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How To Make Edible Shot Glasses & Candy Cane Vodka!

It’s no secret that I love coming up with crafty cocktail ideas. I’ve shared a recipe on how to make Jolly Rancher Vodka, Chocolate Pudding Shots,  Adults Only Coffee (use my Candy Cane Vodka in it for a Christmas treat!), Champagne Shots, and many others.

How to make edible shot glasses out of hard candy and hard candy infused vodka. Makes a fun party treat or creative gift!

Now here’s a new one: I found out how to make edible shot glasses!

How to make edible shot glasses out of hard candy, hard candy infused vodka, and more. Makes a fun party treat or creative gift!

I was on Facebook, and Princess Pinky Girl posted how to make Jolly Rancher shot glasses. I knew our family and friends would go crazy for them, so I decided to try it out. First I needed a silicon shot glass mold – they’re pretty inexpensive and with Amazon Prime, I got it quickly. I also bought a huge bag of Jolly Ranchers, but any hard candy will work.

 

How to make edible shot glasses out of hard candy and hard candy infused vodka. Makes a fun party treat or creative gift!

I tried out the recipe, and it worked!

How to make edible shot glasses out of hard candy and hard candy infused vodka. Makes a fun party treat or creative gift!

So I decided, since it’s Christmas and all, to make Candy Cane Shot Glasses. I thought they’d be cool to use for the Chocolate Pudding Shots or to use with cold coffee. And the kids would love to put M&Ms, ginger ale or sparkling cider in them!

How To Make Edible Shot Glasses

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Ingredients

  • Your choice of hard candy (To make Jolly Rancher shot glasses I used 14 candies of various colors in each mold, and for Candy Cane shot glasses I used 3-1/2 to 4 candy canes in each mold.)
  • A silicon shot glass mold
  • 1 750 ml bottle of your favorite vodka (we only use Tito's Handmade Vodka)
  • 12 candy canes (or 6 messed up candy cane shot glasses!)
  • 1 big mason jar, or several small ones

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place the silicon mold on a cookie sheet.
  3. Fill each mold cavity with 13- 14 unwrapped Jolly Ranchers. I used several different colors in each glass.
  4. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the candy is all melted. Watch it though - you don't want it to start bubbling.
  5. Remove from oven and let cool completely in the mold. Put them in the fridge to speed up the process.
  6. Once completely cool, remove from mold and serve with your favorite drink or treat!
  7. Put the candy canes in the mason jar
  8. Top with the bottle of vodka
  9. Put the lid on the jar, and wait.
  10. In a few hours, the candy canes will dissolve, and when they're dissolved completely, it's ready!

Notes

Make sure that each mold is completely covered with the candy that you choose. If you don't put enough candies in, they won't form a full shot glass.

If you do get bubbles in the glasses, use a metal spoon to tap them out while the candy is still hot. Keep it in the freezer once the vodka's ready. br]
This works with any hard candies. You can find my recipe for Jolly Rancher vodka [here
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So there you have it! Lots of fun cocktail ideas, how to make edible shot glasses, and how to make Candy Cane vodka. Do you have a favorite creative cocktail recipe to share? I’d love to pin it to my Happy Hour board on Pinterest!

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#ReadItForward with The UPS Store!

This post is in partnership with The UPS Store supporting the #ReadItForward program. All opinions expressed are my own.

We are a family of fanatical readers: you’ll find Ethan curled up in his bed with a book and Lila and Mia are always asking me to read them a story. And of course as soon as the kids go to bed, I’m opening up a book. We love being able to visit different worlds and live different lives through the magic of storytelling. Which is exactly why I’m excited to tell you about #ReadItForward and what The UPS Store is doing so that everybody can read!

Share your favorite children's book with the hashtag #ReadItForward to support children's literacy with The UPS Store and Toys for Tots! Learn more.

We all have favorite books, right? I’ll read anything and everything written by Lisa See, Stephen King, and a few others, but there are some books that will stay with me forever. Books from my childhood like Where the Sidewalk Ends, and all of the Little House on the Prairie books. Books that I can’t wait to read with my kids.

Why #ReadItForward?

Share your favorite children's book with the hashtag #ReadItForward to support children's literacy with The UPS Store and Toys for Tots! Learn more.

Watching Ethan read some of his favorite stories like Love You When You Whine to the girls makes my heart melt! The gift of a book is a gift every child should have, and The UPS Store is making that possible.

Did you know The UPS Store has been getting books to underprivileged children since 2008 with their partnership with Toys for Tots? Every year they have a holiday donation drive to collect loose change and sell donation cards at their 4500 stores, and 100% of which goes to buy books for children who don’t have them. Since starting, they’ve raised more than $3 million and each year distribute nearly 5 million books.

Share your favorite children's book with the hashtag #ReadItForward to support children's literacy with The UPS Store and Toys for Tots! Learn more.

I don’t know how I didn’t know this before, but now that I do I’ll be supporting the program every year. And even if you can’t afford to donate a book, you can still support them too! All you have to do is share their favorite children’s book (either a picture or chapter book) on social media along with the hashtag #ReadItForward. And when you do that, they’ll donate a dollar….until they reach $50,000!

And you don’t have to do anything fancy. Take a photo of the cover and tweet it with the hashtag #ReadItForward. Share a selfie with their favorite children’s book on Instagram. Share a list of your favorite book titles on Facebook.  Just remember to use the hashtag #ReadItForward.

Share your favorite children's book with the hashtag #ReadItForward to support children's literacy with The UPS Store and Toys for Tots! Learn more.

So let’s see your favorite books! It’s for such a good cause and so easy to do. Get your kids involved too! And don’t forget to tag The UPS Store here:o

Even if you’re not active on social media, you can still help by donating directly here.

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Going to Chill at The Queen Mary’s CHILL!

Next weekend, we are taking the kids to the Queen Mary’s CHILL event. It’ll be the first time any of us have been there, and we are all very excited to be going!

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The kids have been on the Queen Mary and I’ve been to the Queen Mary Dark Harbor event, but CHILL will be a first for all of us. We’ve heard it’s a blast!

Now through January 10th you can experience CHILL. What is it? CHILL transforms over two million pounds of sparkling ice into larger than life hand carved colorful ice sculptures in a giant Igloo called The Ice Kingdom, located inside the Queen Mary’s Dome, once home to the legendary Spruce Goose. The Ice Kingdom is kept at a VERY COLD nine degrees Fahrenheit to preserve the ice. And so you don’t freeze while you’re visiting, all guests receive parkas to help protect them from the chilly temperatures.

The Ice Kingdom brings Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol to life with Ebenezer Scrooge and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come frozen in glistening ice.

We’ll walk-through scenes from the Nutcracker complete with castles and sugar plum fairies. There’s even a life size candy cane forest to get lost in and a penguin village to explore.

And if you’re up for an adventure you can slip and slide down ice slides off of a 30’ high replica of The Queen Mary! While the kids and dad do that, I might have to enjoy a festive cocktail at the all-new ice bar aboard the ship’s frozen bow.

The 4th annual CHILL welcomes back Glacier Glide Ice Tubing with six lanes of glistening ice slides standing two stories tall and 100-feet long in front of the Ice Kingdom.

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You can ice skate under the stars on the 6,000 square-foot ice skating rink with the backdrop of the picturesque Queen Mary ship. There’s a holiday village where the kids can visit Santa Claus, listen to holiday carolers, snow days and live festive entertainment.

CHILL pricing starts at $34.99 for adults and $24.99 for kids (ages 4-11). Tickets include entrance to The Ice Kingdom, Ice Tubing, CHILLVillage and access to the Queen Mary ship (lodging packages are also available.) For more information, including hours or to purchase tickets online, visit http://www.queenmary.com/events/chill/.

Stay tuned! I’ll be sharing the adventure with you after we visit The Ice Kingdom next weekend!

Disclaimer: My family received tickets to Queen Mary’s CHILL to accommodate this post. All opinions expressed are mine.

Soniclear Petite: The Perfect Facial Cleansing Brush!

Looking for a last minute holiday gift? Everybody should take care of their skin – you only get one shot at keeping it healthy – which is why Soniclear Petite make a fantastic gift.

Looking for a gift idea? Everybody needs to take care of their skin, which makes the Soniclear Petite the perfect gift!

There are only five products that I’ve reviewed here on my blog that are my favorites and that I continue to use daily (or regularly): Living Proof hair products (2014), my WaterPik Water Flosser (early 2014), my Saltwater Canvas beach bags (2011), Boogie Wipes (2010) , and my Soniclear Facial Cleansing Brush. So when Soniclear asked me to try out the Soniclear Petite, I jumped at the chance.

Looking for a gift idea? Everybody needs to take care of their skin, which makes the Soniclear Petite the perfect gift!

Why The Soniclear Petite?

There are some differences between the Soniclear Elite and the Petite. One of course is the size.

Looking for a gift idea? Everybody needs to take care of their skin, which makes the Soniclear Petite the perfect gift!

The Petite is well, petite! It’s smaller than the Elite, but works just as effectively. It’s waterproof, which I love because I can take it in the shower with me – that’s helpful because I wash my face in the shower, not in the sink.

Another difference is that the Petite only comes with a face brush, while the Elite comes with a body brush, too. Since I use the face brush every day, it didn’t matter to me that the Petite only had one brush.

The Petite has 3 speeds (instead of 6), which is all you need for your face.

The Soniclear Petite is only $99!

I actually now prefer the Petite because it’s smaller, easier to hold, and is much easier to travel with because the battery life is much longer. It also comes with a USB charger making it easy to charge anywhere.

I LOVE Soniclear, and don’t think you can go wrong with any of their products! However if you are looking for something small, affordable, and totally effective (it does exactly what it says it’ll do!), you can’t got wrong with the Soniclear Petite.

Looking for a gift idea? Everybody needs to take care of their skin, which makes the Soniclear Petite the perfect gift!

 

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Make A Quick & Easy Dinner With Minute® Rice!

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If there’s one thing that my kids will eat every time I make it, it’s rice. So when I was invited to attend a Minute® Rice event yesterday with a handful of other bloggers, I jumped at the chance!

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We had a blast learning more about Minute® Rice and even trying some delicious recipes using the rice in ways you might never even consider…like in Banana Bread! I’ll be sharing a new favorite that I tried yesterday soon.

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Whether you’re cooking a busy weeknight dinner or for a holiday celebration, Minute® Rice makes making delicious food quick and easy, which makes it a great pantry staple. Minute® White Rice allows you to have great-tasting, fluffy white rice in just 5 minutes! If you prefer the nutty, rich flavor of brown rice, Minute® Whole Grain Brown Rice is a nutritious option and is ready in just 10 minutes, about a ¼ of the time of traditional brown rice! Both varieties are gluten free, too.

I really liked the Minute ® Multi-Grain Medley, the newest product from Minute® Rice. It’s a blend of four gluten-free, 100% whole grains, including long grain brown rice, Thai red rice, wild rice and quinoa. It’s delicious and I see it becoming a new family favorite. It also cooks in just 10 minutes. And bonus! Minute ® Multi-Grain Medley comes in pre-portioned bags, making it even easier to prep for your meal.

Quick & Easy Dinner Idea With Minute® Rice

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One of our favorite recipes is my Cheesy Chicken & Veggie Bake, made with Minute® White Rice of course. Cut up some chicken and sauté in a bit  of olive oil with some frozen veggies. We used broccoli and corn – you can use your family’s favorites.

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Stir in a can of low fat cream of chicken soup, and put it all in a 13×9 baking dish.

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Top with cheese, and bake for about 25 minutes.

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Easy Cheesy Chicken Veggie & Rice Bake
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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 pound chicken breast or tenders, chopped
  • 2 cups of your family's favorite frozen veggies (I use broccoli and corn)
  • 1 can (2 if you like it more creamy) of cream of chicken soup
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 - 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Sauté the chicken in the olive oil over medium high heat for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add in veggies and continue to cook until the chicken is no longer pink.
  4. Stir in the cream of chicken soup. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Pour the mixture into a 13x9 baking dish.
  6. Top with cheese [i](Note: I top it with cheese because a couple of kids don't like cheese. If your family likes cheese, mix half of the cheese into the chicken mixture and top the mixture with the other half)
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Enjoy!
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Easy peasy! Since it only takes about 10 minutes to prep and I can cook the rice in just 5 minutes, it makes it easy to get dinner on the table super fast.

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No time to cook chicken? Pick up some rotisserie chicken at the store and chop it up. Add a different flavor of your favorite “cream of” soup and your family’s favorite veggies. Delicious!

My kids also love when I cook the rice and stir in add raisins, milk, and honey for a quick and easy breakfast before school.

What’s your family’s favorite rice recipe?

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