I am not a mixologist. I have intentions of serving a specialty cocktail for parties, but usually end up offering wine and beer, and possibly, gin and tonics. But this year, I have enjoyed watching so many cooking shows in anticipation of the holidays and I stumbled onto Claire Robinson mixing Clementine Cosmos the other day. I quickly glanced at my overflowing bowl of clementines and noted that I could pull it off! A quick stop at the store for Vanilla flavored Vodka and I was in business. I just made the simple syrup this morning and then mixed the ingredients – they are ready for tonight! I also have frozen cranberries to pop in the frosted glasses- I may as well go all out. (of course I sampled it and it’s fabulous!)
Have you always wanted to photograph your tree with blurred lighting? Here’s how-
My friend Diana gave out bags of holiday potpourri the other night and I have been enjoying mine so much!! A great last minute gift for others and yourself! Reminds me of my mom as she always has one of these simmering over the holidays
Last year I needed a letter from Santa and used this template – quick and easy with fill-in information
A beautiful answer to “Are you Santa?”
Finally, we have had a really wonderful month of doing Random Acts of Kindness. On the way to school yesterday, my 9 year old asked me “when’s our next one?” Here is an awesome list of random acts of kindness with kids I found online if you want to get in on it this week!
Happy holidays to you all!
Loved!! and needed a kleenex
My husband and I made my Nana’s gingersnap cookies this week for the first time. The smell of them brought back so many memories of her visiting from Fargo and bringing a tin of them at the holidays. Before we made them, I went to The Cupboard and bought a Silpat. You can read the awesome reviews about them and see why one of these would make a great gift for any bakers you know! I bought the half sheet size.
My friend Ashley in FC suggests Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, specifically this gift option AND these nut butters from Big Spoon Roasters- love that this is one thing Ashley would bring with her to a deserted island!
And what to put over that ice cream? My favorite sauces from Fran’s- caramel is my families fav! (also sold at Whole Foods)
I cannot leave out Olive and Cocoa- I have sent many gifts from their site and they are always amazing. Their candy crates are so much fun!
And two more things I wanted to share- our Breville Panini Press is used in my house at least once a week- a great gift! And any cook would love a GelPro mat. Everyone who comes over wants one once they have stepped on ours by our sink. Would be great in front of an stove too- sold at Bed Bath and Beyond as well as online.
Hope you are having a nice weekend!
My friend Katie in Chicago wrote me- “Pinhole Press has great photo- related gifts. I saw it advertised on plum mom.The storybooks and facebooks we have always talked about wanting to make!! And puzzles and memory games and other cute things.” Can you imagine giving a facebook to a new baby with family pictures inside? Sweet gift.
My friend Angela in Michigan told me about Marbles- the Brain Store. I checked it out and think there are some great things to give for kids. Love how it addresses games that help kids with motor skills, ADHD, etc. Great stocking stuffers too and free shipping sitewide.
We have done subscriptions to Kiwi Crates and they also offer individual craft packs (no subscription required). The products are great quality and my kids have LOVED them.
My kids are possibly onto this being the same video as last year, but having your child receive an email from Santa is always fun- from the Portable North Pole
And if you are crafty (I am not but think I could pull this off with my kids!) I think this constellation jar is a cool project or gift to make with your kids
I usually am a library mom, but I just bought Wonder for my 9 year old son to read. Have heard amazing reviews.
And the last one of today is this iPhone holder- I had to play the video to really get it but it looks cool and the price point is ideal