Happy Hour--Jack-O-Lantern Martini

One of my absolute favorite things is decorating for the holidays.  I usually decorate for most of them and I try my best not to go overboard (except maybe at Christmas), but there's just something about decorating for Halloween and fall.  I love all of the pumpkins, jack-o-lanterns, fall leaves, and cotton bolls. This cocktail is the essential fall cocktail. Sweet pumpkin and cinnamon, delicious RumChata, and vanilla flavored liqueur. It's like a fall dessert in a glass.

Chocolate Fudge Doughnuts with Chocolate Ganache Glaze

I definitely have a thing for doughnuts.  Give me glazed, chocolate, cake, blueberry--you name it, I'm going to love it. Growing up it was such a treat to have doughnuts on a weekend morning. I grew up in a small town on the Arkansas-Louisiana border and we had Spudnuts. I know you are wondering "what exactly is a Spudnut?", but if you have ever been to ElDorado, Arkansas you've tasted the gloriousness that is a Spudnut.  I haven't really thought about making Spudnuts, but I'm definitely going to start working on that soon (idea literally just popped into my head-oh wow, I'm excited).  Ok, but in the meantime, let's focus on these glorious decadent chocolate fudge doughnuts topped with a delicious chocolate ganache and a light dusting of powdered sugar.  Amazing, right??

Travel Diary--Seine River Cruise in Paris, France

Taking a Seine River Cruise was probably the most loved things that we did in Paris. It is, of course, very touristy and so cliché but truly it was one of the best things that we did on our recent trip. And our course, we were tourists so we really can't help being touristy.  (We definitely stuck out like sore thumbs with our Louisiana accents trying to speak French and iPhone maps.)

Walking around Paris is such a wonderful experience, but I loved seeing this beautiful city from such a different perspective.  We had a great time taking the river cruise and I most definitely recommend this activity to anyone who wants to see Paris in a relaxing, intimate way.  Lean back and take in the special views of Paris’ most famous sights like Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower or the Pont Neuf while sipping some fantastic French Champagne. It truly changes everything.

We booked this cruise from Viator and it was fantastic. The cruise starts close to the Eiffel tower and you are escorted to a private room at the front of the boat with only a few other people. A sommelier acted as our tour guide and gave us quite an education on several different French Champagnes.

Tailgating Tuesdays--Garlic Parmesan Truffle Fries with Roasted Garlic Aioli

I know you want to, but try not to lick your computer screen!  
I reallly wish that smell-o-vision was a for real thing like in the old cartoons, because the smell of these Garlic Parmesan Truffled Fries is unbelievable.  And believe it or not, they are so easy to make. Prepare the garlic, parmesan, and truffle salt a little before, cut up the fries, and then when it's time to serve fry them up (or bake if that's your choice), toss, and enjoy.  They are the ultimate tailgaiting recipe. I promise it will take your tailgate to the absolute next level and it will be legendary (in the world of fries anyway).

No french fry is complete though without a decadent, flavorful dipping sauce and this Roasted Garlic Aioli is the perfect companion.

Fall Cheese Board

I think that I have discussed my love of cheese boards here before. I'm not really into a massive cheese board with so many random things on them that the flavors become a little lost.  I'm of the mindset to keep it simple.  Choose really good ingredients and items that really compliment each other and you've got a great cheese board.  It is really is such a perfect appetizer for easy entertaining.  No cooking, just a little slicing and there you go--a delicious snack for date night or girls night in.

Happy Hour--The Witch's Curse

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.
Fillet of a fenny snake, 
In the cauldron boil and bake; 
Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog, 
Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting, 
Lizard’s leg, and howlet’s wing, 
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

Just kidding, there is no snake, frog or tongue of dog in this cocktail, but as I was making it I thought that it would probably be the cocktail that the witch would use today to seduce Snow White. It would also work for the three Sanderson sisters in Hocus Pocus as they try to remain young. I could go on and on with the pop culture witch references (I just love Halloween movies), but I'm sure you get my meaning, right??

Travel Diary--Touring the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

The Eiffel Tower is probably one of the most iconic of all monuments in the world. Built in 1887-1889 by Alexandre Gustav Eiffel, the Eiffel tower is composed of three-levels reaching 1063 feet tall.  It is the tallest structure in all of Paris. Seeing it in person is absolutely amazing.