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Hey Internet!! Today I am going to start a series about Disney-esque Cocktails – these are drinks I create at home based on my favorite drinks in the parks! Disney (especially Epcot during Festival Season) serves up a mad (yet expensive) cocktail – when I find one I REALLY like (especially if it is a festival drink) I try to recreate it at home – it is cheaper and that way this
hermit introvert doesn’t have to leave the house to enjoy a good drank!
The cocktail I’m sharing today was featured at a booth at the First Annual Epcot Festival of the Arts! A note about “festival season” – Epcot currently hosts three annual festivals – International Food and Wine Festival in the Fall, Flower and Garden Festival in the Spring, and new this year (and now my all-time favorite!) Festival of the Arts in January/February. The festivals are great! They have special merchandise, entertainment, and (most importantly) food and drink booths. It is not uncommon for Adorabeezle and to hit up Epcot just for festival food – no rides, no shows, just get some food and some drank and then go home to the cats.
The Festival of the Arts had some of my all-time favorite festival food.
There was the Choriqueso Taco served with Chihuahua Cheese, Red and Green Peppers over a Corn Tortilla and garnished with Poblano Peppers and Micro Cilantro with the Mandarin Ginger Margarita
Then there was the Wild Mushroom Risotto, Aged Parmesan, Truffle Shavings and Zinfandel with a Classic Sidecar with Chocolate Twist
There was the Flank Steak Guarache with Black Beans, Salsa de Chile de Arbol, Frisee Lettuce, Queso Fresco, Shredded Carrots, and Chipotle Mayonnaise with the Passion Fruit Coconut Margarita (My FAVORITE… but alas, I haven’t figured out quite how to recreate it yet…)
And the Braised Beef Short Ribs with Parsnip Purée, Broccolini, Baby Tomatoes, and Aged Balsamic with the Port Wine-poached Pear, Vanilla Panna Cotta and Pistachio Crumbs
Then the Sous Vide Venison with Butternut Squash Purée, Pomegranate Reduction, Pickled Turnips, and Juniper Berry Powered with the Popping Bubbles Cocktail.
Also with the Popping Bubbles Cocktail was the Almond Frangipane Cake with Raspberry Jam and Chocolate (also AMAZING – plus it made me feel like I was on the Great British Bake-off)
Basically every time I went to the festival I was like:
Did I mention there was also a lot of actual art? there was. I really liked this Donald picture – painted by Donald himself!!
So today I’m going to teach you how to make the Popping Bubbles Cocktail! This one was a lot of fun, and is super easy to make (but it does take a bit of an investment up front – also fridge space). The only things you need for this drink are:
- Popping Boba (I like strawberry – at the festival they started with strawberry and then switched to peach. Both were good!) – You can get popping boba on Amazon (with Prime!… sometimes…) but most of them are sold in 7 lb tubs… I know what you are thinking. You are thinking “Liz you did NOT buy a seven pound tub of popping boba!!” and the answer is no! I didn’t!… I bought two… The first one lasted like four months, but I just got my second tub a few weeks ago. No Shame (Guys it’s so good!).
- Sparkling Wine – The festival used a dryer wine, but a pink Moscato also works great, whatever kind you like!
- Bobo Straws
To make the drink just spoon some boba into a glass and top it off with the sparkling wine! This would be a really fun cocktail for a party – it’s more whimsical than regular wine, and then if you didn’t want 7 lbs of boba sitting in your fridge, you could make a big dent in it! Plus your friends will think you are fancy AF.
See? Fancy AF.
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed the (VERY long overdue) recap of Epcot’s Festival of the Arts, and a fun idea for an easy to make cocktail!
Hey Internet! I don’t know about you, but I have to work/school today and Monday’s got me being like this:
BUT I had a great Galentine’s/Valentine’s Day weekend and I wanted to pop in and share some pictures!
The weekend started at a BBQ restaurant with my carpool buddy on Friday. GUYS. This place. The food was AMAZING. ANDPLUSALSO? THERE WAS A CAT! AND the cat looked so much like Binx. I called him Binx II, and he crawled right into my lap and I maybe almost cried. Pictures:
If you are ever in the area, the place is called Yellow Dog Eats and it is the best.
After lunch I went home and Adorabeezle and I finished Broadchurch (its a BBC crime series and its AMAZING. Go watch it on Netflix. Right now.)
Also, this happened. It’s a common occurrence, really, but I can never get over the cuteness:
Then I turned in for the night and spent some time reading Make it Happen. I’ve been reading this for a little over a month now, and it has been SO GOOD for my heart. I’ve been really savoring it and taking copious notes. So. Much. Goodness.
Then Saturday was a sleep in and be productive kind of day. It seems weird, but I cherish the days I am free enough to really clean the kitchen. Just doing laundry and getting all the dishes done and organizing things. I LIVE for that on the weekends… Does this mean I’m officially a grown up? Maybe. Also? I cleaned ALL of my make up brushes. That may seem like small potatoes to you if you have your life together, but this was a big deal for me. I’m not going to tell you how long it’s been since I’ve done this, because I want you to think I’m a fancy person who isn’t living in filth. Just go with it.
After the productiveness, Adorabeezle came home from work and we hit up EPCOT for Galentine’s Day. (If you don’t know what Galentine’s Day is you need to watch Parks and Rec ASAP!!!)
We grabbed some fish and chips (I ate the fish. Adorabeezle ate the chips). and then we headed to France where we waited 20 minutes in line for a cocktail and then 20 minutes in line for the patisserie. We regret nothing.
The drink was a specialty orange passion fruit slushie, that came in a “souvenir glass,” which I thought was kind of silly since it was just a sphere and made my drink cost three extra dollars, but it was delicious and I have NO REGRETS.
After Epcot, we came home and I treated myself to a nice lush bath bomb bath complete with Christmas lights, candles, poor girl sangria (wine with a splash of oj and some cut up oranges) a touch of chocolate and a episode of Fixer Upper on my Kindle.
Sunday was church and then ALL THE ERRANDS. I did some cooking for the week and finished some apartment projects I’ve been putting off. I also put together a breathtaking doughnut diorama. Because I don’t play around when it comes to holidays or doughnuts.
The rest of the night was spent with netflix and putting that souvenir glass to good use:
(yes the succulent is fake – who do you think I am? a real grown up person?) But I’m fairly certain the moss I bought from Joann’s is real… which kind of freaked me out…
Anyway, that was my Galentine’s weekend, Internet. How was yours?
Hey Internet. I know it’s been a while since I told you about Binx or gave you any real update on what is going on in my life. My mom was here for two and a half weeks and then I had some oral surgery because my teeth are the literal worst, but now I’m back to kind of real life.
So I’m sitting here with Binx perched over my shoulder – the appointment with the feline oncologist basically wet as planned “We think its most likely lymphoma, but to know for sure you need to give us thousands of dollars you don’t have to do exploratory surgery OR we can put him on prednisone to make him feel better until he doesn’t.” I have never felt so guilty for being a poor grad student. Binx is on prednisone, and its been making him feel better. He finally started eating wet food which was SUCH a relief. Unfortunately, his eating has been declining the last few days and I’m worried. Adorabeezle Winterpop says she thinks he is still ok, but I don’t fully believe her. The hardest part is remembering everyday that he is dying – when he is acting more normal its hard to remember he isn’t actually healing. We are biding time, and that’s really hard some days.
The Whole 3o
The last two months have been total and complete bitches (pardon my french, but it is accurate), and my eating (and life in general) habits have not been great. After a wonderful friend lost a close family member recently (I told you these months have been horrible) she told me she needed to find ways to grieve healthfully. I totally related to that notion and knew I needed to work on how I had been eating and living. While loosing my cat is nothing compared to the grief some of my loved ones are experiencing, A LOT has been taking an emotional toll on my and it’s been rough.
I decided to try the Whole 3o because I heard amazing things about it and I knew I needed make a real change and now we are here. I haven’t had any sugar since June and its been… interesting. Mostly good, but I’ve been really tired. One my system gets used to not having any sugar hopefully I will have some good energy. For now, if you are interested, you can follow along on my Whole 30 journey on instagram. I’m posting way too many food pictures, hoping it will keep me accountable.
Because of everything that has been happening, I have really been craving time in the Bible and with books that point me to Jesus in general. I’m reading Carry on Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life by Glennon Doyle Melton (her blog, Momastery, is amazing). I’m also waiting with baited breath for my signed copy of Anchored: Finding Hope in the Unexpected by one of my top five ever bloggers Kayla Aimee. I’m very excited for both and know how much my heart needs words right now.
Anyway Internet, that’s what Life has been like recently. How have you been? I’ve missed this place.
I am FINALLY ready to post about Easter. I have been SUPER tired since this weekend and been having the caffeine headaches, so I apologize that it had taken so long.
ANYWAYS for the first time I think ever, my mom and I hosted Easter at our house. We spent Friday night planning the menu grocery shopping. I stayed up really late that night doing basically nothing at all.
On Saturday we did some Easter cleaning and I drank a ton of coffee and we did some meal prep for the next day. After some major clean up and a trip to goodwill, I took a shower and got spiffed up for the Saturday Easter service at my church. I am relatively new to the church I currently attend and had never been to one of their Easter services.
Boy was it something. Upon arriving, the smell of popcorn hit me in the face parts. They were giving out popcorn and cotton candy and glow sticks and posters and just getting REALLY PUMPED to celebrate the fact that Jesus is alive. It was a great service and really put me in the headspace to remember the reason we celebrate Easter.
I stayed up way too late on Saturday as well and went with my mom to the church I grew up in for their Easter service. Going to two Easter services is great, because you get to put together two Easter outfits! And I am a sucker for an Easter dress! I forgot to take pictures, but these are approximate recreations of my Easter outfits (both dresses are exact, the accessories are approximate):
(Anyone else have a top secret Polyvore addiction or us if just me?)
After church we went home and I opened my Easter present. My mom’s family gives presents for every major holiday well into adulthood. This year my mom KILLED IT. I got a mustache scarf, a coral needed necklace and a Peter Pan decoration that I have loved for a long time.
Then we cooked. And I drank lots of coffee. I am pretty proud of the meal we made. It was definitely a step up from our usual Easter fare.
We roasted Cornish Hens and made had Sea Salt-and-Vinegar Green Bean Salad, Goat Cheese Mashed Sweet Potatoes, and Asparagus with Tarragon Sauce. It was all very good and we were very full. After that we cleaned up, had more coffee (I seriously drank so much coffee this weekend) and then we ate some of my Grandma’s cheesecake, and visited with my grandparents.
After that my grandparents left and my mom and I watched some Disney movies on abc family.
It was a pretty good Easter.
How did you spend your Easter Internet?