Monthly Archives: October 2012


Best Bloody Mary Recipe EVER! No Measuring Required!

This week I’m taking a little break from cat hats and blogging about one of my other favorite interests: day-drinking! I had previously blogged about what I thought was the best Bloody Mary Recipe ever. Turns out I was WRONG! I have now discovered a new “best Bloody Mary Recipe ever” courtesy of my husband Todd. He came up with a new fool-proof, measure-free method for making our favorite Sunday morning beverage– one that even I have trouble messing up 🙂 I will impart his wisdom onto those lucky enough to stumble upon this website now:

Shopping List for Bloody Mary Ingredients

First thing’s first: the Bloody Mary mix. We use Bloody Bold– an amazing bottled mix available in select stores in the Northeast or online at Bloody Bold’s website. If you want to order some be warned: it is QUITE ADDICTIVE.  Bloody Bold uses all natural ingredients that you can pronounce when you read them on the label– another plus in my book.

Here is what else you’ll need (in no specific order):

  • 1 lime
  • 2 liters Vodka (cheaper stuff is okay– just nothing that tastes like gasoline)
  • Pepper rimmer (example here)
  • 1 garlic bulb
  • 1 habanero pepper

Three Days Before: Vodka Preparation

One of the keys to this bloody mary recipe is the vodka– Todd prepares two 1-liter vodka bottles with respective garlic and pepper infusions several days in advance. The beauty of flavoring the vodka means that you can use a little cheaper vodka than you normally would— the peppers and garlic cover up any lingering cheap taste. In one 1 liter bottle you should put the cut up habenero, in the other you should put the cloves of garlic that once made up the bulb. After three days (or so, you’ll want to taste test) remove the garlic cloves and habenero— your vodka is now ready to drink or store. It keeps at room temperature— or if you have room in the freezer, you can store your vodka in there.

Bloody Bold Bloody Mary Recipe

The Fool-Proof Bloody Mary Assembly Method

Now here is the genius part of this Bloody Mary recipe: the measure-free assembly method. Start by selecting a glass– any size, any shape. Just make sure it is big enough to contain the Bloody Mary you want to imbibe 🙂 Fill the glass with ice cubes to the top. Now dump the ice into a bigger glass or shaker. Use this opportunity to rim the first glass with the pepper rimmer— using a lime wedge to wet the rim of the glass before rolling the glass around in the spice mixture.

In the shaker or bigger glass pour some vodka to taste– I usually try to cover the bottom half of the ice cubes. Here is where things are subject to your opinion: the proportion of pepper or garlic vodka.  I like my vodka mixture to be mostly the garlic vodka. My husband prefers mostly the pepper vodka. It doesn’t really matter either way– they are both delicious in my opinion.  I like to mix them up in different ways sometimes to see what I end up with.

Next, just barely cover the remaining portion of ice cubes with the Bloody Bold bloody mary mix. Stir up your concoction with a cocktail spoon and then pour it back into the already-rimmed glass– ice and all. If you followed these directions exactly you should have the perfect amount  of Bloody Mary for your original glass– the trick is using the ice cubes as a visual guide to the amount to mix. This eliminates the problem of being unable to stir your bloody mary in a small glass, AND also the problem of not knowing how much to mix in a separate container. Fabulous! Results: The BEST Bloody Mary EVER. This time I mean it 🙂


New Glasses for Cats– and a few other notes

Hello again! This marks the fourth week in a row that I am blogging about some new cat glasses for cats that are now populating the Notso Kitty Shop. I certainly have been busy/inspired lately! I think it is because it is near Halloween, but the Kitty Shop’s sales have been up as well! I have to keep motivated to replenish the inventory and make sure I’m coming up with new designs as well. This week I created another pair of bling glasses for cats— this time for Saint Patrick’s Day. I also made a pair of candy-cane inspired cat glasses to compliment future holiday outfits. How did they come out? Well let’s see.

Saint Patrick’s Day Glasses for Cats

First I came up with some fabulous new Irish bling shades for my kitty.

Saint Patrick's Day Glasses for Cats

I have also included an outtake from our photo session to show what happens when Notso pulls a diva fit in the middle of modeling. Cat models are high maintenance!


Candy Cane Glasses for Cats

This year I wanted to come up with a few things for the holidays that could be worn individually or together with other parts of a Christmas outfit. These candy cane glasses look great on their own, or could be used to spruce up a kitty santa or kitty elf.

Candy Cane Glasses for Cats

What ever will next week bring? I’m not even sure yet myself! I have so many ideas and so many rhinestones and pieces of felt— a dangerous combination if ever there was one.



Halloween Cat Hats & Cat Glasses : New Looks for the Notso Kitty Shop

This week we have three lovely new cat costumes to add to the Notso Kitty Shop. What have I been up to in “Cat Hat Studio”? Let’s see, shall we?

Halloween Cat Hats – Ghost Edition

First off we have another Halloween cat hat– this one with ric-rack trim and a ghostly felt decoration on top. Fluffy enjoyed modeling it this afternoon. Halloween Cat HatI made this hat by hand-shaping wet felt over a container; then working in a layer of glue to stiffen it. Result in 24 hours: a well-formed hat that is ready to decorate. I’ve used this technique on several cat hats– I love the results so much! Expect a few more of these in different themes in the future.

“Notso You’re a Star” Cat Glasses

Okay, so maybe I’m the only one that recognizes that Notso should be famous for now…. But in the meantime he can act the part of a star in his new star-shaped cat sunglasses!

Cat Costume Cat Star Glasses

These glasses would make a great accessory for a Hollywood Halloween Costume for your Cat! Notso likes to wear his every day, because he’s a diva like that.

Halloween Pumpkin Cat Glasses

Here Notso models his new Pumpkin-tastic cat glasses! It’s funny how much Notso really doesn’t mind all sorts of glasses– he realizes they are a momentary occurrence after which he typically gets a treat.

pumpkin cat glasses

Notso looks just adorable in his new glasses! Would your cat like a pair for him or herself? Or perhaps he or she would like to look through the selection of cat hats? You can find them for sale in the Notso Kitty Shop. Happy Halloween!

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