Every sunday evening is like a happy hour at my house. It started a few months after I met my boyfriend. I would stay at his house every single weekend. He would pick me up on Saturday afternoon and “kidnap me” until Monday morning when we would both go to work. This was also back in the day when I worked every. single. Friday. night. until 4am. So I wouldn’t be awake until Saturday afternoon. On sundays we would sleep in and then my boyfriend would put on coffee and make us breakfast. In the afternoon we would go to the gym and then grocery shop for the week. In the evening I would mix up a cocktail and cook for the whole week. I would also put on Sirius XM radio to the station Venus which is like dance music and top 40 past and present. Thankfully my boyfriend likes to help in the kitchen which usually means prep work and the stuff I hate to do. Like chop onions. Once the food gets rolling and the cocktails kick in we sometimes breakout the dance moves like we’re out at the clubs. Oh my god if someone could see us they would die laughing but it is so much fun and it’s my sunday evening happy hour and I wouldn’t trade it for anything!
I’m often asked if I cook dinner every night or pack lunches etc..now that I live with my boyfriend. To this, I always reply with a condensed version of the above. I cook once a week and make several different meals including one big “sunday supper.” So for the next few sundays I’m going to ramble on about some of the things I make and drink during my sunday evening happy hour and I hope you will join me in the fun. Because sometimes sundays just suck but now they don’t have to.
I’m going to share with you the one thing I make every single week for almost the past year. A breakfast casserole. I found many versions of this on pinterest and picked one of the simplest versions. I first made this last xmas when my family went away for the holidays and I was responsible for breakfast one day. The following recipe is the family sized version. I half the recipe for my boyfriend and I since it’s just the 2 of us. Use an 8×8 baking dish for the smaller portion version.
32oz (1 bag) cubed or shredded potatoes
1 cup milk
2 lbs sausage of choice- I use feta and spinach chicken sausage links cut into rounds. I’ve also used ground turkey sausage that you brown 1st in skillet before putting it on casserole.
Spray an 11×7 glass baking dish with cooking spray. preheat oven to 375 degrees. place potatoes evenly in dish 1st. whisk eggs and milk in a bowl. place meat over potatoes then pour egg/milk mixture over top and bake for 50-60 minutes until eggs are set and are not runny when you cut into casserole.
It started as a birthday shot
Then became a birthday drink
I couldn’t decide which I liked better so I included both
The cocktails are a take on my Mexican mudslides because it’s my birthday and I love tequila and I wanted something chocolately like cake.
My birthday cocktail
1 oz cake vodka
1 oz tequila cream
1 oz patron xo café
2 oz almond milk
1 1/2 tsp nutella
Combine all ingredients in a blender with ice. I dipped the glass in nutella then again in sprinkles. Cheers!!!
I was trying to get in the groove of posting for this blog and still trying to figure out all the little quirks like you know making it look pretty, connecting it with pinterest, being able to get email subscribers, taking/posting decent pics, and just about everything else you can think of when I decided to become a little social butterfly and go out like every other day instead. It’s the warm weather, and more daylight, and this time of year. I love it all. I am 100% a summer person. hot weather all of the time please and thank you!
so “my happy hour(s)” included a 1 hour trip to my bestie melissa and ben’s house where we drank wine and beer and ate at a tasty lil sports bar.
a few days later my sister and I went to my bff elaines house for a pool party before the kids were out of school. unfortunately the weather was shit and it was too cold for bathing suits. we sat out on her deck with our favorite blueberry wine and had snacks. she made a buffalo chicken dip and threw some frank’s sweet chili sauce over cream cheese and you eat it with crackers and it’s the simplest tastiest appetizer ever.
my next “happy hour” was with 2 friends I hadn’t seen in waaaayy too long. we went to mad mex which is a super cool Mexican restaurant in my area. margaritas were of course the obvious choice.
like the tag line of the blog -it’s about good drinks, good food and good times with family and friends! so I made sure I did all 3 all week long!
now back to work trying to figure out this whole blogging thing. ugh.
It was recently my dad’s birthday so in honor of this milestone (70!!!), i decided to throw him a happy hour line dancing party. Way back when (early-mid 90’s) country line dancing became all the rage around these neck of the woods. My parents and I went to lessons usually once or twice a week. Fast forward a few years and my parents went to all kinds of dances including some ballroom dances. They also learned some “club” line dances such as the cupid shuffle and the wobble. So that became our happy hour line dancing party. The drink of the evening was black rum and coke and once we had a few of these we put on our dancing shoes and did the boot scoot boogie, cupid shuffle, the wobble, the watermelon crawl, trashy women, and the cha cha slide just to name a few. The menu included taco dip, pepperoni and crackers, buffalo chicken roll ups, cream cheese olive “penguins”, and fried ice cream. A great time was had by all- even the grandkids (my niece and nephew) didn’t think we were too weird. But most important of all my dad said he had a great time and we should do it again! I love you daddy!! happy birthday!