Pink Russian Cocktail

pink russian cocktail

Valentine’s Day is 3 weeks away and that gives you plenty of time to start planning your menu! For the past 5 years or so, Ben and I buy huge steaks and then come up with some decadent pasta side to make along with them. Then we feast on our coffee table watching Netflix. Yes, we’ve been known to eat on our coffee table even on romantic holidays!

I’ve already started planning our meal and I think this year I might make these Creamy Garlic Parmesan Shells. We also usually buy a nice bottle of wine to go with our steaks, but this year I wanted to make a fun cocktail. I thought I’d stick with the decadent theme and make a creamy, fruity drink to sip while we’re cooking steaks together. That is our style of romance ;) So instead of a White Russian, which I am very fond of – I give you the Pink Russian!

Pink Russian Cocktail

2 oz vodka
1 oz mint simple syrup
1 oz strawberry liqueur
3 oz heavy cream
Strawberry and mint for garnish

Can we take a moment and appreciate these Stemless Wine Glasses? One of my favorite gift websites, Gifts For You Now, gave me a look at their personalized Valentine’s Day gifts and I had to have these little babies.

personalized wine glasses

If you’re still looking for a Valentine’s Day gift for her, I don’t know a lady in my life that wouldn’t like a new set of wine glasses! Here’s how to fill them up with a fruity cocktail!

To make the mint simple syrup, boil 1/2 cup of water and add it to 1/2 cup of white sugar. Then add a handful of mint leaves, about 3 stalks worth. I make mine in a mason jar so I can shake it up to dissolve, but be sure to wrap a towel around it while shaking so you don’t burn yourself! Pop that in the fridge until it’s completely cool.

mint simple syrup recipe

mint simple syrup

To make the cocktail, I put everything in a shaker and stirred it with a spoon then poured over a full glass of ice and garnished!

pink russian cocktail recipe

valentines day cocktail

I also got this Ampersand Couples Pillow for our bedroom because it’s one of the only rooms nearly finished in our house and decorating it calms me down when I’m about to throw power tools out the front window. Have I mentioned that I’m ready to be done renovating? Since it looks like we won’t be getting all our projects finished for Valentine’s Day gifts to each other this year, I think these glasses and adorable pillow are the perfect substitutes!

personalized valentines day gifts

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S’mores Oatmeal Cookies

smores oatmeal cookie recipe

It has been a struggle to get in the kitchen lately. The main floor of our house is torn up so we can replace the old carpet and laminate with new bamboo flooring. I’m super excited for the final project, but the prep work is definitely not my idea of fun. Instead of being in the kitchen with a spoon at the stove, I’m hunched over a bunch of wood with a staple gun. The good news is that I’m learning how to do some new things, the bad news is my house is a work zone and I’m losing my mind. The only news that matters: pretty soon we’ll have a new floor and it will all be worth it!

I was able to keep my kitchen clean and dust free long enough to bake up some S’mores Oatmeal Cookies last week! I had some chocolate chips and marshmallows leftover from some cooking I did earlier in the month and wanted to use them up. I didn’t have any graham crackers, but I added some molasses and honey to my oatmeal cookie batter to create that flavor. These are sweet, chewy cookies with a great texture from some of the marshmallow that leaks out and hardens just a little bit. I like to sneak one with my coffee every morning!

S’mores Oatmeal Cookies

*Makes about 2 dozen cookies
1 stick unsalted butter – softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg
2 teaspoons honey
2 teaspoons molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups oats
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup mini marshmallows

Pre-heat your oven to 375-degrees.

In a large bowl, whisk together your flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.

dry ingredients

In your mixer (or another large bowl if you’re going to use a hand mixer), add your softened butter and both brown and white sugar. Mix on medium speed until it’s light and fluffy. Add your egg, vanilla, honey and molasses and mix until everything is incorporated.

wet ingredients

Add your flour mixture to the wet ingredients 1/3 at a time until, mixing on low, until everything is combined into a dough.

cookie dough

homemade cookie dough

Fold in your oats, chocolate chips, and marshmallows.

oatmeal cookie dough

smores cookies

smores cookie dough

Scoop heaping tablespoons of the dough onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet. The parchment is very important if you want to actually get your cookies off the sheet after baking! Top with a couple more little marshmallows. Bake for 10 minutes at 375-degrees until the center is just set.

homemade smores cookies

oatmeal smores cookies

Enjoy!

Homemade Gingerbread Coffee Creamer

gingerbread coffee creamer recipe

I’m definitely on a gingerbread kick this holiday. Last year I was all about pumpkin all the way through December, but this year I am loving the rich, full flavor of gingery, molasses-y gingerbread! I’m usually a black coffee drinker, but for some reason when I see snow on the ground, I’m ready to add some sweet, creamy coffee creamer to my morning cup every single day. It puts me in a holiday mood! I made this gingerbread coffee creamer last weekend and I only use a few teaspoons in my coffee and it gives it a rich, spicy flavor that I crave during December.

Gingerbread Coffee Creamer Recipe

1 cup half and half or heavy cream
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon molasses
1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
Pinch ground cloves
Pinch all spice
1-2 tablespoons sugar (optional)

Get your cream into a mason jar to the 1-cup line.

coffee cream

Add in your molasses and sugar and spices.

gingerbread spices

Give it a really good shake until you see the molasses disappear and the color of the cream turn a nice light, caramel color.

gingerbread coffee creamer

gingerbread coffee cream

And that’s it! You’re ready to pour this into a hot cup of coffee and get your festive on!

homemade gingerbread coffee creamer

What is your favorite coffee cream flavor?