I lied in my last post. I’m only giving you recipes for a drink, side, and “other” type of item. My cookie making has been a bust, so no dessert for you. I know, you’re so disappointed. But…Look! Skittles!
Ever since I pinned this idea onto my Pinterest, I’ve been wanting an excuse to try the skittle concoction. Thanks to my sister’s birthday, I decided to make it for you. She shared it with me, and it was quite tasty. My method of winging it actually worked pretty well. I used this site for guidance, as I used mini vodka bottles instead. So, here’s how I did it.
You will need…
- Bag of skittles
5 of each:
- vodka mini bottles
- coffee filters
- rubber bands
1. Start with 5 bottles of vodka and a bag of Skittles. Sort.
I ended up with at least 10 of each color, except only 8 of green. It still worked well though.
2. Put each Skittle color into its own bottle. (The Skittles may need an extra push into the bottles, as they just barely fit.) Shake.
Note: You will need to pour out a bit of vodka from each bottle because it will overflow with the addition of the Skittles. Once you have finished making the infused vodka, you can top off each bottle with the leftover vodka to make sure the bottles are full again.
3. Let bottles sit for 5+ hours, or until all the Skittles have dissolved. (I let them sit overnight.)
4. Put a coffee filter over each cup and secure with a rubber band. Pour each bottle into the designated cup.
Note: The residue from the Skittles will make the filtration process extremely slow, if not stop it altogether. You will need to scrape it aside once in awhile with a spoon.
Before and after pictures…
5. Pour the filtered vodka back into each bottle.
This is when you’ll want to top off each with the leftover vodka you set aside in the beginning.
I found that mixing the vodka with Sierra Mist was delish. Granted, this drink isn’t the healthiest. I tried it with club soda as well, and it wasn’t too bad. So, if you’d like less sugar and such, you can always do that. And then there’s just drinking it straight up. Whatever suits your fancy.
Zucchini and Tomato Bake
(Adapted from this recipe from TastyKitchen.com)
1 medium zucchini
2 large tomatoes
1 1/2 c Mozzarella, shredded
1/2 c breadcrumbs
1/2 t garlic powder
1/2 t dry basil
2 T butter, melted
salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and lightly grease 8×8 baking pan.
Slice zucchini and tomatoes into 1/4-in thickness. Layer half of the zucchini in the pan. Place half of tomatoes onto the zucchini. Continue for a third layer with the rest of the zucchini and a fourth layer with the tomatoes. Salt and pepper.
In a small bowl, mix the breadcrumbs, garlic powder, basil, butter, and half of the cheese. Sprinkle the mixture onto the vegetables, and add the rest of the cheese on top.
Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes or until tender.
In order to be super cheap, I like to make my own breadcrumbs. Panko breadcrumbs also work, but I’d rather just have the basics to make a variety of ingredients, rather than have a million specific products.
I usually use the heels from a loaf of bread because I don’t normally eat them anyways.
All you need to make breadcrumbs is bread, a toaster, and, preferably, a food processor.
Here are the steps:
1. Toast bread in the toaster. (It helps to toast it, leave it to cool off, and then finish toasting it. This helps it dry out, which makes for crisper breadcrumbs.)
2. Break the bread into chunks to fit into the food processor. Grind until it’s the desired consistency.
Optional: Add Italian seasonings to the mix for Italian breadcrumbs (as seen in the picture).
Simple enough, yes? If you don’t have a food processor, you could smash the toast in a bag like I used to do. It ends up being much more time-consuming though.
Questions for you:
What’s another type of candy that you think would go well infused with alcohol?
This doesn’t really count, but I’ve had vodka-soaked gummy bears, and they were pretty good. I think I’d rather have the candy flavoring in the alcohol though. When I eat candy, I don’t want it to burn.
Do my pictures make the food look beyond disgusting like I think they do?
My pictures never do the food justice. A horrible camera phone is all I’ve got though!