1. Strawberry Gin Mojitos: The perfect Valentine’s Day Cocktail

    Strawberry Gin Mojito the perfect Valentine's Day Cocktail -2Decorations for Valentines Day

    I look for any excuse to drink girly cocktails, so Valentine’s Day will be the perfect opportunity to make one of my favorite recipes, a Strawberry Gin Mojito. Rather than following the norm of serving these in casual stemless barware, I suggest dressing them up in classy wine glasses {similar to mine}. I love them overflowing with strawberries and mint, and then the finishing touch, adding red and white polka dot straws. These cocktails will be a hit at any Valentine’s Day Party or for a girl’s night in!

    Strawberry Mojito Ingredients

    What you need to make your cocktails {serving size 1}:

    • 1.5 oz Gin {I love Perry’s Tot from a local NY Distillery}
    • 4 chopped strawberries {3 for muddling, 1 for garnish
    • 2 mint stalks {1 for muddling, 1 for garnish}
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    • 1 tablespoon simple syrup
    • Diet Tonic
    • Limes for extra garnish

    Directions: Add 3 strawberries, 1 sprig of mint leaves and 5 cubes of ice to a shaker. Muddle. Add gin, lemon, simple syrup and shake. Pour over glass full of ice. Fill remaining with tonic. Top with 1 chopped strawberry, 1 mint stalk and straw.

    Thanks to Call me PMC for the recipe.

    Perrys Tot Gin for Mojito RecipeStrawberry Gin Mojito by Fashionable Hostess the perfect Valentine's Day Cocktail

    Serve the finished product alongside bowls of fresh strawberries and sliced limes, and of course a stunning vase filled with red roses. Cheers and stay tuned for more Valentine’s Day posts in my Holiday Entertaining Section.

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  2. NYE Festive Fruit Skewers

    dessert skewers for the Holidays

    Get out of work today at 4:30 today but still need to grab a few things for tonight’s celebration? Rather than heading to the prepared food aisle here is an easy but festive dessert alternative. I assembled these cute and colorful fruit skewers in no time by buying fresh pineapple and strawberries in the pre-chopped section. I then created stacks of my three fruits and held them in place with Pom Pom Skewers.

    The Skewers:

    I recommend heading to your local Party City or Party store for fun skewers {like these}. If you don’t have stores nearby, head to a local grocery for long bamboo sticks and then to any paper store {like Staples or Target} for vellum paper. Follow this quick tutorial via Martha Stewart to assemble.

    Get creative and use an array of fruits and colors, the great part is they don’t even have to match to be tasty and photo-worthy! Happy and Healthy NYE!

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  3. Low Fat Noodle Kugel

    Low Fat Noodle Kugel Recipe for Channukah by Fashionable Hostess_1

    Happy Channukah! Today I am whipping up one of my favorite Jewish side dishes, a healthy Noodle Kugel to celebrate the Holiday. I swapped out the usual heavier ingredients for low-fat cream cheese and skim milk, and seriously it still has all the same delicious flavors! So whether you are hosting Channukah at home for friends or you are planning to head to a dinner party to celebrate, this is the perfect dish to make! Happy Noshing {on something with a tad less guilt than usual!}.

    Noodle Kugel Ingredients:

    • 2 8-ounce packages of egg noodles
    • 1 cup unsalted butter
    • 16 ounces low-fat cream cheese
    • 1.5 cups sugar
    • 2 teaspoon vanilla
    • 8 eggs
    • 4 cups skim milk
    • 3 cups Corn Flakes cereal mixed with sugar
    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
    • 4 teaspoons sugar
    • 4 teaspoons cinnamon

    Low Fat Noodle Kugel Recipe for Channukah by Fashionable Hostess

    Preparation:

    1. Cook noodles according to package directions.
    2. In a large bowl, mix butter, cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, eggs and milk. Stir until smooth.
    3. Drain noodles, and add to mixture.
    4. Pour into pan, cover and refrigerate overnight (or for a few hours)
    5. Two hours before the meal preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
    6. In a small bowl, crush the cereal and mix with melted butter, sugar and cinnamon.
    7. Sprinkle the cereal mix on top of the cold kugel, and then bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 1 1/4 hours.
    8. Cool for 20 minutes before serving.
     Noodle Kugel Recipe for the Jewish HolidaysHome made Noodle Kugel with low fat cream cheese by Fashionable Hostess

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