Thursday, September 18, 2014

Thirsty Thursdays 9-18-14 Rum Dranx!




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What's a Pirate's favorite letter? RRRRRRRRRR!   
What's a Pirate's favorite drink? RUM

Ahoy Mateys! In honor of International Talk Like a Pirate Day which is tomorrow 9/19/14 today's Thirsty Thursday post celebrates RUM! Here are a few of my favorite rum dranx:



Rum Runner 

Ingredients:
- 4 oz spiced rum
- 1 oz blackberry liqueur
- 1 oz  crème de banana liqueur
- 8 oz orange juice

Prep:
Add rum, blackberry liqueur, crème de banana liqueur, orange juice and grenadine to a martini shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a tall glass filled with ice. Drink up and enjoy!




Mai Tai

Ingredients:
- 1.5 spiced rum
- 1.5 coconut-flavored rum
- 1 teaspoon grenadine syrup
- 3 fluid ounces pineapple juice
- 2 fluid ounces orange juice
- 1 cup ice cubes

Prep:
In a martini shaker full of ice, combine the spiced rum, coconut rum, grenadine, pineapple juice and orange juice. Shake vigorously and strain into glass full of ice.




Yellow Rose

Ingredients:
- 2 oz triple sec
- 2 oz pineapple juice
- 2 oz Captain Morgan White Rum

Prep:
In a martini shaker full of ice, combine the white rum, pineapple juice and triple sec. Shake vigorously and strain into glass full of ice.

The Yellow Rose was a recent discovery at the new Green Gators bar on Anderson Road. I had never had Captain Morgan White Rum before my visit to Green Gators but this drink is yummy!

What's your favorite rum drink? Tell me in the comments below!

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Check out the first Thirsty Thursday post The Return of Thirsty Thursdays! Fireball Whisky

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Return of Thirsty Thursdays! Fireball Whisky


Recently, Fireball Whisky sent me a bottle of their delicious liquor to review. I informed them that I have been wanting to bring back my Thirsty Thursday series and since they were the first company to send me a sample bottle, they are the first liquor in the series. Seems only fair, right?

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Straight up Fireball Whisky tastes like the Atomic Fireball candies we all remember from grade school. Seeking new adventure, after receiving the bottle I went to their website and looked at a bunch of the recipes they recommend. Below are the ones my husband and I tried and what we thought about them:

Christmas in Your Mouth
3/4 oz Fireball Whisky
1/4 oz vanilla vodka
Top with cranberry juice, mix and shoot




- This shot hurt BAD, but it tasted so good. It went down hard but was quite yummy. My husband hated the after taste of this shot. I couldn't really tell it had one because I was too focused on the burn
 
C-4
Fireball Whisky
Coffee liquer
I guess equal parts? (The website wasn't clear so that's what I did)
Mix together for a shot or pour over ice
- I chose this drink simply because of it's name. When it was mixed it actually looked like the color of C-4- or what I've seen of C-4 in shows like Burn Notice. LOL! While Fiona couldn't make more than a molotov cocktail with this drink like she does in season 1, I think she would approve of this drink's consistency and flavor. My husband Jeremy and I did this drink as a shot and it was pretty good. Just don't spill it like we did because it is sooooooooooooo sticky when it's all over everything.




The SUPPLIES! 

Cinnamon Toast
1 part Fireball Whisky
2 parts Chila 'orchata (We used Rumchata)
Mix, chill and serve as a shot
- This was our favorite drink of the night! We definitely could have had more than one of these a piece but we only bought enough Rumchata to make one drink a piece). So frikkin yummy! No burn, really smooth and just a great shot!

Fire on the Mountain
1 oz Fireball Whisky
0.5 oz Mountain Dew
Mix together for a shot or pour over ice
- This was our least favorite drink. It just looked like a glass of dark pee and tasted really gross. Perhaps we were too sober to try it?

Hot Flash
3 Parts Fireball Whisky
2 Parts Amaretto
1 Part OJ
Shake over ice and strain into a shot glass
- This was our second to least favorite drink. I think the problem here is we tried to drink it as a cocktail rather than shoot it as a shot. By this point perhaps we weren't sober enough because we tried to sip the damn thing. I'll bet if we had just shot it that it would have been awesome!

Overall, I'm a fan of Fireball Whisky. If you can handle some heat I would definitely recommend it. If not, try the Cinnamon Toast recipe. It cools it down and is just fantastic! Two drunken thumbs up!

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

My Obsession with The Suitcase Entrepreneur


 

If you follow me on facebook you have likely heard me mention The Suitcase Entrepreneur at least once or thrice ;) I LOVE this book so much I'm reading it for the third time. The idea of the book is to build a mobile business that can be run from anywhere in the world. This as many of my friends and family know has been a desire of mine for YEARS.

Over the past few months I've been getting closer and closer to being able to run my business from anywhere but like any dream I have had a few setbacks along the way. In the last month my desire to make this dream a reality has gotten stronger than ever and I've been coming up with plans and ideas to cut the cords and finally hit the road with nothing but my husband, my laptop, my camera and my suitcase.

I'm anxious to see where my next steps will take me. I'll post updates on my goal as time goes on :)

Do you want to create a mobile business that you love with the freedom to work from anywhere in the world? I highly suggest you check out The Suitcase Entrepreneur today!

Monday, September 8, 2014

My Low Carb Egg Casserole (I Won't Shut Up About)


Yesterday I made the most EGGcellent low carb egg casserole and it is sooooooooooo yummy. It made four servings so it will be my breakfast through Thursday and anything that makes me not have to cook or think about breakfast in the morning makes me a happy Ashley indeed!

I went searching for the perfect casserole and became frustrated that most of the recipes required 12 eggs so, here's how I made mine:

Ingredients
- 3 eggs- Cracked obviously. You don't want shells in your food.
- 1 cup of shredded cheese (I used Publix's 4 Cheese Mexican blend because it has more flavor and is better than your stupid cheddar cheese)
- 1/4 cup diced ham (you could go with chunks but I am not a fan of eating anything with the word chunks in it)
- 1/4 cup of green and red peppers diced (I'm lazy so I used the diced blend that is already cut up in the produce section)
- 1/8 cup onion (I'm not as big of a fan of onion- it over powers everything)
- 1/4 cup of milk (to make it fluffy!!! FLUFFFFFFAY!!!!!!!!<- Gabriel Iglesias reference fool!)
- salt and pepper to taste

Steps
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees- because no one wants to eat uncooked eggs except for those freaks who drink them in their muscle shakes. BLEH! GWOSS!
2. Mix up your ingredients in a bowl. Scramble it with a fork til its real nice and blendy
3. Grease a pan real good like with some of that slick spray oil stuff. I used a small pan for mine - it was one of those small oval pans from the Wilton baking section of Jo-Anns but you could probably use a loaf pan or something like that ;)
4. Pour that golden, vegetabley and ham goo into your pan
5. Put that precooked goo that is now in a pan into your oven and bake the demons out of it for 30 to 40 minutes. Mine took 40. must of put up a good fight
6. Cool it a tad, slice it and EAT it.
7. pat self on back for casserole done good!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

One Thing I Did to Celebrate My 30th Birthday

For my 30th birthday I decided to give back. So, I chose 30 people, some at random to give gifts to in lieu of throwing a birthday party. I taped envelopes on snacks at gas stations with money inside to buy a snack, I gave a couple of people gift cards to a store I was shopping at, I gave some strangers I randomly walked past an envelope with a little cash to buy whatever they wanted and I gave every person in my office at my temp job a little gift. Why did I do this? I really want to give back more in my life. I've been really lucky to get some of the things I've gotten and it's my party and I'll give back if I want to! I still have seven more people on my list to give to and what I'm going to do is pick 7 random people on kickstarter to help fund their projects. I'll post the kickstarter projects later.

Each person that received a gift from me so far has also received the card you see at the top of this post. It says:

It’s my birthday but you get the gift! For my 30th birthday all I wanted to do was give back so I chose 30 people to give gifts to. All I ask is that you pay it forward and do something nice for someone else. Doing so would make one of my birthday wishes come true :) Thanks for accepting this gift! I hope that your future will be filled with as much happiness and love as possible.

Love always-
The Famous Ashley Grant


Have a great day everyone! If it's your birthday- HAPPY BIRTHDAY! If it's not I wish you a happy day anyway. I'd like to pass what I wrote in my birthday card on to YOU- I sincerely hope that each and every one of you will be blessed with more happiness and love than you ever dreamed possible.

30 Things I've Learned in 30 Years

 

This has become an annual thing and I love it so much I'm just going to keep doing it every year. So, without further adieu, here are 30 Things I've Learned in 30 Years.

1. There is good and bad in the world. Being with like minded individuals can either lead to progress or destruction. Make sure you are in the productive group.
2. Not everyone is out to get you even when it feels like the world is against you.
3. Everyone is dealing with problems and your issue may not be as bad as theirs. The nicest home can be filled with the most troubles.
4. You can’t trust everyone you meet, but keep close the people that you can.
5. You can forgive everyone that hurts you, but you should never forget. With that said, it should be noted that revenge is not always sweet. Sometimes it’s actually really bitter.
6. What’s right is not always popular; what’s popular is not always right. (all sources I found said this quote is by Albert Einstein)
7. Being the cool kid may not be all its cracked up to be. The amount of upkeep to always be trendy, have the perfect clothes, perfect hair and coolest gadgets just sounds exhausting. I’d rather get that extra hour of sleep than have every hair in place thank you!
8. A smile burns more calories than a frown and it looks better too. A bonus: smiling while unhappy somehow makes it hurt less.
9. Some people are innately evil and should be avoided like the plague. There really are some people who will beg, borrow and steal their way to the top and don’t care who they have to step on to get their. As soon as you realize who they are, pluck them out of your life!
10. Always look out for number 1, but don’t step in number 2 either. (movie line from Back to School with Rodney Dangerfield)
11. When you stop looking for mister right you find him. I didn’t see my husband Jeremy coming but am so glad his path crossed mine.  
12. Speaking before thinking has massive consequences but when the heart kicks in, the head shuts down.
13. I didn’t need to take as many math classes as I did. My calculator really can solve all my math problems. P.S. love the tip calculator on my phone!
14. Someone will always be bigger, better, stronger, smarter than me. All I should really focus on is being the best I can be and following my dreams.
15. I didn’t gain weight overnight and can’t expect to lose it overnight.
16. Living a healthy lifestyle is imperative and eating crap makes me feel like crap. Note to self-must find ways to get cheaper healthier food :)
17. The best job in the world is one that you love, can make money at and are actually qualified to do. When it stops being fun its time to change it.
18. Money is not the only key to happiness but it sure feels better to cry in a car with air conditioning than one without…especially in the Florida heat. Nonetheless, I’d rather be broke and happy than rich and miserable.
19. Dogs are better than cats for some people and I prefer dogs. No hate mail please-its my preference and what I learned about me!
20. Sharing is caring except when it comes to my toothbrush. Mom also always said never share my drinks, my makeup or my hairbrush.
21. Karma is a bitch sometimes but she can be sweet too. Do unto others as you want done to you.
22. One red sock can ruin an entire load of white clothes but pink is one of my favorite colors.
23. If at first you don’t succeed destroy all evidence you tried. Never give up, never surrender.
24. Being an adult is fun but responsibility blows sometimes!
25. I should have stopped wishing I was older and enjoyed every minute of the present. Too often I look forward to stuff in the future and neglect the wonderful moments of now.
26. Wine is fine but liquor is quicker; either way hangovers suck!
27. Everything happens for a reason and we may never know what that reason is. Some things in life have to be accepted and this is one of them.
28. You don't always have to know how something works to believe in it...For example, I don't know how electricity works but I use it and I do know this- A man can cook with electricity and electricity can also cook the man (lesson learned from Bob Proctor)
29. I do not have all the things I want today, but I have everything I need and for that I'm grateful! There is always, ALWAYS, something to be grateful for! 
30.... The one I learned this year that has become my new mantra is: You haven't actually failed until you stop breathing!!! I LOVE this lesson! I'm taking it to heart because I have been bummed over not being where I want to be in my career yet and have felt a little like a failure but you know what- as long as there is breath in my lungs and a beat in my heart that means I have another day to work towards making my dreams come true. So, I have not failed! I have just found ways that don't work and I will continue working towards my goals until I can't anymore!

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

My First Beignet...and My Second


I've been wanting to try a beignet ever since first hearing about them on the Girls Next Door (don't judge me!). The girls were in New Orleans for Mardi Gras- Kendra and Bridget were sick and Holly bought them coffee and beignets in attempt to bring them both back to life. I hadn't heard of beignets before that episode actually- I know. I need to get out more. Well, today I got my chance to try beignets because one of the gals I work with has a dad who apparently loves cooking and has a killer recipe for these powdered sugar covered fluffy concoctions. Above is a photo she took after her dad made a batch and this morning she brought some into the office.

The best way I can describe a beignet now that I've finally eaten one is an airy pastry coated in crack powdered sugar. Just don't call it a doughnut!!!

These little bastards are good and I confess one wasn't enough so I had a second. The second one was just as good as the first. I would definitely be willing to stuff my face with them again if given the chance. Apparently they are best when made fresh though. I went back for a third about a half an hour later and it wasn't as good.

Too impatient to wait on a trip to New Orleans or for someone to bring you some to try? Here's a recipe to make your own at home.
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