We’re taking the classic Sex on the Beach drink to the woods by adding moonshine instead of vodka. So naturally it has to be called Sex in the Woods…
Don’t everyone get crazy on me now. I’m not really saying that everyone should go and have sex in the woods. Literally.
It’s just a drink. And a damn good one I might add.
Ordering Sex on the Beach in your 20’s is pretty common, right? You want something strong but still on the sweet side because your alcohol taste buds really haven’t developed yet (hopefully).
It’s a great drink though, definitely a classic. But it wouldn’t be my drink of choice these days now that I’m in my 40’s. Typically sweet drinks of any kind aren’t really something I’d order, but I can’t say that I don’t like the taste of them.
But when you take that classic cocktail and add some Climax Moonshine to the mix? You guys are not going to believe this one. I think it might actually be better than the original – for me anyway.
It’s still a sweet drink, but not overly sweet. It’s still a tasty drink…and it will still knock you on your a**. So please, enjoy these Sex in the Woods cocktails with a little sense. I have enough people cursing my name out the morning after a party.
Of course commercial moonshine is made now in nice, clean shiny distilleries. But it’s still made where it originated, deep in the woods. I used to think it all tasted the same until a friend of mine introduced me to Climax.
It’s one of the moonshines that I like best out of the bunch. Ole Smokey is also a favorite, plain or flavored, I think I’ve tried them all.
It’s five-o’clock somewhere…lets get the weekend started!
If you love mashed potatoes then you’re going to flip over these Loaded Skillet Mashed Potatoes!
Mashed potatoes in any form are a win for me. I do like them made a certain way…Christie introduced me to a potato ricer (probably a mistake now that she looks back) but now that’s the only way I like them.
Their smooth and creamy, just the way mashed potatoes should be. No lumps for me, thanks.
But if you take your mashed potatoes and put them in a skillet…then top them with bacon, scallions and tons of cheese??
Well, I think these might be the most amazing mashed potatoes I’ve ever eaten. And I can tell you that’s saying a lot.
The only problem with these Loaded Skillet Mashed Potatoes is that there’s only one skillet. but I guess you could double the recipe and use two skillets? Noted for next time.
Start by making the mashed potatoes. You can use the recipe I have here or whatever mashed potatoes you have in your fridge.
Now grab a cast iron skillet. If you don’t have a cast iron skillet any non-stick skillet that can go into the oven will do.
Melt a couple tablespoons of butter in the skillet and then add the mashed potatoes in an even layer.
Top with cheddar cheese, crumbled bacon and chopped scallions and put the skillet into the oven.
The cheese will melt – the mashed potatoes will get a super-crispy crust on the bottom (especially if you use a cast iron skillet) and you’ll have the best mashed potatoes you’ve ever eaten.
Take the whole skillet and put it right on a board in the middle of your table for everyone to dig in.
Cut the potatoes out in wedges like a pizza, or get a big spoon and scoop them out.
Either way they’re going to be the best loaded mashed potatoes you’ve ever had. Enjoy!
I’m sharing these epic moments thanks to Schick Hydro® as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #MakeItEpic
These Fried Mashed Potatoes are not only an awesome way to use leftovers – you might find yourself making mashed potatoes just to make this recipe!
So, what do I love about summertime?
Summer time to me means hanging outside – as much as I can – with friends and family, neighbors, anyone who’s up for stopping over for some food and a beer.
Summer time as a dad also means lots and lots of baseball. Both my boys play baseball so there’s a lot of games and practices to get to. But there’s also a lot of Yankee games to get to. I try and take the boys as much as I can because nothing says summer to me than watching a ball game and eating a hot dog with my boys.
Then there’s this video of some epic summer time fun brought to you by Schick Hydro®. I played this for my boys and they were freaking out – they asked me if I could take them there soon…I guess I’ll be googling where this was filmed because it does look pretty awesome.
But for the nights at home when we’re not doing baseball of some sort, I love just hanging out on my deck. Get the music going and start the grill and the party will follow. Casual, t-shirts and shorts nights, as long as I’m showered and shaved all I care about is being cool and comfortable. And comfortable is key – the Schick Hydro has a hydrating gel with shave oils that work with skin guards to reduce friction and irritation. No razor burn is coming to my party.
When we hang out on the deck and grill with friends, I like to have a couple of apps or sides that I can make ahead of time so I’m not grilling and serving the whole night. These Fried Mashed Potatoes are perfect for grilling night. They can stay warm in your oven and when you pull that steak off the grill your side dish is waiting for you.
Just take a few cups of your leftover mashed potatoes and put them in a bowl with some softened cream cheese, chives, and egg and seasonings. If you don’t have leftover mashed potatoes, you’re gonna need to make some.
Next set up 3 dishes with a beaten egg, bread crumbs and flour. Form into balls like the size a golf ball, then coat in the flour, then the egg and finally roll into the bread crumbs to cover. Repeat, repeat and repeat until you’re all done.
Then comes the deep fry! Fry for a few minutes in a large pot with oil and then let cool on paper towels. While they’re still hot, give them a good coating of parmesan cheese.
And that’s it – Fried Mashed Potatoes. You might never be able to serve plain old french fries with that grilled steak again.
Make up a whole tray of these Red White and Blue Shooters for your Memorial Day party this weekend! You can make them up ahead of time and have them ready when you are!
You all know how much I like to make shots, especially when it’s a layered shot.
Nothing says “party” more than walking into a room with a tray of shots. For some reason it always gets people excited, even people who say they don’t do shots. Those are my favorite kind to try and convert.
You don’t need to make shots that are going to knock people on the floor after a few – you do want your friends to actually enjoy themselves. Not wake up the next morning cursing you out. Although I can’t say that’s never happened…
But these Red White and Blue Shooters are more on the tamer side. Tam-er that is, not completely harmless but not to potent either.
Start by pouring a bottom layer of grenadine into the bottom of your shot glasses.
Then slowly pour in a layer of Blue Curacao over the back of a spoon, as slowly as you can so it doesn’t mix in with the grenadine.
The top layer is vodka, you can use a flavored vodka or just the plain kind. As long as it’s white it’ll work out fine. You could even use a white tequila or rum, pick your favorite.
Yes, there is a little bit of work to make these shooters – but here’s the part you’ll like. You can make up a whole bunch of these ahead of time and keep them chilled in your fridge until it’s time.
If you need appetizer recipes for you party you can check out this one, or this one is a favorite of mine too. Main courses can always be hamburgers or hot dogs but if you’re looking for something a little extra you can try my Whiskey Burger recipe. A hamburger patty quick-soaked in a little whiskey goes a long way…
Have a fun and festive Memorial Day Weekend – and while your celebrating let’s remember why we’re actually partying in the first place. To all of our service men and women, present and past, these Red White and Blue Shooters are for you!
I guess what I’m trying to say is that I really like a good meatball. You can eat them for appetizers, dinner, lunch – whatever. No one ever turns down a meatball.
Now that I’m writing that it seems like the only meal category I left out was breakfast! I need to make some sort of breakfast meatball ASAP.
You only need a half pound of shrimp to make these, the other half is pork. And you don’t need those huge shrimp for this one. The smaller ones are fine since you’ll be grinding them up in the food processor, just try to get the ones from the USA! They’re the best…
Get out your food processor and put the shrimp, pork, garlic, and egg, a little sugar, fish and oyster sauce, fresh lime juice and salt. Long list, yes, but that’s all there is to the meatballs.
Dump all the ingredients in and you’re set.
Once that’s combined add in 1/2 cup of panko bread crumbs. Then form into meatballs with your hands or a 1 1/2 T. scoop, line up on a sheet pan and bake for 15 minutes.
While the meatballs are baking you can get the peanut sauce together.
Another dump everything in the bowl recipe – a few ingredients but it all comes together quickly.
When the meatballs are done you have a couple of options. Toss them in the peanut sauce, put the out on a platter and drizzle the peanut over or just serve the sauce on the side for dipping.
And if you’re making these for a dinner option rice or noodles on the side makes these Thai Shrimp Meatballs a meal.
A meal that everyone’s going to love!
Thai Shrimp Meatballs
Makes approximately 20 meatballs, depending on the size