thirsty thursday: spooktacular cocktails

You know that there’s a holiday coming up when I plan a post around themed cocktails! In true Alicia fashion, these festive adult beverages are geared towards toasting Halloween weekend {!!}, in the best way possible – with ‘spirits’, of course. Here are a few of my favorite cocktail and drink ideas for celebrating; may you find in-“spooky”-ration in some, or all, of them!

Cheers! 

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The Black Velvet {image & recipe c/o Real Simple}

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Witch’s Brew {recipe & image c/o Food Network}

Witch's Brew

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The Jack o’ Lantern {recipe & image c/o cocktails.about.com}

Hennessy Cognac Jack-O-Lantern Cocktail - Photo Courtesy: © Shannon Graham

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Swamp Sips {image & recipe c/o Martha Stewart}

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The Green Goblin {image & recipe c/o food.com}

Green Goblin

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The Boo Beverage {image & recipe c/o food.com}

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Spider’s Kiss {image & recipe c/o The Cocktail Project}

Midori® Spider's Kiss | The Cocktail Project

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memorial day ideas

Can y’all believe that MEMORIAL DAY is just around the corner?!

I for one cannot – I mean, it’s almost June already! For us, this holiday means the start of the summer season…think grillin & chillin, lawn games, time spent at the river, and all sorts of fun outdoor activities and get-togethers. I thought it would be fun to share some of our favorites {our go-to articles, websites, etc.}, in case anyone out there needed a bit of inspiration for their Memorial Day bbq/party time. Here ya go – enjoy!

Alicia xoxo 

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Food & Grilling

Summer Grilling

BBQ Tips

Memorial Day Side Dishes

20 Desserts to Make for Memorial Day

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Fun & Games

Memorial Day Games – For Kids of All Ages!

Fun Adult Games

…Outdoor Games for Adults!

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Festive Beverages

Memorial Day Drinks {adult}

10 Cocktails for Drinking Outside

Fun & Refreshing Drinks {many kid-friendly!}

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Happy celebrating, y’all!

easter dinner: what to make!

With Easter dinner right around the corner, it’s high time we start nailing down those menus! Our celebration will be a bit different this year than others in the past, but nonetheless, I’m looking forward to it! Here are some ideas for those who will be entertaining – from tablescapes to treats, I do hope you find some inspiration in what’s to follow!

Beverages:

VOGA Sparkling Spring Sangria [RECIPE]Sparkling Spring Sangria

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Champagne Limoncello Cocktails

Champagne Limoncello Cocktail

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Black Rose

Black Rose

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Limoncello Collins, Hatfields• Los Angeles

Limoncello Collins

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Dishes {mains & sides}

 Honey-Curry Glazed Lamb with Roasted Grapes and Cranberries Recipe

Honey-Curry Glazed Lamb

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Roasted Ham with Cherry-Chutney Glaze

Roasted Ham with Cherry-Chutney Glaze

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Shaved Vegetable Salad with Toasted Almonds Recipe

Shaved Vegetable Salad with Toasted Almonds

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Cheese Grits Soufflé with Mushroom Gravy

Cheese Grits Souffle with Mushroom Gravy

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Easy Three-Seed Pan Rolls

Easy 3-seed Pan Rolls

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Desserts 

Carrot Cheesecake

Carrot Cheesecake

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Pavlova with Lemon Curd and Berries recipe

Pavlova with Lemon Curd & Berries

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Apricot-Coconut Cake

Apricot-Coconut Cake

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Decor:

carrots in large vases, c/o valentinexday

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mini cadburry eggs in hurricane glasses, c/o holiday central

 

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egg cups & shells used as name cards and food labels, c/o lushhome

Happy Easter! xoxo

lately: christmas at home

The hubs and I had an absolutely wonderful time at my family’s home for the Christmas holiday. Full of love, laughter, good wine and good food, it was all that I could have hoped for..and then some! Here’s a glimpse into our time – enjoy!

Alicia xoxo

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merry christmas!

I hope that everyone’s day is filled with family, love, good food, and good tidings!

-Alicia xoxo

 

 

 

 

last minute turkey day tips!

T-minus two days until the holiday season has officially arrived! I don’t know about y’all, but I’m in the spirit already! We just cut down our Christmas tree and got it decorated, the house is beginning to look festive, and I’m agonizing over the thought of sending out cards.

BUT! Let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. Most of us, myself included, are still in work mode for one of the biggest food preparation {and consumption} days of the year. So let’s sit back for a few minutes, take a couple deep breaths, and plunge into some articles that have great tips and tricks I’ve come to love and live by over the past few years.

..and of course, a few simple ones that I’ve picked up from personal experience.

  • Put your fork down between every bite. It helps to to slowly savor your food, not to mention you’ll realize much easier when you start to fill up.
  • Drink plenty of water! I find that it helps keep me feeling refreshed throughout the day.
  • If you can, try to squeeze in a morning workout before the indulgences begin! You’ll be feeling energized and bright all day long.
  • …wear comfortable pants….enough said.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!