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12 DIY Drinks for New Years

12 DIY drinksYeah, I said it. DIY Drinks. I’m cheap. lol. Don’t get me wrong, I love going to the bar and having some fun, but when you’re a mom and dad and you don’t have 50$ to drop at said bar, you don’t have as much fun. So enters the “get together”.  You find someone to watch the baby and you get people to come over. I love entertaining so this is fun for me. 🙂

Since New Years is coming up, I thought this would be a great post.

12 DIY Drinks for New Year’s Eve (in no particular order)

  1. White Russian – A classic cocktail made with coffee liqueur (Kahlua), vodka and either cream or milk. I generally make it in a “lowball” or 8 oz glass filled with ice, and poured with 1 oz vodka and 1 oz coffee liqueur, topped with milk. Of course, you can play with the amounts til you like it.
  2. Wine Spritzer – wine (any wine, cheap, expensive, whatever) and sprite, or club soda or 7 up, if you prefer.
  3. Mind Eraser – Lowball glass filled with ice. 1 1/4 oz coffee liqueur (Kahlua), 3/4 oz vodka, splash of club soda.
  4. Rum and Coke – Lowball glass, filled with ice, 1 oz rum, top with coke.

    DIY Drinks and cocktails

    pictured White Russian and Rum and Coke

  5. Jello Shots – Boil one cup of water and dissolve one box of jello (whatever flavor) in it. Then add one cup of ice cold vodka. Pour in small flexible cups (for easier release) and chill. Try “Jolly Rancher”; watermelon jello and green appleschnapps. Or try “Peach Pie”; rum and peach jello.
  6. “Hot Apple Pie” shot – 3/4 oz green apple schnapps with 1/4 oz cinnamon schnapps floated on top. Best shot ever.
  7. Jager and Red Bull – fill a glass with ice and pour 1 oz Jagermeister and topped with Red Bull.
  8. Beachcomber -1 1/4 oz Vodka, 1/4 oz Coconut Rum, 1/2 oz pineapple juice, 1/4 oz orange juice, serve in a martini glass.. or whatever.
  9. Death by Chocolate -1 oz vodka, 1 oz Creme De Coco, 1 1/2 oz cream, 3 scoops chocolate ice cream, blend with ice and pour in a glass.
  10. Screwdriver – 1 oz vodka, top with orange juice. Another one that you can play with until you like it.
  11. Black Russian – Nearly the same as a White Russian, only you leave out the cream or milk. 1 3/4 oz vodka, 3/4 oz Kahlua. Stir.
  12. Mimosa – 3 parts champagne to 1 part orange juice. (Like 3/4 cup champagne to 1/4 cup orange juice.)

For those of you that aren’t sure, 1 oz is equal to one shot glass. I tried to keep this list down to a simple list of alcohol, because if you’re like us, you may not have the ability to actually go out and buy everything you need for all the “coolest” drinks.

I hope you all have responsible fun!

Happy New Years! 🙂

-Roxanne, LWMM

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5 Childhood Dishes You Should Never Forget

I was looking through my cabinets the other day, realizing I had nothing really to make for lunch. Admittedly, I had bread and sandwich

Beanie Weenies

Beanie Weenies. Image from mommyskitchen.net

makings. I had Ramen noodles. I had peanut butter. Jelly. But nothing sounded good. None of it was appetizing. I was going through the fridge and found some hot dogs that had been opened, sitting in a Tupperware. Then it hit me, “Beanie Weenies!”
As I was eating, I thought this would make a great blog post. I started thinking of a conversation I had with some friends not long ago about the various crazy things you put together as a kid just to eat. Especially when you’re poor. :/
Mac and Cheese, Hot Dogs, Corn Dogs, Fish Sticks. These are all things you ate as a kid. Now here are some things you most likely ate as well, and should never forget about, just in case you wind up in the kitchen trying to figure out something to eat, like me.

5 Childhood Dishes

  1. “Beanie Weenies” – Good ol’ pork and beans, brown sugar, and hot dogs, cut up. YUMMY. Just a little sweet and filling! And CHEAP.
  2. Bologna and Cheese Roll-ups – I don’t know about you, but I ate these all the time. Sliced cheese and slices of bologna rolled up together and eaten. Another Cheap thing to eat, especially on the go! And to make it grown up, trade the bologna for turkey or ham!
  3. Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese! – Pretty straight forward! Sometimes, I eat my soup with what my husband calls a “hot sandwich”. I use miracle whip, cheese, and those .50 cent packages of honey ham, turkey, or chicken. Then cook it like a grilled cheese! YUM! This is my favorite meal.
  4. Ramen Noodles! – Oh, this never goes away (especially when you’re broke.. or too lazy to make something better!). We keep the house stocked with Ramen noodles because they really are so versatile. I use the spicy chicken and creamy chicken flavors together (splitting them with someone most of the time!), add 1-2TBSP peanut butter, 1TBSP soy sauce, 1TBSP minced garlic, a little lime juice (like 1tsp) and voila! You have a makeshift pad thai! (stir together sauce ingredients beforehand to make it easy. The PB likes to stick to noodles.)
  5. Malt-O-Meal – Okay, I’m not sure who else eats this, but I still do. I grew up with chocolate malt-o-meal for breakfast. We added a little milk and sugar and it was super yummy, especially when it was cold. I still eat this on occasion, and still love it. 🙂

There you have it. I love just thinking about these dishes because they bring back memories. I hope you guys enjoy some of your own and share them with me! 😀 I’ve got kids now and would love the ideas! 😉

-Roxanne, LWMM

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Recipes Using Nutella

Okay, I won’t lie. I only just recently discovered the magical taste of the hazelnut spread known as “Nutella”. Shock! Gasp! Disbelief! I know. How dare I wait so long! Well, now I have ideas to share, friends! Recipes using Nutella! Oh, I’m sure there are plenty out there, but these were a few my husband (another recent convert, via me) came up with as we sat and enjoyed the spread as a dessert. 🙂 Enjoy!

5 easy recipes that use Nutella

  1. No Cooking Required Nutella S’mores! – Want S’mores without the fire (or microwave)? Spread Nutella on one graham cracker square, and marshmallow cream on another. Squish together and Voila!
  2. Nutella Icing – just use Nutella on your cupcakes for a decadently rich treat 🙂
  3. Nutella Crepes – dish up some crepe pancakes and spoon a bit of Nutella down the middle. Roll them up, and serve!
  4. Okay, this one doesn’t use Nutella, but.. Homemade Nutella! – Check out this Pin on Pinterest for homemade Nutella!
  5. 4 Ingredient Nutella Brownies – These only use 4 ingredients!

(Did you know there was a World Nutella Day?)

And there you have it! 5 recipes that use Nutella! If you have any more ideas, or have tried any of these, let me know about it in the comments!

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3 Uses for Instant Coffee (Besides Coffee)

So maybe you got this box of instant coffee “singles” for work, or you bought some instant coffee for camping, but you never used all of it, and now you’re stuck with it. What do you do? I mean, coffee is coffee, right? What do you do with it, if not drink it?

Uses for instant coffee

What Else Can You Do With Instant Coffee?

Well, friends, here’s a list (albeit short) of new uses for that instant coffee, so it doesn’t just sit in your pantry or file drawer at work anymore:

1.) Make “Antique Paper” – Add some coffee to water in a pan, crinkle some printer paper, and lay it in the water for a few minutes, then gently pull it out and let it dry. Bam! It looks antique. Useful for crafts!
2.) Pour it on Ice Cream! – Sprinkle some onto your ice cream for a new kind of topping! It’s pretty yummy.
3.) Bake with it – I used it in this recipe for Layered Mocha Cheesecake for my husband’s birthday, and it turned out GREAT!

Do you have anymore ideas or ways you use instant coffee? Share with me in the comments!

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Homemade Chocolate Syrup!

So, by now, if you’ve been following my blog, you’ve heard about my non-existent budget. Well, like most people, my husband and I like to have chocolate ever-so-often. In fact, it led me on my search for cheap and easy chocolate recipes, like the Recipes in a Mug and my absolute favorite quick and easy, one-pan chocolate brownie recipe, ever.

Well, I just happened to find this recipe while searching on a coupon website. It’s great for chocolate milk and all the other lovely things that you can make with Chocolate Syrup!

So here it is,

How to Make Chocolate Syrup!

What You’ll Need:

  • 1/2 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1 cup Water
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Vanilla

Mix cocoa and water in a decent sized saucepan (to be safe, use a large one!).  Heat it up and stir it to dissolve the cocoa.  Add the sugar, stirring to dissolve it, too.  Boil this mixture for 3 minutes over medium heat, but be careful not to let it get too hot and boil over (which it will do very easily if you aren’t careful!)  Turn off the heat and add the salt and vanilla. Let it cool completely (which can take a few hours, honestly) and then pour it into a glass jar, or use a funnel to pour it into a recycled plastic container to pour from. 😉

Voila! You have just made chocolate syrup!

It will thicken in the fridge some, and it’s runny when its still warm, so don’t worry about any of that too much! 🙂

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We’ve used it over ice cream, in milk, and over brownies! It has been great and its cheap and easy to make!

ENJOY!

-Roxanne, LWMM

To give credit where its due: recipe was found here.
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How to Make Your Own Flavored Water

How to Make Flavored Water

Make your own Flavored Water!

Yes, you read that title correctly! Make your own flavored water! If you’re like me, you know you need to drink water, but you really just want something with flavor. You know that all that sugar in your tea and juice is bad, but water really just isn’t what you want.

Let’s change that! I have seen a lot of “infusers” lately, and it made me curious. What do you do with those? I’ve had a lemon in my water and it doesn’t taste all that yummy. Well, why not choose another fruit? Or an herb? Or both? Oh, yes. You can do this. You can even add a little sugar, if you can’t stand the way it tastes and a teaspoon or two isn’t going to blow your whole day, especially if you’re just starting this new lifestyle of getting healthier. (Eventually, you’ll get used to having less sugar, and then you may leave it out all together.)

What You’ll Need:
Water
Fruit
Herbs like Basil, Lavendar, Mint (optional)

Fill a pitcher with spring water, if you want, or just regular tap water. I used tap water. I had a lemon and some basil leftover from another recipe, so I used the rest for this one. 😉 (It turned out VERY yummy. Even my 13 year old son thought so!)

You can place your fruit in a cheese cloth and tie it so you can easily remove it later, or just throw in the fruit (which is what I did) and strain it out with a spoon after its done “steeping”.

I refrigerated this overnight and then removed the herbs and fruit. Pour over ice and voila! Flavored water!

Some other recipes to try:

Make Flavored Water

Its really easy to make flavored water!

Lemon and Mint
Lemon and Lavendar
Blackberries
Oranges
Strawberries
Lemongrass
Ginger
Cucumbers
Watermelon
Grapefruit
Pomegranate and Blueberries
Cranberries and Orange Slices
Lemon and Ginger
Pineapple slices and coconut water
Strawberries and Vanilla extract
Apple Slices
Mango and Kiwi
Blueberries
Lime and Mint leaf

There are so many combinations! Try what you think you’d like and let me know how it turned out!

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Recipes in a Mug

Recipes for Cake in a Mug

Cake + Mug = Happiness

Oh. No. I found out that I could make baked goods in a mug. Seriously. With a microwave, to boot.

On those nights when I REALLY want a brownie, but I really don’t want to go through the entire process of making a whole batch, this is purely amazing. (I’m pretty much a purist when it comes to things. I want to make it by hand. From Scratch. Yes. I’m that person.)

Since it was such an amazing thing for me, I figured I would share with all of you!

Huffington Post posted this great list of desserts in a mug.

I found this one, recently, for coffee cake in a mug!

A Coffee Cake in a Mug recipe!

Yummy! Cake in a mug!

This recipe is easy and yummy 🙂 It worked great for my sweet tooth without being too terribly sweet. 🙂 You’ll have to experiment the first few times you make it though, to get it just right.

Have fun and if you find any really good “In-a-mug” recipes, share them with me in the comments! I would love to add more to my repertoire!
-Roxanne, LWMM

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How to Keep From Watering Down Your Iced Coffee!

If you read my post about not watering down your iced tea, than you might know where I’m headed with this post. 😉 I love iced coffee drinks (In

How to keep from watering down your iced coffee

How to keep from watering down your iced coffee

fact, I like most, if not all, of my drinks cold). Now, if you’ve had iced coffee drinks, you know, as well as I do, that after just a little bit, your drink gets watery on top, and you end up drinking that, instead of the coffee. It’s no good.

“So”, you say, “How do we fix this?” Well, next time you brew up some coffee, use your trusty ice cube trays and pour some of that coffee into them. What? Coffee Cubes? YES.

What You’ll Need:

  • Coffee
  • Ice Cube Trays

In fact, there are two ways to do this. You can pour black coffee into the trays, which will make your coffee stronger in your cup, as it melts. OR you can fix your coffee the way you drink it, and then pour that into your ice cube trays. If you use the second way, the cube will melt and it won’t mess up the sugar/creamer/coffee ratio (if that’s how you drink it).

pour coffee into ice cube trays

pour coffee into ice cube trays

I hope you get to do this, and that you get to enjoy that perfect iced coffee without that watery weirdness. Yes. Weirdness. I said it. 😉 This would work great with the Vanilla Iced Coffee Recipe that I shared with you, in the post “Make Your Own Vanilla Drink Syrup”! If you have any other ideas, let me know by leaving me a comment! 🙂

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Homemade Clumpy, Crunchy Granola Recipe

We love granola at my house and I really wanted to share my recent recipe for making crunchy, clumpy granola. It was so good! I was thinking about giving some away at Christmas. Anyway, on to the good stuff!

What You’ll Need:

3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

4 cups dry ingredients (such as cereal, coconut flakes, flax seed, etc. I used cheerios and grape nuts)

3/4 cup maple syrup (I used a little honey in with this)

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 egg white

 

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a large bowl, combine oats, cereal (or other dry ingredients), maple syrup, olive oil, brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon.
  2. Whisk an egg white in a small cup until it looks foamy. Stir the egg white into the granola.
  3. Spread mixture on a rimmed baking sheet in an even layer and bake for 45 minutes, until golden brown and well toasted.
  4. Take the granola out of the oven and let it cool COMPLETELY, preferably overnight, uncovered.
  5. When the granola is completely cool, break up into clumps, and keep in an airtight container for storage. If you think it will last that long!

This is a seriously yummy recipe! And it makes quite a bit! Enjoy!

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How to Keep From Watering Down Your Tea!

How to Keep From Watering Down Your Iced Tea

How to Keep From Watering Down Your Iced Tea

Okay, I’m from Oklahoma. We like our sweet tea. I am no exception. I love sweet tea. I love ICED sweet tea, specifically. Now, my entire life I have been led to believe that I have to drink my sweet iced tea getting watered down every minute, by that succulent, sweet ice that keeps it cool for me. I say “been led to believe” because I found out recently, that’s just not true!

What? What am I talking about? How can you drink iced tea without watering it down in the process? Oh, and I am not talking about those plastic ice cubes, either. I am not talking about those mugs with the water inside of them that you put in the freezer and I am not talking about those “Whiskey Stones”.

What I’m talking about – are you ready for this? – is ice cubes made out of TEA.

WHAT? You say. What can this crazy lady be saying to me? Make ice cubes from tea? It’s crazy! It’s insane! It’s maddening! It’s.. Genius.

Yes, friends. The secret to keep from watering down your sweet iced tea is to make your ice cubes from the tea itself. It’s easy and it works. I love doing it. now and you will, too.

What You’ll Need:

  • Ice Cube Trays
  • Brewed Tea (sweetened and everything, if that’s how you drink it)
Pour your tea into ice cube trays

Pour some tea into ice cube trays

Pour the tea into the trays and place in your freezer. Allow them to freeze completely. When you are ready to drink some of that wonderful tea, pop some cubes out of the tray, put them in your glass, and pour that delicious stuff! Now, instead of watering down your tea, you get ice cold tea, minus the extra water!

If you don’t believe me, I dare you to try it! It will change your life. 😉

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