just that blood oranges are the perfect sweet-tart flavor for a kick-ass margarita.  But I only had two.  And I would feel bad to sit and drink my margarita in front of the hubby without sharing.

Porch drinks...Blood Orange-Mango Margarita #seekarendrink

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So I added mango.  And then I surprised the hubby on the back deck with drinks after he finished mowing the yard last night.  Aren’t I a good wife?

You don’t need the Grand Marnier float for these margaritas, but I try to use Grand Marnier whenever possible.  Don’t you?  I also chose not to use any sweetener, because the mango puree is plenty sweet for us.  If you want a sweeter margarita, you could add 2 ounces of simple syrup.  I was considering how a spicy, yet smoky, chipotle simple syrup could just be the perfect addition to this margarita.  Hmm, I feel a second round attempt coming.

Blood Orange-Mango Margaritas #seekarendrink #nofilter

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Blood Orange-Mango Margarita

2 oz. blood orange juice
1 oz. lime juice
6 oz. mango puree
4 oz. tequila
crushed ice
Grand Marnier splash
lime wheel and mango slice, for garnish

Combine blood orange juice, lime juice, mango puree, and tequila in a mixing glass and stir.  Pour over crushed ice in two margarita glasses and top with a splash of Grand Marnier.  Garnish with a lime wheel and mango slice, if desired.

Makes 2 cocktails.

SeeKarenFollow: This Week

I’m feeling like a rabbit in Wonderland (I’m late, I’m late!) with this post.  I’ve been catching up with myself after having a week full of down-time from sinus headaches and such.  But sick is boring, so let’s see what else I did on Instagram this week.

It rained.  A lot.  I learned this morning that we will likely break the Indiana state record for wettest April.  Did you read that?  WETTEST APRIL.  Because an ordinary April isn’t wet enough, spring showers and all.  Anyway, this naughty little girl (with inadequately wiped paws from all that mud that comes with the wettest April) jumped up on our bed, “dug” off most of the covers, and dirtied up our white sheets.  Sweet, isn’t she?

116/265 we stayin in bed this morning #365project #dogsofinstagram

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But I can’t stay mad.  Look how sweet both pups are as they keep me company in bed on Friday.  Yes, I said both.  That’s Buddy in the foreground, but look carefully at the reflection in the mirror.

In the meantime, we are still making progress on our guest bedroom re-do.  Yesterday, though, we spent most of the afternoon replacing an old, broken-down door on our old garage.  It was just too pretty to stay indoors.  I got the chance to soak up some much needed sun.  My hubby beams with pride at his new door every time he looks outside.  Everybody wins.

Not so many pics this week, but more down-time means more web time and pins on Pinterest.

  1. I will be using this tutorial for a floating art frame today to frame an odd-sized print for my hubby’s new office.
  2. Still can’t get over the idea of plastering a map on just about anything?  Then these awesome chairs are for you.
  3. Have a fabric pattern that you love and want to show off?  This cloth-covered wreath shows you how.  And the flower tutorials are a bonus!
  4. This chevron canvas tote is inspiring another Sharpie project for me.
  5. How cute is the idea for these paper earrings?  I have so many paper stock scraps just waiting for a project like this.
  6. The best thing about these diagonal color-block t-shirts, except how gorgeous they are, is that you have two new fun shirts when you finish.
  7. Will someone please pour me on of these chipotle whiskey sour?  Not right now, but later today at a more appropriate cocktail hour?
  8. I think this Greek quinoa salad would be great served warm or cold.
  9. When you look at my recipe pins on Pinterest, you can see that I love a good gluten-free dessert idea.  This gluten-free apple tart is going on the list.
  10. I am absolutely intrigued by this Mexican Cacao, Rice & Amaranth drink.  Aren’t you?

Make the most of your Sunday!  I’m on my way to do the same.

Que Sera Sera Pear-Sage Margarita

Question: When your cocktail is too good to not share, but the only pictures you have are crap, do you still post the recipe?

My hubby was making his guacamole last night, and so margaritas were in order.  But I couldn’t get this Pear Nectar with Reposado Tequila cocktail out of my head.  And I had pears that I wanted to juice before our Green BEAN Delivery arrives tomorrow.

juicing for cocktails, that's still healthy, right? #seekarendrink

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While I juiced, I considered my mix options.  I had the last of a batch of sage simple syrup in the fridge.  Would that work?  Could I still call this drink a margarita?  Since I was skipping the orange liqueur with this fruit-flavored cocktail, adding the sweetness of the syrup balanced by the herbal sage sounded just about right.  (And I just lost the margarita purists, didn’t I?)  Decision made, I also determined to use lemon in place of lime juice for a better flavor combination.

The result?  Yum!  But as I said before, the picture is anything but great.  Normally I would whip up another batch and take more pictures (err, not that I make a habit of this), but I had no more pears.  I can almost hear Doris Day in the background singing Que Sera Sera.

Pear-Sage Margarita

6 oz. pear juice
1 1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
3 oz. tequila
1 oz. sage simple syrup (recipe here)

Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and stir.  Pour over ice and garnish with a lemon twist or wedge, as desired.

Makes 1 cocktail.

SeeKarenFollow: This Week

I was a post or two short this week, so much happened that it was a blur.  Let’s catch up on Instagram.

Greta on her couch. Doesn't she look like a BIG DAWG?

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With our guest room remodel, we have been shifting furniture all over the second floor of the house.  The ‘dog couch’ in the craft room, however, has remained in place.  Much to Greta’s delight.

I’m taking a lot of joy from all the trees and flowers that are now blooming.

Stormy doggie bookend. Example 2. #dogsofinstagram

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Buddy, though, is not so fond of the April showers that bring May flowers.  Here he is glued to my side during one of a few thunderstorms that we experienced last week.  Greta was just as close on my other side, making me a doggie sandwich.

So when I wasn’t trapped on the couch between two dogs, I was cleaning out closets and drawers.  How is it that a project in one room results in so many other projects?  I know I’m not alone here.

The good news is that more couch time meant more time for pinning.

  1. If we weren’t replacing the back stairs with a small powder room, I would definitely be using this idea of putting wallpaper samples on the stair risers.
  2. Yes, I am an adult.  I am!  That doesn’t stop me from wanting these Super Mario pillows and this superhero comic book pillow in my living room.  Geek chic.
  3. I told Glamorous Mommy that I am totally stealing this chalkboard art idea, since I have these exact Target prints.
  4. I just finished my own cookbook bird house, but now I want another one, or three, like these road map bird houses.
  5. Some one serve me up one, or three, of these lemon vodka slushies.
  6. Yum!  I think that I could eat this warm salad with all the Spring produce superstars weekly.
  7. I am so making a gluten-free version of this Ploughman sausage and cheese pie.
  8. Mother’s Day will be here in a flash.  This handwritten recipe tea towel would make a lovely gift.
  9. Of course, flowers in this gold-dipped vase is a sure hit too.
  10. And if you aren’t feeling crafty, support other crafty artisans with a gift like this family tree pillow.

Have a splendid weekend!  I have thrift shopping and room remodeling on my agenda.