December 2014 archive

Cranberry Ginger Sparkler

Everyone should have a friend who is a mixologist. Someone that has, for a seemingly simple happy hour at home, things such as ginger syrup for a refreshing afternoon lemonade cocktail or jalapeno infused tequila for a salty margarita before dinner. Someone that can make an nonalcoholic drink just as delicious and special as the loaded version. Someone that has the foresight and patience to make Cherry Bounce to have on hand as a sweet treat of a night cap. Fortunately, we have such a friend. Unfortunately, she lives in Palm Springs (I would prefer to enjoy her company and her cocktails on a more regular basis). On a recent trip to visit her, I asked for her favorite holiday cocktail and this recipe popped up on my phone within minutes. (She is also very efficient.) I’ve included the recipe with some of my suggestions below, and the link to the original source is here. She’s right, it’s a light and lovely holiday cocktail – especially if wine and other drinks will be enjoyed throughout the evening. I served it on Christmas Eve and it will again be on the menu for this evening as the drink served with appetizers. Cheers!

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Cheers, 2014!

2014 was a great year, and I’ll raise my glass in a happy toast to it tomorrow night. Today’s post gives you a glimpse at some of the moments from this year, many of which were included on our recent holiday card – but in this version you don’t have to squint to see the images.
DSC_0780_edited-2These two kiddos spend a good chunk of their time together hugging.


Yellow Line

A good hat is a great thing. I bought this hat because I’m a sucker for anything navy and yellow, but I’ve been surprised by how much use I’ve gotten out of it. I suppose it helps that I’m on a bit of a winter break, using up the remainder of my vacation time at the office. My days these last couple of weeks of the year are generally filled with running about town for errands, followed up by some quality time with friends and dates nights when possible. I don’t want to waste any of that productive and/or fun time dealing with my hair.

DSC_3167_edited-1Anthropologie hat (not available online) | Evereve scarf (other colors here) | Gap sweater | Tory Burch vest, handbag, bracelet and boots (all no longer available) | Banana Republic pants and earrings | Target watch


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