A crisp fall afternoon picking apples calls for a delicious apple cocktail to warm you up in the evening. Or if apples aren’t your thing, try a fig drink. Or maybe add some maple syrup to sweeten things up. Here are ten absolutely delicious drinks that will keep you warm on those chilly October nights.
Hi! I’m Alexandra Hedin – a lifestyle and entertaining expert from the Pacific Northwest. I provide inspiration, recipes, and crafts for creating a lovely life. It doesn’t take much to make everyday lovely – or to have fun. And isn’t that what life is about? All week I’m showing you how I threw together a little springtime affair that takes only a little thought and some good friends.
Hi! I’m Alexandra Hedin – a lifestyle and entertaining expert from the Pacific Northwest. I provide inspiration, recipes, and crafts for creating a lovely life. It doesn’t take much to make everyday lovely – or to have fun. And isn’t that what life is about? All week I’ll be here showing you how I threw together a little springtime affair that takes only a little thought and some good friends.
Today, the cocktail! Every time I host friends I create a signature cocktail for the event. Continue Reading
It’s Kitchen Month on Curbly; and we think the kitchen is the do-it-yourself-iest room in the house. Yeah, it’s easier to purchase packaged, pre-made, preservativeful foods, but it’s also pricier and worse for your health. And nothing beats the taste of home-made.
Soda (pop, for you midwesterners) is no exception; you can make your own awesome-tasting soda and save money doing it! To help you, we’ve teamed up with SodaStream to give away one of their “Fountain Jet Soda Lover’s Starter Kits“, so you can start whipping up your own soda pops and sparkling waters at home. Continue Reading
The wizards at Etsy Labs show us how to EASILY make a cocktail umbrella lantern for our next ‘outdoor soiree’, BUT it’s so cute, you’ll want to hang it INSIDE. The project is reminiscent of Heather Wells’s cocktail umbrella lamp, but this version requires less sophisticated materials. Here’s the rundown:
If all of this talk of fall entertaining drives you to drink, never fear, that’s all you really need to be a great host. Building a stylish & chic bar can be your biggest asset during the cold and cozy seasons. Nothing welcomes someone into your home more than a freshly-poured drink on the rocks in a classic highball glass.
I’ve assembled most of our barware from Etsy. Vintage highballs, drinks carts and ice buckets that would fit nicely in Don Draper’s office create an air of elegance we’re sorely missing these days. Continue Reading
From Serious Eats: “These are probably meant for six-year olds, but they still provide me with gobs of joy. All you need is a black olive (for the penguin head), a bigger one (for the bulbous bod), a little carrot medallion (with a triangle sliced out for the beak), and a mozzarella ball (or cream cheese works). Extra credit if you can make them an edible igloo. Continue Reading
So, on Saturday, I went to pick up my weekly CSA harvest, and the wonderful young lady pointed to an enormous box of bing cherries, and said, “Also, you’re welcome to take as many of those as you want, but they’re super ripe, so they gotta be used today.”
“Really?” I said, as I grabbed a produce bag.
“Yeah. Take the whole box if you want…”
Well, I DID want, so I took the box, and realized, as I popped my third into my mouth on the walk home, that I, indeed, did need to use them all that day. Continue Reading
Egg Nog is a dichotomizing phenomenon: egg nog fans tout its contributions to holiday cheer, and those with a distaste are avid and vocal nog haters.
Perhaps the source of the schism is the source: those who love it have experienced true, homemade egg nog (most likely with some Christmas “spirits” added), and those who hate must only know the nasty storebought options. I'd always been in the latter category until last December, when I experienced homemade egg nog for the first time. Continue Reading