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Happy Halloween Cocktail Recipe: Candy Corn Jello Shots!


candy corn jello shots!

candy corn jello shots!

Celebrating the holidays to the fullest was always a very fun and important tradition in my family growing up. Luckily my little sister and I continue to carry on the tradition of making the most out of each holiday in our adult lives and this year she created something so fantastic for a recent pre-Halloween get together she held at her home!  Candy Corn Jello Shots!!!  Enjoy:)

Candy Corn Jello Shots, makes 20 shots


1 small box orange-flavored Jell-O
3 envelopes Knox unflavored gelatin
7 oz. sweetened condensed milk (1/2 of a 14 oz. can)
2 cups water
1 cup vanilla or cake vodka (add more if you like strong shots)
yellow food coloring
Tall shot glasses

* My sister used this recipe except she substituted coconut milk and whipped cream vodka!


Pour 1 cup of water into a small saucepan and pour 2 packets of the unflavored gelatin into the water. Warm the water and gelatin over a low heat, stirring occasionally, until all the gelatin has dissolved (about 5 minutes). Remove pan from the heat and add 1/2 your can of condensed milk to the mixture. Stir until the ingredients combine. Add 2/3 cup vanilla vodka. Cover and set aside half of your milk mixture and evenly distribute the other half throughout your 20 shots (just don’t fill them more than 1/3 of the way full). Refrigerate your shots until firm (30-40 minutes).

When the first layer is firm, pour another 1 cup of water into your saucepan and add 1 packet of gelatin. Warm the water until the gelatin dissolves, remove from heat, and stir in the box of orange Jell-O until that dissolves as well. Add 1/3 cup vanilla vodka. Evenly distribute orange layer on top of white layer and refrigerate until chilled.

When your orange layer is solid, retrieve the second half of your milk mixture and add in a few drops of yellow food coloring. You can also only make half of the milk mixture and repeat the orange layer recipe with a yellow-colored Jell-O instead. You get more of a transparent color when you use Jell-O and a more opaque layer when you use the condensed milk, but either works!

Distribute your yellow layer on top of the orange and put it back into the fridge until set.

A Huge Happy Halloween THANK YOU to my amazing little sister Drew for sharing her delightful holiday recipe with me!

My sister and I celebrating one of many, many Happy Halloweens in the 1980's lol!

My sister and I celebrating one of many, many Happy Halloweens in the 1980’s lol!

You can see the full recipe here as well as a wonderful step-by-step pictorial on

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Your Top Five Favorite Lucky Penny Posts!

As some of you know yesterday marked The Lucky Penny’s very first birthday and so it seemed only fitting to put together a compilation of your top five Lucky Penny posts!

1.  Coming in at number one by a landslide is the Fuzzy Friday post, Milly vs Boo Boo for The Title of  Worlds Smallest Dog!  A tail (ha ha) of two tiny chihuahuas competing for the title of Worlds Smallest Dog.  Although Boo Boo was the title holder at that time, Milly was definitely a threat, weighing in at only 5.99 ounces at three months old.  A note to my readers, be sure to stop by for tomorrow’s Fuzzy Friday post as there is a new teeny tiny contender making serious headlines!!

2. In second place we have The Story of The Nails in The Fence-a tale about a father who teaches his son a very important lesson.  He asks his son to hammer a nail into their fence every time he lost his temper and then after a few weeks, when the son seems to be improving, he has the boy pull out a nail for every day that the son was able to hold his temper.  After every nail is removed, the fence now speckled with holes, shows the young boy that when we lose our temper and hurt others, even though we may take back what we did and ask forgiveness, the scars of those hurtful actions last forever.

3. In third place we have Valentines Day: A Collection of Classic Letters and Quotes About Love.  This post has love letters from Lord Byron, James Joyce, Lewis Carrol, Robert Browning and Nathaniel Hawthorne as well as some unforgettable romantic quotes that will be sure to tug at your heartstrings!

4. In fourth place,  the recipe for The Emerald Fizz seemed to be just what you were looking for when celebrating St. Patty’s Day this past year!! A simple vodka based cocktail that also includes a little soda water, lime, orange juice, mint and Midori resulting in a delicious and refreshing beverage that also glows with that desired emerald green color!

5.  Coming in at number five, and one of my personal favorites, the inspirational story of  A Thousand Marbles.  This beautifully written story by Jeffrey Davis reminds us how easy it can be to lose perspective in our daily lives and how important it is to make the best out of each and every day we have left on this earth.  Sometimes we need to really take a look at how precious our time is and one the characters in this eye opening story does just that.  The older man decides to count the Saturday’s he estimates that he has left in his life, one marble at a time and by doing this he is constantly reminded to focus on, “the really important things in life.”

Well thanks again to all my readers for a great year and I can’t wait until this time next year to see what you thought was the best five Lucky Penny posts of the year to come!!

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Cocktail Recipe: Pink Pacific Paradise

Last week my coworkers and I got into a discussion about our favorite cocktails and started discussing the vast amount of flavored vodkas that have been hitting the market over the past few years.  Sure there was always Citron and Stoli Orange but these days the spirit flavor spectrum includes everything from Cotton Candy to Bacon flavored vodkas so the possibilities for coming up with some new and delicious drinks are infinite.    I decided to pick up a small bottle of one of these new flavor infused spirits on my way home from work and after a good 20 minutes of debating which one to try I settled on Skyy’s Passion Fruit Vodka.

First off like many of these flavor infused vodkas (depending on the flavor of course, Bacon I can’t imagine mixes well with anything) it’s almost impossible to make a cocktail with them that doesn’t taste pretty good.  Long gone are the days of needing to find the perfect mixers to mask the taste of the alcohol in your cocktails, sure you can still go wrong with your mixer selection but for the most part, these new flavor infused vodkas taste great even served straight up or on the rocks.  After an evening of taste testing last week I did put together a pretty simple cocktail recipe with my newly purchased Passion Fruit Skyy Vodka that I found to be really REALLY delicious and it was also a huge hit with my friends.  I think you will very much enjoy this recipe, its light and refreshing taste makes it that perfect cocktail to enjoy on these warming springtime evenings and also could make a great weekend brunch cocktail as well.  Enjoy!


Skyy Passion Fruit Vodka

Guava Nectar

Canada Dry Lemon Lime Seltzer Water

Sugar to rim glass (optional-I did this mostly for aesthetics as the drink is pretty sweet on it’s own)


Step 1-Rim cocktail glass with sugar (optional)

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