Thanksgiving is tomorrow and I have a last-minute cocktail for you to add to the menu! It’s a play on the classic Paloma, but made with a homemade cranberry & cinnamon simple syrup, to highlight the seasonal flavors we enjoy so much this time of year. This fruity and festive version of the Paloma tastes like holiday in a glass with tangy notes from the tart cranberries and a hint of spice too! If you have a thing with pink like I happen to, this posh cocktail will be the perfect addition to your holiday beverage lineup!
During the holiday season, there’s nothing I love more than hosting and entertaining, and when I’m entertaining, having a few tiny treats on the menu is an absolute must. A must, because miniature and one-bite items are easy for guests to enjoy, and much less guilty because of their small size. Not to mention adorable! So yes! When it comes to entertaining, mini is the new black in my opinion and these Lemon Cardamom donuts that I made with my mini pan, are a new favorite. And since Christmas fast approaching, whipping up a batch of these less guilty treats, dressed up with posh embellies, seemed oh so necessary.
One of my favorite adult beverages to serve when I’m hosting a party is sangria. I just love how simple it is to make, and how the flavors can be so easily adjusted to match the holiday that you’re celebrating.
Today I tested out a new sangria concoction that I’ll be adding to my Thanksgiving menu next week. The colors and flavor profiles remind me of the season, complete with tangerines, sweet persimmons, cinnamon sticks, vanilla beans, elderflower liqueur and sauvignon blanc.
Earlier in October I took part in an annual Mammogram Party in my home town. This was an event put together locally to help raise awareness about breast cancer and provide knowledge and important info to women about annual screenings. Those who attended were able to schedule their screening appointments while also enjoying prizes, goodie bags treats, hair extensions and plenty of shopping from some fabulous vendors.
Halloween has to be one of the sweetest times of the year…that is in terms of candy. One of the candies commonly seen around Halloween really brings me back to my childhood. Yup, candy corn. We always had it in our house growing up and my mom still likes it, years later! Although I’m not known for eating handfuls of candy corn myself, I’m completely keen on the colors and love that I had those memories growing up. Which brings me to today’s post, that was of course inspired by candy corn but in a much more fresh and natural kind way.
I can hardly believe we’re halfway through October! It’s been such a busy month already with 2 events and many behind the scenes projects that I’ll have to share with you in the coming weeks!
Over the weekend I completed 1 of two Breast Cancer Awareness Events for the month. It felt great to come together with other small businesses in the community for such a wonderful cause! Together we collected an awesome sized donation for Team Julia!
August so far has been wonderful and busy! My oldest turned 5 last week and we celebrated with loads of Lemonade and Hello Kitty details. I can’t believe how much of a whirlwind it was it! The day felt like it was over before it began, but she had the time of her life, will all her little friends. That was so precious to see!
The other day I picked up a fresh coconut from our local grocery store. Seriously I’m not quite sure what pushed me to grab it because I have no experience working with coconuts, but with the thought that I would figure out how to use it later, I decided to buy it anyways.
After a “Coconut Opening” tutorial on youtube, which took a screwdriver and a hammer, I had success at cracking my very first one! If you follow me on Instagram I’m sure you saw my recent post about my coconut opening success. But…once I opened it I really had no idea how to use it. Perhaps I was a bit reluctant because I quickly discovered that the meat inside of the nut is incredibly difficult to get out of the shell. No joke..I seriously hammered on the coconut over and over again hoping to break it into smaller pieces, but to no avail. After trying numerous tools, I basically just winged it..wrapping a towel around the outside of the shell and scraping out the meat with a knife for what was close to 1 hour. Let’s just say I’m sure there’s a better way to remove coconut meat from the shell, and I don’t necessarily recommend my technique, but after all is said and done I’m glad that I spent an hour digging out slivers of coconut from the stubborn shell. These posh mini pops topped with chocolate and almonds taste good enough to say it was completely worth it!
Oh to be 5 years old! I remember that age growing up so well. When the days were complete with popsicles and bike rides, neighborhood friends and summer’s that felt like they lasted a year long. Do you remember those days? When we had not a care in the world? If only summer’s could last and feel the same now….I would seriously be in heaven!! But as much as I long for that slow down, time just keeps on ticking. Now I can hardly believe we’re only one month from my love’s 5th birthday! Let the party planning begin!
My absolute favorite homemade bevy to make as the warmer months approach is fresh lemonade. I’ve made many variations in the past and my daughter’s 2nd birthday was the perfect time to test out a new flavor. This time I switched things up by adding fresh watermelon puree, for a sweet spring-time twist!