On the Rocks: Sparkling Shiraz Punch.

Sparkling Shiraz Punch is the perfect concoction for Girls’ Night – not too sweet and just fizzy enough!

– 15 mint sprigs
– 1 ounce whipping-quality pasteurized egg white, lightly beaten
– 1 cup superfine sugar
– 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice (about 6 lemons)
– 2 bottles sparkling Shiraz
– 3 liters club soda
– 1 1/2 cups St. Germain Elderflower liqueur

Brush mint with egg white. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup sugar, and let dry on a wire rack. Mix lemon juice and remaining sugar in a large punch bowl, stirring until sugar dissolves. Add Shiraz, club soda, and liqueur. Serve with ice, and garnish with sugared mint sprigs. Serves 15.

:: cocktail recipe and photo via YumSugar



Sorry for going MIA yesterday, you can blame the weather! I couldn’t make it out of my neighborhood because it was a sheet of ice thanks to the lovely winter storm that took over the midwest the past few days.


The Daily Eat: Bruleed Oatmeal with Baked Glazed Apples.

When I chose this as Oatmeal Week I had no idea how perfect the timing would be. We’re getting freezing rain and sleet today and tomorrow and there’s nothing quite so comforting as some oatmeal goodness during nasty times like these!

This recipe for Bruleed Oatmeal with Baked Glazed Apples is screaming my name. A bit decadent with it’s hidden layer of brown sugar, but I’m betting worth every calorie!

:: recipe and photo via Inn Cuisine



I love Lampel. It’s a pendant light fixture that allows you to fill the upper portion with whatever your heart desires. I’m partial to the plant, but love how you can change things out to really make it your own. And with the clear glass “shade” it’s versatile enough to go with lots of decor styles!