Comparing Dr. Pepper as a cocktail ingredient in the three classic drinks that feature Coca-Cola in their recipes. How does DP fare in Dr Pepper cocktails?

Dr Pepper Cocktails

I often refer to myself as an “almost-native” Texan or Austinite. I love this distinction because we moved here when I was less than a year old, and I still live here. In fact, I’ve only spent a little over a year away from Austin. (Grad school in London, so sue me.) And as a good Texan, I have a certain affinity for Dr. Pepper. I never sported the “I’m a Pepper!” gear, but I always welcome a cold glass of the stuff on a steamy summer day. Now as a proud amateur mixologist, I’ve noticed a few great cocktails that feature Coke. Yes, Coca-Cola, the American classic. But I thought it was time to put DP to the test and see if there were some Dr Pepper cocktails worth their salt.  Continue reading “Dr Pepper Cocktails”

Bone broth + classic throat remedy ingredients and a little spice build in flavor for this hearty broth/tincture guaranteed to help you feel better.

Feel Better Broth

Boy, the mid-winter germs are out in full force! Even though it has been like 80 degrees almost every day this month, cold and sniffle season is heating up all the same. Almost everybody I know, from family to work, has gotten some kind of illness in the past few weeks. It finally hit me this week. I went to a ladies basketball game (Go Ladyhorns!) on Monday night and screamed my heart out (especially for the dancing dogs at halftime). When I woke up on Tuesday my throat was killing me. I chaulked it up to yelling, but by Wednesday night I was still in so much pain that I had to listen to my body. Poor body was sick. And when I’m sick, I go for my tried and true “feel better broth.” Somewhere between a tincture and a soup, this elixir soothes my throat and helps me rest so my body can recover. Continue reading “Feel Better Broth”

In which paint goes on the walls, the cabinet is made whole again (and then some!), a mirror is removed, and a night light fixture gets installed.

Industrial Bathroom Makeover: Part 4 – Paint & Light

While there may not be a GREAT deal of progress aesthetically, I have poured a great many hours into this project since my last update. In short, I reassembled the cabinets (including adding new storage), removed the mirror, got paint on the walls, and replaced the light fixture. BUT DAMN, IT WAS A STRUGGLE. Continue reading “Industrial Bathroom Makeover: Part 4 – Paint & Light”

Rosemary-honey vodka, elderflower liqueur, dry vermouth, and lemon mix for a perfectly balanced floral cocktail.

All Swell Cocktail

You know the saying “all’s well that ends well”? That’s how I feel about this cocktail. All Swell (that ends well) since it took me forever to land on a *new* recipe that used some of my leftover wedding vodka infusion. Yep, this cocktail came about because even though my loved ones are excellent at drinking, I had three handles of my rosemary honey vodka to spare after marrying my beloved. Never being one to let good vodka go to waste, I set about finding a SECOND wonderful drink to enjoy my infusion with. Continue reading “All Swell Cocktail”

Raspberry, rye, and molasses dominate this slow-burning, tangy sweet cocktail that's perfect for fireside evenings spent pouring over a book.

Raspberry + Rye Cocktail

You know that feeling when you just need to be transported to a dusty, leather-filled library for a night? When the real world is just a bit too much (maybe since January 20th…) and you know the only respite you need is a reliable, beloved tome and a glass of something brown and smooth? It’s a very distinct calling, and I’ve felt it more than a few times this winter. Something about the world outside my home that makes me long for the comfort of a classic, indulgent night in. It’s what led me to come up with this cocktail, a raspberry rye concoction that lends itself to a quiet, cozy evening. Continue reading “Raspberry + Rye Cocktail”

My hot take on the products Influenster included in my Fierce box. Samples were free but all opinions are mine. (This should be very obvious #sass.)

Influenster FIERCE VoxBox Review

Hai! (Oh, and Happy St. Valentine’s Day!!) So, I’m trying something new here. I signed up for Influenster because free stuff is cool and I thought I’d give it a go. Since I would like to have “SHE HAD OPINIONS” engraved on my tombstone, it was easy to get excited about writing reviews for a bajillion products. (Especially if I get to try things for free!) So when I was selected for my first Voxbox full of goodies, I was extremely stoked. Continue reading “Influenster FIERCE VoxBox Review”

In which we learn about how the Rustoleum Cabinet Transformation kit lies but is also wonderful, and see how the tile transformation is coming along!

Industrial Bathroom Makeover: Part 3 – Tile & Cabinet Transformation

Wahoo! There has been so much progress in the last 10 days! Despite a number of false starts, surprises, and slow progress at times, I am delighted to report that the tile job is ALMOST DONE! As an extra bonus, I am wrapping up the cabinet transformation in the next day or so. Which means that altogether, the bathroom is super close to being functional again and looking way improved! Continue reading “Industrial Bathroom Makeover: Part 3 – Tile & Cabinet Transformation”