Valentine

We’ve already mentioned that one of our favorite restaurants in Chicago is Au Cheval. The cheeseburgers and crispy fries are killer, but they also make a mean Hemingway Daiquiri. It’s been one of our favorite cocktails from first sip.

Valentine

When we wanted to make a cocktail for Valentine’s Day we thought doing a twist on the Hemingway would be perfect. It’s pink, flirty, and not too sweet, so you will be able to save your sweet tooth for that box of chocolates. 

Valentine

Channel your inner Hemingway (he was a romantic right?) this Valentine’s Day and shake up a couple of these drinks for you and your sweetie or best friend. 

Make sure you check back in with us Friday where Chloe from Boxwood Avenue will be showing off the coolest Valentine’s Day craft. You guys are going to love it!

Valentine's Day Hemingway Daiquiri
Serves 2
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
  2. juice of one lime
  3. 2 ounces dark rum (I used Mount Gay Rum)
  4. maraschino cherries
  5. ice
Instructions
  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Pour the grapefruit juice, lime juice, and rum into the shaker.
  3. Shake well.
  4. Pour drink into glasses and garnish with 1-2 maraschino cherries.
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Laid Back Date Outfit |Quirks and Twists|

You know your best friend knows you when she purchases you a shrug sweater that you’ve been wanting forever. She also knows you when she gets it from your favorite boutique, Tigertree

Laid Back Date Outfit |Quirks and Twists|

So needless to say, this outfit was inspired by this gorgeous shrug by Tulle (a brand we adore as well). This black and cream cardigan is perfectly slouchy-a must in a good shrug.I paired it with my favorite Dolce Vita booties and a collared button down to give it a slightly dressier look. But really, you can dress this shrug up or down as much as you want. I actually just wore this with a pair of pajama pants recently….yeah, it’s that comfortable.

Laid Back Date Outfit |Quirks and Twists|

Laid Back Date Outfit |Quirks and Twists|

I wanted an outfit that would be ideal for a coffee outing or a laid back Valentine’s date, and this ensemble certainly fits the bill. 

Laid Back Date Outfit |Quirks and Twists|

If you’re on the lookout for more Valentine’s inspiration, no worries, because we’ll be featuring more outfits, food, and much more — including a super cute Valentine’s DIY from this fabulously creative lady

Laid Back Date Outfit |Quirks and Twists|

   

Ginger Beer Cake with Grapefruit Glaze |Quirks and Twists|

Over the holidays I infused some vodka with rosemary to make moscow mules for the family. Four weeks later, I still have a few bottles of left over ginger beer that has made me question…what the heck do you do with ginger beer if its not in a cocktail? It’s a little too potent to drink straight up, at least for me. Do people drink it straight from the bottle? Bleh.

Ginger Beer Cake with Grapefruit Glaze |Quirks and Twists|

I’ve heard of people using 7-Up to make cake, so why not ginger beer? Well, I tried and found out you can! Not only is it possible, it is almost necessary, because this cake is so, so good. To give it a little extra somethin, somethin, I drizzled it with a grapefruit glaze. 

Ginger Beer Cake with Grapefruit Glaze |Quirks and Twists|

The ginger beer gave this cake a slight zing factor. It is subtle, which I think is a good thing. You don’t want to be the person serving super zingy cake. The grapefruit glaze is light and really gives it a bright finish. Zingy ginger beer with bright grapefruit? Talk about a combo.

Ginger Beer Cake with Grapefruit Glaze |Quirks and Twists|

While I was eating this I thought it would go perfect with a mug of hot tea. If someday I ever get it together enough to be the woman who has her friends over for a grownup tea party, this is the cake I will serve alongside it. 

Ginger Beer Cake
Serves 10
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr 15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr 15 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 cups flour
  2. 2 1/3 cups sugar
  3. 5 eggs
  4. 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  5. 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  6. 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  7. 3/4 cup ginger beer
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Coat a bundt pan with butter or cooking spray. Get it in all the nooks and crannies. You don't want it to stick.
  2. With your stand-up mixer, cream the sugar and butter together.
  3. Add the vegetable oil. Mix
  4. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well in between each egg.
  5. Add the vanilla extract. Mix
  6. Add the flour and ginger beer, alternating between the two. 1 cup flour. Mix. 1/4 cup ginger beer. Mix. Keep repeating until you get to 3 cups flour and 3/4 cup ginger beer.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 1 hour and 15 min or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Let the cake cool for 15-20 minutes then remove from the pan to completely cool.
  9. Once cool, top with the grapefruit glaze.
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Grapefruit Glaze
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  2. zest from 1 grapefruit
  3. 1 cup powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Mix all the ingredients together.
  2. Drizzle over the cooled cake.
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Black and White Home Decor |Quirks and Twists| #homedecor #blackandwhite

Today for Friday Favorites I’ve rounded up some of my favorite black and white pieces for the home and kitchen. Color is great and all, but you can’t go wrong with the classic, clean look that black and white brings to the table. I am loving that chair. Black and white plaid? Perfection.

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