October 17, 2014 | by Cyd Converse
A few weeks ago we waxed poetic about yummy apple recipes. Or maybe that was just me? Ok, ok. It was me. Well today I’m going on a little tangent centered on all the apple cocktails that have been popping up here, there and everywhere all season long. The cider mill near us makes the most delicious apple cider and I love the idea of giving it a twist with a splash of champagne or bourbon. Sounds good, right? Especially with champagne! Here you’ll find five awesome apple cocktails and don’t forget your weekly dose of Friday Link Love!
[Honey Bourbon Cider | Cider Champagne | Apple Pie Moonshine | Apple Cider Hot Toddy | Apple Moscow Mules.]
October 17, 2014 | by Cyd Converse
We’re shopping again today! Or, actually, window shopping. We’re absolutely window shopping, at least in my case. I actually avoid shopping just for the sake of shopping, but I do love bringing home something new and pretty for my closet once in a while. Or, more often than not, for the house. If you peeked into my closet you’d find a ton of cute dresses that I’ve amassed over many years. Loads of basics in black and gray. A handful of tops in fun patterns. And scarves. Many many scarves. On a day to day basis, gray is one of my go-to colors for wearing or for decorating. Add in a bit of texture and maybe a fun pattern and gray just looks awesome with anything. Here are my current picks for cozy gray accessories, perfect for fall or the dreaded upcoming winter!
[Shop | 1: Knit scarf | 2: Geometric t-shirt | 3: Gloves | 4: Velvet pillow | 5: Nail polish | 6: Love ring | 7: Sweatshirt | 8: Glasses.]
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October 16, 2014 | by Cyd Converse
It’s been a while since we talked about pudding shots. Lest you should think my obsession has wasted away to nothing, we’re back at it today! This time we’re swapping out summery flavors for the perfect fall seasonal pairing of butterscotch and spice. Add in ginger snap crumbs and you really can’t go wrong here. These are decadent, perfectly autumnal in flavor profile, and just really really good. They’re just as easy to make as all the others we played with a few months ago (these, these and these) and they’re one of my favorites yet!
- 2 packages of instant butterscotch pudding
- (1) 16oz tub of whipped topping
- 1/2 cup of milk
- 1 cup of RumChata (or similar liquor)
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 5 – 6 ginger snap cookies
In a mixing bowl, begin by mixing together both packages of pudding with the milk and RumChata with a whisk. Allow the pudding to set until slightly thickened (usually about five minutes), then fold in the whipped topping and ground cinnamon. Place in the freezer and allow to chill for 30+ minutes or until nice and thick. In the meantime, crush up a couple of ginger snap cookies and place a spoonful of crumbs in the bottom of each shot glass. Spoon in the pudding shot mixture, then top with a chunk of ginger snap. Boom! It’s that easy. And you’re left with ridiculously yummy pudding shots that you and all your friends are going to be craving from now on.
[Photos + recipe by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]
October 15, 2014 | by Cyd Converse
We’re going to a Halloween party this year where each guest is invited to bring a Halloween themed cocktail. Everyone will sip each concoction, vote on their favorite and one winner will take home a prize for the best Halloween drink recipe! So today, I’ve rounded up a handful of awesomely spooky Halloween cocktails. We’ll consider it research. Because, yes, I’m putting all kinds of pressure on myself and I fully intend to win the cocktail competition. I love that all of these cocktails have an element that is undeniably spooky, making them perfect for a Halloween party. I’m definitely going to consider these as inspiration when developing my own prize-winning drink!
The Grave Digger by Boulder Locavore
Combining whiskey and hard cider and spilling over with a creepy plume of dry ice smoke, this cocktail involves all of a few simple ingredients, without skimping on the spooky factor. I think it would be amazing for a Halloween fete!
October 14, 2014 | by Cyd Converse
I’m crazy about a good dinner party. Lately we’ve had about zero opportunity to even think about hosting a dinner party, because of our crazy busy summer (you know, that whole song and dance you’ve already heard before.) That said, we’re hoping to finally invite a bunch of friends over in a few weeks for a big potluck dinner and this gorgeous outdoor fall dinner party that the lovely Lauren is sharing with us has my inner hostess feeling quite happy indeed. This sweet al fresco affair proves that dinner parties don’t need to be overly complicated. A little table decked out with pretty flowers. A bottle of good wine. Maybe a few pine cones and feathers for a seasonal touch. Add in friends and food and you have the perfect excuse to wear a cute dress. Be sure to check out all the gorgeous details captured by Jessi Nichols Photography below and visit the archives for more beautiful dinner party ideas!
Design + styling: Love Lola | Photography: Jessi Nichols Photography | Dress: Ruche | Dinnerware: Noritake Kealia | Candle holders: West Elm | Silverware: Avalon | Glassware: Vintage | Chairs: Vintage
[Photos by Jessi Nichols Photography.]