Vulgar Valentines

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This February I took the Booze Infused Kitchen from amateur to side hustle status by selling Vulgar Valentines. I merged my love of meaningful, individualized messages with abstract designs, to create edible tokens of affection.

I turned butter, sugar, a flour into cash…Not a lot of cash but…eh.

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Oh what I’ll do for a buck.

Recipe:

3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1 lrg egg

2 tsp vanilla or 1 tsp vanilla plus zest of 1 lemon (can also use almond or peppermint extract!)

whisk together the flour and salt
cream butter and sugar with mixer until light and fluffy
add egg, vanilla, zest, and mix until blended

with mixer on low, gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture

3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1 large egg

Stir, shape, roll, chill, cut. Repeat. And repeat. And repeat. Then bake, rotate, cool.

preheat oven 350

bake on parchment- middle rack 12-16 minutes. turn half way through. 

 

 

 

 

Cupcakes & Booze

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I stood and watched bubbles pop.

Liquid turn to gas and rise from the pan

Escaping one wispy ghost after the other.

I reduced the booze to a third its size,

And added sugar,

Brown and powdered.

I made molasses on accident.

I injected chocolate cupcakes with the concoction

Frosted the cake with peanut butter chocolate frosting.

I shared.

Trick-or-Treat

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Peanut Butter Cut out cookies compliments of The Merchant Baker. Frosted with Nutella. And edible spray paint.

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Halloween is the day of a year where you can be a.n.y.t.h.i.n.g.  What were you?

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“What are you? Are you a lizard woman? A telephone operator?”
The words, “You have a hook in your mouth,” landed like a smack across the face.

“So do you,” I replied.
“Have you ever been trapped?”

I used my costume as an opportunity to start a conversation.

“I followed a girl to L.A.” he answered.
“Why? What was the bait?”
“Big Boobs.”

Okay, so maybe my costume didn’t really lead to any ground breaking dialogue but at least I tried.

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I was “ghosted” this Halloween while making plans to meet someone from the virtual world in real life. He vanished right before our date. Lesson learned, Bumble is still Tinder. 

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So I dressed up for work as Minnie Mouse because we all know how amazing her boyfriend Mickey is. He can do anything. ( Look at the sorcery in that photo. Am.I.Right? )

I have one more treat to share. It’s candy for your ears. “Ghosts” by Laura Marling.

Wild Montana Booze Infused Huckleberry Gummy Bears

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Huckleberries are all over Montana- just not where you’d expect to find them. They are plastered on billboards, not exactly what I expected for #BigSkyCountry. Advertising for shakes, pie, and all things huckleberry obscured the view of the lovely mountains, long enough to lure me into their sweet and tart den.

Pictured here are Huckleberry Gummy Bears marinated in local spirits. Wine, Vodka, and Whiskey. (Wine was my favorite. Both flavors enhanced the other.)