Lessons From a Rogue Chef:
How to Make Delicious Jello Shots

Every chef has their secret, and today I'm going to share my secret for the perfect jello shot.  I've offered them to enough to people to realize that everyone is making them wrong - which sucks because they have to potential to be the perfect delicious, designer drink.    When made well, they're extremely versatile in terms of flavors, and they're quite pretty as well.

I always use this recipe at Drink Street to ensure I'm using the proper chemistry for the jello.  If you use too much alcohol, you run the risk of jello shots that won't set.  Drink Street has a great chart to determine the amount of alcoholic to nonalcoholic liquid based on the proof of the alcohol you will be using.  For this recipe, I used 80 proof rum.


You will need:
  • Alcohol - I prefer to use light rum.  It doesn't change the flavor or color of the shots, and it's more pleasant than vodka.  Really you can buy the cheapest bottle off the shelf, because these jello shots will almost completely mask the flavor.
  • A 6 oz (or two 3 oz) box of Jello - For this tutorial, I used raspberry, but grab whatever flavor you like.  Jolly Rancher put out some jello flavors that are just fantastic.
  •  Soda or juice that will compliment the Jello - I used peach soda with the raspberry, which made for a sweet, fruity flavor.  You can also use juice, which usually creates a thicker texture.
  • Small plastic shot cups - You can find these at Liquor Barn for sure, and I would assume other liquor stores will have them as well.  If all else fails, go to a restaurant that serves salads and beg for a bunch of to go ramekins.  If you plan on transporting them, be sure to get some lids as well.
  • Cookie sheets - or any other pans in which you can fill with jello shots while they set in the refrigerator.
  • Measuring cups - I prefer to use Ball mason jars because they have measurements on the side AND they double as cups.  How perfect. 
  • Sauce pan
  • Ladle
Don't forget, this recipe is for 80 proof alcohol.  If you use a different proof, cross reference this recipe with the one from Drink Street to ensure your jello shots set up nicely.

You're going to need three separate measured out liquids - one for the boiling soda, one for the cold soda, and one for the cold alcohol.  Measure 6 oz of soda and 10 oz of alcohol and place them in the freezer to chill while you're preparing the boiling soda.


Measure 16 oz of soda and pour it into the sauce pan.  Place it on the stove over high heat and bring it to a boil.  While the soda is heating, place the shot cups on a cookie sheet or two.



When the soda is at a boil, remove it from the heat and add the box of jello.  Stir like crazy to dissolve the powder.  Then stir in the cold soda and the cold rum.  Use a ladle to fill the shot cups with about 1 oz of liquid.  Place the filled cups in the fridge if you have some time, or the freezer to chill them quickly.  Don't leave them in the freezer for too long though, frozen jello is pretty gross.


There you have it!  When they're set you will have some absolutely fantastic jello shots.

Mix up the flavors and leave me your favorite ones in the comments!  Here are a few to get you're mind going:

Peaches & Cream: Peach jello and cream soda
Baja Lime: Lime jello and Baja Blast
Watermelon: Watermelon jello and watermelon Kool Aid
Screwdriver: Orange jello and orange juice

From Wonderland with Love,


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Body Police:
The Danger of Self Portraits







Let's face it: as fashion bloggers, personal style bloggers, and what have you, we are our own worst enemies. Remember that really horrible pickup line about working for the FBI? The one where the FBI is not quite the action packed team of crime solvers we're familiar with, but instead a pervy, hands-on Chester-the-Molester type. Female body inspector, that's the punch line. I know it seems like I'm getting off topic here, but “female body inspector” kind of perfectly describes the situation that we're put in as fashion bloggers.

We're constantly taking pictures of ourselves, right? And over time we notice the changes that our body goes through as we gain and lose weight, get pimples, dark circles darken, et cetera. Where does that leave us? Constantly criticizing every little thing that happens to our appearance – things that the average person who is not constantly taking self-portraits would even notice. Even though fashion blogging can be extremely empowering, it can also knock us down a few rungs in terms of self confidence... not from criticism at the hands of others, but at the hands of ourselves.

I think that's the important part to remember – we are the ones noticing these changes, not everyone else. Even religious followers won't notice that three pound difference. Yes, we look at pictures of ourselves all the time, but everyone always goes through changes. It's normal. Take a step back, have a sip of scotch, and embrace your beautiful self. Those changes make us who we are.

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Moving for the Messy:
Living out of Boxes

My recent absence is due to a combination of a lack of internet and a lack of sanity, let's go with time.  Ryan, the kitties, and I recently outgrew our apartment and moved into a house that I'm calling Stratford-upon-Avon.  Right now, however, it's still Box Mountain up in here so I've been trying to dig myself out rather than write blog posts that I couldn't even publish because the cable company took their sweet time installing the internet.

Phew.

Enough with the bitching.

I now present "Moving for Messy," which is essentially a big ol' don't do what I did when moving.

How to stay organized through your move
Photo Credit: Cyril Caton


1. Liquor Barn is Your Friend

Not only because it will provide you sweet nectar with which to drink away your sorrow and poor organization skills (ps. I'm usually super organized, but I just lost it with this move), but they will give you free moving boxes.  And these are good boxes too... they will hold up through multiple loads, heavy books, and in my case, rain.  Plus they come with cardboard dividers that are perfect for packing cups, candles, vases, and anything else you may find breakable and cylindrical.

2. Tetris, Tetris, Tetris

Will that box fit?  Yes.  (No it won't.)  Yes it will.  Cram that shit, baby... trust your Tetris skills.  If I had done this from the beginning, I probably could have finished in a few less trips.  And with moving across town, this would have saved me a ton on gas.

3. Prioritize Your Utilities

Call your utility companies (especially your internet service provider) at least a week in advance.  Otherwise, you will end up like me - whining because you can't binge watch Drag Race and post pictures of your cat on Instagram.

4. Keep Necessities Close

Pack a few outfits and keep them within arms reach.  It's really easy to end up living out of boxes, which will inevitably lead to more stress - and that's the last thing you need during a move.

5. Calm it Down, Girl

You don't have to get every single box unpacked immediately.  If you happened to fill up one of those boxes before leaving liquor barn, now is the time to pull that out.  But don't get drunk and try to put stuff away... you'll never remember where you put anything.

If all else fails you can just burn down your current residence and buy all new things with the insurance money.

But don't really.

Or if you do, you didn't hear it from me.

From Wonderland Box Mountain with Love,

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