Feb
07
2016
The Design Confidential x Smirnoff Ice // Super Bowl Soiree Recipes in Under 15 Minutes

Just realized today is Super Bowl Sunday? Well if you are still scrambling to make something special before kickoff, fear not... here are 3 last minute ideas that you can finish in under 15 minutes! Seriously - so run to the store and hustle on back! This round up of tasty treats will elevate your game day soiree, big time with a grownup take on some game day classics... because who doesn't love lemonade, popcorn and potato chips? No one, that's who.

For other fun cocktail ideas and fabulous game day spreads, click here to read up on this series!

The Design Confidential x Smirnoff Ice // Super Bowl Soiree Recipes in Under 15 Minutes

1 MINUTE TIPSY ARNOLD PALMER COCKTAIL RECIPE

Smirnoff Ice Original

Iced Tea (or hot tea left to cool)

Simple Syrup - optional and can be substituted for sugar or left out entirely

Lemon to Garnish

// If you love a good Arnold Palmer, then this tipsy version is perfect for a game day refreshment. Fill a tall glass with ice, add 4 ounces of iced tea, and 4 ounces of Smirnoff Ice Original. Add 1/2 ounce of simple syrup if you like your tea more like sweet tea (which I do) and garnish with a lemon slice.

The Design Confidential x Smirnoff Ice // Super Bowl Soiree Recipes in Under 15 Minutes

HOT + SOUR CHIPS RECIPE

Salt + Vinegar Kettle Cooked Chips

Blue Cheese Dressing

Hot Chili Oil

Chili Flakes

Green Onions

// Pour Chips into a bowl and drizzle blue cheese dressing lightly over the top. Sprinkle several dashes of the hot chili oil on top of that along with a very light sprinkling of chili flakes. Chop 2-3 of your green onions and sprinkle over top of chips. If you want to make this as a dip, simply add blue cheese to a dipping bowl, add a few sprinkles of hot oil and chili flakes, then top with a light bit of your chopped green onions.

The Design Confidential x Smirnoff Ice // Super Bowl Soiree Recipes in Under 15 Minutes

EASY POPCORN BALL RECIPE

14 Cups of Pre-popped Popcorn (Skinny Pop has a plain variety)

1 10 ounce Bag of Mini Marshmallows

4 TBSP Butter

// Melt butter and marshmallows on low to medium heat, in a large saucepan. Once melted, remove from heat and add popcorn. Stir until coated and form into small balls. (I do this with my hands inside plastic baggies that have been sprayed with coconut oil and it keeps me from having a sticky disaster.) Let these form up and cool completely on waxed paper.

This fun spread, brought to you in partnership with Smirnoff Ice. Please drink responsibly and thank you for supporting the awesome brands that help me create new content here for The Design Confidential! I heart you guys!

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Feb
04
2016
The Design Confidential x Bernzomatic | The Smoking Gun Cocktail Recipe

If you have ever wanted to turn up the heat on your cocktail game, with a few safety precautions... just in case... it is much easier than you might think. It will definitely take your mixology to the next level.

I give you my latest cocktail creation, made specifically for the use of my fave Bernzomatic Micro Torch and a fabulous intro into the world of Flammable Cocktails. For a Bourbon based cocktail, see my Damrell's Fire recipe. The tutorial for making your own copper rimmed nesting platters can be found here.

INGREDIENTS + MATERIALS //

Bernzomatic 3-in1- Multi Torch + Butane

1 Oz Coffee Liqueur

1 Oz Vodka

2 Oz Half + Half

6 Oz Club Soda

1 Tbsp Amaretto Liqueur

Dash of Cinnamon

The Design Confidential x Bernzomatic | The Smoking Gun Cocktail Recipe

DIRECTIONS //

Fill a Double Old Fashioned glass with ice.

Pour in 1 oz Coffee Liqueur, 1 oz Vodka, and 2 oz Half + Half. Fill most of the remainder of your glass with club soda, leaving ¼ inch to spare. Sprinkle a generous amount of cinnamon on top but do not mix.

Slowly add a float of Amaretto by pouring ½-1oz of Amaretto over the back of a spoon near the edge of your glass. This will help spread the Amaretto and keep it light which will help it remain near the top of your drink.

Using your Bernzomatic Torch, carefully light your Amaretto float and run your flame over the cinnamon to lightly toast. Watch it become your smoking gun.

TIP // Ensure your work area is free of excess alcohol and any other potentially flammable items before you ignite your torch. Take all safety precautions when playing with fire. Burning down your house, for the sake of a fabulous drink experience, would be a terrible idea.

This recipe was created in partnership with Bernzomatic and is part of an ongoing series of projects here on 'le blog'. Thank you for supporting the awesome-sauce brands that help bring fresh and fun new projects like this to The Design Confidential. I heart you guys!

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Feb
01
2016
The Design Confidential x Bertolli with Life's Little Moments Make the Most Special Memories

This post is brought to you by Bertolli. Don't just eat, Mangia!

 

Life with young children can be exceptionally wild, completely untamed and altogether unfiltered - ninety nine percent of the time. Parenting breeds uncertainty and a certain amount of insanity that you wouldn’t trade for anything in the world. Though our journeys may be different, we will all eventually arrive at the same conclusion in our lives. At some point along the way, when no one was looking, the days, months and years began to fly by at the speed of light. Those difficult parenting moments and struggles that seem so big at the time begin to melt away and what remains are the memories from many of life’s little moments. The moments we hardly consider important as they unfold, we only later realize just how special they truly were.

 

The Design Confidential x Bertolli with Life's Little Moments Make the Most Special Memories

As parents who are both entrepreneurs and business owners in completely different fields, the time we have to spend unplugged and focused on our family is often limited and frequently conflicting. To say that those moments are more valuable than gold would be an understatement. It is important to us that we celebrate life’s little moments every chance we get and help create those special memories for our babies to cherish later on.

The Design Confidential x Bertolli with Life's Little Moments Make the Most Special Memories

Having two boys who thoroughly dislike having to take time out of their day for eating, means that mealtime is often a struggle and can be time consuming, to put it mildly. There are very few foods that everyone agrees on at any given time and one or both are typically resigned to simply not eat if given the chance. Pasta is truly one of the only things that both boys adore and that happens to be easy to add protein and vegetables to without it being so obviously detestable. But this can be a bit of an undertaking and with limited time to enjoy these beautiful wild animals of mine… let’s just say it is a great day indeed when someone makes this easy for me, with a meal that is easy to prep, in no time at all and that happens to be absolutely fabulous. Because life should be spent making memories and not slaving away in the kitchen or arguing over what to eat.

The Design Confidential x Bertolli with Life's Little Moments Make the Most Special Memories

When dinner begins to feel like a chore and I start to dread the entire endeavor, it helps to switch things up and do something different. I love to sit and eat a proper meal with these cute boys, and nothing says excitement like getting to do the things we normally don’t. Drinking out of real glasses, eating on real plates and buttering our own bread are the most exciting things to happen to a toddler and an eight year old who adores eating at fancy restaurants. We do these things on holidays and special events, but it isn’t the same when it requires hours of prep beforehand. With the Bertolli Skillet Meals, I can toss it into a pan and in ten minutes it is ready to eat. It takes less than a minute to get it started which leaves me free to fill the remaining 9 minutes with a few other special touches to make our time more enjoyable.

The Design Confidential x Bertolli with Life's Little Moments Make the Most Special Memories

Warm bread with butter and Himalayan sea salt are a new family fave, and a balsamic dipping sauce comes together faster than you can say, ‘pass me the bread, please’! We are all lovers of olives and brussel sprouts so I take any chance I can to add those to the mix. Our favorite Chicken Florentine and Farfalle pairs well with a Pinot Grigio which is a lovely and light treat for the over 21 crowd – making it perfect for our somewhat early dinnertime and to help provide distraction from the chaotic but fun and funny process of trying actually accomplish sitting at a table with little boys.

The Design Confidential x Bertolli with Life's Little Moments Make the Most Special Memories

We linger and chat when we sit down to eat. There is never any rush, and yet still there is much in the way of commotion and movement. The boys are generally abuzz and love to tell stories about things that happened during their day. I love listening to them talk with their wildly creative and interesting minds. They are each so different and yet they find an amazing amount of common ground despite their age difference. Oh how they adore each other, the greatest gift of all. It is so easy to slip out of the habit of slowing down and taking the time to have these adorable conversations. Before long their words will change from things they saw and ideas they have to what they are rushing off to do and who they have plans with later on. But for now, there is no end to the imagination that unfolds during something as simple as sharing a meal.

The Design Confidential x Bertolli with Life's Little Moments Make the Most Special Memories

If only I could slow things down and freeze time for just a bit. I suppose I wouldn’t get half the workout I currently do, since we spend 80 percent of our time chasing one or more children out from under the table and one or more dogs away from the table.

The Design Confidential x Bertolli with Life's Little Moments Make the Most Special Memories

I think life is meant to be lived and loved and there is no one on earth I would rather laugh and linger with than these crazies. I choose to enjoy it now and let them be kids. To live in the moment and cherish the crazy and the chaos as it comes… which is currently on rotation about every 4 minutes or so.

The Design Confidential x Bertolli with Life's Little Moments Make the Most Special Memories

I am seriously grateful for such a fabulous and simple solution for a delicious meal that my boys will willingly eat. Bertolli Skillet Meals are truly one of the few meals they will eat anyhow, so while the convenience alone puts this at the top of my list, the fact that it’s a family favorite makes it idyllic. Because I would rather spend my time listening to these little beauties any day of the week than attempting to prepare an over the top meal that they won’t actually like. A home cooked meal with no interruption aside from the commotion of these young boys is always my favorite way to spend an evening.

The Design Confidential x Bertolli with Life's Little Moments Make the Most Special Memories
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Kiddos 
Jan
31
2016
The Design Confidential x Bernzomatic | Damrells Fire Cocktail Recipe using Blow Torch

Have you ever wondered how you might turn up the heat on your cocktail game? With a few safety precautions... just in case... it turned out to be much easier than I thought it would be, and a fun way to take my mixology to the next level.

I give you my latest cocktail creation, made specifically for the use of my fave Bernzomatic Micro Torch and a fabulous intro into the world of Bourbon.

DAMRELL'S FIRE

A modern take on an old Classic - The Boston Sour

INGREDIENTS + MATERIALS //

ST500T 3-in-1 Micro Torch

Butane

3 Oz Bourbon

2 Oz Fresh Lemon Juice

2 Oz Simple Syrup

1 Tbsp of Egg White

1 Tbsp Limoncello

1 Lemon for Garnish

The Design Confidential x Bernzomatic | Damrells Fire Cocktail Recipe using Blow Torch

DIRECTIONS //

Using a shaker, add Bourbon, lemon juice, simple syrup and egg white along with ice. Shake well and strain into a cocktail coupe or double old fashioned. Add a float of Limoncello, pouring slowly over the back of a spoon so that it stays on the surface of your drink. Carefully light with your Bernzomatic Micro Torch and extinguish any flame after a few seconds. Garnish with a lemon slice and enjoy.

TIP // Ensure your work area is free of excess alcohol and any other potentially flammable items before you ignite your torch. Take all safety precautions when playing with fire. Burning down your house, for the sake of a fabulous drink experience, would be a terrible idea.

This recipe was created in partnership with Bernzomatic and is part of an ongoing series of projects here on 'le blog'. Thank you for supporting the awesome-sauce brands that help bring fresh and fun new projects like this to The Design Confidential. I heart you guys!

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Jan
03
2016
The Design Confidential x Smirnoff Ice // The Game Changer Spiced Sweet Mint Moscow Mule FanTail Recipe

Are you ready for some football? Get game day ready by crafting your own FANTail and celebrate your team by drinking in your team colors! I am celebrating my favorite team and football fans everywhere in collaboration with Smirnoff Ice and have handcrafted a delicious cocktail that changes from gorgeous gold to a roaring red, right before your eyes. This recipe is so simple to make, requires very little prep and very few ingredients.

Craft your own FANTail and simply choose a different garnish and if you prefer, change up the mixer and this recipe will work for many of the other teams as well! I will give you some suggestions below.

The Design Confidential x Smirnoff Ice // The Game Changer Spiced Sweet Mint Moscow Mule FanTail Recipe

INGREDIENTS //

Moscow Mule Smirnoff Ice - also comes in a Celebration Pack

Sweetened Lime Juice

Mint Syrup

Peppermint Hard Candy

Red Hots or other Cinnamon Hard Candy

INSTRUCTIONS // Makes 1-2 servings – increase by the number of drinks desired.

Begin by crushing the peppermint candy and red hots into fine pieces. A plastic bag wrapped in a towel is helpful for this and the closer to being ‘sugar-like’, the better.

The Design Confidential x Smirnoff Ice // The Game Changer Spiced Sweet Mint Moscow Mule FanTail Recipe

Brush the rim of your glass with sweetened lime juice using a pastry brush or clean fingertips and pour your crushed candy dust onto a flat saucer sized plate. Swirl your glass so that it coats the very top on both the inside and outside.

The Design Confidential x Smirnoff Ice // The Game Changer Spiced Sweet Mint Moscow Mule FanTail Recipe

If you want to make a large batch, I suggest skipping the ice and instead place the ice into each glass as they are served. For individually made drinks, add several pieces of ice to your shaker.

Using a shaker, add 2- 3 ice cubes and pour in one bottle of Moscow Mule Smirnoff Ice.

The Design Confidential x Smirnoff Ice // The Game Changer Spiced Sweet Mint Moscow Mule FanTail Recipe

Add a half jigger of mint syrup.

The Design Confidential x Smirnoff Ice // The Game Changer Spiced Sweet Mint Moscow Mule FanTail Recipe

Give your drink a healthy swirl to mix… but do NOT shake – the Moscow Mule is carbonated.

The Design Confidential x Smirnoff Ice // The Game Changer Spiced Sweet Mint Moscow Mule FanTail Recipe

Remove the top of the top of your shaker and strain into your glass. Add ice to your glass before serving if needed, though your drink will be very cold from being in the shaker.

The Design Confidential x Smirnoff Ice // The Game Changer Spiced Sweet Mint Moscow Mule FanTail Recipe

Your FANTail will begin as a lovely shade of gold.

The Design Confidential x Smirnoff Ice // The Game Changer Spiced Sweet Mint Moscow Mule FanTail Recipe

Garnish with several red hots candies and sprinkle a bit of your crushed red hots on top.

The Design Confidential x Smirnoff Ice // The Game Changer Spiced Sweet Mint Moscow Mule FanTail Recipe

Watch your drink turn the most gorgeous shade of red. This is the Game Changer my friends... from gold to red and from sweet to spiced!

Suggestions for other candy garnish and mixer flavors //

Red // Strawberry, Watermelon or Cherry Jolly Ranchers / Dehydrated Strawberries

Orange // Mango / Peach / Ginger

Yellow // Lemon Drops / Pineapple

Green // Apple Jolly Ranchers / Mint or Lime Lifesavers

Blue // Blue Raspberry Jolly Ranchers

Purple // Grape Jolly Ranchers

 

 

The Design Confidential x Smirnoff Ice // The Game Changer Spiced Sweet Mint Moscow Mule FanTail Recipe

This project is brought to you in partnership with Smirnoff Ice as part of an ongoing series here on The Design Confidential - designed to celebrate football fans everywhere and elevate your Game Day status from Bleak to Chic! Thank you for supporting the brands that support me! Yahoo.

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Jan
01
2016
The Design Confidential DIY // Copper Rimmed Live Edge Nesting Platters + Buttered Beer Recipe

Are you feeling like the Holiday paraphernalia can't get gone fast enough, like I am? I am ready for some warmer temps and to be done with any and all evidence that the Holidays even happened. Every year we seem to start the new year with an enormous amount of leftover candy, beverages and random ingredients so to put me out of my own misery I came up with a few treats that put those things to good use.

The Design Confidential DIY // Copper Rimmed Live Edge Nesting Platters + Buttered Beer Recipe

Since we aren't out of the woods yet on the celebratory front, I made these cute copper rimmed live edge serving platters from scrap wood that is taking up space in my garage. Yay for using up leftover supplies.

Here are the materials you will need to make the nesting platters...

MATERIALS // 

ST500T 3-in-1 Micro Torch

Butane

Copper Soldering Tape - I found mine at Michaels in the jewelry making aisle.

4 feet of 1x6 poplar or other hardwood

 

The Design Confidential DIY // Copper Rimmed Live Edge Nesting Platters + Buttered Beer Recipe

I had two short pieces of 1x6 poplar board left over from another project and they happen to have a complimentary grain pattern. I lined them up side by side and drew out an organic shape with a slight carve out in the center. Since poplar is a relatively hard wood, it will wear well and take a beating before you see the evidence.

The Design Confidential DIY // Copper Rimmed Live Edge Nesting Platters + Buttered Beer Recipe

Carve out your shapes using a jig saw or router and sand smooth.

The Design Confidential DIY // Copper Rimmed Live Edge Nesting Platters + Buttered Beer Recipe

Copper soldering tape is the perfect size for two stacked strips to round the edges of each platter.

The Design Confidential DIY // Copper Rimmed Live Edge Nesting Platters + Buttered Beer Recipe

Starting in a less conspicuous spot, begin wrapping your platter with the first row of banding. Take care to press firmly as you go and smooth along the way.

The Design Confidential DIY // Copper Rimmed Live Edge Nesting Platters + Buttered Beer Recipe

Your second row should sit directly above the first so they appear as if they are one row.

The Design Confidential DIY // Copper Rimmed Live Edge Nesting Platters + Buttered Beer Recipe

Using my Micro Torch with soldering tip I gently gave the soldering foil a bit of heat in the places it wasn't cooperating and along sections that had to make tricky curves. This helped activate the sticky side of the foil and forced it to bend and flex where I wasn't able to smooth it out otherwise. To make your platter food safe you can give it a coat of mineral oil and keep in mind this isn't a cutting board and merely a serving piece. No one would be the wiser if you carve it up, but avoiding this will keep the integrity of your piece intact for a much longer period.

The Design Confidential DIY // Copper Rimmed Live Edge Nesting Platters + Buttered Beer Recipe

CANDY DIP // Using any leftover candy from Santa, or any chocolate based candy that is your fave (a crispy crunchy type is fab), carefully melt in the microwave for 10-15 seconds at a time. Stir in between heating and take care not to over heat as chocolate is notorious for burning. You can also use the heat gun portion of your torch and melt it down as needed. Cover with a layer of marshmallows if you prefer and gently heat with your torch to melt the marshmallows down into fluff. Once you have them melted a bit, you can toast them with your torch on a slightly higher heat setting or with the actual flame of your torch and blow out carefully if you light that baby on fire - which you probably will - but that tastes amazing so who cares as long as you don't burn the house down.

The Design Confidential DIY // Copper Rimmed Live Edge Nesting Platters + Buttered Beer Recipe

BUTTERED BEER // Cocktail or Mocktail - Makes 6 to 8 servings. Adapted from this recipe and adjusted for ease of ingredient finding and measurements.

48 Ounces - Good Quality British (or Scottish) Ale - I used this one and it was fantastic. If you have trouble finding something similar, just be sure to get a good quality cask conditioned ale.

1/4 tsp Ground Ginger

1/2 tsp Ground Nutmeg

1/2 tsp Ground Cloves

1 Cup Brown Sugar

5 Egg Yolks

7 TBSP Unsalted Butter

Follow the directions outlined here under recipe method. If you want to make this kid-friendly, you can! Instructions are outlined for this as well.

To make the modern chilled version, I recommend the delicious adaptation of using equal parts half and half with eggnog. Absolutely fabulous and if the half and half and eggnog are already chilled, you can skip the chilling process and it works beautifully.

The Design Confidential DIY // Copper Rimmed Live Edge Nesting Platters + Buttered Beer Recipe

To add a topper of toasted marshmallows to your warm buttered beer, layer onto your drink and follow the same process as for the candy dip. Melt gently then toast for the best flavor. Take caution when add heat or flame to anything with alcohol since you will more than likely end up with flambe if you don't... eek.

This project brought to you as part of a partnership with Bernzomatic and an ongoing series of projects here on The Design Confidential! Thank you for supporting this fabulous brand, it is such fun to round out my projecting skill set and try new things! Heart you guys!

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