Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Holiday Moscow Mule Recipe


This is the most simple drink to make, and you can garnish it however you like to make it more festive!! It's truly just an original Moscow Mule recipe, but to make it more appropriate for the holidays I had fun garnishing the cocktails with cranberries and festive straws.

Holiday Moscow Mule Recipe

  • 4 oz Ginger Beer
  • 1 1/2 oz Vodka
  • 1/6 oz Lime Juice

It's legitimately that easy!! I would highly suggest purchasing a mixing pitcher and spoon, because it really makes a difference with how the cocktail will taste. I would put one big ice cube in the mixing pitcher, with all the ingredients and stir for a couple of minutes. This allows the ice and ingredients to melt perfectly. Moscow Mules are usually served with crushed ice, with the ingredients poured over top. I just bought some cranberries and toothpicks and put this together to add a holiday touch.


Cups: Bed Bath&Beyond || Mixing Pitcher: Chapters (Indigo) || Cocktail Mixing Spoon: Chapters (Indigo) || Tray: Vintage ||

-Sydney Hoffman

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Casa Di Mama Pizza - CFL Grey Cup Contest


My favourite memories growing up was Football Sunday at my house. My brothers and dad are HUGE football fans, which meant the whole house turned into a football frenzy every Sunday during football season. Obviously I enjoyed watching the games, but realistically my favourite part was all the food. That was the one day my siblings and I knew my parents were coming home with a ton of delicious food and of course pizza. Dr. Oetker Casa Di Mama Pizza has been apart of my families football Sunday tradition for a while now and still is.


Although tail-gating is a lot of fun at football games, "home-gating" is even better. Which is why I've teamed up with Dr. Oetker Casa Di Mama Pizza to give you the ultimate home-gating experience. Dr. Oetker Casa Di Mama Pizza is the official pizza of the CFL and they have created MAMA'S HOUSE - the ultimate place to watch the big game with your friends and fill up on Casa Di Mama pizza. A huge trailer wrapped in Casa Di Mama pizza-awesomeness, and stuffed to the brim with unique content-worthy experiences that will get you into the game. The CFL Grey Cup is this Sunday November 27th and I want you and a friend to experience MAMA'S HOUSE while watching the cup. I will be there and we can eat all the pizza and cheer on our favourite teams!! All you have to do is enter through my Instagram@sydhoff3 Find the photo (here) and follow the CONTEST entry rules. The contest closes Thursday, November 24th so hurry and enter!!!

Pepperoni3 MeatHawaiian, are just a couple of my favourites, but Casa Di Mama Pizza has seven delicious gourmet pizzas including Pulled PorkDeluxeBacon and Inferno.

Don't forget to enter the #CasaDiMamaPizza contest (here) and if you aren't apart of the MAMA'S HOUSE festivities, I hope you are watching the #GreyCup and home-gating with delicious gourmet Casa Di Mama Pizza. #Ad

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-Sydney Hoffman

This blogpost was sponsored by Dr. Oetker, but the opinions are all my own.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Ford #BucketList Challenge





I was thrilled when Ford reached out to me and asked if I wanted to try the 2017 Ford Escape. I'm always up for trying new things, especially a new vehicle!! In the email, they had also mentioned taking part in a bucket list challenge. I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but I knew I had to learn more. A couple influencers and myself were invited to an exclusive dinner to escape to another world aka eating Moroccan food and getting an amazing belly dancing show at The Sultan's Tent in Toronto. We also got to meet Robin Esrock author of The Great Canadian Bucket List and he gave us some amazing bucket list options around Toronto.


I personally have a bucket list saved in my notes on my phone, but I never thought about achieving a bucket list challenge around where I live. I absolutely loved the idea of checking something off my list so close to home. Not only is it challenging, but its a great way to explore the amazing areas around where you live. I decided to pick Zipline to the Falls. The last time I ever ziplined was at camp in Grade 7, and lets just say it was no where near zipling Niagara Falls.


I set out on a gorgeous day and drove out to Niagara Falls in the 2017 Ford Escape. Some things I noticed right away, was the fact that the engine turns off when you stop and turns back on right away when you accelerate, to save you gas. Another very cool thing I experienced in the Ford Escape was the cruise control options. Like a regular cruise control when you set your speed it will maintain that speed for you. Usually when a vehicle gets in front of however, you usually have to stop and slow down yourself and start your cruise control over again. With the Ford Escape it will sense when a vehicle is in your lane and if its too close, the Ford Escape will slow down for you. Once the vehicle is out of your way or lane, the Ford Escape will automatically speed back up to your cruise control speed. I don't know if anyone else would think that is cool, but for longer trips, I thought it was brilliant!!


I decided to stay the night in Niagara Falls to explore the beautiful town and of course take part in the zipline across Niagara Falls. I will admit I normally don't get scared of things like this, but right before getting harnessed in, I was freaking out a little. Regardless, I survived and did something I would have probably never accomplished before. At the same time I also got to explore a beautiful town near me, that I rarely visit. Overall, it was such a fun experience and something I would highly suggest to everyone!! 


-Sydney Hoffman

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

EASY Chili Recipe

One of my favourite things to make lately is chili. I don't know if its the cooler weather, but I find myself craving warm, spicy chili all the time!! Although I don't cook often, I thought I would try a really easy chili recipe and seriously...its so simple!! I now make this almost every week because it will last you for a couple of days and it costs me under $20! What's nice about cooking for yourself is you see everything you add, which means you can make it as healthy or unhealthy as you want. Anything I pick up I just make sure its unsalted or has zero sugar, and this recipe is fairly healthy.


Chili Recipe
  • 1 pound of lean ground beef
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 1 can of crushed tomatoes (zero sugar added)
  • 1 can of kidney beans (unsalted)
  • 1 can (or bag) of corn
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 package of chili spice mix (or add chili or garlic powder if you don't want to buy a spice mix)


I like to use a large saucepan for the entire process. I throw my lean ground beef and chopped onions in the saucepan. I make sure my onions are sautéed and ground beef is officially brown before adding anything else. 

Once that is complete, throw in a can of crushed tomatoes, can of rinsed out kidney beans, a cup or two of corn, and a little bit of water. Make sure to mix everything together as you go. Mix your chili spices in with everything and let it simmer on low heat for about 15 minutes. It's honestly that easy and tastes delicious. Feel free to melt some cheese on top once you place in your bowl or dip with some bread!!


Happy cooking!!!

-Sydney Hoffman

Fall Fashion


It's no surprise I'm obsessed with all things fall, Halloween and of course fall fashion!! I've been posting a ton over on my Instagram-@sydhoff3 so I thought I should share some of my favourite fall fashion outfits this year on my blog!!!

-Sydney Hoffman