Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Meet Kinchie & Whinnie: My Cavalier King Charles


Today is National Love Your Pet Day and let me tell you, I love my pets! Kinchie and Whinnie are half sisters and best friends. They are so precious together. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that these love muffins pop up a lot, so what better day to introduce them to the LE blog world? 

MEET KINCHIE
NAME ORIGIN: Glenkinchie, Scotch from East Lothian, Scotland
BIRTHPLACE: Ireland
AGE: 10
FAVORITE TOY: Her hedgehog
FAVORITE SLEEPING SPOT: On a lap or anything super soft
FAVORITE ACTIVITY: Fetch or being chased
FUNNY QUIRKS:
- If your laptop is on your lap and she wants to lay there, she'll paw at it until you move it out of her way
- She has an obsession with all things soft - you can find her on a blanket or pillow most of the time
- Her internal clock is so strong! She'll start bugging you for dinner at 5:30 and if she hasn't been out by 11:00, she'll start scratching at the door
- Kinchie will often greet you at the door with her hedgehog in her mouth, ready to play

MEET WHINNIE
NAME ORIGIN: Dalwhinnie, Scotch from Highland Village, Scotland
BIRTHPLACE: Ireland
AGE: 9
FAVORITE FOOD: Turkey from the deli
FAVORITE SLEEP SPOT: On the leopard blanket, with her back paws pushed up against the couch
FAVORITE ACTIVITY: Going on walks and being pet
FUNNY QUIRKS:
- She goes crazy for turkey, barking and spinning around in circles
- If you're petting her and you stop, she use her paw to tap your hand to keep going
- For whatever reason, the nose if her favorite spot to kiss
- As soon as someone walks into the kitchen, it's not long before Whinnie has followed, always sitting on the mat in front of the sink


These dogs have been the best. They are both so loving and sweet and never fail to brighten my day. We've had them for 10 years and I still look at them like they're little puppies. They'll do something cute and I'll automatically take a photo. (The camera roll on my phone mainly consists of my dogs.) Before I had dogs, I didn't think of myself as a pet person - now I can't picture life without them.

Happy National Love Your Pet Day!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Recipe: Peach Champagne Jell-O Shots

This past weekend, at my Galentine's Day Sleepover, I made something I never had before - jell-o shots. I looked at a lot of different recipes, but ultimately decided to create my own using peach vodka and pink champagne. What made them even better was the fact that they were heart shaped! Interested in making your own? Read the recipe below.


WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
3 cups pink champagne
1 cup peach vodka
4 envelopes unflavored gelatin
4 tablespoons sugar
pink or red food coloring
small cookie cutters

HOW TO MAKE THEM:
1. Pour two cups of pink champagne into medium pot (without heat).
2. Add in 4 envelopes of gelatin. Allow to sit for 2 minutes to allow gelatin to activate.
3. Turn on heat and stir until gelatin has fully dissolved. Turn down heat to simmer.
4. In a separate bowl, add remaining pink champagne and peach vodka.
5. Add in drop of food coloring to create the soft pink color.
6. Add mixture to hot champagne and stir.
7. Pour hot liquid into sprayed 9x13 pan.
8. Refrigerate overnight.
9. With cookie cutter, carefully remove your heart-shaped jell-o.
10. Refrigerate until serving time.


You can switch up the recipe to fit whichever holiday you're celebrating - just change the vodka flavor and/or food coloring.

Enjoy (responsibly)!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Hosting A Galentine's Day Sleepover

This past weekend, my friends and I celebrated Galentine's Day a little early. We decided to have an adult sleepover, coupled with a Galentine's Day theme. I hosted the slumber party here, taking advantage of my parents' basement. It was the perfect setting for our night. Comfy couches, big tv, and a bar. Interested in hosting your own Galentine's Slumber Party? Check out everything we did below!

The Theme: Galentine's Day is February 13 and is a day dedicated to celebrating the ladies in your life. Our party was full of hearts, pink, gold, cute PJs, and girlfriends. 

The Decorations: Utilizing the pink and gold theme, I created the decorations. On each table, there was a painted XO table runner, pink carnations, and chalkboard signs. I also set up a streamer photo booth backdrop, using four different colors. The last details came with gold cutlery and pink napkins.

The Food: We started our night with make-your-pizzas - a classic sleepover dinner. As we continued on in our night, we had pink cupcakes (both minis and regular), XO rice krispies (in pink and white), and later, a sundae bar.

The Drinks: Seeing as it was an adult sleepover, we had two signature drinks. The first was a berry sangria (made with Pink Zinfandel, Berry Ciroc, and Sprite) served with sparkling gold straws; the second was Peach Champagne Jell-O Shots (I'll be sharing the recipe with you later this week).

The Festivities: We had a couple different things going on throughout the night. We watched two chick flicks (Crazy, Stupid, Love and 27 Dresses), along with the Olympics. I also set up two different stations: a nail polish bar and a facial bar - both classic slumber party activities.

The Morning: In the morning, we had a mimosa bar with three different kinds of juice and berries and to go with our drinks, my dad made crepes.

We had such a wonderful night celebrating our friendships and reminiscing about our slumber parties back in the day.

Have a wonderful Galentine's Day ladies!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Weekend Recap: Ski Trip

Last weekend, I joined friends on my very first ski trip. I'd never been skiing before, so was super excited to learn. It snowed the entire time (which ended with three of us buying sunglasses so we could see), but it was still so nice out.
Below is a recap of my weekend.

FRIDAY NIGHT
Once we arrived in Wisconsin, we grabbed groceries and then went to dinner. We ended up at Moosejaw, a restaurant that gives all of its customers moose antlers (the Canadian in me was pretty happy). After dinner, we spent hours playing card games. It was a great night full of food, drinks, and friends.
 

SATURDAY
After breakfast, we headed to Cascade Mountain. We began the day with Anil and Dana teaching Morgan, Emily and me how to ski. We did the bunny hill and then moved on to the next step up. At noon, Morgan, Emily, and I took a beginners lesson while Anil and Dana skied the harder slopes. We ended up having a semi-private lesson with an instructor which was great. Once our lesson was over, the five of us had lunch. I also got hot chocolate with Bailey's, which was delicious! For the rest of the afternoon, we skied different slopes. At one point, we ended up going on a Blue Run, which wasn't the best idea. We all fell. I fell three times. It was rough. When we got back to the cabin, we headed to the hot tub, and then had Anil's homemade jambalaya.

Overall, I had a great weekend! I was super sore on Sunday, but I'm so proud of myself. Skiing is definitely not easy, but I did it.

Here's to another snow-filled weekend here in Illinois.