Get My How2Girl Signature Cocktails Using My New Favorite Tool In The Kitchen. The Sodastream!

amiel_weisblum_pinkribbonEverywhere you go this month, there is pink, and I love it! It is truly “amazing” seeing all of the overwhelming support for breast cancer awareness month! From NFL players in pink socks and shoes… to dogs in pink bandanas. On a personal note, my grandmother was a breast cancer survivor, and my step-mom is in remission from ovarian cancer! So this cause is near and dear to my heart. No matter where you live, what you do, your gender or your age, we all have been effected by cancer. I wanted to find a way to join the cause and help even on a tiny level, to spread awareness and raise funds for breast cancer. In How2Girl style, I am throwing a ladies luncheon at my home this weekend. It’s no big surprise that there will be lots and lots of pink, which is great for me, since it’s my favorite color! Aside from flowers, decor, and food, I wanted to incorporate pink into flirty, girly cocktails for my friends to sip on while we learn all about early prevention, self exams, and what we all should watch out for and be aware of.

 

 

Screen Shot 2014-10-24 at 5.30.56 PMI recently picked up my first Sodastream machine. I remember when these first came out and I always wanted to try one. The thought of not having to go to the store to buy liters of soda, and turning simple tap water into your own custom soda, with no clean-up, that takes under 30 seconds… and all while being environmentally friendly? Sign me up!!!

Using this revolutionary machine, I have dreamt up two fabulous cocktails for my luncheon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pink_Grapefruit_MartinisFirst up…  The How2Girl Pink Grapefruit Martini. This cocktail is sweet with just the right amount of zest, and thanks to the Sodastream, it has just the right amount of fizz.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s what you’ll need:

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2 ounces Sodastream Sparkling Naturals in Pink Grapefruit

2 ounces fresh pink grapefruit juice, plus raspberries for garnish

1 ounce grenadine

1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice

3 ounces vodka

*Made from cane sugar and other all-natural ingredients, new SodaStream Sparkling Naturals make great-tasting `better for you’ sodas. Sparkling Naturals contain no artificial flavors, no artificial colors and no artificial sweeteners, and do not contain any preservatives, making them a perfect, sparkling, natural soda alternative for the entire family.

Directions:

Using your SodaStream make a batch of Sparkling Natural Pink Grapefruit Soda. Next shake the grapefruit juice, Sparkling Naturals, lemon juice, vodka and 1 tablespoon crushed ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with grapefruit and enjoy!

 

UnknownLast but not least…  The How2Girl Signature Strawberry Mojito. This refreshing combo of fresh fruit and fizz will have you feeling like you are at a spa on a tropical vacation, without having to leave the house.

 

 

 

Here’s what you’ll need:

 

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2 c Sodastream Strawberry Soda

6 strawberries quartered

1/2 bunch mint leaves

3 large limes

1 c white sugar

1 c rum

8 c crushed ice

raspberries for garnish

 

Directions:

  1. Pour 1/4 to 1/2 inch of sugar onto a small, shallow plate. Run one of the lime quarters around the rim of each cocktail glass, then dip the glasses into the sugar to rim; set aside.
  2. Whip out your Sodastream, and make yourself a batch of Strawberry Soda.
  3. Squeeze all of the lime quarters into a sturdy glass pitcher. Toss the juiced limes into the pitcher along with the mint, strawberries, and 1 cup of sugar. Crush the fruits together with a muddler, to release the juices from the strawberries and the oil from the mint leaves. Stir in the rum and Strawberry Soda until the sugar has dissolved. Pour into the sugared glasses over ice cubes, add in a raspberry and enjoy!

Enjoy these fun, flirty and most importantly “pink drinks” and stay tuned for lots of fun pics and tutorials from my event which will be up next week! Have a great weekend.

 

Get Spooky With Flaming Cocktails!

FlamingCocktail2The best way to spend this holiday is to entertain in style and frighten your guests with flaming cocktails. Love this recipe I found courtesy of Drink Nation. I will be making these cocktails on Halloween for my guests, I love them and know you will too!

Pumpkin Pie

1/3 shot Kahlua
1/3 shot Bailey’s Irish Cream
1/3 shot Tequila (white)
1 dash cinnamon

Carefully layer this shot with Kahlua on the bottom, Bailey’s in the middle, and tequila on top. Light the tequila on fire and sprinkle with cinnamon. Down it. It’s just like warm pumpkin pie.

 

It’s That Time of The Year Again! My Annual How2Girl Pumpkin Carving Contest!

painted_pumpkins_booFasten your seat belts because its finally my favorite time of year again!!! I always love seeing all of you’re creativity and the passion you put into your pumpkins. I’m constantly blown away at the fabulous designs you come up with! Please send in your creations to info@how2girl.com before the end of the month for some killer prizes in the form of gift cards to Michaels Arts & Crafts!

Spooky Wine Glasses.

This project is an oldie but a goodie! I wanted to do something a little fun and different with the wine glasses we have… I decided to paint the stems and bases with black chalkboard spray paint. This makes them not only look cool and spooky but allows you to write your guests name on the glass! No one will misplace their drink at this party! Plus they look cool all year around, no need to only use them for Halloween!

 

 

Here’s what you will need:

Wine glasses. I used ours from Crate & Barrel $5 a piece.

Chalkboard Spray Paint $5 -Home Depot.

Latex or plastic gloves.

Painters masking tape.

Chalk

Start out by taking a small piece of painters masking tape and taping around the top of the stem. You want to make sure it is even and flat so you get a nice line once your paint dries and you remove the tape. Continue adding more tape working your way up the glass about an inch or two. This makes sure that when you spray you are only spraying the stem and base.

Put on plastic or newspaper and spray the stem and base at close range (4-5 inches away) Cover it where it is even but don’t overspray or it will start dripping. Let dry for 10 minutes and repeat.

 

Let dry for an hour then remove the tape.

You’re almost done! Now you can write your guests name on them with your chalk and you’re all set and when you want to remove the name just use a dish towel with a little bit of water and it will come right off. Enjoy!

How 2 Turn Your Walls Into Suede.

cn_image_4.size.hotel-zaza-dallas-dallas-united-states-104751-5I was recently lucky enough to stay at The Hotel Za Za in Dallas, Tx with Nikki on tour.   If you ever get a chance to go, do it!!! This hotel is drop dead gorgeous. The room I was staying in had these killer suede walls. They were so beautiful I had to go over and touch them, but when I did I was surprised that it was in fact paint! Not suede. So sneaky! I couldn’t believe how much it really looked like suede, they must have saved so much money replicating the suede look rather than upholstering suede which would cost a small fortune. After speaking with an expert painter friend I found out how to do it and I want to share this easy and fabulous paint technique with you! Nikki and I recently moved and will be using this same technique for our bedroom walls.

 

 

Ralph-Lauren-suede-paint-colors-tipsThe suede paint finish provides the soft, grainy visual texture of real suede and makes any room feel very cozy. Suede-finish latex (water based) paint contains a special additive that produces a grainy appearance. If you want to go with a more traditional suede appearance it’s great to pick a color with earthy tones like browns, creams, tans and reds. I love the look of sided walls in libraries, offices, bathrooms, dining rooms and even bedrooms. With this technique  you really feel like you’re getting the steal of the century because it looks exactly like suede without the hefty price tag.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

Painters tape

Drop cloths

Primer, tinted to the top coat color

Paint roller with tray

Suede finish latex paint

Small paintbrush for cutting in

A Foam roller

A 4in paintbrush

*All available at The Home Depot

1. Prep the walls for painting. Make sure they are clean and tape off all of your edges with your painters tape and lay your drop cloth.

2. Apply the tinted primer to all of the walls and let dry completely.

3. Using your small paintbrush and the suede paint cut in around the room. For a video tutorial on how to do this click here.

photo 14. Using your roller and tray cover your walls rolling in a zig zag pattern working in 2 ft by 2 ft sections.

5. Continue onto the next 2ft by 2 ft area and repeat the process until the wall is filled with your beautiful suede paint.

6. Using your foam roller dipped in paint slowly go over the painted section making sure it’s nice and smooth.

7. Repeat until the entire wall is covered and allow to dry completely.

photo 38. Using the 4in paintbrush, apply a second coat of paint in crosshatch stroked along the entire wall beginning at the upper corner working from the top to the bottom, then left to right.

 

This technique will give you the soft shading look on the wall.

9. Let dry and that’s it. You’re all done, such a super simple painting project with amazing results! Enjoy.