Friday, February 24, 2012

Some of My Favorite Things!

So in case you've been living under a rock you have by now signed up for a Pinterest account. I am seriously addicted to this site and it has become my new google. Instead of saying "oh, let me google that" I say "oh, let me PINTERST that."

Pinterest really has a variety of different things you can look at so here's a sample of what I've been checking out this week.

This is an iPad clutch made from shelf liner and duct tape. Yup. It's that easy!
Photo via PS I Made This
 Bacon. Roses. Enough said.
Photo via Gwen's Kitchen Creations 
I am having a major chevron obsession at the moment so here's some cookies. Don't care how they taste, they are gorgeous!
Photo via Joyful Details Event Planning
 Who doesn't need this book? World peace could be achieved if we just wrote down our feelings, right?
Photo via Etsy
Blueberry Pancake Puffs. I'm trying these out this weekend. Stay tuned.
Photo via Love and Cooking
I LOVE this chair! I tried to find the source but the link to Etsy was gone. Sigh.
Photo via Etsy

Happy Friday and Happy Pinning!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

{Valentine's Day Sweets}

So my BF doesn't like chocolate or really anything too sweet (I know, he's a weirdo). Since I {LOVE} to bake, I end up either giving away my treats or eating everything (not good for the hips). This year I decided to ask him what I could bake him for Valentine's day and he said carrot cake! CARROT CAKE! I've never made carrot cake but I always think of the super rich cream cheese frosting. So I did a little research on the internet and I came up with a fantastic cake that's not too sweet but super delicious.

I am one of those people that likes to take a recipe and put my own twist on it but not too much because I am a rule follower. I found a great cake recipe from the mother of all things delicious (Paula Deen) and the frosting recipe from a random search on the internet. The frosting in my opinion totally makes this cake. It comes from Divas Can Cook. AMAZING frosting!

So here's some really bad pictures of my cake. By the way I never said I was a cake decorator.

Here's the links to the two great recipes. Please try it, you won't be disappointed!

Paula Deen's Carrot Cake recipe
Light Cream Cheese Frosting from Divas Can Cook

Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Would you like a little bacon with your vodka?

So if you've visited this blog even once you know that I have a love of all things bacon. I've had my eye out for this bacon flavored vodka someone brought to my attention about a year ago. It's called Bakon Vodka (original, I know). I searched all over Alabama but it was no where to be found so when I first moved to Tennessee, I saw this in my local liquor store and I immediately scooped it up!

The vodka came with a brochure that had some really interesting recipes. You can also go to their website and check out a couple there. The first thing I did was open that puppy up and smell it. It has a slight bacon smell but it's not overwhelming. Next I experimented with a couple of recipes.

The first one I tried was the Bakon Mary. This is apparently the most popular recipe since it doesn't sound so gross.
Bakon Mary
It's just your average Bloody Mary recipes with Bakon vodka. Simple. I'm not a fan of Bloody Mary's so I made everyone else try it and they said it was pretty good but they couldn't taste any bacon flavor.

Next I tried the Bakon Flip. The ingredients are Bakon vodka, 1 whole egg, maple syrup and Irish Creme.

Bakon Flip
It's a simple recipe and my favorite. It tastes just like egg nog and again you can't taste the bacon at all. Which makes me kind of sad since that's what I bought it for.

Lastly, I made the Waffle Shot. This one is the easiest. Equal parts Bakon Vodka and Pinnacle Whipped Vodka. For those of you who haven't heard of Whipped vodka it is delicious! It tastes just like whipped cream. YUM!
Waffle Shot
I'm not a huge shot person so I decided to add some milk to it and I made a drink I like to call the Waffle Milkshake.
Waffle Milkshake
So the final verdict is that it's a good vodka but unless you are shooting it straight you can not taste the bacon at all. So that's either a pro or a con for some of you. I think it's a nice hostess gift and definitely a great conversation starter!

Happy Tuesday!