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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

Ingredients:

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!

Directions:

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 abeautifulmess.com

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Thanksgiving Dessert: Grandma’s Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie

Depending on where you live rhubarb might not be in season but around this time of year you can most likely find it in your grocery store as strawberry-rhubarb pie is a popular pie for Thanksgiving dessert.   This pie was fairly easy to make and from start to finish took about one hour and fifteen minutes.  My one oops was that i forgot to poke holes in the crust so it turned out more like a delicious sugar dome and other then that, the pie turned out delectably!.   I guarantee you will not be disappointed with this pie recipe and although it’s quite simple, the combination of citrus, cinnamon, sugar and tapioca make a great filling when mixed with the fresh sliced strawberries and rhubarb, really reminding you of your grandma’s pie growing up..  The last time I made this pie it went so fast that I didn’t even get the chance to take a “slice” picture:) You can find the full recipe here on foodnetwork.com and I listed all the ingredients you will need below.  Happy baking!

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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!

Ingredients:

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)

Directions:

Step 1-Rim cocktail glass with sugar (optional)

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