“The cheesecake is enough calories for a family dinner of 4!”
“No, soup’s in the thousands?”
“Oh good, at least the French fries are under 600 calories!”
The above statements were the results of the shock and awe spurred from this link:
Yes, this link contains the calorie counts for the Cheesecake Factory menu. Yes, it will break your resolve. Yes, it will destroy your soul. However, their Thai Lettuce Wraps are soooooooo worth it.
Oh, and for more self inflicted pain, check out this link:
I must give all credit for these links to http://www.hungry-girl.com/ which I read often for tips and tricks.
Now for all the pain I have caused, feel free to laugh at this:
Yup, not only was I a tap dancing zebra, I also got to be the tap dancing little boy. My childhood was full of ego boosting and confidence building moments.
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So I popped open a bottle of Reisling in honor of making it half way through a crappy week, and decided it needed something special. Rico had just walked in from a night of manly mayhem with his gents, and I felt the need to catch up a little. Something about my woman cravings screamed Mexican, so I went for a sangria spritzer hybrid which I like to call the Drunken Girl’s Spritzer. Sans spritz.
I’m only posting this picture because I’m excited to see this girl on Friday. Oh God, I’m showing emotion. This is totally from the spritzer. Orrr–the Lifetime TV show Army Wives that I obsessively watch. I totally didn’t just admit that.
- 2 Ounces Riesling or any sweeter white wine
- Half a shot of flavored vodka, preferably peach, mango, or pear (something light)
Mix and Enjoy! Hey, maybe even decorate with a vodka gummy bear (See previous post.).
This is Thunderbird. When I had Rico taste my drink, all he could say was “This tastes like Thunderbird! It’s bum wine!” I’ve never had Thunderbird, but let me tell you, I’ll take the night train any night.
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I was out for drinks with a friend of mine the other night and we overheard an over-hydrated young lady next to us talking about the number of vodka bears she had consumed that night. Being the curious cat that I am, I had to lean over and jump into her conversation to find out what a vodka bear could be. To my surprise, it is the most wonderful sounding idea since I saw Nutella French toast on a brunch menu two weeks ago. Gummy bears and gummy peach rings soaked in vodka! The next day at work was research time and I decided to try the project myself. I’ve read that using sugar free gummies is better, and that 5 days is the best soaking time, but I’m settling with around 2 to 3 days. Below is my recipe. I used peach rings in peach vodka and gummy bears in regular vodka. Both are great!
These things grow!! They remind me of those really fun plastic dinosaurs (The ones I used to get as a kid.) that grew in water. I never really understood those anyway, because yeah, they got huge–but that’s about it. You couldn’t play with them because they got too slimy, and they didn’t shrink back to normal to play with all over again! At least these are a tasty type of toasted!
- Vodka of choice
- Gummies of choice
- Glass bowl
- Plastic wrap
Place gummies in bowl and pour in vodka until they are immersed. Seal tightly with plastic wrap and let sit in fridge for at least 2 days. Enjoy carefully–these are supposedly potent.
For some even more alcoholic fun, try throwing a gummy ring (or bear!) into your favorite martini. They look pretty and add a special twist! Oh, and as a disclaimer, please don’t make these in a home with kids. Try Googling vodka bears and read all the horror stories of women with drunk kids. I refuse to let my kid be introduced to liquor through vodka, let alone gummy bears. Scotch only for my little girl!–kidding, sorta.
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I’m a whiskey girl through and through. Nothing’s like a glass of Johnny Green or Laphroaig 10 after a long day–I can even be partial to some Jim Beam when I’m rocking back with my guy friends to some Slayer. But, the girlfriend is more into the craft cocktails and beer, so I decided to whip up something special one day to satisfy her tastes.
Meet the Ruby Red!
**Look at that fancy manicure**
This drink is easy to make and will be enjoyed by all who need something a little sweet to ease the drinking process.
- 1 shot sloe gin
- 2 shots vanilla vodka
- Splash triple sec
- 8 ounces Ruby Red grapefruit juice
- 1 teaspoon of grenadine syrup
- 3 ice cubes
Pour all the ingredients into a shaker; shake and then strain into chilled glass. Enjoy!
**Alert Alert** One of the biggest diet foils is drinking!! A shot of alcohol has around 80 calories depending on what you’re getting, and if you mix it with juice or anything other than club/diet soda, you’re asking to put on the pounds. (Luckily, the girlfriend doesn’t have this problem.) The Ruby Red is a moderate calorie drink, but be warned, some margaritas can have up to 800 calories!! Now, don’t get me wrong. I’ve definitely found myself at the bottom of a pitcher of sangria, but try to stick to straight alcohol if possible, or use zero cal mixers. No buzz is as good as a skinny buzz!
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