Menu Monday: Jello Shots

Jello shots are a delightful way to kick off a particularly classy night of imbibing. There are all kinds of fancy jello shots recipies that make things far to complicated, but the basic recipe is simple and can be altered for any kind of alcohol you so desire.

Ingredients (for 12 2 oz Jello Shots)

  • One small box Jello Mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup alcohol of choice, chilled
  • Jello shot cups (I prefer these, which have lids for easier storage and are easy to eat–and they sell them at the local liquor store)Photo Jun 26, 4 53 01 PM (1)


  1. Boil your water
  2. Put Jello powder at the bottom of a bowl.Photo Jun 26, 5 00 25 PM
  3. Pour water over powder, mix quickly until Jello powder is completely disintegrated
  4. Add in chilled alcohol and mix well, again very quickly.
  5. Once all ingredients are combined, pour into shot cups (if you are using 2 oz shot cups I use a 1/4 cup measuring cup and it’s perfect) and chill for at least 4 hours. I usually make mine the night before I plan on serving them.Photo Jun 26, 5 10 33 PM
  6. Voila!20140627-191323-69203135.jpg

Fun Taste Combinations:

  • Tequila + Lime Jello
  • Watermelon Vodka + Watermelon Jolly Rancher Jello
  • Bourbon + Cherry Jello
  • Gin + Lime Jello
  • Rum + Fruit Punch Jello




Outdoors Tip: DIY Recycled Fire Starters

When camping, having an easy fire starter on hand is very useful, but some options are expensive, impractical, or are full of nasty chemicals that are not good for you (your s’mores) or the environment.

These easy fire starters are made from common household items and cost you essentially nothing if you have all the gear to make them.


  • Egg Carton, empty
  • Dryer Lint
  • Candle wax (leftovers from candles or scentsy leftovers is perfect)
  • One standard can (like a large vegetable or soup can)
  • Pot grips (or canning grip)
  • One cooking pot2014-04-24 20.45.39


  1. Fill empty egg carton with dryer lint like so:2014-04-24 20.53.53
  2. In your pot, you will create a double boiler of sorts. Fill the pot partially with water, then bring to a boil.
  3. Fill the vegetable can with candle wax, then hold partially submerged in your pot of water with the pot grips. DO NOT LET THE CAN TOUCH THE POT.2014-04-24 20.59.13
  4. Hold can on water till wax has melted.
  5. Pour wax over lint to secure it to the egg carton,2014-04-24 21.01.00
  6. Let Dry & Separate each egg compartment with scissors. each little egg cup is one fire starter.2014-04-24 21.02.01
  7. Ta-Da! You made a thing!

Wonderful Wednesday: Vivacity Spirits

One thing I love is high-quality local spirits.  Vivacity Spirits, located here in Corvallis, Oregon, is the definition of a high quality craft distiller.


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The still at Vivacity Spirits!

One of few woman-owned distilleries, they pride themselves on locally sourced GMO free ingredients, and you can tell from the first sip that their libations are a labor of love.

Honestly, I’m not much of a vodka drinker, but their vodka is easily the smoothest I’ve ever drank, and is our preferred vodka over Grey Goose or other similar high-cost brands, even though the cost of a bottle is around $26, cheaper than most. They have two gins and a turkish coffee liquor that are equally delicious, but I do think the vodka is their shining star. I look forward to whisky rumors out of the distillery, and being a patron for years to come!

Menu Monday: Summer Sangria

I don’t think I need an explanation for why I love Sangria. It is DELICIOUS and an excuse to pretend you are healthy because of fruit. Here is my delightful summer sangria recipe!


  • 1 Orange, Thinly Sliced
  • 2 limes, Thinly sliced
  • 1 pint strawberries, sliced
  • 1 pint raspberries
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 1 bottle Rose wine
  • 1 bottle sparkling water
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 1/2 cup triple sec
  • optional: 1 bottle elderflower rose lemonade (found at Kroger/Fred Meyer Stores in the Natural foods section)image


  1. Put all fruit in the bottom of your containerimage_1
  2. Top with liquid
  3. Stir well


    Note: Make sure your container is big enough so you don’t have to switch halfway through 🙂

  4. Chill for at least 1 hour, but as long as possible
  5. Serve
  6. Drink Responsiblyimage


10 Things I’m Excited To Do at Walt Disney World

Walt_Disney_World_Resort_entranceAs we continue our Disney World planning madness (which is currently stuck as we are trying to get a final headcount before we can make reservations), I am getting very excited for our trip, I don’t know how I’m going to last 6 more months! As a Disneyland enthusiast I am nervous about being a newbie at WDW, but I’m so excited to give it a whirl! Here are 10 unique WDW things I am excited to try:

  1. Main Street Electrical Parade– Okay, so I know this isn’t a “new” attraction, but it was one of my favorite things at Disneyland when I was a child, and I am so excited to see it again. I remember watching the parade on VHS for weeks before and after each Disneyland trip, and I can’t wait to share this with my family and friends.

  2. Seeing the differences between popular Disneyland and WDW attractions: Namely, Pirates of the Caribbean,  Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, and the Haunted Mansion.  There are apparently some pretty big differences between the two parks and I am excited to have a new ride experience on some of my favorites.

  3. Delicious Eats! Oh my goodness I am so excited for the huge variety of restaurants at Walt Disney World and all the tasty treats. I have some BIG plans for Be Our Guest!

  4. Epcot. I know Epcot is an entire park, but I have wanted to go there since I was a very young girl, and I cannot wait for the world showcase. I also cannot wait to drink all the booze there. ALL THE BOOZE.

  5. Kilimanjaro Safari. I was a kid in prime Disney age when Animal Kingdom opened, and I remember the wall to wall coverage on ABC and the Disney Channel of this park opening. I’m really excited about the Kilimanjaro Safari even though I am terrified of birds.

  6. Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage. Disney’s stage shows are always amazing, and I have loved the Aladdin show over at Disney’s California Adventure, but I am so excited to see this show.

  7. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. There is nothing I love more than a brand new attraction. Plus, this has a classic dark ride feel that makes me think Walt would smile on this project.

  8. The Hall of Presidents. As a “Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln” nerd, this attraction is obviously the best.

  9. Back to dining, I have some big plans for Barefoot Pool Bar. On our recent trip to Vegas I determined I love pool bars. and warm weather.

  10. Disney Art Prints. One of V & I’s Disney  traditions over our last few trips has been to purchase fine art prints for our home as our souvenir. They are about $40.00 a piece but are beautifully printed and matted and look amazing on the wall. I’m excited to look at WDW’s many art stores to find the perfect pieces for our little home!

Wonderful Wednesday!

Another big weekend for our family! My cousin Adam graduated from Gervais High School and is headed on to Eastern Oregon University this fall. Also, Vaughn’s brother Cooper has earned his Bachelors Degree from Portland State! So proud of both of them!20140617-213304-77584044.jpg


Menu Monday: Fried Rice

Sometimes (frequently) I am the absolute worst at grocery shopping. This past week, digging around in my cabinets, I realized  I had all of the ingredients to make a really delicious rice.  Here it goes!


This was for a double recipe for lunches :)

This was for a double recipe for lunches 🙂

  • 1 cups rice (I used jasmine rice, because I always use jasmine rice).
  • 1/2 bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • Soy Sauce
  • Teriyaki Sauce
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • Other random veggies (I used both canned and frozen mixed veggies)


  1. Cook the rice. I used my rice cooker.
  2. Heat up your frying pan with a little oil at the bottom.
  3. Scramble the egg first and chop into small bits, set it aside in a small bowl.2014-06-09 17.40.52
  4. Combine all other ingredients in the frying pan with the soy sauce and teriyaki sauce.2014-06-07 17.49.33-1
  5. Fry for about 5 minutes.
  6. Stir in eggs.
  7. Eat and enjoy.2014-06-07 18.02.15