I’m the kind of girl who will pick a ski trip over a beach vacation any day and I look forward to our annual trip almost as much as I look forward to Christmas. I absolutely love the thrill of the first time off the lift, the bite of the cold air on my face as I race down the slopes and of course, that first sip of a warm aprés ski cocktail in front of the fire. Our trip to New Hampshire this year was filled with fresh snow, lazy brunches and lots and lots of red wine. Full trip recap coming soon but for now, I will leave you with this sweet little recipe.
I decided to dress up a classic White Russian for our afternoon of wreath making last week . I wanted something creamy and delicious with a fun twist to go with our Christmas music and merry making. After a few web searches and some experimenting I give you- The Christmas Waltz!
Is there anything better than delicious food and good wine with friends and family? I certainly don’t think there is! We couldn’t be more excited to host my three siblings, their significant others and my parents for the Thanksgiving feast next week. My oldest brother arrives from Wisconsin tomorrow evening and for the first time in too long, we will all be together for a full week of mistletoe hunting at my parents farm, long conversations over too much coffee, late night puzzles and all the laughter we can cram in.
Hosting a Friendsgiving last year gave us the confidence we need to step up and host the “real deal” this year. As soon as I started menu planning I knew I wanted to include the mouth watering dish that our friends Bryce and Matt (you may remember them from this amazing Easter brunch) brought last year. I begged Bryce to teach me his secrets and even convinced him to let me take pictures and share his recipe on the blog (Bryce, you’re a dear)!
October was a busy month in the Hudson Household. This last weekend of the month was our only weekend spent at home and it was the perfect combination of productive and relaxing. We cleaned and rearranged Dan’s study, finished and hung our home-made roman shades and I somehow managed to go running, make it to yoga and enjoy a lazy brunch at home!
I spent last weekend sipping what I have dubbed my “seasonal transition cocktail” while I pulled out a few of my favorite fall home accents. I only recently had my first Bee’s Knee’s and I can’t believe I have gone without this drink my whole life. Lemon has been my flavor of the summer and thanks to a new source for local honey, I’m pretty sure that honey will end up with a staring role this fall.
After my Rosemary Gin Fizz turned out so well, I began scouring the internet for more cocktails inspired by our herb garden. That is when I stumbled across this figgin’ beautiful cocktail and became a woman obsessed. With thyme to spare, all I needed was a handful of ripe figs. Much to my frustration, figs are apparently one of the few things that you can’t get out of season no matter where you look. I must have called Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods every other weekend until I finally heard the beautiful news- “yes crazy lady, we have fresh figs.”
After all the anticipation I had built up around this cocktail (ask anyone, I talked about this drink way too much) when the moment to take that first sip finally came, I was nervous. I was afraid it was going to be as disappointing as the time I made the Charleston Pink Lady, or that it would lack that wow factor I had built up in my mind, but I couldn’t have been more pleased; About Figgin’ Thyme was everything I had hopped it would be and more!