Homemade Irish Cream

A Feteful Life: Homemade Irish CreamWho knew that homemade delicious & creamy Irish Cream could be so easy to make at home?! With a few pantry staples along with a good bottle of Irish whiskey, you are all set to whip up this sweet after-dinner liqueur in minutes. If you’ve never had Irish Cream, it’s a rich combination of whiskey, cream, chocolate and a hint of coffee. Pretty much the perfect dessert in a glass. Serve it chilled over ice or add it to a hot cup of coffee and you’re guaranteed to have a great night.

This recipe is so easy to double (or triple) so I definitely plan on whipping up a few more batches this fall for hostess and holiday gifts. And, of course I had to design some labels to go along with this homemade concoction. You can get the free printable here… lucky you!

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Homemade Irish Cream (recipe adapted from How Sweet It Is)

Ingredients

5 ounces high-quality milk chocolate, chopped
1 1/2 cups Irish whiskey
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups half & half
1/4 teaspoon instant coffee

Directions

Coarsely chop your chocolate with a serrated knife then melt the chocolate over a double boiler (a glass bowl over a pot of simmering water also works – just make sure the bowl doesn’t come into contact with the water) or microwave, stirring until totally smooth. While the chocolate is still warm and melted, add a few tablespoons of whiskey, stirring until combined. Whisk in the condensed and evaporated milks until smooth, then whisk in the rest of the whiskey, vanilla extract, coffee, and half & half. Stir until the coffee is dissolved.

Transfer the mixture into glass bottles and place in the refrigerator. The liqueur gets better after sitting for a few days but make sure you shake the bottle a few times a day to make sure everything stays incorporated. Enjoy!

 

 

8 Amazing DIY Plastic Animal Transformations

As I’ve mentioned here and here, I love transforming items with the help of spray paint. It’s so inexpensive, it’s so easy, there are so many color options, and it gives new life to something that would otherwise be discarded. And, these adorable animal transformations are no exception. I love all of them so much and want to try all of them.. right now!

The pig as a place card for a rustic wedding, the elephant bookends, the gilded magnets… they are all so amazing and inspiring. Now I just need to decide which one I’m going to try first. I think it’s going to have to be the magnets! They are just too fabulous.

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Modern Seder Plates for Passover

In the event it’s not obvious (and it surely is to those in the know), I was not raised Jewish. But my husband is and we are raising our children in that faith (with the added benefit of celebrating some Christian holidays with the non-Jewish members of our family). And even though I didn’t grow up celebrating Jewish holidays per se, I recall fondly celebrating various seders with friends and family. I love the customs and symbolic foods and, more recently, my childrens’ intense interest in the storytelling of the holiday. They’ve both proudly brought home handmade seder plates the last few years and we’ve used them for Passover. And while we’ll continue to do so, I’m looking to invest in a family seder plate as well. Here are seven of my favorites!

A Feteful Life: Modern Seder Plates

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Classroom Valentines

My love for Valentine’s Day started as a kid. I was always so excited to decorate my Valentine’s Day mailboxes and walk around the classroom giving my friends the awesome valentines that I decorated. I continued to enjoy the holiday as I got older as it took on a more romantic feel, but I still love the pure & innocent take on the holiday where we just tell our friends that we appreciate them.

While Pinterest and other websites (including our’s next week, so stay tuned) are chalk full of creative valentines ideas, I know not everyone is a crafty DIY’er. So, what do you do? Buy a box of the flimsy drugstore variety? Not if you’re an AFL’er. Here’s a round up of some of our favorite alternates. Just point & click and you’re done.

A Feteful Life: Valentines Printables

1. Woodland Critters by PeraPress; 2. Fill in the Blank Valentine by Minted; 3. Sparkling Splendor by TinyPrints4. Paper Airplane Printable by scribblesandswatches; 5. Sci-Fi Fun by TinyPrints; 6. Monstrously Cute by PeraPress