When you were younger, did you have a mental “adult list”? A list of things you told yourself you would do/ have/ be good at when you were an “adult”? My list included things like always carry enough cash to tip a valet, have an arsenal of killer cocktails I can make from memory and mail out timely Christmas Cards every year. I can’t say that I am nailing everything on my list, but I started sending out Christmas Cards the first year Daniel and I got married and I haven’t missed a year yet! This year, I am so excited to partner with Minted for our Hudson Holiday card and to share some of the tips and tricks I have picked up that ensure I end up with a card I love and that gets mailed out on time every year!
Last month, my best friend did a crazy thing and booked a 12 week trip to England. To commemorate the beginning of such an adventure, an excited group of us got together to wish her well and express our envy over cocktails and cheese. Such an event merits a special cocktail and after much research (ie: Pinterest), and a little experimentation, I settled on crowing the occasion with this Figgy Fizz cocktail.
One of the things I have enjoyed most about this lingering summer has been the prolonged fig season. As I learned last year, fig season is very much a thing and this year I have made a point of taking full advantage of it. If you are lucky enough to get your hands on some fresh figs, I would highly recommend this yummy little cocktail.
Nothing says “celebrate” like the sound of a champagne cork popping and it is my firm belief that every celebration, big or small, merits a bottle of bubbly. Even if what you’re celebrating IS opening a bottle of champagne, on a Tuesday, because you’re an adult and you would like some champagne. If it is a truly special occasion, a new job, a birthday, or a dear friend’s engagement, there is one champagne that I always turn to and that is Veuve Cliquot.
If you have been following me on Instagram, you are probably already aware of my recent obsession with making gummy bears. Specifically champagne gummy bears. Months ago I stumbled upon a Lauren Conrad post sharing a recipe and I knew I had to try. I purchased these little silicone molds from amazon prime and made her strawberry champagne gummy bears recipe. They were delicious but a bit too sweet in my opinion and maybe a bit too rubbery. One of my favorite combinations in the world is a dash of St. Germain in my champagne so I decided to try and come up with a bubbly bear recipe of my own. After multiple failed attempts, I am pleased to report, I have finally come up with a recipe that is absolutely scrumptious!
The way I see it, skiers can pretty much be broken down into two categories, the pleasure skier, and the athletic skier. There is the skier that seeks out the longest, most scenic way down every time and then there is the skier that has the need for speed. There is the one who carefully carves her winding way down the trail without a care in the world vs. the one that wants to be challenged and sticks mainly to black diamonds. Perhaps it’s because I am from the south or perhaps it’s because I didn’t learn to ski till I was 16 but, I am, and always will be, a pleasure skier. And being a pleasure skier comes with a deep love for the aprés ski warmth of a fire and a yummy drink.
The Oscars are my Superbowl. From the first red carpet look through the last stammering speech, I am not ashamed to admit that I am totally captivated by the Academy Awards. I think what our culture loves so much is that the Oscars offer us a chance to see actors “playing” themselves. Every year I am drawn in by their “authentic vulnerability” while giving their acceptance speeches, yet the whole evening is still clouded in that cinematic atmosphere we all so clearly crave.