happy new year!

Happy New Year!

We rang in 2013 with a few good friends, good drinks, lots of laughter, games and some yummy snacks!

These avocado, cream cheese, and salsa-stuffed puff pastries were a hit! Super easy and seriously delicious. I used a roasted chipotle salsa and it was great. I think it’d be fun to play around with different salsa flavors. Only thing I did differently was add a little shredded sharp cheddar on top a few minutes before they were done in the oven.

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These margarita cupcakes are definitely worth a try!  know margaritas are typically a summer bev but I thought since I was taking a fruity punch they’d go better with that then some kind of chocolatey dessert. And they did! The cupcake had just a slight lime flavor that was just enough and the buttercream was light and delicious. The swiss meringue buttercream was a first for me and I’m not sure I did it right, all the reviews and a few google searches said it could take up to 30 minutes to get firm but I feel like I did that and a little more and it still wasn’t set up as firm as I would’ve liked. I had to put it in the fridge for a bit then mix it again and it worked from there. I did about 16 in a regular muffin pan then the rest in mini pans for bite sized treats. I did two tablespoons of tequila in the frosting and thought it gave just enough flavor but didn’t overpower it.

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Fruity and fizzy are two words I’d use to describe this champagne punch. Also, delicious, festive, refreshing. 🙂 The recipe calls for 2 cups of unsweetened pineapple juice and I did about 2 1/2, everything else I followed exactly and it was perfect!

This picture was taken today so the color is much pinker from the raspberries but I’m betting it’s just as delicious as last night!

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I hope your new year is filled with all of these wonderful things:

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

Galatians 5:22-23

cranberry margarita

These margaritas are a great little holiday drink. They’re perfect for any holiday party you might be attending this year!

Ingredients:

recipe adapted from: ezrapoundcake.com

Wedge Of Lime

Sugar

Fresh Cranberries

Ice cubes for shaking and serving

1  c. Cranberry Juice

1/2 c. Silver Tequila

1/4 c. Orange Liqueur (Grand Marnier or Triple Sec)

1/2 c. fresh lime juice

Preparation:

Run a lime wedge around the rim of the glass, and dip the edge in sugar to coat. * I put a few drops of green food coloring in about 1/2 cup sugar, stirred and then let sit out on a plate to dry.* Fill glasses with ice and a few fresh cranberries. Set aside.

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine all the ingredients, and shake. Strain into ice-filled glasses and serve. Or put into pitcher and refrigerate for 30 minutes.