Strawberry Mojito Pitchers

Well, it’s September and I’m finally getting back to posting stuff. Living in a city where we only get a few months of warmth each year it seems as though we try to pack it all into a shortened time frame. There were weddings and parties, happy hours and out of town trips, coupled with trying to take our boat out any chance we could get. On top of all that, we bought another house, celebrated 5 years of marriage & I turned 30! All that equals zero time left for me to cook, let alone photograph my meals when I do, but here’s some iPhone pics to catch you up.

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Sissy & I out on the boat

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Girls weekend in Put-in-Bay, Ohio

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Hubby & I at a friend’s wedding

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One of many delicious dinner parties!

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Our new house!

My 30th birthday

My 30th birthday

Birthday party decor

Birthday party decor

One thing that I was able to make and perfect this summer was this delicious pitcher of Strawberry Mojitos! If you want to make it ahead, combine all ingredients except for the mint and strawberries until ready to serve. Enjoy!

Strawberry Mojito Pitchers

Strawberry Mojito Pitchers

  • juice of 4 limes
  • juice of 4 lemons
  • 1 bottle Bacardi Rum (750 ml)
  • 3/4 cup simple syrup (recipe below)
  • 1 bottle club soda (1L), plus more if desired
  • splash of orange juice or lemonade
  • several handfuls of fresh mint
  • fresh strawberries, quartered

To make the simple syrup, combine 1 cup water and 1 cup white sugar in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil, stirring, until sugar has dissolved. Allow to cool. Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher, stir and serve!

December Supper Club Buffalo

I’d like to start out the new year by thanking everyone who reads my blog for all your love and support. With absolutely no idea what I was doing, I started this blog a year ago as a new year’s resolution. I couldn’t be more happy that people not only read it, but actually enjoy it. Over the past year I’ve learned a lot, namely how to take better pictures (some of my old posts are REALLY ugly with iPhone-only pics), but also how to open myself up without being scared of what people might think. It’s been a challenging, yet fun and rewarding journey and I am looking forward to continuing that! To keep the positive momentum going, check out my interview on Buffalo Eats, a WNY-based food blog, where I’m now listed as a Buffalo Foodie. Woot woot! Also check out my interview with Channel 7 about a new food market that opened in Buffalo. Special thanks to my techie husband for recording it and figuring out how to post it to YouTube! Yea, I’m pretty popular these days. Ha!

Ok, enough of the self-promoting. Onto the fun stuff. BOOZE! That was the theme for our third installment of Supper Club Buffalo. Each dish needed to incorporate alcohol into it which wasn’t very hard to do for all us boozers. I made Penne alla Vodka without the sausage. I’m over a month behind on posting this, but hey, better late than never, right? Oh, and sorry for all the Instagram/iPhone pics, but that’s all I have.

the menu

the menu

some booze to go with our booze

some booze to go with our booze

cute favors from our crafty hostess

cute favors from our crafty hostess

tablescape

lovely tablescape

lovely ladies!

lovely ladies!

my penne alla vodka dish

penne alla vodka

guinness braised quiche

guinness braised onion and aged white cheddar quiche

drunken dueling chickens

drunken (and dueling!) chicken

drool-worthy tiramisu!

drool-worthy tiramisu!

Yum!

Watermelon Infused Vodka

Trust me when I say that this watermelon vodka was so worth the effort! It was absolutely delicious and tasted sweet without adding any sweetener. Also, the color was a deep magenta and would look really pretty garnished with a little mint or basil.

Watermelon Infused Vodka

  • 1 small- to medium-sized seedless watermelon
  • 1/2 bottle of watermelon-flavored vodka

Cut up the watermelon into 1-inch cubes and discard the rind. Place in a large glass bowl and add vodka over top. Mix well to coat all of the watermelon cubes with vodka. Place in the fridge for at least 24 hours and then wait patiently. In batches, blend all of the vodka-soaked watermelon chunks until smooth. Over a large bowl, strain blended watermelon through a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth and discard the excess pulp. Transfer the remaining liquid to a serving bottle and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Sangria

Sangria is the perfect drink for the summer. It’s cold, refreshing and fruity. You can use whatever fruits you want, but I prefer to stick with citrus. Also, If you prefer yours to be sweeter you can add more OJ. I’ve also heard of adding 7-Up or granulated sugar to sweeten the drink, but I like mine to be dry and the let the fruit do all the sweetening, naturally. White wine can easily be swapped for red if you’re not a big red wine fan.

As you can see, I had fun trying out some new photo filters with this post. Let me know what you think!

Sangria

  • Ice
  • 1 bottle club soda
  • 1 bottle dry red wine (like Cabernet, Shiraz or Merlot)
  • 1/2 cup triple-sec liqueur
  • Splash of orange juice
  • Fruit, sliced (orange, lime and lemon)

In a large pitcher mix all ingredients with ice and stir until well-combined. Serve in glass with additional ice and fruit.

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