Happy Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tonight I’ll be baking this for my family’s annual dessert-off. Wish me luck! Tomorrow is one of the only “off” days of my year where I actually set the alarm clock so that I can watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It’s been a tradition since I was a kid and I don’t plan on stopping any time soon! Then it’s off to my mom and stepdad’s for loads of grub.

I’ll be taking Thursday and Friday off in every way possible, but see you Monday to kick off the holidays!

Lots and Lots of Thankfulness for …
… the very best friends and family and gal could ask for
… the new(ish) roof over my head
… my awesome job when so many are lacking even a crappy one
… two fuzzy kitten-cats waiting for me at the door
… my relatively decent health
… candy

:: photo via ffffound


On the Rocks: Thanksgiving Edition.

Everyone needs a drink or ten to get through the holidays. Especially when it involves family!

Apple Harvest Collins

– 1 Macintosh apple, peeled, cored and sliced
– 1 1/2 ounces Bulldog gin
– 1/3 ounce simple syrup
– 1 tablespoon lemon juice
– 1 1/2 ounces spiced apple cider (preferably Reed’s brand)

Muddle 2 slices of the apple in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Combine the gin, simple syrup and lemon juice in the cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. Pour into a Collins glass over ice. Add spiced apple cider. Garnish with more apple slices. If you like, rim the glass with cinnamon and sugar before mixing the cocktail. Serves 1.

:: cocktail recipe and photo via NY Daily News

November Chill

– 3 oz gin
– 1 1/2 oz apple cider syrup (see link)
– 1/4 oz pomegranate syrup (see link)
– 1/4 oz Tuaca

Shake gin and apple cider syrup together with ice and strain into a cinnamon-sugar rimmed cocktail glass. Stir Tuaca and pomegranate syrup together and pour into the center of the glass. Serves 1.

:: cocktail recipe and photo via rejiggered

Pumpkin Margarita

– 2 oz Partida Reposado Tequila
– 1 oz fresh lime/lemon juice mix
– splash of pumpkin puree
– sesame seeds
– lime wedge

Rim a cocktail glass with lime juice and sesame seeds. Mix ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wedge. Serves 1.

:: cocktail recipe and photo via Talk Drinks


Thanksgiving Hurts.

We had our office Thanksgiving today – all four of us – and it was a day-long event. Pumpkin bagels for breakfast, out for lunch, then pumpkin pie and topping with eggnog in the afternoon. And you know what? I feel like I could explode. Like I need to undo the button on my jeans. I always forget how horrible being really truly FULL feels. And all I can say for it is this: UGH. Oh, and that I’ll be having water for dinner. Thank you.

:: photo via ffffound