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Bourbon Sunrise

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We’re not big orange juice drinkers, but we had to buy some for a Thanksgiving recipe a few days back. We couldn’t find anything smaller than a 32 ounce container at the store for a recipe that called for 4 ounces! Well…what to do with the rest but a cocktail, right? We also had left over Maker’s Mark (I know, right?!) and some maraschino cherries, so we came up with the Bourbon Sunrise. It’s probably not very original, but it tastes so good we don’t really care. Here’s the recipe: Read more →

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Wings Over The Prairie Festival

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We spent our Thanksgiving holiday with Brent’s family in Stuttgart, Arkansas and it was really AWESOME (f0r a Jersey guy like me, that is). The Thanksgiving holiday week is actually a huge deal for the town of Stuttgart, also known as “The Rice Capital of the World” (I like to say it in a Celine Dion accent and Brent gets very annoyed, so I do it as often as I can). Read more →

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Cajun Queen’s Planters Punch

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We’re in Charlotte this weekend! Between visiting Alberto’s family and dropping by antique stores (so predictable, I know), we always find time to visit one of our favorite restaurants in the city…Cajun Queen! The place is amazing, the food incredible and the atmosphere really fun, just like a little bit of New Orleans in Charlotte. We’ve been big fans of their Planters Punch since our first visit. The drink does not only remind us of our time in Fire Island (High Tea, anyone?), but also brings back really crazy memories of Bourbon Street. The drink is a combination of light and dark rums with a splash of fruit juice and grenadine…try it, with a lot of caution!

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Bird Toile Placemats

Categories: Crafts, Entertaining, Fall, Linens, Seasonal, ThanksgivingTags: , , , , , , , , , Author:

As you may remember, a few weeks ago we upholstered a seat cover with a beautiful bird toile fabric. We absolutely LOVE this fabric and had almost a yard leftover from that project…what to do? With Thanksgiving upon us next week, Alberto thought that it would make beautiful placemats for our dining room table. All we needed to do is stop by the fabric store to pick out a fabric for the backside of the mats and the accent stripe we wanted to have. They turned out really nicely! Read more →

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Loopy Turkey

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Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away and we’re putting the final touches to the menu for the day. Alberto’s job is to come up with a signature cocktail and what’s better than using the eponymous brand of bourbon Wild Turkey. The Loopy Turkey is basically a Cosmo made with bourbon. It’s very delicate, but it also offers subtle depth and warmth in every sip. We made it with diet cranberry juice, so we’re sure to save calories for the real food!Here’s the recipe…

Makes two cocktails

  • 8 oz of Wild Turkey
  • 4 oz of Ocean Spray Diet Cranberry
  • 2 oz of Triple Sec
  • Splash of lemon juice
  • Rosemary sprigs and fresh cranberries for garnish

Pour all of the ingredients into a shaker filled with ice and shake well. Serve in a cocktail glass and garnish with the rosemary and fresh cranberries. The drink is not only delicious but it’s also the perfect way to start the holiday. Cheers!

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Spiced Pineapple Punch

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I think this happens to everyone…after a party we always have several leftover liquor bottles that have just enough liquid to keep around but not enough to make a single drink. They usually sit in our cabinet until they get so old that we just throw them out (what a waste!) Cleaning out this afternoon we found bottles of dark, light and pineapple rum…what to do with them? Drawing inspiration from our days on Fire Island, we came up with this very dangerous punch. Here is the recipe:

Makes two drinks:

 

  • 4 oz of Myer’s Dark Rum
  • 4 oz of Cruzan Pineapple Rum
  • 4 oz of Bacardi Rum
  • 4 oz of pineapple juice
  • 1 tsp of grated fresh ginger (best to use a microplane grater)
  • 1 tsp of lime juice

 

Fill a shaker with ice, add all the ingredients and shake very well. Pour into a cocktail glass and garnish with a slice of lime. The ginger adds just the perfect amount of spice to this very hardy fall punch — now, back to cleaning out that cabinet and maybe coming up with another cocktail!


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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Our Thanskgiving table is ready! All we need now is the food (we’re not cooking this year — we’re not that crazy!). Thanks everyone for the words of encouragement over the past weeks and we hope that y’all have a great Thanksgiving weekend!

Go [insert local NFL/NBA/NHL/NCAA team here]!!!

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Tile Chargers and Candleholders

Categories: Crafts, DIY Projects, Fall, Holidays, Tables, ThanksgivingTags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , Author:

We were walking through Home Depot, and Alberto came across a really pretty terracotta-color porcelain tile. We had been looking for chargers for the holidays and realized that the tiles were perfect for what we were looking to do with our Thanksgiving table…and they were like $1 each! This is one of the easiest projects you can do!

In addition, we wanted to bring some natural elements to the table, so we decided to make our own candle holders….out of old logs.  Read more →

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Thanksgiving Table Runner

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After making the napkins, I wanted to add even more fall colors to our Thanksgiving table. I like table runners because they help us do this while still allowing the beauty of the table to show through. Read more →

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Striped Napkins

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We generally have everyone over to our house for the holidays.  Each year we spend about as much time on how the table will look as we do on the meal.  (Honestly, while Alberto is in the kitchen, the only only thing I care about is the table-scape. Thanks Sandra Lee!)  Read more →

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