Happy Hour--Cherry Bourbon Manhattans

With every Bourbon cocktail I make I am becoming more and more of a fan.  I mean, it's a little sweet, a little fruity, and if you are drinking the right one it's so smooth and delicious.  My problem is that I really like the single barrel kinds (you know the ones that cost quite a bit). I don't know why I can't do better with liking more inexpensive things--my budget definitely wants me to.  I've really been loving Four Roses Single Barrel and Blade and Bow.

Spicy Seasoned Ritz Crackers (aka Crack Crackers)

I think you can put just about anything at all on a Ritz Cracker and it will be good.  (Don't go there with your filthy minds, please.) I'm thinking of food items. Every year I make a similar recipe with pretzels, oyster crackers, or cheese crackers, but this year I decided to make it with Ritz Crackers and I'm definitely not sad about it at all.  I call these crackers-- Crack Crackers because they are so addicting.  You CANNOT stop eating them.

Make Your Own Simmering Christmas Potpourri Using Essential Oils

Simmering Christmas Potpourri is one of those delicious smelling treats that I promise you are completely going to love. Once it starts simmering your entire house will smell amazing.  It's so simple to make and can be adjusted to your own tastes.  Also, the longer it simmers the better it smells.  I just love to have a pot on my stove filling the house with all of the aromas of Christmas.

Brownie Cookies with Salted Caramel

Brownies are probably one of my all-time favorite desserts. I love them a little crispy, a little chewy, and very chocolatey.  Adding salted caramel makes them extra indulgent and oh-so-delicious.   These cookies are also very easy to make (compared to traditional brownies) and taste just as good.  The addition of the salted caramel is the perfect accompaniment to the rich chocolate.

Holiday Wishlist for the Wine Lover

This, by far, was my absolute favorite gift guide to assemble.  Wine is one of my great loves and I took great pleasure in creating this gift guide.  I tried to incude inexpensive options as well as a few gorgeous (and a little bit of extravagant) options.  I included things that I love (the champagne stopper and anything Riedel) and things that would make any wine lover extremely happy.

1)Wine Cooling Beads 2)Wine Glass with Straw 3)Champagne Stopper 4)Coravin 5)Vinglac√© 6)Riedel Decanter Amadeo Fatto A Mano 7)Riedel Extreme Pinot Noir Glasses 8)Electic Blue Automatic Wine Opener & Foil Cutter 9)Wine Enthusiast Classic 80 Wine Cellar

Happy Gift Giving!!



Happy Hour--Jingle Juice (Cranberry Pomegranate Spritzers)

I'm such as sucker for a beautiful cocktail and this one is so festive and delicious.  Any kind of cocktail that can be made ahead of time and served in a pitcher is definitely the right kind of holiday cocktail.  This cocktail is made with delicious cranberry and pomegranate juices, vodka, St. Germain liqueur, and topped with my favorite--champagne.  It's easy to prepare and since it's made for a crowd, it serves itself.

November Sweet Links

Wow!!  November has been a whirlwind.  It seems like I just blinked and now it's gone.  And December will probably be worse.  I often find myself feeling overwhelmed this time of year with work being so busy, working on this blog, trying to get in at least 2-3 Pilates classes a week, and attend EVERY single holiday party that comes up.  (I know--definitely not problems, but I do feel overwhelmed some times.) It's just one of those things where I don't want to miss a thing.  This has helped me a lot this season so far and I hope to incorporate more of the ideas to help me manage it all.

Ok so back to the fun stuff.

I always wait until after Thanksgiving to decorate for Christmas.  Sometimes I would love to do it before to give me a little extra time, but so far, so good. I always change things up a little, but so far I'm pretty pleased.  I'm definitely not a decorator, but I try.  Is your house decorated?? Spoiler alert--I'll be sharing my Christmas home tour very soon.

I definitely found lots and lots of inspiration this month for trees, decor, food, cocktails, and gift ideas. Here are a few of my favorites...

Craftberry Bush