Elle Talk https://www.elletalk.com Houston Lifestyle and Food Blogger. Thu, 22 Feb 2018 18:58:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 Charred Jalapeño Pineapple Margarita https://www.elletalk.com/blog/2018/charred-jalapeno-pineapple-margarita/ https://www.elletalk.com/blog/2018/charred-jalapeno-pineapple-margarita/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 18:35:31 +0000 https://www.elletalk.com/?p=3855 This spicy Charred Jalapeño Pineapple Margarita is one sweet, smoky, and spicy cocktail. Using roasted to a char jalapenos muddled into pineapple…

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This spicy Charred Jalapeño Pineapple Margarita is one sweet, smoky, and spicy cocktail. Using roasted to a char jalapenos muddled into pineapple juice and tequila, it makes for one tasty drink. Happy #NationalMargaritaDay!
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Happy #NatioanlMargaritaDay! This Charred Jalapeno Pineapple Margarita is a spicy margarita that uses smokey jalapenos to create a sweet and spicy cocktail. This pineapple margarita uses silver tequila, cointreau, agave, pineapple juice, and jalapenos. / ElleTalk
Happy #NationalMargaritaDay! Are you celebrating today? We sure are with these Charred Jalapeño Pineapple Margaritas. If there is a flavor combination I can’t get enough of it’s sweet and spicy. I really started to fall in love with the concepts of using spicy ingredients in drinks when I went to the Houston Rodeo for the first time. If you’ve been here awhile you know I have a serious obsession with the Jalapeno Lemonade you can get there. While these aren’t as hard hitting, it has a nice subtle kick that comes on slowly after each sip. To be fair, that’s my favorite kind of sweet and spicy. Something that slowly builds in heat but doesn’t leave you needing water.

For these Charred Jalapeño Pineapple Margaritas, the thing that really sets them up a notch is broiling the peppers. It gives this cocktail the smoky element that just drives it to perfection. You can also grill the peppers to get them charred if you already have a grill going. It makes this a fantastic summer cocktail because of that. Though it can’t go without saying that the pineapple juice is what keeps you coming back to this margarita. Is anyone else obsessed with pineapple? When I visited Hawaii a few years back, I ate my weight in pineapple. To the point I made myself sick. I left the Big Island with ulcers in my mouth and a bit of an upset stomach. Yet, somehow I never burned myself out on the fruit. That’s enough with story time, let’s get into making one of these flavorful cocktails!

How To Char Jalapeños In The Oven

This cocktail is super simple and you can fix it up to match your spice/heat preference with a little adjustments.

First we’re going to start by charring your peppers. I remove the stems from the jalapeno, cut it in half, remove the seeds and membrane. Major pro tip: Buy yourself food safe gloves and use them to work with jalapeños and other hot peppers. Too many times have I thought I washed all the oils of a jalapeño off my hands to find out I didn’t by rubbing my eye. Ouch!

Happy #NatioanlMargaritaDay! This Charred Jalapeno Pineapple Margarita is a spicy margarita that uses smokey jalapenos to create a sweet and spicy cocktail. This pineapple margarita uses silver tequila, cointreau, agave, pineapple juice, and jalapenos. / ElleTalkAfter that turn your oven to broil. Add your jalapeños skin side up to a broiler safe pan and then into the oven (throw some pineapple chunks in there for garnish, if you would like!) and let broil for 5 minutes. Turn and do another 5 minutes. Depending on  your oven this could take more or less time. You want the skin of the jalapeno to be black and almost peeling away and the inside to be turning a greenish/brown with some black charring to begin. After you’ve pulled them out of the oven and let them cool to a working temperature you can start assembling your cocktail.

Charred Jalaepño Pineapple Cocktail

Add one jalapeño halves to a shaker. Add in lime juice and agave syrup. Muddle until you can smell the jalaepño coming up the shaker. After that goes in the pineapple juice, tequila, cointreau, and ice to the fill line. Give it a good 15 second shake and pour into a rocks glass filled with ice. Serve with more charred jalapeño or pineapple chunks.

Charred Jalapeño Pineapple Margarita

This spicy Charred Jalapeño Pineapple Margarita is one sweet, smoky, and spicy cocktail. Using roasted to a char jalapenos muddled into pineapple juice and tequila, it makes for one tasty drink. Happy #NationalMargaritaDay!

  • 1 Medium Jalapeño
  • 2.5 ounces Pineapple Juice
  • 1.5 ounces Silver Tequila
  • 0.5 ounce Lime Juice
  • 0.5 ounce Cointreau (or any orange-flavoured liqueur)
  • 0/25 ounce Agave or Simple Syrup

Char Jalapeño

  1. Turn your oven on Broil*.

    Take your jalapeño and remove the stem. Cut it in half and remove the seeds and membrane. Add skin side up to a Broiler Safe pan. Let broil for 5 minutes or until skin is black and peeling away. Flip jalapeño over and let broil for another 5 minutes. Remove from oven, remove from pan to let cool to working temperature.

Cocktail

  1. Into a shaker add in one of the charred jalapeño halves, lime juice, and agave. Muddle together until well combined and fragrant. Add into the shake pineapple juice, tequila, cointreau, and ice to the fill line. Shake for 15 shakes. Strain into a salted rimmed rocks glass filled with ice. 

*You may also grill your jalapeños. Add to hottest spot on grill and watch them carefully as they will char up quick.

Heat Level:

I like to use one of the halves of jalapeno for each cocktail. It gives a medium to medium high heat, depending on how large & how spicy your pepper is. If you feel this would be too spicy for you, you can use less jalapeño. If you’re someone who wants A LOT of spice, use both jalapeno halves. 

Happy #NatioanlMargaritaDay! This Charred Jalapeno Pineapple Margarita is a spicy margarita that uses smokey jalapenos to create a sweet and spicy cocktail. This pineapple margarita uses silver tequila, cointreau, agave, pineapple juice, and jalapenos. / ElleTalk
I like to use one of the halves of jalapeno for each cocktail. It gives a medium to medium high heat, depending on how large & how spicy your pepper is. If you feel this would be too spicy for you, you can use less jalapeño. If you’re someone who wants A LOT of spice, use both. If this is my Dad, don’t even bother removing the seeds from the start, and good luck, sir.

Mmmhmmm, sweet and spicy with a hint of smoky. Can you really go wrong with that? I would pair these up with fajitas, banh mi, or anything really meaty. When I made these the first time Brad has just smoked a chicken and it went perfectly with it.

How are you celebrating #NationalMargaritaDay? Are you a margarita person or more of a straight tequila type? Tell me all about it below!

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Happy #NatioanlMargaritaDay! This Charred Jalapeno Pineapple Margarita is a spicy margarita that uses smokey jalapenos to create a sweet and spicy cocktail. This pineapple margarita uses silver tequila, cointreau, agave, pineapple juice, and jalapenos. / ElleTalk #cocktails #drinks #margarita #tequila

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Boozy Funfetti Birthday Cake Milkshake https://www.elletalk.com/blog/2018/boozy-funfetti-birthday-cake-milkshake/ https://www.elletalk.com/blog/2018/boozy-funfetti-birthday-cake-milkshake/#respond Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:55:16 +0000 https://www.elletalk.com/?p=3829 A recipe for a boozy Funfetti Birthday Cake Milkshake that uses cake vodka, ice cream, and cake mix. Perfect birthday cocktail or…

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A recipe for a boozy Funfetti Birthday Cake Milkshake that uses cake vodka, ice cream, and cake mix. Perfect birthday cocktail or dessert cocktail that easily customizable.

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Easy to make adult milkshake this boozy funfetti birthday cake milkshake uses ice cream, cake vodka, and funfetti cake batter to make a delicious alcoholic milkshake. Perfect cocktail for birthdays or parties.
Today’s the big day, it’s my birthday! Wahoooo! Today marks my last birthday of my 20s. In the past I’ve shared my sentiments with getting older and how I’m an embrace the journey kind of gal. Look back at my 28th year, I can definitely say it was an incredible one and will be hard to top. Between accomplishing my first half marathons, donating 11 inches of hair, and getting to teach a cocktail class. I’ve not only flourished but so has this little website of mine. So I thank you, each of you for reading and shaking your way through this year with me.

So how are we celebrating? Well the only way I know how by boozing something up! This Boozy Funfetti Birthday Cake Milkshake (say that 3xs fast) is super sweet, super fun, and super easy to make. It’s 100% a dessert cocktail, so prepared to be jazzed up on only 3 ingredients! Ice cream, cake vodka, and funfetti cake mix. Yeah, that powdered stuff you buy in a bag to make the cake. If you’re a little over the top like me you can even use the leftover cake mix to make cake garnishes. This is going to be a crowd favorite and maybe even your new birthday tradition. So here’s to 29 my friends! May it be sweet, boozy, and unforgettable.

Boozy Funfetti Birthday Cake Milkshake

A cool thing about this recipe is that it’s incredibly customizable! Use vanilla vodka, use fruit loop vodka, use lemon cake mix, use chocolate cake mix, lime sherbert, or any mix and match ways you can come up with. You can even make a Gluten Free Milkshake by using GF Cake Mix, GF Vodka like Tito’s, and GF Ice cream! I’m thinking maybe I need to try a strawberry cake with creme to de cocoa. Thoughts?

This recipe is super easy. Add a pint of vanilla ice cream, two ounces of cake vodka, 1/2 cup funfetti cake mix to a blender. Blend it until it’s smooth and well combined. If it seems too thick, you can thin it down with milk. If you are extra boozy you can thin it down with a little more cake vodka. It’s your birthday, no judgements.

Easy to make adult milkshake this boozy funfetti birthday cake milkshake uses ice cream, cake vodka, and funfetti cake batter to make a delicious alcoholic milkshake. Perfect cocktail for birthdays or parties.
Easy to make adult milkshake this boozy funfetti birthday cake milkshake uses ice cream, cake vodka, and funfetti cake batter to make a delicious alcoholic milkshake. Perfect cocktail for birthdays or parties.
After that, you can use icing to rim one goblet glass or two rocks glasses that you then coat in sprinkles, though it’s totally optional.  Pour your milkshake into the glass and you’re done! Sip sip hooray! Easy to make adult milkshake this boozy funfetti birthday cake milkshake uses ice cream, cake vodka, and funfetti cake batter to make a delicious alcoholic milkshake. Perfect cocktail for birthdays or parties.

Boozy Funfetti Birthday Cake Milkshake

An adult milkshake using cake vodka, funfetti cake mix, and ice cream to create a deliciously sweet treat. 

  • 1 pint Vanilla Ice Cream ((can use a birthday cake flavored one too))
  • 2 ounces Cake Vodka
  • 1/2 cup Funfetti Cake Mix
  • Whipped Cream (optional)
  • Vanilla Frosting (opitonal)
  • Sprinkles (optional)
  1. Into a blender add in your vanilla ice cream, cake vodka, and funfetti cake mix. Blend until well combined. Pour into 1 pint glass or 2 rocks glasses rimmed with frosting and sprinkles. Top with whipped cream. 

How fun right? This is for sure going to be on repeat for my birthday and my husband’s. He was obsessed with this when he tried it. Just watch out because the cake mix hides the vodka very well!
So what’s next for this lady? Well in this final step out of my 20’s there are a few things I want to do.

10 Things I Want To Do By 30

  1. Run a Full Marathon.
  2. Take a Baking Glass. The cake I made with the leftover mix was ROUGH.
  3. Be Published.
  4. Move full time to a DSLR. Shocked? My FujiFilm x10 has been banging out most of these photos.
  5. Start a book club. Maybe an online one?
  6. Plan a vacation, that’s not to visit family. It’s be 4 years, folks! I love our family, obviously, because we use all our vacation time to visit them. However we need a vacation for just us two.
  7. Learn how to keep a plant alive. My husband has 8 freaking avocado trees going and my succulent died the other day. That’s how my gardening life’s going.
  8. Declutter EVERYTHING.
  9. Learn to repurpose furniture. Something I already started but need to get back into.
  10. Cut out caffeine. I know..that’s crazy. However, I’m apparently very sensitive to the stuff.

Okay, so those aren’t incredibly exciting things but listen I have 365 days and I’m trying to be very realistic. Plus, I like to leave wiggle room because you never know when lightning will strike up a new goal. I  mean, that’s exactly how I ended up doing a Sprint Triathlon in 2016 and a Half Marathon in 2017!

What are some of your goals this year? Do you have a before 30th, 40th, 50th bucket list? Tell me all the details down below. Until next time friends, cheers!

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Strawberry Daiquiri https://www.elletalk.com/blog/2018/strawberry-daiquiri/ https://www.elletalk.com/blog/2018/strawberry-daiquiri/#respond Mon, 12 Feb 2018 22:40:03 +0000 https://www.elletalk.com/?p=3806 Easy recipe for a strawberry daiquiri that would be a perfect Valentine’s Day cocktail or hot summer day drink. This post contains…

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Easy recipe for a strawberry daiquiri that would be a perfect Valentine’s Day cocktail or hot summer day drink.

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The best Strawberry Daiquiri recipe is a perfect last minute Valentine's Day cocktail. All you need is 4 ingredients to make this rum cocktail. It's also perfect for summer drinks and just as a classic cocktail recipe. #ValentinesDay #ValentinesDayFood #Strawberry #Rum #rumdrink #cocktail
I know what you might be thinking. “Elle, this looks a lot like last year’s Valentine’s Day drink.” Well…yeah, you’re not wrong…but I promise it’s not the same drink. Listen this week is not only Valentine’s Day but Fat Tuesday and my Birthday. I may have forgotten what my previous Valentine’s Day cocktail looked like in the midst of all the recipes I have rolling around in my head. Ring the Game of Thrones “shame” bell if you must. Another thing similar is my mantra that Valentine’s Day drink recipes should be easy. Personally, I don’t feel like it’s the time to bust out the 9 ingredient cocktails. You’re already trying to sear heart shaped steaks and questioning the airiness levels to a mousse. That’s where this Strawberry Daiquiri comes in.

This recipe is a classic cocktail and well loved for a reason. It’s an easy and low ingredient drink that pairs with most of your typical Valentine’s Day foods. Though it’s classic it’s still easily impressive because most first impressions to the daiquiri world are the frozen ones topped with whip cream. While were a big fan of those, this one is a little bit more grown up. Throw it into a BBQ and it fits right in. Throw it into a classy date night and it will shine too. It is why we call them classics isn’t it?

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The Best Strawberry Daiquiri Recipe

Strawberry Daiquiri

The Best Strawberry Daiquiri you will have consists of 4 ingredients shaken and strained into classic coupe glasses. Perfect for a Valentine’s Day Drink or Summer Cocktail!

  • 4 ounces White Rum
  • 2 Large Strawberries (or 4 Little Strawberries – steamless)
  • 1.5 ounces Lime Juice
  • 1 ounce Simple Syrup
  1. Into a cocktail shaker muddle together the simple syrup and strawberries until well combined. Add in the lime juice and white rum. Fill the shaker with ice to the liquid line. Shake for 15 seconds. Fine strain* into two chilled coupe glasses. Serve alone or with a strawberry garnish.

*A sifter would also work if you do not have a fine mesh cocktail strainer. You can also use a regular cocktail strainer but you will get some of the strawberry seeds.

You may need to tip the cocktail shaker back and forth to clear the holes from the strawberry skins. This will help you get the rest of the cocktail out of the shaker.

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This cocktail is sweet like strawberries but the lime cuts it enough to not be overpowering. This year for Valentine’s Day we’re celebrating with a movie night in. I’ve never been big on Valentine’s Day but that’s the perks of having a Birthday right up against it. Though, does anyone else look forward to the discounted candy the day after Valentine’s Day? Sweet tart hearts are my jam. How are you celebrating Valentine’s Day? or Galentine’s Day? Leave me all your sweet details down below. Be sure to check out the rest of my Valentine’s Day Recipes to get your full pink and red fix!

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As an Ambassador with Cost Plus World Market, I love getting to share my favorite Cost Plus World Market products and recipes with you. Thank you to Cost Plus World Market for sponsoring this post and giving me a chance to make this amazing cake for Mardi Gras!

This twist on a Mardi Gras classic takes layers of crepes and praline cream cheese frosting to make a King Cake inspired Crepe Cake.

A twist on a Mardi Gras recipe classic takes layers of crepes and praline cream cheese frosting to make a King Cake inspired Crepe Cake. This Crepe King Cake is perfect if your looking for a unique Mardi Gras food or need a dessert to entertain for a Mardi Gras party. #ad #mardigras #mardigrasfood #worldmarket @worldmarket #crepe #crepecake #dessert
Laissez les bon temps rouler! It means “let the good times roll” and since Mardi Gras is right around the corner we’re going to do just that. Lucky for us the parades, culture, and Mardi Gras food can be found all through the Houston area. One of our traditions is to buy a King Cake to eat for breakfast through the days of Carnival. If you’re unfamiliar a King Cake is a Mardi Gras classic. It’s French sweet dough rolled into a ring that is filled with a variety of different flavors and topped with a sugar sanded glaze. Within the inside of the cake is a hidden plastic baby or bean. The person lucky enough to get the slice with the baby or bean in it, buys the cake the next year. In our house the baby means you get to pick the flavor the following year. My personal favorite is praline or cream cheese.

Since Fat Tuesday is the week of my birthday I wanted to mix up this classic with one of my birthday favorites. This Crepe King Cake takes light crepes and gives them a King Cake inspired feel. Using dyed crepes in purple, yellow, and green I’ve layered them between sweet and crunchy layers of Praline Cream Cheese Frosting. Ya’ll are not going to want to miss the frosting on this Crepe King Cake. It’s not only a tasty treat but a gorgeous cake to behold. While there is no baby in this French dessert, it won’t stick around long enough for anyone to notice. Though, we wouldn’t judge you if you add one in!

HOW TO MAKE A CREPE KING CAKE

The thing I love about crepe cakes is that they are always an eye catcher. From the ruffled edges to the mesmerizing layers being exposed, they are WOW. With any good show stopping dessert, it takes a bit of time. So grab your apron and your favorite Big Band mix because this cake is going to be worth the effort.

I break this up into 3 sections. The crepes, the frosting, and the assembly. I start with making the crepes that way they have enough time to come down to room temperature before assembly. For this recipe I’m using Cost Plus World Market’s My Favorite Crepe Mix as my dry ingredients. Since we’re making 15 crepes, I’ve doubled & a half the recipe on the back of the box.

A twist on a Mardi Gras recipe classic takes layers of crepes and praline cream cheese frosting to make a King Cake inspired Crepe Cake. This Crepe King Cake is perfect if your looking for a unique Mardi Gras food or need a dessert to entertain for a Mardi Gras party. #ad #mardigras #mardigrasfood #worldmarket @worldmarket #crepe #crepecake #dessert

A twist on a Mardi Gras recipe classic takes layers of crepes and praline cream cheese frosting to make a King Cake inspired Crepe Cake. This Crepe King Cake is perfect if your looking for a unique Mardi Gras food or need a dessert to entertain for a Mardi Gras party. #ad #mardigras #mardigrasfood #worldmarket @worldmarket #crepe #crepecake #dessertA twist on a Mardi Gras recipe classic takes layers of crepes and praline cream cheese frosting to make a King Cake inspired Crepe Cake. This Crepe King Cake is perfect if your looking for a unique Mardi Gras food or need a dessert to entertain for a Mardi Gras party. #ad #mardigras #mardigrasfood #worldmarket @worldmarket #crepe #crepecake #dessert

Crepe Recipe

You’ll start by whisking the My Favorite Crepe Mix, eggs, vanilla, water, and cooled melted butter together. You want to whisk until you have a really smooth and thin batter. You can even use a blender or immersion blender to help quicken this process. After that you’ll divide your batter into thirds and dye it purple, yellow, and green.

To the stove top you’ll grease a crepe ( or 11″ non-stick skillet) on medium low to low heat with butter. The hardest part about crepes is getting the batter to form all the way around the pan without holes. I made this recipe, A LOT. The key is being prepped and using low heat. I know the back of the box says medium high but trust me when I say, medium-low is the way to go. Add 1/3 cup of batter to the pan as your rotate your wrist in a swirling motion. Moving the batter around to coat the the pan. Let cook for 1 minute and carefully flip the crepe over with a thin spatula. Let cook for another 30 seconds. Remove and let cool off to the side. Repeat until you have made 15 crepes!
A twist on a Mardi Gras recipe classic takes layers of crepes and praline cream cheese frosting to make a King Cake inspired Crepe Cake. This Crepe King Cake is perfect if your looking for a unique Mardi Gras food or need a dessert to entertain for a Mardi Gras party. #ad #mardigras #mardigrasfood #worldmarket @worldmarket #crepe #crepecake #dessert
A twist on a Mardi Gras recipe classic takes layers of crepes and praline cream cheese frosting to make a King Cake inspired Crepe Cake. This Crepe King Cake is perfect if your looking for a unique Mardi Gras food or need a dessert to entertain for a Mardi Gras party. #ad #mardigras #mardigrasfood #worldmarket @worldmarket #crepe #crepecake #dessertA twist on a Mardi Gras recipe classic takes layers of crepes and praline cream cheese frosting to make a King Cake inspired Crepe Cake. This Crepe King Cake is perfect if your looking for a unique Mardi Gras food or need a dessert to entertain for a Mardi Gras party. #ad #mardigras #mardigrasfood #worldmarket @worldmarket #crepe #crepecake #dessert

Praline Cream Cheese Frosting

Next up is that yummy frosting filling. This frosting is a mix of my favorite two King Cake flavors, praline and cream cheese. I use these premade Jack Daniel’s praline from World Market that I chop up finely. To start the frosting you’ll make a whipped cream by just whipping heavy cream and sugar together. This is going to lighten the frosting up later.

In a stand mixer you’ll beat together softened cream cheese and butter until they are light and pale in color. Slowly add in 1/2 cup of confectioners sugar at a time. Else wise you’ll end up with a giant sugar cloud. Do this until you’ve added all the confectioners sugar in and it’s been beat smooth. Remembering to scrape down the sides of your bowl every now and then. For some flavor you’ll add in vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and lemon juice and beat it on low until combined. Using a spatula fold in your whipped cream and pralines. Be gentle, you don’t want to knock out all the fantastic air you put into your whipped cream.
A twist on a Mardi Gras recipe classic takes layers of crepes and praline cream cheese frosting to make a King Cake inspired Crepe Cake. This Crepe King Cake is perfect if your looking for a unique Mardi Gras food or need a dessert to entertain for a Mardi Gras party. #ad #mardigras #mardigrasfood #worldmarket @worldmarket #crepe #crepecake #dessert

Assembling A Crepe King Cake

Taking the crepes you made, start with the green crepes. Lay a crepe up on the side that the edges curl in at. Smooth a thin layer of frosting over the crepe. Leaving a one inch border from the edges. Stack another green crepe on top and repeat. Do this until you have stacked all of your green crepes, yellow crepes, and purple crepes. When you reach the last crepe you will dust the top of it with sifted confectioners sugar and sanding sugar. I love taking cut outs and using them as designs in confectioners sugar like I have this Fleur De Lis.

I’ve provided a Fleur De Lis for you to print and cut out! Get it down below.

Put this in the fridge to chill and firm up for 2 hours. Serve immediately after that or keep chilled for up to 3 days. I personally find it best day of.

A twist on a Mardi Gras recipe classic takes layers of crepes and praline cream cheese frosting to make a King Cake inspired Crepe Cake. This Crepe King Cake is perfect if your looking for a unique Mardi Gras food or need a dessert to entertain for a Mardi Gras party. #ad #mardigras #mardigrasfood #worldmarket @worldmarket #crepe #crepecake #dessert

Crepe King Cake

A fun spin on a Mardi Gras recipe classic the King Cake. This Crepe King Cake is 30 layers of alternating Crepes (15) and Praline Cream Cheese frosting (15). Sweet and delicious, it’s well worth the time it takes to make it.

Crepes

  • 2 1/2 cups My Favorite Crepe Mix
  • 5 Large Eggs
  • 5 tablespoons Melted Butter ((that's been cooled))
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 3 cups + 2 tablespoos Water
  • 1 teaspoon Butter
  • 3 drops Liquid Purple Food Coloring
  • 2 drops Liquid Yellow Food Coloring
  • 2 drops Liquid Green Food Coloring

Praline Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 2 tablespoons Sugar
  • 8 ounces Cream Cheese ((softened))
  • 1/4 cup Butter ((softened))
  • 1 3/4 cup Confectioners Sugar ((sifted))
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 2 ounces Chopped Pralines ((1 box Jack Daniel's Pralines is used in this recipe))
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Nutmeg

Decorating

  • Confectioners Sugar ((optional decorating))
  • Sanding Sugar ((optional decorating))

Crepes

  1. In a large mixing bowl combine the Crepe Mix, Eggs, Water, Vanilla Extract, and Melted Butter. Whisk* until well combined and no more lumps. The batter should be thin. 

  2. Into three bowls, divide your batter into thirds. It will be roughly 14 ounces each. Using liquid** food coloring, dye one batter purple, one batter yellow, and one batter green.

  3. Over low to medium low heat, melt 1 teaspoon of butter in an 11 inch*** crepe pan or 11 inch nonstick fry pan. Coating the pan in the butter as it melts.

  4. Using a 1/3 measuring cup, pour 1/3 cup of your yellow batter into the pan. Using a rolling motion with your wrist, swirl batter around the pan as you pour it in. You want it evenly coated with no holes. Let it cook until the edges start to pull away from the pan, about one minute. Flip the crepe and let the other side cook for 30 seconds or until golden brown. Once cooked add to a parchment lined cookie sheet.

  5. Repeat this process until you’ve used all the yellow, green, and purple batter. Each color should give you 5 crepes. 15 crepes total. Set aside to cool to room temperature as you start to make your frosting.

    If you find your batter is cooking too quick on the pan before you can swirl it around turn your heat down to the lowest setting. 

Praline Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. In a stand mixer or with a hand mixer, make whipped cream. Do this by whipping together 1 cup of heavy cream and 2 tablespoons of sugar. Add to an airtight container. 

    Let cool in the refrigerator while you make your frosting.

  2. In a stand mixer or with a hand mixer beat together the softened cream cheese and softened butter until pale and fluffy. About 1 minute on medium high. Turn your mixer down to low and add in your confectioners sugar 1/2 cup at a time. Scraping down the sides of the bowl every now and then. Beat until smooth.

  3. Add in the vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, and lemon juice. Beating just enough to incorporate it. 

  4. Using a spatula fold in the whipped cream and chopped pralines until well combined. Be gentle as to not knock out the air in the whipped cream. 

    Set frosting to the side for assembly. 

Assembling and Decorating Crepe King Cake

  1. On a cake stand or cake plate begin assembling the Crepe King Cake.

    Starting with a green crepe as it to the cake stand or cake plate.
    Coat the top of the crepe with a thin layer of Praline Cream Cheese Frosting leaving a 1 inch board from the all around the edge. 

  2. Repeat this process until you’ve stacked all your green crepes, then yellow crepes, and all but one purple crepe.

  3. Stack your last purple crepe on top of the final layer of frosting. 

    Cover the Crepe King Cake with food safe plastic wrap. Let refrigerate for 2 hours. 

  4. After it’s refrigerated dust with confectioners sugar and sanding sugar. Serve immediately or keep in the fridge for up to 3 days. Though it’s best serve day off.

  5. Optional Decorating: Lay down a Fleur De Lis**** cut out before you add the powder sugar. Dust powder sugar over the Fleur De Lis. Remove the cut out and you have an imprinted Fleur De Lis to top your cake.

*You can also use an immersion blender for a smooth batter quickly.
**I rarely say this but liquid food dye is the better choice here. Something about the batter doesn’t mix well with gel food dye.
*** You can use a 9.5 inch non stick pan, as well. Instead of using 1/3 cup of batter, you’ll want to use 1/4 cup. You’ll end up with 3 extra crepes and an 36 layer crepe cake. You’ll have enough frosting to compensate for the change.
**** Fleur De Lis cut out on https://www.elletalk.com/blog/2018/crepe-king-cake/

Fleur De Lis Cut Out For Sugar Dusting on Crepe King Cake

This recipe is deliciously sweet and crunchy. Plus I just love looking at all those layers. This recipe made for 30 alternating layers of crepes and frosting. If you want a higher cake you can double the recipe for 60 layers or recipe + half for 45 layers. Regardless it’s a show stopper and a fun spin if you’re looking to create something different for Mardi Gras.

You can get the main ingredients for this recipe and more Mardi Gras food at your local Cost Plus World Market store. Find the store closest to you here. Plus you can shop all the Cost Plus World Market products I used in this post down below. Like that gorgeous gold and marble cake stand that I couldn’t leave my Baybrook Cost Plus World Market, without!

What are your plans for Mardi Gras? Do you have any a favorite King Cake flavor? Give me all the details down below!

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A twist on a Mardi Gras recipe classic takes layers of crepes and praline cream cheese frosting to make a King Cake inspired Crepe Cake. This Crepe King Cake is perfect if your looking for a unique Mardi Gras food or need a dessert to entertain for a Mardi Gras party. #ad #mardigras #mardigrasfood #worldmarket @worldmarket #crepe #crepecake #dessert A twist on a Mardi Gras recipe classic takes layers of crepes and praline cream cheese frosting to make a King Cake inspired Crepe Cake. This Crepe King Cake is perfect if your looking for a unique Mardi Gras food or need a dessert to entertain for a Mardi Gras party. #ad #mardigras #mardigrasfood #worldmarket @worldmarket #crepe #crepecake #dessert

 

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Pretzel Pizza Bites https://www.elletalk.com/blog/2018/pretzel-pizza-bites/ https://www.elletalk.com/blog/2018/pretzel-pizza-bites/#comments Tue, 30 Jan 2018 19:19:49 +0000 https://www.elletalk.com/?p=3687 Ahh dough. Is there anything better than fresh, hot dough straight from the oven? Hot melty cheese, you say? Well good thing…

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These Pretzel Pizza Bites use fresh pizza dough for a crunchy outside but soft pretzel inside filled with pizza ingredients like pepperoni and cheese. Easy Game Day recipe and easy super bowl food. #superbowlfood #gamedayrecipe #gamedayfood #appetizer #pizza

Ahh dough. Is there anything better than fresh, hot dough straight from the oven? Hot melty cheese, you say? Well good thing these Pretzel Pizza Bites have both. Over the last few weeks, I have been trying my hand at a few different recipes. At first I was trying to make Homemade Pizza Bagel Bites. I could never get the bagel part correct and the store doesn’t sell small enough bagels. After that I got pretzels on the brain. Could I stuff pizza toppings into pretzels to make pizza bites? After a quick scan in our many dough books, I sent my husband on the job.

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram Stories you know by now my husband has turned into a pizza dough nut. He’s slowly starting to develop his own pizza dough recipe. Praise be, he’ll be sharing it on here once he’s got the final kinks worked out. He’s close guys! With all his doughy knowledge he came back to me with the news that “Pizza and pretzel dough are pretty similar. I’m guessing you can cook pizza dough the way you do pretzels.” Well after some testing, he was 100% right. Thus with a little trial error these Pretzel Pizza Bites came into our lives and left even quicker. They are perfect for Game Day, Game Nights, or hosting. Plus they are totally customizable to whatever you love to put on your pizza. So how are they made?

PRETZEL PIZZA BITES RECIPE

It’s very simple to make, especially if you can get fresh pizza dough from your local bakery/bakery counter. If you have your own pizza dough recipe that you like to use, even better. Just stay away from the canned pizza dough! I’m not sure what’s in the canned pizza dough that turns these to mush, but take it from me, it doesn’t work.

You’ll start by rolling out the pizza dough into a 7×12″ spread and then cutting them into 12 long even strips. After that it’s as simple as rolling the pepperoni, cheese, and oregano up into your dough strips. Rotating the dough ball as you roll it to make sure you have fully encased the ingredients. Then you soak them in a boiling water & baking soda bath. Glaze with egg and throw them in the oven. Easy right? Here’s what it looks like.

These Pretzel Pizza Bites use fresh pizza dough for a crunchy outside but soft pretzel inside filled with pizza ingredients like pepperoni and cheese. Easy Game Day recipe and easy super bowl food. #superbowlfood #gamedayrecipe #gamedayfood #appetizer #pizzaThese Pretzel Pizza Bites use fresh pizza dough for a crunchy outside but soft pretzel inside filled with pizza ingredients like pepperoni and cheese. Easy Game Day recipe and easy super bowl food. #superbowlfood #gamedayrecipe #gamedayfood #appetizer #pizzaThese Pretzel Pizza Bites use fresh pizza dough for a crunchy outside but soft pretzel inside filled with pizza ingredients like pepperoni and cheese. Easy Game Day recipe and easy super bowl food. #superbowlfood #gamedayrecipe #gamedayfood #appetizer #pizzaThese Pretzel Pizza Bites use fresh pizza dough for a crunchy outside but soft pretzel inside filled with pizza ingredients like pepperoni and cheese. Easy Game Day recipe and easy super bowl food. #superbowlfood #gamedayrecipe #gamedayfood #appetizer #pizzaThese Pretzel Pizza Bites use fresh pizza dough for a crunchy outside but soft pretzel inside filled with pizza ingredients like pepperoni and cheese. Easy Game Day recipe and easy super bowl food. #superbowlfood #gamedayrecipe #gamedayfood #appetizer #pizza

Pretzel Pizza Bites

Using pizza dough to create a pretzel bite that is filled with pizza ingredients like cheese and pepperoni for a delicious appetizer. Great recipe to make with kids.

  • 1 pound Pizza Dough (room temperature, from your local bakery not the canned stuff)
  • 3/4 cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 12 Pepperonis
  • 4 cups Water
  • 1/2 cup Baking Soda
  • Oregano Spice
  • Garlic Salt (or Course Kosher Salt)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tablespoon Water
  1. Preheat oven to 415 degrees F.

  2. Roll your dough out to around 7×12″. Cut the dough into 12 evenly sized strips. 

  3. Taking a strip of dough, at one end of the strip add 1 pepperoni, tablespoon of shredded cheese, and a sprinkle of oregano spice. Begin to roll the dough up, rotating* the dough twice before coming to the end. Make sure you’ve sealed all the sides of your ingredients. Give the dough ball a roll in between your hands to smooth and round it out. Add to a slipmat or parchment lined cookie sheet. Repeat 11 more times.

    *If the cheese falls out, stuff it back in the exposed side on the first rotation. 

  4. In a pot bring the 4 cups of water to a boil. Once boiling drop the heat to medium and add in the baking soda. Stirring as you add it in to keep the mixture from foaming up. Keep stirring until the baking soda has dissolved. Raise the heat back up and bring the mixture to a boil.

  5. 3 – 4 dough balls at a time, drop them in the boiling water. Removing them after 30 seconds and adding them back to the cookie sheet. Repeat until all dough balls have been soaked.

  6. In a small bowl whisk the egg and tablespoon of water together to make a glaze. Brush it on top of your soaked dough balls. Sprinkle Garlic Salt (or coarse Kosher Salt) on top of your dough balls. Add the cookie sheet to the oven and let cook for 15-20 minutes. They are done when they have a deep brown golden color.

    Serve your Pretzel Pizza Bites warm and with a side of marinara sauce. 

These Pretzel Pizza Bites use fresh pizza dough for a crunchy outside but soft pretzel inside filled with pizza ingredients like pepperoni and cheese. Easy Game Day recipe and easy super bowl food. #superbowlfood #gamedayrecipe #gamedayfood #appetizer #pizza
These bites are ahhhh-mazing. Crunchy outside, soft pretzel inside, and gooey pizza middle. The key to this recipe is the use of pizza dough. It just makes for a fantastic texture that’s better than using crescent rolls or bagels. Another thing I learned many years ago from all the Pizza Bites and Pizza Pockets I had as a kid, scorching hot tomato sauce is not a joke. So I leave it out of the center to avoid mouth burns and instead serve marinara sauce on the side for dipping. I’ll be making up another batch of these this weekend to accompany my Jalapeño Popper Pinwheels for the Super Bowl. Who are you routing for? Tell me down below, along with your favorite pizza. I’m pulling for The Patriots but I route harder for Margherita Pizza.

Cheers! Elle

These Pretzel Pizza Bites use fresh pizza dough for a crunchy outside but soft pretzel inside filled with pizza ingredients like pepperoni and cheese. Easy Game Day recipe and easy super bowl food. #superbowlfood #gamedayrecipe #gamedayfood #appetizer #pizza

These Pretzel Pizza Bites use fresh pizza dough for a crunchy outside but soft pretzel inside filled with pizza ingredients like pepperoni and cheese. Easy Game Day recipe and easy super bowl food. #superbowlfood #gamedayrecipe #gamedayfood #appetizer #pizza

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Jalapeno Popper Baked Pinwheels https://www.elletalk.com/blog/2018/jalapeno-popper-baked-pinwheels/ https://www.elletalk.com/blog/2018/jalapeno-popper-baked-pinwheels/#respond Fri, 26 Jan 2018 20:26:39 +0000 https://www.elletalk.com/?p=3649 The Big Game is upon us and we’re gearing up for one of our favorite times to feast. Almost all of my…

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This Game Day recipe for Jalapeno Popper Pinwheels that are baked in puff pastry are an easy appetizer. You can make the filling ahead and bake right before the Big Game starts.The Big Game is upon us and we’re gearing up for one of our favorite times to feast. Almost all of my favorite foods are Game Day and party recipes! A universal favorite in our house being Jalapeño Poppers! Can you ever go wrong with that perfect balance of spicy jalapeño, sweet cream cheese, and salt bacon? This season, I wanted to give them a little bit of a different spin (pun intended) by transforming them into Jalapeño Popper Baked Pinwheels. This puff pastry recipe is made with store bought pastry that’s then filled with all the popper fixings to make these rolled pinwheels. Once baked they are light, crispy, and bubbling with goodness. Not to mention you can make the filling ahead for easier assembly closer to your party time. So let’s get into how to make this easy party food recipe!

Jalapeno Popper Baked Pinwheels Using Puff Pastry

This recipe is very simple but really impressive. All you do is combine room temperature cream cheese, shredded cheddar, chopped and cooked bacon, and chopped fresh jalapeño in a bowl. Spread it across frozen puff pastry that’s simi-thawed from the freezer. After that it’s as simple as roll, cut, flash freeze, glaze and bake. That’s my secret to working with puff pastry, if you have the time, give your pinwheels a quick freeze for 5 minutes (you can also do 15 minutes in the fridge) right before it heads to the oven. It keeps all that butter that’s been laminated in the dough from seeping out. Giving you big puffy flakes of pastry once baked.

This Game Day recipe for Jalapeno Popper Pinwheels that are baked in puff pastry are an easy appetizer. You can make the filling ahead and bake right before the Big Game starts.This Game Day recipe for Jalapeno Popper Pinwheels that are baked in puff pastry are an easy appetizer. You can make the filling ahead and bake right before the Big Game starts.This Game Day recipe for Jalapeno Popper Pinwheels that are baked in puff pastry are an easy appetizer. You can make the filling ahead and bake right before the Big Game starts.

Jalapeño Popper Baked Pinwheels

These Jalapeño Popper Baked Pinwheels are a perfect appetizer recipe for parties, cookouts, or The Big Game. They use puff pastry to make a rolled log filled with cream cheese, jalapeño, cheese, and bacon for a light and crunchy finger food.

  • 4 Jalapeños (chopped)
  • 6 pieces Bacon (cooked & chopped)
  • 8 ounces Cream Cheese (room temperature)
  • 1 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 sheet Frozen Puff Pastry
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tablespoon Water
  1. Take a Puff Pastry sheet out of the freeze and thaw enough to unfold. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a bowl combine room temperature cream cheese, jalapeños, bacon, cheddar cheese, and garlic powder until well combined.

  2. Taking your unfolded puff pastry, spread your popper filling on top of it. Leaving a one inch gap at the top of your pastry. Slowly roll the end closest to you up to the top creating a log. Leave the log seam down.

  3. With a sharp knife cut half inch pinwheels from the roll. I find it easiest to use a ruler to mark off the half inch lines. You’ll be left with 22 pieces including the ends. You can tose the ends or bake them. If your pinwheels are “smushed” from being cut, reshape them to a more circular shape. Add your pinwheels to the freeze for 5 minutes to give a quick re-freeze. Whisk together your egg and water to make an egg glaze. Line two baking trays with parchment paper or silicone mat.

  4. Remove the pinwheels from the freezer. Line the baking trays with the pinwheels an inch apart. Brush on the egg glaze on the tops and on the sides of the pinwheels. Bake for 15 minutes in the oven or until golden brown. Remove and let cool on a cooling rack for 5 minutes. Serve hot or at room temperature.

* You can make ahead by making the filling the night before and assembling when ready to bake. 
*You can also chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes instead of using the freezer.

This Game Day recipe for Jalapeno Popper Pinwheels that are baked in puff pastry are an easy appetizer. You can make the filling ahead and bake right before the Big Game starts.Don’t they look delicious? These might just be my new favorite party food. I can’t wait to remake them come The Big Game next weekend. Though, I think they would fit any party theme. On top of Jalapeño Popper Baked Pinwheels I’ll be making hot wings and B’s all time favorite, Spicy Adobe Bean Dip. What are you making for the final Game Day of the season? Are you throwing your own party or attending a friends? If you need more ideas on Game Day Entertaining I’ve got a collection of recipes for you, just click here. Be on the lookout for something boozy coming your way next week to cap off our final Game Day content for the season.

Until next time, cheers!

This Game Day recipe for Jalapeno Popper Pinwheels that are baked in puff pastry are an easy appetizer. You can make the filling ahead and bake right before the Big Game starts.

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Winter Citrus Sour Cocktail https://www.elletalk.com/blog/2018/winter-citrus-sour-cocktail/ https://www.elletalk.com/blog/2018/winter-citrus-sour-cocktail/#respond Fri, 19 Jan 2018 21:11:24 +0000 https://www.elletalk.com/?p=3588 This Winter Citrus Sour uses grapefruit and lemon to make a bright and refreshing gin sour winter cocktail. While we were in…

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This Winter Citrus Sour uses grapefruit and lemon to make a bright and refreshing gin sour winter cocktail. A bright and delicious winter cocktail using grapefruit and lemon to make a winter gin sour cocktail. This cocktail recipe uses winter citruses to make a sour gin cocktail. Perfect for winter sipping and works well in the summer for a light and refreshing drink. Served in a coupe glass.
While we were in Asheville, we sat in this small craft brewery called Blue Ghost. In the winter I’m a Porter and Stout type of gal. Yet, the tender pushed me over a sample of their Dry-Hopped Kettle Sour Beer. Within seconds my palette for the season changed. While this was the best sour beer I’ve tried, it also created a craving in me for lip puckering winter citrus cocktails. Often people think grapefruits and lemons are summer time fruits, their peak season though, is right now! Lucky me, right?

Since we’ve been home from this trip, I’ve been working on putting together a sour cocktail that left your jaw with that nice tingle but didn’t over power your palette. Thus I created this Winter Citrus Sour made with subtle gin for a lovely tart and floral sip. You could put this cocktail somewhere between a Greyhound and Paloma. The goal with this cocktail was to create something you could serve chilled but not on ice. With the recent snowpocalypse in Houston, the last thing any of us want to do is hold a glass of ice.

Winter Citrus Cocktail Recipe

This cocktail is easy and quick to make. Which I rather enjoy for these chiller months. I use fresh squeezed grapefruit juice and lemon juice. 1/2 a large grapefruit and 1 large lemon rendered me the right amount of juice for this drink. However, if your citrus feels too firm when you roll it across the counter, consider doubling the amount of fruit you’re using to acquire the juice.

To serve this sour cocktail I strain it into two 5.5 oz coupe glasses. These are the exact ones I use and enjoy for small sippers. You can, if you wish, strain it into a martini glass or if you wish to double the recipe it will fit perfectly into a rocks glass as well.

Winter Citrus Sour

This Winter Citrus Sour uses grapefruit and lemon to make a bright and refreshing gin sour winter cocktail. 

  • 2 ounces Gin ((Beefeater, Hadley & Sons, Brazos))
  • 2 ounces Fresh Grapefruit Juice ((1/2 Large Grapefruit))
  • 1 ounce Fresh Lemon Juice ((1 Large Lemon))
  • 1/2 ounce Cointreau
  • 1/2 ounce Simple Syrup
  • Lemon Rind Rose ((optional))
  1. Into a cocktail shaker add your Gin, grapefruit, lemon, Cointreau, and simple syrup. Give it a quick shake of 5 seconds and strain into two coupe glasses. Garnish with rolled lemon rind rose.

*Yes, we are shaking gin. This is a citrus forward drink that needs to be bound together with the gin to be well balanced. If this was a liquor forward drink we would stir it. 

A bright and delicious winter cocktail using grapefruit and lemon to make a winter gin sour cocktail. This cocktail recipe uses winter citruses to make a sour gin cocktail. Perfect for winter sipping and works well in the summer for a light and refreshing drink. Served in a coupe glass.

When picking out a gin for this cocktail, I’d keep it low profiled. Something that doesn’t hold that in your face pine flavor. Keep it subtle with a Beefeater, Hadley & Sons, or Brazos. If you aren’t sure what to get, ask someone at your local liquor store!

This drink gets the jaw tingle but also feels like sunshine on a much needed winter day. It’s tart, a tad sweet, and perfectly floral. It hits that sour craving I’ve had perfectly. With it’s blush color it also doesn’t make too shabby of a Valentine’s Day Cocktail!

What have you been craving lately? Has it been citrus like me? Give me all the details down below!

Cheers! Elle.

A Winter Citrus Sour cocktail. This bright and delicious winter cocktail using grapefruit and lemon to make a winter gin sour cocktail. This cocktail recipe uses winter citruses to make a sour gin cocktail. Perfect for winter sipping and works well in the summer for a light and refreshing drink. Served in a coupe glass.

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2 Half Marathons 1 Month https://www.elletalk.com/blog/2018/2-half-marathons-1-month/ https://www.elletalk.com/blog/2018/2-half-marathons-1-month/#respond Mon, 15 Jan 2018 23:07:03 +0000 https://www.elletalk.com/?p=3552 We’re back and with a new look! Thank you for sticking with us while we moved platforms! Today I wanted to update…

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Elle Talk goes over 2 Half Marathons in 1 Month Goals

We’re back and with a new look!

Thank you for sticking with us while we moved platforms! Today I wanted to update you on one of the last topics we talked about. Yesterday, I ran and finished the Aramco Houston Half Marathon! If you remember my previous post, you know I ran the Santa Hustle Half Marathon as a practice to Aramco. Thanks to that race, I was able to adjust things necessary to make this Aramco Half Marathon a success. Even with a past foot injury flaring up 5 days before the race!

As a spectator in previous years, I had an idea of the size of this race but running in it, is a completely different story. Running through the city of Houston with 13,500 fellows (27,000 if you count the full) is an adventure you don’t really understand until you’re immersed in it. Then seeing the level of support that comes out (about 200,000 spectators) blew my mind completely. I’m about to say something crazy here, so hold on. The race felt like it went by in a blink of an eye. That is not how Santa Hustle went, at all! Y’all I ran a 2:55, I’m saying 3 hours of running felt like a 30 minute jog. There was live music, hilarious spectator signs, and 13.1 miles of encouragement. There was just always something to look at or a runner to laugh with when you go to “Power Up” by slapping “JJ Watt’s abs”. (A poster, folks. If we were touching the real thing they’d had carried me off in a stretcher!) I even got to see B’ three times on the course. The start, the 9 mile marker, and the finish! He must’ve taken a chapter or two out my spectating years.

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As for the race itself, it was a cold start but made for a fantastic day to run. It’s easy for Houston to be humid and hot. Last year at this race the temperature spiked to 78 degrees and 100% humidity. It was an awful time for the runners.  Unlike Santa Hustle my knees and feet stayed stronger with my new fueling plan. While they did have their moments it was nothing I couldn’t push through. When you come hustling over Allen Parkway to that big Houston skyline, it’s hard to not want to keep going. Plus there is beer on Allen and even more dogs, ha! The two things that keep this gal a rocking and a rolling. Though I do publicly apologize to the woman I shouted “I HAVE AN IRISH SETTER!!!” at by Hermann Park. All because she had a Gordon Setter and well…Setters are just hard to come by, okay?

Overall, this went 1000x better than Santa Hustle. I felt a millions times better in this race too. Plus it’s official right? I’m half marathoner, fo’ sho. 2 Half Marathons, 1 Month. For starting out, that’s a pretty awesome accomplishment. Needless to say, I’m proud of myself. I know I repeat that through these posts. I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to allow yourself to do something you’ll be proud of. After college it feels like your accomplishments boil down to career driven goals. What about outside of that? Where can you find joy in something that you pick for fun? I know, running isn’t the first thing people think we they think “fun”. As it grows on you and you find a community, it does become that though! Had you asked me 2 years ago if I’d ever run a half marathon. “Hell no!” is the answer you’d have gotten. Ask me a year ago? The answer would be “Eventually, maybe I’ll run one in my 30s.”. Well “eventually” came last month and again, yesterday, at the ripe age of 28.

So what’s next? Honestly, to bed. My legs still ache. In all seriousness my goals currently are to pick up my time. I want to come closer to a 2:30 finish. Plus to even out my splits more. I did a lot better job with that this time around. I also want to do something fun. A Disney Princess race? A race as big as Brooklyn Half Marathon? I liked this race, no, I loved this race. The more I sit back the more I want to get out there and do it again. Not that wearing my medal around my neck for the last 24 hours is helping those thoughts.

I’m sure you’re thinking, “What about a Marathon? Would you ever run one?” Eventually, maybe I’ll run one in my 30s. Then again…we saw how that worked out last time.

Cheers, friends.

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Half Marathon Update (+ Elle Talk 2018) https://www.elletalk.com/blog/2017/half-marathon-update-elle-talk-2018/ https://www.elletalk.com/blog/2017/half-marathon-update-elle-talk-2018/#respond Thu, 21 Dec 2017 04:08:36 +0000 https://www.elletalk.com/half-marathon-update-elle-talk-2018/ An update looking at my first half marathon and the future for Elle Talk in 2018.

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An update looking at my first half marathon and the future for Elle Talk in 2018.

An update looking at my first half marathon and the future for Elle Talk in 2018. #lifestyle #halfmarathon

Wooooah! Unless you follow me on Twitter or Facebook you might not know I’ve been training for a Half Marathon. Last we talked, here, I was walking into my first 10K or as the race was called Half Marathon Relay. I realize, now, that I never wrote a follow up post to that race. Don’t worry, I finished with a 1:20 time. Somewhere after that race, I sort of lost my heart for writing about the topic. It was a mix of not knowing where I was going next and you guys were losing interest in it. It’s cool, I totally get it! So I let it go and chose to do minor updates through social media.

However, I miss these posts now that I’ve had some time away from them. I look back over my running journey that started right here on Elle Talk on May 16 2016, announcing I was going to do my first Sprint Triathlon. I hadn’t run more than a 5k at the time and I did so, very, very poorly. In that year and half time frame, I’ve done 2 Sprint Triathlons, 4 – 5Ks, 1 – 10K, and now, 1 Half Marathon. Back in June I decided, that I wanted to do the Aramco Half Marathon. It’s a huge race with 27,000 people showing up to participate in the Chevron Marathon or Aramco Half. I thought surely if I had 7 months to train, I could do a half marathon. So I shared it on social media to keep me accountable. Come November, I decided I was terrified of what would happen at Aramco. I decided then I would quietly sign up for another half marathon, a month out. Running is mental and I needed to know I could do it or at the very least what I needed to do more of. So this Sunday, I laced up my sneakers and took off to Galveston for the Santa Hustle. Sound familiar? I’ve run the 5K for it 3 times. Ya’ll I was nervous, so nervous. I kept calling this my silent half marathon because I wasn’t speaking of it, incase it didn’t end well! I am grateful that I had my husband running with me to help guide me on this first half. I genuinely mean it when I say I couldn’t have done it without him. I won’t go into full details of the run but I left it all out on the course. I wanted to finish in under 3 hours and I did with a 2:50 and knees the size of grapefruits. I’ve never pushed myself as hard as I did on Sunday and to say I’m proud of myself, it just doesn’t do it justice. I learned a lot from that race and I’m incredibly glad I did it. I feel much better walking into Aramco in January. Plus it was neat to see people who follow my athletic journey super surprised when I finished my first half marathon a month early. Something about this one, was really special. I think it’s the first time I’ve felt like a real runner or athlete. Which is dumb because if you get out and run, you’re a runner. Simple as that. However, I never thought I would be here. I never thought I was capable. I am happy to say, I was very wrong.

 

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ELLE TALK UPDATE 2018

So what’s happening with Elle Talk in 2018? I’ve got two more posts for 2017, a roundup of Elle Talk’s Best Recipes 2017 and a New Year’s Eve cocktail. After that, you would expect my readers survey to open up the New Year and a look back at my Favorite Elle Talk Moments from the year. However, 2018 will start with us shutting down Elle Talk…..for a week, possibly two. Don’t worry, it’s not for good! Elle Talk has been a beast this year. We’ve acquired a ton of new readers and have seen a growth I couldn’t have predicted for only my second year of blogging. For that reason, as a little gift to Elle Talk turning 2, I’m giving her a much needed upgrade. We’re moving platforms to be self hosted, we’re also getting a fresh design that’s easier to navigate, and new branding.

That’s not all that will be changing in 2018. In 2018, we’re going to scale back cocktails. Risky, I know. However, in 2018, I’m looking for quality over quantity. I want better quality cocktails, better quality recipes. Sometimes a recipe takes three weeks to flush out when I only predicted two. I want it to be okay to let it take it’s time to become the awesome concoction it needs to be and not feel pressured by “Blogging 101” saying you you have to upload three times a week to be successful. That’s another thing, when I started Elle Talk, I prided myself on not being 100% niched like “Blogging 101” tells you. I’ve niched down to just about only cocktails. I miss food and I miss lifestyle. So, I’ll be bringing them back and bringing them back better than I’ve ever done them. Food will be met with the same passion and detail that my cocktails have seen. You’ve probably already started getting a glimpse of that in the last month. Lifestyle will look further into my life as not only someone heading into their 30’s but as a blogger. A little behind the scenes fun if you will. Plus, I’ve heard you..you want Georgia back. She’s coming back too.

A little more detail on the food and drink side of this website. Another thing I’m looking to start slowly introducing in the new year is Menus. Menus are going to be week long series once a month where I create and style out a themed three course menu. Example being: Take Out Night. You’ll get a full look at how to make a Sake Sangria on Monday that pairs with Air Fryer Crab Rangoons on Tuesday and the main course of Under 20 Minute Lo Mein that posts on Wednesday. Each recipe being perfect on their own but even more fantastic served together. The week will end with the entire course in a full table scape with entertaining tips and fun details to add to your night in. I really hope you’ll enjoy this new concept because I’ve had it in the works for months. It’s probably going to be my new favorite introduction for 2018.

Lastly, I’ll touch on this. This last year I’ve spent a lot of time working with some fantastic brands. I’ve gotten to work with dream companies to create recipes for them that I’m extremely proud of. I’ve also built up a photography and styling portfolio that excites companies and has gotten me a lot of positive recognition. The joy of it for me is the chance to work one on one as a photographer, writer, stylist, and recipe creator to flesh out various companie’s products in a new light. That really freaking excites me to pieces! I wanted to say thank you, for taking on the sponsored content this year. Where most bloggers get backlash for sponsored content, the majority of my readers have embraced it. Walking into 2018, I’m hoping to keep the sponsored train going. So if it’s something you don’t desire, I do apologize that it will not be coming to a halt. To those who don’t care, truly, thank you, because it’s something I truly enjoy about blogging.

That would be it, for now. That’s the Elle Talk updates for 2018. I’m sure more will happen in 2018 that I can’t even begin to predict. I’m sure somethings will come and go as they always do. However, since I won’t be around at the New Year to say this, thank you. You’ve made this not so little space on the internet turn into a real dream. I’ve enjoyed every minute of writing, creating, photographing, and taste testing for you. Okay…maybe not every minute of the taste testing. I don’t always get it right the first..second..sometimes even the third time. Thank you for being such a magnificent light in 2017 for me.

Now, on to 2018. I promise, I’ll try not to be as long winded next year…

though I think that was last year’s promise too.

 

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Rudolph’s Night Off https://www.elletalk.com/blog/2017/rudolphs-night-off/ https://www.elletalk.com/blog/2017/rudolphs-night-off/#respond Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:28:50 +0000 https://www.elletalk.com/rudolphs-night-off/ A recipe for an easy Holiday cocktail that has Bundaberg Ginger Beer, white rum, pomegranate juice, muddled rosemary, and lemon juice. This Rudolph's Night Off is perfect for holiday entertaining or holiday drinking. Recipe is for ages 21+, please drink responsibly. #spons #Bundaberg #GingerBeer #brewedbetter

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A recipe for an easy Holiday cocktail that has Bundaberg Ginger Beer, white rum, pomegranate juice, muddled rosemary, and lemon juice. This Rudolph’s Night Off is perfect for holiday entertaining or holiday drinking. Recipe is for ages 21+, please drink responsibly.

Bundaberg Brewed Drinks is one of my got to Ginger Beer companies, so I’m extremely excited to have them sponsor today’s post. This post also contains affiliate links. Thank you for using these links and supporting Elle Talk. For more information about sponsored posts and affiliate links, please see our disclosure page in the footer.

Easy Holiday cocktail similar to a holiday mule or buck. Perfect for Holiday entertaining or a Christmas Party recipe. A recipe for an easy Holiday cocktail that has Bundaberg Ginger Beer, white rum, pomegranate juice, muddled rosemary, and lemon juice. This Rudolph's Night Off is perfect for holiday entertaining or holiday drinking. // www.ElleTalk.com #spons #Bundaberg #GingerBeer #brewedbetter #holidaypartytreat #holidayrecipe #cocktailrecipe #drinkrecipe

When I was 6, I got the impression that Santa wasn’t real. In an order to keep the magic of Christmas alive, my Mother devised a plan to provide me with hard hitting “evidence”. We wrote Santa and rather than asking for presents, we asked Rudolph for one of his reindeer bells. On Christmas morning, I woke up to “hoof” prints all over the snow and one of “Rudolph’s” bells right on our front door. That glitter bombed bell added on two more years of “believing” and 90’s esq Mall Santa photos to our album.

As an adult, I can only imagine it took the power of spiked coffee to get my Mother up before her youngest child (achem, me.) and into the Virgina snow, to pretend to be Rudolph. So, that’s today’s cocktail. It’s for all the Rudolph’s out there spending Christmas Eve wrapping gifts, stomping in the snow, and keeping the Holiday’s magical. This refreshing Rudolph’s Night Off cocktail mixes pomegranate juice and muddled rosemary. It’s then topped off with Bundaberg Ginger Beer to give it a spicy and crisp finish for easy sipping. This Australian brew is my go to ginger beer for Moscow Mules and Bucks. They’ve found the right balance of ginger to sweetness in their brew by using real locally grown ginger to make it. This cocktail ends up fancy enough for holiday parties but also easy enough to make for “Rudolph” on a much needed night off. Let’s get into how to make it.

Easy Holiday cocktail similar to a holiday mule or buck. Perfect for Holiday entertaining or a Christmas Party recipe. A recipe for an easy Holiday cocktail that has Bundaberg Ginger Beer, white rum, pomegranate juice, muddled rosemary, and lemon juice. This Rudolph's Night Off is perfect for holiday entertaining or holiday drinking. // www.ElleTalk.com #spons #Bundaberg #GingerBeer #brewedbetter #holidaypartytreat #holidayrecipe #cocktailrecipe #drinkrecipe

HOW TO MAKE RUDOLPH’S NIGHT OFF

This cocktail is another easy but impressive drink. All it takes it white rum, lemon juice, pomegranate juice, and a rosemary sprig into a cocktail shake. You’ll muddle the rosemary in the liquids until it becomes heavily fragrant. Then you’ll fill the cocktail shaker full of ice and shake for 15 shakes. Strain it into a highball filled with ice, top it off with Bundaberg Ginger Beer and serve. You can garnish with a rosemary spring and pomegranate seeds.

To get the seeds out of the pomegranate, I hit the outside of it hard with the back of bar spoon until the seeds start to fall out.
Easy Holiday cocktail similar to a holiday mule or buck. Perfect for Holiday entertaining or a Christmas Party recipe. A recipe for an easy Holiday cocktail that has Bundaberg Ginger Beer, white rum, pomegranate juice, muddled rosemary, and lemon juice. This Rudolph's Night Off is perfect for holiday entertaining or holiday drinking. // www.ElleTalk.com #spons #Bundaberg #GingerBeer #brewedbetter #holidaypartytreat #holidayrecipe #cocktailrecipe #drinkrecipe

Easy Holiday cocktail similar to a holiday mule or buck. Perfect for Holiday entertaining or a Christmas Party recipe. A recipe for an easy Holiday cocktail that has Bundaberg Ginger Beer, white rum, pomegranate juice, muddled rosemary, and lemon juice. This Rudolph's Night Off is perfect for holiday entertaining or holiday drinking. // www.ElleTalk.com #spons #Bundaberg #GingerBeer #brewedbetter #holidaypartytreat #holidayrecipe #cocktailrecipe #drinkrecipe

Easy Holiday cocktail similar to a holiday mule or buck. Perfect for Holiday entertaining or a Christmas Party recipe. A recipe for an easy Holiday cocktail that has Bundaberg Ginger Beer, white rum, pomegranate juice, muddled rosemary, and lemon juice. This Rudolph's Night Off is perfect for holiday entertaining or holiday drinking. // www.ElleTalk.com #spons #Bundaberg #GingerBeer #brewedbetter #holidaypartytreat #holidayrecipe #cocktailrecipe #drinkrecipe

Easy Holiday cocktail similar to a holiday mule or buck. Perfect for Holiday entertaining or a Christmas Party recipe. A recipe for an easy Holiday cocktail that has Bundaberg Ginger Beer, white rum, pomegranate juice, muddled rosemary, and lemon juice. This Rudolph's Night Off is perfect for holiday entertaining or holiday drinking. // www.ElleTalk.com #spons #Bundaberg #GingerBeer #brewedbetter #holidaypartytreat #holidayrecipe #cocktailrecipe #drinkrecipe

Rudolph's Night Off

A highball ginger beer cocktail made with white rum, pomegranate juice, lemon juice, and rosemary simple syrup. Similar to a Rum Buck.

  • 2 – 4 ounces Bundaberg Ginger Beer
  • 2 ounces White Rum
  • 2 ounces Pomegranate Juice
  • 1/2 ounce Lemon Juice
  • 1 Rosemary Sprig

Ice

    1. Into a cocktail shaker add to it the white rum, pomegranate juice, lemon juice, and rosemary sprig. Muddle until the rosemary becomes fragrant.

    2. Fill shaker with ice to the liquid line. Shake for 15 shakes. Strain into a highball filled with ice and top off with Bundaberg Ginger Beer.

    3. Serve with a separate rosemary sprig and pomegranate seeds on top.

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    Easy Holiday cocktail similar to a holiday mule or buck. Perfect for Holiday entertaining or a Christmas Party recipe. A recipe for an easy Holiday cocktail that has Bundaberg Ginger Beer, white rum, pomegranate juice, muddled rosemary, and lemon juice. This Rudolph's Night Off is perfect for holiday entertaining or holiday drinking. // www.ElleTalk.com #spons #Bundaberg #GingerBeer #brewedbetter #holidaypartytreat #holidayrecipe #cocktailrecipe #drinkrecipe

    Easy Holiday cocktail similar to a holiday mule or buck. Perfect for Holiday entertaining or a Christmas Party recipe. A recipe for an easy Holiday cocktail that has Bundaberg Ginger Beer, white rum, pomegranate juice, muddled rosemary, and lemon juice. This Rudolph's Night Off is perfect for holiday entertaining or holiday drinking. // www.ElleTalk.com #spons #Bundaberg #GingerBeer #brewedbetter #holidaypartytreat #holidayrecipe #cocktailrecipe #drinkrecipe

    Ohh Rudolph. Whether you’re Mom, Dad, or anyone else, you deserve all the delicious cocktails one can make you. I’ll never forget this Holiday memory and what it means to me. I’ll also not forget how delicious this cocktail turned out. While it’s beautiful enough for Holiday entertaining, I do see myself sipping it long after they have gone. I just love how the tart pomegranate and lemon plays with spicy ginger.

    If you would like to get your hands on Bundaberg Ginger Beer you can here by their product locator.
    They also make some other fantastic flavors like Root Beer, Pink Grapefruit, and Blood Orange. Though I think Lemon, Lime, and Bitters is calling my name the most. I am definitely going to be on the lookout for it.

    What is a Holiday memory that you love to celebrate? I know, I’ll never forget this one. Cheers!

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