DRUNK Gummy Bears - SUPER BOWL or Party IDEA!

Holy moly! These things are DAN-GER-OUS! 


UPDATE: After 5 days they didn't soak up all the (3/4 oz) vodka but they are HUGE! I ended up pouring out the excess vodka into the big batch. The big batch doesn't soak up evenly and most were a lot smaller than the individual serving size. Conclusion - They get more drunk with just a few friends and less drunk in a big group. Got it?!

I just started making them yesterday for the Super Bowl this weekend. Recipes I've seen say 3-5 days minimum. I'm one day in and the outside is chewy but the inside is still really hard. They are super strong. I can taste the vodka but my hubby says it's his new favorite candy. :)

I'm thinking GNO, Bachelorette party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve, 21st Birthday, etc! 


Gummi Bears, Vodka and a bowl or tupperware with a lid




I decided on mini shot glasses with lids. I'm thinking flu season and bringing them to a party where everyone is sticking their hands in the bowl....ummm....NO THANK YOU! This was my solution and I love it! 


I promise I'm really not a germophob but I like the idea of personal serving size.


Since both teams have blue (Denver - Blue & Orange and Seattle - Blue & Green) I went with their other colors. I would like to say this was all me but it was my hubby's idea. It came about when I was ranting the gummi bears didn't come in blue. He saved the day or at least got me to be quiet. 




I put four in each container. Now it's only day one and they are strong. I figured if people wanted more they could get a second or third one. And if they are a light weight like me, they will be drunk by cup three. YIKES! 


I decided to measure out 3/4 oz to put in each cup. 


Getting the gummies drunk :) Get it? Mini vodka bottles. ((I know, way too much time with these gummy bears))


At first it looks like a lot of vodka but again, day one and they are soaking it up pretty good.


Place in the fridge and wait. 


I made these team tags to go on the top 


And I think I'll print these smaller tags to go on the side of the cups


And the leftover gummy bears? 


We made a batch for us! For taste testing or scientific research of course.
I put them in a large bowl and covered the gummy bears with vodka. 

If you are going to make these for this weekend START NOW!!! They need 3-5 days to absorb all the Vodka. 

Have fun & enjoy!!!


UPDATE: After 5 days they didn't soak up all the (3/4 oz) vodka but they are HUGE! I ended up pouring out the excess vodka into the big batch. The big batch doesn't soak up evenly and most were a lot smaller than the individual serving size. Conclusion - They get more drunk with just a few friends and less drunk in a big group. Got it?! 

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6 Easy PARTY FOODS and SUPER FUN drink idea! Great for parties or GNO!



I made these for GNO but great for any party or get together. I wanted some super easy but very limited on time with only a little over an hour to get food done, house ready and dressed. YIKES! This is what I made and only prepped and baked one!!!

I put everything on the center tray that needed to be cold. I made it first and refrigerated. It was also put out last just before guests arrived. Perfect! Btw, the appetizer tray is from Pier 1.


1. Bacon, Cream Cheese Pinwheels (yum!)
I put this together the night before and put in the freezer. First thing I did when I got home was set it out on the counter to thaw enough to slice.

1 package of crescent roll dough
1 tub of cream cheese
1 package of precooked bacon (not bacon bits)

I used one package of bacon for two rolls or one super bacon-ie roll :)

Roll out dough on wax paper. Spread cream cheese and sprinkle with bacon pieces. Start to roll the long side until completely rolled up. Wrap in wax paper and freeze. If you are cooking it right away still put it in the freezer for easier slicing. Cut into 1/2 inch slices or even a little thinner. I think mine made about 25.

Bake according to directions on crescent roll package. I did 350 degrees for 15 mins just to make sure they were cooked all the way.



2. Shrimp Cocktail

1 tray of frozen shrimp and cocktail sauce. Thaw in the fridge the night before. DONE!!! See!? I said easy :)



3. Veggies and Dip (or chips and dip)

Mixed veggies. I bought sugar snap peas, baby carrots, zucchini, cucumber, red pepper
Ranch dressing or whatever dip you want

Sliced veggies into sticks and cucumber circle slices to hang on the side of the little cups.

4. Oil and Bread

Olive oil  mixed with dried Italian seasoning and fresh parmesan cheese. HEB has a couple bread dippers in the spice section that are awesome. Tear or cut up fresh french bread from the bakery for dipping.  EASY!!!



5. Fluffy Cheesecake (NO BAKE)

Sounds hard but super easy and  a cute display item on my tray.  SUCH A HUGE HIT!! This could be prepped the night before but I didn't think about it until that day.

1 package (4oz) instant pudding - White chocolate or french vanilla
1 pkg dessert whip topping
1 1/4 cup of cold milk
1 block of cream cheese (soften)
1 graham cracker pie crust

Beat cream cheese and 1/4 cup milk. Then add remaining milk and instant pudding mix and beat until blended. Add in 1/2 whip topping and stir just until mixed enough to turn the mixer back on for about 20 seconds until mixed well.

Spoon into graham cracker pie crust. I covered the top with the remaining whip topping. The pie is better if it can sit 4-8 hrs but I served an 1 1/2 later and it was delicious!!!

The mini fluffy cheesecakes were sprinkled with crushed graham cracker and a little whip topping.


I made a big pie too!

Halloween and Thanksgiving I made these in shot glasses.

                                 Fluffy Slime Cheesecake               Pumpkin Spice Fluffy Cheesecake

To make these in shot glasses - See step by step instructions HERE




6. Cream Cheese and Red Pepper Raspberry Chipolte Sauce with Crackers

1 pkg of cream cheese (block)
1 bottle of  red pepper raspberry chipolte sauce
1 box of crackers

Place square of cream cheese on a plate and cover with sauce. Add crackers around it or on a separate plate. EASY!!!




DRINK!!! 

OMG!!! Love the drink and love the name! I know it by Pink Panties but someone told me it's called Pink Poodle too. Thought that might be a better name for the post. :)



Pink Panties or Pink Poodle  

6oz Rum or Vodka ( I used vodka)
1 pkg of dessert whip topping (use only half in the mix)
1 pkg of frozen pink lemonade
2/3 ice

Blend lemonade, vodka, and ice. Then stir in 1/2 pkg of the whip topping. Then blend again to get any chunks out. If the whip topping is thawed you won't have any chunks. I serve and put blender in the freeze until refills are needed. For our HALLOWEEN PARTY I filled several plastic cups and placed in the freezer so people could just grab a new one. I also added some green food color and called them Dirty Panties. LOL!

Top with remaining whip cream.







AMAZING!! Every time I make this it's always the talk of the night.

Would love any other ideas! What do you make?






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PHOTO BLOCKS - Valentine's day - DIY Tutorial - Great gift idea!

These photo blocks make such a nice personalized gift. I've been doing them for years and just updated my Valentine's Day blocks. Thought I would share a DIY tutorial. 


First you need to use an editing program to add the text (optional) and crop. I use an old program that came on my PC years ago. I think back from 2006. Yes, really! It's a bajillion times easier than photoshop or anything else I've tried. HERE are just some of the cool things I've done.

First I crop the photo into a square. I want to make the edges look rough or torn so I need some room on the sides of the photo to tear off the edges. 




NOTE: This is just a jpg file for sizing. It's not a open file to insert or move anything. 

I made this 4x6 template that you can download HERE. (then right click and save) 
Cover the square with your photo. Remember it won't be exact since every block is a little different in size but it will give you enough room to tear the edges off. You can even use a word document using text boxes to add the photo to the template. 


Just place the cropped photo over the box and save as a new file.


The template usually makes the photo a little taller so you might tear off more from the the bottom and top.


I submit my photos to a quick 1hour photo lab like Walgreens or CVS to print a 4x6. Matte or gloss work the same.


Photo paper tears so nicely!! Love it. I usually have a tool to get this effect with regular paper.

Make sure it will fit on the block and tear more off if needed.

BLOCKS
For the wood blocks I purchase a 2x4 stud from Home Depot or Lowes and have them cut into squares. 

It's so much easier if you have your own saw.....I NEED my own saw! 
I thought Lowe's was nicer about cutting them and depending on the HD store I visited they either gave me a hard time or wouldn't do it at all. 


I paint them black, white or red and use sand paper to distress.


I think knots and irregularities brings out the  beauty in each block.



For these I painted red for Valentine's Day


Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge




Add photo and press down. Let it dry for a few minutes before adding the top coat. The photo will slide around if you don't.

Add an even coat of Mod Podge to the top. You will still be able to see the brush strokes when it drys if you look at them from the side but looking at them straight on you won't notice.




Let dry and ready to display! Great gift idea for Mother's Day, Grandparents, family, friends, etc. 

Super cute, right?



Possibilities are endless!!!
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