Spiffing y'all up, one typo at a time
Hey, y’all! Hope you’re having a fantastic first week of October.
One of my brilliant coworkers at my day job had an amazing idea: Why not hold a bracket-style Jell-O shot competition? (I told you she’s brilliant. She also happens to be lovely and sweet too. Hi, Vickie!)
Each week, two people sign up to bring Jell-O shots. Friday afternoon, all the rest of us sample one (or 21) of each shot and then vote for our favorite. The winner then moves on to the next round. I volunteered for Week 1. I scoured the Internet and spent hours on Pinterest in the name of team building and togetherness. My first time out of the gate, I made sparkling wine and Fresca shots, topped with Pop Rocks. And they were horrible. Seriously awful. They were way too strong and really strange. (The leftover Pop Rocks, however, were a huge hit, especially once folks had sampled one [or 21] of my shots.)
As the tournament has progressed, the bar has been seriously raised. Costumes, elaborate plating, and memorized presentations have now become the norm for our Friday faceoffs. Not wanting to be remembered solely for my craptastic bubbly wine/peach/grapefruit/mouth explosion creations, I entered the contest again—theme, costume, and all.
My shots, which I affectionately called “Hot for Teacher,” won, and I’m looking forward to making them again in a few weeks for the semi-final round. I’m also looking forward to many more weeks of Jell-O shot fun. I’d guess by this point in the tourney that I have . . . I have . . . um . . . CRAP.
And now it’s time for a TGB True Confession: I can’t ever remember the past participle (the one that goes after “I have”) for “to drink.” Ever. Is it “I have dranked”? I have drunken? I have drinked? Dranken? Dammit.
So, I can NOW say that over the last number of weeks I think I have drank 100 Jell-O shots. Or perhaps I have drunk 121. Either way, I have the right verb (finally).
Want to start your own amazingly fun Jell-O shot contest? Go for it! Here’s my award-winning (ha!) recipe for you to try:
1 C apple juice
4 packets Knox Gelatine
2 C Fireball Whisky
1 C Angry Orchard Apple Cider
Pour apple juice into a small saucepan. Sprinkle gelatin over the juice and let stand 1 minute. Heat over medium and stir until gelatin is dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in whisky and cider. Pour into rectangular casserole dish or individual Jell-O shot cups. Chill until firm. And enjoy responsibly, y’all. (I need to see your ID, please.)
I’m pretty sure that there will be many folks out there who are disappointed when they Google “Hot for Teacher” and end up on my grammar site.