Spicy Bloody Mary Jelly Shots (in Real Tomatoes)

I made these for Tablespoon a few weeks ago. How cool are they? A boozy, spicy tomato. I have a similar shot in my book as well but I use little bite sized campari tomatoes.

Head on over and check out the easy recipe.

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Raspberry and Sparkling Peach Sangria and Jello Shots!

I saw Halloween candy at the grocery store yesterday… (straight face)

Don’t get me wrong, I love fall, but it’s not time yet!

It’s still time to savor peaches and raspberries and summer sangria on the back deck.

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I still need to take in more tiki torches, fireflies, and the smell of sunblock on Austin’s baby soft skin.

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Water fountains, movies on the green, and sticky little watermelon fingers.

Go away caramel candy and pumpkin spice. It’s. Not. Time. Yet.

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Because I love this IZZE sparkling peach juice so much, I doing a double recipe! (Actually a TRIPLE recipe because I made a special batch of this stuff for me without the booze, I just replaced the alcohol with lemonade) 

I mean, I am who I am right? So I had to make some jello shots.

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My mom helped me come up with this shot. It’s very similar to the sangria recipe but it doesn’t have any wine in them. Shots have to pack more punch. Am I right?

 

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I topped these shots with some of the fresh raspberry sauce above, but I actually like how they look better without it. What do you think?

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Okay. Fight the fall urge. Say no to pumpkin spice lattes. It’s NOT TIME YET. Eat a peach instead, or make some sangria!

Print Recipe

Raspberry and Sparkling Peach Sangria

Yield: 4-5 cups or 25 shots

Ingredients:

         Sangria

  • 1 case IZZE sparkling peach juice (4 bottles)
  • 4 peaches
  • 4 small containers (or 1 large) raspberries
  • 1 bottle moscato
  • 1 cup peach schnapps

    Jello Shots

  • 1.5 cups peach soda
  • 3/4 cup raspberry vodka
  • 3/4 cup peach schnapps
  • 1 container fresh raspberries
  • 3 envelops Knox unflavored gelatin
  • 9x9 square pan

Directions:

 Sangria

1. In a large pitcher mix IZZE peach juice with 1 bottle of moscato and 1 cup peach schnapps.

2. Muddle (in a bowl with a fork or spoon or smooshed in a zip lock bag) 1 cup of raspberries.

3. Add muddled raspberries and fresh sliced peaches and the rest of the raspberries to the liquid.

4. Refrigerate for a couple hours to let the flavors soak and then serve!

Jello Shots

1. Pour 1.5 cups IZZE peach juice into a medium sized sauce pan. Sprinkle 3 envelopes Knox unflavored gelatin on top and let sit for one minute to activate. Whisk to combine. Turn on medium heat.

2. Simmer until gelatin has dissolved (should only take a few minutes). Turn off heat.

3. Add 3/4 cup vodka and 3/4 cup peach schnapps.

4. Pour into a lightly greased 9x9 square pan.

5. Add your raspberries to the liquid, making sure they are all spread out evenly. If you are making a raspberry sauce for the top, only use half of your raspberries and middle the rest in a ziplock back or with a spoon or fork and set aside.

6. Refrigerate for 3 hours or until completely firm.

7. Slice 3 vertical strips into the 9x9 pan and remove each strip slowly and carefully. Cut each strip into bite sized square pieces. Top with raspberry sauce. (Refrigerate until serving).

Life Lately: Relief at 14 weeks

I’ve so been looking forward to these posts! For two months I’ve been dying to tell you guys what’s going on and hated that I couldn’t. Here it goes…

How I am feeling:

I’m finally feeling better! The sickness stuck around almost the whole 14 weeks of my first trimester. It was bad this time you guys. I felt great up until about 6.5 weeks and then boom. One morning I woke up and everything was different. It was so bad, I couldn’t imagine actually going to work and talking to people. Throwing up everyday, usually at least twice. I had a terrible taste in my mouth at all times. I also noticed some serious depression settle in for a few weeks. It’s passed but it makes me nervous about some of my postpartum issues from last time.

On a good note, I am not upset with my weight gain so far. With Austin I gained a whooping 12 lbs during my first trimester. Despite this AMAZING hot dog and cheese fries at a baseball game last week, I still have only gained about 5 lbs. Not too bad. At my last appointment I was only at 2 lbs weight gain and my doctor actually asked me to snack more. Now that my appetite is back I don’t think we are going to have problem with that!

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What I’m eating:

I’m eating pretty normally now except that I am not avoiding carbs like I used to. I find that I need them more. Which I will consider a perk! For awhile I couldn’t drink water and craved soda. Which I really never drink, but now we are back to water.

Actually, for several weeks, nothing really tasted good at all. I’d get this idea of something I wanted/craved but by the time I got it and ate it, I was disappointed.

There are a few things I have actually really enjoyed:  Ham sandwiches on toast with cheese and mayo and mustard, kale salads, watermelon,  unsweetened iced tea, miso soup and California roll.

I’ve been less strict with myself about the foods I can eat this time too. If I am going to get listeria, I could get it from a head of lettuce or fresh melon just as much as I can from packaged lunch meat. So we are doing that this time. Also allowing myself tuna and sushi in moderation.

Poor Austin didn’t like to see me throwing up. He would cry. He also was telling everyone “Mommy sick” all the time. He took it hard, but things are looking up. He is so amazing. Every day he does something that blows my mind. He can count to ten in Spanish. What?!

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Fitness

I had to stop working out all together. At about week 7 I just couldn’t do it anymore. It was hard enough to get up out of my chair at work or conjure up something that I could actually swallow for lunch. There was no way I could work out on my lunch break when I usually do. Plus it was like 100 degrees everyday.

The plan was to get back in the gym this week. It got busy at work though. Last time every week I said “next week I will”. That is NOT going to happen this time. It CANNOT. I was too unhappy with myself after and I know the exercise will help fight that postpartum depression that seems inevitable. Please hold me to this in my next post, or nag me on Instagram!

Also. Tacos. If I want to keep eating these tacos. If baby wants to keep eating these tacos. I’ve got to work it.

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Sleep

I’ve been sleeping okay actually. I get up to pee at least once at night, but I bought a Snoogle and I love it. Sleep was such a problem last time around but this time, I think I appreciate it more. Since we just started sleeping through the night (and we are really still working on that, Austin ran in our room at 11pm last night and ended up sleeping with us) I think I pass out easier. Oh! I am taking my Unisom again though. I won’t fall asleep without it and it’s safe.

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What I’m excited about

I got my hair done last weekend. I know that sounds selfish, but that was what I was excited about. I mean I felt terrible. Bloated, breaking out, lose baggy clothes and on top of that, terrible roots! Getting my highlights touched up and haircut and feeling better?! It was like I was a whole new woman.

We are finding out if it’s a boy or a girl next week. A week from today actually. I think it’s a girl but I don’t have as strong of a sense as last time. With Austin, I knew it was a boy for sure. I admit I could be wrong this time.

Honestly, I’ll be happy either way. Really happy.

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I can’t believe we are really doing this. Sometimes I think “what the heck, are we crazy?” and then other times I think it will be no problem at all and we’ve got it under control.

I guess we will all find out huh? More soon. Happy early weekend everyone.

 14 weeks with Austin

S’mores Frappuccino Jello Shots

Yasssssss. I mean how perfectly delicious looking are these? They came out just how I wanted them too. Which like never happens anymore.

While I was suffering from fatigue and morning sickness I lost all of my creativity. It was one disastrous blog post after another. So eventually I just gave up and took a break.

But now I feel better and guess what …. my mojo is back!

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Life Lately: Big (HUGE) News and Friendsday Night with IZZE

Were you on to me?

I thought for sure with my massive intake of fresh fruit and carbs, lack of workout posts on Instagram and new wardrobe consisting only of flowy blouses, that everyone knew what was going on.

It’s been craziness around here you guys. New position at work. Book will be in stores this week. Super hormonal and nauseated all. day. long. But we are so happy and so excited!

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Okay so here’s the story. The plan was to start trying in April. This way I could be preggers for 9 months, take my maternity leave and make it back to work in time for the 2016 presidential election. Yes really. Everything revolves around politics when you work in DC.