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Dirty Martini Shooters

These are dirty.

Deliciously dirty.

Vodka and olives are basically the perfect drink combination. Unfortunately, I always find the concoction too strong in full martini form. Whenever I think I can do it, I get half way through and have to give up. Which I guess, could be a good thing sometimes?

Either way, I do like the initial vodka and olive taste. Which brings me to my next point. Why do a shot of straight vodka when you can do a dirty martini shot chased with an olive? I know you’re shaking your head in agreement.

Break these babies out at your next cocktail party and people will be all like “wow, that person is classy.” Then again, reality television has taught me that someone only says that when they aren’t actually classy. Maybe you should find new friends and save these for yourself.

P.S. If you’re in the camp of “martinis are meant to be sipped,” let me tell you, these can totally be sipped!  This is also a great way to serve miniature martinis to a large group at a party.

Dirty Martini Shooters

(per 2-2.5 oz shooter)

2 tbsp (1 oz) vodka

1 tbsp (1/2 oz) olive juice

1/2 tbsp (1/4 oz) vermouth

1 skewered olive on top

Combine liquid ingredients with ice in a shaker. Do your best bartender impression. Pour into chilled shot glasses and top with your skewered olive.

Imbibe and be happy.


in Food

Shrimp and Avocado Sliders

Omg, you guys.

These are so good.

Melt in your mouth avocado is mixed with creamy, cold shrimp and served in slider form. These mini sandwiches are the perfect appetizer. Served cold, you can make the salad hours ahead of time and then just assemble before your party. Trust me, they’re a huge hit with tipsy people. A huge hit.

Shrimp & Avocado Sliders

Makes about 6 large sliders

6 slider sized rolls (like pretzel rolls or potato rolls)

1 avocado, sliced

1/2 pound cooked shrimp

1/4  cup light mayonnaise of choice

1 teaspoon dried chives (fresh is better- but I never have fresh)

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1 heaping tablespoon chopped basil

1/4 cup finely chopped celery

3 teaspoons lemon juice, or more to taste (start with one teaspoon lemon juice, add until satisfied with taste)

A few dashes hot sauce, if that’s your thing

salt & pepper to taste

1. Chop the shrimp coarsely and mix with all ingredients except avocado.  Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 4 hours.

2. When you’re ready to serve, spray your rolls with pam or olive oil spray and lightly toast under broiler until just starting to get golden.

3. While your bread is toasting, slice your avocado.

4. Assemble a few slices avocado on one side of each slider, top with shrimp salad.

Eat & Be happy.

in Home & Lifestyle

DIY Numbered Storage Bins

I had been looking for some cute storage bins for my living room for the longest time but it seemed like they didn’t exist. I pinned the The Container Store Rugby Stripe Bins before I moved but once I started decorating, they didn’t seem to quite fit. When I happened to find myself passing a Container Store location, however, I decided to see if they had any other cute bins that might work. Once inside, I saw the Rugby Bins in person and really liked the striped look and quality of the thick canvas. But, my suspicions were confirmed once I brought them home. They stood out in my living room in a bad way, but with a little DIY muscle, I turned them into something cute. Since I already have a lot of gold and brass accents in my living room, the gold numbers seemed like a good idea to bring everything together. And they definitely do! With a paintbrush, gold paint and some Stencils I made by printing out numbers in stencil font and cutting them out, I went from this:

To this:

DIY Numbered Storage Bin

I created the stencils by printing out the numbers and then tracing them onto thicker card stock and cutting them out again. Then, I taped the bins shut (they’re collapsible) with painters tape, and taped the stencils in place. Very carefully, I filled in the stencils with gold paint- I did about three coats with drying time in between. Then I laid them out overnight, and voila.