Tuesday, February 9, 2016

February Cocktail Link-Up + Black & White Cookie Martini Recipe

 Hey Gals! It's our favorite day of the month - cocktail link-up day!


While we decided to lighten things up for the new year, February is basically the unofficial month of chocolate, so we're going full-on indulgent with this one.
And seeing as we are one part New Yorker (B) and one part former New Yorker (M), we decided to honor a classic New York dessert with our Black and White Cookie Martini Recipe.
It's basically dessert in a glass, and perfect for those times when you can't decide between chocolate and vanilla.
First start off with crushing up some of your favorite cookies so you can properly accessorize the rim of your glass -
Just dip your glass in a little chocolate syrup, then dip in the cookies

Next, fill-up your martini shaker with ice and add: 2.5 oz of cake flavored vodka, 1.5 oz of chocolate liqueur, and a splash of Rum Chata
Be careful not to overdo it on the Rum Chata, since the flavor can easily overtake the whole cocktail - just a splash adds the delicious creaminess we're looking for

Then give a couple shakes, pour into your martini glass and enjoy your boozy black & white cookie in a glass!

Cheers Gals!

Black and White Cookie Martini Recipe: 
  • 2.5 oz Vanilla Cake Vodka
  • 1.5 oz Chocolate Liqueur
  • Splash of Rum Chata
Combine all ingredients in a martini shaker, over ice and shake until chilled. Strain into a martini glass - and if you're feeling fancy, line the rim of the glass with some crushed up black and white cookies. 


Now it's your turn! Join the party and link-up your favorite cocktail recipe - old or new! As always, we're not sticklers here, so feel free to take a little creative license - wine, beer, mocktails, glassware.. we love it all!


1. Follow The Sequin Notebook on BloglovinInstagramFacebook, and/or Twitter.

2. Add your favorite cocktail recipe below.

3. Link back to our blog, and/or grab the link-up button!

4. Come back on the second Tuesday of each month to link up again and discover some delicious new cocktails! 


Linking up today with Jennifer JuniperKaryn, KristenEmilyMandyMaryJessicaMandySusanLisaNatasha, Pam, and Kristin!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Five on Friday {February 5, 2016}



Happy 1st Friday of February! I know that we pretty much say this every month but January really flew by, didn't it? It's been a bit of a crazy winter in NYC since the city can't seem to make up her mind about the weather...one day it's a blizzard, and the next I'm walking around without a coat in 60 degree weather! No matter what Mother Nature has in store, I'm ready for the weekend after having a pretty awesome week - here are 5 highlights:

 
Early V Day treats!


I was lucky enough to receive some awesome early V Day surprises this week, such as these ombre chocolate-covered cherries and this lush floral arrangement. They definitely gave my afternoon an extra boost of happiness!



And just last night, I received a hand-addressed envelope in my snail mail from Emelia, who sent me the cutest little hamburger Valentine!



It's always a treat to get a personal piece of mail, and this card was simply adorable. Even if you're not a Valentine's Day fan, all of these little treats can also work for our favorite holiday of the year...GALentine's Day! M and I are compiling a list of our favorite GALentine's Day ideas so check back for that next week!


Snapchat

I (somewhat reluctantly) joined Snapchat earlier this week thanks to M's encouragement. I'm still totally baffled by it and have no clue what I'm doing but if you'd like to follow me, you can find me there at SequinNotebookB! Make sure you share your Snapchat names in the comments so I can find you too!


Favorite new recipe


I'm proud that I've been working on a longtime goal by slowly been spending more time in the kitchen and building my cooking confidence, due in no small part to my new Skinnytaste cookbook! Lots of the recipes have been winners but so far, these Skinny Chicken Enchiladas have probably been the #1 favorite in our house. T and I both loved them and I was even excited to pack up the leftovers for lunch the next day, haha! This will definitely be back on the menu again soon.

Vacation booked!


It's been making me a bit anxious that I didn't have any kind of vacation to look forward to on my calendar, so I was thrilled to finally book a mini trip earlier this week - I'll be heading back to Naples, Florida later this month for a long weekend getaway! Naples is one of my very favorite spots to chill out and relax, so I'm super excited to recharge with a few days of beach time, good food, warm weather, and of course...beach cocktails!

M's birthday party


Monday was M's birthday so we celebrated earlier this week with an amazing dinner where I got to spend some quality time with my other #1 gal, Little M! Doesn't he look so handsome? Of course, the chocolate souffle that M and I both had for dessert was looking pretty good that night, too.


Cheers to a fun weekend ahead!


Cheers to AprilAmandaJennieKarliRebecca, Katie, HeatherAndrea, and Tif for hosting today's link-ups!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

DIY Rewind: Galentines Day Conversation Heart Printables


 Hey Gals! With Valentines Day right around the corner I wanted to revisit one of my very favorite DIY's that honors the OTHER important holiday in February - Galentines Day!



I crafted up these printables two years ago, but I still can't get enough of them so I thought it would be fun to showcase them in action.
The best part about this DIY is that it really couldn't be easier - just print them up, cut out the adorable hearts, and stick them to a couple of toothpicks or string them around some twine and you're ready to celebrate with your best gals!

You can download the set free from HERE- consider a little early Galentines Day gift from us to you!


Happy crafting and Happy (early) Galentines Day!!

Linking up with Natalie, Kristen Thinking out LoudPenny's Passion, Stuff and ThingsFaith and Fellowship Tuesday Talk


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Mushroom Ravioli in a White Wine Cream Sauce

Mushrooms, white wine, and some good old-fashioned creamy pasta...these are definitely my top comfort food flavors, and this dish packs them ALL in! Last weekend's blizzard had me craving something warm and deliciously indulgent, and this hearty pasta dish certainly qualifies.


This pasta is perfect for a special date night at home (especially when paired with a bottle of your favorite wine). It's equally great when paired with Netflix and your comfiest sweatpants - whatever floats your boat!

MUSHROOM RAVIOLI IN A WHITE WINE CREAM SAUCE

Ingredients
* 12 oz. package of mushroom ravioli (or the pasta of your choice)
* 2 tbsp. olive oil
* 8 oz. sliced mushrooms
* 4 oz. pancetta
* 4 oz. peas
* 3 garlic cloves, minced
* 1/2 cup dry white wine
* 1/2 cup heavy cream
* 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese

Instructions
* In a large pot, boil water and cook pasta according to instructions.

* While the pasta is cooking, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Cook the pancetta for approximately one minute, then add the garlic.

* Add the peas and mushrooms; cook until the mushrooms have browned, then add the wine.


* Increase the heat until the liquid reduces to about half.

* Lower the heat and stir in the cream, then add the parmesan and simmer until the sauce slightly thickens. 


* Drain the pasta and toss with the sauce. Serve immediately with extra parmesan cheese on the side.


Mmm...cheesy, creamy decadence in a bowl!


Linking up today with Jennifer JuniperKaryn, KristenEmilyMandyMaryMandySusanLisa, Pam, Lori, Tammy, and Natasha!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Five on Friday: {January 29, 2016}


Hey Gals! I'm extra excited to welcome the weekend thanks to a miserable stomach bug that knocked me out earlier in the week. Luckily I'm feeling much, much better now and more than ready to kick-off the weekend! As always, I'm starting it off with my five favorites of the week!
 
Snow Day Fun

I know the Snowpocalypse is totally old news by now, but this past weekend before the plague hit me, we had a blast playing out in the snow with Little M. Luckily he didn't want to stay out there too, too long since it was coming down really hard, but it was so much fun seeing him run around and have a ball in the snow!


Teen Mom Wedding

So (not so) secret shame time.. I'm a huuuuge Teen Mom fan. I've been with them all since day 1 so when Tyler and Catelynn got married in this week's episode, I was basically a crying mess the entire time! Yes, it's trashy reality tv at it's finest, but I love it and I don't care! Any other Teen Mom fans out there?!


Birthday Dinner

This weekend I'm super excited to kick-off my birthday celebrations a little early with a birthday dinner on Saturday night.  And what's even more exciting is that B is making the trek to Jersey so I can't wait to be reunited with my best gal and get 34 kicked off with a great start!


Skillshare

Has anyone tried out Skillshare? An ad recently popped up in one of my newsfeeds for Skillshare and it peaked my interest. As someone who loves her crafting, I'm always looking to pickup new skills, so the idea of online classes in all sorts of subjects and fields sounds really fun to me! Has anyone tried this out or have any feedback? I'd love to hear some firsthand reviews before diving in.

Caseapp Giveaway!


And last buy not least, have you entered our Caseapp Giveaway yet?! We're giving away a $40 credit so you can make your own custom laptop skin or phone case so be sure to enter below!


Happy Weekend Gals!




Cheers to April, AmandaJennieKarliRebecca, Katie, Heather, Andrea, and Tif for hosting today's link-ups!
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