alcohol + camping go hand in hand.

it’s day three already. on the agenda: hike around devils tower! & then [J] & I are off to our next destination ..

day three #LLontheBIGroad // LLinaBC.com

I’m excited to have lisa of {two martinis} here today. she’s sharing not one, not two, but three drink recipes with you. and while we’re on the topic .. I must say I was on the fence about bringing booze on our excursion [very unlike me, I know]. basically when I drink I can get a little careless, and the last thing I want is to wind up face to face with a bear. but after reading lisa’s camping story ..I headed straight to the liquor store. [drink responsibly, especially in the woods. but do drink]. does anyone know if there are hyenas in montana?

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Hey everyone! This definitely isn’t Chelsea, because as we all know, Chelsea is enjoying her summer by taking a very extended vacation and camping across the country.

Not that I’m jealous or anything.

Nope, who would be jealous of a 16 day vacation?

Not me, that’s for darn sure. I’ll just stay in my apartment and watch Bravo TV marathons.

Sigh.

Anyway, this is Lisa and I blog over at Two Martinis. I must confess, I’ve had a very limited experience with camping.

It involved me and hyenas.

(I am clearly thrilled to be spending my honeymoon sleeping in a tent.)

And do you know what I wish I had while I was camping? (Besides a flashlight, which also would have helped helped.)

A cocktail. Or seven. And of course cocktails are hard to come by in the Serengeti Plains, but Chelsea should be able to get her hands on a few of these, and I hope you will be able to enjoy some of these drinks too, whether you’re camping or not!

lisa of two martinis // LLinaBC.com

Moscow Mule

(Fun fact, I originally started enjoying this beverage after Chelsea posted about her love for them on this very blog!)

  • 1 half lime
  • 2 ounces of vodka
  • 4-6 ounces of ginger beer

Squeeze the lime into a glass, add some ice cubs, the vodka, and top it off with the ginger beer. Enjoy!

Mimosa

  • Sparkling wine
  • Orange juice

This drink is so easy, even I can’t mess it up! Add equal parts sparkling wine (or champagne!) and orange juice. You could also use pineapple juice instead, to mix things up a bit.

*Fun fact: Did you know you can make a virgin mimosa by using ginger ale instead of champagne?

Sweet Moscato Strawberry Mix

  • Pink Moscato
  • Frozen Strawberries
  • Ginger ale

Put a couple of strawberries in a glass and add equal parts Moscato and ginger ale to it for a super-delicious drink.

Now that you have the recipes, go and get your day drinking on!

(And stop on by to my blog at Two Martinis to say hello!)

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oh my goodness. they all sound great to me. 

[J] & I will be “THOSE” campers – sipping moscow mules at our campsite. in the middle of nowhere wyoming. that’ll be us! I hope I packed the red solo cups ..

[thank you lisa].

go shower her with blog love!

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the week in photos.

Thank Goodness It’s Friday.

I hope you all had a frreakin’ fantastic week. can’t complain about mine. let’s reminisce…

I concocted two Iowa Girl Eats-inspired items.

moscow mules: so refreshing & oh so dangerously delicious. they’re right there near the top of [J] & I’s favorite list. {recipe here}

I was craving at-home mexican food. but I was starving. so I needed quick, easy, & scrumptious ..and thankfully Iowa Girl Eats had exactly what I needed. {taco pasta bake}. [J] told me I can put it on the “go to” list. I didn’t know we had a list, but now that I do ..it’s on it!

the chef I raved about in my “dinner in the tree house” post ..made another spectacular dinner. of ribs. on the grill.

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did I mention [J] & I are hosting our own charity event? [if you’re in the chicagoland area ..come!!! it’s guaranteed to be a grreat time]. we’ve been planning for months and to our surprise ..the day is almost upon us. {for details: toast to a cure}

we went on our final walk-through …

these are the bocce courts. we also have bowling lanes. a fire pit. italian/american feast. silent auction. plus open bar. [the venue: pinstripes. in south barrington].

let’s just say I was already excited for the event. AND THEN ..I got to play with mason jars & chalkboard paint. two things I’ve been dying to explore. thankfully the event is rustic, outdoor-sy, & fall. [aka perfect for mason jar centerpieces & a couple spray-painted chalkboards].

a one gallon mason jar.

chalkboard paint. [can’t wait to share the finished product].

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have the best weekend everyone.

go hawkeye football!

the week in photos.

I cannot believe it is already Friday.

the weeks [since our move to chicago] seem to be FLYING by.

also: it has been 1 week since I last blogged, and it feels like an eternity.

[I apologize.]

my life seems to be at an uncomfortable standstill. the land of limbo, if you will. the job search is pressing on, but what a trying task. It WILL be rewarding in the end, but until then ..it has me in a FUNK. the days are all vaguely familiar ..beginning with coffee & filled with time on the computer ..searching. so, I guess it’s clear why I lose track of the days …and Friday is here once again.

say hello to my week in photos:

no-chip manicure. [two thumbs up from this girl].

went to [J]’s sister’s high school graduation.

[& got a tad bored around the D’s ..it was a very big class].

we took a trip to COSTCO. where you can indeed buy anything & everything. [case in point: see above].

took a visit to a new restaurant: niko’s lodge. end your dinner with: complimentary s’mores. don’t have to ask me twice. outside we went to burn my marshmallow!

I came up with a VERY clever [in my mind] way to send my resume off to an amazing company I would love, love, love to work for …involving this frog! I can’t wait to show you the finished product. + find out if it’s successful. [fingers crossed].

I found this new app for android: catch. it allows you to capture “notes” throughout the day. you know ..the ones that come at the most inopportune times ..that you forget to jot down and next thing you know: they’re forgotten. well this app allows you to type, take a picture, or record your note. PERFECT. my first note: make two moscow mules for [J] & I to kick off memorial day weekend. [1 part lime, 2 parts vodka, 3 parts ginger beer].

happy memorial day weekend everyone.

relax, have a cocktail, and of course: grill out.

[visit Iowa Girl Eats & Birds Nest 101 for some delicious recipes you can make this memorial day weekend].

talk to you all on memorial day monday :)