Delicious drinks to ring in the New Year!

Most of the year, minus the holiday’s – (hehe) I try to eat clean and stay healthy. The holiday’s are mean’t to get together with friends and family to eat , drink and be merry! I thought I’d share some delicious alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages that I enjoy during the holidays.  They are great recipes all year round too – especially the Cranberry- Orange Vodka .

Needless to say – I’m a huge food network fan. These recipes and more are available at

1. Italian fruit punch ( Halloween themed drink – but so yummy!)

  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 2 cups sparkling water
  • 1/4 cup limoncello
  • 1/2 cup maraschino liqueur

add together and mix!

Recipe by Giada De Laurentiis of the Food Network

2. Cranberry-Orange Vodka

  • 1 pound fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 oranges, peels cut into 2-inch strips
  • 1 (750-ml) bottle vodka

This one is a real commitment haha but worth it!!

Place cranberries, sugar and vanilla in a medium saucepan. Place pan over medium heat and stir. Simmer cranberry mixture until the berries burst, about 5 to 6 minutes. Place orange peels in a large glass container with an airtight lid, or large mason jar with a lid ( I love to serve drinks in mason jars!) Pour vodka over orange peels.

Allow the cranberry mixture to cool. Pour the cooled mixture into the glass container(s). Cover tightly and set aside for 1 week. After 1 week, strain out the cranberries sand orange peels and pour mixture into a clean bottle, using a funnel. Store vodka in the refrigerator.

Recipe by Michael Chiarello of the Food Network

3. Snowtini

  • 1 ounce bittersweet chocolate
  • 1 1/2 cups ice
  • 3 ounces vanilla vodka
  • 3 ounces chocolate liqueur (recommended: Godiva)
  • 3 ounces Irish cream liqueur (recommended: Baileys)

Place the martini glasses on a designated, flat shelf in the freezer for 10 minutes.

Using a serrated knife, cut shavings off the block of chocolate and reserve for later.

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour the vodka, chocolate liqueur and Irish cream over the ice. Put top on the shaker and shake firmly.

Carefully pull out the glasses from the freezer taking care not get finger marks on the body of the glass. Pour into the chilled glass. Garnish with chocolate shavings in the middle and serve.

4. Michaels Italian Manhattan

  • 16 ice cubes
  • 4 orange slices
  • 8 maraschino cherries
  • 10 ounces Kentucky bourbon whiskey (recommended: Maker’s Mark)
  • 4 ounces vermouth
  • 3 ounces Italian bitters (recommended: Campari)
  • 3 teaspoons sugar, optional

Divide ice cubes between 4 tumblers. Garnish each glass with 1 orange slice and 2 maraschino cherries.

In a pitcher, blend the bourbon, vermouth and bitters and pour into tumblers.

Note: If you like your cocktails to be a bit sweeter, you can stir 3 teaspoons of sugar into the pitcher before pouring the drinks.

Recipe by Michael Chiarello of the Food Network.

For the kids:

If you have kids at your holiday parties, opt for something fun for them too. Include them in the mix. Make them a cookie and milk Martini! This one is real simple.

Fill a martini glass with milk and garnish with a cookie! Crazy delicious and fun!

Baby it’s cold outside! Nothing says holidays quite like hot chocolate – and its a great drink for party guests or for just hanging out with the family.

White Hot Chocolate:

  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 cups half-and-half
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Vanilla whipped topping, for garnish
  • Mint leaf, for garnish

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine white chocolate chips and heavy cream. Stir continuously until white chocolate chips have completely melted. Stir in the half-and-half, and vanilla extract. Stir occasionally until heated through. Pour into mugs and top with a dollop of vanilla whipped topping and garnish with mint leaf.

Recipe by Paula Dean of the Food Network

Last but not least- The Virgin Daiquiri 

  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can pineapple chunks in juice
  • 1 (12-ounce) bag frozen strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons superfine sugar
  • 2 medium limes, juiced
  • Fresh strawberries, optional, for garnish

In a blender, combine pineapple, frozen strawberries, sugar, and lime juice and puree until smooth. Pour into glasses, garnish with fresh strawberries, if desired, and serve immediately.

The best part about this beverage is that you can opt to make it alcoholic too. Just add Rum to taste.

Recipe by Ina Garten of the Food Network

You can’t have new years with out a toast!

A toast at midnight calls for a glass of champagne or wine! I love Chandon. It’s always been my favorite. However, some of Chandon’s products are on the expensive side. If you’re on a budget try some of these :

  • Korbel Sparkling Natural Wine – $12.99
  • Martini and Rossi Prosecco – $12.99
  • Barefoot Bubbly California Premium Extra Dry – $9.00
  • Cooks Grand Reserve – $5.99

Also, markets like Fresh and Easy carry inexpensive white wines that taste pretty good .

I hope you’re New Year is wonderful and full of grand adventures, health and happiness!! Have a safe and fun evening!




Weight Loss and Your Skin!


Weight loss and Your Skin!

While losing weight, I have started to use products to help my skins elasticity and make that ugly cellulite go away. If you’re one of those lucky and rare people with no cellulite, bless you haha, but for the rest of us, I hope this can help you on your journey!   I have tried an array of products and a few have really helped me. I hope they can help you too.

Stuff that works for me: I wear a sports bra anytime I’m not wearing a regular bra. It’s a great idea to wear something very supportive while working out as well – especially if you’re crazy like me and enjoy kick boxing. To help improve the elasticity of my skin,  I started to use Nivea firming lotion which actually reduces the look of stretch marks while firming your skin. I love this stuff! I tried using Palmers Cocoa Butter, but it doesn’t work the same. You can see a difference almost immediately. I’m sure I’ll use this stuff forever. Its also very affordable which is awesome for those on a budget.  A good body exfoliater can work wonders too. Try Bliss fatgirl soap or fatgirlscrub. Bliss also has great cellulite reducing cream called fatgirlslim and fatgirlsleep. Its a great system that works wonders on that pesky cellulite problem. I also tried something called the love handler which is also a Bliss product. The love handler goes all over problem areas like back fat or love handles. While these are a little more expensive, they did help me a ton. They are like little helpers in my quest to get a 6 pack. All of these are available at Another good trick is to get a spray tan. It reduces the look of cellulite and makes you look a lot slimmer. If you can’t afford one, drug stores offer some that are around 8$-12$. Finding a good self tanner in a drug store can be tricky. I’ve tried a bunch of them! A great one I’ve found is L’Oreal Sublime Bronze self tan. It doesn’t make you look orange! You can also pick up some self tanning gloves at ULTA for around 5$ so your hands don’t turn orange. If they do, a great product to use is St.Tropez tan remover for 18$ which is available at Sephora.


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