Guard Your Manhood: And Other Head-Scratching Moments

by DiPaola Momma (HNIC) on April 10, 2014

Life is filled with head-scratching moments. Like, why are there people out there who claim to hate chocolate? Really??? I’m not buying it. Or why does my 9 year old son’s hair smell like wet dog… no matter how many times I wash it. Seriously, boys smell!

Every now and then one of those moments is brought to my attention and I’m both dumbfounded and completely get it, all at the same time. This would be one of those…

The Cup

Thanks to Lisa Frame of, A Daily Pinch, who both inspired this post with her series, “What I’ve Learned,” and brought this moment to my attention. I’ve got no clue how I’ve managed to get such cool freinds. Hey, it’s another head-scratcher!


You’re Never Too Old for Peanut Butter & Jelly … Martinis

by DiPaola Momma (HNIC) on April 2, 2014

PB and J Martini

Peanut Butter and Jelly – that classic combo nearly every child has adored – has been honored with it’s own day of national recognition. A day on which millions will take a huge bite out of tradition, ceremoniously gluing globs of goo-covered bread to the roofs of their mouths marking the occasion with the pomp it deserves. I, on the other hand, choose to pay homage to this staple of the American lunch box with a cocktail!

To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of the PB&J sandwich. It could have something to do with the fact that my father once sent me off to school with his own version of the high protein power lunch… Peanut Butter, Jelly & ANTS.

Dear Old Dad mistook the sugar coated carcasses of suicidal insects for strawberry seeds in mom’s homemade jelly. You can imagine how that might sour one on the prospect of ever eating another PB&J. But, I grew up … and found vodka.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Martini


  • 1/4 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Strawberry Jelly
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 4-6 Jiggers Strawberry (or plain) Vodka
  • 1/2 Cup Animal Crackers

Combine Peanut Butter with an equal amount of water. Whisk over medium heat until combined. This makes a simple syrup that should be smooth and liquid. Add more water as needed. Set aside and allow to cool. Repeat this process with the jelly.

Place animal crackers in a ziplock bag. Crush them with a rolling pin and pour them on to a shallow plate. Dip the rims of the martini glasses into the jelly simple syrup and roll them in the cookie crumbs to rim the glass. This make for a scrumptious flavor that pays a decant homage to the famed sandwich.

Fill a large martini shaker with ice. Pour in vodka and both syrups. Shake well. Strain out into your rimmed glasses.

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