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Fabulous Holiday Hair Braid How-to

The holiday season is here, that means lots of cocktail parties, cookie parties, office events, and of course dinners to attend. With all of the styling, for work and for play, paired with the dry cold weather, your hair can take a beating. But that does not mean that you cannot have fabulously styled hair for all of your holiday events.

Fishtail braid how to video.  This is perfect for lazy weekends or for all of my holiday parites.
My new favorite style for a lazy weekend, or a glammed up Christmas cocktail party with friends, is the side fishtail braid. Carly Musleh from BeautySauce.com gives a great and EASY how-to video on this beautiful style. It has the look of something complicated, and is perfect for all of your holiday celebrations.

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Cocktail Thursday: Easter Cocktail Recipes

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Easter is here this weekend, and I have the cocktail recipes for you to share with your friends and family. Whether you like light and bubbly of an adult version of a mocha float, I have you covered.

I even have a festivle MOCKTAIL that everyone including the kiddies can enjoy as well. And if you don’t want to play bartender all afternoon, why not put together a festive VOGA Easter Sangria and have a pitcher ready to go?

ENJOY!

Sparkling ice Easter Mocktail
MOCKTAIL Egg Hunt Shooters
Ingredients:
4 oz Lemonade Sparkling ICE
6-7 Strawberries, hulled (plus more for garnish)
Ice

Directions:
Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend on high until it becomes slushy.
Pour into a chilled glass (or shot glasses) and garnish with a strawberry.

Raspberry Lemonade Vodka Cocktail
Bunny Hop
Ingredients
3 oz. Raspberry Lemonade Sparkling Ice
1 oz. vodka
Fresh raspberries and lemon slices for garnish

Directions
Pour vodka into a chilled glass with ice.
Top with Raspberry Lemonade Sparkling ICE.
Garnish with fresh raspberries and lemon slices.

Easter Cocktail Sparkling mimosa
Spicy Sparkling Mimosas
Ingredients:
1/2 Bottle of VOGA Italia Sparkling
5 1/2 cups orange juice
2 3/4 cups pineapple juice
1/2 tablespoon finely grated ginger

Directions:
Mix orange juice and pineapple juice in a pitcher.
Pour VOGA Sparkling into pitcher.
Add ginger.
Stir and enjoy!

VOGA’s Easter Sangria cocktail recipe
VOGA’s Easter Sangria
Ingredients:
2 Bottles of VOGA Italia Moscato Wine
1 12 oz. bottle of Peach Beer
3 oz. Triple Sec
2 sliced peaches
2 sliced apricots
1 container of fresh raspberries
1 sliced Granny Smith apple
1 sliced orange

Directions:
Pour wine and beer in a large pitcher and add sliced fruit and berries.
Add triple sec and stir gently.
Cover and chill from 2-24 hours (the longer, the better!)
Before serving, top with club soda.
Stir gently and serve over ice.
Makes about 15 servings

Whipped Vanilla Nut Latte vodka cocktail
Whipped Vanilla Nut Latte
Ingredients
3 oz. RealBeanz Vanilla Nut
1 oz. vanilla vodka
1 oz. milk
Coffee beans
Whipped Cream

Directions
Muddle coffee beans into the bottom of a collins glass
In a shaker, combine RealBeanz Vanilla Nut, vanilla vodka, and 1 tablespoon of whipped cream. Shake vigorously
Pour into collins glass over coffee beans, and top with milk
Finish with whipped cream

Mocha Beer Float Easter Cocktail
Mocha Beer Float
Ingredients:
2 oz. RealBeanz Mocha
3 oz. Irish stout beer
1 scoop Pralines & Cream ice cream

Directions:
Pour RealBeanz Mocha into glass
Add in one scoop of Pralines & Cream ice cream
Top with Irish stout beer

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Spring Recipe: Sparkling Angel Food Cupcakes

Easter Sparkling Angel Food Cake Cupcakes

Here comes Peter Cottontail… Hippity Hoppity Easter’s on its wayyyyy!

Whether you celebrate Easter or simply the return of spring after a really long and cold winter, I have a great dessert sweet treat for you. Angel Food Cupcakes!

These would be wonderful for an Easter party this weekend, with or without the kids. Add some fresh fruit, whipped cream, or just eat them on their own. Yum!

Sparkling Angel Food Cupcakes

Ingredients
1 box angel food cake mix
Strawberry Lemonade Sparkling ICE

Directions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Line muffin pan with paper liners.
Replace water with Sparkling ICE, continue to follow recipe on box as listed.
Beat the cake mix and Sparkling ICE on low speed for 30 seconds.
Raise the speed to medium and beat for an additional minute. The batter will be pale pink and foamy.
Add batter to the liners and fill approximately ¾ full.
Bake according to directions on the box, approximately 15-20 minutes, or until tops of muffins are golden brown.
Serve with fresh strawberries and/or whipped cream.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day: Food and Cocktail Recipe Roundup!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day to everyone! Put on a little green and have a great time, even if you are just heading to your cubicle at work. It can still use a little luck. ;-)

If you did not have St. Patrick’s Day celebrations over the weekend, and are still wondering what to do to celebrate, here are your St. Patrick’s Day recipes, for food, and a few green or Irish inspired cocktails.

Cheers!

Hops corned beef with cabbage irish st patricks day
Dinner Recipes -

Quick Irish Beer Bread

Hops Corned Beef with Cabbage

Irish Hops Stew For St. Patrick’s Day

Lucid Leprechaun cocktail modern green lantern

 

 

 

Irish Inspired or Green Cocktails - 

O’CAMUS Irish Coffee

Kiss Me I’m Irish

Good Luck Charm

Lucid Leprechaun

Bit of the Blarney

 

 

 

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St. Patrick’s Day Cocktail Recipe: O’CAMUS Irish Coffee

 

cognac irish coffee O’CAMUS Irish Coffee

When it comes to thinking Irish cocktails, most people say dark beer, or whiskey.  Or if you get fancy, Irish coffee made with whiskey.  Here is a twist on the traditional Irish coffee.  But why be so traditional? Instead of whiskey, we are adding cognac.  How does that sound to start your day?  Or you can pour a few of these with friends and have it after dinner tonight.

Cheers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

O’CAMUS Irish Coffee

1 oz. CAMUS VS Elegance Cognac

5 oz. black coffee

1 ½ oz. whipped cream

Grated chocolate and cinnamon sticks for garnish

Add CAMUS VS Elegance Cognac and black coffee to your favorite coffee cup. Add sugar and gently float whipped cream on top. Sprinkle with grated chocolate, add cinnamon sticks and serve.

 

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