Last week, I was invited to be a contender in the cocktail olympics held at Double Dogs in Sylvan Heights. The event benefitted the Nashville Humane Association, so when they asked me to be a part of it, I immediately jumped at the opportunity. Myself, along with 2 other local business owners, were staged to compete against each other by concocting cocktails judged by a panel of local Nashville celebrities. We each had to mix up 3 drinks: 1 with vodka, 1 with whiskey, and 1 with beer. Each cocktail had to also have its own canine inspired name, created by us.

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Fortunately for me, the 3 of us competitors were partnered with Double Dogs bartenders that could help us craft the cocktails. The first round of the competition was the vodka round. We created:

The Blue Heeler

  • 1 part Tito’s vodka
  • 1 part blue Curaçao
  • 1 part ginger beer
  • muddled lime
  • garnish with pineapple and cherry

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The second round was the whiskey round, and we created something that I was particularly a huge fan of. I also give myself a lot of credit for the extra clever name. ;]

The Noble Shih Tzu

  • 1 part Jack Daniel’s whiskey
  • 1 part tonic
  • Splash of orange juice
  • pineapple-jalapeño simple syrup
  • cayenne pepper rim with lime garnish

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The third and final round was the beer round. We were given Stiegl grapefruit beer to use in the cocktail.

Breakfast at Toto’s

    • 2 parts Stiegl grapefruit beer
    • 1 part champagne
    • muddled raspberries and mint,
    • strawberry, mint, lemon twist garnish

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Towards the end of the competition, we made tiny versions of our cocktails so that customers could come up and donate to taste our creations. All donations went directly to the Nashville Humane Association.
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The cocktail olympics were a blast. I had so much fun being a part of something that was for a great cause and the staff at Double Dogs were so wonderful.
After the judges tallied their scores, they gave out medals. I received bronze, which was still a win in my book (even though it was technically last place) because I really had no idea what I was doing. All in all, it was really fun to pretend to be a bartender for the evening while raising money for the Nashville Humane Association. cocktail12
Hope you all have a great weekend!
Laura

cinnamon applesauce banana muffins
Today’s recipe is for delicious and mouth-watering cinnamon applesauce banana muffins. Since I love anything and everything breakfast related, these are one of many favorite muffin recipes I have. I especially prefer them in mini muffin form (plus you get more of them that way).

Here’s what you need.

Ingredients:
+ 3 bananas, mashed
+ ½ tsp. salt
+ ¾ sugar
+ 1 egg
+ ⅓ butter, melted
+ ⅓ C. applesauce
+ 1 tsp. cinnamon
+ 1½ C. all-purpose flour
+ 1 tsp. baking powder
+ 1 tsp. baking soda

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat muffin pans with non-stick spray if you don’t have liners. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

2. Combine bananas, sugar, egg, applesauce, cinnamon and melted butter in a large bowl. Fold in flour mixture, and mix until smooth. Scoop into muffin pans.
3. Bake in preheated oven. Bake mini muffins for 10 to 15 minutes, and large muffins for 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from tray once cooled.

Makes approximately 6 large muffins or 14-18 mini muffins.

Enjoy!
Laura

I recently added a wood watch from JORD to my limited collection of jewelry and watches. I’ve become a bit of a minimalist in terms of my jewelry collection because I get so tired of organizing, purging, and reorganizing my necklaces, bracelets, and earrings and more. I used to have more jewelry than I could keep up with, so downsizing was necessary. Now my collection feels intentionally curated with only pieces I truly love. In that collection now lies my JORD wood watch that fits in well with my wardrobe of mostly neutral hues.
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My JORD wood watch is the Frankie style in the colors Koa & Ash. The wood has a darker finish with a slate grey face and I think it’s the perfect contrast. I love that the face of the watch is large but simple, too.
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JORD wood watches run between $129-$395 in price and they have a huge variety of styles and colors. I happen to have weird, bony wrists so the fact that they are very descriptive with their custom sizing chart is helpful. I can confidently wear my watch without it drooping or spinning around my wrist because it fits perfectly.
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To find the right wood watch style for you, visit woodwatches.com.

Wooden Watches by JORD

As a work-from-home professional who spends a lot of time in my home office, it’s important to find ways to comfortably lounge and unwind when the workday is over. It also helps to have a comfortable corner sanctuary if I need a change from my regular office chair. The perfect solution is my Xorbee foam chair that comforts me like a gigantic, warm hug.

Outside of my typical meetings and daily huddles that occur every morning for work, I like to spend some time catching up on emails, developing product, and managing projects from the comfort of my Xorbee. If there’s one thing I’ve learned since working from home, it’s that it is so important to find a comfortable place to be productive.
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When I’m not working, you can usually find me reading, talking to my family in Michigan, or practicing new tunes on my mandolin. Lucky for me, all of these can be done from the comfort of my Xorbee chair. I even roll the Xorbee down my hallway and into my living room when I’m planning a movie night or a Netflix binge.

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My pool blue Xorbee is in the X-Dormer size, which is 4 feet and perfect for sliding into the corner of a room. It was made to be a smaller, more compact version of the Xtreem foam filled chair that fits 2+ people. It’s the perfect size for college students living in dorms or smaller apartments that need a comfortable spot for studying and lounging with friends. The X-Dormer size is currently $40 off for a very limited time, so check them out!

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For more information on Xorbee frameless foam furniture, visit www.xorbee.com.

Laura