If you know me, or if you’ve been following for a while, then you know my drink of choice is a margarita. Not the kind blended with a bunch of sour mix… a classic margarita with freshly squeezed lime juice.

So, since it is Cinco de Mayo, I’m sharing my most recent margarita obsession. Continue reading “Spicy Blackberry Margaritas”

How to Spend a Long Weekend Skiing in Canada

For most of my life, winter has been my least favorite of the season. Living in Colorado has changed the relationship I have with winter, but I still never thought I would willingly go further north during the winter for primarily outdoor activities. But I did. And it was AWESOME. And I want to go back in ALL the season.

Kyle booked a handful of days to go ice climbing and invited me to join him on the tail end of his trip to do some skiing. Luckily, we were able to find some dates that work between some of my client events so I could take a few days off work. Continue reading “How to Spend a Long Weekend Skiing in Canada”

In my world of casual beers at the brewery and sipping hearty red wine cuddled up on the sofa, I love an excuse to have a fancy cocktail. And what better excuse than ringing in the new year?

Fun fact: I worked as a bartender for a few years in my early twenties. So, I’ve concocted 5 different holiday-flavored cocktails for you. Whether you’re throwing a small soiree and want to impress your guests with some easy yet stunning libations, or if you’re taking it easy at home but still want to level up your drink of choice for the occasion, these cocktails will do the trick.

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Each made with a different liquor, there’s something for everyone. You will notice they are all either a cranberry & lime or a holiday spice flavor. I wanted to create a number of drinks with similar flavor profiles in order to simplify the ingredients and shopping list. Fancy cocktails don’t have to be intimidating!

Continue reading “5 Fancy (but easy) Holiday Cocktails for your New Year’s Eve Party”

For the first time ever, we aren’t traveling over the holidays. After the most chaotic year ever last year, we decided to stay put. I’ll miss seeing my family, but I’m so excited to have a stress-free day doing whatever we want to do.

Oddly, one of the things I’m most excited about it Christmas morning breakfast. Most weekends, we’re up before the sun and catch the sunrise from the car on our journey into the mountains, so we grab breakfast on the go. But Christmas morning we get to wake up in our own bed, open our gifts in our own house, and then I get to make an actual breakfast before we head out to ski. I can’t be the only one that gets psyched about a feast of a breakfast…

For homemade breakfast feasts, I always like to make something savory and something sweet. Today I’ll share my something sweet: Christmas Pancakes. The pancakes have subtle flavors of orange and holiday spices, and the cranberry sauce topping is perfectly tangy with orange and bourbon.

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Christmas Pancakes

Christmas Pancakes 1

Ingredients

For the Sauce

  • 1 12 oz package of cranberries
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • freshly squeezed juice of 1 orange
  • 3/4 cup water
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 3 tablespoons bourbon

For the Pancakes

  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Directions

  1. To make the sauce, mix all ingredients in medium saucepan and heat over medium-high heat for 20 – 35 minutes. Most of the liquid should be reduced. Remove from heat and let cool for 15 minutes before serving.
  2. For the pancakes, preheat a griddle or skillet to medium-low heat.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, orange zest, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cloves, and nutmeg. Set aside.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs slightly. Next, whisk in the buttermilk, melted butter, maple syrup, and orange juice. Pour into the dry mixture and stir until just combined. a few lumps are okay.
  5. Grease griddle or skillet. Ladle batter onto hot griddle and cook on one side until bubbles rise to the surface. Flip pancakes, and cook for another few minutes until browned and cooked through.
  6. To serve, stack pancakes and ladle cranberry sauce over the top. Garnish with orange zest if desired.

Yum! What are your favorite holiday breakfast dishes? Let me know in the comments!

And be sure to follow this blog and be the first to know when something new posted! I have some awesome holiday cocktails to share before New Year’s Eve and you won’t want to miss them! Cheers!

It is the 5th and final day of Cookie Week 2018!

If you’re just now joining us for Cookie Week, be sure to check out the recipes from earlier this week:

Guys, today is very special. I’m finally sharing my secret recipe for sugar cookies. I’ve been making these sugar cookies since I was a little girl. The original recipe came from one of those old church cookbooks – you know, the ones with 5 versions of ambrosia salad. But over the years I’ve modified it to perfection.

Continue reading “Cookie Week: Thousand Dollar Sugar Cookies”

It’s that time of year! We flock to our kitchens to bake tons of sweet treats to celebrate the season. So I’m sharing a new cookie recipe every day this week!

Today, I’m sharing my recipe for s’mores cookies!

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Growing up, s’mores were my favorite part of camping. But we miss out on s’mores often here in Colorado. There are usually fire bans in place during peak camping season to help prevent wildfires. These cookies are a perfect substitute. Continue reading “Cookie Week: S’mores Cookie Recipe”

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