Next Event: Holly Daze October 31, 2015

Next Event:  Holly Daze    October 31, 2015
Next Event: Holly Daze October 31, 2015

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

A drink to start you out....

This sangria is THEE drink to make this fall. It combines red wine, brandy, cinnamon, apple cider, citrus, and of course - sweet honeycrisp apples!


  • 3 cinnamon sticks (plus more for garnish)
  • 2 honeycrisp apples, chopped
  • 1 orange, thinly sliced
  • 1 (750 ml) bottle red wine (I suggest a light-bodied Spanish variety)
  • 1 and 3/4 cups homemade apple cider or store-bought1
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 1/4 cup orange juice (or juice from 2 medium oranges)
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • club soda, to taste


  1. Place the cinnamon sticks, apples, and orange slices in a large pitcher. Add wine, apple cider, brandy, orange juice, and lemon juice. Allow to sit in the refrigerator for 6 - 24 hours. Taste; if you'd like it to be sweeter, add 1-2 Tablespoons granulated sugar, honey, or agave.
  2. If you'd like a cinnamon-sugar rim (highly recommended), simply moisten the rim of your glasses with water, turn the glass upside down and dip it into a mix of cinnamon and sugar. Pour in the sangria with fruit2 and add a splash of club soda (this unsweetened fizz is wonderful with the sangria!). Garnish with a cinnamon stick, if desired. Cheers!
  3. Make ahead tip: Sangria is the perfect make-ahead cocktail since it must sit for at least 6 hours. You can also make it one day in advance.

Additional Notes:

  1. Use a sweetened, unfiltered version of apple cider; it will be in the refrigerator section of your grocery store.
  2. Feel free to add ice to your glasses of sangria. Don't add it directly to the pitcher - this waters the sangria down. Which, clearly, we don't want.

A Few Thanksgiving receipes

Apple and Poppy Seed Coleslaw
Prep Time 1 hour, 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour, 15 minutes
Yield 6 servings
Wonderfully tangy and refreshing, and the perfect side dish to any meal!
  • 2 cups shredded green cabbage
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded red cabbage
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrot
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, julienned
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • In a large bowl, combine the green cabbage, red cabbage, carrot and apple.
  • In a large glass measuring cup or another bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, poppy seeds, salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Pour mixture over cabbage mixture and stir using a rubber spatula until well combined. Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least one hour.
  • Serve cold.

Want to make the holidays even more special? Serve individual pumpkin pies! Use Libby's Pure Pumpkin and Carnation Evaporated Milk in your favorite recipe, then simply pour into a muffin pan lined with pre-made crust, and bake. It's so easy and your guests will love them. (Thank you Pinterest)

Monday, October 19, 2015

Witches Brew...perfect for the "Girls Night Out"


  • 1 1/4 oz. shot Malibu Coconut Rum

Mix juices and 7-Up in a highball glass. Pour shot down the side of the glass right before drinking.

MMMMMMmmmmmmmmmmm Delicious!!!

 (or you can use the bulk/packaged caramels)

give your caramel a titch to cool, then grab those waiting apples and dip away!
Let them cool completely before adding the Apple Pie goodness :)

Mix about 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1 tsp of cinnamon (I really only ever just eyeball these)
and set aside in a small bowl. 
Most other apple pie apples I've ever had use a mixture of just white sugar and cinnamon
for the outer coating, but the brown makes them much better, I think!

Melt one bag of white chocolate chips or half a brick of Almond Bark.
 (a two-four cup size measuring cup works great for melting in)
Dip your cool caramel apples into the white, kinda twisting as you dip.
Immediately after pulling the apples out,
start shaking your cinnamon/ brown sugar mixture over the top.
Make sure NOT to roll the apple in the mixture, instead grab fingerfuls by hand
and shake in on, twisting to cover the whole thing really well.
Set on a greased cookie sheet or cutting board to cool
(source: Capital B)

Friday, October 16, 2015

A how to update a vintage chair or sofa by removing the skirt and showing the legs.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

we LOVE coffee


1/4 cup Chocolate syrup


1 can
Condensed milk, sweetened
1/2 cup
Marshmallow cream
1 1/2 cup