Life Tastes So Good

Exploring life one taste at a time.

Liquid Luck.

 “May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks.

May your heart be as light as a song.

May each day bring you bright,

 happy hours that stay with you all the year long.”

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St. Patrick’s day is tomorrow! Like most people I have to work so we decided to have our own celebration today! I’m not a huge drinker and really don’t like beers like Guinness however certain times of the year its acceptable to enjoy a cold one. Have you ever thought about which beers are the top Irish beers? I mean we know beer is beer but which ones are Irish and which ones are, well, not? Here’s a list of the top Irish beers:

Beamish Stout

Guinness Draught

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout

Murphy’s Irish Stout

Ohara’s Celtic Stout

Porterhouse Brewing Co. Oyster Stout

Harp Lager

Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale

Murphy’s Irish Red

Smithwick’s Irish Ale

Visit this site for more details on each beer.

Not in the mood for a cold beer? I got you covered!

I usually don’t drink beer either so I of course made a back up. This is possibly the easiest to make as well!

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All you need is:

A cup

A shot glass

Mango Juice

Pineapple Juice

Coconut Rum

Melon Liquor

Optional: Liquid Green Food Coloring

Measure out 1 shot of coconut rum, 1 shot of melon liquor, 3 shots of pineapple juice,

3 shots of mango juice — pour all into a shaker with ice (optional liquid green food coloring, if you want a more vibrant green color).

Give a quick shake or two and pour into a glass of choice.

Drink up! Told you it was easy! I’m a simple kind of gal.

No matter what drink you decide to enjoy St. Patrick’s day, please enjoy responsibly.

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Mummy Brownies.

“My  favorite scary movie was always ‘Halloween.’ I love that there’s hidden emotion  underneath Michael Myers’ psychotic behavior. Plus, he has the best mask,  hands-down.”
— Chris  Zylka

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mummy brownies

I love Halloween! The weather around this time is pleasant, being roughly in the 70’s, the candy, the parties, and the dress up!  My daughter has decided she wants to be Sofia the First and my son is going to be Luigi……again. I have opted to wear one of those headbands with cat years. Boom. Done! I took the day off from work to do all my favorite Halloween things with my kiddos. Only reason I kind of want to go to work is that they are having a Halloween pot luck. I love cooking for pot lucks! I made these because I felt like I was going to be left out of making something for the pot luck this time so, I just decided to make brownies for home! Matt and I finished off the pan of brownies in ya’know a few…days errr hours. While watching Master Chef Junior.  It is what it is. They were good.

What you will need:

Your Favorite Brownies (I used These)

Mini Oreo Cookies

Buttercream Frosting  (Your favorite vanilla recipe)

For the brownies you can use whatever your favorite recipe is. You can try a few of these.

Then for the mummy you need a Ribbon tip much like this one from Bake It Pretty.

Basic idea here is gently cover the brownies with “ribbons” of buttercream, once one layer is covering the entire brownie gently take Mini Oreo cookies for the eyes and place the eyes as desired, I did mine towards the top for the brownie. Using a toothpick make small eyes and continue to make ribbons until you cannot see through to the dark brownie. Allow the buttercream to harden for about an hour or until stiff enough that the buttercream holds shape.

Serve with a tall glass of milk and enjoy!

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Fire Cracker Eggs.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

― Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence

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Happy Fourth of July here are some random facts about me:

1.  I’ve been to more countries than I have been in states of the US.

2. I sang in choir for years and years, and to this day enjoy singing when stressed.

3. Today is my wedding anniversary. Married my best friend 4 years ago. Before I got married I had never made a meatloaf, pot roast, chicken ‘n dumplings or deviled eggs. No really. I never had.

4. I have a pit bull named Karma. She thinks she’s a lap dog. She’s so scary my two year old tries to ride her like a horse. Ha.

5. I’ve lived on 3 sides of the same main street. Sheesh I really need to explore more.

6. I love cheese. I get made fun of all the time because I like it so much.

7. The main issue about number 6 is that I am also Lactose Intolerant. Boooo.

8. I have two kids. Alex, and Emily and two step kids Ryan and Hannah. I had Alex with an epidural and Emily all natural. Go with the epidural.

9. In high school I got made fun of for not understanding the phrase “your tires are going bald”. I’ve never had to talk about tires in English before so I had no idea what they were talking about.

10. I have a nail polish addiction. I just woke up from having a nail polish dream. Yes I have an issue but it’s cheaper than getting my nails done every week or few days since that’s how often I change my polish.

PS – I hope you enjoy these eggs. It goes with number 3. You can dye the eggs for any holiday. Just use colors that fit the occasion.

fire cracker eggs

Fire Cracker (deviled) Eggs

What you will need:

Eggs, I used only 3 but you can double or triple the recipe if needed.

1 Tsp. Frank’s Red Hot Sauce (it’s what I used)

 Pickled Jalapeños

2 1/2 Tsp. Greek Yogurt OR Mayo

Cayenne powder and black pepper

What to do:

Let’s not over complicate this y’all.

Make hard boiled eggs. Cool for about 15 minutes. Crack ’em, peel ’em. Slice each egg in half (as pictured). Scoop out “yolks” into a bowl. Wash off the “whites” to remove any yolk stuck to them. Place each egg white into bowls with water and food coloring, the more food coloring and the longer you let them sit the better and darker the colors will look. (Mine sat for 30-40 minutes.)  It’s a matter of preference when it comes to how light or dark to color the eggs. Don’t worry it doesn’t make the eggs taste funny.

While the whites are dying, we can make the filling. Cut up a jalapeño into small tiny cubes. You can add more than one if you want more spice. Add jalapeños into the bowl with the yolks. Now add the mayo and hot sauce and mash with a fork until smooth.  You can add more hot sauce but take caution to reduce mayo accordingly so your filling isn’t too thin.

Once the whites are to desired color let them “drain” on a paper towel for a few moments  remove any access water.

Once dry scoop filling into each hole in each white. Sprinkle lightly with Cayenne powder and black pepper. Serve.

Enjoy!

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