Happy New Year’s Eve from a Tiny Hippo

Happy New Year’s from a Tiny Hippo!

It is New Year's Eve, a time for revelry, tiny hats, and fancy drinks!

It is New Year’s Eve, a time for revelry, tiny hats, and fancy drinks!

Hope you all have a great New Year’s Eve and a wonderful new year! Check out my oh so scrumptious Spiced Mint Julep recipe.

Spiced Mint Julep

We have created a scrumptious Spiced Mint Julep recipe that I am sure you will all love. This spicy citrus drink, with a hint of fresh mint, is perfect for a winter party or a quite evening at home. The spiced simple syrup requires 24 hours to steep, so plan ahead, it will be worth it!

Spiced Mint Julep

Spiced Mint Julep

Spiced Mint Julep:

5 mint leaves

3 orange wedges

1 ounce grapefruit juice

1 ounce spiced simple syrup (recipe below)

1.5 ounces bourbon

0.5 ounces Grand Marnier

1 cinnamon stick for garnish

Muddle torn mint leaves, orange wedges, and Grand Marnier in glass. Fill glass half full with crushed ice. Pour in bourbon, spiced simple syrup, and grapefruit juice, stir well. Fill the rest of the glass with ice, stir and garnish with cinnamon stick and sprig of mint.

Servings: makes one 12 ounce drink

Spiced Simple Syrup:

2 cups sugar

2 cups water

zest from half an orange ( use a vegetable peeler to get large strips)

1 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp ground coriander

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp whole black pepper corns

6 whole cloves

2 all spice berries

1/8 tsp cayenne

1 pinch salt

In a small saucepan, bring water, sugar, and orange zest to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. When mixture comes to a boil remove from heat and add all the spices, stirring to combine. Once mixture is cooled refrigerate for 24 hours in a sealed container, then strain. Simple syrup will keep for two weeks in refrigerator. Be sure to stir the syrup before use, all the best flavor is at the bottom!

Christmas with a Tiny Hippo

Oh my, what are these, are they all for me?

Oh my, what are these, are they all for me?

This package is oh so cute!

This package is oh so cute!

What a tiny camera, how perfect

What a tiny camera, how perfect

On second thoughts, this camera is too small even for me

On second thought, this camera is too small, even for me

Let me see what is in this box

Maybe a bigger box will contain the perfect gift for a Tiny Hippo

Nice, a vintage camera is just what I was hoping for!

Nice, I always wanted a folding camera, Ansel Adams, here I come!

EEEEE... A Zeiss Ikonta medium format folding camera with pop up view finder!!!!!

IEEEE… A Zeiss Ikonta medium format folding camera with pop up view finder!!!!!

Hmmm, this seems a bit large for everyday use

Oh bother, this seems a bit large for everyday use

Last chance for the perfect gift

This looks promising

What a great case, this looks promising!

Oh cool! A miniature Japanese Hit camera from the 1950s! This is just the right size for a Tiny Hippo with an artistic side. Now, to find the perfect subject!

Oh cool! A miniature Japanese Hit camera from the 1950s! This is just the right size for a Tiny Hippo with an artistic side. Now, to find the perfect subject!

Merry Christmas, we hope that you found your perfect gift under the tree!

Tasty Treats for the Christmas Tree

Tiny Hippo Decorates Christmas Tree

What is this?

What is this?

A delicious tree just for me to eat?

A delicious tree just for me?

Blah, why would it tasty so nasty?

Ick, why would it taste so nasty?

I must season this tree, a sting of popcorn will be the perfect start!

I must season this tree, a sting of popcorn will be the perfect start!

Even distribution of the popcorn is key.

Even distribution of the popcorn is key.

A tiny hippo must have no fear, the popcorn will not hang itself.

Oh dear, but a tiny hippo must have no fear!

Some peppermint sticks and gum drops will go nicely with the salty popcorn.

Some candy canes and gum drops will go nicely with the salty popcorn.

Some of my expertly decorated gingerbread cookies go on next.

Some of my expertly decorated gingerbread cookies go on next.

And lastly, top it all off with a sugary star!

Lastly, top it all off with a sugary star!

What a delectable treat, I mean tree, just for me.

What a delectable treat, I mean tree, just for me.